The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 30 September 1988

The End of Ritch and Miranda


‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone?’ – David Bowie



 

Today featured: Collegiate pressures and revised priorities.

 

We of the Set Design Team – including the invaluable Shelley Greene – rearranged and revised our priorities and set about working on a new and tougher schedule.  TIME’S CATCHING UP ON US.

 

My enthusiasm is, quite unprofessionally, flagging, due to my inexperience and the lack of creative input from anyone but Shelley.  But for her, I’d have been left to my own devices.

 

Later:

 

Tonite featured: The Angel and an ending…

 

‘We Are The Dead’ – David Bowie



 

This evening, in The Angel, Miranda and I drank lager.  Things started out okay, but gradually she began to irritate me with her infantile, haughty superiority; her lack of respect (for her parents and me); her cloying, malignant, one-sided possessiveness; her utter insensitivity and intolerance; and her downright middle-class childishness.  Still, I told myself, work on it.  Make this work.  This is BM Wasp, for god’s sake.  But I didn’t know if I could.

 

Whilst we were there, Ash introduced me to Shell, the 18-year-old girl from Cambridge, who he’s been seeing for yonks.  Thing is, quite uncannily (and we’re both Geminis!), he doesn’t think he loves her any more and was irritated by her presence.  And while the parallels with my Miranda situation were quite striking, it seemed oddly reminiscent of my situation with Naomi Bell in ’87.

 

I also chatted with Spock about my favourite subject, Doctor Who.

 

‘Please Don’t Touch’ – Motorhead & Girlschool

 

Eventually, when I sat chatting with Shell, Miranda started telling me what I was thinking and got stroppy in that crass ‘let’s play at splitting up’ type of way.  I had no intention of falling out with her, but she persisted in bugging me so much that I did.

 

‘You don’t care about me, do you?’ she asked.

‘Oh, don’t I?’ I asked; feeling really fucked off at the turn things were taking.

 

I’m sure that from this moment I acted in a deliberately irritating way; defensive and no doubt childish.  But it was HILARIOUS when she accused me of using her for sex.

 

I USED HER?  WE ALL KNOW – GIVEN HER INABILITY TO OFFER ME A ‘REAL’ RELATIONSHIP – IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND!  [Chill, man! – Ritcherd 1999]

 

I had refused to have sex for something close to two weeks because, quite frankly, I didn’t want to be having sex with someone I wasn’t in a committed and permanent relationship with.

 

[And being a beautiful 18-year-old woman’s sex object is a problem?!! – Ritcherd 1999]

 

It’s such a shame it had to end this way, but I guess it just had to.  If a relationship isn’t properly balanced, it tips.  The same thing happened with Justine and Kat.  But I’m glad I had a chance to close the book.

 

[My God, we really did love each other, Miranda and I, we were just too naïve and scared to work on the things that you only really learn about a few years later.  With 11 years more experience, I can truly say that I was more in love with Miranda than I can possibly believe I will ever be from hereon – Ritch, 1999 XXX]

 

Later:

 

‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’ – Joan Jett



 

Miranda and me are finished.  And I’m glad.  It just wasn’t true.  It wasn’t HUMAN.  Attitude-wise, she’s a bitch. 

 

SNOOTY

BITCH!

FUCK OFF!

 

That whole myth is now dead.  Thank God.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Rock 'n' roll pissed…’

Thursday, 29 September 1988

Spooky Atmosphere For Tragedy


‘Faith (Extended Mix)’ – Wee Papa Girl Rappers


 

Today featured: a van, Norwich, the BTEC gang, the Norfolk Arts Forum and Press Coverage.

 

Later:

 

‘Car Trouble’ – Adam And The Ants


 

Today, the BTEC mob all went to Norwich in the back of Pete Brownfield’s haulage truck/van thing, which was rather a scream, I can tell ye.  In Norwich, we attended the Norfolk Arts Forum, which was rather interesting.  Money is indeed a problem in the Arts, and something has to be done about that!

 

The EDP published the ‘murder’ photos and an article on Macbeth – all within 24 hrs!  Splendid!

 

Eastern Daily Press, Thursday, September 29, 1988

 

A SPOOKY ATMOSPHERE FOR TRAGEDY

 

Picture: Macbeth (Benny Fletcher) murders Duncan (Ritcherd Winterfood) with the help of Lady Macbeth (Donna Davidson) while the ghost fiddler plays by the Red Mount Chapel.  Picture by Brian Waite.

 

Ghostly spot for play

DRAMA students are performing the most superstitious play on the ghostliest night of the year at the home of a King’s Lynn spook.

The cast of Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” since it is unlucky to mention the name, are all studying drama at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in Lynn.

Their first performance is on Hallowe’en night using the Red Mount Chapel in The walks as back-drop, a building reputed to have a ghost of its own – a mysterious fiddler.

Jodie Ratcliffe, who plays the porter in the production, said: “The students are all really excited by the idea.  Macbeth is really horror and we are using for the main performance the fact that this place is supposedly haunted.”

Apart from the possible hitches of ghosts in the scenery the group has the more mundane problem of creating a set for the Chapel.  It is building a stage to one side with the audience in the gardens below.

“One of the difficulties we have is creating a set for outside and then having to move it indoors,” said Jo.  Following the Red Mount performance it will be doing four more at the college theatre.

 

My No.1: ‘Desire’U2




 




 

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Next time: ‘The end of Ritch and Miranda…’

Wednesday, 28 September 1988

Music Concrete


‘I’m Gonna File My Claim’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

Today featured: The Press, some photographs and the Red Mount Chapel.

 

The early part of the day was spent experimenting in special sounds to create MUSIC CONCRETE with Vlad Porton.  It was exciting.

 

Later:

 

‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ – Japan



 

Today, principal actors Ben Fletcher (Macbeth), Donna Davidson (Lady Macbeth) and myself (as King Duncan), went to the Red Mount Chapel in The Walks (where the outdoor Macbeth will be performed on Hallowe’en – on my specially designed and built stage!) to pose and have our photographs taken by the local Press.  They put us in action poses, i.e. Mr + Mrs Macbeth killing me!  And in the background we had Jolene Morse, pretending to be the fiddler that supposedly haunts the Red Mount.  The papers involved were THE LYNN NEWS AND ADVERTISER and THE EASTERN DAILY PRESS.  Publicity Officer Jodie Ratcliffe gave the reporters all the INFO.  Marco (a photography student who’s involved with the show as part of his Electives) also took some photos for publicity displays.  It was fun, but it was windy.

 

Later:

 

‘Golden Brown’ – The Stranglers



 

Shelley has agreed to build a model of my preliminary indoor set design over the weekend.  She has proven to be a real blessing, as ‘group’ morale was slowly flagging, possibly due to bad communication and leadership on my part and a bunch of unenthusiastic colleagues.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Spooky atmosphere for tragedy…’

Tuesday, 27 September 1988

Return to Trianglia


‘Desire’ – U2



(SKILL STUFF – ART NAR!)

 

I’m a busy man.  And life is good and very involving. 

 

Work has been furthered on the Macbeth set.  Although, a lot of the time, I’ve had to deputise to Lee-Anne Jones.  She’s good, but about as committed (in spirit) as me.  We’re both new to the concept of set + stage design + construction.  The rest of our team was even worse.  They did bugger all, so we got rid of them, as Lee and I were basically doing all the work.  A plea for more help was sent across the Drama Department, and we now have the help of a girl called Shelley Greene, who has volunteered her services and is rather excellent at Technical Drawing.  Dorothy Robbins has also offered to help with any detailed painting we might need.  I’m sure we’ll be able to utilise her skills the closer we get to the performance.

 

The outdoor stage received a ‘thumbs up’ from the construction men and scaffolders, and now work is commencing on the indoor stage set, which needs to be completed by Friday.  Our budget’s been well calculated and allocated, but our team has rather brilliantly only requested the very minor sum of £30.  Everything else we need has been either a favour or a negotiated free of charge (i.e. all the wood we need, some parachute material, chicken wire, etc).   And any cardboard we need is to be willingly + eagerly supplied by CAMPBELL’S SOUPS, following my suggestion that we contact them, last week.  So, well done Lee-Anne!

 

‘Get It On’ – T Rex



 

On top of the set + stage pressures, my characterisation of King Duncan is evolving wonderfully.  It’s very involving and I really am enjoying the part.  The scope is tremendous.  If only there was enough time.  I have to grow a beard for the role.  I also like the fact that in this production, the witches will be animating Duncan’s corpse as a conduit for the apparitions, which gives me the chance to do a bit of horror/sci-fi acting!  Something unusual and fun.  How does one play a reanimated cadaver whose vocal chords are being used by supernatural beings?

 

Also, I am involved in the composition of the soundtrack, for which I am providing some of the ‘vocals’.  I will be mixing this soundtrack, alongside Pete Brownfield and Jonny Badcock from our group.

 

‘Mandinka’ – Sinead O’Connor



 

My final role is that of Wisbech Area Publicity Manager.  This is a minor role, apart from the rest of the BTEC publicity work.  The whole publicity strategy is concentrated on West Norfolk, but as Wisbech is Cambs., and I live there, I have been asked to organise some handouts + poster displays.  I have consented to do as much as I possibly can.  Consequently, this evening I popped into TRIANGLIA (now 13 very young females strong and, I think, a pale flicker of what it once was) and told Tina (who I haven’t seen in a while) about Macbeth.  I also suggested that she might like to organise a Queen’s School party to come along and see it.  She says she will, as long as I send an offcial leaflet and covering letter to her next week at the school.  IT SHALL BE SO. 

 

So, I took to the podium to speak with the youths of TRIANGLIA, plugging the production to a very eager reception.  Tina thanked me for this.

 

I also saw Bella Murphy (who still goes) and she returned my Bowie book.

 

‘Females (Get On Up)’ – Cookie Crew



 

Tomorrow, Pete, Jonny + I will be working on music + special sound all day, apart from a photo session + interviews with the LYNN NEWS AND ADVERTISER and the EASTERN DAILY PRESS, who will be photographing Macbeth (Ben Fletcher) murdering Duncan (me).

 

FOUR WEEKS TO GO…

 

It’s all bloody go.  AND I LOVE IT!!!

THIS IS FAR BETTER THAN TS!

 

GIRLS?

I’m attracted to fellow BTEC stude Sharon Fielding – but we’re very different as people.  Nothing could really grow between us.  I just like her sexy, big-eyed face and she makes me laugh.  She also looks sexy in our Dance lessons.

 

I also like Una Baker who’s in TS1.  She’s one of the Baker Sisters (remember Rachel from school?  And the middle sister, Rhonda is in TS2).  She likes me, I think.

 

‘Hide and Seek’ – Brigandage



 

MOST OF ALL?

 

JUSTINE BLACK

I’d like to be with her again.  Just as it was between us earlier this year, in the SUGARBLOOD days, when Stan was okay and Ennio Morricone was great.  Without Leighton, of course!  Oh, Justine…  Stan’s party was gorgeous.  Remember that?!  I think what I’m basically trying to get across is that I really want to make love to her again.  I see her around college and she is still the most incredible-looking Goth-girl I’ve ever seen.  She does it so well, and so much better than everyone else.  And maybe she has put a bit of weight on – so people keep telling me – but I think it only adds to her sexiness.  I fancy her like crazy.  I would love to have sex with her.  I think that every time I see her or sit chatting with her.  And maybe she’d give me the flexible commitment I need right now, which brings me on to…

 

MIRANDA?!

I adore Miranda.  We are still ‘seeing’ each other.  We get together on any free nights I have – if I have the money and the energy – and she’s really nice.  We kiss and cuddle and laugh and drink a lot, but we haven’t made love for ages now, because I’ve decided I don’t want to be having sex without condoms – for both our sakes.  Trouble is, I never get round to getting some.  If I’m honest, I feel her inability to ‘commit’ to what I want, whilst expecting me to give her what she wants has really spoilt things for me.  I feel like I’m being used.  But I still really care about her.  She’s beautiful.  But sometimes I think she has a dark and greedy heart, and I worry that one day she’ll hurt me by simply casting me aside.

 
And who is this Goth that came into Tech and asked for me?  Apparently, she likes me?

 

I’ve also seen Jenny Taylor.  She’s in College every Wednesday on a Business Studies Course.  I doubt I’ll be able to meet up with her, though, cos Wednesdays are always big ‘production’ days.

 

‘The Hungry Years’ – Andi Sexgang & Marc Almond



 

Davina Ellis of TS1 asked me the other day if I knew a Goth last year who was reputedly ‘King of the College Goths’ who her sister really fancied, but had never spoken to.  I asked who he was.  Davina didn’t know his name, but he was about my height, blonde, with backcombed hair, boots with skulls on, ripped jeans and leggings, make up, crucifixes and ‘DEATH IN JUNE’ painted on the back of his biker’s jacket.

 

And she asks ME if I knew him?  Can you credit it?

 

‘End of the Night’ – The Doors



 

DOCTOR WHO

The Celestial Toymaker novel was crap for Gerry Davis.  Fury From The Deep is better.


 

I am excited at the prospect of Doctor Who’s imminent return to television.  I had such a Doctor Who feeling last week; something to do with the weather; the smells in the air, the atmosphere.  It feels so ‘traditional’ this year.  Like when I was a wee kiddy.  This new Doctor Who season feels exciting.  NEXT WEDNESDAY!  OOOH!  The McCoy Years WILL be good!  McCoy is lovely, as is Sophie Aldred (Phwoar!).

 




 

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Next time: ‘Music Concrete…’

Monday, 26 September 1988

Radio Norfolk and Equity


‘Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)’ – The Doors



 

Today, Larry Goodgirl (our tutor), Ben Fletcher (Macbeth) + Jodie Ratcliffe (from my group) were on RADIO NORFOLK, plugging Macbeth.  Larry also spoke in a debate about the Actor’s Union, EQUITY.  He slammed, quite rightly, the London Drama School Syndrome.  He is presently arguing a case with the Arts Council + EQUITY, etc, that courses like the BTEC at NORCAT are as good – if not better – than a Drama School education and should be equally accredited.  He believes that by the end of our course in 1990, the BTEC students should automatically receive EQUITY cards.  I hope this happens.  At least the pressure on EQUITY is there…

 

The Set, Lighting and Stage Management Teams met the construction men from Bircham Newton and the Council Works manager.  All agreed to go ahead with my Stage design, providing no harm or damage comes to the Chapel or the surrounding parkland.  Dates for construction have also been negotiated.  I am pleased.

 

 




 

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Next time: ‘Return to Trianglia…’

Sunday, 25 September 1988

A Flat Party


‘Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness Mix)’ – Eric B & Rakim



 

According to Prediction magazine’s ASTROLOGY SECTION, this is the rest of September:

 

‘On a lighter note, the Full Moon on the 25th could mean a sudden livening up of social life and if you are involved with some sort of group endeavour or a club, it seems you’ll be in popular demand around this time.  A powerful Mars-Jupiter combination on this date indicates tremendous progress through co-operation and team endeavour and probably the realisation of a major objective.

 

During the last few days of the month, the prospect is decidedly satisfying.  Financial luck is forecast and for those who are romantically inclined there are likely to be some very welcome developments.’

 

Later:

 

‘Body and Soul’ – The Sisters of Mercy


 

Ash + I went to bed at about 4am, arising at 2.30pm today.  We ate toast + listened to music, then he left.  We have become firm friends.

 

This evening, Miranda took me to her friend John’s 18th at MENDI’S, where we sat with Tim Tyler + Ash.  Ash got depressed + angry, though, and I felt ill with what I think might be oncoming flu.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Radio Norfolk and Equity…’

Saturday, 24 September 1988

Time With Nat and Ash


‘Hergest Ridge (Side One)’ – Mike Oldfield



 

Today, I went to BACCHALLY’S to see Nat [I wish I still knew her now.  She was great – Ritcherd 1999]. 
 
We talked, vaguely, and I lent her Diaries Vol I + II of 1987.  It was lovely to see her, but I felt ill.

 

I met up with Ash in SARAH’S CAFÉ, and we went for a tinker in the Tower.  Following this, Ash and I came back to Blackberry Narrow, where we talked, watched TV + videos, ate + listened to tapes + records.

 




 

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Next time: ‘A Flat Party…’

Friday, 23 September 1988

Budget Meetings and Telly


‘Escape From New York’ – Nasty Roxx Inc.



 

The Budget Meetings began today, with various departments demanding quite staggering amounts of money.  But the Set Team have merely requested £35 (which we think will be maximum) in view of the more-or-less ‘in-college’ availability of wood, paint and cloth.  This was, obviously, welcomed by the other cash-hungry groups and a New Priorities sheet has been written.

 

Later:

 

‘Pinky Blue’ – Altered Images



 

Today, my folks went to Yorkshire, so tonight I watched loads of Doctor Who videos, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on ITV, which was really good.


 

I was meant to go out to The Angel with Miranda, and see, amongst others, Ash, Legs + especially Spock.  But I was too skint + knackered.  I’d like to see Miranda and Spock, though.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Some time with Nat and Ash…’

Thursday, 22 September 1988

News From Naomi


‘Put the Needle to the Record (12” Mix)’ – Criminal Element Orchestra


 

Apparently, according to Prediction magazine’s ASTROLOGY SECTION, the rest of September will feature ‘money and material matters’ and ‘general good luck’.

 

Later:

11.45pm.

 

My No.1: Rags (Extended)’ – Crazyhead




 

Naomi Bell wrote to me, telling me she’s there whenever I need a friend.  She says she defends my blackened name in Norwich.  She’s nice to me.  I like Naomi Bell.

 

Here’s the letter, addressed to ‘Jez Winterfood’ and written on bright green paper at 3pm on Friday 16th September, at Shipstone Road in Norwich:

 

‘Dear Jezebel,

 

We started out as strangers … then friends, then – well … you know, then enemies, and then – it all went wrong again.  For the last few months I don’t know where we’ve been – or who we are to each other, but I know I’m fed up with hearing everyone in Norwich slagging you off because of Kat; and I don’t enjoy hearing the bloke I was once so much in love with verbally hated.  I ignored the comments to start, then I tended to agree.  I admit that I certainly don’t approve of how you treated Willock, but that’s all ended now.  If anyone starts on about you, I just answer that you’ve never meant to hurt me, so I’ve nothing against you now.

 

Rumours have it that you and Kat are now parted.  Don’t think I’m being too personal – I’m just curious and out to be there for a good friend – you, not Kat, although I know her and like her a lot.

 

I know that I am happily going out with Zig – we are very much in love.  We are good for each other.  I need that.  We are in the middle of finding a flat to share together.  Most people in ‘the group’ are happy for us – some think it’s rather too soon to live together.  My Dad is most anti – but we’ll get by.  Do you wish me luck?  I want to be happy, Jez, and I know I will be.

 

I started to write a letter to you on September 13th; you might remember this date, you might not…  But I didn’t like what I’d written.  I ripped it up.

 

Are you ever going to come into Norwich again?  Are you ever going to call me?  Write?

 

This letter is probably to put your mind at rest; to tell you that even though others dislike you so, I’m still here for you – as your faithful friend.  As usual.  I always was.  You just never saw it.

 

It’s too late for anything else.  I just want to be friends again – like we were on the 9th May ‘87.  Too much to ask?  I hope not.

 

Please get in touch.  SOON.

 

With love, Naomi xxx’

 

Naomi Bell – MANY THANKS.  HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE.

 

STUFF: Macbeth (set, music and action); Sharon Fielding; present friends; David Bowie; Ash; Miranda [with love to her from Ritch ‘99] (no sex); Justine (we talked briefly today); Doctor Who feelings; The Celestial Toymaker novel; College; Naomi Bell’s letter.


 

Oh, and ‘Did you know that Goth?’ + Jenny Taylor.

 

And Tracey (from last year?) still fancies me.  Poor girl. 

 



 

Someone gaunt and moody, blending into the shadows…

 


Lighting flash Bowie’s back!


 

‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ – David Bowie



 

I borrowed the Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) LP by David Bowie from Scarlett Kane, our Dance teacher. 


It’s dead good.

 

Macbeth’s exciting.  A shame I’m not in any of the fight scenes, as today we began our stage combat lessons, fighting with sticks.  The whole thing is so near to ‘reality’, but so carefully controlled.  It was incredible.  And enjoyable.  I felt I was beginning to excel, which surprised me.

 

My Outdoor Stage design is now complete.


At the request of Publicity, I have composed a letter to be sent to local TV and Radio stations.

 

GOODNIGHT.

 




 

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