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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 […]