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‘Royal Silence’ Updated…

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The e-book for the iPad ‘Royal Silence’, available at the iBooks Store at THIS LINK for the price of a magazine, was updated with the photographs of last months’ ceremony for the late King Norodom Sihanouk. The book, with texts by Abby Seiff and Pierre Gillette, and with 229 photographs about King Norodom Sihanouk, including […]

Episode 3, Day 2, Part 1: Where Is The Fervour?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Where is the fervour which was swelling the streets of Phnom Penh during the previous ceremonies around the passing away of King Norodom Shanouk? Where has it gone? Besides invited groups and boy-scouts which were provided with plastic flowers and small photographs of the late King, concentrated along Sihanouk and Sothearos Boulevards, the carefully choreographed […]

Episode 3, Day 1, Part 2 of King Sihanouk Funeral…

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A somehow subdued ceremony was held in front of the Royal Palace in the afternoon of the 1st of 3 days of ceremonies for the transfer of late King Norodom Sihanouk’s ashes to a stupa inside the Royal Palace compound. Was it the presence of a delegation of opposition CNRP lawmakers, led by its Vice […]

Day 1 Of Ashes Ceremony

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Some of the ahe ashes of late King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased in Beijing on October 15th 2012, will be transferred from the Royal Palace to a stupa within the compound. About 1,000 buddhist monks received alms in front of the palace , before entering through the side door and starting a 3-day long ceremony. The […]

Ashes To Ashes Rehearsal

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Several army units braved the blistering heat in front of the Royal Palace for the rehearsals of a carefully planned ceremony during which part of the ashes from late King Norodom Sihanouk, deceased on October 15th 2013, will be brought to a stupa within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Reminder: my e-book ‘Royal Silence’, […]

A Straight Line But Avoiding Traps…

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, opposition CNRP co-Presidents, major CNRP representatives and some 400 followers attended a ceremony honouring the workers killed during the Veng Sreng road crackdown (see HERE) at the CNRP headquarters. At the issue of the ceremony Sam Rainsy vowed to continue to put pressure on the current government, saying that the […]

It Was A Lot About Death Today…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

First the (unauthorised) commemoration of the 347 young souls who were crushed to death during a stampede on the Koh Pich bridge at the 2010 Water Festival (see part of the story HERE). It was organised by the opposition CNRP, one day ahead of the official (and obviously authorised) commemoration which will be held by […]

Pchum Ben Exodus 2013…

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Phnom Penh is going through its annual drainage: citizens are leaving for their home village to celebrate the spirits of their ancestors during the week-long Pchum Ben festival. More on Pchum Ben HERE…