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The prompt for day three of #indieweek is ‘your home and community’ – which gives me the perfect excuse to trot out one of my favourite quotes (by the wonderful Ben Aaronovitch – if you’re not familiar with his work then grab Rivers of London and get reading).

If you’re a native-born Londoner..then the strongest bit of your manor is where you grew up.  There’s a particular kind of safety that comes from being on the streets where you went to school, had your first snog, or drink, or threw up your first chicken vindaloo.

It’s true, and one’s manor doesn’t just confer a sense of security but also one of community.  I live at a bit of a crossroads: on the north/south boundary between Brent and Westminster and, looking east/west, I’m slap bang betwixt Queens Park and Kensal Rise.  I went to school in Kilburn, and (for various reasons) Maida Vale has also become part of my regular stomping ground over the years.  My manor is wide and varied; it ranges from the polished and ludicrously posh, to the slightly grubby and still-furiously-resisting-gentrification. I love all of it: the community spirit of the people who walk their dogs in the parks, the friendliness of local shopkeepers, the quirky habits of certain local residents (I’m naming no names), and the fantastically rich local history.  It’s an amazing place to live, and I think that living here has influenced me and my work no end.

 

 

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Cheeky little one from Carlton Vale, London, NW6.

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First piece found by South Kilburn Studios (Canterbury Road, NW6), and the second I think was from the canal towpath near the Ha’penny Steps/Meanwhile Gardens.

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The cheerful sunflower by Gary Alford at Queens Park station has now been replaced by an interesting piece, artist unknown.  My photo isn’t reversed, the artwork has been done as a mirror image, which is unusual!

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After enjoying Alice painting the roses red for a few months (click here to view), which I did think was nice and topical given it’s right next to a flower stall, the board changed hands in early July and was replaced by a very cheerful sunflower!  Artwork by Gary Alford.

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I’m a bit behind again and haven’t had a chance to give an update on the art next to Queens Park Station. Last I’d reported was back in March, and it actually changed hands just before I’d had a chance to share that piece by Binty Bint.

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However within about ten days it changed hands again and turned into a mural of Alice, painting the roses red.  Quite apt as it’s right next to a flower stall.  It’s been Alice ever since, and I’m a little curious to see who’ll step up and take charge of it next!

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It’s Queens Park station graffiti time again!  To see the previous incarnation click here.  This piece by Binty Bint appeared at the end of January.

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