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Saturday, 1 March 2008

The Writing's On the Wall

No wonderful street art for my contribution to the Daily Photo Blog Graffiti Theme Day, I'm afraid. Ashton doesn't get a lot of that. Ashton doesn't get a great deal of unartistic graffiti, either, I'm pleased to say.
So I thought I would share this message painted on the brickwork in New Lees Street: "Do not dump rubbish bags here."
There seems to be an irony in trying to prevent a temporary eyesore by creating a permanent one!

Check out these other blogs participating in the Graffiti and Street Art Theme Day:
Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Bucaramanga, Colombia by Fernando, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Cologne, Germany by April11, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Detroit (MI), USA by Taittems, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Mo, London, UK by Ham, Mainz, Germany by JB, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate, Melbourne, Australia by John, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montréal, Canada by Douber, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by MumbaiIteanu, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Cassie & Chris, Niamey, Niger by Dinabee, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Radonvilliers, France by Deslilas, Riga, Latvia by Prokur, Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Lark, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Terre Haute (IN), USA by Zann, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Toruń, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Wrocław, Poland by Loompi, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,


  1. its a long time since i saw a back lane martin ,bet a few babies were made there at one time or another ,,makes me homesick lol .the houses all look like they are kept in good nick dont they ,all have bathrooms .not like the old cottages two up and two down houses ,the old tin bath hung on a nail in the yard ,,

  2. This is a terrific photo Martin,caught just at the right time!. Good sense of humour to match. I can now show this photograph to people who I have been trying to describe and old English 'back yard' too for years.Just think in such a small space, so many household procedures would have taken place. Coal man used to drop coal in shed, washing dried, baths hung out before bathrooms were put in, toilet down the back, probably a few veggies grown in boxes. Just shows what amazing things could occur. Thank you. M

  3. You say it is New Lees St but the bin says Kings Rd.
    The people who dump the rubbish wont take notice of the sign anyway, in fact it could attract dumping.

  4. I ponder if anyone told them that as i am sure the reply could be amusing :-)

  5. theres no mistake ,,new lees st and kings rd share the big back ,they all have their own private yards. martin you were quite lose to my neice there ,she lives in the end house on kings rd and the side of the house is on new lees st ,its a bigger house than the other ones ,

  6. That person who sprayed that must be really really annoyed!

    I wonder how often rubbish gets dumped there ;-)

    Happy Theme Day!

  7. If that had been done by the mystery graffiti artist Banksy, it would be worth thousands. Some businessman man in London,as just paid about £250,000 for a piece of his graffiti sprayed on the gable end of a property down in the South. I dont know how he is going to remove the wall without destryong the graffiti, or were he is going to display it. But Banksy cant do any wrong at the moment, lots of celebs clamouring for his stuff. I dont know how he recieves his dosh, because no one seems to know who he is.

  8. I am Spartac.... er, Banksy, so please send the dosh to me!

    New Lees Street runs off from Kings Road at an angle and these are the back gates of houses on Kings Road. New Lees Street is one of Ashton's oddities in two senses:
    1. It is one of Ashton's "dirt streets" - unadopted roads that have no proper road surface.
    2. It is also one of the streets that is in two distinct parts - in this instance the two halves are separated by Cedar Park.

  9. Funny how that works out isn't it? Good choice..

  10. And the work required to clean that wall is huge. It's too bad. But perhaps they can cover it up by putting trash cans in front of it! More irony. Here is my CDP: Street Art entry (too late for the list). Thank you.

  11. Brilliant photography again Martin.

  12. I am pleasantly surprised by the response to this! To me, it's not a patch on all the colourful photos of grand pieces of graffiti art that have appeared on some web sites. I am pleased that the humour of the photo comes through.
    One thing that doing this photo blog has taught me is to look at things I would normally have just walked past!

  13. Your doing a fantastic job Martin. Thanks for taking the time to post the Graffiti & Street Art Theme Day list. Have just spent more time than I should looking through it and thoroughly enjoyed everything I have seen. More people throughout the world, so willing to share their pastime than I would have thought. Thank You.

  14. I should have put the links up at the same time as the photo, but this is the first time I have participated in a "Theme Day" so I didn't know how to find the code for it! I put it on as soon as I found out, so I hope that visitors to this blog had a good time exploring all those others!

    The next "Theme Day" is about water, so I should be able to take part in that one, as well.


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