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Aesthetics of villas

The Editor,

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urely my friend Huw Watkin can't have met Mr You Hockry in his "newly restored

French-colonial villa". This gentleman was indeed awarded a handsome if aged

colonial villa, in an area where concentrations of Interior Ministry A3 crack troops

were often seen. But he had this villa reduced to rubble (not restored), replacing

it with a Thai 'style' one, and thereby showing that he shared the exquisite aesthetic

tastes, and love of national heritage, displayed by many of Phnom Penh's newly (and

often unaccountably,and undisclosably) rich. But at least Mr Hockry's villa isn't

pink or green!

- Philippe Hunt, Phnom Penh

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