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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:18 AM   #21
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right that's why Samoa changed... cause before they had to import cars for the United States, while now they can from Australia and New Zealand, where many samoans expat live.

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what a crap hole...

Can only imagine growing up there with no prospects or aspirations
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In reality, the education on Tuvalu is very high thanks to government programs. It has financial assistance from several countries like Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France. The government sends residents who wish to become primary teachers to international institutes of higher education. Secondary school is operated by Tuvalu Christian Church, people learn technical works (carpentery, engineering...). The university is in cooperation with the University of South Pacific in Fiji. On Funafuti atoll there's also the Tuvalu Maritime School since 1981, a training school to become seamen. So I don't see it as a place without prospects or aspirations much more than other places in the world much bigger or not isolated... the bad luck of Tuvalu is that is going underwater due flooding and low avarage altitude, but this is another story
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So I don't see it as a place without prospects or aspirations much more than other places in the world much bigger or not isolated...
I live in a small town that has around the same population of this country. Our people need to go often outside the town for many reasons: university, secondary school, work, entairment, buy particular things, etc...
But within few minutes you can see different villages, within few hours also some cities and even go abroad.
I can immagine a so small community located in the middle of the ocean, sevaral hours flight to the closest communities. Living there means not be able to enjoy some services thypical of the civilized world and growing up always in the same restricted place, seeing the same monotonous landscape and the same few stuff. I had the same feeling when I saw Greenland pics.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old January 27th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #39
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I agree in part with what you said, but there are worse places in the world in which life is harder than in Tuvalu. Think to live in a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where apart the low standard of the life, you have to fight against diseases and the war. Or in the middle of australian desert (or canadian tundra) with venomous snakes and spiders. Or up to the moutains in Nepal... I dont think they enjoy much more the civilized world. And however, not everybody like it. Too much big cities have problems that they don't have for example...
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I agree in part with what you said, but there are worse places in the world in which life is harder than in Tuvalu. Think to live in a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where apart the low standard of the life, you have to fight against diseases and the war. Or in the middle of australian desert (or canadian tundra) with venomous snakes and spiders. Or up to the moutains in Nepal... I dont think they enjoy much more the civilized world. And however, not everybody like it. Too much big cities have problems that they don't have for example...
Off course living with hardly sufficient food or risking being shot every day is worse. I was about writing it in the previous post, but I tought it was a Capitan Obvious-like sentence. Having good and enough food, safety, health care, adeguate clothes, a comfortable house, clean water and electricity is enough to conduct a "human" life, but I think that most Westerners are too accustomed to many unnecessary amenities that they would refuse to live for ever on a remote island that may be Tuvalu, as well Nauru, Maldives, Greenland or even our Lampedusa that is extremely remote for European standards. Off course those lands are fashinating to tourists but living there is another thing. Here in Italy young people use to leave mountain villages because they are too remote and far away from everything. In this case remoteness means 20-30km by car from the closest important town. Not hundreds or thousands of miles of open ocean.
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