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Pretend shops Bushmills | by Ormeau 1
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Pretend shops Bushmills

It's a sad comment on our economic situation and the fact that the big supermarkets stock everything from apples to Apple macs, that so many small shops have disappeared, particularly in rural towns like Bushmills, leaving so much dilapidation behind. When in Bushmills recently I saw the installation of these amazing pretend shopfronts that hark back to more colourful and rustic times. Unfortunately the sun was reflecting off the metal panels but you can get some idea of the beautiful artwork in them. Apparently the team photographed local people and old objects in Causeway Books whch is a treasure trove of quirky old objects. The owner told me that the little Oxo box I had just bought appears in one of the panels.

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Taken on May 21, 2012