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“AFA”, Birmingham: poo-brown paint

“AFA Security Systems” burglar alarm, Birmingham • A mournful corner of one of Birmingham’s many surviving brutalist quarters, housing a poor old AFA alarm that’s not only rusty, but effaced with poo-brown paint. Hardly worth protecting with pigeon spikes you’d think, but there they are in all their grimy glory, adding yet another layer of dolour to the scene. • Spotted: Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5, England, 2005 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Birmingham Ladywood

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    • There’s certainly a load of dark brown rust under the logo and around the edges. But it also looks as if there’s stuff over the logo – as if someone’s attempted to obliterate it with a thin wash of paint, or semi-scrubbed it off. Admittedly I didn’t climb up a ladder to check – but I’ve come across plenty of other burglar alarms where people have painted out or otherwise effaced the logo (subject of a future theme), so it’s a fair guess…

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