I am Ayman and I am a refugee from Syria

Ayman Hirh was a successful marble and granite trader in the Jobar district of Syria’s capital, Damascus, before the escalating political situation in his country drove him and his family into exile. Because of his involvement as an activist in the 2011 uprising and President Al-Assad’s subsequent crackdown on any and all dissent, Ayman was…

Impressions of poverty

Our national epic has yet to be written – James Joyce If you’ve ever listened to the song Running to Stand Still from U2’s Joshua Tree album you will have heard about the Irish town of Ballymun in the lyric “I see seven towers but I only see one way out.” Located on the northern periphery of Dublin…

This blog needs you!

Critical Dispatches has made it onto the shortlist for the Blog Awards Ireland 2016 and now I need your help! If you have enjoyed any of my work on this blog, could I please ask that you click on the image below and vote for Critical Dispatches. Frustratingly, there looks to be a requirement that you create an…

The story of last night

“Maybe we’ll find a little adventure,” joked Herself as we headed out for a walk in the neighbourhood after dinner last night. We live in one of London’s quieter districts and the evenings tend to be tame on this side of town. We’re low-key people. We like it that way. Nearing the end of our…

What we did at the oyster festival 

One of the upsides to spending my weekends and summer holidays washing pots and dishes in a seafood restaurant on the Irish Coast as a teenager was that I was able to sample and acquire a taste for a wide range of strange and exotic foods whose very mention – almost without exception – induced…

A Work in Progress

I wrote on Monday that I would be checking in on you later in the week but I really didn’t think it would be this soon. I caught sight of these new murals by Flesh031, Tony Boy and Amara Por Dio while collecting my lunch this afternoon. Enjoy! You can now follow my adventures on…

The changing of the guard

As much of a disappointment as it was to see last month’s mural in Stucley Place being defaced almost as soon as it had been painted, it looks as though that unfortunate piece has been succeeded by this work by Australian artist James Reka: Just a short post today as I have quite a lot…

My Idea of Fun

I was lucky enough to negotiate a day off work last Thurday and since the weather was looking tasty, I grabbed my camera and headed to East London to see what new street art had appeared since my last visit. I took hundreds of photos and have picked the best to present for your convenience…

Art reflecting life

I caught this impressive new mural by the 40HK CREW in Stucley Place late on Monday afternoon. As always, I immediately took a photo of the piece, however, the angle of the sun at that time of day resulted in a flare on my lens which I think somewhat marred the picture. Not one to…

Should we stay or should we go?

Since I now have somewhat of a healthy number of followers, I’m interested to find out what you all think about the referendum in the UK. Voting will take place tomorrow and while I know which way I’m going, I am always open to what others might have to say. So, I’ll put it to…

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

When I first started photographing the street art around London two years ago, I had no idea that I would amass such a huge collection of pictures and artifacts – If I was one for overblown hyperbole, I’d almost describe it as pantagruelian (but I’m not, so I won’t). I have nearly used three quarters…

Music plays somewhere in the distance

More than three quarters of the Greek population list their religion as Greek Orthodox, so if you find yourself there during any of their religious celebrations, it is an almost certainty that you will end up getting involved in the pageantry of the occasion in some way, shape or form. I spent this year’s Easter…

Do the Truffle Shuffle!

I’m back in work after some time off due to a wicked case of that damned Optic Neuritis. I went for a walk at lunch to see if anything has changed in the neighbourhood and was pleased to discover a few new pieces of street art, including a rendition of Chunk (from the 1985 movie…

The best way to predict the future

I was only working for three days this week, so – once more – I have very little to show for myself. Anyway, here are the travel notices that I saw this week. You can now follow my adventures on Instagram here.

Alexander the Great and Optic Neuritis

It’s been a very interesting couple weeks and right now I am hauled up in my West London flat, having been excused from work on account of a wicked case of Optic Neuritis that has totally messed up the sight in my right eye. I’m popping enough pills to have made Hunter Thompson take note…

In order to succeed

I don’t have too much to show for myself this week as I was only working til Wednesday. I was considering skipping posting today, but I’ve gotten such positive feedback about these little  signs that I thought I might as well show you what I have.  Here are the travel notices  for this week. You…