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The Gecko: 2 January 2004

The Gecko: 2 January 2004

Lisa Miller come in please! Your father, Ted, has alerted the Post by email that

he has not heard from you in over a month and he is anxious to have some word that

you are all right. Send him an email or call as soon as possible.

** Alert readers will recall the announcement many months back of the wedding in

Indonesia on May 11 of former PPPost Jakarta Bureau Chief Lindsay Murdoch to Feni


Now, almost nine short months later--who's counting?--the happy couple are proud

to announce the birth of their daughter Emily Tiara Murdoch on December 27, 2003.

The young lady weighed in at a healthy 3.6 kilos. Reports are that mother and daughter

are doing fine; Lindsay is expected to recover over time.

Hearty congratulations to both Lindsay and Feni on the birth of their daughter.

** The UK publication Private Eye reports that Minnie Driver's boyfriend, tennis

star Robby Ginepri, has a sponsorship deal with guess who? Nike. Acording to Oxfam-run

Nikewatch, "Independent research continues to indicate that workers in Nike

contract factories are still commonly required to work 60 hours per week and are

harassed or threatened with dismissal if they refuse overtime." Perhaps Minnie

and Robby and Robby's endorsement agent should go visit those factories first.

** Beware of the five dollar fines for illegal parking on Sisowath Quay. Signs listing

the no-parking hours have been juggled around a bit as part of a New Year's squeeze

and motorists may find themselves with a cop in the passenger seat offering a choice:

pay up now or we drive to the police station.

** New Years Eve appears to have come off with relatively minor discomfort.

The bash at Rubies drew an exuberant crowd. Sources say some guy named "Jon"

delighted party-goers with his "free drink" policy after he tried to take

command of the bar. Once the bar closed, however, his program went horizontal as

management decided to lock up and let him sleep it off inside. At press time Thursday

night, word was that Jon still had the tiger by the tail but was out of contact after

alien forces smashed up his phone.

** Unconfirmed diplo scuttlebutt: US Ambassador to Cambodia Charles Ray was back

in Washington, DC recently. Senator Mitch McConnell refused to see him.


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