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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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I’ve got a backlog of street art that’s waiting to be catalogued, but I couldn’t resist bumping this lot to the top of the list.  The first can be found outside 36 Southam Street, W10.  The rest are all from Trellick Tower, Golborne Road, W10.

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Another street board from Kilburn Lane, W10

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The mural that’s been in Bonchurch Road (W10) for years (click here to see the original) finally changed recently.  I’m a little on the fence, I was quite fond of the previous piece but this one is quite nice too – I especially like the little old lady with her shopping trolley.

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A selection from the Ladbroke Grove area.  The first set are at the junction of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road (W10)

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These are from the wasteground just off Meanwhile Gardens, near the base of Trellick Tower (W10).

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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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A nice piece on the side of Taylor Taylor (for previous art on the same site click here).  First piece is by Endless Artist, and the police line up is by Catman.  I had no idea who the last guy was so had to find out, and if you’re clueless like me it’s Keith Haring.

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