the ancient empty street’s too dead for dreaming

things have changed

I finally sat down and started a new series, much in the vein of the ‘you see, davis’ set, but this one being situated in the town where i was born (and hence called as such). actually burnt oak isn’t really a town, it’s a suburb, a part of london still lost in the middlesex postcode, long after middlesex has been wiped off the map (i suspect this is what ahmedinedjad really meant by that phrase). This is also my entry for illustration friday this week, the theme being ‘opinion’. I am glad that my opinions change over the years, that even though i am very opinionated I can still change my point of view. Or maybe my mind is just drifting along and ultimately doesn’t care about any opinion either way. Maybe we will never find out. For example, I hate arsenal, but actually felt sorry for them this week. Oh who am I kidding. Anyway i think it was muhammed ali who said, the person who thinks the same at 50 as they did at 20 has wasted 30 years of their life. Or something like that. I’ll find out when i’m 50 i guess, when i’ll probably think that was all bollocks.

10 thoughts on “the ancient empty street’s too dead for dreaming

  1. Keith says:

    Glad I stumbled across this site. I grew up in Burnt Oak aswell from 1970 to 1982. The library there was a big part of my childhood. Haven’t been back since, but really like your artwork, instantly recognisable. Any of it for sale?

  2. petescully says:

    Thanks Keith. No, nothing for sale – yet. I am looking into selling some prints online, and also drawing a lot more old Burnt Oak pictures. The library was big for me as a kid too, and the last time i went back home they had changed it beyond belief – quite ugly, too. Place is a dump now, but it’s still where i’m from, inescapable.

    • Keith says:

      Well, inspired by this site, I took my daughter (8 yrs) to see where I grew up yesterday. First time back there in twenty-something years and I must say it’s almost exactly as I remember it! Had an enjoyable chat with Mr Hasan in the gents clothes shop which had not changed one bit since the 70’s. And lets not forget that in the 70’s, the shop had not changed one bit from the 40’s! The library was shockingly bad, the downstairs is now a benefits office (complete with security guard / bouncer!) and the upstairs is what I imagine a prison library would look like. Apart from that, it was great to see all the street market / green grocers still doing their thing and I’m looking forward to a return visit soon…

      • petescully says:

        Yes, the library is bizarre now isn’t it! Glad that Hassan’s is still there, i thought it was closing down. One shop that hasn’t changed in the slightest since I was a kid is Vipins. I always make a point of popping in there when i’m back, to look at pens. I’ll be gutted if that ever closes.

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