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I huddled with my partner and two of my friends in the driest corner of our flat and we tried to play rummy by candlelight -- anything to distract ourselves. Pretty soon, emptying the buckets we put under the pouring ceiling became a full-time job for the four of us.
Look out of my window on the Coral Coast of the Fiji Islands, and you'll see a clean freshwater river, a white sand beach and the beautiful Pacific ocean. Unfortunately for me, the view is different.