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13 March 2014


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A good ballad on markets Ishmael, reminding us about the simple needs in life.

Road-side open markets in PNG, Bougainville and Solomon Islands are a unique feature of our lifestyle, but I have not seen the same in Vanuatu and don't know if New Caledonia or Fiji, our other Melanesian brothers, have the same.

Markets are also an important focal point for identifying development challenges. Even the roadside ones, which may be otherwise unsupervised, have a role to play under the care of local level governments or councils.

I note the young lady in the picture, whom I assume to be a Mortlock Islander, sporting a highlands-style bilum. (Some women know quality when they see it.)

I'm not much of a tuna fan, unless it's roasted by over open fire but I love a good bunch of 'kuru sako' steamed in Maggi Chicken Noodles, especially when you're walking in the big bush.

And right now I could use a good buai with the roadside bustle and banter that happens at the close of a long business day.

Some things methinks need developing, but other things need protecting.

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