So I'm off on holiday next week which couldn't come sooner. Very relieved and looking forward to having a bit of an adventure. The plan is to head to Goroka then swing through to Madang afterwards, basically my attempt to see PNG while I am here.
Work wise things have been very busy. Recently got involved in a small side project with Marilyn Havini, a human rights advocate living in Buka. She and her husband Moses put in a heroic effort documenting the human rights abuses taking place in Bougainville during the Crisis, which are summarised in two reports and a database.
Unfortunately Marilyn does not have any of these backed up in digital format so I spent a bit of time last week scanning and touching up the reports so that we had a digital copy that closely resembled the original. The database work has hit a snag though; it is saved on floppy disks with a format that conforms to a now out of date operating system. Hopefully we will be able to recruit some help from an Australian university to recover the data. Will let you know how it goes.