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the Gecko: 25 May 2001

 

THE Post bids a fond farewell to Manny Kargas, former proprietor of Ettamogah

Pub, scholar, bard, bean counter, and accomplished crooner as long as the lyrics

are visible on the video screen and the Chivas is still flowing. After 10 years flailing

admirably against windmills, Manny is pulling the plug and heading for Normanville,

South Australia. The proud new owner of a yet to be re-named Fish 'n Chips shop just

five minutes walk from one of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet, Manny, his

wife Ai and their eight-month-old daughter Ai-Li lift off on Monday.

 

A 20-foot fishing boat also awaits the Kargas clan Down Under. Manny says that

for those friends who make the pilgrimage to Normanville, a relaxing day with a few

cold beers out on Encounter Bay awaits the devout and weary.

An alert reader from Africa writes that the last issue's update on Nate Thayer was

incorrect. Thayer has three dogs, not two as originally reported. And, he also has

two pigs.

The producers of the one-hour "adventure" documentary on Cambodia that

will be aired in July or August on The Discovery Channel have re-named the epic saga.

The original title "Search for the Lost Unicorn of Cambodia" has been scrapped.

Taking a lead from the notice that used to hang in the AP office in Bangkok during

the 80s, which read "Get Pol Pot in the story", the new and improved title

is "The Lost World of the Khmer Rouge". It's unclear what happened to the

unicorn although experts say the debate on the elusive Khting Vor is not over yet.

Congratulations to one-time PPPost reporter Ker Munthit. Building on his earlier

four-year training in journalism in the former Soviet Union, Munthit received his

Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University last week.

Vira, the American monk, knows some stuff we don't. The family of a man that had

been in a coma for two weeks was ready to throw in the towel and bury him. Vira came

onto the scene, taught the family some special mantras and after three days of chanting

the guy came back to full consciousness, he told the Post.

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