Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/10/06

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Subject: [Leica] opening bell
From: reid at (reid at
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 09:01:00 -0700 (PDT)

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

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.