The World Monuments Fund recently released their 2006 Watch List of 100 Most
Endangered Sites around the planet.
The good news is that not one temple
in Cambodia is on the list, but the bad news is that the Ellis Island Baggage
and Dormitory Building in New York is.
Several other noteworthy
endangered sites include: Sir Ernest Shackleton's Expedition Hut in Antartica,
the Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland, the Wonderful Barn in Kildare, Ireland,
and Watson's Hotel in Mumbai, India.
** A Chinese monk sporting
well-turned robes is visiting Phnom Penh this month. He carries a photo album of
a temple in Anhui province damaged by recent floods and is looking for donations
to help repair it. He carries official documents, one of which reads in
"CERTIFICATE: The now there Chinese the donger Xingchan temple on
Anhui outs the family go to the expensive country temples three visit the mutual
study Exchanges experience, worship Buddha the knot yuan, ask expersice country
government to give convenient."
One willing contributor of limited means
gave the monk 500 riel, to which he responded with a grim-faced grunt and walked
off without even a thank you.
** Casual observers were at a loss for
precise words for how to describe the blogger confab that took place at the
Cantina restaurant on the riverfront last Sunday.
Scroggins was comparing the meeting to a 60s-style Be-In.
murmurs that it might have lasting import equivalent to the secret central
committee meeting that took place at the Phnom Penh Railway Station back in
The name "The First Annual Phnom Penh Bloggers Convention" was
tried on for size, but in the end, one of the mysterious bloggers on hand, who
said he goes by the code name "Jinja", described it as a "pub night".
"We're just mapping out the blogosphere," said Jinja, who added that he
thought there were about 20 blogs in Cambodia.
One key item learned at
the event was that those who work for newspapers are called "dead tree
** One social scientist has examined the "I don't know"
syndrome and determined that it can be described in psychological terms as an
Informational Black Hole. Data goes in and then is lost forever.
BBC has been cut from the CCTV cable system, but the company says it has to do
with ongoing negotiations about the fee structure and is not related to any
political concerns over content. At least, that's what they say.