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Save Yourselves

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Collage, Graffiti, London, observation, Off The Wall, Pub, Street Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2016 by lkthayer




savey3MIGHTY MO and more artwork for sale in Stour Space Gallery


 Hackney Wick (please don’t piss here)

Just a few snaps from a trip to Hackney Wick to see the “Save Yourselves” exhibition. Good to see so many street artists supporting Adia Wilde in the struggle to save the artyfarty haven of The Wick. Lots of sadness I felt in seeing the area being destroyed as I strolled around snapping away!

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks


Along The Aylesbury Ring

Posted in Floral, Landscape, observation, Pub, Walk with tags , , , , on August 10, 2016 by lkthayer





My legs don’t carry me very well these days… Every step comes with pain, but the chance to walk a small section of the Aylesbury Ring was taken with relish at the thought of fresh air, beautiful rolling countryside set in sleepy rural Aylesbury Vale. The chance to share and capture nature,  sup a pint of real ale in a quaint village pub!! This is the England I love and cherish. Nowhere else in the world have I been that can compare to a simple treat of being able to walk..

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks ~ 10th August 2016

Stealing Banksy?

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Graffiti, observation, Off The Wall, Pub with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by lkthayer



I thought of stealing Banksy,
I figured, what the fuck?
I bought myself some cutting shears,
and rented me a truck*…


Just had to add the above email Alexis sent me! Love it Alexis!

Steal or sale of the century… Your choice

The largest collection of Banksy artwork to be sold has been shown this weekend at the ME Hotel, on The Strand, London. 

Should street art be taken off the streets and sold? I found this statement on LDN GRAFFITI 

Stealing Banksy?

Statement by Tony Baxter – Director, The Sincura Group

“The Sincura Group are the London based company commissioned with the removal and sale of Banksy Street Art which has caused a great deal of controversy over the years. As a company we would like the opportunity to represent our case.

Firstly it should be noted that the Sincura Group do not steal art nor do we condone any acts of wanted vandalism or theft. We do not own the pieces of art, have never approached anyone to remove any artwork, or encourage its removal. To date have made no financial gain from the sale of street art.

The Sincura Group are approached by building owners to remove the artwork illegally painted on their sites. The building owners have not asked for the art to be placed on their premises or for the on-going attention received from it. What’s more, they run the very real risk of having a grade 2 listing applied to their premises which seriously affects their business operations and resale value. Though loved by the public these are often a hindrance to the building owners.

On an art front the council place plastic covers over the artworks in an attempt to protect them. The truth of the matter is that the placing of this cover increases the degradation of the pieces – with increased bacteria buildup and the inability for the wall to breath underneath. Many of these pieces are on the brink of being lost forever before being assigned to us to bring them back to life.

Having been approached by a building owner we explain the social implication of the removal, and only once satisfied that the piece will be removed with or without our assistance do we agree to manage the piece. We ensure the piece is legally owned, and ensure the salvage, restoration and sale is carried out in a professional and sympathetic manner. We use the world’s leading experts to carry out this highly skilled work. This is performed independently of The Sincura Group, with us neither being involved in, nor benefit financially from, this process.

We encourage the owners to make charitable donations to the community from where the artwork originated – to the extent where 100% of the profits from the sale of ‘No Ball Games’ is being given back to a local charity.

It should also be noted that in the case of our consignment to the piece ‘Slave Labour’ we had no involvement in its removal. It was only through huge expenses and time that we uncovered the true story behind the piece, with it being in America and a private sale agreed to a private collector, removing it from the public eye forever. We were the only company to have the gumption to seek these answers and negotiate an opportunity to bring it back to the UK to show it to the public one final time and try to find a buyer in its natural home. The only way for a buyer to come forwards was to announce the show to the press and open our company up to a torrent of abuse we received. But without our intervention this piece would have been lost forever.

Prior to our annual sale we exhibit the pieces in their fully restored states – with the opportunity for anyone from the public to attend and view the pieces. Though we do sell tickets for these viewings, the ticket cost goes towards the exhibition costs from security and insurance to transportation and setup. We make no profit from the sale of tickets and ensure a charitable donation is made for each ticket sold.

Though we cannot govern the final destination or owner of the pieces when they go to sale, we do vet all buyers to ensure they are ethically sound. By having a record of the sales we can track the pieces and maintain their whereabouts.

It should be noted that we are art lovers and fully appreciate these beautiful pieces and the artistic skills and merits of Banksy. Though our actions may take the pieces out of the public view, our actions also ensure the longevity of the artworks and that they will remain alive forever”.

Tony Baxter
Director, The Sincura Group

A good honest reply on this matter can be found on this link

Thank you Joe from LDN GRAFFITI for all the info I read on your  London Graffiti blog and for all the work you have done on the Stealing Banksy event?  .. Cheers… Mitch

Canary not contrary

Posted in Buildings, innocent bystander, London, observation, Off The Wall, Poem, Poetry, Pub with tags , , , on March 30, 2014 by lkthayer





was that a canary that flew by

no silly that was mad march

a yellow month of daffs then

more cash for the city wankers

oh i meant bankers

mothers day, st patricks day

how about coffee for the canary

they dont wharf  down coffee only dogs wharf

oh thats where boats unload then.. is that near barking

can i unload there?

Poem & snaps by Mitch Hicks

Old Fart In The Wentlock Arms

Posted in Beer, Collage, innocent bystander, London, observation, Poem, Pub, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 22, 2013 by lkthayer



i’m not far from being that old fart in the wentlock arms
he has a book as a companion a beer as a mistress
a look of treading the boards maybe even a poet
just a moment never seen till this old fart snaps
only two beers separate our ageing path perhaps

Snaps & poem by Mitch Hicks


Posted in Food For Thought, observation, Pub, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 6, 2013 by lkthayer

Snapped in The Black Horse ~ Woburn ~ by ~ Mitch Hicks

Enter The Black Horse

Warm inviting

Well heeled

Coffee please

Oh served with a glass of smarties

Logs burning

Sunday folks at rest

I leave this happy nest

Little Horwood Duck Race 2012

Posted in arty farty, Birds Of A Feather, Collage, Dressing Up, ducks, innocent bystander, observation, Poem, Pub with tags , , on December 26, 2012 by lkthayer



A small village with a big heart

Once a year locals emerge

Gather in wind rain or snow

Age is left home by the telly

Bucks ducks cardboard boxes

Mr orange man with megaphone

Tumbling stream over brook

Oh they flutter splutter ducks that race

Winslow town may have it’s hunt and warm mulled wine

But Little Horwood without the crowds brings greater joy

To the Shoulder of Mutton smiling faces tread thatched and beamed

Sounds of country folk drinking beer wishing all Christmas cheer

Quirky Boxing day morning traditions carry me back each year!

Snaps & poem by Mitch Hicks