SS, I thought this one mightn't be a problem, but then I looked again.
Part of the difficulty is that the "clue" in the question seems to lead us up a cul-de-sac.
1. "Far from the Madding Crowd" - apparently unproblematic: the title of Hardy's fourth novel - in which case it would be set in Hardy country - Wessex - basically Hampshire and Wiltshire in UK. But it doesn't look quite like Salisbury Plain, if for no reason other than you'd expect to see a few old tanks buzzing around too, or alternatively a major microbiological research centre.
2. The words themselves - "Far from the madding Crowd's ignoble strife" - come from Thomas Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard", in which you'd expect the answer to be Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, no more than 30 miles from London - but that doesn't to fit the image either.
And so........I concede and await the wisdom of others.
Have a good week-end
If you have not yet been nominated for the Nobel in Literature I made that nomination now!
Thanks for brightening my Friday
Alas, it is one of the gaps in my CV - therefore I accept.
Thanks for the link. Well, I was in the right hemisphere, but the continent ... not quite!! It looks like one of those fascinating places which cater for all tastes. I must confess that there are moments when I greatly envy your place of residence. I've not be there since 1968 when, as a young, very naive postgraduate, I came to a summer school at UCLA, and decided to take the opportunity to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Stanford and SF. It was a strange time; Bobby Kennedy's assassination was recent; Watts was in turmoil; and Vietnam was already casting a dark shadow. I remember meeting some Navy guys in a bar - the Redwood Lounge, I think - near the Point Sur base and getting totally plastered. When I found woke up the next day, and wished I hadn't, I found a note in my pocket - "Dinner on the Navy at 18.00". Feeling like death, I turned up. And so did they.
On your "better or worse" question - though, like you I'm sure, I'm fairly sceptical about "instant fixes", I'd nevertheless agree that the site is a more enjoyable place these days. The reason? - for me, it is less about the architecture of the site, more about the diverse mix of contributors, the range of topics/themes under discussion, the more imaginative use of images...... and an apparent (relative) reduction in the rate/range of complaints, at least for the time being.
Do Insiders ever meet?
Have a good week-end?