Category Archives: Pictorial Saga

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
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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