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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

"The Manipur Expedition of 1891 is one of dozens of minor campaigns fought by the British, often employing locally raised troops in order to do so, during the reign of Queen Victoria. This short conflict with the Manipuris was very typical of most of the colonial campaigns in Asia of the period, often beginning and ending in similar circumstances, and rarely resulting in anything but a British victory. However, where is Manipur, who were the Manipuris and how did they come to clash with the greatest empire known in history?…"


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Smokey Roan Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 8:22 p.m. PST

Been there. Manipur and Assam. Official Candle factory Business! (As far as the IRS was concerned).

Caught HUGE perch, much like the Yellow Perch up north, and a fish that looked just like a Pompano/Palometta cross, basically a Pompano that was Palometta sized, that tasted JUST like said. They called it a "Butterfish" and a "Mullet", but they knew not what they say, as it was no Butterfish nor mullet.

Hunted their version of hog. Basically undersized pigs. We used …..wait for it…20 gauge shotguns!

Ate the hottest food of all time. A Pig, cooked in the ground wrapped in banana leaves, covered with these tiny little red peppers. I mean FIRE! My Uncle Jim and Hugo (who both spent time hunting bad guys in Namibia, Rhodesia, Burma, Thailand and such, certified bad asses, and Mexicans to boot, both agree'd with me. Almost inedible pulled pork, it was so hot. I mean HOT!

Anyhoo, we had fresh tea (Big Tea area), which is noticeably better than standard tea, and I'm no tea expert. A kid carved a 1/6 scale German Smeiser submachinegun from a little piece of Mahogany, that was museum quality (Why a Schmeiser, I know not, but I bought it and still have it)

Visited ome WWII landmarks, before going to Imphal where we saw some BIG WWII battlefields.

We mostly drank "Kronenburg" beer, which was French, as I remember. That and some SE Asian beer brand, called " President" as I remembered.

My Uncle bragged about my tennis prowess, and sure enough, I was matched up with some like 16 year old Indian girl who had just broken onto the Pro Tour. I barely beat her :O Of course, I was using a borrowed Prince Woodie (A awful, 1980 ish large head, WOODEN racket)

None of us got sick which was no small feat, even according to the locals. They said most tourists get wicked flu, malaria, hepetitrus and cholera.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 10:41 a.m. PST

Very good memories my friend!. (smile)


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