Sun, Sand, and Sea. And Sun.

I didn’t write anything yesterday because I was too fried from the sun. Mike’s family and I left out of Liapari Island yesterday morning, with Kolombangara standing proud in the distance. A boat full of lovely ladies of all sizes … what’s not to like? Well, plus Don, Abraham and myself. Here’s yours truly at…

Unbridled Joy

So I’m taking a short break from work to let my blood pressure work its way back down from the stratosphere. Here’s what swabbies do for enjoyment. I discovered that the master switch to the engine room lights was wired backward, so it was on when it said off. I took out the panel, reversed…

Putting In

It’s morning here on Liapari Island. I’m waiting for the time to put the ICE back into the water. She’s looking all happy with new bottom paint … we got lucky. Of the four days that we needed for painting, it only rained one morning. Here’s the ICE ready to roll … It’s curious to…

Hauling Out

The ICE is a curious vessel. It was built to go to Antarctica. So it is well insulated and very strong … which of course means very heavy. Here on Liapari Island, Noel buggered up his big slipway a while ago hauling out some giant vessel, so until he fixes that one he’s just got…

Munny

Buying supplies in the market here for our trip to Liapari Island, I got to thinking about money. The US has about the ugliest money in the world. By contrast, many countries go for much nicer designs. Here’s the $5 Solomons note, worth about sixty-five cents. At least that’s what it is supposed to look…

Feasting

There’s an excellent article over at Not A Lot Of People Know That about the BBC’s most recent foolish claims about the Solomon Islands. They’re saying that some islands have been drowned by rising seas … but the truth is that these are man-made islands. They were built in a lagoon because of headhunters on shore, and…