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Isisbridge said:

Screeech! There ought to be laws about exterior wall painting.
(I believe they have something like that in Switzerland?)
4 weeks ago

Howard Somerville replied to Isisbridge:

To humour you, I'll post a black and white version.
4 weeks ago

Isisbridge replied to Howard Somerville:

I look forward to that with interest. I like the colourful shopfronts, particularly the one below the anchor. But the scene has been spoiled by the person who painted their exterior walls bright red, thus drawing attention to a shape that has no particular interest and ought to be harmonious with its neighbour.
4 weeks ago

Typo93 said:

Colour for the grey days!
4 weeks ago

Ern Jacoby said:

Great so much and colourful individuality
4 weeks ago ( translate )

Isisbridge said:

I wonder why some people feel they must have colour for colour's sake, when what we really need is sympathetic colour, not block colour or screech. The irony is that the cheerful old pub signs, which bring that essential focus of colour to a tranquil English scene, are now being replaced with the boring grey signs so beloved by today's trendy Liberals.
4 weeks ago

Howard Somerville replied to Isisbridge:

Agreed, but the general tone of the "Open Quarter" here (https://www.creativefolkestone.org.uk) is more "punk" than historical or cultural, and the gaudy colours (which I think are quite fun) are in keeping with that.
4 weeks ago

Isisbridge replied to Howard Somerville:

Sorry, but I don't see anything "fun" about that eyesore red block in the middle.

Do you find this fun?
shocking red house
4 weeks ago

Howard Somerville replied to Isisbridge:

No, it's screech, and inappropriate in what appears to be a respectable, residential part of Oxford. But the "Cultural Quarter" of Folkestone is none of those things; it's more akin to Blackpool or Southend.

The 1960's Triumph Herald parked outside that house is a model popular with superannuated New Age people. One can almost see the haze of Marijuana smoke seeping out of it.
4 weeks ago

Isisbridge replied to Howard Somerville:

I don't know about "respectable". In this part of Oxford, they're mostly greenies, lefties, and bame. The infamous Sasha Johnson lived somewhere hereabouts, and we had one of the first (known) grooming gangs operating on this patch.

eyesore mural on side of house
4 weeks ago

Howard Somerville replied to Isisbridge:

In which case (for those who live there, at least) screech is entirely appropriate.
4 weeks ago

Isisbridge replied to Howard Somerville:

The above 'mural' is now gone and the house walls painted orange. I imagine this street of typical council houses would have looked reasonably homely in the days of mundane grey and uniform doors, with perhaps a few spots of colour from some lovingly tended hollyhocks or roses.

P.S. I've just noticed on Street View that this visually antisocial house now has a sign in the front window, saying: "under the Tories, standards are falling". If they are the same owners, one wonders what kind of standards they live under in their world!
4 weeks ago

John Lawrence said:

I think it is a great shot I remember the old High st when it was a right dump now it looks bright and cheery, as a retired retailer I know that colour can be advantageous i increasin footfall.
3 weeks ago

Howard Somerville replied to John Lawrence:

It does look bright and cheery, and made me feel relatively so. I happened to be there on a fine Saturday afternoon when there were a lot of people about - not ideal for getting pictures - and there was never going to be a moment when no one was in the way. But I took 7-8 shots from the same spot and what you see here is a composite of the various bits where and when there weren't figures intruding. But I left one or two in there because with no figures at all the scene would have looked a bit dead.
3 weeks ago

John Lawrence said:

Thanks for posting your wonderful picture to

www.ipernity.com/group/buildings
3 weeks ago