Recently returned Pen Sovann seems to have an aversion to hard hitting news stories.
The sign outside his office reads: "Please leave your explosive article with
the guard. Thanks."
** Do political party signs really mean anything? Inquiring minds want to
know. On Route 5 between the Japanese Bridge and Kampong Chhnang city several eager
beavers decided to tally up all the various political party signs. Here's the results:
KNP - 1; Khmer Citizens Party - 4; Funcinpec - 4 (1 sign with its logo painted over);
BLDP - 10; Free Republican Party - 1; CPP - 103.
** The only things missing were a squadron of interminably effervescent cheerleaders
and a full-dress marching band. Otherwise, the World Record Breaking Longest Clothes
Line in the Known Universe attempt on Dec 15 at 3:24pm was an extravaganza the likes
of which the global community may never see again. That is, at least not until the
VISO laundry soap company finds another country where it thinks it can establish
a significant market share. In Cambodia they're looking at carving a chunk out of
the $12 million spent yearly on soap.
As the last t-shirts were hung on the 6,000 meter-plus clothes line, the excitement
in the air was as thick as the space between the electron and nucleus of a hydrogen
"Cambodia is firmly in the record books," said Pollyanna Nethersole de
Ramirez (not a fake name) of Unilever Singapore, a partner in the event.
One of the official observers, Paul Freer of the British Embassy, in a true test
of his diplomatic skills, and exuding a gush of enthusiasm similar to that of the
BBC announcement that Germany had invaded Poland in Sept, 1939, took the microphone
and confirmed to the crowd that the clothes line was 6,152 meters, the laundry was
clean and that the t-shirts were all touching each other.
One has to give Unilever's Monty Pythonesque marketing wizards some credit. They've
discovered the secret of turning soap suds into news copy. But hey! What about a
few free trial packets of VISO for the non-believers? Especially since it seems that
the only people in town whose clothes aren't clean already are those who can't afford
to buy any soap at all.
** Contrary to the rumor mill, the PPPost is not going under. Although, cost-cutting
is only prudent in these difficult economic times. Accordingly, the Post is not sending
out Christmas cards this year but sincerely wishes all its friends and foes alike,
its loyal readers around the globe and throughout the Kingdom, its advertisers, critics,
colleagues, letter writers and anyone else a Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year.