Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On


Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Protect Our Records

With the threat of tsunamis from undersea earthquakes we need to think of some defences and take precautions. Our museum, library and archives are near the sea. I’m sure we will also have important documents in government buildings. There will be other import documents stored in buildings that are located by the sea. To protect our heritage we should move these important institutions to higher ground. Or move the records away  from the threat. Some people may say that there is no threat because of the reefs   and the many islands in the Fiji waters. The tidal wave in 1953 saw Suva inundated with water, the cause of the wave was right in the Suva harbour. Times have changed and the earth has aged a little more and with all the rubbish we have thrown into the sea it will have added to the aging of our part of the earth.  The weather pattern has been upset by things and we are having rain when we should be having a drought and vice versa.

Let us not be caught by an unusual situation and wonder why we hadn’t done anything to protect our records and artifacts when we start to pick up the pieces after Suva is destroyed by water. Japan is the most prepared country in the world, just look at what happened.


The fragility of life and stuff...... said…
Protect our records......

Full of commonsense, Allen. We always seem to wait until it is too late. "Life is fragile: handle with care". The first Miss Hibiscus was wont to say. Her interests have also extended to historical legacy. So why not take not note?

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