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Man About Town 09-04-2010



FESTIVAL OFFICE OPENS

The almost-doomed Angkor Photo Festival will open a permanent office on East River Road near Molopor Café in Siem Reap before the end of the month.

Jean-Yves Navel, the director of the resuscitated festival, said the building will also incorporate a gallery to show photo exhibitions all year round, and the inaugural exhibition will hopefully show the works of Bangkok-based Roland Neveu, one of the festival stalwarts.

This will also coincide with the relaunch of Neveau’s book about the fall of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975.

Neveu was one of the few foreigners who stayed behind 35 years ago when most of the press corps quit Cambodia as part of US evacuation operation Eagle Pull. The few photos he shot that day are some of the only remaining images of that time.

GOLF SCRAMBLE
A golf team headed by Colonel Lewis Coyle, the defence attaché stationed at the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh, exploded into action at the Sokha Hotel Texas Scramble at the Angkor Golf Resort on the weekend.

The colonel’s team won by six shots from the second place getters, a shell-shocked Indonesian team.

Elizabeth, the colonel’s wife, also won “nearest the pin” on the second shot at the attractive par-four fifth hole.

The winning team comprised Colonel Lewis Coyle, Elizabeth Coyle, Dennis Johnson and Paul Brand.

The runner-up team representing Indonesia included the esteemed Putu Kamayana and his wife Wati, Guston Antika and Mrs Desik Suniti.

The big losers of the day were a team headed by Sokha general manager, the loquacious Emmett McHenry. The excuse given by McHenry was that the “sponsor should not be seen winning”. But team member and Angkor Golf Resort manager Adam Robertson declared this a “rather meek excuse given the performance by the captain himself”.

TOURISM FORUM
This year’s Mekong Tourism Forum will be held on May 7 and 8 at the Angkor Century Resort and Spa, and prices have been cut to attract small and medium-sized tourism entrepreneurs and travel professionals.

The registration fee for the two-day Mekong Tourism Forum 2010 is now $50 while PATA members will be charged $30. The fee includes all forum sessions, two lunches and two dinners.

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