The doughnut debate is heating up. A senior Royalist with close ties to the Prince
says "Cambodia is not ready for doughnuts." Of course, three years ago
the Prince himself said Cambodia was not ready for democracy. However, politician
Ted Ngoy has a more thoughtful approach: "Elections first, then doughnuts."
** The Bayon Wanderers made history with their bonebreaking football match
in Pailin, although sports buffs are still unclear what the host team was called.
Some say it was "The Breakaways"; others allege it was "The Real Gems
The aging but eager barangs lost the match 4-2 before an enthusiastic crowd of over
2,000. Pundits are debating if the defeat was a result of the 480 cans of suds donated
by Angkor Beer, the injury to ace sweeper Tom "Ruud Gullit" Fawthrop after
he scored a goal and then flew headlong into the goalpost, the shrewd designs of
management who thought it was politically correct to take a dive, or the fact that
the Wanderers were unused to playing on a pitch with a flagpole in the middle and
couldn't adjust their offensive strategy accordingly.
Rumor has it that the hearty lads were even too tuckered out after the game to take
advantage of the taxi girls proffered by the gracious hosts at the evening's entertainment.
** When does a free press result in the throttling of freedom of expression?
When AFP writes a story about the US Embassy's plan to show the film Amistad at the
French Cultural Center on the day just by coincidence - of Ranariddh's trial. The
film was cancelled.
** The folks who distribute Johnny Walker are still wondering what happened
to their 1,000 cases of whiskey. Last July during the fighting military units came
by the warehouse and confiscated the booze saying they wanted to prevent it from
** Reports from a remote corner of Ratanakiri say the Khmer Rouge have already
started their own voter education drive. Along the Se Kong River roving guerrilla
units are allegedly forcing villagers off boats for 30-minute lectures. The main
talking points: The White Paper is flawed and, if there are elections, vote for Ranariddh
or Sam Rainsy.
** The Kingdom has been recently and quietly denied the pleasurable company
of the brother of the late Princess Di, Earl Charles Spencer (resident of South Africa).
The Earl was to front a BBC documentary on the "World's Greatest Train Journeys",
which interestingly enough was to include the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville trip. It was
supposed to have included a nice trainride-Charles-landmine juxtaposition. Just 36
hours before he was due, Charlie cancelled, citing security worries, much to the
disappointment of us all.