A dirty and stained A4 sheet of paper, printed with purple images and text in a monospaced font. A logo including a sun, with an ocean wave cresting inside it, in a shape vaguely reminiscent of a tongue ringed by sharp teeth. A large headline reading Last Resort News Report with the tagline Where Else Would You Want To Go? and the date March 11th, with the year fading out.
Body text, headline in all caps: Baby Bubble
A certain smugness has descended upon the Social Committee’s weekly meetings in the last few weeks, as we suddenly remembered to count and ask around. Over the next two months, no less than fifteen babies are expected! New life is always an expression of hope, and the Last Resort is becoming a real beacon of hope for the future of humanity, no matter what the world might throw at us!
But why smugness, you might ask? Well, remember, only last July, in the middle of winter, we threw a special event to bring people together, and now we have concrete evidence that we succeeded!
If your cabin is host to one of the lucky parents, and you’re not expecting yourself, we suggest finding ways to help out and take care of some duties and needs that might otherwise go neglected in the days after birth. Of course, anyone who gives birth is exempt from usual work quotas for six months, and during that time can request a helper on a day-to-day basis as a general duty. So other parents won’t be left out, but two people isn’t always enough to get everything done when there’s a baby involved!
We’re not immune to the trend, as our own Marama is going to be having a baby some time in the next three weeks! We’ve already organised a dinner delivery roster and a laundry rotation between us!
Second column, headline in all caps: Long Haul Trucking
The compressed air tank sitting in the road loop outside the dining hall is about to get a friend! Compressed air is a big part of our power system, since it lets us store energy for when it’s needed regardless of when the wind blows. Adding another tank will more or less double our capacity, but making a new tank strong enough is a little beyond our skills just now.
Fortunately, our ancestors not only had their own reasons to compress gases, but they also sometimes put their big tanks on wheels, to deliver gases from place to place! On their last scouting journey, Rangi, Alice and Nyala confirmed the location of an Old World gas-wagon, just right for our purposes. That’s where you come in! Hauling it back once we’ve replaced the wheels (Old World wheels were marvellous in many ways, but tended to fall apart and flatten if left alone for too long) will be a lot of work, and the horses will need protection on the journey! So, if you’re keen for a break from endless orchard work, talk to Rangi, spots are limited (because of the need for the aforementioned orchard workers)! If we can get it home in time to be installed and running before the weather worsens, we might be able to experiment with Old World “heaters” this winter!