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The Gecko: 16 February 2001

A RECENT visitor to Cambodia from Burma notes that the most popular selling legal

drugs in the country are Prosac and Viagra. It's unclear if both drugs are being

bought by the same customers.

If you are worried about not looking manly enough, check out a bottle of Srah Krahom

Reup Keilaka, or Wrestler Red Wine. Only Riels 2,500 a go. Label on back says "After

having taste you will get good health and full of strength".

If Britain has cornered the market on football holligans, the Kingdom recently witnessed

its own basketball version.

After losing 30-34 in a closely-contested match against the team from Wat Koh Secondary

School, a group of about 30 Preah Sisowath Secondary School players and fans decided

to vent their dissatisfaction with the result by showing up at Wat Koh bright and

early on Feb 13 armed with bats, clubs and rocks in search of a rougher re-match.

In the 20-minute melee that followed, Wat Koh students and teachers fought off the

attackers with rocks and sticks until the Sisowath gang beat a hasty retreat.

Final score: one Physics teacher and five students beaten and injured, and a commune

chief's car seriously damaged. Time out, sports fans.

Quote of the week: "All you're doing is stepping into the cooking pot and then

one day they will eat you," said an expatriate investor after last week's Third

Government-Private Sector Forum who deftly sheltered his disgruntlement in a cloak

of anonymity.

If you mention Chea Sophara's name in a paint store, the owner's eyes light up like

a roman candle, and will happily point out which two brands of yellow are selling

like hot cakes.

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