The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Saturday, 31 December 1988

New Year’s Eve 1988


1988 – AN EPILOGUE

 

‘Breathing’ – Kate Bush




 

At about 1am this morning – just after Kat + Jonny departed to bed – Flash and I took a walk out into the village.  We were intending to visit the graves by the fabulous church.  We went into the graveyard, but didn’t stay there long, because once there we felt as if we were intruding upon those souls fortunate to be at eternal rest.  This discussed, he and I then ventured further into what seemed like very beautifully black and somewhat muddy wilds.  The cold sky swirled with cloud, but it was spoiled by the polluting electric light, all yellow.  We were determined to see the sky properly, so we walked for ages, away from the town, until we were merely lit by a galaxy of stars. 

 

We approached a quite pleasant-looking collexion of trees, which we had desired to stand among, but then we heard some strange rustlings (and other noises) which sent us back in the direction of the Davidson home.

 

We then came back and watched the third and final episode three of DH LAWRENCE’s THE RAINBOW (on the video) till about 4am.  Once again, it filled my cold and empty heart with a passion for romance.  URSULA BRANGWEN could be my soul-sister.  And she was beautifully portrayed by IMOGEN STUBBS.  Would that I actually knew a woman like her.

 

Spindly creatures with twig-like talons, raking…


 

Today, when we finally got up, I felt ill, stricken with the flu.  I stayed in bed as the others ventured into Cirencester.

 

This evening, we are making merry, but I feel sad that Sinead isn’t here. 

 

Natalia Wnek also occupies my mind greatly.

 

It is sad that Jonny and Katrisha are finding it hard to get on together.  I found myself taken aback somewhat as Kat hugged me + thanked me for an unforgettable year, crying on my shoulder.

 

It’s been a wacky, jolly jaunt of an end to 1988, especially when Flash + Donna began to kiss + ‘get off’ with each other.

 

Flash, Donna and I eventually went into the churchyard and silently paid our respects before sitting among the graves beneath the dark shade of a heavy tree.  After a while, I left them alone and walked about a bit, saying a pre-emptive goodbye to 1988.  I then turned to the church and swore my allegiance to God, the Holy Father, the root of all.  Okay, so the imagery is Christian, but that’s all I have to go on until I know more.  I’m not a Christian and I’m not religious, but I do believe in a ‘god’, a deity.  I think.  I don’t know.  But right now, let’s just say maybe I do.  I just feel this … ‘unity’ … with the cosmos.  MY god.  And a god within me.  I don’t know, maybe I’m just weak-hearted.  In fact, the more I think about it the less sense it makes.

 

Anyway…

 

Upon returning to my companions, I found them kissing + close of heart, which was wonderful.  They were both afraid I’d be ‘jealous’ but it didn’t bother me a jot.  Quite the opposite.  It pleased me that my friends could be lovers, but…  I don’t know.  Something niggled, but not jealousy or envy or possessiveness or anything like that.  I think I felt myself getting all moral or something.  You see, it was all ‘spur of the moment’ and they knew it was ‘for one night only’; they intended to be sexually aware of each other for this night alone and revert to friendship in the morning.

 

Now, they have sexually toyed with each other – though they have not fornicated – but I feel such a pity for them that it is little more than a ‘one night lust’.  And I do understand that I am a fine one to talk about this kind of thing, but I love them both dearly and worry for them.  I mean, what I’m saying is, why are they doing it?  Do they really want to?  Is there something else at play here?

 

Hey, they can do what they want, can’t they?  If it doesn’t fit with how I feel about that stuff right now, well, that’s just my problem, isn’t it?

 

I cried in the churchyard.  A single tear.

 

So we’re back inside.

 

And 1988’s drawing to a close…

 

We have all been jolly + drunk + crazy.

 

1988 was the year of these people (for better or for worse):

 

Chip, Justine Black, Stan Flowers/Lampwick, Suzi, Belinda Reid, Kat Hill, Betty Baker, Flash Gordon, Manda Jones, Miranda Wasp, Spock, Josh Wilde, Donna Davidson, Jonny Badcock, Larry Goodgirl, Astra Trellis, Danny Black, Dan ‘Ash’ Ashton, Dan Berry and…

 

Most of all?

 

NATALIA WNEK

 

Well, that’s how it feels right now.

 

Is it true?

 

While I live, I hope.

While I hope, beauty reigns.

While beauty reigns, love will last.

 

And now it’s really over.

 

All my love

 

I NOW BEGIN MY SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH, IN THE HOPE THAT I MIGHT STAND PROUD IN THE GLORIOUS SUN; THE BEAUTEOUS RAIN.  I WILL FIND SHE, SO ENRAPTURED BY ME, AND WE SHALL EMBODY LOVE.  THAT MOMENT IS STILL FAR AWAY, BUT WHAT ELSE HAVE I EVER WANTED?  WHERE WILL I FIND THAT MOMENT? 

 

AND, SO THE REAL JOURNEY BEGINS…

 





 

 

[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: ‘1989…’

Friday, 30 December 1988

Cheltenham at Christmas


‘Cloudbusting’ – Kate Bush



 

Donna’s place is lovely, apart from Flash and I having to share a very small bed, the quilt upon which just manages to not quite cover two people.  Thus, 1988 is likely to end with flu.

 

Today we ventured into Cheltenham – Donna drove us all in – which was lovely, but I saw some really sexy Goths and my recent cutting of the cord from ‘gothdom’ is beginning to disturb me.  You see I’ve started wearing my cool new blue jeans with my DMs and shirts.  I’ve still got bangles and a bit of eyeliner and stuff, but I’m trying to carve my own image now.  Trouble is, I don’t know what I want or who I am.  And, frankly, those goth girls didn’t look at me twice, which they would have done if I was a goth.  And, yes, I want to be looked at!

 

Flash and I separated ourselves from the others and set out to buy ourselves some late Christmas presents.  Once again, Flash and I ate pizza (this time, of course, in Cheltenham not Peterborough) over which we enjoyed an extremely interesting conversation about our respective searches to find our one true love.  We chatted at some length today, and I think we are destined to be the greatest of friends for a long time to come.  Time will tell.

 


In Cheltenham, Flash came away with an LP collection of HOLLYWOOD HITS and Kate Bush’s THE WHOLE STORY.  I purchased an LP of great British pastoral classical tunes by the UK Symphony Orchestra called GREEN + PLEASANT LAND. 

 


I also bought Kate Bush’s The Whole Story video collection and a Kate Bush interview pic-disc.  Later, it was very good of Donna to kindly give me her copy of The Whole Story LP (‘to accompany the video’), so I now have all KTB’s UK albums.

 


This evening, Donna invited over SINEAD HOWARTH, her wonderful and gorgeous friend.  She came to stay, and was/is very naturally beautiful.  I felt almost ecstatic when she came and sat with us all in the lounge.  But she was tired + I expect she was also bored.  Thus, I felt depressed as she + Donna departed to bed.  Luckily, they allowed me to take the opportunity to follow + talk to them.  We spoke of various things that inspired wonderful feelings in me for Sinead; coaxing great emotions to stir + swirl within my heart.

 





 

 

[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: ‘New Year’s Eve 1988…’

Thursday, 29 December 1988

Cirencester Chrimbo


My No.1: ‘Life Kills’ – The Human League



 

Today, Flash and I left Wisbech St Mary and set out to Peterborough to meet our friends Jonny Badcock and (his girlfriend) Kat Hill.  Once we were all together, we finalised our details and arrangements.  Flash and I ate pizza and then, eventually, our journey began. 

 

We four progressed on NATIONAL EXPRESS COACHWAYS to London (many hours later).  At London we changed coaches for Cirencester in Gloucestershire.  When we arrived, hours later, it was unfortunate that as we left the coach I lost one of my boots by accidentally leaving it in the luggage compartment.

 

Cirencester felt warmer than London and the four of us delighted in the beautifully white and grey old buildings.  I felt quite passionate about them.  But where was Donna?  That was the question.  But only moments later it was answered when she appeared.  We all hugged happily and it was a wonderful feeling to have some of my greatest friends all assembled in one place.  Donna had missed us and we had all missed her.  Flash and Donna met for the first time and it seems to be the beginning of a great friendship.

 

We dumped our stuff at Donna’s place – the Davidson family home, which is extremely beautiful; a flowered + frilly sofa, a huge stone fireplace.  It’s very traditional but also very modern.  And for the next few days, this lovely home belongs to the five of us as Donna’s parents are away in Australia.

 

Once settled in, Donna gave me a Christmas present of two great-looking Doctor Who books that I am now dying to read. 

 



 


 

How kind of her.

 

She then rang the coach people to trace my boot + took us to a very gross pub in Cirencester, which was far too busy and a bit too boisterous for my liking.  As drinking establishments go, it wasn’t too pleasant.  It was packed to near-bursting with the local youth and in my opinion (and those of Flash and Jonny), the heat, bustle, sweat and lack of chairs really wasn’t what the doctor had ordered for such a (hopefully) quiet and restful holiday.

 





 

 

[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: ‘Cheltenham Christmas…’

Wednesday, 28 December 1988

Top Albums 1988


5.15pm.

 

‘The Lord of the Reedy River’ – Kate Bush



 

I miss Natalia. 

 

Flash’ll be here soon.

 

Cirencester tomorrow. 

 

Berwin Groomstool bursts in wearing full Santa drag, his evil tongue flicking from between those jags of teeth, balancing a tiny dog-stool on its tip…

 



 

MY TOP ALBUMS 1988 (in the order I ‘fell in love’ with them):

 

1)       Strawberry Switchblade – Strawberry Switchblade

2)       Dare – Human League

3)       Brown Book – Death In June

4)       Hergest Ridge – Mike Oldfield

5)       Dawnrazor – Fields Of The Nephilim

6)       Immigrant – Gene Loves Jezebel

7)       God’s Own Medicine – The Mission

8)       Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret – Soft Cell

9)       Children – The Mission

10)    Floodland – The Sisters Of Mercy

11)    Talk About The Weather – Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

12)    Mix-Up – Cabaret Voltaire

13)    Gathering Dust – Ghost Dance

14)    First And Last And Always – The Sisters Of Mercy

15)    The Ideal Copy – Wire

16)    Original TV Hits Of The 60s – Various

17)    Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses

18)    Blade Runner – New American Orchestra

19)    20 Golden Greats – The Mamas And The Papas

20)    Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin

21)    The Whip – Various

22)    The Complete Recordings – Marilyn Monroe

23)    Wide Awake In Dreamland – Pat Benatar

24)    The Doors – The Doors

25)    Tango In The Night – Fleetwood Mac

26)    Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie

27)    Piece of Mind – Iron Maiden

28)    The Hits Of House Are Here – Various

29)    Heaven On Earth – Belinda Carlisle

30)    Travelogue – The Human League

 

Album Of The Year 1988:
 
Hergest Ridge by Mike Oldfield

 


Later:

 

‘Doctor Who Theme’ – Keff McCulloch



 

Flash eventually arrived today.  He and I chatted a great deal + said jolly things.  It’s great to see him.

 

Later:

 

‘Sat In Your Lap’ – Kate Bush



 

Christmas here in the Fens has been happy.  It’s been a happy time, but the lack of movement into the open, the outside world has made things a little stale.  Flash’s arrival brings with it the hope of journeys afar and yet sweeter happiness.  He and I seem stronger than ever and it is pleasing that we are once again reunited in our somewhat anarchic fashion.

 





 

 

[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: ‘Cirencester Chrimbo…’

Tuesday, 27 December 1988

To Astra's...


‘December Will Be Magic Again’ – Kate Bush



Last nite, I dreamt that I’d put the phone down just after Flash promised to ring me.  I went for a walk in the baking hot sunlight + returned to find a big book, entitled A List Of Bonkable Females by Danyel Gordon.  There was also a script for The Chinese Play II and some other stuff – all of it by Danyel Gordon.  Thinking to myself, I recalled that it was only that morning that Flash said he’d post this stuff to me, and was left wondering how it had all arrived so soon.  I asked Betty about it, and she rather coldly replied, ‘It’s always been there, you fool.’  My world then began to crumble.  It hadn’t always been there.  But it was also strangely familiar.  Looking on the top right hand corner of the cover of A List Of Bonkable Females, I saw a blue/purple hologram-style postage stamp for 1p, which disturbed me.  Feeling tense, I decided to take a bath and relax.  Once in the bath, I washed myself completely + then finished off with my feet.  Whilst washing my feet, I noticed a scar on my heel.  Investigating further, I realised I had a deep hole in my sole – not only that, a massive flesh / bone lump projecting from each instep.  Terrified, I began to furiously scrub away at them with the sponge.  The water in the bath began to turn a deep red, and I couldn’t understand why.  Putting down the sponge, I looked at my feet + to my relief the lumps had gone, with no scarring.  Should I tell Betty? I wondered.  Should I ring my doctor?  No…  I rubbed my heel and then screamed as all the flesh slipped, wetly, off my feet, revealing the bones as far as the ankle in my rubbing hand.  My legs were falling to pieces…

 

YUCH!

 

Later:

 

‘Wuthering Heights’ – Kate Bush



 

I went to Astra Trellis’s tonite and we had a great talky kind of time.  Danny Black still likes me, despite what Justine’s been stirring.  Apparently, she still wants me.

 

Oh!  Legs + BMW are over.  Yo-Ho-Ho!

 

‘Zat all?

 

Astra cut my hair.  Well, thinned it.  And I’m definitely not even remotely a goth any more.

 





 

 

[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: ‘Top Albums 1988…’

Monday, 26 December 1988

Boxing Day 1988


‘World Without You’ – Belinda Carlisle



 

Last nite, I dreamt of talking to Flash about our Christmas cassette + one sketch in which people would be talking normally, but every now + then, in mid-sentence, some person would say, ‘OolahOlaffOlaff’.  Stupid, really.  He then came with me to a Dance class at some old college, along with my BTEC group + a new Dance teacher.  We all enjoyed ourselves.

 





 

 

[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: ‘Flashy dreams…’

Sunday, 25 December 1988

Christmas Day 1988



 

‘Hergest Ridge (Side One)’ – Mike Oldfield



 

Santa pops his head round the door, but there’s something familiar about that jutting nose and jaw, and the way he says ‘Hee-ep!’

 

Chip’s cute.  I babysat for him tonite / this morning as Betty, Freddie, Jack + Queenie went to Midnight Mass.  I wanted to go, but I stayed to listen for Chip (not that I had a choice, but I was actually really happy to).  He had to get up, though.  He knew they’d gone.  We sat together on the sofa and I cuddled and loved him, telling him all about Christmas.  I felt such a lovely rapport with him.  He’s a love.  He’s a treasure.  He is fulfilment.

 

Later:

8.50am.

 

Berwin Groomstool leers evilly from beneath his Santa hat and behind his false, white beard…


 

What’s in my stocking?

A box of Harlequin chox (Oh, very panto topical!) and Stephen Wyatt’s Doctor Who novel PARADISE TOWERS! 


ACKER!  SKILL!  SKILLAFOOMHACKAR!  Cheers, Betty!

 

Later:

 

‘Christmas Song’ – Nat ‘King’ Cole



 

Last nite I dreamt that I was up in the Rehearsal Room at The Tower, with Ash + Dan.  They left, but loads of Goths, Punx, etc, came in + we had a massive party.  I went to the toilet, but when I’d finished, I came out and found myself face to face with old school mate James Abbott.  Apparently he lived in the room next to ours.  We talked about The Prisoner + Doctor Who and then I went up to the roof where the party was continuing.  After a while, I got bored + came down.  I saw Flash sitting alone in the rehearsal room and when he saw me we just burst out laughing at each other.  We then started planning our next Christmas Situation cassette + decided we’d do a Berwin Groomstool spoof of DickensA Christmas Carol.  Our biggest worry was in deciding what to call Berwin’s character.  Flash came up with a classic – we would call him SCROO-GEH.

 

Later:

10am.

 

‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ – Judy Garland



 

George just rang.  Merry Christmas, George.  He’s ace.  Good old George.  I read my report to him + he was pleased.  Thanx for the Chrissie / 18th Birthday pressie of £125.  Cheers, mate!

 

Berwin Groomstool, all jagged shark teeth and hypnotic eyes, covered in a vast white beard…


 


MERRY CHRiStMAS

HO-HO!

fookafox!

 

ACE!  Berwin’s just come in, dressed as Father Christmas!

 

Hello, Berwin.

 

hey up!  Can I come to

SiRONCHEST-HUR WITHee

AT HEXMAS NOO YEAR?

 

Yeah, it’ll be ace!

 


 

BUT ‘Nobody Owns Me’, ‘Fool For Love’ and, most of all, ‘Love Never Dies’ and ‘I Get Weak’ are the SKILLAFOOMBRILLABINGBONG TRAX!

 

Oh no!  Berwin’s coming at me with his Cleaning Robot!

 

Paradise Towers looks to be a skill novel!

 

HOPENING ME PRESENTS NAR!

 

Later:

A bit later.

 

‘Walking In The Air’ – Aled Jones



 

I’ve got: SOCKS, PANTS + AFTERSHAVE, from Queenie + Lucille; A BOX OF SKITTLES (THE SWEETS), from Jonny Spam (Badcock); A MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR, BUSTER GONAD AND HIS UNFEASIBLY LARGE TESTICLES BOXER SHORTS, SOME RAZORS (COS I PINCH FREDDIE’S!), SOME BLACK BOXER SHORTS, SOME BLACK SOCKS, DOCTOR WHO: GENESIS OF THE DALEKS / SLIPBACK LP CASSETTE from Betty + Freddie;
 

 

DOCTOR WHO: THE SEEDS OF DEATH NOVEL by Terrance Dicks, from Aunty Vi; DESPERATE DAN AND POPEYE BOXER SHORTS, THE OFFICIAL PRISONER COMPANION by Matthew White and Jaffer Ali,
 

 

THE PINK STIFF ONE VIZ ANNUAL,
 

 

VIZ COMIC (NOVEMBER ’88), DOCTOR WHO 25TH ANNIVERSARY LP,
 

 

TRAVELOGUE LP by The Human League,
 

 

THE KICK INSIDE LP by Kate Bush,
 


 
DOCTOR WHO: 25 GLORIOUS YEARS by Peter Haining,
 

 

and the following Doctor Who novels: THE HAND OF FEAR by Terrance Dicks, THE SENSORITES by Nigel Robinson, VENGEANCE ON VAROS by Philip Martin, THE MASSACRE by John Lucarotti, all from Betty.

 

I’m Feckin’

CHUFFED!

 

Later:

8.30pm.

 

‘Take Me To Your Heart’ – Rick Astley



 

I’m doing Flash a tape.

 





 

 

[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: ‘Boxing Day 1988…’