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Friday, May 19, 2006

Tiles of London' Underground

Talking of squares, it should be obvious I like tiles. Too much.

I can look at mosaics all day, which come to think of it isn't very long, so I can actually look at them for longer. But I can also look at just tiles for hours. Plain tiles. Little one square inch green tiles covering a bathroom, or larger black ones surrounding a bath, or glazed white ones on a porch pillar, etc.

My business project in college, for Finance & Accounting no less, was for tables topped with tiles that would be homemade and fired. That was a long time ago and I never actually made such a table though they appear to be ten a penny nowadays.

Once upon a time I spent many nights with a razor blade unveiling a tiled fireplace that had been horribly painted over for years.

While the London Underground doesn't compete with Moscow's for beauty, I've always liked the Tube. Because of its tiles. But somebody else like it more. Much more. The last few days I've enjoyed the London Underground's Edwardian Tile Patterns on You might too. Makes me want to go to London.

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