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Sunday, July 31, 2011

We do NOT.



Staying in the East End, this business has an air of the world changing around it, whilst it soldiers on regardless. And they really don't want to be part of it, do they? You may need to click for the bigger picture to read what I'm talking about.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Osch



Today it's the turn of Osch. Yes it was part of the image yesterday, but you might well have missed this. Not the finger, although that has a certain humour, but the mouse's trainers.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Steve Smyth



Another two-parter, today the turn of Steve Smyth, who's brilliant work has brightened up quite a few walls around London.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

LSO St Lukes



This magnificent church in Old Street is now the home to the London Symphony Orchestra and used for rehearsals and recitals. The church itself, while visible from the road, is worth walking around (and the churchyard is "bench 1 from a few days ago)

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Last Tuesday Society



The answer to yesterday's question is the Last Tuesday Society, more than just a shop, it is a fascinating recreating of the spirit of establishments you would have though disappeared more than fifty years ago. In the words of their website:
The Shop is perhaps best seen as an attempt to recreate or reinterpret, within 21st century sensibilities, a 17th century Wunderkabinett; a collection of objects assembled at a whim on the basis of their aesthetic or historical appeal. There is no attempt at creating or explaining, meta-narratives or educating anyone. It is merely a display of Naturalia and Artificialia designed to give pleasure to the creators of the Museum, who hope that you too will enjoy it.
Some will doubtless be gratefull I chose not to illustrate this with a photo of a stuffed kitten.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Muskrat Love



Muskrat skulls, anyone? I wonder if anyone knows where to find these in London? Answer comes out tomorrow, in the meantime, you can watch this

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Core Femme



Alongside yesterday's shot in Cavendish Square, is this sculpture, Core Femme by Jill Berelowitz. While it looks like a spinal column, look more closely and you will see it is made up of female torsos.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

A tale of two benches - day 2



And today, sharing an umbrella in the rain tells another story.


Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A tale of two benches - day 1



There's something about watching people sitting on a bench that makes me wonder about them. So today and tomorrow, a two part series. A man with a bag and a can of special brew tells one story.

Holiday time again, so blog is set to autopilot, see you all in August sometime.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Many Rivers to Cross



It has been very wet in London lately.

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44% DONE. Installation Failed. 404 Error: Season Not Found.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Workshops



In common with most other cities around, the inner city used used not to be the exclusive preserve of finance houses and coffee shops. Instead, they were a hive of manufacturing, mostly smaller workshops and businesses. Great Portland Street, for example, had the fabric trade, Hatton Garden, jewellery. The East End city outskirts was where a lot of small businesses started, these workshops built in the sixties would likely have been chock full. Times change, don't they?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Salmon Chanted Evening



Hansen & Lydersen may have started their business 80 years ago in Norway, but these days they are very firmly in London, and can also be found in Broadway Market. And I can confirm it is delicious stuff.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lets Get Trendy



A few years ago, this would have been called a junk shop. Now, with a trendy name and a trendy sign in a trendy place near trendy Broadway Market it sells the same stuff at trendy prices. If you want a closer look at what is on sale, that's here.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

In The Pink



Sunday saw Cancer Research UK's "Race for Life" in Hyde Park. Despite the occasional torrential downpours, spirits seemed generally high for everyone. Everyone, that is, except this dog possibly.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Deli-cious



Deli is one of those vastly overused words these days; it should refer to delicacies or fine foods. Have you seen the "deli" counter at your local supermarket? But here at the Deli Downstairs in Hackney you can see they mean what they say. Looks good enough to eat.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Bow Window



This window is part of a school built in Bow around the turn of the last century. As it happens, there is suggestion that the name Bow derives from an architectural feature, but that of a bridge over the river. The "Coburn" piece of the inscription refers to the benefactor who endowed the funding for the school; the story is quite interesting and you can read it here.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

That Condor Moment



As excitement of the Tour de France builds, I would just remind you about team Rapha Condor, probably the best truly British team cycling today - they don't enter the big European races though. Condor make the bikes, Rapha make very nice but very expensive bike clothing.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

For the Love of Dog



The street furniture around Whitecross St Market (near Old Street) has been livened up rather creatively.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

London's Elephant - Not in a series



Following yesterday's show, I thought I'd mention the Dome, London's very own white elephant - or at least so went public opinion after the Year 2000 celebrations. But here we are, 11 years later and it is a vibrant, successful, venue that London can rightfully be proud of, opening up what was previously a derelict area. I've even got used to calling it the "O2", too. Shades of the Olympic Park anyone?

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Diamond Geezer



No, not this one, but the Neil Diamond geezer, currently belting it out at London's O2. He cranked out a two hour set without pause, fitting in all a lot of his big hits - there are rather a number of them.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Oil be seeing you



...In Broadway Market, Hackney. This stall was selling some fantastic olive oil.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keep Off The Grass



A more cheerful car picture today, it seems this is one of a fleet.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

And then, the plan fell down



If you leave a car without Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax) on London's streets there is a good chance these days that your car will be clamped. But of course, that plan hits the buffers when the person that owns the car doesn't think it worthwhile retrieving. It then turns into a slowly mouldering eyesore by the side of the road.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Water Way



The canal system does not seem to have been used as the green transport option that we were led to believe it would be. Rather nice place to live though, wouldn't you say? These houses predated the Olympics coming to the area - I wonder if they managed to get any tickets?

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Not a Good Sign



No, not the No Entry sign, but the air ambulance taking off from London Hospital. I hope whoever needed it makes a full recovery.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Flatpack Graffiti



Here's a new take on graffiti - paint it at home and put it up on the fence. Far faster and less likely to get caught, one supposes.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Invaded!



As you move about London, you will often see small mosaics of Space Invader characters, often in odd corners, nooks and crannies. This one is the largest I have ever seen, behind Kingsland and Hackney Roads. A Google image search turns up a load more.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Bee Surprised



Be very surprised. I was, when I came across these urban bee keepers in Hackney. I know that they exist, but I didn't expect to see them in action. It looked to me as if this was a training session.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Park Keeper's House



This house, at the eastern end of Victoria Park, I assume is where the park keeper would have lived, surrounded by the park. Quite a good perk, I would have thought.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

The unknown scupture



This abstract sculpture appeared in Spitalfields a couple of weeks ago. Mostly, I think it is a woman, but then I look again and I'm not so sure. Kind of fun, though, and without any information on it. I think I'm getting the hang of my cameraphone, though.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

July Theme Day - Green



The City Daily Photo theme day for July is "Green", and it struck me that one of the unique features of a lot of London towns are the village greens, remaining from before the city swallowed them up. Very often cricket is played on them, like this one here in Woodford. If you look closely at the large image, you can see that I have just captured the moment the batsman has missed the ball, just before it hits middle stump. The shot of him walking is here.

See how others around the world have interpreted the theme, click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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