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Saane came over Friday night to tell us that her court case had been heard and was all over in three minutes as the Pastor had been sent to prison for 14 days for not paying his fine. I guess that is some kind of an outcome but not what we had expected. For those who have not been following the story…
We live next door to a Pentecostal church that is over the top LOUD… think amplifiers, drum kits electric guitars teamed with screaming hallelujahs, really bad singing and people talking in tongues and you would have the picture. The whole neighbourhood has been up in arms for the past three years and Saane has been leading the charge as it has been extremely difficult to rent the house we live in due to the church. We were advocating that they just give the police the power to remove the amplifier which would make everything easily tolerable as the sound level is then fine (only ever about 20 people in the church but with the amps it feels like 100!). Because your right to follow your religion is enshrined in the constitution it has been a real battle but this latest turn was a big step and not expected. I suspect the judge and the legal teams involved are so over this guy who has evaded all calls to be reasonable.
Monday I spent the day at ‘Ahopanilolo reviewing their commercial cookery document. This was a lengthy process as there were over 80 pages and funny little typos like… The students will study Stocks, sauces and soaps… I am sure it is supposed to be ‘soup’. Anyway I have been working on it for a few days so good to finally get it edited and passed over as Broni our last guest arrives tonight on the 2am flight and I wanted to have some time off.
After four days of not leaving the house I thought it was time I got back into ‘circulation’ even though my mouth is still very ‘crusty’ and I don’t feel very attractive so yesterday afternoon I coerced Kotoni to go for a walk.
Sundays in Tonga are very quiet, not much traffic, nothing open and generally a relaxed atmosphere. I thought it was a good time to take a few classic Tongan shots to share so you would get a picture of some of the things we see if we take the 15 minute walk to the town waterfront. So off we go…
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