It is sweeter to wander with the wretched and outcasts than to sit crowned with roses at the banquets of the rich
Elisee Reclus

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Feminist Graffiti on Rotherhithe New Rd, London SE16

The Ruinist spent some of their late 90's time living near this probably mid or late 80's radical feminist graffiti under the rail bridge on Rotherhithe New Rd, London SE16 by the Rotherhithe Industrial Estate.

Although The Ruinist would pass it by many times a week, The Ruinist now has now no memory of what it said. In looking again for it The Ruinist thought it was the classic 'Curfew On Men' feminist graffiti that was ubiquitous in London at this time (as common as the 'Republic Now' graf that also featured heavily round South London!). The Ruinist can see the word 'Feminist' in the remains of this classic white paint and brush slogan. Does anyone remember what it said?

The Ruinist was in those days also partial to the two other 90's graffiti's that appeared along Rotherhithe New Rd. The first on the then wooden fence before the coming of the retail park there that was put up on the night of 17th January 1991 when the US began bombing Iraq in what's now known (totally tragically) as the First Iraq War. The slogan ran (and also in two other places close by on Old Kent Rd): NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR. The second favourite was the green spraypaint KILL BNP SCUM that was on the white tiles of the railway bridge opposite the junction with Raymouth Rd. That was done at the time of the BNP / NF being active in The Blue in Bermondsey just up the road with regular paper sales for a short time. Soon seen off though:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


 Throw away the middle classes
Throw away your seeing glasses
And all go home
 Throw away your great disasters
Cut away the rafters
Throw away your father's ashes
Throw away your greener grasses
And all go home
 Throw away your homes and gardens
Throw away your hearts and minds
And all go home


Monday, January 06, 2014

Brixton Christmassacre

The Ruinist in their everyday travels often saunters gaily or slithers melancholicly down Barnwell Rd in Brixton SW9 on their way to no-one knows. In a kind of sick and obsessive fascination or morbid compulsive curiousity, The Ruinist observes the latest domestic knick kancks of style that come and go on the road. Once a road of much more proletarian-done-well terraced residences in neat and functional 'workers cottages' (some might say), Barnwell Rd has become over the last 20 years one the best views of gentrif(r)ied Brixton at it's most Yuk! The Ruinist oft refers to such roads in Brixton as 'The Colonies' as here is the gentrifrying colonising class in action.

Here follows a Christmas Photo Essay of one thing that could in fact be of another thing. Today The Ruinist observed on their usual rat race run through the place, an excessive number of dumped Xmas trees forlorn and no longer upholding 100% use-value. There were 13 evicted Xmas trees strewn along the road without a care to say 'We had one and now we don't and here it is!'. Instead, the tree, formerly alive before the Xmas chop, is now on its way to an early grave in the landfill. No longer Harking the Herald Angels. No longer the Season to be Jolly. Good King Wenceslas was no longer Looking Out. Not even to be chipped and re-integrate into bourgeois styles of overly-pruned rounded petite tree in glazed ceramic pot surrounding by grey granite slabs and grey chipped stones and wood chips straight outta TV aspirational reality gardening programmes. Zero maintenance.

The other thing this could be is a study of The Ruinist's much hated conspicuous overconsumption displays of stuff, of 'things', of too much. Nestled in the pictures are the very common Barnwell Rd feature, the front garden storage metal shed (not cheap! £300 to £400) or plain common wooden shed (very neat). Having bought your £600,000 three bedroom flat in New Brixton, you would need more storage space because you have TOO MUCH STUFF.

As some Surrealists had said before:

 'Having been found injurious to the human spirit these buildings have been condemned'


Monday, December 02, 2013

The Most Boring Playground So Far

The Ruinist continues their drifts from playground to playground. Although The Ruinst appreciates the tough infill site this scheme nestles in, this one completed earlier in 2013 in Mouraria, Lisbon with play furniture made in Finland wins the Homelesshome award of the most boring playground found so far. More soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Five photos found in a bin in Tulse Hill - Janauary 2013