London photo: “STOP ISIS”

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This graffiti appeared in Wood Green the other day.

Wood Green is, perhaps not coincidental to this, heavily immigrant, with many residents from the Middle East. There has been lots of public pushback — like from, say, imams and spokespeople from Muslim organizations — in the U.K. against Islamic radical fundamentalism, including ISIS/ISIL, and the radicalization of young British Muslims. So this could be part of that.

London photos: Ian Fleming’s James Bond book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. The benches were auctioned off this evening. See Books about Town for more info.

I’ve saved my favorite bench for last: the one dedicated to Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of one section of the front:

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(Click here for a larger version.)

And another section of the front:

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(Larger version.)

The back:

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(Larger version.)

Side view:

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London photos: Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Michael Bond’s books about Paddington Bear. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

And the back, which reveals that this bench (alone among those I saw, though I didn’t see all 50 of them) actually uses the bench motif in a sort of trompe l’oeil way:

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(Click here for a larger version.)

This bench was, oddly, nowhere near Paddington Station.

London photos: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of a section of the front:

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(Click here for a larger version.)

And the back:

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(Click here for a larger version.)

London photos: William Shakespeare’s plays book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to the plays of William Shakespeare, situated right outside the replica of his Elizabethan-era Globe Theatre. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of a section of the front:

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(Click here for a larger version.)

I didn’t get a photo of the back of this one, I’m afraid. The massive crowds and the fence made it almost impossible.