The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 31 August 1988

In Reeth


‘Down In The Meadow’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

Postcard sent to everyone at BLACKBERRY NARROW


 

‘DEAREST EVERYONE,

I’M HAPPY!  I’M CHUFFED!  I’M RATE PLEASED!

HERE I AM IN A LICCLE CAFÉ AND IT IS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!  WHERE AM I GOING?

COUNTY DURHAM WAS NICE; DARLINGTON WASN’T BAD.  RICHMOND, HERE IN NORTH YORKSHIRE IS EXCELLENT!  THE CASTLE IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE VIEW ON THE CARD IS REALLY BREATHTAKING!  NEXT STOP – MARRICK PRIORY!  WE’RE WALKING THERE TODAY…

ANYHOW!  SEE YOU NEXT WEEK,

 

LOVE,

RITCHERD xx and Flash xxx’

 

Later:

 

‘Two Little Girls From Little Rock’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

This morning, I bought some postcards of RIVER SWALE SEEN FROM RICHMOND CASTLE.  Leaving Richmond, my companion and I (our rucksacks the heavier for our new library of Doctor Who magazines) walked west along the main road to a variety of random destinations, none of which we had really decided upon.  It was very pleasant.  It was also lovely to have the River, following us eagerly along.

 

The hot summer beauty was breathtaking.  All around us was a vast patchwork carpet of green fields, pastures, moorland and forest.  The clouds charged whitely across the sky, and reflecting them upon the green Earth, the sheep bleated.   

 

With the permission of a kind farmer, we found a place to rest by the River, happy in spite of the persistent and rather motley variety of flies that wanted to make sport of us.

 

Heading in the direction of REETH, my companion and I located new lodgings right in the middle of this wondrous green countryside: ELLERTON LODGE.  This was a far more remote residence than either of those we had previously experienced and the better for it.

 

Following a meal at a nearby inn, we returned to our lodgings and sat by the fireside, reading our new magazines and dipping into the books of A.W. Wainwright, before eventually retiring.

 




 

[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: ‘Marrick…’

Tuesday, 30 August 1988

In Richmond


‘One Silver Dollar’ – Marilyn Monroe


 

We breakfasted, eating Traditional English, before leaving for Swaledale and the town of RICHMOND.

 

 


 

The weather was fine, and the coach-ride gently satisfying.

 

‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ – Wagner



 

Once in RICHMOND, we sought suitable lodgings and were advised by a local to call upon the hostess of WINDSOR HOUSE (off Richmond Square, with its church and war memorial), which, like THE ARCADIA was very much hotel-class rather than simple, basic and traditional B+B.

 

In RICHMOND, Mr Gordon and I dealt out our money on a great many bargains (principal among which was a huge pile of Doctor Who magazines, found in the basement of an army surplus store, dating from the period in which he and I had chosen not to subscribe to that publication (basically 1985 – 1988).  We bought the whole lot and shared them between us. 
 

We also drank real ale and made quite merry in the beautiful Castle, which was an inspiration to us both.  I had also bought a cassette of Wagner, which I played on my headphones during the moments I wasn’t with Flash, just wondering around the Norman keep and marvelling at the sites and sounds of Swaledale.  I love ‘The Ride Of The Valkyries’.

 

A walk by the River’s edge, with the Swale eagerly beating its harsh brown way in our own direction, led us to penetrate the lush green suede of nearby woodland.

 




 

[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: ‘Reeth…’

Monday, 29 August 1988

The Holiday Begins


1am-ish.

 

David Sylvian’s Gone To Earth LP is on.


 

‘Upon This Earth’ – David Sylvian



 

 

A LOT TO SORT OUT TOMORROW/TODAY, BEFORE WE GO.  BUT I’VE SPENT ALL EVENING EATING CHINESE (FROM LOLA’S) AND WATCHING THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (WHICH WAS STILL VERY GOOD).


 

BUT, OVER ALL, MIRANDA HAS BEEN ON MY MIND.  IT FEELS LIKE WE’VE BEEN APART NOW FOR AGES AND AGES…

 

I WANT TO SEE MY OLD DRAMA GROUP AGAIN.  THIS DAVID SYLVIAN STUFF BRINGS BACK THOSE EARLY TECH DAYS.  AND JENNY TAYLOR AND ALL THAT NOSTALGIA.  I JUST WANNA SEE THE GROUP AND DO THE WINTER’S TALE AGAIN.

 

NOSTALGIA…

 

I WISH I’D TAKEN THAT CALL FROM ‘THE GIRL FROM COLLEGE’ LAST WEEK.  I REALLY LIKED THE GIRLS.  I LOVED THEM ALL, THOSE GIRLS IN MY GROUP.  BEING A LAZY, SKIVING ARSE DIDN’T ENDEAR ME TO THEM, I KNOW, BUT I DID LIKE THEM ALL SO MUCH.  GOOD PEOPLE.  I HOPE SOMEONE FROM OLD TS2 DOES THE BTEC WITH ME.

 

OH GOD.  I MISS SO MUCH IN LIFE.  LIKE I CAN’T COPE WITH THE PRESENT, OR LIVE IN THE MOMENT, BUT ONLY NOTICE IT WHEN IT’S BEEN AND GONE. 

 

I AM A FOOL.

 

I HOPE WHICHEVER GIRL IT WAS WILL RING ME AGAIN. 

 

I HOPE I CAN CONTACT JENNY TAYLOR, TOO.  SHE’S GOT ALL THOSE LETTERS SHE SENT ME.  I LENT HER THEM ONCE AND NEVER GOT THEM BACK…

 

‘Evergreen’ – Into A Circle



 

I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE, BUT IT’S THE ONLY WAY FORWARD FOR ME.  COLLEGE WILL BE HORRIBLE.  BUT I REMEMBER IT BEING BEAUTIFUL IN THE EARLY DAYS.

 

I MISS MIRANDA WASP SO MUCH.

 

Later:

 

‘No Memory’ – Scarlet Fantastic



At Flash’s

before

‘the JouRney’

listening to

Scarlet Fantastic

and thinking of


 

A strong heroic type, with gritted teeth and eyes that peer into the distance…


 

KING’S LYNN – LONDON: Natalia; Sandy; Stan; Jez; the Astoria; the ‘soul’ men; acid house; smiley badges; Crackle; Rae; the Scots-Goths; the Escalator…

 

Later:

THE JOURNEY

 

Castleford Train Station is cold.  Not freezing, but just that little bit too blustery, on the back of which there’s the promise of an oncoming chill. 

 

AIM: TO BOARD THE TRAIN TO LEEDS.

 

Later:

Moments later…

 

AIM: ACHIEVED.

 

The journey begins.

 

A guard walks by, carrying a teacup.  How much will the fare be?  ‘Under a pound,’ says Danyel Gordon, my companion, knowledgeably.

 

My excitement is underlined by nervousness.

 

Whatever next?

 

Later:

 

‘Ladies of The Chorus’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

Upon reaching Leeds Railway Station, my companion and I cast our eyes across numerous timetables, destination boards, maps, etcetera.  This was fruitful and, consequently, the decision was undertaken to board a train to Darlington and pursue our own route to Richmond from there.  Presently, Mr Gordon and I sit silently, observing the lacklustre bustle of on-board activity.  I have my personal stereo on.

 

‘(This Is) A Fine Romance’ – Marilyn Monroe


 

The journey has not, so far, been unpleasant, despite delays.  These were due to another train, ahead of us and on the same line, ‘failing’ (to quote the guard).  It is during another of these motionless delays that I write to you now.  Hopefully, our destination will be reached quite soon and – again, hopefully – our journey to Richmond will be a pleasant and unhindered one. 

 

I leave you with pangs of hunger and an internal excitement and anticipation for this, our Northern Adventure.

 

Later:

 

‘Life on Mars?’ – David Bowie



 

Arriving in Darlington, my companion and I set our sights upon finding some hall of residence or other.  Failing on our first attempt, we eventually came upon THE ARCADIA, hosted by a Mr + Mrs Booth – the latter being an extremely attractive young woman.

 

Following an aimless sojourn into the seemingly dull town – where we visited a PORN SHOP and bought some magazines and amyl nitrate – Mr Gordon and I spent a peaceful evening in the room allotted to us.

 




 

[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: ‘Richmond…’

 

Sunday, 28 August 1988

Holiday Maps


ASHTON STREET

 

‘Never Let Me Down’ – David Bowie



 

I miss Miranda.  I really miss her.  We’ve had such a wonderful week together.

 

Later:

 

‘Sense Of Doubt’ – David Bowie



 

A cauliflower-eared 1940s type, but his body is all demonic tail, flapping and bounding, his limbs are but electric talons of ectoplasm…

 

Spindly, emaciated legs that fade in the rising mist…

 

I have maps of the Yorkshire Dales, Vale of York, North Yorkshire Moors and Coast, and Teesdale & Weardale.

 

I LOVE MIRANDA.

 




 

[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: ‘The holiday begins…’

Saturday, 27 August 1988

A Duvet and A Nightie


‘Big Love’ – Fleetwood Mac



 

MY DAY BEGAN, IN THE VERY EARLY AND DARK HOURS OF THE MORNING, WALKING PRACTICALLY NAKED DOWN ANNA’S STREET WITH BEAUTIFUL AND GORGEOUS MIRANDA.  I WAS WEARING ONE OF ANNA’S NIGHTIES AND NOTHING MORE, WHILST MIRANDA SIMPLY WORE THE DUVET – WHICH ‘FELL OFF’.  WHAT A GORGEOUS AND SEXY WOMAN SHE IS. 

 

NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE MADE MORE LOVE, BLOOD OR NO.

 

(But I am beginning to wonder whether she is just using me as her ‘bit of rough’.  Is Miranda just using me for sex?)

 

WE SLEPT IN EACH OTHER’S ARMS AND AWOKE THIS MORNING TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH A VERY HUNG OVER ANNA.

 

IT WAS SAD, ACTUALLY.  MIRANDA DIDN’T WANT ME TO LEAVE FOR FLASH’S.  AND I FELT AS IF WE’D NEVER SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN…

 

Later:

APPROX 2.30pm.

 

‘Every Baby Needs A Da Da Daddy’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

FUCK OFF!

PISS!  NOBS + PLOP!

 

I hate fucking trains when they’re full and I have to sit in the corridor.

 

GAY BAMMER!!!  PISS OFF!


ON TOP OF THIS, I WANT TO VOMIT!

THIS IS HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW:

 

YEEEUURGH!

BLLPPT!

 

Kelly’s got sweets.  I WANT!

 

I APOLOGISE FOR THE IMMATURITY, BUT YOU DON’T REALISE HOW ANGRY I ACTUALLY AM…

 




 

[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: ‘Holiday maps…’

Friday, 26 August 1988

Anna's Party


12.30am.

 

‘When You Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me’ – David Bowie



 

I JUST WATCHED THE FLY (NEW VERSION). 



VERY GOOD.

 

A cracked and crazy-looking skull with bulging eyes…


 

THANX BETTY FOR THE CAMERA FILM + HAYRESPRAI.

 

MIRANDA TONITE: PARTIES, PHOTOS, etc.

 

Later:

 

‘I Looked At You’ – The Doors



 

Tonight, I ATTENDED ANNA’S GET-TOGETHER WITH MIRANDA.  I ‘GOTHED-OUT’ FOR THE POSE!  THE ‘PARTY’ WAS A LITTLE HEAVY AS ANNA WAS HAVING LOVE PROBLEMS WITH HER BOYFRIEND, MASON.  PAUL, A BLOKE WHO ALSO CARES A GREAT DEAL ABOUT HER, WAS THERE TOO AND THIS DID NOT HELP…

 

MEANWHILE, MIRANDA + I KISSED, DRANK AND ATE CHINESE, AND OUR EVENING FELT BEAUTIFUL.  WE STAYED OVER AT ANNA’S AND HAD A BED OF OUR OWN.  WE PLAYED LOTS OF NAKED GAMES, MADE BEAUTIFUL LOVE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THAT TIME OF THE MONTH (MIRANDA WASP’S BRIGHT RED BLOOD ON MY STIFF PENIS – FANTASTIC!), AND POSED FOR NUDE PHOTOGRAPHS ON HER BRILLIANT AND EXPENSIVE CAMERA, WHICH WAS SOMETHING OF A THRILL.

 




 

[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: ‘A duvet and a nightie…’

Thursday, 25 August 1988

Rush Hour


LATE.

 

‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ – David Bowie



 

I’m filthy.  YAK.  The lorry yard.  YAK.

 

 


 
I LIKE MY BOWIE RECORDS.

 

I LIKE MIRANDA WASP – A LOT.

 

We met and made love tonight, unexpectedly.

 

SHE TURNS ME ON.

 




 




 

[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: ‘Anna’s Party…’

Wednesday, 24 August 1988

Dancing Naked in the Park


IT’S LATE.

 

‘When We Was Fab’ – George Harrison



 

I HAD ANOTHER PHONE CALL TONIGHT, FROM THE SAME GIRL AS YESTERDAY.  I WASN’T IN.  BETTY SAID IT WAS ‘ONE OF THE GIRLS FROM COLLEGE’.  BETTY TOLD HER MY RESULTS.  I WISH I’D BEEN IN.  WHICH ONE WAS IT?  JO WEDONSKA?  SARAH GEORGE?  JENNY TAYLOR? 

 

‘Star’ – David Bowie



 

DAVID BOWIE IS SKILL!

 

Tonight was also very beautiful.

 

ANOTHER, EVEN BETTER, EVENING.

 

Miranda and I drank at THE ANGEL and then went and bought Chinese.  We then walked to the Park and ate it on the playing field again, as night fell and the bright pale orange lights lit up the pathway around us.

 

In a fit of daring, we made long and amazing love in the middle of the playing field, regardless of the bright lights and anyone who might see us when walking along the path.  Nothing mattered, just the two of us – that was the centre of our world, me locked inside her, filling her with my love. 

 

‘Rush Hour’ – Jane Wiedlin



 

The lovemaking really excited me, but not as much as Miranda did later, when we were fully dressed.  We had been chatting and kissing, when suddenly Miranda started to dance around the park in wild leaps of joy, shedding her leather jacket, her shirt, her skirt her bra, her pants.  She was a stunning and invigorating sight to behold.  She has a beautiful body.

 

WONDERFUL.

 

MIRANDA IS GODLIKE.

 

TIME TO SLEEP.

 

TILL FRIDAY, MIRANDA.  TILL FRIDAY… 

 




 

[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: ‘Rush Hour…’

Tuesday, 23 August 1988

Graveyard Lovers


In the Park, Miranda and I talked and kissed a great deal, then made love.  I reached home at 1am.

 

Later:

7.25am.

 

DAVID BOWIE IS ON.

 

‘Warszawa’ – David Bowie



 

Tonite, Miranda and I shall meet again.

 

STAY TUNED…

I’m tired and I don’t want to go to work.

 

Later:

IT’S LATE.

 

‘Fame (Serious Moonlight Tour)’ – David Bowie



 

I HAD A PHONE CALL TONIGHT, FROM A GIRL.  I WASN’T IN.  I WISH I HAD BEEN.  BETTY TOOK THE CALL.  SHE NEVER ASKED WHO IT WAS.

 

WELL…

 

This evening, out Miranda and I went.  We decided to buy a Chinese.  So we did, but sadly we had nowhere to go and eat it, or anything to eat it with.  So we sat on the playing field in the Park and ate it there, using the silvery cardboard lids of our cartons as makeshift ‘spoons’.  I loved it.  We had sweet and sour pork balls and other stuff.  It just seemed really funny and romantic.  We then lay on the grass and, in each other’s arms, watched the evening clouds sail by.

 

‘The End’ – The Doors



 

One hour later, we were extremely drunk and walking through a fenced off and overgrown, but absolutely divine graveyard by the side of the big supermarket.  I never even knew it existed, but as darkness fell it was a magical and not at all uncanny place.  I mean, it’s very unusual, immensely overgrown, full of tombs and graves (some open), and its still silence could be construed as ‘chilling’ if you’re in that kind of mood, but I loved it and so did Miranda.  In the centre of the graveyard, standing proud from the violent darkness and deafening silence stands a tall structure.  It’s very hall-like, minus a roof, empty, dusty and has no glass in its three tall, arched windows.  The incredible thing about it is that it is practically devoid of any overgrowth and the light stone from which it is made means it is the best place in which to see anything once darkness has descended over the graveyard.  

 

It was here that Miranda and I made truly wonderful and ecstatic love.

 

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL EVENING, BUT I’M SO TIRED.  EXHAUSTED…

 




 

[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: ‘Dancing naked in the park…’