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22 May 2014


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Phil has cradled PNG writers to excel in the art of writing but not only that.

Phil's tone of writing about PNG can tell you that he loves PNG.

Sometimes, we PNGeans use pseudonyms in fear of brutality (revenge) but Phil has described PNG politicians and other crooks as they are and continues to slip in and out of PNG without flinching.

I recommend him for a Logohu award but will the pollies take heed? Thanks Phil.

Alas, it was my father who spoke Irish and not me. He tried to teach me but I wasn't a very good learner. I wish that I'd listened to him.

Ireland has a lot in common with PNG, believe it or not. It was colonized and shamefully exploited; its culture was held up to ridicule and largely destroyed. What now passes for Irish culture is something cobbled together from faulty memory and creative invention. I think this is a danger that PNG is currently facing.

The Irish were not generally a people of avarice, they were more clannish and generous, just like traditional PNGs. My old man would have given you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it more than him. I once saw him take off his wristwatch and give it to a mate who was having trouble getting to work on time.

I left the place when I was very young but I firmly believe that its blood runs in my veins and makes me what I am today, both the good and the bad. I think this is important; to know where you come from can explain a lot about your own character.

And of course the Irish like the blarney and the craik and they like to write and read. Judging by the success of the Crocodile Prize I suspect PNG is the same.

Phil - Do keep writing; I enjoy your articles a lot. I hope to get hold of your book 'Bamahuta' at some stage to read it.

As a matter of interest I remember you mentioning in an earlier article that you spoke Irish. I thought to check on the name Fitzpatrick as I had thought all names with the prefix Fitz were of Norman origin. I was surprised to read that it is the only Irish name with Fitz that is of Irish Gaelic origin.

No doubt you have the heritage of your forbears of whom it was said "they fought for freedom with sword and pen" .

Keep up the good work.

I love the toothpick! Ha!

I was working in the Southern Highlands when the photo was taken Michael. It paid to look mean and fierce when you were wandering around in the bush by yourself. My wife refers to the snap as 'ugly head'.

Oloman, dispela piksa ya, emi luk olosem wanpela raskel man tru.

Ating long Australia ol isave givim nem long ol 'leftist' olsem ya, laka

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