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The Gecko: 15 November, 1996

The Gecko: 15 November, 1996

 

A n unauthorized, clandestine BBC radio broadcast from Thailand was recently picked

up here in the Kingdom. The high-frequency transmission came across the airwaves

on Nov 7 at around 6:30 PM. Unidentified intelligence analysts who were monitoring

the report originally said the message was in some indecipherable code as the text

was a repetitious "Waaaaaa-aaaaaaah, waaaaaaaaaaaah, waaaaaaaaaaah." However,

it was determined that the voice was that of a young woman.

Thai authorities from the top-secret Department of Suspicious Noises were alerted

about the transmissions, especially since they continued throughout the night with

no let-up in sight. After an extensive investigation, a series of serious officials

converged on the transmitter and discovered the culprit: Zoe Ciara Miller, age 2

days, weight 3.2 kilos.

Father Johnny Miller, when confronted by authorities as to who had approved his new

baby daughter's activities, is alleged to have said: "I feel pretty groovy,

but its a whole new realm of responsibilities."

** It will go down in the annals of unwritten history as "the Claudia

Rizzi Affair" involving a woman of destiny who "left her mark" on

the Cambodian landscape. The details of the incident remain sketchy although there

appear to have been a substantial amount of gesticulatory hand and arm movements

in the true spirit of thrashy Italian neo-expressionism.

 

** A guy in Siem Reap buys a boat, launches it and then watches it sink

immediately. Undaunted, he picks himself and the boat up, and then goes and opens

a bar using the boat to build it. Its called "Only One" and visitors say

the roof doesn't leak.

** The increase in boat tickets to Siem Reap from $8 to $18, observers say,

has cut the number of beggars outside Angkor Wat, many of whom were coming all the

way from Phnom Penh to cash in on the generousity/guilt of visiting tourists.

** A description of the Middle East: "A politically factionalised land

populated with a jumble of ethnic and religious groups, including Jews, Arabs, Egyptians,

Syrians, Greeks, Italians and a smattering of Christians. Each detest the other.

Extreme political and theological views prevail.

Terrorism and assassinations are commonplace, alliances are momentary, grudges

perennial and neither colonial sugjugation nor local autonomy suffices to keep the

peace." Report written in 66AD by Flavius Josephus for Vespasian to present

to Emperor Nero.

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