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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

"I hope I die..."

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is I for "I hope I die...".

I don't often post photos of graffiti here. After all, it is not something that I would want to condone or encourage. However, I was amused by this message that has appeared in Stamford Street in Ashton.

"I hope I die before I become Pete Townsend" is a wry reference to the 1960's pop group The Who. Their song "My Generation" included the line that seemed shocking to some at the time: "I hope I die before I get old."

Unfortunately the graffiti artist has mis-spelt the name of Pete Townshend, guitarist and song-writer with The Who, performing alongside Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. Townshend is still very much alive and is approaching 67!

The graffiti has appeared on the wooden shuttering that surround the former Stamford Street Methodist New Connexion Chapel which had started to have re-development work done to it, but this work has been abandoned and the building left in a state of limbo.

A fine photo of the chapel in better times can be seen here (14th photo down).

See Google Street View of this location.

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  1. That is funny that they misspelled his name. I'm a terrible speller so I can relate to the person that did that. I like creative graffiti as long as it's not violent. It depends on where it is but I think some spaces like underpasses can look better with graffiti. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  2. Ironic isn't it?

    I is for Ice, please come before it melts.
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  3. I remember seeing this back in October and in fact photographed it see http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2674376 I'm surprised it is still there. I wasn't aware it was a quote from a song.

  4. Pete just recently sold the rights to his songs, presumably so he'd have enough to do other stuff. This is a very funny bit of graffiti!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Great graffiti. We need to be careful what we say because it may come back to haunt or make fun of us.

    Darryl and Ruth :)


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