Wednesday, September 28, 2022
A Tropical Paint Job and Cliff Richard
Time once again for a round-up of random photos from my iPhone, taken on my urban wanderings. (Usually on my walks to or from work, or with Olga in the mornings.)
First, the 02 Centre on Finchley Road recently got a rather tropical-looking makeover. For some reason, the botanical stencils on the ground outside all have a number next to them. At first I wondered if this was a mistake -- maybe the painters didn't realize they weren't supposed to include the stencil numbers in the job? But they've been there for a while now so I have to assume they're intentional. Floral hopscotch? I have no idea.
If there's anything more useless than a used three-ring binder, I don't know what it is. (Maybe a used two-ring binder.) We've thrown away tons of them in the library because of course all the records that used to be kept on paper no longer are. But kudos to this person for trying to find them a home.
Speaking of discarding, someone was tossing out these pretty nice looking chairs. I don't understand the zeal with which people throw away furniture these days. When I was a kid we had the same couch from 1962 to 1982.
Some groovy, if well-worn, tie-dye-style Crocs left in a student gathering space at school. I am sorely tempted to buy a pair of these. They're still available and not expensive.
Another retro find. It's been ages since I've even seen a cassette tape. This one reminded me of my years in Morocco, when the cabbies all had Arabic music blaring from the cassette players in their cars. I learned some great Arabic music that way. (Majida el Roumi, anyone?) I'm not sure what's on this particular tape, and in any case, it's beyond playing.
Still life with citrus peels.
Someone venting against our new government, I presume. This was outside the St. John's Wood tube station.
From the cover of a discarded futon in someone's rubbish pile. I thought the pattern was pretty interesting -- women planting some kind of crop?
And finally, if you hurry down to one of the charity shops on our high street, you can get a bargain on your 2023 Cliff Richard calendar! (I'm surprised there even IS a 2023 Cliff Richard calendar, considering he's 81 now, but then again the whole Cliff Richard phenomenon is a bit of a mystery to me. He never really cracked the American market. Growing up, I only knew him as Olivia Newton-John's duet partner.)