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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Lisbon Graffiti

When I came through Lisbon briefly in the 1980's (on a free TAP stopover between London and South Africa) I remember  the  graffiti more than anything else about the city. At the time I thought much of the graffiti looked political. Today graffiti remains a ubiquitous presences. 

Though much of it is typically tedious tagging, thoughtless and uninspired, some is political and  there is even quite a lot in English.
D and I have noticed more and more political graffiti in English throughout Europe. Clearly capitalism is being challenged in its dominant global language. I'll be posting images from Lisbon as we come upon them. The Guardian had an interesting  article on street art in Lisbon and we'll try to see some of the places they mention where artists have taken over derelict building as huge canvasses. I'll also be checking out  the Galleria de Arte Urbana which has worked with the local government to create commissioned murals in designated urban spaces, some of the stuff on their website looks amazing.    


I particularly love this literary graffiti from Alfama and the pineapple hand grenade below.



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