Flotsam and Jetsam

Utiko Nabunobuno,Lautoka | Saturday, December 16, 2017
Some people said that the first thing they did when they bought the newspaper was turn to the back page to read the sports news first, so that they had something to be cheerful about before peeking into the serious stuff.
A newspaper reader on the Flotsam and Jetsam page. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
A newspaper reader on the Flotsam and Jetsam page. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

They claim that if they start from the first page, the news is so filled with horrific stories that they fear they might die of a heart attack before they reach the end.

I for one, when buying The Fiji Times, always turn first to Page 3 before I continue.

I just love to read Beachcomber's funny jokes in Flotsam and Jetsam.

I recall it having footprints as its mast back when I was young.

Somewhere in between it had changed name to Davui, and then it disappeared for quite some time, probably because some people didn't really have a sense of humour.

What a joy it brought when it returned some time ago.

Now, we see members of the public contributing to the column, referred to as "from a contributor (in the west or east)", particularly the regular ones.

The Flotsam and Jetsam should stand out as an icon for The Fiji Times, giving readers a laugh and something to brighten their day before reading the serious stuff.

We plead with the management of The Fiji Times to never let it go away again.

They could even, from time to time, bring back some of those beautiful humour that were the Flotsam and Jetsam from yesteryears.

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