The Sound of Mr Pip,etc

Greetings again. This time we have Mr Pip crew back in town to polish off their sound recordings for the movie, some local drama, and developments with Arawa Urban Council and Oxfam, as well as some local market scenes. As usual click on the highlighted text to go to this week’s report.The sound of Mr Pip …etc

Also another two beautiful orchid for your pleasure. Unfortunately I only had my phone camera for the amazing leopard spot blooms.

Take care!


Life is full of…. surprises!

Greetings- as before click on the highlighted text to take yourself to the attached report

Life is……Full of Surprises.

Let me commend Lindsay’s discussion on the land ownership issues in Bougainville for those of you who might be interested- it’s worth a look. It’s on his blog

A couple of orchids I spotted and photographed recently

Until your next visit to our blog – take care!

Film Stars! (well almost – extras actually)

Greetings again to our loyal readers. Apologies for the delay in posting but we have been away in Rabaul for a week for the Mask festival, which I will be reporting on in greater detail later in the week.This post is all about… well click on the highlighted text in the usual manner and read all about it!Film Stars(well extras actually) Enjoy!

To finish off let me intorduce Micah to you. He is the gentleman who we go to to get phone-to-phone recharging of our Digicel Cellphones instead of having to buy a fist full of scratch cards at inflated prices – the poor often seem to be those who get exploited. From certain perspectives he reminds me of Albert Einstein – maybe it is just the moustache! He is also a regular attender at the local CLC church that we attend and does sterling service for VSA, NZ Police and also the Mr Pip Crew I believe recharging phones and internet modems.

Take Care!

There’s always something happening in PNG!

As usual click on the highlighted text to link through to the written attachment. There is always something happening in PNG

Next week we are off to Buka and the Mask Festival in Rabaul so I’m not sure when the next post will be -hopefully much as usual.

The following picture is of Josh a VSA volunteer setting off for the 4hr journey to Buka – what with fair skin, sun, dust, exhaust fumes, bumpy roads and the ever-present prospects of rain I didn’t envy him his position !

How to revive a dead digital camera!

This blog posting is relatively brief – not too much news to justify a big posting!

Briefly my work continues to be quiet but I do get the occasional small victory- like finding someone in PNG who checks their e-mails generated from their web sites, and persuading a supplier to replace fittings stolen from an inadequately addressed crate left on a jetty for two weeks because we were not advised of the shipping arrangements! Also finding half a dozen cans of Tonic in a local shop!

Rosie continues to slave behind the scenes of the Mr Pip film with long days (6am to 7.30pm) but is enjoying the atmosphere. She has decided that film making is too high pressure for her to take up a new career! This week they burnt the church down that they had carefully constructed. Unfortunately the most spectacular bit was when the steeple finally collapsed in a shower of sparks – after the cameras had been turned off!
We had a visit from the crew’s doctor – who also happens to be the VSA medical adviser – over the weekend and treated her to a potluck lunch and a swim in our favourite water hole in the river upstream and next is a view over the swimming hole ( which I can’t seem to download!)
Rosie has tracked down the last missing box of donated books delivered with the Mr Pip crew and we are busy catalogueing them all and delivering batches to the school every few days. The total number of books now exceeds 1,000 which is fantastic. The school and kids are delighted!
Politically things appear to be hotting up in Bougainville with a couple of Bougainville policemen shot and injured near Buin and a couple more shot and killed some way South of here. The rebel leader has said that the mine at Panguna won’t re-open before they are paid out BILLIONS in compensation for environmental degradation and losses suffered (an area where they are hardly unique!) so I am not sure how the Bougainville President and government will handle it! I can’t imagine any company forking out billions in compensation before the billions necessary to re-open the mine – so it looks like Bougainville will continue to stagnate.Very sad.

One final story of success! You may recall my camera stopped working after it spent a day flapping against my sweaty shirt while climbing a local hill. In desperation I opened the back but couldn’t see anything obviously corroded or damaged so I removed the battery and memory card and dunked the back of the camera in rainwater (the cleanest water we had) several times before drying it very carefully for a few days- it still didn’t work and I concluded that it was a write-off. Some days later I realised that the zoom control and other switches that didn’t work were to the right of the camera, so this time dunked the right side of the camera (after removing the battery and card)several times, taking care to keep away from the lens. I dried it again very carefully (including several days in an air tight container with silica gel capsules) before replacing the battery and card and – it’s now working! I conclude that I was able to wash off salts that had accumulated in the circuitry and were messing up the signals – without damaging the circuit boards! PS THE IMPROVEMENT PROVED ONLY TO BE TEMPORARY!
That’s all for now – take care!