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1 day ago

Collector Says Banksy Mural Cursed His House

This article originally appeared on artnet News.

by Sarah Cascone

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Banksy, Spy Booth, Cheltenham. Photo: lamentables/Flickr.

The homeowner who became the inadvertent owner of Banksy's Spy Booth when the anonymous British street artist chose his Cheltenham house as a canvas says the artwork, valued at seven figures, has been nothing but trouble.

Featuring three trench coat-clad spies listening in on the phone booth in front of the Waterproofing Gauteng mural, the piece, which appeared this past April, is a reference to the country's nearby intelligence headquarters, the GCHQ (see Suspected Banksy Pokes Fun at Government Surveillance).

Speaking with local radio station Swindon 105.5, homeowner David Possee lamented the painting's appearance, claiming "it all unraveled when this mural appeared on the side of the property."

His attempts to protect the artwork were hindered by bureaucratic red tape courtesy of the Cheltenham Borough Council. "They didn't come up with any sort of ideas," said Posse. "I suggested Perspex but they said it's against listing consent. They just said, 'You can't put that on there,' and I was threatened with a fine. They offered no alternative."



The home is in a state of disrepair, and Possee claims to have been fined over the state of the cement wall bearing the painting. When he tried to fix it, however, "we had the scaffolding up and then we had a huge panic in Cheltenham thinking I was going to cut it out, which was not the case" (see Banksy's Spy Booth Headed to Auction Block).

"I've said right from the beginning I think it deserves to stay in Cheltenham," Possee insists. "If Cheltenham wants it, Cheltenham can have it. But I need to get on with my own life. So buy the building off me."

Of course, Posseee does have at least one offer: local businessman Hekmat Kaveh had agreed to buy the home for $1 million mere hours before it was vandalized on August 1 (see Vandals Completely Deface Banksy's Spy Booth). The deal was reportedly delayed by the Borough Council's investigation into work being done on the home.

Following the vandalism, the Gloucestershire Echo reported that Kaveh had enlisted Banksy restorer Robin Barton to remove the silver graffiti and was still looking to purchase the property. Last month, Kaveh's application for retrospective planning permission for the Banksy mural was approved, over Possee's objections (see Banksy's Spy Booth Mural Cherished and Perserved in Cheltenham).

"The Banksy was created without permission," Posse complained at the council meeting, claiming the work was "not just unauthorized, it involved the commission of a criminal offense."

"It has caused me significant financial problems, the building is currently empty, uninhabitable and the damp proofing needs to be carried out on the flank wall," he added. "The serious state of disrepair is a current danger to passing members of the public."

The council tells a different story, with Martin Chandler, team leader of development management for the council telling the Independent that Possee had been warned for three months prior to the painting's appearance to fix the wall. "There has been ample opportunity for Mr Possee to discuss a positive way forward for the mural but unfortunately this has not happened."

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

Pets :: Considering Termite Pictures Online

Having termite pictures at your disposal when you believe you have a termite infestation can be an excellent tool in identifying these horribly devastating little creatures. Here are a few common iguana sicknesses that require veterinary attention immediately as well as sufficient medication. Here are a few common iguana sicknesses that want veterinary attention immediately too as sufficient medication.



Some boas can reach over 12 feet in length, while species such because the rosy boa only reach 24 inches as adults. The queen also lays her eggs and can live for upwards of a decade producing a huge selection of eggs each year. These areas then become dark gray or black and start to break off. While they look for an escape route they usually scratch and rub their noses around the wire, glass or plastic tank enclosures. Getting rid of these kind of termites is essential as winged reproductives can lay thousands of eggs at on one occasion and hatch time is quick, so you could have an infestation grow within a few days.

An adult boa ought to be fed every 12 - 14 days while new born snakes need feeding weekly. These termites are known as reproductives and so are in charge of laying eggs that may insure the continuation of the colony. Killing the king and queen won't destroy the colony since other female termites lay eggs also and there are other queens ready to adopt her place.

4) Thermal injuries or burns: If you are not careful when installing the sunshine bulbs or hot rocks within your pet's cage, then these areas can be easily exposed and therefore could cause burns through contact with them. Once you know exactly what the termite looks like, then you can take measures to obtain rid of them. They will settle inside the blood contained within the gastrointestinal tract which can be very dangerous. Parasites, like other diseases, should be treated immediately.

6) Parasites: Parasites certainly are a common cause of death in iguanas that are located in captivity. They seem like small ants but with wings. If your pet is continuously confronted with a damp and filthy environment, it may become infected with all the blister disease. Killing the king and queen won't destroy the colony since other female termites lay eggs too where there are other queens ready to adopt her place.

How big do boas grow?. The queen also lays her own eggs and can live for upwards of ten years producing countless eggs each year. These termites are classified as reproductives and so are accountable for laying eggs that may insure the continuation of the colony. In captivity they can be fed exclusively on rodents such as mice, rats, as well as rabbits for large specimens. Getting rid of these kind of termites is essential as winged reproductives can lay a large number of eggs at on one occasion and hatch time is quick, so you can have an infestation grow within a matter of days.

Page 1 of 2 :: First - Last :: Prev - 1 2 - Next. Once you understand exactly what the termite looks like, then you can take measures to obtain rid of them. Once you know exactly what the termite looks like, then you may take measures to obtain rid of them. Termite pictures will show you the specific qualities of each type of termite and enable you to consider action quickly before they can perform a lot of damage.

3 days ago

A Definitive List of the Different Types of Deer

You are driving through a densely wooded area, filled with twists and turns, and, out of the blue, you see a startled deer, running helter-skelter. Frightened by the glare of the headlights, the animal looks vulnerable. You brake hard, and wait till the deer finds its way back into the safety of the woods. Deer are known to be timid animals, and if you live in an area that teems with deer population, then you may have looked for them either to hunt or know and photograph them. Let's know more about the deer of this world.

White-tailed Deer in Grass Field

4 days ago

Fashion / Style :: Greek Symbols In Silver Jewellery

Ancient civilisations hold fascination for many people today. There were aspects of these societies that were extremely advanced and our forefathers lives were of course the roots of many of our lifestyle habits today. When it comes to jewellery, whether this is silver jewellery or gold jewellery, there is so much amazing evidence and history of it across these great ancient civilisations.

The Greeks for example had started using gold and gems around 1400 B.C. But before this they had been skilled at making jewellery from animals and shells. Today if you travel to Greece you will see a multitude of jewellery shops with ranges of silver bracelets, rings, necklaces and gold jewellery that has a special quality about it. What is also apparent is that the ancient superstitions can still be seen today in some jewellery designs.

In ancient times the Greeks wore jewellery on special occasions and it was worn predominantly by women. By around 300 B.C. They had become masters in simple but colourful jewellery using pearls, amethysts and emeralds especially. Their jewellery at this stage was more straightforward than other cultures and there were also signs of cameos around this time which were created from Indian Sardonyx, which is a striped pink, cream and brown agate stone. As their workmanship progressed designs became more elaborate.

Jewellery was often expected to protect the wearers from the Evil Eye or even give the wearer supernatural powers. Of course apart from this like other societies it was worn as a sign of wealth, beauty and status. The Evil Eye however was a belief that the envy elicited by the good luck of fortunate people could results in their misfortune.

Apart from wearing jewellery to protect themselves the Greeks had other rituals to ward off the Evil Eye. A healer would cast it away by silently reciting a prayer which would have been passed over from normally a grandparent of the opposite sex! The tradition says that if the person is afflicted with the Evil Eye both themselves and the healer will start yawning profusely. If this is the case the healer will then do the sign of the cross three times and also spits in the air three times. The Greeks had another test to check the Evil Eye which was by using olive oil. Normally olive oil will float in water, and in this test one drop of oil is placed in a glass of holy water and if the drop floats there is no Evil Eye. However if it sinks that there is and the ritual must be performed.

Apart from this belief there were older pieces of jewellery that have been found were dedicated to the Gods. The largest production of jewellery in these times came from Northern Greece and Macedonia. Another aspect of Greek belief that has been integrated into their jewellery right up until the present day is the Owl. The Owl is considered very important as The Owl of Wisdom. There are museum reproductions which show us the combination of the owl and also the olive branch in Greek Jewellery two of their most important symbols side by side - wisdom and peace.

In Greece today another symbol carried through on their silver bracelets, rings and necklaces is the meander, which is the greek key and this symbolises the eternal flow of things. They certainly do not lack in symbolism!



6 days ago

South Africa Construction Chemicals Market Report 2016 - Analysis, Competition Forecast and Opportunities 2010-2020 - Research and Markets

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5kplz6/south_africa)

has announced the addition of the "South

Africa Construction Chemicals Market By Type (Concrete Construction

Chemicals, Flooring Chemicals and Waterproofing Chemicals), By End User

(Commercial, Infrastructure and Residential), Competition Forecast and

Opportunities, 2010 - 2020" report to their offering.

The construction chemicals market in South Africa is projected to grow

at a CAGR of over 6% during 2015 - 2020, on account of increasing

infrastructure development and rising construction activities across

commercial and residential sectors in the country.



Construction chemicals are a class of specialty chemicals added to

construction materials for improving quality, durability, chemical

resistance, and other physical and chemical properties of a concrete

structure.

Construction chemicals market in South Africa is anticipated to witness

strong growth during 2015 - 2020, due to rising construction activities

in residential and commercial sectors, coupled with implementation of

government initiatives for development of urban centers, schools,

hospitals, dams, educational institutions, ports, roads and railway

networks. Eco-friendly building practices are gaining popularity in the

country's construction industry, thereby driving demand for innovative

construction chemicals that have minimal carbon footprint.

In 2014, concrete construction chemicals accounted for a majority share

in South Africa construction chemical market, and the segment is

anticipated to continue its market dominance through 2020, owing to

increasing applications in new construction projects and repair &

maintenance of existing buildings.

In 2014, Gauteng province was the largest regional market for

construction chemicals, due to rising urbanization and trade activities

in the province. Sika, BASF, StonCor, Technical Finishes and Chryso are

few of the major players operating in South Africa construction

chemicals market.

Market Trends & Developments

Rising Focus Towards Decorative Epoxy Floorings

New Product Developments

Rising Demand for Eco-Friendly Construction Damp Proofing Johannesburg Chemicals

Increasing Public and Private Sector Investments in Construction

Technological Developments in Construction Chemicals

Key Topics Covered:

1. Research Methodology

2. Analyst View

3. Product Overview

4. Global Construction Chemicals Market Overview

5. South Africa Construction Chemicals Market Outlook

6. South Africa Construction Chemicals Market Segmental Outlook

7. Market Dynamics

8. Market Trends & Developments

9. Import-Export Analysis

10. Policy & Regulatory Landscape

11. South Africa Economic Profile

12. Competitive Benchmarking

13. Competitive Landscape

14. Strategic Recommendations

Companies Mentioned

- BASF Construction Chemicals South Africa (Pty.) Ltd.

- Chryso South Africa (Pty) Ltd

- Evonik Degussa Africa (Pty) Ltd

- Mapei South Africa (Pty) Ltd



- Multi Construction Chemicals (PTY) LTD.

- Normet Africa (Pty) Ltd

- Sika South Africa (Pty) Ltd

- StonCor Africa

- Technical Finishes

- W.R. Grace Africa (Pty) Ltd.

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5kplz6/south_africa

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160208005784/en/South-Africa-Construction-Chemicals-Market-Report-2016

6 days ago

A Definitive List of the Different Types of Deer

You are driving through a densely wooded area, filled with twists and turns, and, out of the blue, you see a startled deer, running helter-skelter. Frightened by the glare of the headlights, the animal looks vulnerable. You brake hard, and wait till the deer finds its way back into the safety of the woods. Deer are known to be timid animals, and if you live in an area that teems with deer population, then you may have looked for them either to hunt or know and photograph them. Let's know more about the deer of this world.

White-tailed Deer in Grass Field