An early birthday gift because it's my 49th, yes, I can't believe it either, my forty-ninth birthday on Wednesday. I agree, I don't look older than 35 but my youthful good looks belie my real age and my birth at the back-end of the 1950s. I stopped celebrating my birthday many moons ago though this week, it's just one diary note in a busy calendar. Tomorrow morning is the verdict in the Christopher Howes/Houn Hourth murder trial. The session is scheduled to begin at 8am in the Municipal Courthouse opposite the Olympic Stadium and as I've said ad nauseam, I will be there to hope that justice is served for the families and friends of Christopher and Hourth, twelve years after their tragic deaths.
On Thursday and Friday I will be in Kompong Thom and more specifically Sambor Prei Kuk as a guest of GTZ and the Sambor Prei Kuk authority who are organizing a FAM trip for tour operators and the press to see first-hand their new range of community-based services they're offering to enhance a visit to the pre-Angkorean temple complex, one of my favourite places in Cambodia. I didn't need my arm twisted to agree to go. And on Saturday night, there's a John Pilger extravaganza at Meta House with 3 of his best documentaries, Do You Remember Vietnam, Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia and Death of A Nation: The Timor Conspiracy. It's an 8pm start.