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This is­sue is a mixed bag that will have some­thing of in­ter­est, no mat­ter what your in­ter­est. It fea­tures ro­mance, cre­ative art, an is­land food­ies’ de­light, a se­ri­ous look at a se­ri­ous health is­sue and some more in­side skinny on rugby favourites. Our cover story pro­vides the ro­mance, with big time fam­ily bond­ing and a cou­ple who made sure that what they re­ally wanted was each other. By the time Bill Rasekaseka Kanavakalou and Dav­ila Speight got to the al­tar, their own re­la­tion­ship had stood the test of time and dis­tance. But the re­ally in­ter­est­ing thing about their wed­ding was that fam­ily ties were un­ex­pect­edly re­newed and Dav­ila ended up with six ‘best men’ to take her down the aisle. Rug­ger Kalione Na­soko “still feels nor­mal” but he is one of our ex­tra­or­di­nary Sevens play­ers. The most pres­sure he gets still comes from want­ing to well for his fam­ily, and sus­pects rugby is “per­haps in the genes”. He is re­lent­less in his drive to do well, and knows that wear­ing the 7s shirt to­day is no guar­an­tee of a per­pet­ual place. Peter Sipeli never fails to hold an au­di­ence and the ar­ti­cle about his de­vel­op­ment as a cre­ative artist and per­former of the spo­ken word is also grip­ping read­ing. His work is fa­mil­iar from univer­sity the­atres and lit­er­ary slams and crowded bars where he brings lo­cal po­etry to the masses. He knows the value of a space for wannabe cre­ative writ­ers to talk and work, and doesn’t hes­i­tate to help and men­tor new po­ets and per­form­ers. He also an­swers those who ask him “oh gosh, Peter, are you telling peo­ple to come out”. Thou­sands of miles to univer­sity and hours of study earned Sam­son Lee a de­gree in so­cial work, but his per­sis­tence and self con­fi­dence has earned him a place in Fiji’s up­mar­ket fash­ion in­dus­try. Those who re­mem­ber the Tiki Togs era will en­joy his big, bold prints and colours and eye­catch­ing styles on dis­play in his Suva bou­tique. Th­ese days he has re­peat cus­tomers and new ones come by word of mouth. To end on a note that all readers can en­joy, our favourite Fiji chef Lance Seeto has given a flavour of a new is­land beach club menu. Don’t miss this one.

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