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Where was I?

I am looking for an academy. But first, I want to show my friend some doors. “Are they near a bridge?” he asks when I tell him what their names are. No, but the name is well deserved. These twinkling portals – cast for an 1860s display – were intended as a gift to a queen. They were rejected.

Friend asks why. So I take her a third of a mile southeast, to a statue of a warlord (mother: Elizabeth) who later became a peaceleader too. It was in the same exhibit as the doors and could be seen behind them. Accounts vary, but at one point the queen or her court took offense to it. Again Friend asks why. “Well, he wasn’t exactly a royalist, was he? I explain.

The academy is right next door. Disbanded 236 years ago, it’s one of the reasons this town earned a flattering 18th-century moniker, later usurped by a town further north. “What, because they were selling olives here?” Friend asks. “No. Because of his intellectual rigor,” I sigh.

A friend shrugs and says he wants to visit the main rugby club in town. A recent signing will likely play in a postponed tournament this year, for an unlikely national team. “Like many of his players, he’s Australian,” Friend explained. However, we buy lunch first from a food van near Asda.

I then suggest that you visit a heritage center dedicated to a former large air base. It’s a mile and a half northwest of the gates, and a reminder that this city has been visited by the spirit of Sparta, as well as that of its rival. Friend has no idea what I mean. “To me, everything is Greek,” he says – and gulps down his souvlaki.


1 What was the warlord’s name?
2 What is the name of the heritage house?

The price

The winner will spend two nights, B&B, in one of Calcot & Spa’s new family suites near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Unveiled this month, the four two-bedroom suites are decorated in a contemporary country style, with luxurious fabrics and plenty of kid-friendly amenities. Each has a subtly different decorative theme and one, Barnsley Cottage, was created from an old stable. All have plenty of interior space, with Calcot facilities on the doorstep. There are 240 acres of nature trails to explore, with bikes available.

A family dinner for four (excluding drinks) at the Gumstool Inn or the Conservatory is included in the bundle, as well as four hours of babysitting for two children at the Playbarn, so Mom and Dad can escape to the state. art. – artistic spa. For more details, see

The prize can be won by a family of two adults and up to two children up to the age of 12, or by two adults. It is valid until December 15, 2022, subject to availability and excluding public holidays and the October semester.

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The answers are Coldingham and St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve. Neil Townsend from Bristol wins a stay in Paris with the Eurostar and the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards.

Richard F. Gandhi