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Gumboot Throw

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It’s high noon, and a crowd has gathered around you. Staring down the arena you see your mark. It’s time settle the score, it is time to come out on top. You lift your size 43 boot off the ground, draw it behind you, and forcing your entire weight behind it, you hurl it down […]

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Caber Toss

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You hear the someone blowing their bagpipes in the distance. Squatting, you take control of your log. It’s the biggest one you’ve ever had. The butt nesting firmly in your hands, and pole resting on your shoulder weighing you whole body down. Your thighs go rock solid as you lift your log with your feet […]

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Chundan Vallam

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The ferocity of your collective spirit pulses throughout your vessel with enough force to make Karthikeya, the Hindi god of war tremble in his boots. The beating of the fire platform pulses your through veins to every appendage of your body. Driving your paddle in perfect unison with your 127 teammates, propelling you boat forward […]

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The Republic of Whangamomona

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Munching on a lamb shank with mashed potato so imperfect you can tell it’s not from a packet, admiring the cluttered walls of old black and white rugby team photos and posters advertising defunct beers that  your grandad might remember.  Just then a farmer turns up on his horse, ties it to a picnic table  across the road and […]

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The Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan

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Along the banks of the Volga sits a tiny republic, struggling for independence since the middle ages, this land has a culture and bloodline starkly different to mainland Russia. This is the land of the Tatars, a.k.a., the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. A Quick History First established as Volga Bulgaria in the 7th century, it […]