o Mi Harem Se people still don’t grasp that this entire town is bone dry. They keep assuming that someone must have set all these fires. But all the old buildings in Port Vila are like kindling right now, so all it takes is a cigarette butt, a match, or an untended cook fire to cause a conflagration. If people don’t get their heads around the fact that we have to take EXTREME care with fire until this drought is done, then more buildings are going to burn. Let’s just thank our lucky stars that we haven’t seen a bad fire in a residential neighbourhood. Silip!

o Mi Harem Se people are starting to see that the government’s inability to actually do any useful work is costing the nation dearly. Spending is stopped in many departments, with word coming down from on high that no proper budget will be forthcoming until next year. Finance is kicking the fiscal can down the road until then. Reports are that they’re scrambling to find legal ways to pay the bills. Worse, we’re hearing whispers that the debt numbers might be pretty dodgy as well. Talk about fiddling while Vila burns! Silip!

o Mi Harem Se the entire globe is abuzz with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet. The health minister is an actual doctor, the minister for science is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, and the minister of transport is an astronaut! Asked why he decided to give exactly half of the cabinet positions to women, he answered, “Because it’s 2015.” Silip!

o Mi Harem Se Fest Napuan celebrated 20 years of operation in style. The sound was (finally!!) really top, and nothing matters more in a music festival. Congratulations, too, on the really high quality video that Marke and the committee made possible. Can’t wait to see it. This year’s committee and their always-generous sponsors should take a bow! Silip!

o Mi Harem Se everyone read last week’s chiefly delegation wrong, including maybe the chiefs themselves. Opposition said they were playing politics. Of course they were; they were supporting their MPs! It’s their right. Government allies were frothing at the mouth when someone even named them. Of course they should be named! There’s no disrespect in that. People have a right to know who’s intervening in the nation’s politics. The chiefs made the mistake of second-guessing the Malvatumauri, which led to a pretty chilly reception from chief Tirsupe. The bottom line is that everyone just wants the legal process to run its course, and anything that gets in the way is less than welcome. Silip!

o Mi Harem Se the 112 emergency services number is being called again and again by somebody looking for some private nursing services to provide sexual healing. Congratulations, idiot, you just graduated from loser to stalker. No wonder you can’t get a date! Silip long namba six!

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