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01 October 2015

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Very interesting to read. There are certain things we did and experiences in life that linger in our hearts and thoughts which we are proud of and cherish for a very long time.

You and all those Kiaps played a very, very important role in the development of our country.

Those of us who were born before Self Government do have those memories as well, the impact of your courage, selfless determination to do what you did, that is; developing our nation, stabilised law and order in the remotest parts of places, villages and provinces, those were the days that we will always remember and cherish in life as well.

Those are the days that I personally experience in my own country what true freedom was like. I can ware mini skirt or dress and walk down the street and not being sexually abuse or raped by my own fellow countryman.

There is a huge gap between the "Kiap era" and 40 Years of Independence. Thank you. I salute you and all those Kiaps.

A splendid and heart-warming piece, Chris. I admire your long-standing affection, appreciation and positive outlook for the future of PNG. Thank you.

Chris, well written and so great to see and hear of others' experiences. I was a late arrival in 1984. Fresh from NZ without a word of Pidgin or Motu in me....what a learning curve to adapt.

I come from a big family of 6 brothers and 1 sista and when reminiscing I are often asked "what is the best thing you did with your life"? Apart from marriage and birth of two wonderful children (now adults) it has to be coming to PNG.

I have experienced it all and though at times a rocky ride... oh boy what a ride. I do not regret one single day and in my own humble way feel I have contributed something. Wonderful country, wonderful people.

Chris you and your brothers are true soldiers who bridged your civilization with ours....How could we easily forget such noble saints? And surely you can't get away from these cultural Shocks...

Well written, Chris. You have captured the essence of the emotions and experiences of most of us.

A beautiful piece, Chris - you've captured what so many of us feel and remember about our time in PNG.

I especially like your 'Band of Brothers' analogy - a sentiment shared recently when we held the 50th anniversary of our ASOPA graduation.

The bonds of shared experience and the notion that we contributed in some small ways to the 'creation of ... a vibrant nation' have, for me, forged lifelong friendships and provided some meaning for our lives.

I also still regard 'Something in the Blood' to be the best representation of that experience: Trevor Shearston managed, eloquently, to not only retell some of the more outrageous and ridiculous tales that coloured expatriate life in PNG, he also managed to get 'beneath our skins' and delve into the various ethical and moral challenges that we had to confront from time to time.

Chris, I was fortunate to meet Bob, the son of Sir Donald Cleland who was Administrator of PNG for many years. I met him in Kundiawa over the Independence weekend during the Crocodile Prize presentations and launching of some of our books.

My book 'Remember Me' is a collection of short stories from Enga Province. The tittle of one of the short stories is coincidentally 'Something in the Blood'.

I never came across Trevor's book but, yes, there is something about PNG that is in the blood.

I exchanged my book with Bob's 'Big Road' published in 2010 which he signed for me. Kiaps played a big part in PNG's development. You guys won't pass easily into the shadowy realms of history that easily.

So long as my children read Bob's book the memories and legacies of the kiaps will remain in PNG for sometime. Thank you.

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