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The Gecko: 28 July 2006

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traveler from Siem Reap looking for a bus to Phnom Penh relates the following story:

She goes to the Eastern bus station at 10:30am by moto and gets off where the moto

takes her with guys selling tickets, then asks what time the bus will leave. One

guy says at 11am "for sure" and offers a ticket. The woman refuses and

decides to walk over to the buses to check out the departure times.

Near one bus she asks again what time the bus will leave and a guy says 11:30. She

says the other guy said 11:00 and the guy responds "He's lying."

The woman asks how many customers are on the bus and the guy says "many"

but when she looks in the bus there are none. The guy says they are eating, so she

goes over to the small restaurant nearby, which is empty.

At the restaurant, the owner says the bus leaves at 12:30 and says the guy who told

her 11:30 is lying. He says he knows of another bus that is leaving at 11:45, so

the woman has some soup then goes over to the other bus. There, she looks at the

ticket which reads $5 but tells the guy that the other guy in the restaurant said

it was 16,000 riel. He says "okay" and she pays 16,000 riel and takes a

seat on the bus at 11:40.

She sits on the bus which finally leaves at 12:15.

What's the moral of this story? None.

**Connoisseurs of "horse beans with salt and driskin spicery" will be pleased

to know that they are now available at Pencil Market. Made by Guangzhou Huizhen Foods

they are "100% crisp choicess rew material taste tempting quality gu arantee

the flavour remains".

**Some of the foreign judges recently appointed to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal are alleged

to be pretty tough cookies, which is good news. The Polish judge appointed to the

ECCC's Supreme Court, Ms Agnieska Klonowiecka-Milart, was described by one trial

watcher as follows: "Don't mess with her, she'll rip your face off. She has

a mind like a steel trap."

And she's cute too, how about that!

**Congratulations to marathon swimmer Peter Bartu who just completed the Escape from

Alcatraz Mini-Biathalon. He finished 99th overall and 21st in his age group.

**Anlong Veng is not as remote as it used to be. People asked there how they learned

about Ta Mok's death all said they'd seen the news on TV.

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