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185439.  Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:37 am Reply with quote

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in central Asia, bordered by China, Kazakhstan,Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its name means "The Land of 40 Tribes", and this is represented by the 40 rays of the Sun on the country's flag.

One of the country's national sports is Kok Boru, meaning "blue wolf". Similar to a mixture of rugby and polo, it consists of players on horseback trying to throw a headless goat carcass over the opposition's goal line, or in more recent times, into the opposition's "goal", a tub or a circle marked on the ground.

Other sports played in Krygyzstan include 'Tyiyn' or 'Tenghe Enish', where competitors have to pick up a coin off the ground, while on a horse which is galloping at full pelt. 'Kyz Kuumai' is another game played in the country, where a man has to chase after a woman in order to win a kiss from her, while she gallops away. She can also lash her horse whip at the pursuer.

185445.  Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:55 am Reply with quote

According to a Russian writer called Pokhlebkin (quoted in the Oxford Companion to Food), in Kyrgyzstan they make tea "with twice as much milk as water and with salt, pepper and a fried flour-butter mixture added". Sounds lovely.

185450.  Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:12 pm Reply with quote

Sounds about as bizarre as the Bedouin tea I had in Egypt. I really can't describe what it tasted like, but if you drink it properly, you are supposed to have a sugar cube between your front teeth, which I didn't, so perhaps that's why it tasted so odd.

214105.  Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:22 am Reply with quote

Kyrgyzstan is home to the world's world's largest natural walnut forest.

214107.  Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:24 am Reply with quote

The Kyrgyzstani city of Osh contains a rocky mountain called Suleiman' s Throne whose shape resembles a pregnant woman.

214116.  Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:36 am Reply with quote

you are supposed to have a sugar cube between your front teeth

That's a hell of a gap between the front teeth! (Even bigger, if you drink the tea every day with that much sugar!)



Curious Danny
696333.  Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:47 pm Reply with quote

I am hopefully not alone in thinking that a national revolution is a better subject for discussion than SamCam:

Why has this not got more coverage? Surely not because it is difficult to pronounce Kyrgyzstan?

696474.  Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:05 pm Reply with quote

Given thatthe country hosts US Planes on their way to Afghanistan I too am surprised at the lack of media interest.

The new leader Rosa Otunbayeva has inherited a country with severe money problems caused by corruption.

696529.  Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:56 am Reply with quote

I wouldn't say there's no media interest, you can see plenty of news in the right places, but it's not very prominent in the retail media for a number of reasons. There are no British or American nationals involved, there aren't readily available pictures of starving and homeless people to cry in front of the cameras, and the list goes on.

Cynical? Moi?

975840.  Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Gas going cheap? The Government of Kyrgyzstan has offered to sell 75 percent of its national gas company Kyrgyzgas for the sum of $1 to the Russian energy giant Gazprom. They want 100%.


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