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    We did Jeff, bit by bit and there's still a few claiming we didn't. it's a common story in most countries...guns and steel against spears and arrows.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Another thing you don't see at high tide, the whole bank on both sides from where we put in to the mouth of the river channel was a thick, wide shell midden. Species that are no longer found in the bay, even a variety of mud crab, a veritable seafood supermarket. I have an acquaintance who was always very dismissive of Aboriginal claims regarding their past treatment and present rights. Old grazier stock. On a recent visit to Sydney he was taken to what he called an 'Aboriginal Museum' and it shocked him, he said he felt sick and had to leave. Now he's reading madly and telling everyone what many have known and he's just discovered. 'We' stole the place.
    Many have that "Saul on the road to Damascus" moment. Makes for some interesting dinner parties.
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    It's pretty damn obvious should anyone want to see .
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    I feel this thread straying into political territories........
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    It's a razor edge Greg but Yes.
    I put up some more ballast photos.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Razor's edge alright but if you can imagine the dinner table repartee it'd be a beauty, quite a Don's Party in fact.
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    Especially at Xmas with his Western District relations!


    Gary, what brand is your 'local' big supermarket? C......... or W.............? Or are you one of the few places to have an independent still? I put 'local' in quotes because it's a relative term for you and us.

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    Coles Jeff.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Coles Jeff.
    Interesting, they are being creamed by the opposition down here. Several big new ones have opened within 30 mins drive but they always seem to be empty of customers. All W stores seem to have bottle shops, C not always.
    Last edited by skuthorp; 05-01-2012 at 01:35 AM.

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    Coles have LiquorLand up here. We are getting a new IGA...I would prefer an Aldi's.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    I would prefer to hear about boats!!!!!

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    We could do a version of the spam song but with boats.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

    John Welsford

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Especially at Xmas with his Western District relations!


    Gary, what brand is your 'local' big supermarket? C......... or W.............? Or are you one of the few places to have an independent still? I put 'local' in quotes because it's a relative term for you and us.
    We have a Coles but also 2 small independents that do quite well.
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    I dream of supermarkets occasionally these days. I'm kind of overseeing the building of a couple of new ones in our little town up here-they'll be a big step up from what we have at the moment, but nothing like a Coles or Woolies.

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    Andersons in Lae would be your local would it?

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    No we have a little SVS and a Papindos here in Ramu. Like a country 4 square store, but crowded dirty and less range.

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    Oh, I didn't realize you were closer to Ramu. I'd like to have gone up there. I could see it from Mt Wilhelm but I never had the time to travel to Ramu. Our project leader and I had a little plan to pick up a vehicle in Madang and drive right through to Tari but, as always seems to happen with projects, we just got too busy towards the end and ran out of time.

    By the way, I reckon we have around 15 cartons of books etc. for you. When do you want them? I haven't packed them yet but it won't take a long time to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    We did Jeff, bit by bit and there's still a few claiming we didn't. it's a common story in most countries...guns and steel against spears and arrows.
    There's an interesting book called Germs Guns and Steel, or something like that. But here's probably not the place. Getting myself into trouble downstairs though, thanks for that Greg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    There's an interesting book called Germs Guns and Steel, or something like that. But here's probably not the place. Getting myself into trouble downstairs though, thanks for that Greg.
    No you're not mate.
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    Damn, the bloody possum's just turned up in our kitchen again! We thought he'd migrated to a cavity above our new eaves - maybe he's just reminding us we haven't left any bananas outside for him lately ......

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Oh, I didn't realize you were closer to Ramu. I'd like to have gone up there. I could see it from Mt Wilhelm but I never had the time to travel to Ramu. Our project leader and I had a little plan to pick up a vehicle in Madang and drive right through to Tari but, as always seems to happen with projects, we just got too busy towards the end and ran out of time.

    By the way, I reckon we have around 15 cartons of books etc. for you. When do you want them? I haven't packed them yet but it won't take a long time to do that.

    Rick
    We are Ramu

    Just got word that our Aussie recruit has signed his contract today, so in a day or 3 I'll ask him if he's up for a bit of filling in his container. I've just connected with a little resource centre some of our expat wives and some locals are setting up, which is basically going to operate as a mobile library up and down the valley between Lae and Madang, particularly servicing local schools-so the books will go to them. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ramu-C...01864409924232

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    OK, I'll take the advice so frequently offered and get packing!

    Sugar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    There's an interesting book called Germs Guns and Steel, or something like that. But here's probably not the place. Getting myself into trouble downstairs though, thanks for that Greg.
    An excellent book, it should be a standard high school text . It explains so many things that never made sense.
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    "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jarrod Diamond IIRC. BTW he has released at least another since but for my taste Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" says it all. (certainly an opposite of what is superficially implied)
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    Quote Originally Posted by purri View Post
    "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jarrod Diamond IIRC. BTW he has released at least another since but for my taste Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" says it all. (certainly an opposite of what is superficially implied)
    Haven't looked at that for a long time and it's an interesting reading of the science and it's implications. I think I've still got it.
    (Is this politics, anthropology or biology?)

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    Bithropitics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Bithropitics?
    You've just invented a new science Greg. Now all we have to do is work out how to relate it to wooden boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Andersons in Lae would be your local would it?

    Rick
    Have they fixed the potholes in the road out the front yet?
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    There's an interesting book called Germs Guns and Steel, or something like that. But here's probably not the place. Getting myself into trouble downstairs though, thanks for that Greg.
    I'll just say...read it.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    You've just invented a new science Greg. Now all we have to do is work out how to relate it to wooden boats.
    When we moved out of Africa we mostly followed coastlines. Rivers had to be crossed and narrow seas...we built boats.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Some boats are better than other boats...

    Some mothers' boats are better than other mothers' boats... (With apologies to that whiny git from The Smiths! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post
    Some boats are better than other boats...

    Some mothers' boats are better than other mothers' boats... (With apologies to that whiny git from The Smiths! )
    I can't speak for you Duncan but as an Anglosaxon, I put my existence down to better boats.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Have they fixed the potholes in the road out the front yet?
    ha ha. There has been a big project to rebuild Lae's roads in concrete. They've run out of money, and the contractors have walked away, leaving half built, unusable roads all over the city. And the roads they didn't get to are goat tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    ha ha. There has been a big project to rebuild Lae's roads in concrete. They've run out of money, and the contractors have walked away, leaving half built, unusable roads all over the city. And the roads they didn't get to are goat tracks.
    I was there in 92 Phil and they were bad then. As one expat said, zero maintenance since independence.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Bored!. I'm stuck in town for another couple of hours.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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