I will make it. I caught the only flight out of Buka today, to Port Moresby, a jungle-hopper that stopped first in Rabaul and Lae. Tomorrow I fly to Brisbane and from there, a few hours later, to Singapore and London. I arrive late on Thursday afternoon, in time for the service at the crematorium on Friday.
It strikes me that this is a good time to thank those without whom this journey would not have been possible. I have been lucky. Looking back now it seems that everyone I met who could help, did, often without a second thought and almost always for no reward. So, to the following, thanks:
Sarah Elks (and Mitch)
The staff of Rabans Guest Haus
Mattias and Carol Horn
Mark ‘Wolfy’ (mate, I’ve forgotten how to spell your surname)
Dave Hempenstall (who, among other things, took the above photo)
There are others, I’m sure, that I have unjustly forgotten. When I remember them, I will add their names here.