Ingrid and I are heading up to Brisbane and Noosa in an hour or so with the dual purpose of taking a short break from Sin City and catching up with a number of former Papua New Guinea acquaintances who have chosen, for reasons best known to them, to live in the Sunshine State.

Today I’ll be visiting Martin and Ann Hadlow at their rural retreat in Brisbane’s north. Martin is now Associate Professor Hadlow, Director of the Centre for Communication in Change and Development at the University of Queensland. If you think that’s a bit of a mouthful you should cop some of the job titles he had in his earlier UNESCO career.

Martin has settled for the relative calm of Brisvegas after stints in Kazakhstan, Jordan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka (restoring communications after the tsunami) and finally a truly hardship posting in Paris. Martin took over Radio Bougainville from me in 1973 and then, in 1976, did likewise when I left 2ARM-FM Armidale to do a Maldive Islands stint with … UNESCO.

Later in the week I’ll be in touch with many other Asopians and E-Coursians including Murray and Joan Bladwell, David Keating, Ron Antoine, Colin (Huggiebear) Huggins, Henry and Janelle Bodman, Bill Welbourne, Dennis and Ros Burrell, Diane and Bill Bohlen, Joe and Kathryn Crainean and Barry (Fluffer) Flannery up in Nambour.

I’ll try to report on the week’s escapades from Internet cafes along the route.


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