Months ago the King of Tonga passed away and the people opposing the kingdom
waited a few months to see if they would get a democracy now or not. After not
getting what they wanted (every seat in parliament elected by the people) they
revolted and started burning banks and other buildings in the capital.
Unfortunately the wind was really strong and soon the entire down town was on
fire. Being a little revolution and too much wind I doubt there even was an
effort to extinguish it. The information is scarce but I think the government
gave in and promised free elections in 2008. Now troops from Nz and Australia
are here guarding the airport and some public buildings, I bet they will give a
lot of rebuilding help too so if this is it for the revolution it could still be
a happy ending. 8 are reported dead, may they rest in peace.
Lately I have met a lot of new people and are really enjoying it. I even met a
Norwegian couple on the sailboat Medusa. Hans and Kari was great people and how
they managed to save that bottle of rum from Jamaica I don't know but it tasted
excellent :-) Kari was a nurse and put a good dressing on my poor finger that
got caught in the rubber of the spear-gun the other day. Hans used to be a pro.
skier in the 60 and 70'ties and I enjoyed his company a lot.
Crewmember?, The last month I have added two crewmembers to the 'past crew'
list. The latest one was Deidre from Ireland who was backpacking around and came
with me to a beach party in port morell. Although I was a gentleman and gave her
a birth of her own it was good to have company on the boat again. Besides she
was a great helmsman and i did not have to touch the tiller at all. The party
was good too by the way, I will write more about the other people there in
I am not
really in the writing mood so this will be a short one, sorry.