Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The decider

It's the 2nd leg of the Metfone League play-off semi-final this afternoon. we won the first leg 4-1 so we should have a great advantage, but its football, and literally anything can happen. i am confident in my team's abilities and their heart, so we should go onto the two-legged final in a few weeks. well, that's the plan. we missed out on the Mekong Cup competition when we lost to Boeungket last week, which was a major disappointment, so that should act as the spur to the players, as they won't want to feel the same failure again. Come on Crown, if we all pull together we can do it.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Kampot Writers Festival

Just 19 days until the Kampot Writers & Readers Festival, which kicks-off in Kampot, obviously, on 5 November for 4 days. It's the first one and will include discussions, conversations, poetry readings, music concerts, cooking classes, gourmet lunches, children’s events, architecture, salt & pepper tours, art exhibitions, book launches, book swaps, guided tours, workshops, and literature. Read all about it @ http://www.kampotwritersfestival.com/

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Off-beat PP

Also in today's Phnom Penh Post Weekend is more info on the new book, King Norodom's Head, by author Steven Boswell. A collection of off-beat anecdotes from around Phnom Penh which I hope will encourage more people to uncover little-known stories, both in the capital and beyond, and get those stories into the public domain. There must be similar revelations from Battambang, Siem Reap, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Kampot, Kompong Thom, etc, merely waiting to be uncovered in every corner of the Kingdom. I'm sure Jean Michel-Filippi could fill a mountain of books with his knowledge. I did something much the same when I collected tales for my book, To Cambodia With Love, as I love the idea of the off-beat and unusual nature of intimately personal stories. 
Read more in the PPP @ http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/sightseeing-locals-citys-secrets-revealed

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Progs

This footy season, I've produced a matchday programme/brochure to cover every home game at RSN. It's not something that's been done before, whereas of course, it's part and parcel of most professional matches around the world. Hell, I started writing programmes in my mid-teens for my hometown non-league club in the mid-70s. We've given the 16-page colour brochure away for free with the entry ticket (which costs fifty cents or a dollar), so it's obviously a loss-leader as we seek to secure fans for home games at RSN in this our first season. I've asked for feedback today on what the fans think of it and how they'd like to see it improve - it's important to listen, especially when it's something very new to them.
As for matchday programmes: They began at Preston in the UK some 135 years ago, doled out free or sold for a halfpenny, pieces of cardboard naming the players and, possibly, the club's upcoming fixtures. The first FA Cup final programme (1 penny) to allow advertisements (for Madame Tussaud's and two music halls) was in 1892 at the Oval. Programmes became even more useful when shirt numbering (1-11 and 12-22) arrived in the late 1920s: the first FA Cup final when the teams were numbered was 1933. And so on. Today, its a global hobby with auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's reporting a brisk trade. The word record sale is for a programme from 1882 that sold for $54,000. So hang onto your PPCFC match brochures, they could be worth something in years to come.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Biggest ever

The PPCFC first-team at the Smart-PPCFC press conference
Phnom Penh Crown have signed what is believed to be the biggest sponsorship deal in domestic Cambodia League history as they join forces with telecoms giant Smart Axiata in a 3-year deal for an undisclosed sum. Smart will be the name on their jerseys from next season as well as joining Crown for community and CSR initiatives. Here's the 1st-Team joining in the press conference at RSN.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Old exhibits

Nick Ray (left) and you know who (click to enlarge)
The Jar Lady, aka Nancy Beavan, exhibits her discoveries at the National Museum in Phnom Penh for the next three months in an exhibition titled “Living in the Shadow of Angkor”. I've visited a few of these ancient jar sites within the Cardamom Mountains and they are pretty inaccessible and highly unusual. Nancy has spent ten years researching the ancient burial rituals with jars and wooden coffins in locations dotted around the Cardamom region. Here's a photo of Nick Ray and myself at the official opening, taken by Sotheavy Nou.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Secret Phnom Penh

A new book by Steven Boswell called King Norodom’s Head: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks, is published this month by NIAS, with 200 photos/maps and 320 pages. It isn't your usual guidebook - instead focusing on off-beat stories about the capital. The reader will learn among other things like the whereabouts of the gold of King Ang Duong and of Madame Chum’s infamous opium den, the story behind the mysterious Frenchman buried on Wat Phnom’s hill, and the secret reason behind Jackie Kennedy’s 1967 trip to Cambodia.

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