The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Thursday, 27 September 1990

Fascinating Rhythm

My No.1: ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ by Bass-O-Matic


 
Captain’s Personal Log:

 
Went out with Johnny, Amy + Missy to The Woodman’s Cottage tonight.  Just good fun.  Played pool and enjoyed it.

 

 
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Next time: ‘Trek Replaces Who…’

Wednesday, 26 September 1990

Encounter at Farpoint


‘I’m Free’ – The Soup Dragons

 
Captain’s Log, Stardate 1990.
 
Ace news!  George BakerBetty’s ex-husband – may well be taping me some of the ‘original’ TREKs from SKY.  GROOVEY!
 
On top of this, ST:NG was on today: ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT.
 
 
SKILLAFOOMACKER!
 
 
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Next time: ‘Fascinating Rhythm…’

Tuesday, 25 September 1990

Lilith Rumours

LATE:
 
‘Tell Me What You See’ – The Beatles
 
I worked at the lorry yard this morning and babysat this afternoon.
 
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION starts tomorrow.  I can’t wait.  I’m into STAR TREK more than anything else at the moment.  More than DOCTOR WHO, even.
 
Johnny rang tonite.  So did Amy.  Nick Valentine has been to see Lilith, apparently.  Ooh.  Her American ‘ex’.  Risky!
 
I wrote to Gemma Winchester and Jo Jordan today.
 
More work at the lorry yard tomorrow.  BLLLPPPPTTT!
 
 
 
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Next time: ‘Encounter at Farpoint…’

Monday, 24 September 1990

The Voyage Home


I still haven’t posted Maggie’s card.

 
Later:

 
‘I Need You’ – The Beatles


 
Well, I went into town today and bought the STAR TREK IV video.  And I love it.


 
I’ve also remembered that I’ve got to post Flash his money – but is he at home right now or at Oxford?
 
Shite!
 
Later:
 
Peter Conti rang tonite.  To say goodbye.  He starts Uni tomorrow.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Rumours…’

Sunday, 23 September 1990

Stan Trek


It’s Maggie’s birthday today.  I haven’t posted her card yet.
 
Later:
 
'The Sensual World’ – Kate Bush

 
 
Well, today, after sex with Amy (in which the condom split – DAMN!) and breakfast, we all (Amy, Johnny, Missy and I) went into King’s Lynn (where we briefly saw Darren Marsh) and then on to Barnes Bysea to see what we could see in the pouring rain.  Such as: the theatre, the sea, a tea room with scones in, amusement arcades…  Mostly, Johnny and I indulged in lots of memory swapping. 
 
On all our car journeys, we had Kate Bush playing – particularly stuff from The Sensual World LP – which was all very evocative of this time last year.  And as I haven’t really listened to much Kate since about January, it felt very nostalgic.  I know I look back on ’89 with considerable scorn (academic achievements excluded), I recall that those days from September to December were steeped in magic.  All we really had to do was enjoy ourselves, flitting from party to party.  Until we eventually all forgot we were friends and drifted apart.  Back then, it was me and Johnny; Julian, Una, Jamie, and, of course, Gemma.  Then Stan.  There were more of us, but these spring instantly to mind.  And will any of us ever forget crashing at Julian’s house after Gemma’s party at the Hungry Horse in Necton?  I miss those days now.  Days when every one of us seemed to love Kate Bush.
 
 
After Barnes Bysea, we returned to Johnny’s and watched the last episode of BLACKADDER GOES FORTH and THE COMIC STRIP’s OXFORD. 
 
 
Then Stan and Michelle called to pick me up (we’d made arrangements over the phone, you see?).  Michelle’s best mate – Sam (from Peterboro’) was driving, and took us back to Stan’s parents’ place, Badger House; my return after 2 years, and it was lovely to see Annette and Siegfried, I’ll add. 
 
‘Come Together’ – Primal Scream

 
So Stan and I sat talking rather philosophically for ages.  We then started reminiscing: his lost weekend with Gemma, the last term of 1989, and so on.  Soon we’d covered: music, Sugarblood, our changing lifestyles, his new and tidier (more individual) image, his job-hunting.  Sam and Michelle had a lot of catching up to do also, so we were all happy.
 
We all ate Sunday roast with Sieg and Annette, and afterwards, Stan and I sat alone in the parlour with Kate Bush on the tape-deck, settling our dinners with nostalgic conversation.  We confirmed to each other that we’re still great friends and I invited him to come over and stay soon.  We briefly discussed Michelle, for whom he cares a great deal, but he felt sad that for most of the weekend she’d ignored him in favour of Sam.  I think it upset him, but I told him that this is always the way with old friends and that he needn’t take it to heart.
 
Next, we all had a smashing game of TRIVIAL PURSUIT, and then it was goodbye time.  Sam drove me back to St Mary, en route to Peterborough.  Thing is, on the way back she proved herself to be a massive DOCTOR WHO fanatic and so we swapped addresses.  Hopefully she’ll come over and watch some videos soon.
 
Arriving home, I was distressed to accidentally tape over my STAR TREK IV recording before I’d even had the chance to watch it!
 
 
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Next time: ‘The Voyage Home…’

Saturday, 22 September 1990

Sex and Philosophy (But Mostly Star Trek)

‘Loaded’ – Primal Scream

 
Today, I bought the latest NEMESIS THE WARLOCK comic (colour reprints for the US market) and treated myself to the CIC Video of STAR TREK III – THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, which I’d never before seen, all in excited anticipation of this evening’s TV premiere of STAR TREK IV – THE VOYAGE HOME. 
 
I also bought a reduced price novel of STAR TREK V – THE FINAL FRONTIER. 
 
Incidentally, I’m currently reading STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE and it’s brilliant.
 
 
So I got home and I watched III and at 8pm I started videotaping IV – and bloody Anglia cut off the first two minutes of credits, etc.!
 
'Another Girl’ – The Beatles
 
At 8.10pm, I went out with Johnny, Missy and Amy to the Fair, then to The Angel.  After a drink, we bought some booze, a Chinese, and hired a video - PET SEMATARY - and came back to Johnny’s.  The film was still brilliant and had us all in tears (more than it ought to have, really).
 
 
 
After the film, we all retired to bed.  I slept in the spare room with Amy and, needless to say, we indulged in a great deal of sex – enjoyable, too.  And we coupled it with some really nice philosophical conversation.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Stan Trek…’

Friday, 21 September 1990

Autons and Axons


3.30pm
 
‘I Me Mine’ – The Beatles


 
Johnny wants me to go out with him ‘n’ Missy ‘n’ Amy on Saturday nite, but I can’t.  Nor can I join Stan tonite.  Why?  Because I’m FUCKING BABYSITTING.  AND I DON’T HAVE A CHOICE ON THE MATTER – NOT UNLESS I WANT TO FUCK EVERYONE OFF AND SPOIL THE FRAGILE FAMILY PEACE.  I HATE IT!
 
It’s fucking Shite!
 
Later:
 
‘LFO’ – LFO

 
Well…  I bought REVOLVER today, which was good.  I also got Jack to give me his TV recording of STAR TREK II – THE WRATH OF KHAN.
 
 

I’m very much into STAR TREK now.
 
Tonite, I babysat.  Spock came with me, but he was a bit down. 
 
 
We watched DOCTOR WHO: Part Four of Terror of the Autons and Part One of The Claws of Axos. 
 
 
We then talked for ages as we often do.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Sex and philosophy…’

Thursday, 20 September 1990

Stanward?

My No.1: ‘Working Class Hero’ by John Lennon


 
Stan rang tonite.  He + his girlfriend are at his Mum’s and they’ve asked me to go over tomorrow nite, but I can’t as I’m going to babysit for Chip.

 
WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1989
WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1988
WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1987
WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1986
WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1985

 
[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: ‘Autons and Axons…’

Wednesday, 19 September 1990

Take Three Girls

LATE
 
‘Fascinating Rhythm’ – Bass-O-Matic

 
The novelty of being home has worn off now.
 
Mind you, I had an interesting time which featured the following characters: Elbow, Amy Neat, Johnny Badcock, Mary-Jane Ferguson, Lilith, Missy, Mrs Badcock, Sally Watson, Danny Abbott, Gemma Winchester, and Natalia Wnek.  Yes, you might be able to tell I popped into NORCAT.  I’ll tell all later. 
 
Oh, Donny Goodfellow rang tonite.  He’s pissed off about not being able to get a job and I obviously sympathise with his plight. 
 
Oh, I must also tell you about this girl at Tech today.  But it’ll wait.
 
Later:
 
'Naked in the Rain’ – Blue Pearl

 
I rang Elbow today to tell him all about this PRISONER thing on the radio. 
 
Then I got a bus to Lynn (after briefly seeing and speaking to Mary Wallis).  On the bus, I sat with – of all people – James Abbott and we talked, but it felt like surface level chit-chat.  School was four years ago now. 
 
At NORCAT, I located my folders.  I then went over to see if I could locate Amy or Lilith at Donna’s old digs on Tennyson Avenue.  I actually bumped into Pip and she found Amy and Mitzi for me.  Amy’s changed her image somewhat and looks better for it.  I was very happy to see her and we spoke for five minutes or so.  I also briefly said ‘hello’ to Sally Watson who’s looking incredibly healthy this year.
 
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – Sinead O’Connor

 
I then went off to Johnny’s house, chatted to his mum, and met him as arranged. We then returned to Tech where we chatted with Amy, Pip, and Missy.  Then Danny Abbot came in and we spoke for a while.  He looked rather messier than usual.  Soon, Fergie found me and we talked, then Lilith joined us which was a bit odd and quite tense.  Apparently she and Fergie often compare notes about me and slag me off!  Nice, eh?  I then walked Fergie up to the Art rooms and we talked for ages more.  She hasn’t stayed loyal to her Cartoon Boyfriend at all.  I steered us onto the subject of ‘us’, trying to sound out the territory, really; wanting to know what she feels about me.  Could there ever be any kind of relationship for us?  Like before?  Fergie got quite aggressive about it, refusing to tell me what her feelings are for me; saying she’ll never tell me.  When she said she had no intention of boosting my ego, I read between the lines.  Soon, she softened and we talked vaguely about distances, but unfortunately we had to part at this point.  As I turned to get the lift, she virtually demanded a hug from me and we embraced long and hard.  I still feel a great love for her.   She might even be the biggest heartbreaker in my life in many ways.  Day to day, I do miss Fergie a great deal.
 
'You’re Going to Lose That Girl’ – The Beatles
 
 
After Tech, I went to Amy’s room and explained my predicament of having great affection for all three of Amy, Fergie and Lilith; of wanting to spend time with them all.  Quality time.  And I do love them all, but in differing ways.  I have a tremendous animal lust for Amy; I love Lilith as a close friend and other unclear things; and I… Well, I am in love with Fergie.  In love.  And I wish she was in love with me.
 
Amy and I talked for ages.  It’s funny: Fergie and Amy hate each other, Amy and Lilith don’t speak, and Fergie and Lilith have a relationship based on bitching me off.  Amy summed it up as three women being jealous over me – full stop. 
 
I then went to see Lilith and was able to explain myself more clearly to her, better able to explain my feelings.  She’s missed me like hell.  I feel something so deeply for her, and I have no idea if I fancy her as much as I think I do.  She’s so… different.  To anyone I’ve ever known.  It challenges me.  As she and I left to go our separate ways, she hugged me longingly and I found it hard letting her go to meet her mates.
 
I returned to see Amy and – predictably – we ended up in bed, naked and caressing each other’s body.  Nothing too naughty/rude, though.  That would probably have been pathetic.
 
‘You Like Me Too Much’ – The Beatles
 
 
Later, Johnny drove me home.  Amy and Missy came with us and Missy insisted I show her the CHINESE PLAY video, so we all watched that.  Johnny tells me that Gemma Winchester has been asking about me.  He says she seems very ‘interested’ in me. 
 
Anyway, I received a postcard from Leeds that says this:
 
‘DEAR RITCHERD,
 
WHAT CAN I SAY?  AN APOLOGY DOESN’T SEEM ADEQUATE ENOUGH, BUT I AM SORRY FOR LETTING SO MUCH TIME + DISTANCE COME BETWEEN US.  I HOPE IT’S NOT FATAL.  AS YOU CAN SEE, I’M IN (ALMOST) YOUR HOME TERRITORY AT THE MOMENT, RELAXING AFTER A HIDEOUSLY DEPRESSING TWO MONTHS BACK HOME.  I’LL BE IN TOUCH WHEN I COME HOME, BEFORE GOING BACK TO UNI.  TAKE CARE,
 
NAT X’
 
I don’t honestly know what to think.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Stanward…’