Video game aficionados now have a new weapon in their arsenal. The World Food
Programme launched a new game called "Food Force" which can be downloaded for
free off the internet and played on both Macs and PCs.
Players can pilot
planes and helicopters delivering food to thousands of hungry people in the
fictitious island nation of Sheylan, negotiate with armed rebels trying to stop
a food convoy, figure out food delivery logistics and build long-term food
security for imaginary villages.
The game has 3D action figures and an audio
function, although it is unclear if you can hear the sounds of hungry people
crying out for food.
WFP says the game is designed for children age eight
to 13 as an educational tool to be used in schools and is a "fun and
action-packed alternative" to other videos with so much blood and gratuitous
** A reliably informed Christian source says that in honor of
recently deceased Pope John Paul II, both the Cuban and German embassies lowered
their flags to half-mast. However, the Polish embassy did not.
warned. One tourist says he was fined $40 for making an illegal left-hand turn
off of Norodom Boulevard and also for not having a driver's license.
Headed for Sri Lanka? Former Phnom Penh resident and owner of Dis bar, Alex
Stanich is opening a new restaurant/bar called Firefly-The Palms, in Hikkaduwa,
93 kms south of Colombo. If you stop in and mention the Phnom Penh Post, you get
a discount on drinks.
** Khmer New Years travelers returning from
holiday in Vietnam suggest that Colonel Nguyen Van Luc (ID # CK3329) at the Moc
Bai immigration post may want to be a little more discreet in managing the flow
of 100,000 Dong notes that he gratefully accepts from bus operators to jump
piles of passports up the queue.
** The English language is evolving.
Some new vocabulary:
Yellular: The loudness you adopt in response to a
bad mobile phone connection, in the misguided hope that talking louder will
improve the connection.
E-mauling: stalking someone via
Single woman's sports pages: any newspaper's wedding
Mouse potato: the wired generation's answer to couch
Blamestorming: a meeting whose sole purpose is to discuss why a
deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
disciples of Atkins who have taken the "all the fat you can eat" idea to lunatic