RECENTLY a reader found cause to offer me some observations about PNG Attitude and this got me thinking about how far this blog has travelled and how the whole project has developed to get to this fourteenth year.
I was just a whippersnapper of 57 when it began.
Its deep beginning was in February 2002 as a conventional hard copy newsletter, under the masthead Vintage, published for former cadet education officers of the Class of 1962-63 of ASOPA, the Australian School of Pacific Administration.
Later in 2002, Vintage morphed into another newsletter called The Mail, which was to run for another nine years under the mastheads PNG Attitude and, briefly near the end, The Review.
The newsletter and the blog, which was launched in February 2006, were published side by side for more than five years.
Then, with the Crocodile Prize beginning to swallow great chunks of my time, the newsletter, which had developed into a sophisticated monthly review of PNG affairs, was discontinued.
As the newsletter and blog developed over those years there were, as you might imagine, huge changes.