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Australia's best blues live at the FCC

The Wires Newsletter

Cambodia can brace itself for a jolt of world-class boogie when two of Australia's most acclaimed blues acts play Cambodia in December.

The Backsliders,Australia's award-winning, all-star blues ensemble, will make their Cambodian debut when the band plays the FCC Angkor on December 7 and December 8 at the FCC Phnom Penh.

In addition to the Backsliders' two shows, New Zealand singer-songwriting powerhouse Paul Ubana Jones will play four shows at the FCC in December. Jones will play the FCC Angkor on December 10 and 11, and the FCC Phnom Penh on December 14 and 15.

Best coffee in Cambodia?

Expat Advisory

Isabel Calvert loses no sleep in her quest to find the finest brew in Phnom Penh.

Wow! Best Coffee? What an assignment! Considering the extraordinary number of coffee spots in the cities, picking out the best coffee is a mammoth task. Here are a few humble offerings found in Phnom Penh.

In her own words - inside S-21 from a woman's perspective

Bronwyn Sloan

This week a woman came forward claiming to be the first female survivor of Toul Sleng Torture Center ever located. Although Documentation Center of Cambodia director Youk Chhang says doubts remain about Chim Math's story and whether she was actually staff or a prisoner, Math insists she never worked at Toul Sleng and only discovered hell when she was sent there and has questioned whether the doubts might be triggered by feelings that women like her should not have survived. People familiar with Vietnamese documentation of S-21 after 1979 say the Vietnamese would not mistake staff for victims.

Phnom Penh Post Sold

EAS Staff

Months, years of speculation and rumors are over.
The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia's oldest English - language newspaper, has new owners.

New co-owner Ross Dunkley confirmed the buy to expat-advisory.com (EAS), but did not speculate on the $500,000 price tag for the paper being touted by local media.

Comfortable old favorites at the Rising Sun

Bronwyn Sloan

Friday night at the Rising Sun is country music night. In fact, if the mood takes management, Thursday and Saturday nights might be heavy on the sounds of Johnny Cash et al as well. The pictures on the walls are from a past era in more ways than one - Minder, mods, scooters and The New Avengers.

But the Sun, as it is affectionately known, has stood the test of time for nearly a decade, and this English pub grub-style restaurant run by a long term expat Aussie never disappoints with its food.

The Worst Jobs in Cambodia

Bronwyn Sloan

Most days, Miz Nazeat is a humble fisherman, plying his trade on the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers of Phnom Penh. But when the police call, he takes up a second job. Nazeat is the man who finds bodies and hauls them out of the river.

The Japanese Bridge has become the capital's Lover's Leap. Every month, at least on star-crossed lover manages to evade police placed along its span and throw themselves into the fast-flowing currents of the Tonle Sap.

New option for parents, kids at Monument

Expat Advisory

New option for parents at Monument

Weary parents who want to get the kids out of the house for school holidays now have a new option after Monument Books on Norodom Boulevard unveiled the new Java Tea Room in cooperation with Java Café.

The cosy café adjoins a new toyshop area where kids can spend hours browsing through genuine Barbie and Matchbox toys as well as a range of other dolls and accessories. Next to this is a huge selection of children's books for kids of all ages.

Catherine Théron: Weaving success in Cambodia

Expat Advisory

Cambodian silk is back in the limelight. Kashaya Silk founder Catherine Théron tells Charlotte Lancaster how hand weaving techniques are giving Khmer artisans an edge.

Turf Wars: Man and mammal

Expat Advisory

With rising food prices weighing heavily on the wallets of Cambodia's human population, decades of war and human encroachment have also left the revered Asian Elephant hungry for survival, and the two groups are struggling to find a balance. Charlotte Lancaster talks about human-elephant conflict in Cambodia.

At the Angkor Thom temple in Siem Reap, the magnificent 11th century stone Elephant Terrace pays homage to Cambodia's long history of honoured reverence for this mighty mammal.

From the Tonle Sap to Psaa Kandal - Nathan Horton

Expat Advisory

Life starts early on the Tonle Sap. With the first glimmers of light creeping over the horizon come the first sounds of distant diesel engines coughing and spluttering their way towards Sisowath Quay. Eerie silhouettes emerge from the darkness to reveal small fishing vessels of the simplest construction. The engine cuts out and the boat glides towards the riverbank.

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