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Ian curtis

18-5-80

love will tear

us apart

 

Ian’s original curb stone was stolen in 2008 – this is the replica replacement.

Somewhere in suburbia, under a framed grainy b&w photograph

Is the ultimate fan shrine, carefully arranged, tenderly tended.

 

What uncomfortable bedfellows we keep when we’re gone

Fate brings us to be eternal neighbours of the renowned

So Walter, who finds himself deceased in Macclesfield

In May 1980, lands himself next to the famous ‘selfish bastard’

Who had screwed up his friends' first tour of America

And lumbers Walter with unwanted attention

A spilling mishmash of hippie detritus:

Candles and plastic flowers, chains and cigarettes and hand-written notes.

 

A similar uncalled for fate awaited Stephen

Resting peacefully enough until Derek Jarman is deposited next to him.

The well trodden fan-trail slimes its silvery path from Prospect Cottage

Derek’s house at Dungeness, on a beach road next to the nuclear power station

Famous for being the second largest shingle beach in the world

Next to Cape Canaveral

The natural thing to do then, is to pick up a pebble from Dungeness

And take it to the Jarman grave to balance atop his grey slate

Except most tourists fail to spot that the helpful churchwarden

Eager to keep things tidy, or perhaps with a wicked swipe

Brushes them over onto Stephen, just to add to his burden.

 

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Taken on November 8, 2026