Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happenings around town.

A few ex-Rabaulites and Kokopuddlians have asked to see more pictures of the road works happening around the place. So I went around yesterday to catch a few. The weather is very dry and incredibly windy so I had to dash back to the car when the dust blew up.


The new Post Office is taking ages to build but is finally getting there. It is across from Brian Bell, where the sport's field was. This is to be a new commercial area and all the roads around it are new.

I am standing on the Brian Bell corner looking towards Anderson's. The new Bank South Pacific is on the left. - where Rabtrads used to be and the new round-about is in front of me.

This is behind Andersons looking towards the market with Air Nuigini on the left. This was just pot-hole heaven. My little car needed planks to cross some of them they were that big!!

I am standing on Anderson's corner looking at the Fire Station. The new round-about here is taking forever it seems. There have been concerns that it may be too tight for the fire engine to fit around.

If you are interested I can do more!!!!

17 comments:

USelaine said...

Wow! It all looks so modern! And now I see that they are left-side drivers too. It's good to get that infrastructure in while the money is there. Very interesting.

jenan said...

This is great - thanks so much Jules!

Chuckeroon said...

Jules, as you know each Blogger page template is a bit different, but Sally in Sydney might help you...she's canny.

What I do is open "edit html" immediately after adding the picture in Blogger "New Posting". I click the "edit html" and find a place where it mentions Width and Height it may say Width 400 and Height 300. Change those to 640 and to 480. Further on you may se an s400. Change that to 640 and then click the "Compose" tag. Picture will resize to 640 x 480.

If you can only see s400 just change that to s640.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Seeing all of this development would be a monumental shock to all the Japanese and Americans and others who were there during the war.

Wonderful photos Jules.

My Halloween memories and Grandma C's Noodle Recipe

Daniel J Santos said...

lots and lots of works, and lots of noise ?

Jules said...

Hi Elaine - yes it is great to see!!!

jenan thought you would find it intereseting

'roon - thanks for this. i have actually changed the html but didn't realise you had to do it every time - will 'ave a go

daniuel - yes it is noisy but it is the road detours that last for up to 12 mths that are driving us crazy!!

abe - yes the old boys would be most amazed!!!

Neva said...

This is not what I picture when I think of your island....

JM said...

Well, it seems a lot of work is going down there!... But I'm with Neva, what is happening to the beautiful rainforest?
I know, I know, progress must reach everywhere...

Kris said...

Lovely blue sky.

Ferreira-Pinto said...

Hello Jules, I see the road work is in a good pace.
Bringing modern comfort is important but as Neva said, I hope people manage to preserve all those beautiful landscapes you show here.

Kelly said...

It is all coming along so well! Very modern, not what I expected! Thank you for the great perspectives - you provide a good "feel" for where things are!

Elizabeth said...

Your photography is amazing! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Pia said...

Hi Jules,
Long time no visit but I've been quietly dropping in from time to time. Wow does Kokopo look so different from when I was last there; think 1970. It's so denuded, no trees. I also saw your picture of Tovarua. It seems to be of the exact spot used to loll after an innings on the reef wall. How little things have changed there!
And yes, the new buildings are so 21st Century when in my minds eye everything was tropical post war architecture.
I often think of you and your family and wish you all well in what may be frustrating from time to time.
I live in the Gazelle of the 50's and 60's, a truly Golden Age.
Keep up the good work.
Cheers Pia

Jules said...

Great to hear from you Pia - I often think of you and wonder how you are.

Squirrel said...

I am very interested. I'd like to see what the whole area looks like --it's nice to show a detail and then step back and show the whole block where it came from (this is an idea I thought I'd try on my blog) but I haven't done it yet.

Jules said...

Squirrel - I love that idea!!!!

Owen said...

Great photos Jules. Like Pia, I am remembering how it looked from the '50's to 70's although my most recent visit in 04 was an eye-opener. Could you chat up the local helicopter guy and get an aerial photo of the town?? It would be a great help