A traveller who crossed the Thai-Cambodian border on July 28 reports an unhappy
tale. He says that there are a bunch of Khmer kids who try to make a few riels by
offering an umbrella service to those making the crossing on foot. For an unspecified
tip they will provide a bit of shade while you transit from the Cambodian side to
the Thai Immigration post. However, apparently there is at least one Thai border
policeman who is unhappy with the youngsters' stab at entrepreneurship. The cop raced
in on a motorcycle, managing to catch one of the tykes and then proceeded to pummel
the lad in the face until he was bleeding from the mouth. He then dragged the wailing
kid away and left him tied up to a shed. Another boy who managed to escape the dragnet
told the traveller: "We are from Cambodia; they don't like us."
A disgruntled European reader of the Post asked recently: "Why don't you
call your paper the rubbish bin?" The same wizened, very old Asia hand, when
told that George Harrison had terminal cancer, responded by saying: "Let it
Curio collectors should keep their eyes open for the latest trinket to hit the
streets. The Cambodian Red Cross now has available quite smart-looking Swiss design
watches bearing a portrait of Lok Chumtiev Bun Rany, the CRC's Honorary President.
Several alert readers wondered aloud about the item in last issue's Police Blotter
concerning the untimely death of British citizen Karl Vaughan Howells. After a bit
of checking, it has been determined that Mr. Howells did not die from massive head
injuries sustained from an accident in a toilet. His family and friends prefer that
the matter be left at that.
A restauranteur in Siha-noukville who had just opened a new eatery was visited
by the Fire Department and told he needed to buy one of their extinguishers. The
guy thought, "Okay, that sounds reasonable. Safety first." But the one
that was offered to him indicated no pressure on the gauge. When the guy asked if
he could buy one with the proper pressure he was told, "No, no, no, that's not
a pressure gauge. It's a thermometer. When it gets hot outside the needle will go
Statistics indicate that if the increase in the number of new Elvis impersonators
over the last 10 years continues, by the year 2040 the entire world's population
will look like the King of Rock 'n Roll.