I am currently visiting Chicago, a city that prides itself on its public works of art. Everywhere you go you can see beautiful, thought provoking works of art on public display. The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 700 works of art exhibited in over 150 locations around the city.
The Seven Stars Pub in Brick Lane was for as long as I’ve known it, a sad and lonely place. This was a time before the hipsters colonised Brick Lane. The Seven Stars was always empty, just the odd stall holder, pensioner and ‘Wolf Man’.
“The streets shall be our brushes – the squares our palettes”
Parliamentary and local elections in Sweden are expected to show a general shift to the left – but also a sharp and worrying rise in the vote for the fascist Sweden Democrats.
‘I won’t lie, I was truly scared, but my fear was nothing compared what the liberation freedom fighters or the young Portuguese army recruits who refused to fight went through. I’ve thought about it a lot – would I do it again? I can honestly say yes.’
Today – Thursday 10 July 2014 – more than 1.5 million public sector workers are on strike. They are striking against austerity and are saying “enough is enough”.