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September 18, 2017

Sunflowers in West London


Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Journal 2017 | London | Photography |

August 03, 2012

Bouncy Stonehenge


Bouncy & not so bouncy Stonehenges

Sacrilege is a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.
Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London
August 1, 2012

>>Click here to view more images

Posted by mehrdad at 09:31 AM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

March 12, 2012

Multicoloured Houses

Multicoloured Houses in North London

>> Click here to view the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 08:17 AM | London |

March 01, 2012

Winter & Spring


Magnolia Tree at Kenwood House in Winter & Spring.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:05 PM | London | Look-alikes |

January 19, 2012

X above London


An X above Hampstead Garden Suburb, North London

>> Click here to view slideshow

Posted by mehrdad at 02:54 PM | London | Photography |

October 25, 2011

Silhouette of Eros


Silhouette of Eros Statue, Piccadilly Circus, London

>> View my set of silhouettes on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 12:00 PM | London | Photography |

September 30, 2011

Blue Sky over London


Hottest end to September since 1895. Temperature reached 29C in London.

Posted by mehrdad at 01:11 PM | London | Look-alikes |

September 22, 2011

Dragon Sculpture


Dragon Sculpture, Hong Kong street festival on South Molton Street in Central London

>> View the slideshow on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:51 AM | London |

September 09, 2011

Tudor Ship


Tudor Ship weather vane on Liberty's roof top

Liberty's mock Tudor facade was assembled from the timbers of two ships, HMS Hindustan and HMS Impregnable. The weather vane was designed by EP Roberts in the 1920s.

>> View the slideshow on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 03:01 PM | London |

August 23, 2011

Appearing Rooms

Danish artist Jeppe Hein's hugely poplular 'Appearing Rooms' at the Southbank Centre (Photos from 2006 & 2011)

Walls of water rise and fall randomly to create a series of constantly changing rooms, challenging visitors of all ages to try their luck at predicting its next move.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 11:14 AM | London |

July 16, 2011

Flower Sellers

Pebbly sculpture of flower sellers and sheep on London Fields, Hackney, London.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:21 AM | London |

July 07, 2011

Queen Mary's Rose Garden

Queen Mary's Rose Garden in Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 11:03 PM | London |

June 20, 2011

Chinese zodiac sculptures

Ai Weiwei's animal zodiac sculpture installation at Somerset House, London

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 12:23 PM | Art | London |

May 29, 2011

Epping Forest

Epping Forest is the largest public open space in London.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:58 PM | London |

May 18, 2011

Isabella Plantation 2011


Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, London

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 08:41 AM | London | Photography |

March 07, 2011

London plane

London Plane is an introduced hybrid tree widely planted in London streets and squares. It is a cross between two parent species - the Oriental plane (Iranian Chenar) and the Occidental plane (American Sycamore) - both imported to Britain as ornamental trees.

The London plane is very tolerant of atmospheric pollution and root compaction, and for this reason it is a popular urban roadside tree. Many were planted 200 years ago and are still growing vigorously in London.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 08:20 AM | London |

January 24, 2011

Columbia Road Market

Columbia Road Flower Market is one of many markets in Central London; a street flower market, it is located in East London. Columbia Road is a road of Victorian shops off the Hackney Road and the market is only open on Sundays.


>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 01:06 PM | London |

January 23, 2011

Putney Bridge

Putney Bridge is a bridge crossing of the River Thames in west London, linking Putney on the south side with Fulham to the north.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 06:46 PM | London | Photography |

December 29, 2010

Turning the World Upside Down


Anish Kapoor, C-Curve 2007, Stainless steel

Anish Kapoor's giant curved mirror sculptures now have an outdoor setting. Four sculptures, creating distortions of their surroundings, have taken up residence among the trees and waters of Kensington Gardens.

>> View my set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 12:20 PM | Art | London |

December 17, 2010

Anti & Pro




Ben Eine ?Anti & Pro? Graffiti @ Redchurch Street

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 10:02 AM | London | Street Art |

November 11, 2010

Cut It, Fold It

Drawn from Robert Freidus' extensive collection, Cut it, Fold it: Build it with Paper is a major exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood featuring nearly 200 examples of architectural paper models. Half the models are still flat as they were sold.

Collecting and making paper models has been a popular pastime since the later part of the eighteenth century, with many companies producing very collectible models. There was no pre-cutting or scoring on these models, so patience and a steady hand were crucial.

>> View the set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 11:10 AM | Architecture | London |

November 10, 2010

South Africa Landscape

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the British Museum brought a small corner of South Africa to the heart of London. (29 April ? 10 Oct. 2010)

South Africa Landscape showed the rich diversity of plant life from Cape region.The plants were chosen to highlight the rich diversity of flora in South Africa. The plants were shipped to Britain in a refrigerated container and it took four weeks to build the landscape outside the Museum.

>> Last year there was an Indian-themed garden

>> View the South Africa Landscape set on Flickr

Posted by mehrdad at 05:25 PM | London | Photography |

October 29, 2009

Cathedral to Science

The amazing Waterhouse Building, the Natural History Museum in London has an ornate terracotta facade typical of high Victorian architecture. The terracotta mouldings represent the past and present diversity of nature.
>> Natural History Museum

Posted by mehrdad at 09:31 AM | Architecture | London |

October 13, 2009

Earthrise look-alike


Floating Skull by Damien Hirst (2006) and photo of Earthrise over the lunar horizon taken during the Apollo 8 moon mission (1968)

The exhibition No Love Lost: Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst is at The Wallace Collection from Oct. 14, 2009, to Jan. 24, 2010. It features 25 works done between 2006 and 2008 that mark the artist?s return to painting.

>> View larger image

>> View my recent photos of The Wallace Collection

Posted by mehrdad at 05:16 PM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

October 06, 2009

Broccoli look-alike


We spotted this broccoli look-alike in the Natural History Museum.

On Sunday we went to see the new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London. The building is an eight-storey-high Cocoon and houses 20 million plant and insect specimens. The scale of the Cocoon is such that it cannot be seen in its entirety from any one position. >> Click here to view my photos of the Darwin Centre

September 21, 2009

Chehel Sotoun look-alike


Linear House, Highgate, North London and Chehel Sotoun in Isfahan, Iran.

Open House is London's largest architectural showcase. For one weekend in the year, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size open their doors to Londoners. This year we went to two places: a modern private house and a yurt!

Linear House is a modern house built on a sloping site. The building takes its reference from the classical architecture in its symmetry and proportion.

>> View my photos of Open House 2009

Posted by mehrdad at 05:02 PM | Architecture | London | Look-alikes |

July 02, 2009

Fluorescent Monsters

Bortusk Leer's fluorescent naive monsters in the East End of London.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:42 AM | London | Street Art |

April 18, 2009

Colin Powell


The sculpture of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is based on a photograph taken when he addressed the UN in 2003, making the case for war, and is part of Goshka Macuga's exhibition at the newly redeveloped Whitechapel Gallery.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:15 PM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

April 16, 2009

Magnolia tree

My favourite magnolia tree in Kenwood Park.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:14 PM | London |

March 26, 2009

Kheimeh Shab Bazi

Last Saturday Max and I went to see Kheimeh Shab Bazi (traditional Iranian marionette puppet show). The Aran Puppet Theater Group, headed by Behrooz Gharibpour, brought Mobarak: Kheimeh Shab Bazi to the Great Court of the British Museum.

>> There is a video of it on YouTube

Posted by mehrdad at 04:35 PM | London |

February 12, 2009


L.O.V.E - etched into the paving slabs in East London

>> Click here to view the set

Posted by mehrdad at 02:40 PM | London | Street Art |

February 07, 2009

Snow in London


After heaviest snow for 18 years, what London needs is cable cars.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:34 PM | London |

February 04, 2009

Oliver look-alike


"Please sir, can I have another slice?"

Oliver the musical is back and this new version has Rowan Atkinson as Fagin.

>> Click here to view the larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 01:31 PM | London | Look-alikes |

February 02, 2009

Old Persons Home

The Old Persons Home by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu
(13 life size sculptures and 13 dynamo electric wheel chairs, The Saatchi Gallery)

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are two of China's most controversial artists. The Old Persons Home is a satirical models of OAPs looking like old world-leaders, long crippled and impotent, left to battle it out in true geriatric style.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:48 PM | Art | London | Videos |

February 01, 2009



Randomness is the only thing Godly, worship it!

>> Click here to view more Street Art in London

Posted by mehrdad at 01:53 PM | London | Street Art |

January 09, 2009

The Royal Family


The Royal Family - Stoke Newington Church Street N16 & Buckingham Palace SW1

>> Click here to view the larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 12:44 PM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

January 04, 2009

Sangak in London


After 26 years, I had a freshly baked sangak yesterday.

Sangak is a rectangular Persian flatbread. 'Sang' in Persian means stone or pebble and 'sangak' means little stone. This bread is traditionally baked on river stones (hence the name), and is topped with sesame seeds.
(Mahdi Restaurant, Finchley, London)

>> Click here to view the set

>> A sangak which bears an image of a woman in chador

Posted by mehrdad at 10:17 PM | London | Sangak |

January 01, 2009

Happy 2009!


I wish you a prosperous, peaceful and happy new year with a shot of the New Year's Eve spectacular fireworks display on the London Eye and an iris of an eye.

Posted by mehrdad at 06:55 PM | London | Look-alikes |

December 29, 2008

The Multicultural Atlas of London


The London Profiler is an interesting website. One of the new data layers of London Profiler displays the relative concentration of ethnic groups in London. It is based on a technique that classifies populations through the origin of their names as a proxy for their probable ethnicity.

>> See the maps here

Posted by mehrdad at 03:37 PM | London |

December 06, 2008

Street Art in London


We went Street Art hunting in East London today.

>> Click here to see the results

>> There is an interesting video of Shoreditch graffiti on

>> Vandalog is a great blog on Street Art

Posted by mehrdad at 10:14 PM | Art | London | Street Art |

December 05, 2008

Ron Mueck


Mask II, mixed media by Ron Mueck
The huge head (Mueck?s self-portrait) is currently on display at the British Museum.

>> Click here to view my photos of Ron Mueck's sculptures

Posted by mehrdad at 06:56 PM | Art | London |

November 28, 2008

Chewing Gum Art


Ben Wilson paints on a chewing gum in Crouch End

Ben Wilson spends everyday on the streets of North London, painting on the blobs of chewing gum that deface London's pavements. Apparently painting on the pavement is illegal so he paints on chewing gum that is stuck to it.

>> This is a collection of images of Ben Wilson's chewing gum art

>> Here is a film on Ben Wilson

Posted by mehrdad at 02:10 PM | Art | London |

November 10, 2008

Assyrians in London


Detail of an Assyrian relief at the British Museum.

>> Click here to view the set

Posted by mehrdad at 12:57 PM | Art | London |

October 29, 2008



Snow in London last night.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:50 PM | Journal 2008 | London |

October 01, 2008



A commercial exhibition of contemporary Middle Eastern art is to be held from 7th to 25th October in London.
The exhibition 'Routes' will showcase the work of 15 artists originally from Iran and Middle east.
There will be works available by:
Hamra Abbas (Kuwaiti, b.1976)
Maliheh Afnan (Iranian, b. 1935)
Afsoon (Iranian, b.1961)
Fereydoun Ave (Iranian, b. 1945)
Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b. 1956)
Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)
Farhad Moshiri (Iranian, b. 1963)
Laila Muraywid (Syrian, b. 1956)
Shirin Neshat (Iranian, b 1957)
Naveed Nour (Iranian, b. 1963)
Fereydoon Omidi (Iranian, 1967)
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, b. 1924)
Laila Shawa (Palestinian, b. 1940)
Parviz Tanavoli (Iranian, b. 1937)
Wijdan (Jordanian, b. 1939)
Charles Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937)

Full biographies of the artists taking part in Routes can be accessed at
Waterhouse & Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London W1S 3ND

Posted by mehrdad at 02:31 PM | Art | London |

September 12, 2008

Open House 2008

On 20th & 21st of September an incredible 700 buildings opening their doors to the public. Londoners are given direct access to the creative teams that design, construct, conserve and regenerate their environment.

>> The online search for Open House 2008 is here

Update: >> Here is my set of photos

Posted by mehrdad at 04:39 PM | Architecture | London |

August 28, 2008

City Hall look-alike

An email I have received from Rocketeer this morning:
Loved your catch of look-alikes. I found it by googling london eye and bicycle wheel.
On my first and (so far) only trip to london a couple of years ago, the shape of the city hall nearly drove me crazy, because I knew I'd seen it somewhere before. Thank god I finally figured it out:


Posted by mehrdad at 02:29 PM | London | Look-alikes |

August 25, 2008

Johnson makes another gaff

It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, ping pong's coming home

Yesterday Boris Johnson gave his London Olympics handover speech and told the watching world that: "ping pong is coming home". He said ping pong was invented on the dining tables of England and it was called whiff whaff before it became a Chinese national obsession.

"There you have, I think, the essential difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations such as the French looked at the dining table and saw the opportunity to have dinner. We looked at the dining table and saw an opportunity to play whiff whaff.?

>> watch the hilarious speech on YouTube

Posted by mehrdad at 12:55 AM | London |

August 20, 2008

Madame Tussauds


Justin Timberlake and Max

For the second time, Max did a small TV presenting job for the German channel ZDF. This time it was at the famous London tourist attraction Madame Tussauds.

>> Click here to see my photos of the life-like wax figures

Posted by mehrdad at 05:05 PM | London | Max's Corner |

July 14, 2008

Wembley Market


Blue plastic bottles - Wembley Sunday Market
Wembley Market is the largest Sunday Market in England and is held in front of the new Wembley Stadium.

>> Click here to see the set

Posted by mehrdad at 05:20 PM | London | Photography |

June 13, 2008

St Jude-on-the-Hill


I took this photo of the interior of the parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill with my mobile phone camera. The interior reminds me a bit of Jan Vermeer's or Pieter de Hooch's paintings. In their works the light often enters from a window.

St Jude-on-the-Hill is in the middle of Hampstead Garden Suburb, a model residential community planned by Henrietta Barnett for housing of all social groups, although the atmosphere there today is definitely middle class.

>> Click here to view more photos

Posted by mehrdad at 12:00 PM | Architecture | London | Photography |

April 07, 2008

April's snow


Frozen daffodils in snowy London yesterday morning

>> Click here to view more images

Posted by mehrdad at 03:16 PM | London |

March 12, 2008

Mind the gap look-alike


A Piet Mondrian's painting and the door of a London underground train.

>> View larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 12:31 PM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

February 20, 2008

God's Entrance Only


The entrance to a church on Crouch Hill, North London.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:17 AM | London |

January 15, 2008

Neon Lights

London's neon lights and signs

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 01:08 PM | London | Photography |

January 14, 2008

Crack in Modern Art

Views of Shibboleth, a giant crack in the floor of the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern.

>> Click here to see photos

Word of the Day: Shibboleth
1 a : a catchword or slogan used by members of a group but regarded by others as empty of real meaning
b : a commonly held belief
2 : a behavior or use of language that identifies a person as belonging to a group

Posted by mehrdad at 02:31 PM | Art | London | Photography |

January 13, 2008

City of Lights

The City of London by night

>> Click here to see photos

Posted by mehrdad at 09:50 PM | London | Photography |

January 10, 2008

Emin's meerkat look-alike


A meerkat family is one of the six shortlisted proposals that could occupy one of London's most popular tourist spots, Trafalgar Square.

The six shortlisted proposals for the next commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square were unveiled at the National Gallery. The exhibiting artists are Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Bob & Roberta Smith. Each artist has produced a maquette of their proposed artwork for the empty plinth. The models are on public display in the National Gallery until 30 March 2008.

>> View the proposed artworks here

Posted by mehrdad at 12:18 PM | Art | London | Look-alikes |

July 10, 2006

The Monument


The 311 spiral steps of The Monument.

We went up to the top of The Monument. An observation deck at the top has a great view over London. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren to mark the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world.

>> View the photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 04:23 PM | London | Photography |

July 08, 2006

One Year On


Yesterday I was passing by Tavistock Square so I took these photos.

Posted by mehrdad at 05:17 PM | London |

July 04, 2006



London Eye & wheel of a stolen bicycle
The front wheel is locked with a U-lock but the rest of the bicycle has been stolen. Locking the front wheel is obviously not a sufficient security measure in London.

>> View The Stolen Bicycle Memorial image

Posted by mehrdad at 03:18 PM | London | Look-alikes |

July 08, 2005

Ken speaks for London

Within hours of the London bombings, London Mayor Ken Livingstone delivered a memorable speech.

"I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever."

"That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. "

>> Read full text of his statement.
>> Watch the video of the Mayor's statement. (Windows Media)

Posted by mehrdad at 07:24 PM | Journal 2005 | London |

July 07, 2005

Bomb blasts in London

Bomb blasts plunge London into chaos. There are no news yet of the number of casualties, although BBC says that there are a number of deaths in several locations in the city.

>> Guardian news update
>> A Wikipedia entry on today's blasts has been started.
>> BBC's in Depth Report

Aref-Adibs are all fine.

Posted by mehrdad at 12:27 PM | Journal 2005 | London |

February 10, 2004

Cockney rhyming slang

Uncle Fred, the friendly Cockney translator can translate anything into Cockney rhyming slang. Can you recognise this?

Lawd above! To be, awer not ter be- what is da quesshun:
Whether 'tis nobler in da Chinese Blind ter suffer
da slings an' arrows ov outrageous fortune
awer ter take emerdale farms against a Housemaid's Knee ov troubles
an' by opposin' end 'em. Ter die- ter Bo Peep-
No mawer; an' by a Bo Peep ter say we end, innit?

To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep-
No more; and by a sleep to say we end

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Posted by mehrdad at 08:17 PM | London |