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Job "Prospect" fades... [Feb. 14th, 2007|07:41 pm]
Bob Bain
Last Friday I wrote:-

"I was drained at the interview but I have skills they could possibly use. Dunno. It was pointed out to me that it might be necessary as part of the role to travel to even hotter and less savory places than Sydney (perhaps for "a week")."

This is not to be which is possibly not unexpected. Anything that involves even a week's sojourn in Port Moresby (New Guinea) is not something that I would jump head over heels for....


In 2004 Port Moresby was ranked the worst place in the world to live, in the Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of 130 of the world's capital cities. High levels of rape, robbery and murder and large areas of the city controlled by gangs of thugs, known locally as "raskols" were cited. According to a 2004 article in the Guardian newspaper, unemployment rates are estimated to be between 60 and 90% and murder rates three times that of Moscow and 23 times the rate in London.

Not at my age methinks. I have been to Port Moresby enroute to Singapore by ship, sailing up the Queensland coast. I don't recall being "unsafe" back then (the employer pointed out that "Moresby is not safe") and the colourful advertisements on the buses in "pidgin" English were amusing. This was however a long long time ago in a different world entirely.

Back to the assignment. Plod on. Plod on....