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The Gecko 17 August, 2001

The Gecko 17 August, 2001


THE battle against bulging waistlines may now be easier thanks to an invention

from America. After years of research, scientists have concocted a product that could

spell relief for millions. It's called 'Diet water'. One-liter bottles sell for 79

cents, and four flavors are available.


Wink Dulles, a relative of John Foster but more well-known in local circles as

the madcap author of the Cambodian section of the 1996 edition of The World's Most

Dangerous Places, died on July 24, 2001. He was driving his motorcycle to a market

near his home in Korat, Thailand, when he was struck by another motorcycle. He died

at the scene. He was 44.

The Fire Department has a new campaign under way. Armed with an official letter signed

by the Department's president encouraging "managers to cooperate with our forces",

firefighters are making the rounds with an innovative pitch. Because the department

is short on cash, so they say, businesses are being encouraged to buy an extra fire

extinguisher. The Post explained that it felt its existing five extinguishers were

sufficient to deal with any crises and a similar cash crunch prohibited the purchase

of another, but that we were more than willing to encourage readers to lend a hand.

Supplies of extinguishers are unlimited!

Preparations for commune elections in February are heating up. Sam Rainsy and

about a dozen of his supporters ended up exchanging blows with NEC officials at a

registration station near the Inter-Continental on August 15. The NEC officials were

upset with educational material Rainsy was distributing.

After the recent grenade attack on the Funcinpec headquarters Prince Ranariddh

called the Prime Minister to have a chat. The PM assured the Prince that his party

had nothing to do with the incident.

Anyone hungry for a good read should get a copy of Ralph Wetterhahn's "The

Last Battle". The new book recounts the tragic tale of the 1975 Mayaguez Incident

near Sihanoukville.

Wonders never cease. After an eight-year courtship, Amnesty International's Demelza

Stubbings has agreed to tie the knot. The wedding with her banker beau is scheduled

for some time next year. Sources say her mom is tickled pink.

And then there's the case of Huw Watkin. The former PPP reporter and his girlfriend

Bich Hanh got married two weeks ago in Hanoi. They will move to Hong Kong in September.


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