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Robert F. Kay's Blog – April 2011 Archive (10)

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.3

But such buildings! They seem to have sprung from a collabo­ration of Lutyens and Albert Speer. Fifty years of tropical rains have weathered the austere concrete finish-meant to look like ashlar stone-into great streaks of light and dark grey and…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.2

At the centre of Suva is a tiny wedge-shaped park called the Triangle, with a great ivi, or native chestnut tree, at its apex. Wooden benches encircle the massive bole, and these were filled by substantial Fijian gentlemen, possessed of the same venerable calm as their setting, reading the Fiji Times. An office tower's morn­ing shadow had not quite withdrawn from nearby palms;…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 26, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2.1

We ordered a second round from Hari and watched the Suva traffic subside. Below us passed young Indians in bell-bottoms and bula shirts; Fijian matrons in ankle-length dresses, big combs stuck in their hair; with their husbands, bureaucrats perhaps, wearing ties,…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Suva-- Chapter 2

An ol d yellow two-storey build­ing across from the city market; letters along the balcony: HOTEL METROPOLE. The only door I could see gave entrance to a stand-up beer hall with a wet floor, some full-size billiard tables, and a multitude of tough-looking Fijians holding cues with the graceful menace of men who still fish with…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 20, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Coral Coast-- Chapter 1.14



The country flattened out into low-lying rice paddies hatched with banks and ditches. On…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 17, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Sigatoka-- Chapter 1.13

The racial picture is equally complex. Fijians are taller and burlier than most other "Melanesians," and though they have frizzy hair of the "afro" type, their skin colour ranges from a deep blue-black to brown. People tend to be darker in the western Pacific, lighter in the east, but…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 14, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Sigatoka-- Chapter 1.12

Near Sigatoka, dunes become visible between the road and the sea-great mounds and crescents of yellow sand borne by the wind from sandbanks at the river's mouth. Until stabilized recently by the planting of tenacious grasses, these dunes moved year by year, century by century,…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 13, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadi -- Chapter 1.11



At Sigatoka the driver shouted "Fifteen minutes" and parked next to an older bus with its name, Spirit Of Simon, painted in red on the side. The town stands at the mouth of Fiji's second­ largest river, and prospers from market gardening in the valley. Derek pointed out a…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadi -- Chapter 1.10

We took the bus from Nadi to Suva, the capital, at the other end of the island. The vehicle had a windscreen and a roof, but no glass in the side windows, merely a row of canvas blinds that…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 6, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

On Fiji Islands -- Nadi -- Chapter 1.9

Fiji has been called the "little India of the Pacific." In the western province of Ba, which includes Nadi, Lautoka, and much of the country's sugar land, Indians outnumber Fijians almost three to one; for Fiji as a whole the ratio is close to fifty-fifty.  

There as  time when demographers  predicted that Indians would displace Melanesians in much the same way that the white man supplanted the "Indians" of North…

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Added by Robert F. Kay on April 4, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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