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The Gecko: 18 January, 2002

Andre Calabru, the savvy chief of Le Deauville Bistro, claims that he was the

first person to have Euros in Cambodia. He says he had both notes and coins on Jan

2. To help spur use of the new currency, which some Europeans are now claiming "will

bury the dollar" in two years time, Andre has been offering to accept payment

in Euros at an exchange rate of one-to-one on the greenback. Ten customers have already

showed up eager to unload Euros before they drop in value any further.

The Asian Development Bank-Cambodia Resident Mission is looking for a "National

Program Officer (Governance)" and they don't seem to be shy about the kind of

person they need. In a job description circulated by email the first responsibility

listed is as follows: "Maintain an active network of informants in Government,

private sector and civil society through which ADB can secure informed assessments

on governance issues, seek professional input on program and project matters and

maintain intelligent policy dialogue with Government."

American comedian Jay Leno had this to say recently: "Postal inspectors have

been given advanced warning that Clearinghouse publishers is sending packets of laundry

detergent that could be mistaken for anthrax. Oh, good timing! What genius came up

with this promotion? What's next? A ticking alarm clock? Let's put that in a box

and mail it out."

More from Leno: "Tomorrow night on NBC a very special episode of West Wing.

It makes a direct reference to what happened in New York City. The exact plot is

being kept top secret. We are the only country in the world where we put our battle

plans on CNN, but the plots to our TV shows are top secret."

And one last Lenoism: "People want to say there isn't racial profiling at

the airport, but let's be honest. If your first name is Mohammed, and your last name

isn't Ali, arrive at the airport extra early."

Two backpackers have this update from the shooting range. They wanted to fire

a B-40 rocket launcher and the asking price was $200 per round. After some haggling,

they came up with a package deal for $340 that included: the use of an AK-47 with

one full clip, one round for a B-40 and 150 rounds for a B-57. Plus, one grenade

that they said they threw about 10 feet into a puddle of water and then ran for cover.

What smart shoppers!

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