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Between The Lines

Between The Lines
August 20
10:06 2018

Festival with a difference

Two things this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival was famous for.

1) For the first time it was held at Valelevu grounds, Nasinu.

2) Despite a few drizzles, it was generally fine. We all know from the past that the festival is usually associated with rain. There has even been suggestion to change the timing in order to escape the rain.

The organisers had faith and stuck with the timing. They also kept the faith when they could not secure a venue for the festival in Suva. It’s been a huge success, we hear.

The stall owners enjoyed the brisk business and were happy. The people were happy. The big crowd came as no surprise because the weather was fine and this was the heartland of the most densely populated area in Fiji. The temptation is there to keep it at Valelevu next year. But BTL’s guess is that the festival could shift back to Suva.

Who’s more accessible?

All this talk about a free and transparent government in the ranks of the Opposition political parties fell flat last week.

The president of a branch of a political party in one of the maritime islands rang the headquarters in Suva for help.

The island team, comprising primary schools rugby and netball players participating in the Kaji competition, was desperately in need of a gas cylinder.

The president asked an office worker to pass on his telephone number to a prominent Opposition politician. He never got any response.

He was heard muttering to himself that the bad experience defines the difference between FijiFirst Government leader Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Opposition politicians.

He says Mr Bainimarama is easily accessible.

Even people can call the PM’s phone.


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