Archive for 26/03/2015


Municipal Dreams

Clay Cross takes its place – alongside Poplar – as a hallowed place in the Labour pantheon: a site of struggle and resistance, a town where a Labour-led council fought valiantly for its people, whose socialism was less an abstract ideal than part of its living fabric.  All that came to a head in the famous 1972 Rents Rebellion.  But it was rooted in a history, community and politics of much longer vintage. This post will look at that at that longer story and try to answer the question why there, why then – and, by extension, why not here and why not now.

In the early nineteenth century Clay Cross was little more than a hamlet at a crossroads.  A cross stood at the intersection of Clay Lane and Thanet Street and from that it is said to have derived its name.  But its history begins in 1837 when George…

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ruarkmosaicart

I discovered this amazing mosaic flower detail on Instagram. It is made by Sicis: The Mosaic Factory, based in Italy. This specific mosaic is made from lovely glass tiles and is going on a wall. The colour ranges available in glass tiles make designs for walls & floors endless. The details on these flowers are superb and I love the 3D effect and delicate copper and gold sparkle on the leaves. For more on my work and more beautiful mosaic photos, check out my Instagram acount: Ruarkmosaicart

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Photo Nature Blog

I recently created this video showing some of the work I’ve done. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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Symphytum grandiflora 'Hidcote Pink'

Symphytum grandiflora ‘Hidcote Pink’

1. Mahonia aquifolium- yellow flowers in February and May

2. Symphytum grandiflora ‘Hidcote Pink’- pink flowers in March and April

3. Iris foetidissima ‘Variegata’- scarlet berries from September until November

4. Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’- pink flowers from May to September

5. Dryopteris filix-mas- a deciduous fern

6. Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae-  green cymes in March and April

7. Luzula nivea (Snowy Woodrush)- evergreen and good ground cover with white flowers in mid summer

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