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Wantok Weekly 18.02.13

Regular Activities Aerobics Classes Cancelled until further notice Circuit Classes Tuesday & Friday 8:10am Stadium Gym Entry is K10 Sat Morning Runs Saturdays, 6:00am Weekly runs starting from Lae Yacht Club or Golf Club & looping around town. Run is for all levels & includes security escort. For more info call Christy King on 7284 3706 or email: king.christiana@gma Morning Tea at the Melo Saturdays from 10am to about 12 noon. All ladies welcome, no RSVP required. Cost K12 & includes tea or coffee, scones or biscuits. Good chance to catch up at the end of the week. Canasta & Majong Canasta – Thursday Mahjong – Fridays Both upstairs at the Golf Club from 9am to 12noon. No experience required, we’re more there for the social morning than serious cards! Bring your own cup/drink/m’tea - the golf club provides boiling water. No RSVP is required just turn up.

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ver the past couple of months we have sadly seen quite a number of people “go pinis” (finish up their time in Lae). But at the same time, we have also seen a steady flow of new faces popping up in town. It can be quite daunting moving to a new country and not knowing anyone, so for those of you who are “experienced” with living in Lae, please make our newbies feel welcome. There are plenty of social and sporting events occurring each month which provide a great opportunity to meet people. Keep an eye out for the Wantok Weekly newsletter (published on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month) for dates and details!

Upcoming Events 22 Feb: Early Chicks At the Lae International Hotel’s Aero Bar from 6pm. There are quite a few new ladies in town so please invite them along for a social drink and chat. Also, the date given for Early Chicks in March has been amended. It was 29th March however this is Good Friday so it will now be 22nd March. 26 Feb: Lae Yacht Club Annual General Meeting Held in the LYC Conference Room at 6:30pm. 3 Mar: Lae Explorer’s Club Sign-up Starting at 2pm at the InterOil compound at 9 mile. See full details below under “General Notices”. 14 Mar: Lunch of the Month LOTM: An acronym for Ladies Out to Munch. Oh, sorry, I think that should be Lunch of the Month. I know how much you are all looking forward to the first lunch for the new year – but you just have to wait! First lunch for this year will be 14th of March. They always say that good things are wotth waiting for – so just settle petal and pull your heads in. Keep watching the Wantok Weekly for news of the where, how, who and what…..

16 Mar: Justin Wellington Concert & Dance Night Join us a the Lae Yacht Club for “A Night with Justin Wellington”, 8pm to 1am. Ticket Price K70.00 For tickets phone 7360 3279. View flyer at end of newsletter for full details. 17 Mar: Lae City Mission Charity Golf Day Lae Golf Club – 3 Ball Ambrose – K600 per team Major sponsor: Brian Bell & Co K8000 Worth of Prizes Registration & Sausage Sizzle at 10.30am for a shotgun start at 11.30am. Presentation with finger food at 6.00pm Dress code: collared shirt casual For details of payments please contact any of the following: Larry George – 4751214 Mike Herman – 4723551 Bruce t’Hart – 73389785

General Notices Best coffee in PNG served at Lae Yacht Club Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato, Espresso, Flat White, Long Black, Mocha, Hot Chocolate only K8.00 TISOL P & F Market Days The Tisol P&F will be holding two "Market Days" this year. One in June and one in August - so, for those of you who are crafty and need a bit of time to prepare, please take note of these times. Specific dates will be given later and this year, the Market Days will be for both second hand goods and anything new or home made. Circuit Classes Commencing Circuit is starting up again in the gym. These classes will be held on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8.10am at the Lae Sports Foundation Gym. Price is K10 a visit.

General Notices cont.

Estate, 9 Mile Lae, starting at 2pm.

Lae Yacht Club – New Menus & Wine List Stay tuned until March when the Lae Yacht Club will be publishing an exciting new menu including items especially for those with an interest in health food. Rhoda’s Organic Produce This fruit and vegetable delivery service had been on hold indefinitely, however we have now received word that they will be re-commencing deliveries on the 3rd of March once they have finalized their suppliers. For a price list and more information, please email (I can personally vouch for this service – excellent quality and range of produce!)

Lae International Hospital – seeking Hospital Administrator The Lae International Hospital is currently looking for a Hospital Administrator. If you are interested in more information on this position please contact Samadhi Lewis on: 7100 0286.

Bring your togs (bathers, swimmers what ever you would like to call them) if you would like to enjoy the pool and for those energetic types your tennis racket. There is a bbq to use so bring your own sausage or steak or tofu to chuck on the barbie. Oh and of course don't forget your own grog / soft drinks. There is no cutlery, plates or glasses at the pool so you will have to bring those as well. Please let me know if you will be coming along and I will arrange a meeting time and place in Lae so that you can all travel out in convoy. It's going to be a great year for explorers, with some very exciting trips planned!

Lae Explorer’s Club Lae Explorers is a club which allows people who have the privilege of working and living in PNG to discover all the wonders this beautiful, wild country has to offer. The club organises visits all over the country – generally travelling in convoy from Lae in four wheel drive vehicles as well as local picnics and family days. There is also one ‘big trip’ every year usually a week in duration which are always very successful. Club members are adventurous, friendly, have a great sense of fun and range in age from just a few months old to over 60. Membership Fees are very affordable K25 for one person or K50 per family (two or more people). Trip costs vary but we usually get better rates for larger group bookings. On Sunday March 3rd, there will be a sign up day, poolside at the InterOil

vegetables or chips & help yourself from the cold salad & fruits buffet line up.

I am looking very forward to meeting new members and to catching up with all the old faces from last year again! So....... until Sunday 3rd March Shelley Aston Café at the Lae Golf Club Here is a sample of some of the meals on offer at the Lae Golf Club’s Aston Café on Friday nights: Traditional Beef Curry for curry lovers (HOT) served with homemade paratha bread, fruit chutney will be available Aussie Style Farm House Steaks from the grill accompanied with fried Onion rings served with your choice of homemade sauces made by the chef You will be served with your choice of steamed rice, local market fresh

Lae Golf Club – seeking Office Manageress The Lae Golf Club is currently looking for an Office Manageress. For role description please email:

Nadzab Airport Capability for international flights Sourced from the Lae Chamber of Commerce As advised late last year, the LCCI has been working on trying to pave the way for the reintroduction of Direct Flights from NADZAB to Cairns again. Before Christmas we visited the NADZAB terminal with Air Niugini Officials to look at a location that would be suitable for a separate Arrivals/Departure Lounge, complete with customs and migrations facilities, toilets and a luggage collection area. A suitable location was identified between the current Air Niugini ticketing area and the Airstrip and a draft plan was completed. The National Airport Corporation has inspected the area and they are satisfied with the design plans with a few modifications. Therefore progress continues on the International Facility with full support from NAC, ANG and the MPG for this private sector initiative. The costing for this facility will now be done and then the question of funding will have to be considered by all the stakeholders.

Article “Just Another Day” by Barbara Ohlen Friday is Mah Jong day. Club.

At the Golf

This is a casual fun morning from 9.00am through to 12.00pm. I enjoy Mah Jong. It is a game that you can play without stressing about anything like letting down a partner or giving away the pack. But best of all, you can chat while you are playing. So therefore the world is set to rights over the Mah Jong table. Often the game is delayed while the current subject is thoroughly discussed, pulled apart and examined from all angles, and wide ranging opinions tendered - just as often dismissed as ridiculous as accepted as worthy. Every Friday is different, but there is usually something interesting going on, it is Lae after all. Some Fridays there are workmen fixing ceilings and painting woodwork. Other days Andrew can be spotted running off some unwanted visitor. Then there are the weeks when various companies are setting up for an event, or taking down after an event, trying to work around us as we sit bang in the middle of where they want to be.

Spending the morning at the Golf Club is always pleasant. There is usually a lovely breeze blowing across the room and the view across the grounds is green and pleasant. We can watch the odd coconut fall, and keep an eye on the lawns being mowed and the sand traps raked. Every so often we get the extra entertainment of golfers working their way around the course. This Friday we got to watch them driving off the Boroko Motors vehicles after their promotional event from the night before. We now know how they got them up onto the club floor, one floor above ground level. We got to watch some nifty driving in the process. (No, they didn’t have to work their way around us – we were feeling generous this week!)

1885: Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," published 1901: Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons. 1929: The first Academy Awards are announced. 1930: US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto 1954: The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California. 1960: 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, Colo 1973: 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash 1977: George Harrison releases "True Love" 1978: 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii

Occasionally there is a little excitement when the puk puk makes a break for it and a merry chase ensues with the caddies and ground staff doing their best to curtail the escapee.

1979: Snow falls in Sahara Desert 1995: Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) & Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) wed

But every Friday there is great hilarity over our attempts to play this ludicrous (artistic licence enacted) game. Blonde moments are frequent. Confusion is rife and random expletives common. In fact, one of our regular players is becoming extremely capable at creating a whole new language based around the names of the tiles. A white dragon tile has now globally (world famous in Lae) become “pee in the window”. In fact, the language of the game is quite interesting and almost worthy of a study all on its own. Another player is responsible for the acceptance of a rather desultory hand being known as a “pack of poo tickets”. We players all know exactly what is meant if someone declares their hand to be this.

On this day in history

2000: Stjepan Mesić becomes the second president of Croatia.

So, if you are at a loss for something interesting to do on a Friday, consider coming along and learning this backwards game (everything is played anti-clockwise) and meeting some interesting people in the process. We don’t bite – but watch out for that puk puk!

2003: Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea. 2004 - Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.

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Recipe of the week Zucchini Pancakes with bacon and avocado

tomato, avocado, basil, onion, garlic and vinegar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the salad and bacon with the pancakes.

Ingredients • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1 egg • 310ml (1 1/2 cups) buttermilk • 1 (about 150g) zucchini, coarsely grated • Olive oil spray • 3 rindless bacon rashers, excess fat trimmed • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1 small avocado, halved, stone removed, peeled, sliced • 1 cup fresh basil leaves • 1/2 small red onion, cut into thin wedges • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Method Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Make a well in the centre. Whisk in the egg and buttermilk until just combined. Add the zucchini and stir to combine. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray with oil. Spoon onequarter of the zucchini mixture into the pan. Tilt the pan to form a 13cmdiameter pancake. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining zucchini mixture, reheating the pan between batches. Meanwhile, heat a small non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon for 3-4 minutes each side or until crisp. Tear into large pieces. Combine the

Quote of the Week

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.

Wanok Weekly 18.02.13  

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