Study On The Affects Of Alcohol On Women

“Younger women who drink two or three alcoholic beverages a week have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure than women who do not consume alcohol.” — Reuters A study by the anti-ngo Playboy Holdings Inc. finds that women who drink are far more fun to study. Expert researchers…

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Beer Promotion Saleswomen

Debate is currently raging on the 440 forum over the Bush funded NGO Care International”s self initiated and self proposed “cultural makeover” of Cambodia”s “beer girls.” Here’s a flavour of the debate. Okay, okay. I tried to ignore it. I tried to say nothing and not get up on my…

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Kampot

Although only 148km from Phnom Penh, Kampot is a world away from the spoilt, pampered bourgeois youth of Cambodia’s capital city with their consumerist peripherals and shiny new Japanese motorbikes. Kampot is also far, far away from Phnom Penh’s less than lovely urban sprawl. It’s hardly surprising therefore, that an…

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‘Just Kill Them’

In my last cultural studies class at a local institute, in order to break up the monotony of a difficult text, I assigned some controversial social topics for debate. Homosexual rights got them really stoked as well as abortion and euthanasia but what floored me was their attitude towards illegal…

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Linguistic Faux Pas in Cambodia

Many moons ago when Lord Playboy was freshly arrived in Cambodia, looking for change, adventure and a cheap, clean, substitute for nuclear fuel, I took an intensive course in learning Khmer Having been a devoted student of the Khmer language, for many, many, hours. I took to trying out my…

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Daytrips: Phnom Bayang

We stop for breakfast in Takhmau. My plump Khmer companion has a hangover from the previous night. She droops in her chair, takes small sips from a glass of hot tea, and stares into her bowl of noodle soup. Sometimes I don’t know why she goes on all these trips….

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Harebrained Schemes

Remember awhile back when Phnom Penh’s governor decreed that 3-wheeled taxis were banned from the center city? He mentioned something about them being ‘disorderly’. I never quite got the connection between tuk-tuks and order and the ban never quite got connected to reality except for the police extorting petty pocket…

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