crawlers are giving the new Martini Pub III mixed reviews. They say the outdoor movie
screen is still up to snuff providing cinema buffs with an engaging environment within
which to polish their viewing skills. However, the indoor disco comes in for some
criticism as being a bit claustrophobic, in part, it seems, because the concrete
walls are so thick. One customer mused that it might be the only building in town
where a grenade could go off and the police colonel living down the street wouldn't
** The Spark nightclub, meanwhile, continues to draw huge crowds of up to 500, especially
on weekends when the offspring of the nouveau riche decide to let their hair down
and fork out $12 for a jug of beer. But observers caution that there are a few too
many guns getting past the "No Guns Allowed" sign. Just last week one customer
was held up by two guys doing a new dance called the Ballistic Shakedown. Reports
indicate that the dance is quite simple: you hold a pistol to someone's head, say
"Give me money", take the cash and move on.
** The US Presidential race is heating up. Kerry strategists say they are looking
at a variety of ways to beef up his campaign in the face of flagging polls.
One insider says the Kerry team is facing a real dilemma. "Democrats have this
problem about wanting to feel warm and fuzzy about their candidate," said the
source. "Republicans don't really care. Hell, they'll elect anybody as long
as he is a conservative. Just look at Bush!"
He said the campaign was looking at introducing a major new slogan given that there
were signs the Yawn Factor was causing Kerry to lose ground. "Right now we're
working with 'A Vote Against Bush Doesn't Mean You Have To Like Kerry'," said
the source who admitted that they were still testing it out among a loose federation
of committed splinter groups.
"At first we were considering 'Join The Gathering Swarm And Give A Sting For
Democracy'," said the party strategist. "But activists among the beekeeper
community nixed the idea, arguing that bees were apolitical and generally not a threat
** Security advisory to pedestrians: Be careful about walking along Sothearos Blvd,
near the National Assembly, late at night. Amateur petty thieves, possibly cranked
up on Yaba, are operating in the area.