Solomon Islands:

Nemesis – the end of the Pacific War

2 December 2012 | Media

Earlier this year I travelled up through the north Solomon Islands and joined a village boat across from Shortland Island to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. I wrote it up as taking the Back Door to Bougainville, since it’s not an official entry point into the countr...

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Panguna Mine in Bougainville

1 March 2012 | Places

In February I travelled up through the Solomon Islands and into Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. I’ve posted on my back door route to Bougainville, taking a local boat across from Shortland Island, the northernmost island in the Solomons. I’ve also posted on the sad ...

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The Sad Story of Balalae Island

28 February 2012 | Places

On my way north through the Solomon Islands and on to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea I flew in to Balalae or Ballalae Island. I spent a couple of nights at nearby Shortland Island before thumbing a boat ride to Bougainville with islanders heading to Buin for the Sat...

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Yamamoto’s Aircraft Wreck

25 February 2012 | Places

The Japanese advance across the Pacific had been turned round at Guadalcanal in the Solomons and the Americans were now advancing north. On 13 April 1943 from his base at Rabaul on the Papua New Guinea island of New Britain, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto set out on a moral...

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Airport Transfers

16 March 2011 | Transport

I’ve had three tight transfers in recent months, two successfully, one a total failure. ▲ Coming in to Singapore over the Rhiau Islands • Singapore Changi Airport – inbound from Phuket on Silk Air, out to Melbourne on Singapore Airlines with a crazy tight 50 m...

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