Do I feel lucky?

I cannot recall ever visiting a place as covered in graffiti as I encountered while travelling through Athens last week. Barely a single surface in the city has been spared the spray can and while the overwhelming majority of jottings extend to little more than tags, anarchist slogans and profanity, there is without doubt a whole stack talented artists producing street…

No matter what happens, I am coming with you.

It’s a miserable and rained-out day in West London and while we’re stuck in the flat, I’ve remedied to spend some time publishing a post. We were in East London last week to catch -up with our old Hackney neighbourhood and sure enough, I brought my camera for good measure. We met my brother while we…

A History of the Future (Part 1)

          The Oxford Society Press History of the World Chapter 24  “North America in nuclear ruin: an introduction” Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the latter half of Trump’s second presidential term that the United States found itself engaged in an irredeemably devastating and entirely one sided thermo-nuclear altercation. With the luxury of hindsight,…

My Idea of Fun

I was lucky enough to negotiate a day off work last Thursday 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…

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…

I Remember the Future

I’m reluctant to say that we’re seeing a golden age of street -art in Camden Town, but there is certainly a great amount of spectacular work appearing here on almost a daily basis. This afternoon I spotted an excellent work from Gonzo design cowboy ensemble, Id-iom,as well as a fantastic collaborative work from Itaewon, Autone,…

Citizen, remain vigilant 

The terrorist threat level in the United Kingdom has recently been raised to Severe, meaning that there is high likelihood of a terrorist attack in the immediate future. Since the British Government initiated the launch of air missions against the Islamic State in Syria, living in London feels a lot like living in the centre…

The Romans and the Moralists

I am half way through rereading Augustus, a suberb novel by John Williams, author of the equally brilliant Stoner and Butcher’s Crossing, and noticed this particularly eloquent passage that I had overlooked the first time through. The quote is taken from a fictionalised 12BC letter from the political advisor Gaius Cilnius Maecenas to Titus Livius and…

The Letter of Alfie Knight

There are a great many curiousities you will find if you visit London’s Imperial War Museum. One such sight on display in the outstanding First World War exhibit is this letter written by an 8 year old Irish boy to the Secretary of State of War, Herbert Kitchener, in 1914. The letter reads: Dear Lord…

World War 1 on the BBC

I don’t watch a particularly large amount of television these days, but for the past several weeks, I have been absolutely glued to the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman fronted Britain’s Great War. This year marks the centenary of the beginning of WW1 and it’s incredible to see the sheer scale of mayhem into which the world…

Siegfried Sassoon, Hopelessness and Iraq

Snooping around the charity shops of West London a week past, I spied a copy of Siegfried Sassoon’s fictionalized autobiography, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, on sale for £1. The discovery of such a volume came as a revelation as although I had been aware of and enjoyed Sassoon’s poetic work (along with Wilfred Owen)…