An informal survey of motodupe drivers has revealed a variety of reasons why many
don't stop at red lights on Norodom Boulevard. When asked "Why didn't you stop
at that red light?" the following were offered as explanations:
"If you stop, it's too hot in the sun."
"There are no police, so it doesn't matter."
"Ho-hoo! Oht dung bong."
"What red light?"
Another gun range update. Cows are still out, but you can purchase chickens to use
as targets for five bucks each. A bunch of "mad Brits" were sighted at
the range last week having a field day with tied up fowl. They couldn't get the job
done with pistols so switched to AKs for the coup de poulet.
The Casa disco now has a bit of a rough edge to it, according to reliable sources,
who say that some of the city's moneyed toughs enjoy flexing their muscles there.
One expat inadvertently bumped into a youngster while dancing only to have a pistol
pulled and shoved in his face. So much for the "park your guns at the door"
If you're low on cash, keep in mind that the going rate for recycled tin cans is
five for 200 riels.
Movie buffs, be advised! The Matt Dillon film production team has just signed on
world-famous French actor Gerard Depardieu to join the cast. Larger-than-life Monsieur
Depardieu may arrive in Phnom Penh late this month or next.
If you are having trouble getting an appointment with HE Sok An, the reason is simple.
He is a very, very busy man. The Minister is now in charge of 48 separate state agencies,
according to one civil society source.
A recently-arrived diplomat got an earful from the PM at Monday's donor meeting with
the government. He asked a question about illegal logging, citing the latest Global
Witness report, only to have both barrels unleashed at him. The rumor is that later
in the day he joked with his wife that maybe it wasn't time to unpack yet.
Tioulong Saumura knows how to work the US Congress for extra mileage. For the Minority
House Leader Dick Gephardt delegation's visit to Phnom Penh, she flew all the way
back from Paris for a one-hour meeting with the American legislators and then hopped
on a plane and flew back.