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22 February 2014


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I guess wearing shoes in PNG is a sign of something - westernisation, modernisation, superiority, or as you say "a status symbol".

They are obviously looked on as "good things". Especially court shoes for women when they go on important assignments. The higher heel probably raises them up and gives them confidence.

People are probably more likely to respect them if they are wearing shoes. It might show that they have been educated and have greater understanding of the world.

Now mending is definitely a worthy career. Something there probably needs to be more of in PNG. Do you have enough mechanics to mend the cars and trucks and PMVs and the bikes?

Now pig keeping is also definitely an honest worthy task, but different.

Thanks Barbara.

The metaphor of poets mending shoes was an epiphany.

Wearing shoes makes it seem as if the earth is covered in a pliable fabric that makes it much easier to move around on, prevents injury and adds a bit of style to folks sense of fashion - sometimes its a status symbol!

Mending shoes is an honest and worthy task.

Like pig keeping.

I'm glad to hear that the poet can mend shoes. I come from a family that mended a lot of shoes. It is very important that PNG people learn how to mend schools, hospitals, aid posts, teacher's houses, policeman's houses, streets, airstrips, waterpipes, drains, laws, polluted rivers, broken relationships, broken commitments,.. so many things need mending in the Modern Age. A big job for the poets!

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