A first year pupil returned from school recently and showed off to his
family a new remote controlled car. When asked where it came from he replied his
class mate had given it to him as a "bribe" to do his home-work for him.
His proud father (a Cambodian policeman) commented the lad would go far in life with
such commercial acumen being shown at such a young age.
If you ever thought that US foreign policy was difficult to understand, it could
be that there is a conspiracy afoot designed to keep the inquiring public confused
and in the dark.
The Gecko heard from an "informed source" that US Secretary of State Madeline
Albright is considering visiting Cambodia at the end of July. In an effort to confirm
what could be a historic visit Bell Atlantic National and International 411 was called
get the number for the State Department. The number was tried and a bemused operator
said it was the department of Commerce.
Try again. This time Department of Labor. Okay. One more go! Bell Atlantic gave out
as the correct number for STATE, but an answering machine chirped happily:
"This is the State of Washington offices in Washington, DC. Please leave a message
at the tone."
Now the Gecko was getting suspicious. Back to Bell Atlantic and the question was
posed slowly and with much restraint: "I'm trying to get the number for the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Have you ever heard of it?"
The operator, obviously overwhelmed, replied: "No. I'm sorry. I haven't."
Perhaps STATE had gone underground, but then a ray of hope. "Oh yes, here it
STATE's Press Office was finally reached but a very polite woman said "We don't
have anything on that. We only give information on the Secretary's schedule on the
day before." She said a Mr. David Denny would check into and get back to the
So far, no word. Mr. Denny must be still checking.
Cambodian shop signs and menus provide many a chuckle to foreigners but it seems
even being brought up as a native English speaker is no guarantee of knowing how
to use it.
"It was like being in a foreign country." (English soccer player Ian Rush
on the difficulties of playing football and living in Italy)
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body." (Winston
"If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."
( English soccer coach Terry Venables)
Dennis Pennis: "Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?" Chris
Eubank: "On what?"
"One of the reasons Arnie (Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before
each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them. Oh my God! What have
I just said?" (US TV commentator John Huntridge)..