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In the village of Kirimati, in the country of Kiribati, it is just after sunrise (06:01) on Friday, so the Leica Users Group 'For-sale Friday' is officially open for business. Kirimati is pronounced "Kee-ree-mass" and Kiribati is prounced "Kee-ree-bus". The island is known both as Kirimati and Kiritimati. Kiritimati is pronounced "Kee-ri-see-mass". (Say it out loud.) When it was an English colony, it was known as Christmas Island. There is another unrelated island with that name (an Australian territory in the Indian ocean). Kirimati is part of the Line Islands archipelago. Kirimati is big enough to have two hotels and air service. Despite its being a former British nuclear test site, it is now safe in terms of radiation hazard. There is a lot of cast-off military hardware littering the edges of the island, but it serves more as a replacement for pandanus leaves in the roofs of huts than as a danger. Piles of rusting scrap metal serve as landmarks. There is spectacular fishing for bonefish on the shallow sand flats around the island. It's slow film country; the light is incredibly intense, being very near the equator.