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The Gecko: 02 , August 2002


There is a reason it is called Tea Money. One businessman wants to applaud a customs

official for his forthright manner and straightforward attitude on accounting practices.

The expat needed to get some forms processed on a bunch of imported vehicles and

did not want to wait however many days to do so. He was asked to pay Riels 180,000

extra for the expeditious service which he did. Then he was given a receipt so he

could document the fees in his own office which read that he had paid for "Tea

and sandwiches".


US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is back on the warpath again. He submitted a Resolution

to the US House of Representatives on July 17 which says "the United States

should establish a collection of information that can be supplied to the International

Criminal Court (ICC) for use as evidence to support an indictment and trial of Hun

Sen for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide..." But isn't the

ICC the very court that conservatives like Rohrabacher argue the US shouldn't participate

in? You figure it out.

Did some shipping agent end up getting pickled on a plateful of summer Kimchi?

The Pencil Supermarket is now offering one kilo bags of "Pizza Hut chicken wings"

that conscientious consumers may find difficult to savor. The bags are marked "For

use in Korea only".

Jason Roberts, the distinguished and world renowned translator (once described

by Steve Heder as "the foreigner who learned Khmer the fastest") of the

series of "Khmer Sayings" published in the Post some years back, was inadvertently

left off The Honor Role of PPP staff and contributors printed in last issue's 10-year

anniversary supplement. We figured we'd miss someone in trying to comb through a

decade of back issues and are sorry it was Jason. Anyone else out there feel slighted?

Give us a shout.

What follows is generally called a "plug". There is a new BAR with FOOD

in town called Talkin to a Stranger, just behind Lucky Market on St. 278 close to

NGOville. It's run by an Aussie couple Derek and Wendy who have fled Oz in search

of a more reasonable lifestyle. The place is comfortably kitted out and - get this

- the prices are reasonable. They even have an ad in this issue. There's no connection

between the ad and this plug - so why the free publicity? Because it is the Publisher's

pleasure to do so. Check it out!



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