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Post-Communism Industrial Bleakness - Where/What?

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KesterTester73 - This scene of desolation, perhaps surprisingly, sits in an area of natural beauty

Photo: A pic from, I think, winter 1992-93. It is probably testament to Communist-era economic policies, according to which energy prices were capped below cost to calm potential public discontent. The result? Limited investment and inefficiency over time. Sound familiar? Well, as the saying goes, we humans (mostly) never seem to learn from history.

I know at least one occasional reader who could well dislike this photo, and I might get an email along the lines of "Please publish more upbeat photos!".

But I find this has its own, perhaps strange beauty - and it certainly tells a story.

This Tester is likely to prove a toughie, but I'll add some more clues in the coming days, if so.

But where or what is it? Answers please via an email or the messaging system. I'll post the results of Bakos the Carpenter on Tuesday - so you still have time to get some entries in

I wish all a pleasant weekend.

UPDATE: Additional clue(s) / Clarification

1) I perhaps ought to clarify that the area of natural beauty around this scene is a kilometre or five distant, it's not immediately abutting the scene! Sorry if that's sent anyone astray.

Indeed, I was told in about 1993-4 that this particular area was the most polluted in Hungary. I remember that the Japanese government donated some money to help clean it up. (And, again to clarify, I don't think the facility in this photo was the main cause of this pollution. There are other industrial units nearby.)

2) As far as I know, this site was the location of the first commercial wind turbine in Hungary. Indeed, I saw it was still in situ last year, but it didn't appear to be in service at the time.

Sorry if these clues are a bit technical - it's one of the problems I always face, how to give some more hints without making things too easy, but I hope these may help. Ah, I've just realised I've given it away that this pic is in Hungary, as opposed to somewhere in the region. At least THAT narrows it down somewhat.

UPDATE2: Gosh, this is not proving easy, but how to add another clue without giving all away? OK, here's one idea, even if a wee bit cryptic. As this facility was built after WW2, first going into production in 1951, it was naturally celebrated in true revolutionary terms - and what truer such term could it possibly be associated with other than the Great October Socialist Revolution?

It's turbines last whirred at the end of 2001, although it seems someone had the bright idea of using the space, and presumably the technical infrastructure, to house an array of solar cells.

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