been had that polo

I’ve gotta say one of my favorite things about Ralph Lauren is the ridiculous abundance of clothing he has produced (which means it trickles down to the thrift stores). While most of the Ralph Lauren I come across in the thrifts isn’t worth picking up second hand I’ve come across some real gems like this late 60s-70s overcoat, and the rest of these.

Ralph Lauren - Crockett & Jones for PRL suede long wings, RRL Byrd trousers, RRL Jackrabbit work shirt (found by a friend), PRL vintage overcoat

Horses replace bullocks in Kila Raipur rural sports festival

ON DAY one of the Kila Raipur rural sports festival Thursday, horses replaced bullocks in cart races. More events featuring horses are slated during the four-day event. A team from Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) reached the stadium and will be present for the remainder of the tournament to keep a watch for any violations. AWBI member Dr Sandeep Jain said all animals featured in the event should be registered with AWBI, along with their riders and owners.

However, no such norm is being followed in any similar tournaments in Punjab. At the national livestock mela that concluded last month in Muktsar, polo matches had been organised after widespread publicity and even horse races had taken place. However, AWBI had not raised the issue of registration.

Sources said the AWBI team would keep a close watch on all the events in the rural sports festival and will submit a report accordingly. The organisers have reportedly planned dog races that are banned as per AWBI norms, but no issues had been raised at such events organised in many other villages of Punjab.

On Thursday, around 25 horses took part in a 350-metre race in which a horse owned by Lovely from Basti Gujjran won the first place by completing the distance in 15.40 seconds while second prize was won by horse owned by Lakhi (15.68 seconds) followed by Happy Doburji .

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European Exiles, Renegades and Outlaws and the Maritime Economy of Asia c.1500-1750

For centuries Europeans were fascinated by rumours and legends of the wealth and wonders of the Orient and by stories of the supposed existence there of realms free from all those tiresome taboos and restrictions that prevailed in the West. Long before the arrival of Vasco da Gama, renegades were serving the Mongols in Iran and Marco Polo had been in the entourage of the Grand Khan himself. The Portuguese pioneers were disconcerted to encounter in 1501 a certain Benvenuto de Abano who had spent the previous twenty-five years sailing the seas of Asia, and his contemporary, the Muslim Khoja Safar Salmani, an erstwhile Genoese or Albanian.’ But this was nothing compared with the flow that followed western penetration of the maritime economy of the East, scattering European adventurers and outlaws throughout the Orient anywhere from the shores of the Persian Gulf to those of the Pacific Ocean. And very soon these hopefuls were joined by European pirates, some working from ports in their mother countries, some from the Caribbean and North America, and some from bases in the Indian Ocean, of which Madagascar was, according to taste, the most celebrated or the most notorious. Such men, frequently of remarkable skills and fearsome abilities, exercised a considerable influence on the maritime history of the East in the early modern centuries, and it is with the origins, aspirations and activities of these elusive–indeed often anonymous–but nevertheless highly significant figures that this paper is concerned.

G. V. Scammell, “European Exiles, Renegades and Outlaws and the Maritime Economy of Asia c.1500-1750″, Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 26, No. 4 (Oct., 1992), pp. 641-661

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