Arc of Angels

‘Arc of Angels’ by Rick Kirby, Portishead.

'Arc of Angels' by Rick Kirby

'Arc of Angels' by Rick Kirby

'Arc of Angels' by Rick Kirby

'Arc of Angels' by Rick Kirby


Angry Shutter

A painted shutter in Shoreditch from November 2013…

Shoreditch street art

Top 5 images of 2013

Rather than a new picture tonight, I’d like to share images from my top five posts of 2013 (two of which were actually posted in 2012!):

1. What are you grateful for? (March 2013) – 735 views

#IAMGRATEFUL (Great Eastern Street, London)

2. Mr Brainwash hits London… (June 2012) – 255 views

Street art by Mr Brainwash

3. World Naked Bike Ride (June 2012) – 212 views

World Naked Bike Ride, London

4. 150 years of London Underground (January 2013) – 121 views

150 years of London Underground

5. A day of Gromiting… (July 2013) – 121 views

NewFoundLand by One Red Shoe

Picturing England has been running since June 2011, and there have been 915 posts to date. This year Picturing England received around 23,000 views! Thank you all for following Picturing England throughout 2013, and for ‘liking’ posts and leaving comments! My top five commenters this year were my Mum (thanks Mum!), InspiringCity, Sarah, Delft, and LensScaper. Thank you all for your support! Don’t forget to ‘like’ Picturing England on Facebook, follow me on Twitter (@Ali_Haikugirl), where I tweet about Japanese stuff, street art, and other random things, and have a look at my Flickr photostream too. WordPress has told me that people came to Picturing England from 131 different countries this year, with the UK, the US and France bringing the most traffic. I’m really pleased that people from so many different parts of the world take the time to stop by and see what England has to offer. 

See you in 2014 for more daily snapshots of life in England!

Where we be to!

When I popped to the Shakespeare Tavern in Bristol the other day for a fish finger sandwich (yum) and a mulled cider (double yum) I was amused by this sign:

Shakespeare Tavern, Bristol

The directions are perfectly Bristolian – a language I haven’t quite mastered yet! Mind you, I did recently receive A Dictionary of Bristle, so at least I can study. The book comes complete with the ‘Official Bristolian Citizenship Test’, but I don’t think I’m ready for that yet. 😉


Remembering the homeless this Christmas…

Shoreditch street art

Street art by Ben Naz, spotted in Shoreditch.

Every Boy’s Hero!

Dick Barton’s – 20th Century Nostalgia for Grown Up Boys and Girls!

Dick Barton's

Our heads are round…

Our heads are round so thought can change direction. #KYDquotes

Our heads are round so thought can change direction. #KYDquotes

Our heads are round so thought can change direction. #KYDquotes

Rather than being some kind of street art project as these first appear, KYDquotes are apparently advertising for the new film about Allen Ginsberg, Kill Your Darlings, and these signs haven’t been well received here in Bristol. Personally, I don’t care if it’s advertising – I love it!