“Leo didn’t seem like a bad chap,” Michael observed, “although he seemed a bit subdued by the long show day schedule.”
My view is that the DPM was probably overawed and a little speechless at being introduced by Show official Mike Quinn to PNG’s Crocodile Prize-winning poet.
“Anyway,” Michael continued, “I was glad that he squeezed in a visit. I gave him good news about pigs and poultry!”
In honour of the occasion, I composed a brief ballad of veneration, which goes something like this:
Gat wanpela bigman nem Leo
Emi singaut olsem kam hi-o
Kam sekim han blon mi
Na baimbai mpla dring ti
Na go lukim ol pik blong yu...
To which Michael kindly commented: “That’s a start, Keith!”
The other big news is that Crocodile prize winning essayist Martyn Namorong, seen here at Parliament House in Canberra earlier this year, has been revived by The National as someone who is allowed to be mentioned.
It all came about when he was declared the overall winner of the 2012 Excellence in Anti-Corruption Reporting Media Awards for “balanced reports and demonstrating excellent investigative journalism and research skills”.
A two-week tour to Australia early next year (Martyn’s visit this year was organised by PNG Attitude and paid for by readers) to meet leading investigative journalists is the big prize.
Martyn also won a new lap-top computer for his report on the special project agriculture business lease (SPABL) in East Sepik Province.
The awards are an initiative of UNDP, in partnership with British High Commission, Transparency International PNG, the Business against Corruption Alliance, and ABC-NBC.
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