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The Gecko: 7 April 2006

It is with great sadness the Post marks the passing of Sgt 1st Class Tom Stone,

killed in action last week in Afghanistan. Stone made several trips here in the

1990s breaking up a 22,000 mile walk around the world.

Some of that time

was spent investigating the death of his older brother and journalist Dana, who

was abducted and killed alongside Sean Flynn by the Khmer Rouge in 1970.

Stone, aka "Doc," was attached to the Vermont National Guard and helped

start a free clinic in a shipping container in Helmand. He is survived by

longtime partner Rose Loving.

** Norwegian peace researcher Johan Galtung

is coming to town for a visit. He will be hosted by Pannasastra University May

21-22.

•• Former Prime Minister In Tam passed away. He was 89.

**

Molly Sheckell from New York City writes: "I am a chef who is catering a

Cambodian-themed party. In order to make the party as interesting as possible, I

would like to serve my 'claypot catfish' in actual clay pots lined with

Cambodian newspapers. Please advise me as to how to get several copies of the

Phnom Penh Post."

** As a sign of the Kingdom's continuing economic

growth, property magnate Luke Hunt was in town this week. Hunt, who represents a

property portfolio worth billions, was eyeing prime real estate along the

Kep-Kampot coastline from the comfort of a bar stool at the Cantina. No deals

have been finalized.

** Some American kids took a science exam. Some of

the Q & A follows:

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?

A:

Keep it in the cow.

Q: How are the main parts of the body

categorized?

A: The body is consisted into three parts - the branium, the

borax and the abdominal cavity. The branium contains the brain; the borax

contains the heart and lungs; and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels,

A, E, I, O and U.

Q: Name a major disease associated with

cigarettes?

A: Premature death.

Q: Name the four

seasons.

A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of

the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

A: Flirtation

makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand,

dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: What happens to your body as you

age?

A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get

intercontinental.

** HAPPY KHMER NEW YEAR TO ALL!••

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