Ode to Expedition 37

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    You arrived on the camion all tired and weary
    the hours of bumping making your eyes look all bleary
    we can’t believe six weeks has passed
    it really has gone so very fast
    we hope you’ve had a blast and a ball
    because the things you’ve done have been far from small

    After your efforts, the beach was pristine
    Compared to before it was a sight to be seen
    Richard was here and Ruth was a bit stressed
    But she needn’t have worried, he was more than impressed.

    Someone brought vao vao, it was up there with the best
    A fisherman in Lamboara had found a turtle nest
    To be made into an omelette was to be the hatchling’s fate
    but because of all you, they are now protected – which is “turtly” great!

    Now onto Radoko’s favourite subject, which as you all know
    is condoms/kapoty and putting on a show!

    So then there was the play
    what a marvelous ground-breaking day
    You and me together in true camaradarie
    all last minute, but you showed great bravery
    delivered in a brilliant impressive style
    even with the recent absence of Eamonn and Kyle

    Thanks to you all for this momentous event
    To Radoko you will never know how much it all meant
    A ceremony in the village, and everyone went down
    Tokagasy at lunchtime when the pseudo-environment minister came to town

    Now as well as all these events that happened the last few weeks
    A few fishy tales will be remembered as one of the peaks
    we all had a laugh – it was a bit of a farce
    especially Debbie’s great big white ****!
    And Sam regaled us with a fantastic story
    Which was in parts hilarious and in others a bit gory!
    Tori & Vic sang us a great song
    snapping the limelight, they could do no wrong.

    Getting lots of science completed as well as having fun
    you will be pleased to know that we got everything we needed done.

    To Bevato some travelled in search of baobabs and mangroves
    but we spent a great deal of time just
    watching praying mantis and gekkos
    Living on a prayer and summer of 69
    At the tops of our voices, it all sounded fine?!
    We mustn’t forget those that have already gone
    and of course Ruth teaching us a song about a “guy called Ron?!?”

    With all those handsome guys and pretty girls so fair
    It is only right that there should be romance in the air
    so now you’re heading off to Canada, Switzerland or Devon
    But when you get back you will dream of Andava and expedition 37!!!!

    By Charlie & Becks (Andava resident Poet Laureates)