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Rang Ghar

The Rang Ghar is a two-storeyed building which once served as the royal sports-pavilion where Ahom kings and nobles were spectators at games like buffalo fights and other sports at Rupahi Pathar - during the Rongali Bihu festival in the Ahom capital of Rangpur. It is 3 km away from the center of Sivasagar Town. Situated by the side of the Assam Trunk Road, it lies to the northeast of the Rangpur Palace, a seven-storied royal complex comprising the Talatal Ghar and the Kareng Ghar. Said to be one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters in Asia, the building was first constructed during the reign of Swargadeo Rudra Singha with bamboo and wood, it was rebuilt with brick by Swargadeo Pramatta Singha in AD 1744-1750. The roof of the Rang Ghar is shaped like an inverted royal Ahom long boat; the base of the monument has a series of arched entrances, while atop the roof sits a decorative pair of carved stone crocodiles. Many of the arched entrances have retained little more than their brick framework, with mere vestiges of sculptural adornments here and there.

The Ahoms, who used special, baked bricks, did not use cement but a paste of rice and eggs as mortar for their construction, a pulses called Maati Maah and a fish named Borali Mach in Assamese. They made use of powdered mixed lime and bricks to cover the surface of the inner walls, it is said. The adjoining field, known as Rupohi Pothar, wore a festive look when games like bull-fight, cock-fight, elephant fight, etc. were held on different occasions during the Ahom rule. Rang Ghar, besides standing as the royal pavilion contributed in spreading the games to different parts of the kingdom and its neighbouring States. About a kilometer to the northeast of the Rang Ghar is the Joysagar Pukhuri; this is a man-made tank. It was dug in memory of Joymoti Konwari, mother of Rudra Singha - the most illustrious of the Ahom kings; the entrance to the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra at Guwahati echoes the Rang Ghar. The Rang Ghar was the logo of the 33rd National Games held in Guwahati, in February 2007. Frequent earthquakes and seismic surveys being undertaken by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation are posing a threat to Assam's 18th century amphitheatre Rang Ghar.

At least 35 cracks have been noticed at various places on the walls of the historic Rang Ghar. Ahom Dynasty Kareng Ghar, Garhgaon Talatal Ghar, Sivasagar Sivasagar district A comprehensive History Of Assam by S. L. Baruah. Page 293 Rang Ghar, Sivasagar Rang Ghar National Games logo Rangghar: the oldest amphitheatre in Asia

The Bogies

The Bogies is a comic strip in The Dandy and Turbo Extreme. It features bunches of their adventures. Many of the characters names are twists on some famous character from pop culture; these characters will act like celebrities but in a gross manner. It appeared in Toxic in 2005, but moved to The Dandy in June 2008, it has been drawn since the beginning by Nigel Auchterlounie. The last strip in Toxic was a Hock Hogan one, the first Dandy one was a Splatman and Gobbin story. Two 56 page books have been given away in issues of The Dandy Xtreme which collect together a large number of stories from the series as well as adding facts, puzzles and posters; the books were titled The Bogies Exclusive Mini Mag! and The Bogies Exclusive Mini Mag: The Big Green Slimy One!. The Bogies are well known for a range of small collectable toys of the characters from the comics; these include Giant Bogies and Bogie Key Chains. Bogies Battle Cards is a trump trading card game featuring the characters from the franchise.

Seven cards are in 100 cards to collect in total. There is a sticker collection which builds up parts of comic strips in the album. T-shirts and stationary are made. Http://www.thebogies.com/