Cromer ‘Priceless’ Banksy mural defaced

Cromer ‘Priceless’ Banksy mural defaced BLOG Saturday 16th July 2022


‘Priceless’ Banksy mural in Cromer, Norfolk, defaced with obscene graffiti by vandals

By Ben Turner & Steven

A ‘priceless’ Banksy mural has been vandalised in a British seaside town – with penises and “Andrew was ‘ere” sprayed alongside the artwork. The image of hermit crabs holding a sign reading “luxury rentals only” was created on a sea wall in Cromer, Norfolk, last summer.

But Banksy’s artwork was vandalised at the weekend as obscene graffiti was daubed along the sea wall. Blue, black and yellow spray paint was used to draw penises and phrases including ‘Andrew was ere’ and ‘I want a baby’.

Local photographer Steve Hobart said the vandalism was “disappointing” as Banksy’s work was valued in the area. The council has since removed the spray paint, which did not damage the mural as it was protected by a special varnish last August.

The Banksy mural before being defaced© Steve Hobart Photography/SWNS The Banksy mural before being defaced

Steve said: “It’s just disappointing to see really. It’s an amazing bit of beach and it’s a shame someone’s done this.

“In the summer a lot of people come up to see the mural. It’s a traditional seaside town and Banksy’s work is a nice little addition.”

The mural was part of Banksy’s Great British Spraycation – a series of 10 works that the mysterious artist produced along the East Anglia coast. Last August, a vandal splashed white paint on one of Banksy’s murals in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Another mural in the town later fetched a rumoured £2m after being sold to a private dealer.


Top 10 novels told in a single day

From James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Nicholson Baker, the ‘circadian novel’ can pack lifetimes of experience into 24 hours

By James Clammer

Recently I had the good fortune to publish a novel based, in part, on the years I spent working as a plumber. After reading it, some of my new literary friends commented, “Ah, so you’re writing in the circadian tradition, then?” I nodded my head – and dived for a dictionary to discover the meaning of “circadian”. It turns out the word describes the process of going around, of returning. Books set within the confines of 24 hours. A day in the life.

I can’t claim that writing such a work had been my intention. In seeking to bring to life the world of manual labour – a world not over-represented in modern fiction – I’d found it necessary to focus on the minute and the granular. If we can have police procedurals, why can’t we also have plumbing procedurals? And quite quickly this technique of the tight focus, the super closeup, found itself being played out within the characters themselves, and their stories. There’s a freedom, after all, to working within limits, and perhaps the most important limit is time itself. New possibilities for compression open up; opportunities for strange amplifications. Lo and behold, and without quite realising it, I’d created a work of circadian fiction.

Why don’t more writers do it? It sounds common but, in fact, it isn’t. Here I’ve gathered together 10 examples deserving of measurement against the finest atomic clock.

  1. Ulysses by James Joyce
  2. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
  3. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
  4. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  6. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
  8. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  9. Pincher Martin by William Golding.


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



  1. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Happiness is…waking up to find a Banksy on your outside wall.


What did the mayonnaise say when the refrigerator door was opened? Close the door, I’m dressing.


Love is…a couple of romantics.


Do something every day that makes you happy.


A time to tell the story of 24 hours in a novel…A time to tell the story of a lifetime in a novel.





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