THE World Bank's new office is drawing some interesting attention. A German couple
showed up at the office recently and was wondering if they could get a cash advance.
Remember that tall skinny American gal named Robin McDowell. She is now a mom.
Her son Ty was born six weeks ago in New York City. No word yet on who the lucky
If you are thinking of buying the "Bacon Strips" at Lucky Market, don't
expect to get some hickory-smoked, kind of Jimmy Dean whatever. What you will get
are the thinnest, boneless porkchops available on the market today. They are not
bad if you are into Lean Cuisine-but bacon, not quite.
The Water Festival witnessed another kind of competition besides that which took
place among the boat crews. Missionaries were out in force distributing Khmer-language
copies of the Word to anyone who would take it. One group was the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Association extolling the teachings of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, purported to be
the Imam Mahdi as prophesied by Mohammad. Their brochure was titled "The Mahdi
and the promised Messiah has already come". Another group from the New Hope
Baptist Church was passing out a leaflet entitled "From the True God".
Both groups had clear warnings for sinners: "Anyone who is not afraid of sin
will die and not live," say the Muslims; "If a human denies [to accept]
God, he will be punished," say the Baptists. There is no clear estimate on the
numbers of converts achieved during the Festival push, but if the tonnage of discarded
pamphlets littering the Quai Sisowath was any indication, much work remains to be
done by the missionaries, which hopefully next time includes lending a hand to clean
up the paper.
The DC&A Law firm next to the Tex-Mex restaurant near Independence Monument
has a new take on the concept of judicial reform. The Scales of Justice in their
logo are not balanced.
One more Water Festival footnote. One boat, sponsored by an expat - including
the provision of entry fees, transport, accomodation, t-shirts, food, and gifts to
the rowers' home villages - was doing so well after the second day's heats that an
interloper intervened and said the boys had to change kit and row for him. The initial
sponsor was left ticked off, the lads in the boat confused and the result was a dismal
final run. Some of the rowers trundled back home vowing never to return.