August 2017 Archives

Samer Paints Bird, New Inn Yard

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Street artist Samer has painted a new and colourful bird mural in London near New Inn Yard. The artwork features a yellow and purple bird that resembles a peacock. The artwork is very detailed, and the artist does tend to enjoy painting birds as they feature a lot in the artist's work.



More artwork by Samer can be seen on the artist's official Instagram account here:

Street artist Akse 19 (AKSE) is from Manchester, and he has been on the street art scene since 1992. Although most of his work has appeared in the north of England, I have seen a few murals in London. Portraits are a favourite of his, and many of his portraits feature celebrities and characters from film and television. He uses a realistic style to capture the character of the person painted. His most recent mural in London is a portrait of Tyrion Lannister from the television show "Game of Thrones", which had been painted in time for the final this week.


Additional work by AKSE can be seen in the following post:

Street Art: Akse, Vhils, Bailon, Sliks, Grud, Drypnz, and Vinz

Exhibition: Star Wars Identities

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I received tickets to visit "Star Wars Identities", which is an exhibition behind held at the O2 in Greenwich, London. The exhibition has been set up for awhile but finishes next weekend, so I decided to make use of my tickets. Those who know me in real life know that one of my favourite films is the original first "Star Wars" film. Last year, I went to "Star Wars" Celebration, which was held in London. A couple of years ago, I went to the special Secret Cinema screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" and the Cantina.


This exhibition was a showcase of some of the props used in the original and three prequel "Star Wars" films. In addition to showing the different props, the overlying journey was the "identity" aspect, following the characters Luke Skywalker and Annakin Skywalker and identifying key moments. During the understanding, each visitor was encouraged to create their own identity in the "Star Wars" universe by answering from ten questions throughout the exhibit.


The first question was to pick the species that you wanted to be. I selected human. The second question was gender, skin colour, and force identity for me.


While I went around the exhibit, I could read about the different costumes and props and see the artwork created to help design the films, settings, and characters. In some places, I could listen to video about specific characters and how they were designed or brought to life and the brainstorming behind them.



Luke Skywalker was originally considered to be a female character. This is a fact that I already knew before.




One of my favourite exhibits was the spaceships. They had virtually every ship from the original trilogy here: Star Destroyer, X-wing, B-wing, A-wing, Slave I, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, snowspeeder, Lambda-class shuttle, and more.





Additional questions provided included which character quote that you identify the most with, a small personality test, your parents' discipline style, which planet and job on that planet your parents had, which activity means the most to you, the job you identify most with, and a 'chance' question to answer. My chance question was that I won a planet in a game and asked if I'd like to become the successful and just ruler, hire someone else to do the job, or just take all the money/resources. I chose the first one. Out of the "jobs" they had (Jedi, fighter pilot, senator, musician, merchant, senator, bounty hunter), I choose Senator. The final question asked if you wanted to join the Emperor (Dark Side). I am on the side of the Rebel Alliance, so I said "no", of course.  


My result in full is located here:

To celebrate Jane Austin's life, this year marks 200 years since the death of the author. Jane Austin was born near Basingstoke in 1775 and died in July of 1817; she is buried in Winchester Cathedral. To pay tribute to the famous resident, a statue of Jane Austin was unveiled in July this year at the Top of Town, Basingstoke. It is located in front of the town's museum (Willis Museum), off Market Place square.



The statue and local tribute to Jane Austin this year (including the "Sitting with Jane" sculpture art charity trail) has generated interest and increased visitors to Basingstoke.

Basingstoke has a sculpture charity art trail this summer. Less than two years have gone since I moved from Basingstoke, so of course, this was poor timing. Last weekend, I headed down to Basingstoke in order to catch up with a friend as well as to see as much of the trail as I could. The trail, "Sitting for Jane", celebrates the life of author Jane Austin, who was from the area, and the sculptures are shaped as giant books formed into benches. This year marks 200 years since the death of the author. The aim of the trail is to increase visitors to Basingstoke and to raise £50,000 for local Basingstoke community charities.

Promenade - Laura Fearn

Although she was born near Basingstoke, Austin spent time in Southampton and also in Bath, and some of the book benches in the trail made me feel homesick, like the one above, which looks like the row of houses that I lived in and could view from my window. (My view was over the Royal Crescent.) I do miss my time in Bath.  

Beyond the Birdcage - Katy Stevens

Female Power - Fatima Pantoja

The Golden Peacock - Sian Storey

The above book bench is inspired by the famous 1894 cover of "Pride and Prejudice". It is located in Eastrop Park, a short walk away from my flat. The park has a nice lake where boats can be hired and nice grounds with flowers to walk around.

A Fine House Richly Furnished - Jonathan Chapman

Chatsworth House in the Peak District inspired this artwork because it is the real-life home that inspired Mr. Darcy's home and is also used in films.

The House that Jane Built - Jane Callan

The above book bench shows a Regency doll's house made up of several rooms during Jane Austin's era. I thought that this was a creative piece.

Jane Talk - Jenny Leonard

Hearts - Deven Bhurke

The "Sitting with Jane" art sculpture trail is located in Basingstoke until the the end of next weekend. For more information, view the official website at

I am a little late in getting around to publishing some recent street art by London-based Chilean street artist Otto Schade. At the end of July, I noticed a couple of new pieces from the artist appear in east London, and I caught one new one earlier this week. Otto Schade has two common styles of painting. One is silhouettes, which have poltiical or social messages. The other are portraits or images constructed out of ribbons or bands. Both styles appeared in London recently.


The first and most recent piece to appear just off Brick Lane is "Flies Around Sh*t". It features two large hands about to slap a fly off of a button. I instantly thought of the political issues that inspired this; imagine that one nation (the flie) is threatening another annoyingly and foolishly. The hands are the president of another nation, ready to strike the fly that is on the big red button. Of course, hitting the button means launching the missles. So, you need to leave the annoying fly alone as reacting will be catastrophic. I have checked out the artist's Facebook page, and that is exactly the message he is getting across.


A mural that appeared on the side of "Bull in a China Shop" at the end of last month is a bull made using the artist's ribbon style of painting. It features a running bull, which the shop is named after.


The final piece of an Oscar (Osch-car) for the annual film awards appeared at the end of last month also, and it was painted on the side of Cargo.


There was an additional piece painted near the "Bull in a China Shop", and it was Snoopy the dog lying on top of his dog house with the bird Woodtock on top of him. It was painted on a traffic box and removed within a couple of days, so I was not able to get a photograph of it. It was using the silhouette style.


I've previously posted about Otto Schade's work in the following posts:

Otto Schade Paints "The Believers" and "WTF"
Otto Schade 'Peace and Love on the Streets'
Street Artist Otto Schade Paints Southampton 'Zany Zebra' for Charity (and other work)
Street Art Round-up: Spring & Summer 2015
Otto Schade's New Street Art (Meerkats, Portraits, & More) in East London
New Street Art from Horror Crew, Swoon, Otto Schade, HIN, and others
Street Art: Otto Schade
Peace and Love on the Streets
Zany Zebras and Street Art in Southampton
Winter 2015 - 2016 Street Art Round-up
New Street Art (Portraits, Meercats and More)
Spring and Summer 2015
Bristol Upfest 2015
Summer 2014 Street Art
Early Spring 2014 Street Art Round-up
Horror Crew, Otto Schade, HIN and others
Street Art: Otto Schade

Reflecting in Regent's Park

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One of my favourite places in London in the summer is Queen Mary's Gardens in Regent's Park. It is a place that I have been visiting since the summer of 2000 and a quiet place where I would walk with (now) ex-boyfriends, friends, and alone. It's a place that I envision sitting outside in the grass in the sun, sketching in my sketchbook and day-dreaming.


Queen Mary's Gardens were named after the wife of King George (Queen Elizabeth's father), and the rose gardens were finished in 1934. There are over 85 rose beds here to view and a walk with a lake and waterfalls. A short walk away is the Broad Walk, which has fountains, shrubbery, and an English Garden, which I would guess is Victorian. 


My favourite rose in Queen Mary's Gardens is the "Britannia" rose, which is a gradient pink to orange glow. It also smells divine. I have not uploaded a photograph of it, but I have uploaded a photograph of a pink rose.


Regent's Park also has a few concession stands for snacks or ice cream, and on a hot day, it would have been a crime not to have had a soft vanilla ice cream.


This leads me up to an update about my summer so far. I've switched jobs this month (actually, July 31st was my first day in the new job). Although I am not working on Brick Lane anymore, I am working at Aldgate East, which is not far from Brick Lane, so I am still able to check out the street art scene in the area. (However, the street art scene in east London seems to have virtually come to a standstill.)

I had to switch roles because the company that I was working for decided to offshore the IT roles to India, so major culls to roles in London were made. However, the new role is going well, and I've been there for nearly a month now. My last role involved some development but a lot of fire-fighting and training up new starters and junior developers, so I am enjoying that I am able to avoid the challenges and issues in the last role and build a great new framework. I'm also working with some great people, so that is always a bonus. Of course, I miss my ex-colleagues too, but I am sure that I will work with them again at some point.


My only hope for the rest of this year (and hopefully into next year) is that everything continues to go well and that I am able to have a bit of stability. I started some much-delayed lifestyle changes at the weekend, so I am hoping to continue those. I will keep you up-to-date.

Frieze Art Fair 2017

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Last Sunday, I had a wander around one of my favouirte parks (Regent's Park) in the glorious sunshine. The corner of Regent's Park that I visited was near Great Portland Street. This is where Frieze Sculpture 2017 is taking place, showcasing twenty-five wonderful sculptures to visitors visiting the park from the beginning of July until the 8th of October. This is the first time that the sculpture event has taken place for free during the summer. 

Thomas J. Price - Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two and Three)

I will be taking a look at the sculptures for Frieze Art Fair 2017, which are pictured below.

Thomas J. Price - Numen (Shifting Votive One, Two and Three)

Thomas J. Price's work features three large portraits of African men, and these are placed on marble stone. The large monochrome portraits seem to suggest that individual identity is important and powerful. 

Ugo Rondinone - Summer Moon

A bronze sculpture of a bare tree has been painted white, which starkly constrasts the colour and green of the park. The tree looks ghostly in its white form, as if it has met the end of its life or begun a new one.

Mimmo Paladino - Untitled

Three large orbs are decorated with motifs. 

Emily Young - Planet

Emily Young's work is a single piece of quarried stone which has been transformed into an imperfect portrait.

Alicja Kwade - Big Be-Hide

The sculpture features a mirror with two stones with an identical shape place on either side. One of the stones is painted in silver, and this mimics the plain stone shown on the other side. That side of the mirror is also cracked. This seems to show perception is not as it seems.


One of the largest sculptures is a large black cartoonish figure, and I recognise the sculptor's work from Amsterdam. In this design, the figure appears to be in a zombie-like state. 

John Chamberlain - Fiddlersfortune

This reflective pink sculpture appears to be a piece of foil wire and nail cut off and coiled up together. It is a stunning piece, and my camera could not do the colour justice here.

Gary Hume - Bud

A steel column appears to poke from the ground as a spring shoot. This is the first stage with imagination to wonder what it will turn into.

John Wallbank - Untitled (Sewn Cube)

This plastic cube appears to be sewn together with blue thread.

Bernar Venet - 17 Acute Unequal Angles

These rusty-looking beams of steel jut out at odd angles but bring the viewer in to admire the form.

Peter Regli - Reality Hacking No 348

Peter Regli's work often shows a popular subject with a twist. In the sculpture featured, we have a very tall snowman made of black stone.

Hank Willis Thomas - Endless Column

The bronze footballs (soccer balls) are placed one on top of the other to create a tall column. This is a playful and eye-catching sculpture using a familiar item.

Miquel Barcelo - Gran Elefandret

A large elephant is depicted as standing on its trunk. It is an imaginative piece, which seems to defy gravity.

Anthony Caro - Erl King

This sculpture has been formed out of rusted steel, and it seems to show a tribute to machinery and industry.

Eduardo Paolozzi - Vulcan

Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and blacksmith, and he was lame. The artist uses the figure of the god as inspiration for this work, featuring a tall black figure holding blacksmith's tools.

Magdalena Abakanowicz - Standing Figure with Wheel

This sculpture shows a headless and handless figure in front of a large wheel. The figure is detailed and textured, and the wheel (it looks like a mill wheel) is simple in style and without texture. It appears that the man is a slave to the wheel as he is standing at the front of it.

Michael-Craig Martin - Wheelbarrow

A simple red wheelbarrow is constructed out of an orange frame. The single-line illustration also uses the negative space as part of the artwork.

Jaume Plensa - Tribute to Thierry Ruinart

This frame of a figure of a man is constructed from silver metal, which appears to be made out of letters or type.

Rasheed Aramesh - Summertime

This colourful cube with diagonal lines is painted with three primary colours - red, yellow, and blue.

Reza Aramesh - Metamorphosis

Reza Aramesh's sculptures feature hybrid human forms. The sculpture above features a man-goat with his hands tied at the back with a long rope, wearing jeans that have fallen. It is an uncomfortable sculpture which seems to evoke a sense of capture and shame.

Tony Cragg - Stroke

A golden-brown piece of metal looks to have been bended into an organic shape, similar to a tree or a mushroom.

Takuro Kuwata - Untitled and Untitled

These colourful sculptures appear to have amusing textures and colours for the standard sculpture. Both have glistening gold and blue colours, and they appear to be alive and furry.

Urs Fischer - Invisible Mother

A morbib skeleton, which isn't quite human, lies on top of a wooden chair on top of a broken fountain. The placement of the skeleton on its back creates a unique shape as if it was placed there on purpose.

Welcome, Sir Lancelot Kitten

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Okay, I am not sure if the name will stick, but I got Merlin at the end of 2015. He's now over two years old and a giant ball of fluff. Sir Lancelot is the newest addition to the home. He is another Maine Coon, but he is a silver tabby (whereas Merlin is a brown tabby with white). Sir Lancelot's official name is Calpurnius (which is what I was planning to call him). He was born at the beginning of May. 


So far, Merlin has acted a little territorial. I thought that Merlin would get on really well as he seems to be a social cat. I think they will get on, but perhaps Merlin just needs to get used to the new kitten.



Mr. Cenz Paints Tribute to Usain Bolt

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Earlier this month, London-based street artist Mr. Cenz painted a tribute to Usain Bolt's running career with the hashtag #foreverfast. This work was a temporary piece for @Puma and was located at the top of Shoreditch High Street. Mr. Cenz is a regular street artist and paints primarily throughout London with the subject of his work primarily female portraits completed in grafitti style using bright colours. 


Additional work by Mr. Cenz can be found in the below links:

Mr. Cenz Refreshes Fashion Street Mural
Mr. Cenz Paints Hanbury Street
New Street Art by Mr. Cenz
Street Art: Mr. Cenz (2015)

Autumn 2013 Street Art Round-up

A Tour of Broadway 55

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At the weekend, I took a tour of 55 Broadway above St. James's Park tube station. 55 Broadway is a Grade I listed building, which means that the building must be taken care of and is of historical significance. It was constructed from 1927 to 1929 on the design by Charles Holden and was the headquarters of London's transport company. It was the tallest office block in London for awhile and built with a steel frame to mimic what had been developed in America. The building was meant to be vacated in 2015 and then converted into flats, but its future is not yet decided.



The building is made from Portland Stone, and there are four reliefs, painted in situ on each side of the building; they are known as "the four winds". On each side of the building are another two sculptures, Day and Night. They caused controversy when the building was constructed and not everyone enjoyed the artwork.


Commuters could walk through the ground floor of the building in the past, and there is a chart to check the running of the trains for each line and in each direction in the lobby area. This does not work now, but in the past, people could tell if trains were running well or not. 


The lobby was actually added later, but many of the original "art deco" features are retained, giving it a 1920s feel.






We went up to the 3rd, 10th, and other upper floors. To mimic the US office post system, a series of pipes were fitted throughout the building where letters could be dropped. These would end up in the mail room at the bottom.


The 10th floor is where the luxury happens. In those days, people were segregated based on social standing and class (as well as gender). The officer's area had dark wood panels, and large offices. In the upper floors, chimneys were needed because the heating system would not have been able to generate as much heat for the upper floors. There were also different eating areas for different classes of employee. 



The CEO's (Lord Ashford) meeting room was the largest and had 180 degree views.


We went up to the upper floor stop-point (and then continued to the very top of the building to admire the view).













The day was perfect with perfect visibility to admire London's skyline.


On the way back down, we took the steps. We took note of the green tiling and the pale green (they look white from a distance) tiles, which were picked as they were very reflective. Also, we saw some old transport signs on our descent. 


Have you been to 55 Broadway? I do recommend it as a history of London transport and to see what an old office block is like. Also, the views are well worth the visit.

Dreph "You Are Enough" (Part 3)

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I have previously covered Dreph's work in his "You Are Enough" series; in this series, he paints a selection of inspiring and community-oriented black women across London. The last that I photographed features Tracy Blackstock, the mother of Dreph's son who works at resettling offenders into the community in order to get them back on track. Layla Hussein is the subject of the eighth edition. Layla is a psychtherapist who works primarily with people who have been sexually abused and campaigns against female genitalia mutilation; she has won awards for a documentary on the subject and has appeared in numerous publications.


More work by Dreph can be seen on my blog in the following posts:

'You Are Enough' (8th edition)
Dreph 'You Are Enough' (6th Edition)

Dreph Paints Holly Oluwo

New Street Art Portraits by Dreph
Street Art: Dreph

Dinner @ Bread Street Kitchen

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In today's post, I will review my visit to Bread Street Kitchen. Actually, I must confess that I visited at the beginning of September last year. I was so busy that I completely forgot about my photographs and only realised that I have not written about my experience. Bread Street Kitchen is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant and is located at One New Change, next to St. Paul's Cathedral. 


I only had a limited time in order to get dinner before walking across to the south bank in order to see the Fire Garden memorialising 350 years since London's great fire. I ordered the poussin (young chicken) and vegetables.






I tried a couple of different cocktails, and both were nice but a little strong.


The bloke had strawberry and elderflower trifle.


I had the chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, but I remember preferring the trifle.


One New Change is the new building complex across the street from St. Paul's Cathedral.



During our visit last year, a couple of girls sat down two tables away, and they were recognised by other guests. They were Olympic gold medalists. They even had their gold medals there to get photographs with.

Losthills is a street artist who creates paste-ups, and a series of Jake the dog paste-ups have been appearing across east London. These started to appear in the spring, but I am only just now posting about them. The paste-ups feature Jake in many different guises, such as celebrities and in films or as characters. I didn't manage to get many photographs of his work, but I did photograph a few.


"The Time Machine" (the 1960 film as opposed to the 2002 remake) is one of my favourite films. The above paste-up pays tribute to the 1960 film with Jake as Rod Taylor's character driving the time machine with the Morlock spinx in the background.


The above Jake wears a dinosaur suit.


The above Jake represents singer Blondie.

London's newest visitor attraction is the Mail Rail, and it will be open to the public from early September. I got the chance to take a sneak peek this weekend, which was the first available chance to the public. Many visitors may not know the history of the Rail Mail and that there are currently over 6.5 miles of tunnels used by the former Mail Rail underneath London with sorting offices at Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, and Paddington. The mail tunnels were created in the 1920s to quickly get mail across the city; before the mail rail, post would be hauled overhead and stuck in traffic. At the time when these tunnels were constructed, the vision was to haul all goods through these underground tunnels. At its peak, the tunnels were used 22 hours a day, but the public never saw them. Royal Mail ceased to use the tunnels in 2003, citing that they were too costly.


The Postal Museum entrance and the Mail Rail are located between Chancery Lane and King's Cross station, and the buildings are almost opposite each other. Only about  1/4th of a mile of rail has been maintained and opened to the public for the exhibition. Mail Rail had a total of eight stops along it (as previously citing stops at Liverpool Street, Paddington, and Whitechapel). Another one of these stations is known as Moutn Pleasant, and it was the largest of the stations and it is the one that will be open to the public in the exhibition.


The first part of the tour was the ride along the rails in one of the new trains. Apparently, the train journey will take twenty minutes instead of the five minutes it took us to set off and loop back around the 1/4th of a mile of rails, and there will be an audio-visual area at the Mount Pleasant station platform.


I sat in the front of the train. Taking photographs along as the train was moving was impossible really due to the tunnels being narrow and the curved glass in the carriages. I do hope that the glass does not scratch or mark. 



After the train ride, we went through the musuem part of the tour, which was centred along a platform. One area was cordoned off, so I think that there will be more exhibitions about the Mail Rail. I saw examples of the nets, which were used to catch/hold onto the mail parcels. They needed to grab these at each station as the train would be moving.


I saw some of the old trains too.


The green train was the earliest mail train, dating from 1927. It's wheels actually damaged the track, so they replaced the trains.


An example of an engineer's tool box was also seen; I later saw some of these along the platform.


The lockers were left intact with their items on the last day that Rail Mail was open in 2003.



The final part of the tour consisted of the walk through the tunnels and to see the sponsor plaques. This was actually the highlight of the tour. I think that visitors will want to do this part of the tour, so I do hope that they plan walking tours in the future, in addition to the rail openings.




We walked to the Mount Pleasant station platforms and down the rails. We were shown where the tunnels continued, as opposed to those that just loop around. Of course, these tunnels were sealed up so no one could walk all the way to Liverpool Street station, for example.


I also found the plaque that I sponsored, which is located at Loop 2, just on the other side of Mount Pleasant station.


On the U-turn area back to the start of the walk, we saw a tunnel underneath the one we were walking on, and this actually has Royal Mail's rolling stock on it, which is just disused. (Royal Mail still have the ability to control the tunnels as The Postal Museum only leases the rails and is responsible for maintainance.)





That concludes the tour. As today was the first in a series of pre-public openings, the tour was not really well-organised, and we didn't hear any history about Rail Mail nor the tunnels, and the staff had been working in the museum across the road from very early in the morning, so it was a long day for them. I would have liked to have learned more about the tunnels and given a little more information during the walking tour.

Lunch at Pizza Union, Aldgate East

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A lot has been happening in my life over the past couple of months, but the quick update is that on Monday, I started a new role based near Aldgate East. It actually is not too far from the last one, but it's in a new location, and a new location comes with a new area to explore. That brings me to my latest update. Last week, I had lunch at a pizza restaurant on Leman Street, a block away from Aldgate East station. Actually, I went twice. I went on Wednesday and then again on Friday. And, I will note that this place gets busy; it is very popular with other workers during lunch.


The restaurant is fairly large inside with rectangular tables covered in tiles or simple wood to serve as communal seating. A pizza oven is located in the back with staff creating several orders for take away and eat-in.


Oddono's ice cream, which I have tried before and which is sold from various venues in London, is also available in small cups. I bought some from Selfridge's a few years ago. I like the pistachio, but a good pistachio should have bits of nuts in it.


A good test of pizza is to try the traditional margherita (cheese and tomato). I tried one with hot peppers, bell peppers, chili flakes, and pepperoni later in the week. The pizza is good, but it does not surpass my current favourite London pizza.

Library of Fragrance Perfume

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Library of Fragrance has a large range of perfumes that have been created out of different scents. The sense of smell is one of our strongest senses, and a simple waft of a smell can bring back many memories. I have my own favourite scents. Library of Fragrance is the name of the product developed in 1996 by Demeter Fragrance Library, Inc. They are based in New York City, and their goal is to document fragrances. These can then be made into perfumes. Dirt, Grass, Tomato, Play-doh, baby powder, and gin and tonic are some of their well-known scents. Currently, they sell over 300 fargrances, but only 101 of these are available in the UK.


I wanted to see what the fuss was about, so I decided to order a selection of scents. A few of these are my favourite scents, and the others are experimental. I still have a couple that I have not used, but I have used up everything that you see in the photographs.


Lilac: Lilac reminds me of spring (April in Ohio), and the beautiful scent perfumes the air. It reminds me of the two huge lilac trees that we had in our yard growing up, which always smelled so flowery and delicate. I would smell the pretty purple blossoms for more scent. The delicate floral scent in this little glass jar did it justice.

Snow: I am not really sure what snow smells like, so I decided to make the purchase. If I was asked what snow smells like, I would say "cold" and "crisp". The jar came with a very fresh smell, and it's a smell that actually made me sneeze each time I sprayed the bottle. So, yes, snow makes me sneeze. I suppose that it does because it is a crisp smell, and it would make my nose cold when I went outside in it. I also sneeze if it bright - snow-blindness. This did remind me of walking over snow banks in the middle of winter as a child. We had a lot of snow.

Pistachio ice cream: This one was a gamble. I love pistachio ice cream, and if it's made properly, it is my favourite flavour of ice cream. I'm not sure if the scent in the jar does smell like pistachio ice cream, but it does have a pistachio smell with salty or creamy notes added in. 

Fresh hay: I grew up on a farm, so this is a familiar scent for me in the early summer months. I love the smell of freshly-cut hay out drying in the hot sun. The smell has so much meaning, and this little glass jar packages it almost perfectly. The hay has been cut, but there's some underdones of fresh hay that is yet to dry in the mix. Hay is one of my favourite smells.

Fresh coconut: Fresh coconut was a gamble. I love the smell of coconut, but then I've never had a fresh coconut, so I am guessing that if I wanted a fresh coconut smell, then this is spot on. I think I was naive to think that this smell would be less "fresh" and more of a "creamy" and delicious scent. This one did not do anything for me, sadly.

Peach: As I grew up with fresh apples and peaches in the orchard, fresh peaches are the one fruit that I completey miss. They just are not the same when they are picked too green and expected to ripen in a building. They need the sun, and they are juicy and lovely. I enjoy them with a sprinkle of sugar. The scent is captured perfectly. It is one of my favourite smells.

Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle is one of my favourite smells. It brings me back to late June evenings when the hot and humid Ohio days cool off for the evening, allowing the honeysuckle to perfume the air along the country roads. Unfortunately, I found the perfume too strong for the subtle cooled-down June evenings, just before the dusk settles in.

Street artist Zabou had returned to Shoreditch to paint a new portrait. The portrait was inspired by a photograph by Dennis Morris, and the subject is Sid Vicious, musician in the punk rock band The Sex Pistols. He was born in Lewisham but lived and studied in Hackney. The Hackney area was noted for its punk musicians in the 1990s. Quaker Street Cafe provided the wall for this work.


Previous works from Zabou that I covered can be viewed by following links in my blog:

Zabou Paints Freda #2 at Broadway Market
Zabou Paints Salvador Dali on Commercial Road
Koeone and Zabou Collaborate
"Keep Out!" Street Art by Zabou
Zabou's 'Cabinet of Curiosity' Street Art
Leake Street Tunnels Street Art, Spring 2016
Recent Street Art by Zabou
Street Art: Zabou


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  • pantich: More info about the best day trips from Dubrovnik can read more
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