Steady as she goes

Greetings – not much of general interest to “wax lyrically” about so I’ll keep this brief. I have started as acting person in charge of the Oxfam Arawa branch and we farewelled Pauline, the outgoing (that refers to her waistline as well) team leader  at a couple of functions. She is heading back to more civilised territory for her confinement and will probably not return to Arawa with a young child. So it’s back to a management role with some engineering thrown in  – a challenge that I am looking forward to! And there is still a bit of Arawa Urban Council work to do from time to time to add to the challenge. Should the hoped for millions appear for the AUC, then things are gong to get REALLY interesting. but somehow I don’t think that will happen… I have finally managed to get some money out of PNG for them- to China to pay for some fire hydrants – and to Australia for some tests of a coating for Asbestos content. Current challenge is to get someone in Rabaul interested enough to act as customs agent and to arrange on- shipping to Kieta down the road!

Other than that life is pretty routine for both Rosemary (particularly so) and me – Arawa is surprisingly peaceful and laid-back – add a bit of “Jungle Juice” for a good few young men and that “laid back” becomes “flat horizontal”!

A highlight of the week was staying up late with the other VSA volunteers and NZ police to watch a delayed broadcast of the All Blacks beating the TONGANS. Last time we tried that, you may recall, we got an Aussie chat show instead of the advertised rugby so we were relieved when the rugby did come on. The Tongans  put up a very good fight, especially when you consider the population base they have to select their squad from. The reportedly spectacular opening ceremony did not feature on local television. So we will be missing most of the excitement in NZ with the staging of the Rugby World cup under-way – not sure if that is necessarily a minus! We have at least one friend who was threatening to head off for Canada to avoid the “thugby”. Nevertheless we hope it all goes well from here on, notwithstanding the transport troubles that caused some problems last weekend. So far my predictions for the winners in the PNG VSA rugby sweepstake are on target !

Pretty pinki floweri (latin name)

The NZ version of this  is a small bright green with about 10mm wingspan and is  a bit of a nuisance in the garden. Here in Bougainville its a similar size but a lot more colourful

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