Royal Air Cambodge may have closed its doors here in Phnom Penh but one
enterprising soul has decided to keep the name alive on the internet and fly
like the wind. If you log on to www.Royal-Air-Cambodge.net you end up with a
pornographic, pay-per-view portal. The website's latest routing options include
Fetish Machine, Asian Peaches, Lesbo Express and Latex Teens. The site,
registered in mid-October, is run by someone with an address in Yeravan, and,
strangely enough, the website of the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, DC still
has a direct link to the former airline's new site.
An expat vacationing in Phnom Penh felt he wasn't having enough fun last
week, so he decided to jump off the Japanese Bridge (a precursor to an annual
Japan Bridge Bungy-Jumping Festival? Tourism wizards-get on it!). He enjoyed the
splash but then had to crawl through some muck on the embankment to get out of
the river, and to his great consternation no moto would give him a lift as he
was covered in mud.
The IMF's Thomas Rum-baugh was asked if the Fund thought an Assets
Declaration Register for Members of Parliament would be a good idea. He said the
idea had been on the agenda but the timing was wrong as "Security in Cambodia is
not good enough to protect people who advertise how much their assets are."
In recognition of the American holiday Thanksgiving, the NGO People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals decided to donate some food to the US troops
involved in the war in Afghanistan. They sent the GIs a whole bunch of Tofu
A reporter asked a US Air Force general if the military had any special
units, like the "Tunnel Rats" during the Vietnam War, to deal with al-Qaeda
members hiding in caves around Kandahar. The general replied: "Our specialized
method of dealing with caves is to put 500 pound bombs in the entrance."
There was a bit of media confusion on Nov 14, after the Taliban fled Kabul. A
few quotes from the TV talking heads trying to figure out the story: "The
Taliban are still somewhere in the mountains"; "The days of Taliban rule in
Kandahar are numbered"; "A lot of uncertainty ahead"; "The situation is fluid";
"The picture is really quite confused". The best was CNN reporting "The streets
are calm in Kandahar," while the ticker tape text underneath said: "Heavy
fighting in Kandahar."