Monday, January 21, 2008

Art & Alfalfa

Thanks to Daisy for pointing out this article in the SMH about an original Banksy stencil on the wall of none other than my beloved Alfalfa House.

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While he was there, I wonder if he noticed the pink elephant in the mosaic.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Snap: Part 2

I took to the streets around Collyer Playground again this weekend, armed with photos of the houses on the mural, and a renewed confidence in my powers of observation, thanks to readers' comments last week.

I'm prepared to call these matches definite:

Snap x 3!

Now I better start looking for the houses depicted in this mural on Clara Street:

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Collyer Playground, on the corner of Wells and Pearl Streets, is surrounded by a fading mural of houses. I think the houses depicted are located nearby because of this one:

The fern has grown, but I reckon it's got to be the same place.

I have long tried to match up the other houses, and there are some which are similar, but not convincing, especially given the aging process and renovations:

Well, I tried.

I so badly want to find all the matching pairs! Here's the rest of the mural, published in the hope that someone in the neighbourhood might be able to help me out.

At the very least, I am glad to have a record of the mural before it fades away or is painted over. I always regret not documenting something once it's gone.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sofa so good

The remote controls which have been turning up on footpaths for the past six months were recently complemented by the appearance on Gladstone Street of a matching TV, also the work of the wonderful Will Coles.

And then, piece de resistance, a couch appeared to complete the scene:

There's even a wall socket nearby:

When I was taking these photos, a passer by stopped to do the same with her camera-phone and we shared one of those isn't-this-a-great-place moments. Isn't it just?

This little episode of self-satisfied pride marks the first anniversary of Nosey in Newtown. It's been a great year. Every time I think I've run out of things to nosey, something will always turn up around the next corner, which is what I love about living here. Thanks to everyone who comments and sends emails - you're what I love about living here the most.

So happy birthday to Nosey, and to R.Tues on Mary Street too:

Postscript: Apparently the TV has now been smashed. Sob.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Frontyard blitz

On Alice Street:

And Michael-style landscape design at "Bloody Mary" on Flora Street:

And on Reiby Street:

How good is that letterbox! It's a hollowed-out computer tower with those special plastic strips to keep out flies.

And on the subject of great letterboxes, I think I am prepared to declare this one, on Angel Street, my all-time favourite: