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Friday, 30 June 1989

The Awards Evening


‘The Motive’ – Then Jerico



 

People have said my new hayre is really nice.

 

Today, Daniel and I went to The Duke’s Head Hotel and began to set everything up for the evening’s (£8.50 per head) meal and awards.  And, apart from loads of hassle over where the band (They Say) would go and where the disco would go, we did quite well.

 

Later, we went to Daniel’s where we changed and I wore some fantastic black tie stuff: dinner jacket, wing-collar shirt, bow-tie, black trousers (quite baggy in a cool way), black shoes and my white spats.  I think I look the best I’ve looked in years, especially with my hair gelled back.  I felt ‘very good’.

 

This evening, we all had a fantastic time. 

 

We began with dinner which was great, followed by proper awards, handed out by Damaris Grenfell from the KLCA/Fermoy Centre.  And, as voted for by my peers, I won two awards: Best Set Design (Macbeth) and Best Playwright (The Chinese Play).  I was also nominated in loads of other categories (Best Director, Best Actor and Best Sound Operator).  

 

Larry was with us and he gave a rousing speech about how far we had all come and how far some of us would still be going next year – under his tutelage, he vowed, which had us all cheering and whooping (well, most of us!).  The clapping almost refused to cease.  Even TS2 applauded, perhaps sensing the reality of a room full of people that love him.  

 

Afterwards, They Say played a set (including some Rocky Horror stuff), then, after I read out Julian’s message of love and thanks to everyone for a brilliant year, we had the silly awards.  In the humorous dept. I was nominated in Sexiest Male and Best Stage Snog (with Donna Davidson – for Macbeth).

 

We all had a fantastic evening – and I even arranged a satellite link with Berwin Groomstool (for 'all those at the Puke's Head, heh-heh, gerrit?') which seemed to go down well – and everyone got totally and utterly pissed.  Afterwards, Jonny, Jodie, Daniel and Natalie (back together) and Josh Wilde stayed at Sally Watson’s + played ‘sexies’…

 

‘It’s Alright’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

God, despite the unhappy circumstances of late, it is sad to see (some of) TS2 leave.  I’ll miss them.  Josh Wilde, splintered and befriended.  John + Tom Gray, who have, indeed, been good friends to me at times.  Dorrie Robbins who I didn’t always get on with, but I do love.  Rhoda Baker, Natalie Palmer and Bianca White – my wonderful witches – farewell!  And Simon Lewis too, who isn’t even doing Drama – of any kind – all the very best.

 

The thought that there will now be a new TS1 is actually quite disturbing.  Worse still – and this has only just occurred to me – there’s going to be a new and no doubt quite competitive BTEC/Performing Arts 1.  I hope my group will strive to grow and do even better next year; we can’t rest on our laurels.  I refuse to believe that there will EVER be a better Performing Arts group than ours.

 

But when shall I see them all again?  Well, a long time from now.  I hope all the old faces will return next year (some have said they might not). 

 

Ah, life is a beautiful + wondrous thing.  I shall miss enjoying it without my friends though.

 

Tonite, drunkenly walking along with Jonny + Daniel in the hard-hitting torrential rain.  Eating kebabs, courtesy of Daniel, and just having a good laugh.  Dancing with Jonny who yells, ‘Move over to Simone Vevrier!’  Giving Larry a bag of rotten samphire.  Seeing the gleeful faces receive their awards.  A whole department having fun again: happy and united.

 

Today was good.  For all of us, I hope.

 

I think I rang Flash tonite.  I’m not sure.

 

God, the Awards Ceremony went so well.

 

Interesting Facts:

DONNA DAVIDSON confessed to me at the Ceremony that, apparently, from Sept ’88 to Easter ’89 she had constantly fancied me.  God.  I never realised, did I?  Probably obvious, but, crikey, I didn’t notice it because – I guess – I wasn’t looking for it.

 

There are more interesting facts to come, including: Daniel Abbott’s confession; why Donna Davidson got off with Flash at Christmas; what Jonny did after the Awards Ceremony…

 

Later:

 

‘Voodoo Ray’ – A Guy Called Gerald



 

Oh aye, someone’s leaked Larry’s ‘trial’ thing to the EDP which is unfair.

 

Anyway, where was I?

 

Donna ‘Dave’ Davidson wanted me over Christmas, and at New Year in Ciren, she got off with Flash not simply because she liked him a lot but also because he was the only other person she’d met who was anything like me.  It was the closest she felt she could get.

 

DANIEL ABBOTT’S CONFESSION

He told me he wished I’d played ‘Riff Raff’.  Isn’t that sweet?

 





 

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Next time: ‘Rudderless…’

Thursday, 29 June 1989

Pritt-Stick Porno





 

Today, Jonny, Daniel and I went into Lynn and did our final shopping for prizes for the comedic informal awards for the Awards Evening.  We bought some stuff from the Sex Shop for certain awards + they gave us a free Porno Pocket Book, the contents of which we Pritt-stuck to Nigel Cameron’s locker.  Much to his embarrassment.

 


Astra came over this evening to cut my hayre, and it’s really nice; very trendy and very 1930s.  So that’s the fourth time it’s been cut this year.  Anyway, Astra and I chatted at length and she shocked me when she told me that only last week she and Danny had had a pregnancy scare!  It stunned me.  Astra – pregnant?!  Well, at least it turned out that she wasn’t and it was just that ‘late period’ business.  This brings me to one conclusion: EVERYBODY has to go through that same nightmare at least once (Ritcherd + Suzi, Flash + Raquel, etc). 

 





 

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Next time: ‘The Awards Evening…’

Wednesday, 28 June 1989

Fanny Batter


9.30pm

 

‘Love Resurrection’ – Alison Moyet



 

Daniel + I have been making table plans and kidding-on Jolene + Kat that they will be segregated from the rest of the group and given a children’s menu with fish fingers + chips and suchlike on it.

 

Jolene is gorgeous.  Though I’m pretty sure that Daniel fancies Kat…

 

EXCHANGE OF THE DAY:

 

Legs: You bastard, Jez!  You’re always stirring things!  I’m gonna buy you a big wooden spoon.

Me:  And I’m gonna shove it up your arse!

 

HORRIBLE/CRUDE ‘THING’ OF THE DAY: Fanny batter.

 

Today we watched the video of Sunday’s R.H.  It felt a bit crap, actually.

 

SHOCK!

Donna Davidson’s broken her fanny!  I’m really not going to go into details, although she was happy to…

 

SHOCK!

Stan Flowers just rang.  He wants me to go and stay at his place in a few weeks.

 

Yeah.  Will do.

 

Flipping heck!

 





 

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Next time: ‘Pritt-Stick Porno…’

Tuesday, 27 June 1989

Dealing with Cameron


9.30pm

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASH, all my love, Jez xxxx

 

I’m listening to Ash’s ‘Ocean’ and it’s lovely.  You’d better get me a copy of Are You Real Or Just A Dream soon, I beg of thee, Ash…

 

Later:

 

‘Give Me An Inch’ – Hazel O’Connor


 

Emma’s cut all her hair off + dyed it auburn since we split up + now she looks dead unfanciable!

 

I have to write to Maggie.  And Natalia Wnek, too.

 

Lately, Jonny, Daniel and I have had this thing for Make-Up teacher Simone Vevrier.  She’s ever-so pretty.  Ever-so lovely.  And it’s been like a race to see who can get ‘so far’ with her…  Well, ‘so far’, she’s kissed me – on the lips! – to say ‘thanks’ for nominating her for the Make-Up Award and she’s put her arm around me at least four times and is constantly smiling and winking at me.  Jonny’s well jealous.

 

But now they’ve both cottoned on to my desire for Jolene Morse and suddenly seem to fancy her too!  Crikey me!

 

JONNY

He’s great.  I think his ambition in life is to get a TV series together, something like The Comic Strip Presents, in which I write the material and he acts it.  Well, it’s nice and flattering that he wants to work with me.

 

I’M TIRED NOW.

 

I’LL BE BACK ANON.  Bye.

 

Later:

 

‘If Only’ – Hazel O’Connor


 

It turns out Jamie Davenport isn’t involved in the campaign against Larry after all.  He will not be with the others for the case and this seems to have been a fabrication on their part.  I’m pleased about that.

 

Anyway, I’ll be there for the hearing.  I’ve been asked to speak on Larry’s behalf.  I’m glad, too.

 

It doesn’t stop here, though.  Donna is well-furious that people she once considered her friends are now making her out to be a habitual drug user.  It’s even been claimed that Nigel Cameron has asserted that Jonny Badcock + Larry Goodgirl have had sex with each other!  Jonny went mental + was ready to beat Nigel to pieces.  Instead, today, he, Julian + I broke the code on his locker + filled it with water.  We then found Nigel in the Drama Studio, where we wrestled him to the ground before trussing him up on a spit (like a cow or a pig that needs to be roasted), taping up his mouth, blindfolding him, putting him in the lift and taping him to the walls, and then sending him up to the Principal’s floor.

 

Later on, we noticed Nigel had swapped his old, wet locker for a new one.  So we put a new padlock on his locker and now he can’t get to his stuff.  He has no evidence that it was us that did it.

 

But it was Julian’s last day of the first year today.  He took Jonny + I to Larry’s house in the car.  Larry was very ill-looking (it made me quite sad to see him looking so depressed), but we all chatted and he’s being very optimistic about his case.

 

Before he left for home (and beyond), Julian gave me a sealed envelope to read out at the Awards Evening.  Wonder what it says.  He left it with me because he’s on holiday now and won’t be there; he goes to Spain tonite to visit his family.  He’s a nice guy, y’know.  See him in the ‘new’ ‘year’…

 





 

[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 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: ‘Fanny Batter…’

Monday, 26 June 1989

My Fantastic Life


LATE AT NIGHT, ABOUT 11.50pm

 

‘Left To My Own Devices’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

The birthday present from Emma was nice.  But, in retrospect.  Inna final analysis…

 

Argh!  BASTARD!

 

I need to buy Watchmen again now, don’t I?  I think I’ve lost it. 

 

YEURGH!

 

And I need to buy The Dreaming LP again, cos my bloody bestest Kate Bush LP is babbered on.


Scratched to bastards.  And the cover’s ripped to high, mental, brock scissors.

 

Well, I’m 19 now and I feel tired and tireder.

 

BUT THIS:


Traffik is a good TV series.  Great theme tune by Tim Souster.

 

The Drama Awards Ceremony is on FRIDAY.  Yippee!

 

At present, all three of myself, Jonny and Daniel are very ‘interested’ in Make-Up teacher Simone Vevrier.  But more of that later…

 

I must say though, my life really is FANTASTIC.  I’ve loved it.

 

Right now it’s all: Larry scandal, Simone Vevrier, Rocky Horror, Emma, Maggie, and Jonny.

 

Jolene’s going to write to me in the ‘holidays’!

 





 

[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 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: ‘Dealing with Cameron…’