Australia Day in New Caledonia
Yesterday, January 26th was Australia day. I brought along some flags from my last R&R in remembrance of Australia day and handed them out. Someone asked whether it was Australia’s independence day, but no, it was Australia’s dependence day – our national day. A good reason to celebrate! Something like:
*** FirstF1337 has entered #Australia ***
<Indigenous>Hello FirstF1337! Welcome to #Australia.
<FirstF1337>O hai thar locals! All your base are belong to us!
*** FirstF1337 changes topic to: ‘#Australia now belongs to King George III!’
<Indigenous>lolwhut? We been here for like forever, you just got here and takeover?
*** FirstF1337 sets mode: +b Indigenous*!*@*.*
<Indigenous>You can’t do that!
*** Indigenous has been kicked by FirstF1337 (Bugger off, we’re full)
*** Convicts has been invited to join #Australia ***
In the afternoon, I was walking back to the office, and I observed someone standing on the manlift handrail to reach the top of a beam. He was being supervised by someone wearing a red helmet (safety). I stood next to the safety guy and the observers realised I was watching, so told the handrail-man to come down. Then I told the safety guy “Raise the manlift so he doesn’t need to climb on the handrail”. He replied “Yes” and began to raise it. I walked off, and turned around, and he was at it again!
At least he was wearing his harness and was tied-off to the handrail… I checked again later and he was sitting in the manlift. Maybe too many people watching. Maybe it was safe, and maybe he does it all time, but I do not feel comfortable to allow someone to do that.
In the evening, we went to Rob’s place for Australia day and his farewell gathering. t was great to be off-site for the night! Fortunately I was wearing my insect repellent (so only got a few bites on my ankles).
The prawns were really good, it was so relaxing sitting on the mat talking.