|Mt Everest- North Face from Base Camp|
Many people do not know where Fiji is unless they are Sevens fans. But thanks to Matthew Webb, an Englishman who works in Suva, we received a little extra publicity when he joined a climbing group in the Himalayas.
"When I told my team that I was off to do this trip, they got very excited and gave me a survival pack to take along that comprised of a can of Fiji Gold, some wet wipes due to limited bathroom facilities on the mountains, and a Fiji flag to take up to base camp."
He made sure to take a Fiji flag with him when he embarked on an adventure to the Himalayas, the world's tallest mountain range.
Vinaka Mr. Webb.
I have a sincere plea to the police officers at the Lautoka police station. Could you please step up patrols in the CBD and the fringes of the City? There has been a slight increase in robberies and your presence will help keep would be crime down.
In the CBD pick pockets have emerged and they are very brave. They work in threes and fours and are very professional. Taxi drivers get hassled and when they look around for police assistance there is none. We are approaching the festive season of Christmas and there will be a lot of drunks and pests on the road. One thing we are facing is people begging for money. They are a nuisance , especially when you refuse and they verbally abuse you.
If there is a shortage of staff, deputise a few of us who work at the market. We will keep law and order and assist you.
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.