It’s raining again. For eight months of the year, Fiji is wet. For the other four months, it’s very wet. This is the hurricane season but perhaps it will avoid us this year. A dozen cyclones each decade cause havoc and devastation. Last year, Hurricanes Eric and Nigel killed over a dozen people in the west of the island. Sugar plantations and flimsy corrugated iron shacks were flattened. Insurance companies and Fiji’s economy are still suffering.
E, telephoning home, has just been told of 100mph winds sweeping across the UK. Sardonic sympathy seems to be the order of the day.