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Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!

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By Nadja Zupan Hajna

From the Introduction:

This beautifully illustrated book on caves and karst is both timely and welcome because its appearance helps to satisfy the public curiosity that will be aroused in 2021 by 'International Year of Caves and Karst'....

 :thumbsup: Our thanks to Roo Walters for giving us this copy as a competition prize  :thumbsup:
I'm envious of the winner, as having read through it and enjoyed both the text and the wonderful photographs I wish I had a copy.

The forum has been particularly busy during lockdown, we've welcomed new members, both cavers and those from the mining community and I've noticed a number of interesting avatars appearing.  Plus we have a number of excellent ones already.  I've also received messages asking how to post photos, so with Roo's approval, I'm going to run a competition to hopefully encourage folks to add/update/describe their avatar and/or learn how to post a photograph.....

To be in with a chance of winning the book (and remember, the UKC competitions are providing a bit of fun and entertainment to folks during lockdown, everyone who takes part, even if it to 'like' a post is helping, thank you  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

1) Add an Avatar (if you haven't already - yes including you, Badlad!)
2) Update your Avatar if you fancy a change
3) Keep your current one

and...tell us about why you chose that avatar...

Or, if you'd prefer not to say anything about your avatar but still want to enter, simply post a photograph on the subject of:
Caves, Karst & People'.  Though you still need to have an avatar to enter.

(How to post photographs here:

One entry per person. Closing date 10pm Sunday 21st March.

Shortlist to be chosen by me, then over to

Good luck!!


My avatar photo was taken during the filming of an episode of Fierce Earth for Cbeebies with Gavin Newman, Tom Chapman and I think the presenter was called Dougal?  Shot was taken when we set off, when I was still warm - it was bloody freezing as it took ages and I'd have been blue if the photo was taken when we came out  ;D - an interesting day down the Churns to the Bridge  :)

My avatar was taken after 4 days in the Laotian jungle on expedition with Snablet, Dave Ramsey and Adam Spillane.

The march back through the jungle to the nearest village in sweltering heat with an injured Adam and a less than 100% Dave chasing down our vietnamese chums who move ridiculously well across that terrain, left me very dehydrated and extremely hungry.

Somehow Adam snapped this shot of me actually looking semi-decent, and I now use it on everything as my avatar.

Luckily you can’t smell photos

I never got around to choosing an avatar.  Sounds like exhausting work.  However, I was one of the Airedale Badlads back in the day.  What good times they were.

My avatar was taken when I had a short-lived stint as an ecclesiastical crooner with an acute tobacco habit, together with pyromaniacal tendenices - back in the 60s. So far as I can remember anyway.


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