Friday, October 07, 2005

Diners sour on Pol Pot portions

By Sun Media

October 1, 2005

PHNOM PENH -- A new Cambodian cafe is offering diners a slice of life under the Khmer Rouge, with a menu featuring rice-water and leaves, and waitresses dressed in the black fatigues worn by Pol Pot's ultra-Maoist guerrillas.

Newly opened across the road from Phnom Penh's notorious Tuol Sleng "S-21" Khmer Rouge interrogation and torture centre, the owners say the cafe is meant to remind Cambodians of the 1975-1979 genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died. But diners aren't buying. "We opened two weeks ago, but have only had two Europeans coming here to eat," said manager Hakpry Agnchealy, whose brother owns the business. "We don't know how much longer we can go."

PASSIONATE ADS PANNED

ROME -- Sony has apologized for an advertising campaign for its PlayStation game console which featured a young man wearing a crown of thorns with the slogan "Ten years of passion." Some Catholics were outraged by the adverts, which ran in newspapers and magazines to celebrate the product's tenth anniversary. "This time they've gone too far," said Antonio Sciortino, editor of Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family), a mass-circulation Catholic weekly. In a statement, Sony Computer Entertainment Italia acknowledged that the "spirit of the message was misunderstood" and said the campaign would stop.

CAMPAIGN GETS LAST RITES

DUBLIN -- Irish bookmaker Paddy Power was fending off the wrath of Christians in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Ireland yesterday over an ad depicting Jesus and the Apostles gambling at the Last Supper. The billboard posters, on display in the Irish capital, adapt Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the event to show Jesus with a stack of poker chips, Judas with 30 pieces of silver and other apostles clutching hands of cards. Father Micheal MacGreil, Jesuit priest at St Francis Xavier's Church in central Dublin, branded the ad "grossly inappropriate and vulgar."

SANTA'S DEERLY DEPARTED

COPENHAGEN -- Santa Claus will receive $5,000 in compensation from the Danish air force after an F-16 fighter jet frightened one of his reindeers, Rudolph, to death. Professional Danish Santa Olavi Niikanoff complained to the air force after a reindeer was scared into a heart attack when a jet roared over the field where his animals were grazing, air force spokesman Capt. Morten Jensen told Reuters. "We acknowledge it was our fault and we have to pay compensation."

BAKER'S CUT: $417GS

SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court has upheld a $417,000 compensation payout to a pastry cook who cut her finger while reassembling a doughnut machine, court officials said yesterday. Robyn Vanessa Laybutt worked at a Sydney factory in 1999 when her supervisor asked her to put the doughnut machine back together after it had been washed. Laybutt said she did not know how to reassemble it, but was told to "just give it a go." Thursday, Australia's High Court unanimously ruled that Sydney company Glover Gibbs had negligently caused her injury by rejecting her request for instructions.


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