The horrible wall & the local shopping…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s combined food item and insult is – You muffin dunderhead!…
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You know, I really should post more of my photos…
I take pictures all the time, well not all the time of course, but fairly frequently. I do try to show them here – you dear reader are my only audience, but I seem to take more of them than I can fit in between all the other silliness I perpetrate on these pages; as a result I find that I am about fourteen months behind with showing them – yes, I really must try to sneak a few more in!
Here’s one from January 2017 – not a brilliant one, but now I can cross it off the list.
No, no, I have changed my mind! I’m going to show you two pictures from January 2017 instead of just the one – the second one isn’t brilliant either, but at least that’ll be two of the buggers crossed off!
Look out, here they come!

Goodness me! What a dirty horrible wall! It’s quite a tall wall too, isn’t it?
I suppose this is one of my ‘arty’, ‘compositional’, ‘textural’ pieces. Do you revel in its raw unpleasantness as I do dear reader? The red, the spoiled white, the living muck, the creeping crusty drips…
I’ll bet you are wondering what this marvellous thing is. Dulltown is very flat, it’s on an alluvial plain you know, so when the railway needed to cross one of the main roads they built a steel bridge and dropped the level of the road to go underneath it, creating a short tunnel. This is one of the walls inside – hence all the evidence of seepage and efflorescence worming its way through the bricks. The bricks – they are all nicely laid in ‘English bond’ by the way – alternate courses of stretchers and headers…

And here’s a bit of ‘local colour’ for you.
To be fair to the Golden Bengal, a few days after this picture was taken they did give the upper storey a new coat of paint (perhaps they spotted me photographing it?) and it looks a lot nicer now. As for the establishment to the left – ‘news, food & wine’ – what more could one want in life? I note two things of interest: the ‘England’ flag in the upstairs window of course, but also the fact that the proprietors have chosen ‘ice cream’ to be prominent in their window display – perhaps ice cream is unusually popular in this area?… But briefly back to the subject of brickwork – look at that attractive original string course of pale brick running across the tops of the upstairs windows, oh, and the decorative wooden facias on those gables. I’ll bet these buildings looked so elegant a hundred years ago!

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to The horrible wall & the local shopping…

  1. David Manley says:

    the creeping crusty drips eh…I think I might have seen them playing at JB’s in Dudley back in 75….

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Art is everywhere…Interesting window dressings in the windows!

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    So pleased to hear we’ve got such a big backlog to look forward to, Dave!

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