Category Archives: Pictorial Saga

My Pictorial History (9): Bohemian

Finishing Axis and And Allies (for now) – June 2002
The onlt relic from my short stay in Leeds, Winter 2002-Spring 2003
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I got a part – the black sailor – in A Tasse of Honey, Penrith Theatre, 2003

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London 2004 – I had two squats to myself – Dorothy Road Clapham & Bulwer Court, Leytonstone
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Some of the Gallery / 414 posse, Leytonstone

Inside Clapham Library

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Sending off Axis and Allies to the powers that be

Partying with Nichola, my friend from Carlise who lived on Bulwer Court and found me the squat

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Fighting my Dorothy Road eviction – Battersea and Chelsea housing associations had merged, but the title deeds didnt have that new name, winning me a couple more months

I had a job as as as a steward – Chelsea and Fulham games

Pay what you like theatre in Battersea on Tuesdays) – it would take the Edinburgh Fringe a few years to catch up with the idea

The legal Kevlar armour of the Section 5 – pinned on the doors of my squats
My London band – Armitage Shanks – I thought wed get free advertsing everytie people went to the toilet until I found out someone was already using the name)

Parting with Charlie in London – a Clitheroe lad moved to the capital who sorted me out lets say

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One of my girlfriends from the London period (there was a few – I was 27)
On getting kicked out of my squats it was off to Italy –
My sketch of Ostia, near Rome

My Pictorial History (8): Epic Poet

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With my gran, late 2000
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I began work on Axis & Allies in Royal Tunbridge Wells, early 2001
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Stevie Vickers AKA Victor Pope, from Barnsley College, one of my flatmates in Tunbridge Wells
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Revisiting the Tunbridge Wells bookshop in 2019 where I used to buy books to fuel my epic
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In my flat at 34B Camden Road, with Duggie from South Africa
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A profile of DBB done by Kate, early 2001
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The poem wasn’t always called Axis & Allies

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Meeting up with Kate & Gran in Brighton, 2001
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Mi mum & mi gran in London, 2001
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Squeezing 9-11 into my epic poem began the process of making it VERY epic – October 2001

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On Monte Cassino, Italy
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On my return from Italy I began seeing Alice in Tunbridge Wells 
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Being overpaid by TW council funded my European composition trips then my journey to India – I think it was the Muses work

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Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanyakamari- I would soon begin transcreation his Thirukural
At the feet of Thiruvalluvar 2013)
The copy of Thirukural I picked up in Madurai

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On the boat to the Andaman Islands – Duncan R) Jimmy Van de Mer R)
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Jimmy Van de Mer r(ight) on the Andaman Islands
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Phil, Kate & Steve

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My Pictorial History (7) : Brighton

 

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My Brighton band – Chris Baldy from Barnsley College was on guitar
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My favorite walk was the Brighton to Lewes over the Downs hike & back – the photo is looking back on Brighton
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Descending into Lewes with Emily, 2019
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My trainjumping map for 2000 – I was approaching the peak of my UK skillset
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My Brighton girlfriend, Kate, in the bath

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With gran & best mate Nick, summer 2000
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The evolution of Testamundi Imperatrix, my Keatsian ode to the British empire, composed in Brighton 1999-2000

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Getting caught shoplifting red wine in Brighton

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My trip to Provence & the start of Axis & Allies, May 2000

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My trip to the Waterloo battlefield, June 2000 – at the end of the month I moved on from Brighton

My Pictorial History (6) – The Sable Rose

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Visiting my unofficial godson in London in 1998, Adam, son of Nichola & Lee, fans of Sphere, my Carlisle band
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Tim & Alison – a couple who befriended me in Portsmouth, 1998-1999

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A portrait of me by Alison
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Odd Job Man – Portsmouth
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Jamming with Pete & Tim
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Tim getting caught fare evading in Portsmouth

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Working on THE SABLE ROSE – my first ever major poem – a 140-strong sonnet sequence
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Busking in Chichester
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One of the pictorial images Tim & Alison created for my sonnets

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My handwritten, mud-coated line-up for Glastonbury 1998

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Burnley 1 Blackpool 0 – 28/11/98 – from a poem published in the Burnley Express

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Sonnetically remembering a trip from Burnley to Amsterdam with the lads in 1998

My Pictorial History (5) : The Death of Shelley

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My first proper poem…
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Me at 21
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My travle kit – for my first ever adventure abroad

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My notebook for the poem – bought in Florence
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I begaqn composing the poem in Florence

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In Pisa – 2017
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Byrons grottto, Portovenere, 2012
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The clifftop wher mu soul fused with poetry
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The Norman church, Portovenere

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Viareggio – the beach where Shelley’s bopdy was washed up
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In Rome 2011
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The Forte Prenestina in Ropme – my base for the final stanzas

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At the fort in 2018
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Insdide the fort in 2018 with Michael Beeson
Revisiting Shelley’s grave, 2009
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The grave of Keats – the Protestant Cemetery, Rome
Revisiting Shelley’s grave, 2017

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My Pictorial History 4: Acid Daze

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One of numerous psychedelic sketches & drawings made in 1996 – a year drench’d in LSD

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My ‘contacts’ list in the days before mobile phones
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Off to uni & a Popular Music Studies BA at Barnsley – I moved into 66 Sackville Street – my room was in the attic room above facing the street in the photo
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Me & Chris Baldy – Kula Shaker is probably on in the background – one of my paintings in the bottom left corner (all are now lost)

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Forge FM in Sheffield: I used to DJ/MC a late night weekend slot after partying hard

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Weekend ‘Wind-Up’ & ‘Wind-Down’ – inbetween was the rave around Sheffield

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My Pictorial History 3: Carlisle

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My first girlfriend, Jane Holdworth, with my beloved Grandma Joan, c.1993
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With Jane, best mate Nicky & a load of Jane’s pals, Newquay 1994
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After Janes dad got a job teaching in Sanqhuar, we set up home in a bedsit together late ’94 – flat 6, 6 Chatsworth Square – from where we attended Carlilse College
One of my earliest paintings
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By Eli

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My band, Sphere – top left author, David Mark, top right famous online music teacher Scott Devine

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A young Byran Dick, future actor, in the audience
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After the gig

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My Pictorial History (2): Burnley Boy

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Rosegrove Infants, c.1982
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7 Arran Street, the family home from 1984-97
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Mum & Dad down the club – bingo & beer

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Showing off my early football skills at Pwlleli Butlins
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The old, industrial heart of Burnley, beside the River Brun

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Under 15s County Schoolboy – the only boy from Burnley that year

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My favorite eaterie ever – Yips Chips on Accy Road – sadly missed!

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Work experience at the Burnley Express, 1992 – I was born a poet, not a journalist (or footballer)

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The first XI of the Habergham Sixth Form
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After a few months at Habergham & a bit of strife with mi mum, I dropped out & went to stay with Michel in London for a few months – my wanderings had begun!

My Pictorial Saga (1): My Two Dads


The Life of Damian Beeson Bullen


 

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My Algerian dad, Michel Derileux , London, 1975
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Me & mi mum, Burnley, 1977

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The back garden of 54 Melrose Avenue, Stoops Estate
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My Burnley dad (centre back), David Bullen, in the army (UN)

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At mi Mum & Dad’s wedding with my wee cousin Clare – her dad, Jeff Sumner, would go on to be mayor of Burnley
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Officially adopted – Damian Brett Sumner is now Damian Brett Bullen
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Meanwhile, Michel married a Scot’s lassie from Falkirk & stayed in London
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Hello my wee sister Aimee, born May 1980
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Fun with mum

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