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Tuesday, 31 October 1989

Gemma's Hallowe'en Party

MP REHEARSALS

5pm-7pm: PAGES 23-30

Later:

‘Dream Within A Dream (CD Version)’ – Propaganda


Well.  MACBETH a year ago.  Phwoar, and all that?!

Gemma’s party was a hoot and a jape.

Who went?
Me, Johnny, Julian, Stan, Emma, Chloe Attenborough, Una Baker, Gemma (obviously), Charlotte, Tom + John Gray, Caroline Clifford, Harriet Burleigh, Jamie Davenport, Peter Conti, and Nigel Cameron.  I think that was the lot…

It started off as a bit of a sober do, then it got very boozy and crazy (Johnny and I attempted to scare the hell out of Emma by pretending we were going to kill her).  Jake, Gemma’s brother arrived and he played his PROPAGANDA CD for me, which was fantastic (and I’m pretty sure some of the mixes were different to the LP).  Lots of party-type things went on: dope, blue movies, psychic experiences, ghost stories, pumpkins, Kate Bush LPs, arguments, etc.  Finally, Julian ‘got off’ with Chloe Attenborough – probably – it’s not been confirmed that they’re an item, but Julian is pretty sure that they are.

Later, after I’d gotten a bit depressed about Gemma spending all her time with Tom Gray, I told Una Baker my opinions of Gemma and my weariness at Emma’s ever-constant presence.  Una told me she’d taken Emma aside earlier and told her that she has to accept that ‘quite a few girls’ fancy me and that she can no longer exert any control over me.  Emma told her that she understood that, but if I ‘got off’ or ‘went out’ with anyone she would be VERY bitter towards that person.  After this conversation, Una tried to ‘get off’ with me, but I had Gemma fully on my mind.

 

Oh well, over all, kids: HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!


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Next time: ‘Ritch and Gemma…’

Monday, 30 October 1989

Ritch's Day With Gemma

MP REHEARSALS

11am-12pm: INTRODUCTION SCENE

12pm-1pm: PAGES 30-33

Later:

7pm

‘Black Mountain Mist’ – The Mission


It’s strange.  And sad.  When a pillar of your life disappears for ever.  Stranger and sadder still when this happens in your absence.  No matter how great or small that pillar, or whether it was a pillar you had noticed so much of late.  I spent a great deal of time with this pillar in my past, though, in my childhood.  It’s sad to know it’s gone…

Sam, our dog, died last night.  He hadn’t lived with Jack, Betty or I since 1985, when Betty got together with Freddie, but he’d soldiered on at George’s side for all these years after.  He first came to live with us in Leeds in 1980 and we had five happy years with him, there, and in Pontefract, Castleford and West Walton.  I last looked after him in ’86 (with Flash) when he came to stay here at BLACKBERRY NARROW.  I last saw him in 1987 when I stayed with George.  Our lovely German Shepherd is gone now.  Barking at that brick of his in the sky.  I am sad, God bless him.  He really was man’s best friend.  I hope George can cope without him.  God bless you, Sammy.

At least George has new beginnings that have come in the form of a new daughter, Anna.

Later:

9pm-ish

‘Oh To Be In Love’ – Kate Bush


Julian just rang.  Johnny’s being ‘odd’ about Abby and won’t go to Gemma’s party tomorrow just because Abby’s not going.  I feel so sorry for him about it all.  Poor sod, I wish it’d all sort itself out.  I hope he does go.

Now for some minor points of news…

Who did I bump into in King’s Lynn today?

I’m not telling you.

But I also bumped into his dad today.

I felt so guilty when I saw his dad, cos I last saw Keith about this time in 1985 after a particularly wild ‘do’ at Tilney St. Lawrence Village Hall, where I broke a door with my fist and Keith ended up having to foot the bill.  I was acting very immature and rebellious and I was pissed out of my skull.  So when I saw Keith, he said to me, ‘So, I hear you’re taking life a lot more seriously now?’  I agreed that I probably was and we chatted in a strange, ambiguous way.  I’m not sure I didn’t feel a bit uncomfortable, actually.  I always liked Keith, I must admit, and he seemed genuinely interested in what I’ve been up to, but I felt… I dunno… distant?  It was perhaps the second ever conversation we’d shared.  It was really nice to see him but I felt ill at ease for some reason.

SO WHOSE DAD IS HE?  He’s the father of my old school mate – one of my best mates ever, in fact – Danny ‘Cheggers’ Chegwin.  Well, I also bumped into Cheggers in Lynn, as I say, and we chatted.  He finally finished with his girlfriend and moved to South Wootton.  He now has a new girlfriend and works in Peterborough.  He tells me Joey ended up with a really crap job, but fell in love with a 29-year-old woman who got divorced for him, and now they live together in King’s Lynn. 

Is life not astounding?

MANSFIELD PARK INTRO and pgs. 30/31 went splendidly today – just a little more naturalism to be pumped OUT, I think!  The cast were very supportive.

‘Jerusalem’ – Sinead O’Connor


I bought the DWM 10th Anniversary Edition.
 

Russia riots + East Germany riots.  The world’s changing.

Johnny just rang me.  He’s pissed off with a lot of arseholes at Tech.  He’s glad I’ve been supportive of him.  Of course I am.  And I shall continue to be.

AND NOW THE HEADLINES…

The air was a little heavy in College today.  Apparently Gemma was being a little ‘offish’ to everyone and Stan was also being strange. 

I met up with Julian and we strode down to Johnny’s and called for him – but he did not answer, so we went back to Tech. 

At break, I saw Gemma and asked her to be involved in my Dance Project with Emma.  She agreed to take part.  I also asked her how she felt after such a weekend and she was very vague.  We arranged to meet for a proper discussion in the Common Room at 1pm.

As it happened, she met me at 1pm outside my lesson and asked me to go into King’s Lynn with her.  In Debenham’s Coffee Bar she told me all about the weekend: how glorious it had felt, the rush of emotions, until finally, after much consideration, she had realised that the full entrapment of involvement with Stan could NEVER be; he’s not really her type.  She said he seems to unstable and she couldn’t bring herself to get involved with him, especially without knowing quite the full extent of that might actually mean.  Nor did it, in the end, feel physically right. 

She feels guilt and regret about it and never meant to hurt his feelings (if, in fact, she even did).  I had to acknowledge for her benefit that such an intense distillation of emotion would no doubt have felt great and may yet feel as great in hindsight.

We then chatted further of ourselves.  She said that a year ago, she’d never have envisaged us alone in a coffee bar alone with her pouring out her heart at me.  We assessed our friendship over the last year (and don’t forget, I cast her as ‘GOD’ in The Chinese Play back in May) and she admitted she didn’t at all like me early on, but now she thinks I’m a genuinely nice person.

‘Strange,’ she said, ‘how your opinions of someone can change so much when you actually get to know them.’

It’s true.  I’m pretty sure there have been times when I’ve been quite UNpositive about her.  But now?  WOW.

She went on to tell me she no longer has desire for Tom Gray and that she hopes her Hallow’s Eve Party tomorrow will be an extension and furthering of Sara’s party.  Ooh, I hope so.  I also hope we’ll create a spooky atmosphere.

‘I Feel The Earth Move’ – Martika


We spent the rest of the afternoon so happily, buying a plastic vampire bat (Patrick) and a spider (Doris) for the party.  We were pretty crazy, as well (as I’ve never seen her before, in fact), charging into toyshops and novelty shops.  She’s really lovely.

The high points of our day were perhaps the things she said: surprising, stunning things.  We spoke of Emma, and I told her nothing would be occurring in that scenario again.  I went on to say that at recent parties (such as Sara’s) I had felt inhibited by Emma’s presence.  Gemma surprised me then by saying she could understand that and that she knew of a few girls who had wanted to get off with me but hadn’t dared to because of Emma.  That really stunned me.  Me?  The pizza with the Comic Relief Nose on?  GOLLY ME!

But listen, it gets embarrassingly better…

Apparently, just as we lads did on the Thursday after the party, the girls assessed the previous evening’s kissing.  I said, ‘I won’t ask,’ and she said, ‘Oh, I think you’d be flattered.  You were voted best kisser and sexiest male.’  She was right; I felt so flattered that they thought that.  It must mean I’m not as much of a dillan as I thought I was.  It makes a bloke feel so much better to know.

ANYWAY, here’s to Gemma’s Hallowe’en Party.

All my love
Ritcherd
Xxx


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Next time: ‘Gemma’s Hallowe’en Party…’

Sunday, 29 October 1989

Stan Cops Off With Gemma

6pm

‘DESTINY BECKONS.  WE RIDE THE BACK OF TIME…’


I’m listening to ‘Is This The Life?’ by the Cardiacs and thoroughly enjoying it.

I’ll take this opportunity to say a few vague things, I’m only applying to one Higher Ed. Place: Bretton Hall.  The rest seem to put me off.  Quite honestly though, I don’t think I can afford to go to any kind of university and again, I’m not entirely sure I want to now.  But money is going to be the determining factor, even assuming I got an interview or was offered a place.  Larry says I should go, but I don’t really think I can count on financial support from the family, so in all honesty I just think I’m paying lip service to an idealistic notion rather than a practical reality.  Heigh-ho.

But more than anything, I want to take a moment to say that 1989 has been the happiest and most optimistic year of my life.  Life, as it stands, is fantastic.  I love the bugger!

It’s now time for Kate’s first LP.

‘Moving’ – Kate Bush


AND NOW FOR THE MAIN NEWS STORY…

Stan rang me earlier on.  And what a little bugger he is.  On arriving back home on Friday, he rang Gemma to see if she wanted to go out with him for a drink to the Wenns.  She did.  So they sat and chatted, talked and talked, and decided that it shouldn’t be just Four Musketeers, going everywhere and doing things, it should be eight: Ritcherd, Stan, Johnny, Julian, Chloe, Sara, Emma and Gemma.  That’s a great idea if we can put it into practice.  These are, after all, the people I would love to spend my final Tech days with.  I mean, WOW!  We could have a GLORIOUS eight months together.  Good idea.  I’m sure we all discovered we’re all corresponding Star Signs or something.  No wonder we’re all mates.

Anyway, down to the nitty gritty.  Stan took Gemma back to his place and they ‘got off’ with each other.  And spent most of this weekend together.  In bliss.  Stan wanted so much to start ‘going out’ with her, but she said a little voice was telling her not to as she doesn’t want to get involved with anyone just yet.  And so she left him, on a happy note, but now he’s feeling confused.  Anyway, he’s getting his hair cut soon (as am I, incidentally) and is planning on staying ‘trendy’.  I think I’m pleased for him.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Ritch’s Day with Gemma…’

Saturday, 28 October 1989

A Letter From The Master

‘Sperm Whale Trip Over’ – A R Kane


AFTERNOON

The prospects for life after Tech are … well, confusing.  Will it be university?  Or will it be … Fish Music?  Whatever I do, I hope Johnny and I will be able to do something – maybe a ‘tour’ – with our Fish Music comedy ideas somewhere in the early ‘90s.  I have this vague idea that if we can sort out how to make the bookings, then maybe me, Badcock, Ward and hopefully a girl (perhaps even Raquel and Flash) could do a series of comedy performances in order to gain EQUITY membership.  Conti would help us write it.  But I do think Flash should be involved in some way, big or small.  Somehow. 

WHO GIVES A SOD ANYWAY?

Sod

Oh, apparently DOCTOR WHO will be back – or so they say – in January 1991.  But the BBC will have ‘sold it off’ by then to an ‘outside’ company.  ZENITH (makers of The Paradise Club) want it, as does CINEMA VERITY (owned by Verity Lambert, the Doc’s first producer).  It’s likely to return with 20-odd episode seasons.  Oh bum.

Later:

‘Deeper Understanding’ – Kate Bush


DOCTOR WHO BOOKS

THE MUTATION OF TIME by John Peel gets an ‘excellent’.

By the way, Julian’s doing well with that Chloe girl in TS1.

Today’s been a little empty. 

THE DEAD ZONE was on and it was a really great film.  Impressed me no end. 
 

A ‘letter’ arrived this morning, well two letters in one envelope, actually.  It was all addressed to me, but on the rear of the envelope were two words: MR. MAGISTER.  Intriguing and enticing.  I opened it and the letters within were worth treasuring beyond all doubt and measure.  They had been written on two separate occasions – 29th December 1972 and Sunday 6th May 1973 – I was holding letters sent to me by Spock, but written by Roger Delgado, the original MASTER from DOCTOR WHO


He had said he would send me them some time ago and I am VERY pleased with them.  Thank you very much, Spock.  They are very gratefully accepted.

 


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Stan cops off with Gemma…’

Friday, 27 October 1989

Tea At Lola's

It’s about 11.30pm

‘Breathe’ – The Mission


I’m finally home after several days – or at least several hours – away…

BEFORE WE BEGIN…
 
Episode One of THE CURSE OF FENRIC, the new DW story, is excellent. 
 
 
MORE!  MORE!  MORE!

Well, as I’m so tired, I can’t be bothered to write very much, but as soon as I am sober of mind, I shall tell you all about my life.  But for now, a simple message:

THE MISSION, KATE BUSH and SINEAD O’CONNOR are GOOD.

 
The Three Musketeers, Dogtanian, and Woman at Benetton Bummers Collection
Tee hee hee hee

Later:

‘Troy’ – Sinead O’Connor


Today, Stan borrowed a shirt from Julian, to go with his new blue jeans.  He really is attempting to tidy up his appearance.  Seems to make a lot more sense to me.  I like to see Stan being logical.  It also convinces me that I shouldn’t be living on both sides as I have been (‘trendy’ for college, scuzzy for ‘weekends’).

We had intended getting up at 5.30-6am-ish.  The alarm did go off and Johnny turned it off and tried to wake us, but then went back to sleep.  DIMMOCK. 

So we eventually set off, dead late, at 9am.  The four us, up to Castleford, where we spent a grand 50 minutes drinking tea with Flash, going to LOLA’S to show Johnny + Julian ‘Mr. Dave’, walking up from Flash’ place with mugs of tea in our hands.




So there you have it.

And it was nice to see Flash, but it was also funny that it felt like a similar trip I took on May 22 1987.  Funnily enough, Flash ‘felt’ like the same Flash as back then.  He was definitely different to when I saw him last: easier, happier-go-luckier.  So we got up to a few pranks on Stan’s tea and it was great to see him, giggling away in LOLA’S.  Haven’t seen him laugh so much in yonks.

Well, after our short stay, we all returned to our respective homes.

I came back to a couple of letters.  The first was from The British Library about The Chinese Play.  I wrote to them last week apologising for the delay in getting a script as them and that I’d get them a copy as soon as I could find a way of getting it typed.  They replied that they appreciated the letter and that they eagerly await the arrival of the manuscript.  I WILL get it to them as soon as possible.

The other letter was from Natalia, who has finally settled in at the University of Essex with a strenuous 9 hours of lecture time per week.  Phew!  Her life seems so strange, she says; all sorted out but with some sort of gap at the heart of it.  It was nice to ‘hear’ from her.

Tonite, I enjoyed BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, strangely enough.
 




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Next time: ‘A Letter From The Master…’

Thursday, 26 October 1989

The Mutation of Time

‘The Fog’ – Kate Bush


Today, Julian seemed to feel guilty about all the kissing, etc. for reasons he really didn’t go into.  In conversation, I told him how I felt about Gemma and that I felt continually closer to her, despite certain ‘distances’ between us in the past.  He said that, yes, Gemma had been wary of me and had never seemed to like me all that much, but now – in spite of her fancying Tom Gray – she seems to be making her mind up about me and opening her eyes, saying I was a nice person.  I hope so.

Later:

My No.1: ‘Rocket’s Tail’ by Kate Bush


Well, today we all departed from Sara’s not quite the worse for wear.  Stan joined the Three Musketeers (me, Julian and Johnny) and, along with Emma, we all went over to Julian’s in Dereham where we breakfasted, showered, etc – and basically collapsed a lot.  We were all very knackered.  After some mouldy crumpets and the dog upheaving all the bins, Emma went down to her dad’s.

We four boys decided to go into Norwich for the day.  This filled me and Stan with a certain amount of trepidation; for me, I don’t know why – I don’t think anyone there wishes to bother me.  But Stan stirred up some considerable bad feeling during his final days.  Like myself and so many others that quitted the Norwich ‘goth’ scene, he left as a bit of an exile.  But Stan is now a real outcast, having made a lot of enemies.

The day went along at a fair pace: lunch, DOCTOR WHO novel purchasing (THE MUTATION OF TIME), and so on.

 
All was well until Stan was spotted by one of his female enemies and we all decided to beat a hasty retreat before he could be properly cornered by any massed force of screaming dickheads.

Back at Julian’s we watched DOCTOR WHO: REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS 1-3, for Stan’s benefit (he’s now getting into the show), but even Johnny thought it was good and he HATES the programme.

 

Eventually, we took Johnny to King’s Lynn, drank tea at his house on Russell St and helped Stan to renegotiate his idea of fashion; he has decided to stop being quite so ‘alternative’ and is attempting to be a bit more ‘trendy’.  He wants to fit in more with the Drama kids and appear more accessible to the girls.  He says he feels more at ease and much cleaner; better, generally, in fact.  Just as I felt in January.

So Johnny gave Stan a pair of blue jeans. 

In the evening, we dropped Johnny off at his Tchoukball training and we went over to Stan’s and talked a lot about life, love, music and many other things.

We also decided that we would go shopping in Leeds tomorrow.  Flash was telephoned and duly notified.

After a long time reminiscing and discussing, we collected Johnny and returned to Dereham where we watched BLACKADDER...


...and DOCTOR WHO (REMEMBRANCE 4 and SILVER NEMESIS).


Stan’s getting well hooked.


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Next time: ‘Tea at Lola’s…’