** The current political
stalemate engendered the following comment from one
entrepreneur in town who's been staring glumly at red ink
on his balance sheet: "They all want a share of
power for something which may soon not exist."
** Do hard times produce dark humor? Here's the latest
joke going around town.
King Sihanouk, Samdech Hun Sen, Prince Ranariddh, and
Rainsy are flying over Cambodia in a plane and looking
down on a nation plagued by poverty, hunger, AIDS,
deforestation and a host of other ills. They all cry out,
"Oh no, what can we do to make the Khmer people
Hun Sen says, "I know, I know," and rushes to
the door to empty a bag of money out over the
Ranariddh says, "I know, I know," and rushes to
the door to empty a bigger bag of money out to flutter
down to villages below.
Rainsy says, "I know, I know," and rushes to
the door to dump out a bag filled with written promises
of increased wages for all garment factory workers.
King Sihanouk says, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, I
know what to do," and then instructs his aide to
chuck Hun Sen, Ranariddh and Rainsy out the door.
** What does Nhek Bun Chhay do in his spare time? A few
revelers in Bangkok spotted the general at a Halloween
party at the Novotel in Siam Square on the night of
October 31. He was not wearing a costume nor his jungle
** Airline industry analysts speculate that there has
been a decrease in passenger numbers in and out of the
Kingdom since too many people in Bangkok are afraid to
fly to Phnom Penh because they think they will get
arrested and too many people in Phnom Penh are afraid to
fly out of the country because they think they will get
** Rumor has it that one-time teen idol Matt Dillon is
coming back to town to make a film in Siem Reap and Phnom
Penh after the New Year.
** Mild Seven's new marketing strategy to blast out rock
music from the front of its office on Sihanouk Blvd.
starting from 7:30 in the morning engendered an immediate
response from one resident in the neighborhood. Ettamogah
Manny decided enough was enough, donned his Ozzie cricket
shirt and, like the legendary Merv Hughes, stormed across
the street with bat in hand to cry foul.