Broken English in the Solomon Islands

crew sign

“There’s no excuse for not learning the language,” an ex-voluntary aid worker on the flight from Brisbane to Honiara told me. “You should learn Pidgin.” Her name was Tania. She had previously worked in the Solomon Islands for two years as a torture and trauma psychologist with victims of domestic violence. Tania was on a [...]

A fresh guide to Tok Pisin and the power of laughter

Augusta of Kia

  There is nothing more lovely than the smile in a person’s eyes. And you’ll find that the same things make people smile and laugh all over the world – finding that commonality wherever you are is easy; just think that what your friends and family find funny, the rest of the world might too. [...]

Liberated in PNG

The minx after a couple of beers

A soundtrack to PNG could start with David Bowie’s Space Oddity because as one salty sailor said, “It’s damn remote out here” and a queer place to arrive at. Then anything by Norah Jones to fall asleep to in the warm tropical breeze and bam! Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up blares as your camera is [...]

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