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The Gecko: 21 September 2007

The Gecko: 21 September 2007


The "Flying Kiwi" Hugh Munro is looking forward to some time spent in the air once the ground work on his human catapult has been completed

Wonders never cease. Belgian citizen Mr. Raoul Marc Jennar was appointed as an Advisor

to the Royal Government of Cambodia on August 30, 2007. No further details available

at this time.

Hey Raoul, please update Les Cles du Cambodge while you are in town!

** Heritage Watch is the NGO that has taken on the noble task of helping to protect

the Kingdom's cultural heritage and to prevent the theft of artifacts and the like.

Sadly, their staff may need a seminar on how to broaden that mandate to include saving

the environment.

One restaurant owner in town reports that when he asked a Heritage Watch staffer

what he should do with all the leftover free copies of their publication Touchstone,

he was told to "just throw them out". But he pushed, "Don't you want

to recycle the paper or something?"

"No, no, it doesn't matter, just throw them out," came the heritage-friendly


** The Kingdom's first human catapult is currently undergoing test trials at its

base of operations along the east bank of the estuary in Kampot at the prestigious

resort Bodhi Villa. Bags of cement are being used to simulate people for the time

being. But there seem to be a few kinks in the initial design.

Master Kiwi engineer Hugh Munro, who says he will be the catapult's first human guinea

pig, is fine-tuning his launch mechanism. The dilemma, at present, is a lack of arc

in the payload delivery trajectory, leaving devoted bystanders wondering aloud: What

is the sound of one man flapping (as he rockets towards the river as if shot from

a cannon)?

** Very few Khmer-language newspapers have their own websites but one of the ones

that does is Koh Santepheap. However, if you go to the

site is described as "What you need, when you need it". Menu items include:

Sexwoman, Makelove and Singlesgirl. Finding actual news stories does not seem to

be part of the package.


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