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The Gecko: 12 April 2002

According to a circular released by the Municipality, in recognition of Khmer

New Year, all public and private institutions in Phnom Penh, including pagodas

and houses, must be clean and should be decorated with lights, slogans, flags

and banners, and citizens should prepare candles, fruit and flowers to pray for

the consecration of the New Year.

Furthermore, be advised that all

gambling, shooting and setting off explosives is banned, as is the sale or use

of squirt guns. So anybody planning any "Squirt, squirt m'dong" action, just

forget it!

The Fire Department has been ordered to be on standby around

the clock. And the Police have been instructed to prevent any murders or

terrorist activity. The garbage collectors have been ordered to collect all

garbage and the Public Works department has been ordered to clean all the parks

and streets, and companies involved in road construction have been ordered to

spray water in areas where they are working to prevent dust from flying. The

Health Department has also been ordered to be on standby with ambulances should

victims need to be evacuated from public areas.

Otherwise, have fun and a

safe Happy New Year.

Parents of students attending the University of New Mexico in the US can

sleep more soundly at night with the knowledge that their hard-earned savings

are being used wisely on their kids' education, especially after Jay Leno went

there to check on their current events knowledge.

Leno: What did Sandra

Day O'Connor do in 1981? Replied one student: She was the first woman to go into

space. Another: She was the first woman to swim the English

Channel.

Leno: What major city did the Berlin Wall separate? Co-ed:

Somewhere in China. Leno: No, what city? Co-ed: Berlin. Leno: Where is Berlin?

Co-ed: In China.

After exhaustive negotiations, the Phnom Penh Post has agreed to generously

sponsor the Hans "Abel Tasman" van Zoggel 2002 Phnom Penh to Amsterdam 15,000kms

Motorcycle Expedition. World Famous Development Expert Hans and his sidekick

Willem Gesink, from Berlicum, Holland, will leave after a ceremony from the Post

headquarters on Sunday, April 14 around 9:30am. It is expected that several

thousand well-wishers will be on hand for the event, so those eager for a good

view are encouraged to arrive early-around 9:28am.

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