Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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........ H G Wells

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........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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making their mark #2

love that second one...

7th Dec 2006, 17:15

Dhamaka says:

thanks M_F
he's a new theme

7th Dec 2006, 17:21

Nice, loving the gummy guys in 4th photo. What are those guys doing in the last 2? Is it the A-Team building a combine harvester?

7th Dec 2006, 17:22

paintist says:

whilst I appreciate the artistry , colour etc....I would find all this graffitti art a very rich visual diet....I am glad of the open expanses of green that I have......

7th Dec 2006, 17:47

hildegard says:

Gosh, aren't you forebearing, P? As one with no choice but to be surrounded by graff, I would (but for pesky legal considerations) cheerfully spraypaint the eyeballs of anyone I found doing it.

7th Dec 2006, 18:13

paintist says:

I am aware of the upset that graffitti artsits cause, and how it can be distressing if your property is damaged by it all, but I cannot deny the wit, technique, style, exhuberance of it......I am just sorry that it has to be done in places where it causes nuisance.....

I have strong feelings about public 'art'....things plonked into my landscape that I can't like no matter how I try... art is in the eye of the beholder....

7th Dec 2006, 18:34

midlife says:

what's the guy in white jumpsuit doing?

7th Dec 2006, 19:39

MaggieD says:

Tend to agree with Paintist .... I love some of the 'community art' we have here in South East London (must blog it) .... but I must say some 'public art' that is plonked in the middle of the countryside really irritates me.... as a city dweller, the reason I love the country is for it's unimpeded views of nature ....

7th Dec 2006, 20:19

Dhamaka says:

It seems I've started something...

I've watched the wall art in this area grow over the last year and blossom in the last few months. Most of the loudest is on hoardings or abandoned walls that will come down as soon as the Olympic stuff is up, and what isn't tends to be out of direct view of peoples' homes. Some of them (especially the taggers, whose work is often just an eyesore) just do it, but the others haven't simply moved into a place they've just discovered - these walls run through the middle of some of the worst parts of East and Central London. I'm pretty sure it's motivated by the Olympics, although most of the time it's unclear why or what they want to say or even what they're feeling.

7th Dec 2006, 23:49

Dhamaka says:

midlife - the ones in white are a distance from the canal and investigating the water table. Lea Valley is after all a valley and the architects need to understand more about water levels to do their work properly. The ones in yellow are on the canal and are surveying the banks to see if the paths and water-fastness (sorry don't know the technical word) need improving as they're expecting a huge number of people to walk along the paths here.

8th Dec 2006, 00:00

hildegard says:

Shame DEFRA just slashed the British Waterways Board's budget in order to pay compensation to farmers for being late with single farm payments...

8th Dec 2006, 19:35

Dhamaka says:

give less money to waterways when more drought is expected... government logic.... meanwhile my understanding is that there will be huge funds to improve stuff for the Olympics round here but that local councils will be expected to maintain it all afterwards on near enough the same budget they have now

9th Dec 2006, 00:33

hildegard says:

Unless they're developing a unique regeneration model for the Olympics, responsibility for towpath & canal improvement/ maintainence remains with BWB. Other councils & developers have expressed concerns that the cut in budget will damage proposed or existing regeneration programmes...

9th Dec 2006, 01:05

Dhamaka says:

so I understand. Another interesting challenge for the next government, since even Tony can't magic money from nowhere

9th Dec 2006, 05:15

hildegard says:

Oh I don't know - he's finding £4million pounds a day for war in Iraq, isn't he?

9th Dec 2006, 09:16

nige says:

the statues in 7 & 8 are most convincing.

9th Dec 2006, 21:12

MaggieD says:

Hildegard: with you on that one .....

9th Dec 2006, 21:17

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow:
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain:
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.


Do not stand at my grave anfd cry.
I am not there:
I did not die

9th Dec 2006, 21:26

nige says:


are you bloody drinking & commenting again, mrs?
move away from the computer!

9th Dec 2006, 21:59

Dhamaka says:

very poignant

SLG - 'never listen to a man until you have seen him put a teacosy over his head'... or something like that

10th Dec 2006, 01:30

Uber Spy says:

Scribbly on the bin - Naegeli inspired


14th Dec 2006, 23:40

Dhamaka says:

thanks - what an image!

15th Dec 2006, 01:18