compacted. In this way pitches were brought into use in as little as four or five days. The laying of lagoon mud on hard coral was tried but it was found to be unsuitable as it soon dried out and then very quickly crumbled and became dust. Inter-unit matches have been played in all the major sports and the various leagues have proved to be very successful. A number of minor sports, such as basket-ball, deck-tennis and boxing, have also been patronized. Incidentally, the local natives have proved to be very keen cricketers and there have been some excellent matches with them.
An impression of an island in the Pacific is of soft, sandy beaches with surf in playful mood giving fun to all who enjoy swimming for their recreation. Unfortunately this is not the case on Christmas Island where dangerous current-swept reefs and numerous sharks and sting-ray fish limit the swimming facilities and make precautions necessary. Nets have been laid at suitable spots to prevent the entry of "toothy" monsters and safety ropes slung to enclose swimmers in a safe area. There is a further enclosure in shallow water for non-swimmers. Expert and medalled life-savers man the banks of the pool each Sunday afternoon to keep an eye on the less skilful or the too enthusiastic swimmer, and a luxurious raft enables the diver to practise his art-if the more playful swimmers allow him to. NAAFI are encouraged to open up shop "on the site" each Sunday afternoon and with the help of beach umbrellas create a
"Lido" like atmosphere not to be compared with Waikiki Beach, Honolulu!
A small, well-equipped rest centre has been established in St. Stanislas Bay on the south-east side of the island. The rest centre caters for 20 O.R.'s each weekend and provides a pleasant change from work and from camp conditions. One can swim, fish, play games or just relax in the cool, pleasantly furnished lounge.
The Misses Billie and Mary Burgess of the Women's Voluntary Services have brought a touch of home to the camp. They are to be found in the main camp NAAFI organizing games, dancing, Highland dancing and concerts, and generally helping to make off-duty hours in the recreation room pleasant and free from boredom.
Christmas Island in many ways is a photographer's paradise. Bright sun, vivid colours and exotic scenery combine to provide photographs normally found only in those beautiful glossy magazine articles about romantic desert isles. Such vivid colouring tempts many to take up colour photography, for it is quick and easy to send the negatives to England for processing. The more traditional black-and-white photographers are able to process their own films at the Photography Club, and some very fine prints have been obtained. The construction work affords an opportunity for interesting action shots, but even more successful are pictures of the island scenery-the graceful palm trees against delicate cloud patterns, crabs scuttling through the scrub, Gilbertese fishing by the lagoon. Even with the simplest equipment it is possible to make a record which will afford pleasure in later times, and to those who were not fortunate enough to be there it will give some pictorial idea of life on the island.
A news team of the Royal Army Educational Corps produces a daily newspaper called the Mid-Pacific News, for everybody on the island. It is the normal type of paper produced by the Corps for the Forces when it is