FROM Nana to Anna: World Famous Development Expert Hans Van Zoggel got off to
a robust start on April 14 on his Phnom Penh to Amsterdam motorcycle expedition.
Hans was sighted in Bangkok last week as he was about to attend a Thai cultural performance
at one of the various artistic houses in Nana Plaza. He apparently survived the experience
as his latest report came from Pokhara in Nepal just before he was to trek in the
Annapurna region. Hans notes that he has already been "fined" three times,
once at the Japanese Bridge here in Phnom Penh and twice in City of Angels. The good
news is that the "fine" in Cambodia was the cheapest-one George Washington
did the trick.
His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk has gone for a ride in cyberspace. The King's
new website is at: www.norodomsihanouk.info
Former PPPost Managing Editor Matt Grainger and his wife Kate are now the proud
parents of Edie Frances. Edie weighed in at nine pounds one ounce at her March 28
arrival in Oxford, England. Kate was in labor for ONLY 27 hours and she reports that
"drugs work". Baby and mother are both doing fine; Matt is a wreck. Congrats
emails can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit of controversy surrounding this year's Mekong River Swim. Olympian swimmer
David Doran thought the race was across and back, so he did his flip turn and powered
on for a final sprint home. But Darren Campbell made it first to the other side and
then stopped to savor the glory. With some confusion on the exact rules, this one
may end up in court.
Some people are just never satisfied. For years the beef was "Why can't the
city install stoplights to bring a little order to this madness." Now that they
exist, motorists are grumbling that those on Norodom Boulevard should be synchronized
to speed up traffic flow.
Singaporean Ambassador Verghese Mathews' sense of humor is still intact. He recently
sent out an email message with the latest Hooters calendar which included a warning
"Do not open this when there are any women around." Sure enough, when the
attachment comes up 12 owls are right there in your face.
For those who are at a loss on how to kick off the weekend, join the Foreign Journalists
Club of Cambodia at its open house tonight (Fri). Starting at 6:30 pm at Le Deauville
Bistro near Wat Phnom. Free beer and wine while supplies last.