By Stephen Armstrong
The White Island is, and continually has been, a magnet for hedonists. Its heritage reads like a historical past of delight itself. it's also a narrative of invasions and migrations, of artists and conmen, of drop-outs and love-ins.
The Carthaginians validated a cult to their goddess of intercourse there, and named the island after Bez, their god of dance. Roman centurions wanting somewhat down time among campaigns might visit Ibiza to get their kicks. And over the centuries, cultures round the Med have used the island both as a playground or a sell off for the type of those who didn't particularly slot in again domestic, yet who you'd most likely relatively prefer to meet at a party...
This is the historical past of Ibiza, the myth island, framed through one lengthy, golden summer time the place something can ensue - and it always does.
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Thence you arrive at the borders of Tibet, where they oat raw meat and worship images, and have no shame respecting their wives (see Polo, i, 44, 45). 274 CONTEMPORARY NOTICES OP CATHAY. However, the enemy is shut off from the empire in this quarter by high mountains which he cannot penetrate. Nevertheless some troops have been posted to watch this frontier. 1 This frontier extends thirty days from east to west. From point to point are posted bodies of troops under the orders of princes of the blood or other generals, and they often come to blows with the troops of Kaidu.
From it we learn that he was a factor in the service of the Company of the Bardi of Florence. In various incidental statements also he lets us know that he was at Antwerp in their service from 1315 (and probably earlier) to 1317, when he was transferred to London;1 and that he was employed in Cyprus from May 1324 to August 1327, for at those and intermediate dates he made sundry applications to the King of Cyprus for the reduction of duties payable by his countrymen, who had previously been liable to heavier duties than the Pisans, and had consequently been obliged to employ their agency.
2 D'Ohsson suggests that this should be read KanchekvA, and that it is the Cangigu of Marco. But the mention of the seacoast seems fatal to this, as Polo says specifically that Cangigu was far from the sea. Indeed there can be no question that Kafchekue is Lower Tungking, Kiaochi-lewi of the Chinese. D'Ohsson's own History contains an account of three expeditions into Tunking by Tugan (a younger son of Kublai), in 1285, 1287 and 1288. The last ended very disastrously, the king of Tungking following his retreat into Kwangsi and beating him there.