The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Tuesday, 28 February 1989

Choking Up Blood


‘Over Theirs’ – Wire



 

I choked up blood today – in my phlegm + that’s where my sore throat started.  I have a bastard of a flu.  Or something.

 





 

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Next time: ‘Under Milk Wood…’

Monday, 27 February 1989

Three Years From Now: 27/02/1992


THREE YEARS FROM NOW…

 

‘You're Lost Little Girl’ – The Doors



 

I came over to Jonny Badcock’s today and we’ve had a great time.

 

We popped into NORCAT – god, nostalgic!

 

We spent this evening in the Wenns with Lennie one of the directors of DEVISE, the theatre company Jonny’s involved with.  The practical upshot of all this is that I’ve definitely got some acting work on the horizon – BUT WHEN?

 





 

[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: ‘Choking up blood…’

Sunday, 26 February 1989

Bruno


It’s 3.40pm.

 

‘Rocket’ – Def Leppard



 

Dear diary…

 

I could cry!

 

BRUNO BRUNO BRUNO BRUNO BRUNO!

 

Why?

 

The Fight was fantastic + I’m proud of Bruno.  He lasted longer than most, but Tyson’s the boss.  Still.  Shitty referee, tho’, I gotta say.  Bruno just didn’t get anything through, it was all defence.  But GOD!  Tyson’s trying to hold onto the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, so don’t be surprised at his speed + savagery.  You don’t conserve your energy, Frank, you get out there, up front.  SO DO IT AGAIN SOON!

 

BUT WELL DONE, Frank.

 

Now go back + nack him.

 

Later:

4.30pm

 

‘Emma (live)’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

I’m feeling very inspired by my new SISTERS OF MERCY book.  In fact, I’m glad about a few things.

 

Been listening to recordings of my song ‘Badlands’ again too.

 





 

[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: ‘1992…’

Saturday, 25 February 1989

Back to Desire


‘A New Life’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

BEST NEWS IN HAGES?!

Ash + I are back, back, back! Etc.  We have plans to form a new version of our old band DARK IS DESIRE (possibly with Legs on bass), so the band is on the run once again!  WOOOOGH!  So I’ve been listening to ‘Badlands’ and ‘The Book Of The Law’ today.

 


 





 

[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: ‘Bruno…’

Friday, 24 February 1989

Making-Up


‘That’s The Way Love Is’ – Ten City



 

A LETTER FROM EMMA

This one’s a response to my written apology for yesterday’s behaviour.  She apologises for acting the way she did, but she felt as if I was telling her I was bored with her and that whatever she does doesn’t please me.  When I said I felt like I was working with amateurs sometimes, she took that personally.  She hates it when I put others down.  Sometimes I make her feel great and other times I make her feel like nothing.  She apologises for saying I was boring and adds that she really doesn’t think that, but that she was trying to make me realise how I was acting.  That said, she’s glad I still like her because she likes me a lot.  She just doesn’t want me to take her for granted.  She agrees it’s hard not seeing each other outside college, but we need to make the best of what we have and not get down about it.  She tells me she loves me and that she’s glad we’re still together.  She signs of with ‘lots of love’ and four kisses.

 

Later:

 

‘Dreamtime’ – Kate Bush



 

Today, we made up + I’m glad to say all is fine – but I’ll never learn my Under Milk Wood lines in time!  Never, ever, ever!  Or my Fawlty Towers lines…

 

Simon Lewis + I did the B. GROOMSTOOL make-up test and it was ace.

 

 





 

[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: ‘Back to Desire…’

Thursday, 23 February 1989

Grotty-type Mumbles


11.15pm

 



 

Yes, I bought this by RUBY BLUE and it is ACKER.

 

I’m a grotty old shit + I hate myself.

 

Sorry, Emma.  C’est la vie.  I’ll make it all up to you.

 

Grotty type mumbles + boring moans.

 

I love you, Flash.  I miss you.

 

Later:

 

My No.1: ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ – Dusty Springfield



 

TODAY I was raging, what with Under Milk Wood at the Welsh Evening coming up + Fawlty Towers on March 9th.  So much to do and all of it badly organised and full of unenthusiastic layabouts.

 

I got so annoyed + bored + hassled + angry + bitchy.  Emma took my mood the wrong way, thinking it was all her fault + also telling me that I should understand other people better.  I disputed this, so – after telling me she thinks I’m boring – she refused to talk to me.  Which meant I got annoyed with myself.  But was I wrong to get annoyed and complain because I want to do well out of this course while others just want to sit around smoking and waiting for Larry to tell them what to do.  He wants us to be pro-active and so few of us are!  Other than Emma, who could I vent my annoyance at? 

 

I know, I know. 

 

I shouldn’t saddle Emma with my hassles.

 





 

[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: ‘Making-up…’

Wednesday, 22 February 1989

Amateur-minded Piffle


‘Touch Me’ – The Doors



 

A Letter from Emma

This one’s on green paper.  She writes whilst listening to ‘Open Your Arms’ by Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, which she says is ‘absolutely brill’.  She’s feeling happy, childish and immature (‘nothing changes!’).  She has just shown her mum the photo I gave her.  Emma asked if I can stay over there, but her mum seems reluctant to have me stay if she’s not around to supervise.  She’s going to think about it though.  Emma hopes it’ll happen.  She doesn’t think I’ll be able stay in her room, but if they’re out on the Saturday that might be an option, but definitely not the Sunday.  Apparently her mum used to let Emma’s last boyfriend stay, but hey never slept in the same room.  She then apologises for not being able to write/say romantic things to me so easily (except when she’s drunk!).  She knows she can be too serious sometimes.  She’d like us to be alone together though.  She says it’s horrible only being able to see each other at breaks.  She wants me to choose what she wears, and she also wants to choose what I wear.  She thought I looked ‘really nice’ at the disco; loved my shirt and thinks I should get some smart baggy trousers.  She says she’s glad I still like her and haven’t run off with somebody else.  She likes me a lot, ‘even I don’t tell you’.  She says she thinks she finds it easier to tell other people how much she likes me rather than saying it to me.  She says she thinks a lot of me, even loves me; and when she’s not with me she misses me a great deal.  She says last weekend was horrible because she didn’t even hear from me.  She signs off with ‘lots of love’ and four kisses.

 

Later:

 

‘Ghost Rider (live)’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

Today I got a little jeffed off with College attitudes + the amateur-minded piffle of some of the DRAMA STUDENTS – especially a certain few I may have been angry about in the past. 

 





 

[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: ‘Grotty-type mumbles…’

Tuesday, 21 February 1989

Record Shopping


8.30pm

 

‘Should I Let You In’ – Belinda Carlisle



 

Dear diary, life is fantastique and I have my Emma. 

 

It was great to see her again today.  I missed her so much.

 

Sorry I was a little off-ish, though, Emma – I’ve been tired.
 


 

OH AYE!  All of a sudden, since I saw Flash and we were both desperate for record money, I’ve come into a huge windfall!  AYE!  So I went mad…

 

Well, first off, I swapped a pile of old commix for a Sisters Of Mercy 7-inch bootleg called ‘Life’, which is basically a single of live versions of ‘Emma’ and ‘Ghost Rider’ in a book with all their lyrics in. 


It’s really nice and it’s Italian.

 

BUT WHAT DID I BUY WITH MY QUIDS?

 

The following singles…

 

‘The Race’ by Yello


 



 

‘Heart’ by Pet Shop Boys


 

‘Always On My Mind’ by Pet Shop Boys


 

‘The Dreaming’ by Kate Bush


 



 

The following 12-inch singles…

 

‘Wait!’ by Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle


 

‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ by Dusty Springfield


 

‘Hey Music Lover’ by S’xpress


 

TO BUY (WHEN PRICES COME DOWN):

 

‘Love Train’Holly Johnson

‘Fine Time’Yazz

‘That’s The Way Love Is’Ten City

‘Can’t Break Away From You’Gloria Estefan

‘Can U Dig It?’Pop Will Eat Itself

 

‘Fine Time’ – Yazz



 

I STILL REALLY WANT:

 

‘OH YEAH’ – YELLO

[LOOK OUT FOR EASTER HOLS! – Future Ritcherd]

 

And now on BBC 1, DOROTHY TARR-OO S RAIGHT GAIME!

 

hide…

 





 

[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: ‘Amateur-minded piffle…’

Monday, 20 February 1989

Five Years From Now: 20/02/94


FIVE YEARS FROM NOW…

 

‘Stay Together’ – Suede



 

TODAY WAS QUITE A SURPRISE.

 

WE HAD A LIE-IN THIS MORNING AND MISSED PLANET OF THE APES.  BUT AS LILITH MADE ME BREAKFAST IN BED, THERE WAS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.  QUITE UNBELIEVABLY IT WAS BETTY, FREDDIE AND CHIP.  I WAS REALLY VERY, VERY HAPPY TO SEE THEM.  THEY’D EVEN BROUGHT MORE OF MY STUFF FROM THE BUNGALOW: ALL MY RECORDS AND BOOKS.  THIS MADE ME HAPPY.

 

CHIP WAS ACE, RELISHING TELLING ME THAT ON HIS FOOTBALL TRAINING TRIP HE AND HIS FRIENDS HAD WRITTEN ‘SEX’ ON THE BACK WINDOW OF THE COACH IN BREATH-FOG.  HE SEEMED DEAD CHUFFED.  ADDITIONALLY, HE ADVISED ME THAT IF LILITH EVER TELLS ME OFF I SHOULD WAIT UNTIL SHE’S OUT OF EARSHOT AND CALL HER A PERVERT UNDER MY BREATH.  GOOD OLD CHIP.

 

‘I Ain’t Done Wrong’ – Yardbirds



 

BETTY WAS LOVELY AND FREDDIE WAS SKILL.  THEY EVEN DROVE LILI AND ME TO OXFORD STREET, WHERE WE ATE A HUGE MEAL AT THE CUMBERLAND HOTEL.  I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT.  I HAD ABOUT NINE DIFFERENT SALAD STARTERS.  LILITH HAD FRESH PRAWNS, WHICH SHE HAD TO SKIN HERSELF, REMOVING THE HEADS BEFORE SHE ATE THEM. 

 

LILITH: ‘WHAT ARE THOSE LITTLE BLACK BITS?’

RITCHERD: ‘THEIR EYES, BABY…’

 

AFTER MY STARTERS, I HAD A HUGE ROAST DINNER, FEATURING: COURGETTES, BROCCOLI, DELICIOUS ROAST POTATOES, STUFFING, TURKEY, AND THE MOST GORGEOUS ROAST BEEF I’VE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE.  FOR DESSERT, I HAD PROFITEROLES IN CHOCOLATE SAUCE, FOLLOWED BY CHOCOLATE ORANGE CHEESECAKE AND THEN TREACLE TART WITH CREAM.

 

I WAS STUFFED – ESPECIALLY WITH LAGER AND COFFEE SWISHING IT ABOUT.

 

IT COST FREDDIE A PACKET AND WE WERE VERY, VERY GRATEFUL.

 

‘Blown Away’ – Tripping Daisy



 

AFTERWARDS, WE WENT FOR A LOOK AROUND THE SHOPS.  POLICE CARS WERE RUSHING ABOUT LIKE CRAZY.  SOME GUY HAD BLOOD POURING OUT OF HIS HEAD.

 

THANKS A LOT TO BETTY AND FREDDIE.  IT WAS REALLY ACE OF YOU.

 





 

[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: ‘Record shopping…’

Sunday, 19 February 1989

Flash and Raquel


118, QPD, CASTLEFORD

 

‘Wait!’ – Robert Howard & Kym Mazelle



 

Dear diary,

 

This morning my Dad came round to see us all, but it was hard because I didn’t know what the hell to say to him, and god, I miss my dad ever so much; so why the mental block?!

 

Gran Sugden came, also, and it was nice to see her.

 

This Dr Robert single’s great!

 

Later:

It’s about 2.30pm

 

‘Always On My Mind/Always In My House’ – Pet Shop Boys


 

OTHER RECORDS I LIKE:


That Gloria Estefan record

That Ten City record

 

But, oh my Emma.  I’m missing you so much.  It’s something I never expected to feel quite so acutely.  But I do, and after such a short time together.

 

What are you doing right now, Emma?

 

Miss you.  Miss you too much + it hurts.

 

I only wish you were here with me right now.  We could be happily in each other’s arms.  Just so happy.  So happy.

 

I await TUESDAY with bated breath.

 

Emma Goddard, this is the most incredible yearning I’ve felt in quite some time.

 

Later:

IT’S NITE TIME

 

‘C’est La Vie’ – Robbie Nevil



 

ONCE AGAIN, I’M IN BED.  ALONE.

 

Sunday Lunch was FAB.

 

I only wish I’d been in tonite when Louise + Kev came to see me.  That’s life.

 

Flash + I got together (again).

 

AND WHAT DID WE DO?

 

Talked about Berwin Groomstool. 

 

Raquel came over + we ate + played.

 

Flash + I are dying for some money to buy some records we ‘need’.

 

I’m back home now, but I loved seeing Flash.

 

Despite all this, I’m missing EMMA like crazy.

 

Later:

 

‘Still Shows’ – Wire



 

I have enjoyed YORKSHIRE this weekend, and Raquel + Flash + Berwin + NOT Elbow.  All very ace + lovely.

 





 

[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: ‘1994…’

Saturday, 18 February 1989

February Females


‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ – Texas



 

Female Top 20

February 1989

 


 

 

19. Joanna Lumley

 

 


 

 

17. Jill Bryson

 

 

16. Rose McDowall

 

 

15. Nicola Bryant

 

 


 

 


 

 

12. Elvira

 

 

11. Brigitte Bardot

 

 

10. Clarissa Naylor

 


 

 

08. Elizabeth from Eau Brink

 

07. Nasstasja Kinski

 

 



 

05. Kim Wilde

 

 

04. Kate Bush

 

 

03. Imogen Stubbs

 

 


 

 

01. Emma Goddard

 





 

[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: ‘Flash and Raquel…’