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The Gecko: 06 October, 1995

T he Post gets some interesting mail. A job inquiry came in from a Mr. Ronald

Segal whose background includes: Received abhisheka and higher tantric teachings

from V.V. Tarikh Rimpoche at Tsechen Shedrup Yongkhyil Ling in Kathmandu; wrote

Hollywood screenplay BLACK PEARL; taught at Novosibirsk State University

(Siberia); Personal Envoy of H.E. Did-Khambo-Lama Dorje Tsedenov, Head Abbot of

the Egituisky Datsan Monastery and Keeper of the Dzandan-Jowo; Program Director

for Radio Mongolia; studied classical Indian music under Mrs. Ravi Shankar; and,

Advisor to H.E. Khambo Lama Choi Dorjie Budaev XXII, Supreme Buddhist Patriarch

of all the Russias.

Mr. Segal, who hails from the U.S., lists his

language skills as "conversational grasp of Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Russian,

Tibetian, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Newari, and Chinese." Yikes!

According

to a publication from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Institute's president

Richard H. Solomon received the U.S. State Department's Foreign Affairs Award

for Public Service on June 19 "for his role in bringing peace to Cambodia."

Perhaps the ceremony should have been held in Rattanak Mondol. The IDPs there

may have had something to say about the state of peace in the

Kingdom.

Well wishers be advised: The big wedding for General Tea

Chamrath, 54, is slated for November 24.

The UN Secretary-Gen-eral's

Representative in Cambodia, Benny Widyono has been given a new lease on life.

His mission is being extended for another six months, until April 8, l996, which

will bring him to the two-year mark in his current capacity.

A traveller

of Route 4 from Sihanoukville reported that he had no problems getting through

all the checkpoints, except at one where he was stopped and told he had to pay

$50 - not for him, or his car, but because his girlfriend was

Vietnamese.

In Sihanoukville itself, the grumbling has been heard all the

way back to the capital. Foreigners report that they are being stopped by the

cops and told they must pay $200 if they don't have their passports on them. One

ticked off visitor to the seaside city bargained the fee down to $100, but was

definitely not happy with the deal.

Here's a nice tale about friendly

cops: A Brit senior executive in a prominent firm has a long night on the sauce

at various proper establishments in Phnom Penh and, nigh on sunrise, finds he

doesn't have the cash to pay the latest bar bill. The cops are called in and

he's trundled away to the police station where he passes out on a bench. The

cops find his business card and then send a runner off to his employer's office

so someone can come by and collect the liquified soul. End of small story. Start

of big hangover.

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