I am an ex banker it is all about faith in the institution. I do not trust those balance sheets, I do not trust these banks whether it is Axis or ICICI, their balance sheet and their management. If there is a change, I am a buyer because the franchise is very good, but if the same management team continues, there is scarce case to buy.

Almost immediately, the 117,000 acre refuge was closed to livestock, a move that made the refuge and its employees extremely unpopular with neighboring ranchers. Then began the long, and still unfinished, task of restoring a native grassland to benefit not only the masked bobwhite but other grassland dependent birds such as Baird and Cassin sparrows, horned larks, and western meadowlarks, as well as mammals that had been squeezed out of most privately owned ranch lands by cattle friendly practices. Pronghorn, mule deer and white tailed deer were reintroduced to the refuge and recently another endangered species ferruginous pygmy owl been discovered there..

It was known as the imperial examination system. In many ways it is not so different from the civil service exams (or even GRE’s) of our own time. Students were required to have thorough knowledge of the Confucian classics and excellent skill in writing and calligraphy.

The Highlands emptied of their people and the world moved on, but the memory of the Prince and his father, the “King Over the Water”, lingered on in memory. The romanticisation of the Jacobite story started during Flora’s life time but gathered pace in the 19th century, with George IV’s visit to Scotland in 1822 and Victoria and Albert’s 20 years later. Victoria and Albert’s visit began for them a long love affair with the country and with the Queen’s own somewhat dubious claim to a Scottish heritage.

Road signs, restaurant menus, train schedules, etc. Were challenges most of us met with hopefulness at best, frustration at worst. If you were lucky you may run into a local who could and wouldn’t mind speaking English, but the further you went off the beaten path and out of reach of tourist area, the less likely you would find an English speaking local.

Boxley to Ponca is a challenging section of river and not for the inexperienced. If there is enough water to run it, you can be sure there are Class 2+ or Class 3 rapids that range from rolling waves to tight, technical turns. Our friend Richard was a bit out of practice for this level of paddling, so we spent a good amount of time pulling him out of the river! Henry took our Dagger whitewater boat.

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