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The Gecko: 21 November, 1997

One firm in town received a letter before the Water Festival from the neighborhood

police station which explained that in the interests of general public security during

the holidays it would be prudent for the company to donate $20 and a case of beer

to the coppers. The business complied, albiet a bit reluctantly, and then raced for

their Khmer dictionary to see if there was any connection between the words "booze"

and "safety".

** Seeing is disbelieving. One observer wants to know why all the Excellencies,

Honorables and Samdechs who took time to head for Sihanoukville over the Water Festival

holidays needed to have their legions of gun-toting bodyguards, armed to the teeth,

parade up and down the beach. If the people who run the country are afraid for their

lives, then how are the tourists supposed to feel?

** A senior executive of a resident accounting firm was all set to head off

to North Korea for an idyllic vacation which had been planned for months. Alas, the

poor lad had his passport and cash stolen from his hotel room the night before departure

and the Hermit Kingdom is still only the stuff of dreams.

** One way traffic. One of Phnom Penh's resident rugby teams, Pilliers d'Angkor

, headed off to Ho Chi Minh city in high spirits for a match with the Saigon team.

Whether the team's performance was a result of bus-lag, a bit too much joie de vivre

the night before the game or the fact that their petit cochon mascot decided to do

a runner just as the athletes locked horns is still unclear.

The result is not. Saigon won 80-0. Ouch!

To make the thrashing worse, the bus got turned back on the return trip at Moc Bai

as half the squad didn't have proper re-entry visas for Cambodia.

** The unconfirmed word on the street is that the Naga Floating Casino has

let go over 100 employees. Scuttlebutttists are beginning to murmur the tune "Angkors

Away".

** Trivial pursuits question: When was the last time a citizen of Great Britain

used the expression "By jove!"? Clue: Anthony Ainsworth, one of the Kingdom's

top-notch executives, may know the answer.

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