See below for the next competition.

One of the sorrows we have witnessed (for many of us usually somewhat remotely), has been the follow-up to the so-called Arab Spring.  History may begin to call it a long and bitter Winter of Discontent. Here is an abandoned courtyard (photographed in 2010). Can you name the city where this courtyard was photographed?

The first answer out of the hat before midnight on 9th November 2017, will get a book prize popped in the post to them.

The entries, only by email, must be accompanied by your name and a postal address. Usual rules apply: the owners and employees of a well known weapons manufacturer etc. should not apply. The final decision is binding and no correspondence can be entered into...or something of the sort.



The previous competition asked of the picture above "Can you identify where this is in Russia?"

The answer was Big Hare Island, part of the Solovetsky (aka Solovki) islands, now a monastic centre and nature reserve, but in early Soviet times one of the very worst Gulags. It was described by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in both One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (published in 1962),  and in his three volume account of the Gulag system: The Gulag Archipelego (published 1973).

One lucky winner, who sent in the correct answer, got a couple of books just for sending in her entry!