S o much for increased purchasing power for riel holders when the currency
appreciated last week. A quick survey of several shops along Monivong -
including several photo outlets, a supermarket, and a restaurant - found a
unanamous response. If you tried to pay in riels for items priced in dollars,
everyone responded that 2500 to 1 was the only acceptable rate. When asked why
the response was "No, no, no. The riel goes up and down. If we take 2300 for a
dollar we lose tomorrow."
The MAS inflight magazine "Wings of Gold" will
hopefully print a correction in its next issue. The February 95 edition had this
to say about the recent RAC/MHS link-up: "The present lease arrangement is on a
wet lease basis, which means the lease includes all the support staff such as
pilots and cabin crew, making RAC a totally Malaysian operation."
National Musuem of Cambodia, along with is contents, got a lick of new paint
recently. After delivering a coat of strawberry red paint on the outside of the
building, the decorators splashed a more subtle pastal around the inside.
Visitors to the museum were amazed by the sight of painters precariously perched
on ladders above the ancient treasures of Cambodia below. The odd spot of
sandpaper and paint dropped onto the cultural gems, but staff expressed no
concern - they said they would scrub the exhibits down later. Not how they do it
in the Louvre, one presumes.
There's an interesting sign outside a
restaurant on the other side of the Chroy Changvar bridge. It reads: "Fosters -
The KR have been digging in their bag of baloney again. Their
latest description on radio of government advisor Sue Downie is that she is a
"bitch" who is the "boss of the two-headed government's propagandist Ministry of
Last Saturday night's New Year firework display consisted
of thousands of AK-47 tracer rounds being fired at the lunar eclipse. One
Westerner, worried where the bullets might eventually land, moved under the
awning of a restaurant, not believing a probable tall story that tracers tend to
"flutter" down to earth.
Rumor has it that Ann Moran won big at the
casino last week and has been buying drinks for friends all over town. Give her
a shout if you're thirsty.