and the stupidity gets worse and worse. The jungle telegraph/tsimis rumour jugernaut just grows and grows. Amongst the latest rumours flying around the baranguay is that the deceased had found a chest gold just before the cave-in (one imagines it was a bit like the ones you see in Pirate movies, made of old wood and embossed with brass studs. When you open it dubloons, jewels and gold jewellry are piled high...a spider runs acoss the surface etc). Legend has it that chests like this are booby trapped with either explosive or poison gas. The locals favour the poison gas theory. It explains to them why the site smells so "bahoo" (bad). Locals theorise that the gas was released just before the cave in. Relatives of the deceased are saying things to the effect of: one of the deceased had a premonition not to work that day/one of the workers had a dream that in two days they would hit the paydirt/one of the workers saw a Japanese soldier ghost the night before the cave-in etc etc etc. The rational side of things has gone flying out of the island. Siquijor is full of caves - air is bound to become musty, 'bahoo' if there is inadequate ventilation (it's why my forefathers carried canaries whilst mining natch). Their theories do not explain the sudden cave in - easy; at high tide the amount of water pressure above the pit dislodged the rocks at the pit walls causing the catastrophe. It's within an earthquake zone...minor barely detectable tremours could have combined with the water pressure. Let alone that a badly dug pit by a bunch of amateurs is a death trap anyway! Jesus. Well, I am back next week for a month or two. It should provide for minor diversion. I pity the victims. The mine owner and his business accomplices have long fled now and the police have made no arrests. :( PS the bloke who painted the family jewels purple in 2007 is a local nut job. No self respecting Celt would desecrate such a fine piece of iron age art work. I am innocent!