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ABC to slash 80 staff - mostly from Radio Australia and the Asia/Pacific news desk. And the Australia Network is dead.

A sad day.

Well at least PNG Attitude is going from strength to strength.

http://mumbrella.com.au/abc-makes-first-round-cuts-80-jobs-expected-go-238241

Hi Keith - In both my PC and Mac, for 'PNG Attitude' articles, the Post and Preview buttons are mostly in-operative, yet on the 'All about PNG Attitude' page, these are operable. Any clues?
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Can't explain that, Lindsay, not a problem I've encountered previously. As a work around, if you want a comment posted, email it directly to me - KJ

Good advice Keith. But a book is a considered effort, maybe involving years of work. Twitter is off-the-cuff comments often with no consideration. And my how the great have fallen.

Rupert Murdoch Verified account ‏@rupertmurdoch

777crash confirms jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.

http://www.twitter-fail.com/

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Try @colvinius @1petermartin @johnquiggin @justiniannews and @tonyhwindsor and use them as an intelligent person's guide to what lies beyond in the links - KJ

In the last few weeks we have been intrigued by the Twitter phenomenon (which being an old fart hadn't caught my attention).

My first reactions are it is a combination of pub talk and the externalisation of inner voices. Maybe a new-tech combination of both?

There's everything on Twitter from the whimsical to the downright depraved and calls for violence from people who have never been hit in the face by a banana leaf.

But see it for what it is. Mostly verbal diarrhoea.

http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-science-of-how-we-talk-to-ourselves.html
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Go to a bookshop and you'll see the trash and the treasures. Treat Twitter the same way. Select who you follow carefully and you'll find yourself connected to a wonderful trove of information - KJ


I don't know about Ray Noble, but apparently Tommy Dorsey performed at a concert party for the troops in New Guinea. It's mentioned here -

"'Boredom is the Enemy': The Intellectual and Imaginative Lives of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond" By Dr Amanda Laugesen.

..and was heard by none other than Smoky Dawson

And for some light relief, here's Private Les Homsey doing the Hula as part of a ballet concert party in Port Moresby. Not quite sure what the troops thought of ballet, but Les seems to be having fun.

http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/026036/

Arresting news about PNG on ABC Radio at 1pm today?

Here's a question. Did Ray Noble with Dorsey ever record a song about New Guinea?
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Can't find one, Peter, but the tunes of the Dorsey band were certainly broadcast throughout the south-west Pacific, including by Tokyo Rose - KJ

Hi, am writing a book about my very close mate Utula Samana.

I spent 10 years as his provincial secretary and kiap and attended his funeral in Lae.

It was great to hear some great stories I can use.

I am in PNG often working for the people and especially Bougainville where I also married and children were born.

It's great to help PNG's wonderful people.

I want to make an observation on the current crisis in Ukraine.

President Putin has tested President Obama long enough to know that Obama is not a warmonger like his predecessor Bush.

For instance, Obama publicly announced that use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria would be crossing a 'red line' that would attract immediate military intervention from the US, but when the Assad regime did use chemical weapon against its own citizens, Obama failed to keep his word.

Now Russian military is occupying Crimea region in Ukraine. The tension is very high. Ukraine government has mobilized its army and has asked US and the West for help. But Obama and the West are not taking the same step late President Kennedy took back in 1963 during Cuban missile crisis by blocking Soviet ships from entering Cuba but instead talking about imposing economic sanctions on Russia, which Russia is not very busy.

China and other emerging powers are closely watching how the US and West are handling issues around the world. What appears now is that President Obama seems to be presiding over the decline of the US world hegemony.

The next power to dominate the world is China. The US dominates the world with both its eyes and ears open, but China will dominate with its eyes open but ears closed.

Keith - tell Ingrid I've sent a comment to her blog.

Good show!

Meow, meow, meow.

Is the ending I recall.

Keith - this is a Kuman nursery rhyme. They should be remembered. It should be sung.


Go-go seven mile walking down the road

I saw a pretty girl walking on the road

I have no money to pay the bus, so I walk on the road.

Go-go seven mile,

I saw pretty girl walking on the road

I have no money to pay the bus,
So I walk on the road.

Where's your money?

In my pocket.

Where's your pocket?

I forget it.

You silly pussy cat.

Would you believe it? I'm having an argument with Rose about how to pronounce 'tomato'.

She had a US English teacher, so bugger it, it's tomayto and potaytoe and Guard instead of God and all manner of other obscenities.

Let's call the whole thing off.

KJ, try to stay away from social media sites.

If one posts on too many of them, people of a nefarious bent can piece information together and cause one much grief. Any info you post is the property of the site, whose owners can then use as they see fit. (Read the fine print.) Mailing lists for example are worth big money in this day and age.

Remember, if you are on a public domain site and you are not paying, then you are the product. I worked in the computer industry (engineering) for thirty years, so I will not touch such sites with a 40 foot pole. ie. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter et al.

Maski. Em laik bilong wanwan ah? Sampela man nogut wokim "identity theft" long yu. Em orait O?

Yu lukaut long nau.

Keith, I am liking the new website look. Full marks.

Thank you editor.

My comments are summarised by statements in the 'Structure' section of this article. You just knew where to tap from a crowdy world. It's an amazing and beautiful initiative. It is like poetry.

Thank you so much.

PS: By the way does the blog name signal balance representation enough, between the two countries?
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The blog name is what it is; the blog philosophy is one of cultural equivalence. I'm generally pleased with how it all works. And often pleasantly surprised - KJ

I stumbled upon this blog accidently and have been hooked since.

I suggest we could have a Facebook page so we can easily "share" and "like" the page for convenient access.

I am overwhelmed by the contributions that I had read and I'm writing a personal life story for contribution.
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Thanks, Chris, I look forward to your contribution and welcome to our readership. As for a Facebook page, I am flat out keeping this blog and the associated Twitter account afloat amongst my other life obligations, so I might pass on that for the moment - KJ

Hi, I have several hundred copies of John Fowke's book, 'Kundi Dan' that I want to give away to an interested party.

I've tried Johns old email address to offer them back to him but is no longer current.

Can you please pass this message onto John or distribute to see if any of your readers are interested. Must be picked up from a Toowong office by Friday 17 May.
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I'm sure readers will get this message, Glenn, although the deadline seems a bit tight. You can contact John at zaukave@optusnet.com.au - KJ

Keith - can anyone fill me on Andy Anderson (or Andersen), once of the Tapini Guest House.

I knew him but my diaries are not with me at the moment.

I remember visiting him in Long Bay. He used to be the Kiap at Tapini.
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Can any reader give John a steer? - KJ

I was on the 7th E Course with Gordon Shirley in 1964 and left PNG in 1981.

I returned to Bogia in 2010 for a visit and to Rabaul last year for Anzac Day.

Rabaul Teachers' College was part of Malaguna Tech and the Tech School is still operating although most of Rabaul is now deserted.

We stayed at the Rabaul Hotel (previously Ascot), one of the few buildings left in Mango Avenue.

Whilst serving in the Bulolo area in 1942, Dalkeith George Noel Chambers enlisted in the NGVR. He then transferred to the AIF and was posted to ANGAU.

He was later seconded to Z Special Unit and later to the Allied Intelligence Bureau where he was with the US forces for the landing at Cape Gloucester.

He was discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Temporary Major and returned to his home city, Melbourne.

I can find little else about him other than reference to a Dalkeith George Chambers who was born about 1915 and who died in Hastings, Victoria, in 1985.

Bob, could that have been Ludi Schmidt who lived in Wau in the early '70's?

John Fowke - I spotted your mention of Ludwig Schmidt. I've often wondered what became of him, but never made any serious effort to find him.

He was the bridge builder par excellence who worked with me in building the road over Daulo Pass in 1953-54. We got on well - he had quite a philosophical bent at times.

What do you know of his subsequent life and movements - or can you give me a lead to anyone who may know.

Ludi, to be fully accurate in the pages of PNG history, is (or was?) Ludwig Schmidt Junior.

I was approached a year or three ago by a lady of the same family who works for Patrick Killoran, Banz Kofi, in his office at Kagamuga.

I was able to provide her with a photograph, and memories from my talks with late Dan Leahy of Korgua and Kuta back in around 1990.

The Leahys notably Clem and Joe, both present in Mt Hagen area today, all believe that Dan’s recollection that the Pora/Schmidt family is descended from Dal Chambers is correct.

I expect that the present-day descendants of Father Ross would also be able to confirm this – they are present in Mt Hagen today.

Dan and Mick Leahy were in close contact several times with Ludwig Schmidt as he moved thru the Hagen area and on to Wabag and Maramuni and would have known if he had left a child behind him.

I also found a reference to Dal Chambers’s war-service which I passed on to the lady mentioned above. I know nothing of his life after the war, or indeed if he survived it.

On page 146 of my book KUNDI DAN there is a photograph of a group at Mt Hagen on the old Mogei airstrip taken in 1938. Included in the group are both Dal Chambers and Mrs Chambers..

The book is available from Patrick’s café at Kagamuga and from the Christian Bookshop in town.

I'm wondering if you have any information on Dal Keith Chambers, OIC Mt Hagen 1938? We have been told he was Paul Pora's father.
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Can any readers assist? - KJ

Tally ho old chap!

Holmes convulsed in terror as the spiked mask bore down upon his face. Herr Shitler laughed.

"And now my friend you will know what it it to be spiked, ja?"

But at this moment, as the spikes were about to pierce Holmes' face, the steam pipes erupted in a cascade of boiling gas.

Holmes managed to free himself from the shackles.

"Watson, you took your time!"

"Elementary dear Holmes. I had to find the right spanner."

But Herr Shitler had escaped.

"Quick Watson - grab your revolver, the hound is down there!"

Anyone want to hear more about Sherlock Holmes in PNG?

He had a third adventure, you know.

It's all about stealing artefacts and selling them to western museums. But there is a sinister side to the trade which involves skulduggery, deception and even murder!

The case is afoot.

KJ - the link to the full Dr Schram story isn't working and the comments seem to have been disabled.

Suggest you get your IT guys to do a security audit, and reset your passwords.
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The matter has been taken up with Typepad - KJ

Something strange going on as I cannot access our original Albert Schram piece to post a comment. Someone or some thing is blocking me. Extraordinary on my own blog. However, this work around will suffice....
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2nd Deportation of Unitech VC Albert Schram

Hello Keith, This is Harry Egimbari. I am a student from Unitech PNG). This email serves to inform you of the above if you have not been alerted yet.

Sir, it would be greatly appreciated if you run anything regarding this Vesuvian issue as we need as much publicity as we can get.

Right now the atmosphere on campus is eerily sombre on the matter mainly in the student lodges which I suspect is due largely to a lack of information.

A small group of students in response are currently using the information on PNG Attitude and other sources, print and electronic, by linking to on small but significant Facebook group pages and also printed/ xeroxed and pasted on bulletin boards and water cooler-esque places.

So Keith, please help us to help ourselves.

Thanks,

Harry Egimbari (hegimbari@gmail.com)
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I have asked Harry to provide us with more information - and I have asked Albert to submit an update of his situation for publication, Mysterious and mysteriouser - KJ

Hear! Hear!

The students are really getting stuck into it.

More power to them.

Now we need articles from them.

Bernard - Good to see some of your students taking up the challenge and making thoughtful comments. More power to them.

Thank you Peter. PNG Attitude has come a long way.

I was doing research about PNG when I first discovered the blog, in 2010 I believe.

I salute KJ and his marvellous effort so far.

Bernard - I for one am happy to help. One idea that broadens the mind is coming to terms with older literature.

One great book I can recommend which bridges the gap is Mister Pip. Then read Great Expectations and you see where Lloyd Jones is coming from.

But I'm sure you have this covered. Anyway - all the best for you and your students.

Arthur Conan Kranz.

Peter, that will be awesome.

All these students have access to computers and the Internet. Soon they will be getting their laptops from the University, especially those who have paid their fees in full.

Written communication is just as important as verbal, non-verbal and visual communication.

On PNG Attitude we have a lot of skilful writers. My vision is for you skilful writers to mentor our young minds through your writing.

Also I want to build this culture of reading, something that most Papua New Guineans do not like doing. The more my students read, the more they understand their community, country and the world they live in.

As of this year onwards PNG Attitude will feature in all the courses I teach. So I hope all you old chalkies, scholarship writers and KJ keep us entertained.

Great idea Bernard. Maybe some contributors would be willing to 'mentor' some of your students or at least engage with them to discuss the background to stories, motivation to write, style etc. Some of us are old chalkies.

Congratulations on this innovative course criteria Bernard.

Welcome to Attitude class.

I have cleared some workload and have created time for myself to get back into blogging, something I enjoy doing.

The purpose of this email is to inform you that I have incorporated PNG Attitude into my student assessments for this academic year.

Students enrolled for the year one course CA 121 -Communication Skills are instructed to read 10 articles from the blog and write one comment on each article starting in Week 4 (this week) up to Week 14.

After commenting, the link to the article and comment will be emailed to me for analysis and marks. This assessment is worth 10%.

Names of students;

1. Rozabelle Hota
2. Joyce Bagi
3. Robert Jikavi
4. Ben Akuani
5. Kaludia Pirit
6. Nathan Gabara
7. Vero Kaupa
8. Triscilla Waikasi
9. Sedrick Mora
10. Sharlene Kendo (2 comments so far)
11. Lei Atua
12. Jerilee Diaram
13. Timothy Poroda
14. Joanna Mogerema
15. Nigel Gagau
16. Richard Ponja
17. Beatrice Yokondo
18. Lithiana Nondebia
19. Colleen Ambrose
20. Annsli Kabekabe
21. Rosemary Kaiye
22. Monica Jean George
23. William Gende
24. Josiah Pup
25. Neil Yamalu
26. Desmond Kuluwah
27. Sam Nevegapa
28. Jocabeth Yuasi
29. Arthur Igag
30. Jerome Aiake
31. Fidelis Lai
32. Kialo Kui
33. Talsha Bannick (1 comment so far)

Thus, more traffic coming your way.
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I have responded to Bernard and his students: "I look forward to reading and sharing your students’ ideas and opinions – and also to lightly editing their work when required! I also wish you and them luck in this important course. Communication skills are the bedrock of all good human relationships." - KJ

I believe KJ's vision is that PNG Attitude should be an all-round magazine of PNG/Australian interests, encompassing news, current affairs, the arts, opinion, sport and entertainment and accessible to people of all ages.

As such we should pray that age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety.

And we should welcome robust debate, art and humorous diversions and strange oddities, and not take aim at each other.

I'm looking for Chris Andrews (full name, Christopher Robin Andrews) who was a member of the Papua New Guinea Constabulary, probably as early as the late 1950s.

My brother Alan and I were childhood friends of Chris in Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded.

Chris was probably born around 1936, either in Singapore, Palestine, or the UK.

His father was an officer in the British Army and was killed just before Singapore fell in 1942.

My family lost track of Chris in the 1950s and would like to re-establish contact if Chris is still alive.

Can you help me? Can you give me some advice of where to go next?
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If any reader can assist, simply leave a comment on the site - KJ

Proud to be part of this dynamic team. Thumbs up Keith for establishing PNG Attitude.

I believe in the next 5 years PNG Attitude readers and contributors will be doubled.

Keep up the tireless efforts Keith.

Keith, congratulations on creating and maintaining a successful website fully dedicated to Australia-PNG relationship since 2006.

I for one am truly blessed to be one of the contributors of articles for PNG Attitude.

Thus, I will continue to contribute articles as and when we have time.

Congratulations Keith Jackson. A shining light in the blogosphere.

A nice balance between commentary on contemporary issues, preservation of vital historical figures and events, as well as a liberal dose of cultural and artistic pursuits.

Keep up the great work.

Hey Keith - Are we going to have a PNG Christmas story competition again this year?

If so I'll start rattling the keyboard.
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Not a competition but readers' PNG-Pacific Christmas stories are most welcome and will be published. Send them to me at the email address shown in 'About', top right under my pic - KJ

I am asking for your help as I am not versed regarding the companies associated with the LNG project at Tari near Mendi in the Southern Highlands of PNG.

I'm aware of Exxon Mobil being the main company but the smaller companies doing the road construction are unknown to me. One coming to mind is CHL.

You also mentioned the drilling manager Jim McDermott. Would there be an e-mail address that I could contact him on? Thank you.

Hertz rent-a-car at Kokopo is good.

I am going on the Queen Mary 2 on a trip, mainly because it is going to Rabaul for one day.

Do you know a car hire company there from which we could hire a car or a car and driver. I am worried that we may book one and they don’t turn up.

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Can any reader assist Pat with his query? - KJ

Sorry about the word-wrap f*** up.

Bloody Microsoft.

Keith - Maybe my last comment should go into the "PNG Filmography" category.

I have more to say about "The Straits". And I welcome other opinions.
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Sheesh, I wish it was that easy this category thing..... Bloody Typepad - KJ


"The Straits". On ABC.

ABC cements their reputation as probably the only serious Aussie purvervors of truly indigenous stories. Remote Area Nurse by
SBS is the only serious exception that equals this (and exceeded it in my mind due to the music by David Bridie).

Except that The Straits did not do any actual filming on PNG soil.

A bloody violent, brilliant and disturbing story. A FNQ/Torres/PNG equivalent to Underbelly.

Beautifully filmed, dramatically acted with the great Brian Cox of RSC reputation (but with a rather strange accent - rather
like Sean Connery combined with Nelson Mandela - I saw Brian once live in Blighty when he was talking proper), plus many
equally good local actors.

Remember Brian was Hannibal Lector in the original film. At least as good as Anthony Hopkins.

It's the story of gun running and drug-dealing gangs working between PNG and far north Queensland.

I have some second-hand-knowledge of this and don't doubt the the basic premise is true (maybe this evidence is more fit
for another time and place).

But of course it's a fictional and dramatic film story.

The UK accents are a bit sus. The drama is a bit jumpy. And the muted sex scenes are quite out of place.

But the Tok Pisin and Torres Pisin is pretty authentic - according to the boss meri (but a bit southern).

Aaron Fa'aoso is brilliant.

But the drama of the Island way of life; the Australian connection, and the PNG raskol grenades dropped into things make
amazing viewing.

Altogether great and compelling viewing, though admittedly flawed.

I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

So far.

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