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The Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Buildings, Landscape, observation, Pub with tags , , , , on November 25, 2017 by lkthayer

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is steeped in legends and mystery and worth a visit.  A good tip to seeing the Giant’s Causeway is to park in the pub car park of  “The Nook”… A lovely warm converted school house from the 1850’s with real cosy fires, serving good beer and food. Then when refreshed walk past the visitor centre following the main path down to the stones. There is no charge to walking down to the Giant’s Causeway. Beware the visitors centre will charge you over £10 each if you park in their car park and use the visitor centre.. I think giving “The Nook” your custom in return for free parking is a no brainer!!! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant%27s_Causeway

Comment & snap by Mitch Hicks

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Last call with much love barking out 2016

Posted in Buildings, Dog, innocent bystander, London, observation with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2017 by lkthayer

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I leave you my good friends out from 2016 with these snaps and wish you all a very Happy New Year ahead…..

~ Snaps & best wishes by Mitch Hicks ~

Postcard from trash

Posted in Artwork, Buildings, London, observation with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2016 by lkthayer

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Local artist Wendy Rolt drew this postcard in 2011 from the View Tube  view looking out at the building of the Olympic Stadium, Stratford, East London. I found this postcard among the trash in Hackney Wick in October 2016. By coincident I had also taken a snap of a similar view in 2011. How strange that among the scattered rubbish I spotted the card.

The postcard was found next to the trash bin marked by the black arrow I have drawn on the snap. The motto here is that not all that is thrown away is gone and forgotten for good…. I have since discovered that the artist Wendy Rolt is still painting and is the founder of  Arch 76.  A charity art project in Bethnal Green. Open to all vulnerable women of any age coping with their trauma through art.  A  peaceful safe haven drop in centre where they can feel happy to make new friends and explore art in any way that is comfortable for them. More info on the artwork of Wendy Rolt can be found on her website  http://www.wendyrolt.co.uk/

Snaps and comment by Mitch Hicks

The Last Artist….. (meets Lao Tsu)

Posted in Artwork, Buildings, Film, observation, Off The Wall, Quote, Street Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2016 by lkthayer

The Last Artist by Allysha Webber

https://allyshawebber.com/portfolio/the-last-artist-by-allysha-webber/#more-236

The above beautiful  award winning short film” The Last Artist” ~ Written, directed and produced by Allysha Webber ~ Animation & Artwork by MotionLab ~ Narrated by Francis Edwards.

Extremely captivating so please view and enjoy it yourselves as much as I did. The film led me to show you a snap I took of an iconic mural designed by Kenson Seto, and painted by Alex Li and Falk in China Town, Vancouver. The “Lao Tsu  Mural”  This lovely mural will be lost forever owing to a new  building being built onto the wall. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/city-green-lights-chinatown-development-blocking-iconic-mural/

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The mural has the written translation of  Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu ~ “It takes knowledge to understand others, but it needs a clear mind to know oneself. It takes strength to surpass others, but it requires a strong will to surpass oneself.”

Film ~ Allysha Webber ~ Comment & snap ~ Mitch Hicks

Sunset Over English Bay Vancouver

Posted in Buildings, Landscape, observation, Sky with tags , , , on September 29, 2016 by lkthayer

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Snapped as the autumn sun was setting over English Bay ~ Vancouver ~ Canada by Mitch Hicks ~ 2016

Of all the bars

Posted in Artwork, Beer, Buildings, Loo, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , on July 22, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF7401gThe Felons Club along the Falls Road is surly one bar that holds many secrets, sanctuary and breathes living history on the struggle for a united Ireland. Full membership is only open to those that have served the cause. Steeped in the political violence of a divided Belfast. I sensed a calm atmosphere, indeed quite a friendly one as I took my family into the bar for a drink…. The walls are adorned with many of the hunger strikers who died in prison 35 years this August. One stained glass window caught my eye as I supped my Guinness. “Generation Of Vision” brings home the long battle that may always still be there!

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DSCF7398eNelson Mandela is an honorary member of the Felons and this mural was painted a few streets away on the peace wall in West Belfast

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/1999/aug/06/features11.g26

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

Who painted Francis Bacon? No not Banksy!!

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Head, London, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , on May 15, 2016 by lkthayer

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Another by chance discovery… I was on my way to visit Christie’s auction house to see the upcoming sale of artwork by Stik.  I noticed this unlikely mural painted in posh Kensington by Jony Midnight from June 2015.  Not untill I got home from a busy day traveling around London exploring art in Kensington, Croydon, Forest Hill and Homerton did I find out that Francis Bacon lived in this expensive mews. I also noticed that the orignal mural did not have the figure of Francis Bacon featured at all… So who added the monochrome Francis Bacon….. Has Banksy been up to his old tricks?  

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks