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The Gecko: 10 February, 2006

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THE WORD: Operation Smile, the organization that provides FREE cleft palate and cleft

lip surgeries, will be sending a team of doctors to Cambodia again this year. Last

year they conducted 145 procedures on 125 patients from around the Kingdom-ALL FOR

FREE.

If you know of anyone that could benefit from this treatment, screening will take

place on March 9 and 10 at the Soviet Friendship Hospital, Street 271. For more information,

call Dr. Mok Theavy at 012-842-520 or email: theavym@online.com.kh

** The elephant Sambo is walking along the riverside naked again and Cantina proprietor

Hurley Scroggins says this is "as it should be."

** The Japanese word for pumpkin is "kabocha," apparently because they

used to get them from Kambuja.

** The Department of Foreigners has changed its name to the Department of Immigrants,

which is under the administration of the Security Central Department of the National

Police General Com-missioner's Office at the Ministry of Interior.

** Power-lunchers will want to check out the new Se Santi Restaurant on Street 63

near Mao Tse Tung Boulevard. With a chef from Beijing, their specialties are Chinese

dishes. The owners say they have the most comfortable chairs in town, and they may

well be right.

** Sean Pengse, the guy that Mom Sonando got thrown in jail for interviewing, circulates

a lot of his Cambodia's Border Committee stuff via email. In several of his messages

he says that the number of ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia now is around 4,500,000.

That's about one in three. With this kind of nitwit calculus, who needs the truth?

** Remember Communism? It's evolving face is a constant source of amazement.

A new housing complex has been constructed called "Rancho Santa Fe." An

advertisement for it reads: "California Dreaming. Step into the beautiful life

of Southern California at Rancho Santa Fe Villas Family Community. Elegantly furnished

Spanish style villas with private gardens..."

Rancho Santa Fe is in Shanghai.

** If you have written a book or are thinking about writing one, you can check out

whether your title will make the book a bestseller. Go to www.lulu.com/titlescorer.

**Elegant hardback bound volumes of the Phnom Penh Post for the year 2005 are now

available. Those interested in purchasing one can call Chap Narith at 023-426-568.

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