Category Archives: Fiji

It Rains In Fiji

26.3.86 Suva 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 … Continue reading

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Fiji In The Wet 1

31.3.86 Suva Jacques Cousteau, Mary Rose and I now have something in common. But first, it is important to consider how I first succumbed. Thomas Moran – Moonlit Seascape I have never savoured sea activities in spite of many boat … Continue reading

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Fiji In The Wet 2

I knew that E had become a keen diver during her stay in Fiji. Her birth sign is Cancer, the crab. Being a typical Aquarian, i.e. I don’t believe in astrology, I had surmised that for her this activity was … Continue reading

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Fiji In The Wet 3

We set off at two in the morning in order to catch high tides and avoid low reefs. The Fiji Diver was in the capable hands of Charlie and Charles, two tattooed Fijians. While they steered, ten expats snatched a … Continue reading

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Tropical Cyclone Martin

4 Gardiner St. Suva, Fiji 11th April 1986: 4.30pm A hurricane warning is in force for the Fiji Islands. Gusts expected up to 100 knots (115.2 mph/185.5kph). It is an event I anticipate with juvenile excitement. Never yet have I … Continue reading

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The Rainbow City Of Cultures …

15.4.86 According to its publicity, Suva’s Nightlife is filled with the scents of food from a dozen different cultures and movies are yours from around the world. And its Daytime offers the best in shopping from the west and the … Continue reading

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H.M. Prison, Suva

15.4.86 There is a sign in black on white outside the prison. It says: TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED. Yet keeping people out of the prison does not seem as great a problem as keeping them in. At least five prisoners … Continue reading

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Post Martin

20th April 1986 The record breaking rains have proved even more catastrophic than the winds. In financial terms, the damage is currently estimated at $2.5 million; although full damage assessment is incomplete, government sources are talking about a needed expenditure … Continue reading

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Coral-led

Suva 20th April 1986 There must be an ecological reason for their colours and design but to my uniformed eye corals look like the creation at play, fantasies invented for the delight of invention. Martha Gellhorn – Travels With Myself … Continue reading

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Jonathon asks ‘Why?’

Levuka, Ovalau 28th April 1986 Friend E., who worked for a British NGO, had responsibilities in other island nations. So I headed for the quiet island of Ovalau. The following is adapted from a tale told to me by a … Continue reading

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