Spacif­i­cally Speak­ing

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Happy New Year ev­ery­one – one month late but this is my first ar­ti­cle for 2018 and it’s nice to be back with maiL­ife. Lots of changes com­ing up with the dawn of the New Year, and one no­tices a def­i­nite in­crease in com­ments on so­cial me­dia about cur­rent con­tentious is­sues from per­sons once si­lent watch­ers, but now tak­ing a strong stand on any­thing and ev­ery­thing printed. Just stand­ing by to see if their names come up for the race in the next gen­eral elec­tions! One thing I wish would change though is the gen­eral be­hav­iour and man­ners of some of our driv­ers – hon­estly I think some won their driv­ers li­cence in their lo­cal kati – de­lib­er­ately driv­ing onto a round­about even though the line ahead is not mov­ing and to­tally stop­ping the traffic on ei­ther side of them from mov­ing across is so com­mon that it’s al­most ex­pected at each round­about or traffic hub. The Sam­ab­ula FNU hub is hor­ren­dous for this too. I guess it’s not much use com­plain­ing as they sim­ply fol­low our pub­lic ser­vants who drive and park as if they in­her­ited the roads from their grand­fa­thers - but it’s sad to see this com­mon­al­ity and I don’t know where it will end as bad road man­ners seems to be in­creas­ing. Saw a ve­hi­cle with ‘Je­sus – Know Him be­fore you meet Him’ em­bla­zoned across the back win­dow – very nice, but they were to­tally block­ing the lane into Pratt Street so they could ma­noeu­vre their four wheel drive into the street. I thought ‘poor Je­sus – he was proud to ride a don­key but now we have don­keys driv­ing cars, tak­ing His name in vain and be­ing ab­so­lutely thought­less!’ Ei­ther change your driv­ing ways or take the sign off your cars please! Read­ing re­cently that cane­cut­ters will be hired from over­seas to cut cane here in Fiji was a bit of a shock but hav­ing re­cently ren­o­vated part of our home, we were af­ter some­one to come and do some odd jobs once a week with­out hav­ing to hire a con­trac­tor for any pe­riod of time. Have you ever tried to do that dear reader? I’ve had car­pen­ters say I have to pro­vide the ham­mer, elec­tric drill, elec­tric saw and planer apart from the nails, tim­ber and paint etc? Or I can hire them from his friend who has them. Scam much! Amaz­ing – my dear late fa­ther was a mas­ter car­pen­ter and he had tools col­lected over the years - which my broth­ers now have - and my dear fa­ther kept them oiled and sharp­ened in a fine large wooden tool box he made him­self. But now to be asked to pro­vide them or they can­not come is a great pity, es­pe­cially when you are will­ing to pay $75 a day. I’ve also had in­di­vid­u­als en­gaged for a Saturday not turn­ing up or not ring­ing, or not an­swer­ing their phones at all – nada – then turn up when you are off to a fu­neral be­cause they have de­cided to do so! Maybe they were af­ter beer money. Some­how pride and re­spon­si­bil­ity seems to be miss­ing with part of our work­force – I think ev­ery­one is wait­ing for that big elu­sive con­tract over­seas to jump on a plane and fly out of Fiji to work for thou­sands of dol­lars per month. And why not, I guess, but I wish re­spect for one­self and one’s job can be in­cluded in the teach­ing of the var­i­ous build­ing trades in our in­sti­tu­tions. Just to con­clude, I’ve put this on so­cial me­dia al­ready but will do so in my col­umn this month in case res­i­dents may have missed out on my apol­ogy re our bark­ing dogs at night – and usu­ally at the most sen­si­tive hours between 12 – 4am! A lit­tle Bach mu­sic at night no doubt! Do you have that same prob­lem? What do you do to stop the bark­ing? Please note my plea – HOLMES STREET FLAGSTAFF DOG OWN­ERS ...... my apolo­gies for the rau­cous bark­ing at this very mo­ment but if you tied your dogs up at night they wouldn’t be squirm­ing into my fenced prop­erty and bark­ing at my dogs from the safety of their ‘free’ po­si­tions! No amount of calm­ing my dogs will pre­vent them from bark­ing at these five in­trud­ing dogs who have en­tered our ter­ri­tory they are sup­posed to pro­tect. So, as you per­sist in let­ting them wan­der loose around Flagstaff, both day and night, please con­tinue to en­joy their spe­cial ren­di­tion of ‘Sym­phony in Dog in D Ma­jor’, es­pe­cially dur­ing their mid­night to three am prom con­certs - which also in­cludes some very heavy metal bark­ing. Free. And from the com­fort of your own beds. En­joy. So it’s not our dogs but the neigh­bours’ dogs that causes the uproar and mid­night rock con­cert and my con­tin­u­ing apolo­gies to those around me in Flagstaff. I await the ar­rival of a much looked for­ward to dog whis­tle that should solve the prob­lem. You can’t hear it but the dogs can – even the two legged va­ri­ety! Heads up for fab­u­lous fundrais­ing events and fash­ion launches – in May get ready for the IWA May Ball, June is the launch of the Fijian Fash­ion Fes­ti­val – style be­yond bound­aries and the Homes of Hope fundrais­ing ball in July – all wor­thy causes and or­gan­i­sa­tions for us all to sup­port – more in­for­ma­tion next month.

Have a won­der­ful month ahead. Pax Vi­tia.

Mrs BER­NADETTE ROUNDS GANILAU is a for­mer ra­dio per­son­al­ity and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Now re­tired, she con­tin­ues with her NGO work and runs her own busi­ness.

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