But when I knew them, of exports there was never a sign that one could detect; and all the imports I have ever seen were some rare cargoes of tropical timber, enormous baulks
roughed out of iron trunks grown in the woods about the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the young men of fashion - he who was found dead at the bottom of a well on the night of the earthquake had once given him a complete suit of Hindu kit, the costume of a lowcaste street boy, and Kim stored it in a secret place under some baulks
in Nila Ram's timber-yard, beyond the Punjab High Court, where the fragrant deodar logs lie seasoning after they have driven down the Ravi.
It was a fine apartment in which we found ourselves, large, lofty, and heavily raftered with huge baulks
of age-blackened oak.
, 37, rented out 12 homes in a trendy development near Ocean Terminal in Leith, Edinburgh - including one to Hibs footballer Clayton Donaldson and girlfriend Pippa Fulton.
So where does thatleave Alex Ferguson (who didn't baulk
at spending pounds 30 million on Rio Ferdinand or pounds 28m on Juan Sebastian Veron) in his hopes to become Manager of The Year?