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27 December 2015


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Wow! Can't wait to start...thank you Mr Jackson and Mr Fitzpatrick.

Keith, I just can't thank you enough for this selfless decision to continue publication of PNG Attitude.

You and Phil have undertaken a worthwhile endeavor over these years. Owing to your mentoring and generosity, I have improved a lot as a fledgling writer.

Where can we be without Attitude? Just think about it.

By the way, I read this artIcle just today and it has truly made my day.

Ever so grateful for this news! Thank You Keith and Phil.

Keith, Just come back from home, Kandep. The best christmas and new year gift you have given PNG is to reconsider publishing the Attitude for some time.

I wish you good health and Happy New Year.

Oh, thank you, thank you....thank you! Keith when news broke out that PNG Attitude would wind up in February 2016, I found it difficult to post a comment. Simply, the news was something like a bucket of cold water poured over a burning fire. It is a relieving news to keep the attitude flowing again. Thank you, Keith....and Phil too.

Sipu....sipu..ahooo. (translated as thank you! thank you! and ahooo is the climax of happiness - Simbu way).

Happy to continue the journey with Phil and Keith.

STRUTH. About to lose that coffee mill, we saw.
PHEW. Numbers of call of kind delays such date.
CRIKEY. Coffee tis true easy unregulated fix.

OMG. Unbelieved, not just, court of corrupting reports.
WTH. WHO cared learning, PNGers ‘sans medicines’.
WTF. Disinformation exposed sustained abased form.

AGASP. Of coffee, alertness, lest too fine a point.
ADJURE. Impost exogenously needling is at best.
ADIEU. Partings, staved off for another flay.

There's another point that I think is critical about 'Attitude'.

It is operated from outside PNG.

If it had come from within the country, surely the current PNG government, long since, would have found a way to silence it.

PNGian contributors could not have spoken so openly and honestly as they do now. They could have been surreptitiously 'quietened', and who would have known?

Keith, you've made the right decision. So have you Phil.

That's an insightful observation, Bob. In fact the PNG government's repeated threats to repress its own social media played a part in the decision to continue Attitude - KJ

Thanks Keith and Phil etc.
Good on you.
Kia kaha

Puoooo! Puoo....ooooo! You great man! I am having a beer today!

Great news Dad. Good on ya! Keep up the Attitude and keep the bastards honest.

In 1970, a woolly-headed youth drifted into Bougainville to take over as manager of the Administration Radio Station. His name was Keith Jackson, but someone, I am sure it was not me, gave him the pseudonym “Gollywog.” That was a long time ago, and there will be few, if any, that are alive to remember.

Keith was the third to assume that role. Geoffrey Heard was first, Ken Burslam followed, and Keith was next. Heard made the mold, established the station, recruited the staff—the people who worked with him, stayed in contact with him, until they left the coil.

KJ, aka ‘Golliwog’ had a different style. He challenged them all, and he maintained that style throughout his tenure. He challenged authority. He challenged DC Ashton, he challenged Middlemiss, and he challenged Leo Hannett. He had his principles, and he did not bow.

If you are lucky, there are people in your life who you respect, even if you disagree with violently from time to time. I am one of those lucky ones. I have known, admired, criticised, denigrated, and respected Keith Jackson AM for 45 years.

I believe that Keith’s decision to stay, to soldier on, to ignore our ineptitude, to persevere with our meanderings is a blessing. If nothing else, it will add to preservation of those many unknown, unrecorded facets of PNG history—memories and anecdotes that are recorded nowhere else but on PNG Attitude. Perhaps, more importantly, it will continue the PNG experience for all.

Well done, and thank you KJ.

They were tough days and good days, made easier - and occasionally more difficult - by Bill Brown and a top team of kiaps - KJ

Thank you Keith!
Thank you Phil!

Thanks for the change of heart, gentlemen. You've got to set up something to keep the good work continuing and it's a wise decision. Applause.

Thanks Keith for giving us another opportunity to expand our literature skills in PNG.
Such a breaking news gives us the opportunity to comment on your tired less effort to edit and publish our writings.
Our fingers will still hit the keyboards to ensure we contribute much of PNG Literature.
Thanks Keith and Phil we salute your heart for PNG.

Hamamas tru!
A surprise gift this festive Season from our two wise men
Very welcome news for 2016 for all PNG Attitude contributors and readers too.
For all PNG people who long for a better future and who write on this site remember the famous quote: 'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win!'
Mostly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

Mr Jackson and Phil, thank you so much for reconsidering. Thank you! Looking forward to how the succession plan evolves and how I may be a part of that😊

Great news, Keith and Phil. Your contribution to the restoration of PNG literary endeavours will go down in history. I wish you health and strength as you continue with this important undertaking.

So glad the 'old dog' and the 'crocodile' have a few more tricks left in their repertoire! Thanks Keith and Phil for your ongoing commitment to a lively debate of PNG issues and the active encouragement of a national voice in literature. Over to the many "friends' of Attitude to ensure its future. Go you good thing!

Wonderful news Keith, and like may others I was quite dismayed at the news you would no longer publish of PNG Attitude. Your 'determination (is) to see a succession plan implemented' is a great outcome.

Keith - sorry, I was not aware of the sad demise of the PNG universities' efforts to be at the forefront of academic progress and cultural change - which they used to be. Sad days indeed.

But I have an anecdote which may bring hope. When in PNG two months ago I shared accommodation with two family members who were students at UPNG. They were reticent at first, but gradually opened up as we got to know each other.

Both very intelligent young men who had a vision of changing PNG for the better. They played me their favourite video clip - Barack Obama's speech at Nelson Mandela's funeral.

They said "Peter, that's the vision we want for PNG's future."

I said "If you take anything important from your studies, remember that. Probably the greatest speech of the century."

"The audacity of hope." Watch it.

PNG needs activist students who are cutting their teeth in organising for change, even if it only for cleaner toilets. It seems to me that too many students (and more than a few lecturers) are hanging out for their free seats on the gravy train of government. They become apologists not nation builders - KJ

Are the universities not interested in helping out? It would seem a great creative project for UPNG, DWU or PAU lecturers and students and could become part of a creative writing syllabus.

Read Phil Fitzpatrick passim. Universities not interested. UPNG is in a torpor. Goroka is in foment. DWU got rid of its literature strand a year or so ago (what madness lay there?) The PNG disease is rampant and a cure must be found in a nation-building blend of energy, focus, commitment, organisation, persistence, honesty and courage - KJ

Don't put the keyboard away just yet, Keith. We need all the help we can get.

The keyboard is burning hot with a desire to get rid of the crooks and the hypocrites and to assist the good people of PNG realise the great future they deserve - KJ

Thank you Keith Jackson and Phil Fitzpatrick for extending the life of PNG Attitude and Pukpuk Publishing.

Sepik writers, we have another year to contribute articles, essays, poems and stories in this year's Crocodile literary writing contest and those who want to publish books, Pukpuk Publishing is there now.

Get those creative juice flowing and start writing.

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...."

Dear Keith and Phil, Thank God for your change of heart! What else can I say?

The young PNG writers are not ready for you to leave yet! When you see one of them setting up their own publishing business, maybe, then, you can start thinking about your retirement!

Will Tekwie, a Wewak lawyer, has bought a drone and for my Christmas present has gone down to Brandi High School and taken some great aerial photos for me, which I have sent on to the old Brandi teachers and ex-students.

So now there are some good emails, full of old memories of Brandi, travelling from Perth, to Cairns, to Sydney, to Brisbane.

On the Sepik Region Development Discussion Forum on Facebook we make good use of photographs. I find good photos can replace a thousand words. And they really move people. How about some more photos on PNG Attitude? Just a thought.

Happy New Year to you both.

What may the future bring? Love Gary’s outburst! Can one man change PNG? I hope so. I see Renagi is thinking of standing in 2017! Another good bloke.

Better shut up and go back to my job, always a bit quiet on the weekends. Major bridge of the highway to Pagwi on the Sepik River has been washed away. Now have excellent photos of the scene. The locals are making a fortune out of the predicament.

What a marvellous change of mind and a fine Xmas gift to PNG.

Thanks for reconsidering the situation Keith and Phil.

This is wonderful news. But there must be no rest for us in PNG to learn
as fast as we can. No rest for us to consolidate our plans and set the plans in motion.

Thank you Phil for a chance for us to build on what you and others have done.

Thank you

This is a wonderful festive season gift, Keith and Phil. Thank you both.

Welcome news, Keith and Phil. A warning nevertheless that while the spirit is willing, the flesh is weakening thus a succession plan needs developing.

That such a spate of well wishing has drawn you from the shades of evensong can only bode well for optimistic authors who must now also reconsider the attendant obligations to be shouldered to assist your endeavors.

Thank you for the labors you continue to exert.

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