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The Gecko: 10 March 2006

The Gecko: 10 March 2006

If you believe in the principle that corporations should not be punished for the editorial decisions of independent newspapers to which the companies have no connection whatsoever, save for the fact that they happen to be from the same country, go buy some imported Danish brie cheese available at Pencil supermarket.

** Be advised that on December 8, 2005, according to the BNG Law Update, the Royal Government, via Decision No 54, created "The Inter-Ministerial Resolving Commission for the Construction Issue of Huge Buddhist Statue at Ek Phnom Pagoda, Peam Ek commune, Ek Phnom District, Battambang Province."

** Latest reports indicate that there is no movement to start replacing the Bailey Bridge that collapsed on the Kampot-Kep road, which has left proponents of the Greater Kampot-Kep Tourism Corridor Regional Development Plan confused and frustrated. Enterprising individuals have built two very temporary bamboo and wooden plank bridges that are allowing (for 1,000 riel a pop) cars and motos but not buses or heavy trucks to pass.

Pundits are still speculating on why the steel bridge collapsed, while the rumor that it was because villagers stole too many bolts from the structure has taken on a life of its own.

** One of the Kingdom's newest citizens is Mr Li Wei Zhan, who hails from Shanghai. He was naturalized by Royal Decree NS/1205/481 on December 2, 2005. But don't forget that Mr Li has taken on a new name. It's "Jacky Lee".

** The new Spanish food restaurant Pacharan, in the building where the Globe used to be, is one of those places that everyone should go visit at least once. Then you can make up your own mind on whether it's ahead of the curve, out of this world, or something else in between.

** If you happen to go to www.norodomsihanouk.com you get a message as follows: The owners of the domain name norodomsihanouk.com are accepting offers from interested parties willing to obtain ownership rights over the domain name. It lists the price as $1,470. What's that all about?

** What has come to be known as the "Northbridge toll road" is a miracle of modern engineering. The toll booths are up and money is being collected. But when do the toll road operators actually plan to fix the road?

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