The Olympics are a great idea. Young men and women at the peak of fitness
competing for the glory of sport, the thrill of victory. Once you weed out the
steroid freaks it is really quite pure and simple.
The only problem with
the latest games is trying to see them. Even with the wonders of cable TV airing
50 channels from all over Asia and available for a song here in the Kingdom, it
still takes a master's degree in remote control surfing to even get a glimpse of
the footage offered. The BBC and CNN ran mostly stills, and the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation's overseas service showed only a smidgen of
You talk with folks in the States and Europe and they are
inundated with live or taped footage all day long. But what about the rest of
Let it not be said that the boss at the UN Center for Human
Rights does not have a keen eye on the precariousness of all life. When
non-swimmer Rita Reddy got wind of the possibility that Phnom Penh might get
flooded she leaped into action.
And what was her first order of
business? Send somebody out to buy life jackets.
It's official! Next year there will be 22 national holidays. Khmer New Year
will take place on April 13, 14, 15, and 16. According to the subdecree issued
by the Government, four days (not three) will be needed for the holiday "because
depend on the moon turn".
There's a reason why a doctor's handwriting is
illegible. Here's some of their scrawls deciphered:
"The patient refused
"The patient has no past history of suicides."
is numb from her toes down."
"The patient is tearful and crying
constantly. She also appears to be depressed."
"Patient has chest pain if
she lies on her left side for over a year."
"Between you and me, we ought
to be able to get this lady pregnant."
"The patient was in his usual
state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed."
patient's past medical history has been remarkably insignificant, with only a
forty-pound weight gain in the past three days."
So much for truth in
advertising! Remember the Our Place ad several issues ago: "Was open, is open
and will remain open!" Wrong. Nick's done a runner and Our Place is history.