Big num­bers

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There was a story in your pa­per on July 12, 2020, which was about a Fi­jian in Africa help­ing our chil­dren from “a thousand miles away”.

This Fi­jian woman is in Ba­mako, Mali, Africa. Mali is where Tim­buktu is. So I Googled Suva to Ba­mako and the dis­tance is 19,000 kilo­me­tres – a big dif­fer­ence when com­pared to “a thousand miles away”.

It’s like a reg­u­lar bright spark in one of the let­ters col­umns, who sug­gested that the Min­is­ter for Econ­omy should dis­trib­ute $1 mil­lion to 900,000 Fi­jians dur­ing COVID-19 and they would re­ceive ap­prox­i­mately $1000 each.

Of course, if you dis­trib­ute $1m to 1m peo­ple they get $1 each. It ap­pears that a thousand miles and $1m are big num­bers for some Fi­jians.

Per­haps these ex­am­ples tell us some­thing about the size of the coun­try?

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