I met up with my old friend John Eaton (after too long a time), I gave him a copy and here’s what he posted on his blog.
[Ken's] written an amazingly good book on his experiences in Cambodia called ‘My Journey with a Remarkable Tree’. It’s partly about his mystical experience visiting Te Matua Ngahere, a giant Kauri tree in New Zealand. Then it is a fascinating travel story through Cambodia and also a passionate denunciation of the corruption and greed that is destroying the Cambodian forest and, with it, the Spirits that live there. The highlight of the book, for me, was Ken’s story of the night he held a Bingo session in cockney rhyming slang for a Khmer village with an interpreter. ‘Clicker d click’, ‘Two Little Ducks! – M’phei pii’, ‘NnnnnnNineteen – Pram buen dAnd Ap’ and so on.
It was nice that John picked up on one of my favourite moments on the Cambodian journey, calling bingo for the locals in a small hut on the edge of the forest. Ahh!