Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Readers are urged to read the comments on yesterday's address by the PM on the lifting of PER, and add comments of their own.

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.


New Years public holiday dawns and the weather in Waiyavi is fine. It is hot though and humid, but fine. Last night the sounds of drums and cans being banged and singing permeated the air till the wee hours of the morning.

Monday January the 2nd dawns and all is quite. Lots of people will be sleeping in, hung over, over eaten, bloated, felling sick. Some will be satisfied, some will comfortable and some will be wondering where they are. Some will be on the road to recovery, detoxing and vowing never to consume alcohol again. Lots of retching will be down and the sound of, “Oh God, if you take away this bad feeling I vow never to drink again.”

Some people will already be on to their New Years resolution and looking forward to losing weight, getting fit, stop smoking and many others.

In about 365 days we will be doing it all over again. Or should that be in a weeks time when we have recovered and are feeling good enough to down a few more bottles of beer.

But to all who have made resolutions the best way to stick to it is to tell everyone what your resolutions are. That way they will be on your back all the time when you are seen smoking, or eating too much again.

New Year Bash

Someone commented on the $150,000 that has been provided by sponsors to host the New Years Street party in Suva. He said that the money could be put aside to be used for education, the poor, upgrading our roads or other things.

I said, “I hope I’m not going to offend you, but do you know that all that is already being done by the phone companies, Rotary Club, the banks, NGOs, government agencies, Friends of Fiji, the private sector, the churches in Fiji and those from abroad and many individuals who choose to remain anonymous. Why don’t we celebrate the coming of the new year by getting together to dance the night away, have fun, meet people and, yes, just have fun.”

Thank you to Vodafone, and Total Event Company you have been a wonderful event in the lives of the people of Suva. We in Lautoka will be doing our street party also with all the wonderful bands and personalities.

And yes, we can’t be collecting money all year round for the needy, there has to come a time for us to also come together to celebrate and give thanks. It’s a way to say thank you to all the people who have been making an effort to make our lives in Fiji a better one. Let’s put aside our struggles and differences and say hello to the New Year. And an interesting feature is that "Radio Australia will feature the street party in its Pacific Beat Program."

Happy New year everyone.


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