The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 16 April 1990

Somewhat Slightly Dazed

EASTER MONDAY

MORNING

‘Room 410’ – The Wonder Stuff

OH GOD.

DO YOU LOVE ME, MARY-JANE FERGUSON?

OR DO YOU LOVE MICKEY?  OR BARRY?

FERGIE…

Later:

‘Letter To Hermione’ – David Bowie

Big thanks to Lou and Kev Moorhouse (my aunt and uncle) who are keeping me tonight

LETHAL WEAPON II is a wonderful film.



And I’ve been listening to Kev’s Bowie LPs (the ones I don’t have).





[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: ‘Fantasist gibberish…’

Sunday, 15 April 1990

Strange Stan

10.30pm



‘Heroine’ – Sinead O’Connor

[This hurts – Lilith, 1992]

Does Fergie know that she’s one of the greatest things that ever happened to me? 

God, why am I so suspicious?  But then I wouldn’t be so narked off if I didn’t feel there was the possibility of something going on, would I?

‘The Sun Rising’ – The Beloved

This morning I awoke from strange dreams of the next universe and of having sex with Kat.

I’ve rung Betty and she tells me that whilst I’ve been away, Larry has sent me a letter and Spock has been trying to get in touch, as has Stan Flowers Lampwick (or whatever he’s called these days).

Why should STAN get in touch?  Strange.  And where is he these days?


[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: ‘Somewhat Slightly Dazed…’

Saturday, 14 April 1990

From Flying to Falling

EVENING

‘Don’t Ask Me Why’ – Eurythmics

DREAMS
Last nite, I dreamed I was staying over at Dave Brown’s having returned from Yorkshire.  He came in late at nite and apparently he’d just been to the WENNS with Barry, where they had obviously seen Fergie and Kate Lesser.  Dave wouldn’t tell me what Fergie had been doing, but he was definitely keeping something from me. 

I still get this sick ‘gut’ feeling that she got off with Barry (or something of that sort).  That’d suit Sandra and Cheggers down to the ground; two lots of best mates, a nice foursome.

I should trust her, but if I did then I reckon I’d just be denying what I truly feel: suspicion.

I have given her my love and she has hurt me in return.

‘Lovesong’ – The Cure

I’ve just spent ages writing letters.

I wrote to Minty in Preston, Maggie, and Natalia Wnek.  I also wrote one for Wendy Mackintosh, but I don’t know her address.  Bugger.

I also wrote to Amy Neat, as promised, and told her my feelings about our relationship.  As friends, obviously. 

I’ve rung Abby MacMillan twice for Jonny (no success, she wasn’t in).  As I was in the phone box I thought I might as well ring Amy and say hello, but she wasn’t in either.

I didn’t have the guts to ring Fergie.

I rang Jonny, anyway, and he’s told me to give up on ringing Abby for him.  Okay, sunshine, I will, but why the sudden change of heart, I have no idea.

I told him of my fears over Fergie and Barry.  He said to me, ‘I don’t know what you’re playing at, mate.’

I said: ‘I don’t know, either.  Probably me just being over-suspicious.’

He said: ‘Well, I would be, too.’

I told him then that I had been planning on asking him to go to the WENNS to keep an eye on things.  He told me he would have gladly done so.  He asked me if I wanted him to go this coming Friday.  I said, yes, but only if that was okay.  He said he would.  Good lad.  Now that’s a mate.  I do love him.  And if I go back home before Friday, then we’ll both go in.

Later:

If I love Fergie so much, then why don’t I trust her?  Hmmm.  Maybe it’s because I love her too much? 

Or maybe I just see too much of myself in her…

Anyway, here’s a song for you, chiddies.

At the heart of hope
All I wanted to know
Was had the arrows of another
Pierced your soul?

It’s all well and good
And you would if you could:
But what I want to know is
Have you done so?

I’m falling over bodies falling at my feet
And you’re the one and only who can keep me sweet
I’m so tired of this half-time that we’ve spent
When do I get your hundred per cent?
Is my life so dull you just don’t wanna know?
Does my Sell By date say it’s time to go?
Just tell me, pretty baby, just say no, no, no
We’ve gone from flying very high to falling down so low

Later:

‘O Fortuna’ – Carl Orff

I watched EXCALIBUR today, and it’s fantastic!



How will I feel tomorrow?

Wait and see.


[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: ‘Strange Stan…’

Friday, 13 April 1990

Mad Love EP

BLACK FRIDAY 1990

EVENING

‘Some Sad Someone’ – The Wonder Stuff

I’m still staying at my Gran’s – going over the road now to ring Fergie at last.  I’m missing her terribly. 


I’ve written her a letter telling her that if she ever wants to go back to Mickey or decides to fall into the arms of another, then she really needs to tell me and keep nothing from me.  I’ll post that on the way to the phone box. 

Later:

A BIT LATER

‘What Kind of Fool’ – All about Eve

Just rang Fergie.

She went out with Cheggers, Sandra and their mate Barry the other night.  She enjoyed it so much, she’s now lending this Barry loads of records and videos when she meets him TONIGHT!

If they get off with each other or if he tries anything (which doesn’t seem remotely outside the realms of possibility), I’ll go fucking crazy.  I really will.  Someone will get fucking hurt.

GET AWAY FROM HER, BASTARD!

Shit.

Sorry.

I just don’t want to lose her, and this…  Well…

I thought I had faith in her but, to be honest, taking last week’s events and all the things into consideration and all the things she’s done with me over the last two months now, well…

I don’t think I trust her.  With Barry (who I knew at school).  Oh my god.

I know she fancies him.  She said so the other week in the Wenns and shit shit shit shit shit shit shit – he’s a nice bloke, but if she and he ever…  Oh Christ.

‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ – Deacon Blue

If they get off together, I doubt I could ever be more angry about anything in my whole life.  The worst of it is that I know Sandra was trying to get Fergie and Barry together before I arrived on the scene.  And he’s suddenly getting into Kate Bush now…  And offering to give her guitar lessons!

And they’re meeting tonight!

He’s all she fucking needs – a bloody musician.

If he touched her, GOD!  I’D HAVE HIM KILLED.  I really would.  I’d pay to have him undone – and I even know people who could do it for me. 

I don’t think I’ll ever trust her now.  When I ask her how tonite goes.  I’ll just be thinking she’s lying.



LIFE’S A BITCH.

Later:

‘De-Luxe’ – Lush

I’m very tempted to ring Jonny Badcock tonite and have him go to the WENNS for me to watch over them in the pub.  I haven’t yet because it’s probably a bit much to ask and he probably won’t do it.  Yes.  It is a bit much, I suppose.

I’m getting really ‘possessive’ and it worries me.  I’ve never been like this before.

Oh aye, and Fergie’s mate Shelley is pregnant.


[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: ‘From flying to falling…’

Thursday, 12 April 1990

One-faced Raquel?


Today, I went out to Leeds and Raquel came with me.

I went to Odyssey for DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE



…and other good shops, such as SHERREP AND FUCKHOFF, ONE WORLD, BAD, SHOCK, and other pretty places.  Oh aye!  And BOODLE-AM.

It was fun.

This evening, here at QPD (now staying at my Gran Winterfood’s), I finished a letter to Fergie.


[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: ‘Mad love…’

Wednesday, 11 April 1990

Two-faced Raquel

‘Wise Up! Sucker’ – Pop Will Eat Itself

STAYING AT FLASH’S

LAST NITE’S DREAM
I was walking from The Walks at night and two people who were walking dogs were in front of me.  One of them had a huge Dobermann and the other had a small pooch type-thing.  I walked in-between the two, just as the Dobermann attacked the pooch and I was caught in the ‘crossfire’ and viciously bitten.

Today, Raquel visited, but she got pissed off with Flash about me being here (taking him from her).  Then, to my face she told me she didn’t mind me being here at all!

I miss Fergie, you know?  Incredibly so.  I think she is such a part of me now and worth retaining at all costs.  I don’t ever want to let her go.

But how does she feel about me?

I adore Fergie.  I bloody do!


[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: ‘One-faced Raquel?’

Tuesday, 10 April 1990

Skin Complaints

‘I Am The Walrus’ – The Beatles

LAST NITE’S DREAM
Oh aye.  I came home to find a girl from College (whose name I don’t know) waiting for me.  Needless to say, we ‘had sex’ with each other.

I went to the doctor’s today and he gave me some cream for my TEST OF COMPASSION rash.  Yeah, it’s still there.  Harmless, but there.  It turns out to be a fungal skin complaint, like athlete’s foot in a way, but on the torso and arms.

My spots are pretty shitty at the moment, incidentally.



Anyway, I arrived in Yorkshire tonite; visited Paul, saw Martin (my cousin), and came to Flash’s where we did our usual thing of reading our diaries to each other.  A glorious retrospective – and great to see him again.


[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: ‘Two-faced Raquel…’

Monday, 9 April 1990

Fashioning a Future

PWEI

‘Can U Dig It?’ – Pop Will Eat Itself

Today, I had lunch with Larry at THE TUDOR ROSE to finally see him off.

We discussed ways in which I can get the FRANKENSTEIN project moving and maybe even look at ways of touring it.  He certainly has contacts at the Buxton Festival, so if nothing else that might be an option.  I also talked to him about ‘getting into’ comedy, maybe doing the character stuff I’ve been talking about with Flash.

Oh aye, Larry’s offered me a job as a lecturer/director to work (on his behalf) with his inherited theatre company.  He wants some fresh ideas injected into it.  That might kick off in August – and it sounds very good, too.

‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ – Public Enemy

I s’pose I might go up to Yorkshire this holiday, and make the most of it.  After all, I leave Tech in 7 weeks.  By that time, we’ll have done FRANKENSTEIN and might even be planning a little tour if we can make things work.  Then, once we’re into summer, I’ll move down to London and work for Larry.

Yep.

Yorkshire then.  After all, it’ll be the last time that Flash and I’ll be together in this now five-year-old form of friendship.  After this, things are likely to become rather distant between us, with me leaving college and him going off to Oxford.

So.

I hope we get a few good final ‘sessions’ together.  After all…  Gosh.  The Situation.  Me and him.  I think this’ll be it for us doing tapes and writing stuff together for a long time yet to come. 

Basically, when I leave Yorks. this time, Ritch and Flash will be all but at an end.  From here, we travel apart and in different directions.

And that’s no bullshit.

MAKE THE MOST, DUH TWO LADS!


[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: ‘Skin complaints…’