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The Gecko: 24 October 2003

A new and improved seminar sponsored by the UN took place this week on how to train

provincial authorities to encourage investment. One of the attendees asked a representative

from the CDC/CBI: "So how many staff do you have?" The reply came: "CBI

has 50 and the CDC has 100." The next question was: "So what do they do?"

The answer, delivered with one of those heh-heh-heh chuckles, was: "They figure

out ways to squeeze investors."

** If you want to get an earful and watch your jaw drop to the floor, ask around

on what the story behind the story is on the charges being dropped against the two

RCAF officers arrested for suspected involvement in drug trafficking. It's a killer

tale.

** The Sweat Club at the Micasa Hotel has obviously decided that enough is enough.

New signs on shower doors in the men's locker room read: "Do not piss in the

shower."

** Reflecting the School of Thought which maintains that truth is like a magical

piece of rubber that can be molded to fit any pre-conceived mindset, one resident

in the capital came up with the following explanation on who shot Srey Nich. Piseth

Pelika and Touch Srey Nich both sang on a Sunday and then were both shot at the same

time of the day on a Tuesday two days later, therefore the person who was behind

the attacks is the same.

** For the historical record, an increasing number of pundits and punters are getting

that nervous, edgy feeling that the current political impasse may devolve into chaos

before it gets sorted out. There's a "We've seen this kind of stuff before"

attitude out there, and a recognition that with short-tempered, brittle forces at

work and tiny politicized tectonic plates grating against each other, more and more

friction is being created with each passing day. Where and how it might erupt is

anybody's guess. But the fact that people are doing just that-starting to guess-is

worrisome.

** On a brighter note, People Help People for Peace has released its latest declaration

along the waterfront. They say: "Our Organization only work for Peace over the

world. Please come for friends and work together for Peace. We hope our world is

very beautiful and we wish world come Peacefully and world come like family that's

our dream." More info is available at email: malikafzal92@hotmail.com

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