the pangolin and star at the Kulen Conservatory north of Siem Reap, which the Post
wrote about on May 5, was stolen from its enclosure on June 13. The two German managers
were not at home but were planning to use Ping to help start a new breeding program
for the rare species.
** Margot Grant's best-selling book describing her years on the Thai border working
in refugee camps during the 1980s has been pirated and knock-off copies are on sale
in Phnom Penh for $2.50 a pop.
Initially miffed at the news, Margot, when told she had joined the list of other
famous authors whose works had been ripped off such as David Chandler and Milton
Osborne, decided it wasn't too bad to be in such august company.
** The Post has learned of the existence of a top secret organization composed of
middle-aged, white males that meets regularly in Phnom Penh.
Called the "TTS", (which sources say stands for "the Tin Table Society"),
rumors abound that TTS is either a chapter of the Opus Dei organization or an offshoot
of an ancient guild in the Holy Land that initially produced armor for the Knights
Templar but after the collapse of the Third Crusade decided to branch off into more
lucrative and sustainable development work.
According to one member who would only describe himself by his secret code name "Lee
Forsythe", TTS members use codeword greetings to identify themselves.
One in particular has been identified as "Do you remember Tou Samith from Rytthysen
When the proper secret response - "Sure. That old rascal, what's he up to these
days?" - is given, then the two members can engage in an ancient secret ritual
that involves commandeering tin cans of Beer Lao that are consumed with chuckles
and snorts, along with discussion around issues relating to Christian not-burned-at-the-Stake-holder
concepts, cryptic Latin religious chants called per diems and TORs on recent RFPs.
US Embassy sources say the group is NOT on the Global War on Terror Watch List.
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
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** Congratulations to Tara Gutman and Justin Whyatt whose son Maxim Raksmei Gutman
was born on April 17 in Canberra, Australia.