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The Gecko: 7 June, 2002

In preparation for the up-coming CG meeting one donor changed the music on his

mobile phone so that when it rings he can hear the theme song to Mission Impossible.


Anthony Galloway and his family are heading for Korea soon. He wanted to reserve

a room in a hotel in Seoul and sent an email requesting the price for rooms for him,

his wife, their child and nanny.

The hotel emailed back: "Dear ANTHONY, Thank you for requesting our Young-dong

hotel. We've understood that a nanny means goat. Is that correct? If yes, we are

sorry to inform you that you cannot be with any animals during your staying at our


Brazil's Rivaldo wins the Phony Cry Baby Award for his performance in this year's

World Cup during the match against Turkey. Thanks to Instant Replay, Rivaldo was

caught faking being hit in the face with the ball which left only two billion viewers

around the world shaking their heads in disgust.

In other World Cup-related news, petroleum analysts have revealed that since Saudi

Arabia's loss to Germany, Riyadh has decided to increase by $8 per barrel the price

of all crude oil sold to the Germans. However, Senegal has agreed to discount all

banana sales to France.

Members of Work the Cocktail Circuit International (WOCOCIRCINT) have become increasingly

concerned with a recent trend seen at embassy functions. It started with US Ambassador

Kent Wiedemann's farewell party and then was replayed at the British Embassy's Jubilee

Celebration for Queen Elizabeth.

The rub is this: government officials and diplomats are invited to a more private,

closed door session with the hosts, and then two hours later the hoi polloi are let

in - after the movers and shakers have left.

WOCOCIRCINT's Dutch chairman Ricky Neverturn-down Afreedrink decried the trend,

saying that it was "anti-transparency, anti-sustain-ability, anti-leak secrets,

and anti-fun". He added: "There is no better forum for the free flow of

information than an open bar cocktail party, especially after the dips and Excellencies

get a few gin and tonics under their belts. These Western so-called democracies better

look real closely at this and the message they are sending."

Afreedrink, while acknowledging that the roast beef served by the Brits was the best

he had ever eaten, said that the British Embassy would now be put on WOCOCIRC-INT's

"Priority Watch List".



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