The perils of using foreigners on British newspapers

One of them is that you end up with headlines like this:

Goat grabbing competition held in Kyrgyzstan

Even the sub head isn\’t much better.

Horsemen take part in a Kok-boru, or goat grabbing, competition as part of celebrations to mark the spring equinox in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The article itself, well, it\’s really an extended caption for the photograph:

The object of the game, which is popular throughout Central Asia and is often compared to polo, is to grab a goat carcass from the ground while riding a horse at full gallop and try to place it into the opposite side\’s goal.

Yes, that\’s right, It\’s essentially polo played with a headless goat and almost no other rules. We Brits tend to know it as \”bushkazi\” after the, I think, Pathan (or perhaps Afghan, not that that is a language) for the game.

But, you see, if your sub editors are 12,000 miles away in Australia this little bit of Britain specific knowledge might not be quite at their fingertips…..

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