Finance and Communications is one of the keys to life. This truism was revealed
quite startlingly last Saturday night.
For the last four years the most valued person at the Australian Embassy has been
Julie Shiels, at least according to her friends.
Two black-tie busloads of them - about 40-something in all -f eted their pal in grand
form by putting on a tsunami-like pub hop.
Some of the revelers who poured into Le Deauville for a quick round may not remember
all the details of the evening - at the very least they couldn't recall which bar
they'd just come from and had no idea where the next stop was. But that didn't matter.
"She steadied the ship," said one of her colleagues. "She was here
during the coup ... oops ... I can't say that ... and during the elections. She even
stayed at her post on July 5 when Tony went home for a nap."
Toasted another friend: "She worked her butt off ... she's really multi-skilled."
Nonplussed by all the accolades, Julie demonstrated her talents behind the bar, doling
out healthy doubles double-time.
After pinching her nose while forcing down a slug of Pastisse, Julie put it all in
"You remember me! I was shot at by people in '96. I wasn't wounded but the car
Three cheers for Julie Shiels! Everyone did and will miss her.
** How does the 14-year-old daughter of General Meas Sophea celebrate her
birthday? She gets to drive to school in a brand spanking new, snappy, two-seater
Mercedes to impress her pals. The bodyguards had to tough it out in a pick-up truck
** There was a big fundraiser last week in New York while the PM was there.
Organized by IIE, the Business Council for International Understanding and the Fund
for Reconciliation and Development, a "Reception and Dinner in Celebration of
Closer Economic and Educational Cooperation between the United States and Cambodia,
Laos and Vietnam" was held on the 23rd.
For $150 a plate, participants could meet and dine with the three "CLV"
Foreign Ministers. Proceeds are to "benefit educational exchange and ... to
create a college scholarship fund to assist children of diplomats from Indochina
serving in the US."
** Heartiest congratulations to Anthony and Kellie on the birth of their new
son, Jake, coming in at a fiesty 8.8 pounds.