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The Gecko: 23 April 2004

A CAN OF CORN OR HONK YOUR HORN!

Mrs Khan An, 48, has been growing horns out of her head for three years, according

to a recent edition of Koh Santepheap.

An, who lives in Kampot province, asked permission from her husband to go to a Buddhist

ceremony at Kamchai Mountain, but he said no. She became very angry and then had

a dream during which a monk from Kamchai visited her and told her not to be angry.

The monk told her to help people and that he would send someone to help her. The

next day a horn started to grow from the left side of her head. Her husband was a

bit worried but he clammed up, a bit out of shame and in part because he got spooked.

Three years later the horn fell off, but another one started to grow. Now the folks

in her village treat her with respect because they think she is a "superstitious

woman". And some people who were sick went to see her and were cured by her

"magic treatment."

** "My country is like a can of tuna because it comes with an expiry date,"

Maldivian Foreign Minister Fathulla Jameel told IPS recently, reflecting jocularly

on what a projected rise in sea levels will do to his island nation.

** There's been a bit of a spillover effect with all the recent arrests of suspected

expatriate pedophiles. One landlord in Siem Reap now has in his English-language

leases the following: "...if caught selling drugs, having sex with minors or

pimping, [this has] nothing to do with the landlord."

** It does not seem to have been declared officially, but a banner in Siem Reap town,

sponsored by 555 Co, Ltd and the Ministry of Tourism, reads: "Tourism Revenue

Helps Reduce National Economic Crisis". Crisis? What about all that positive

GNP growth?

** With the improvement in the road from Siem Reap to Poipet, which now takes about

2.5 hours by car, some Siem Reap residents are weathering the national economic crisis

by heading off to the border on weekends for a bit of gambling and a round of golf.

It is said that the new nine-hole course is generally empty and only costs $5 a round.

** The Amansara hotel in Siem Reap (with rooms for $800 a pop) keeps a very, very,

VERY low profile. As they well should with guests like Mick Jagger, who it's said

has been there twice in the last year.

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