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The Gecko: 13 November 1998

The Gecko: 13 November 1998

** 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

happy?"

Hun Sen says, "I know, I know," and rushes to

the door to empty a bag of money out over the

countryside.

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

camos.

** 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

arrested.

** 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.

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