The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Saturday, 30 September 1989

Postponement

10.30pm

‘Fullhouse’ – Kate Bush


The party has to be postponed then.

SHITEBAG!

Maggie RING ME!

Oh.  I’ve entered two new DOCTOR WHO competitions.

Later:

Finally, I’ve fashioned my own version of TOLKIEN’s FEANORIAN SCRIPT, creating a table of the ANGERTHAS (probably far from complete or precise) that will allow me to write in code should I wish. 

Well worth having.


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Next time: ‘Dark nostalgia…’

Friday, 29 September 1989

Party Crisis!

‘Drama!’ – Erasure


AAAARGH!
Freddie has fallen out with JockBetty and Freddie were supposed to be going to Blackpool with Jock + Janet next week.  Now they’re not, obviously, which means I’ll have to cancel my party!  SHITE!

AND WHAT IS MORE…  I WANT TO SEE SOME BOND MOVIES.



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Next time: ‘Postponement…’

Thursday, 28 September 1989

Letter From Amy

‘If Only I Could’ – Sydney Youngblood

LETTER FROM AMY
She handed me this today, having written it at 12.48am this morning.  She calls me ‘lovely bum Ritcherd’.  She’d just had Kirby in her room nattering away and then sorted her folder out.  She says she’s looking forward to my party, but worries that her mum might not let her go, and even if she can, she worries how she’s going to get there.  She’s tired and looking forward to finally getting an early night, having got to bed recently at a general time of about 12.30am.  She’s been in trouble for having a water fight in her halls of residence, having been grassed up by a fellow boarder.  It turns out that the boarder had been upset and annoyed about the fight because she’d just heard her parents are getting divorced, so Amy’s going to apologise to her.  She’s glad we’re on better terms now and she understands that my work has to be my priority.  ‘But,’ she says, ‘I still really, really love you’ and she hopes we don’t fall out.  But, she adds, she understands that the best way forward is to be ‘just friends’.  She’s hoping to leave halls of residence (Plaxtole House) and get a room with a landlady, like Donna does.  Her mum is resisting the idea, though.  She admits she can be very irresponsible and imagines she’s going to be chucked out soon anyway.  She signs off with ‘lots of love & lemonade & sparkles + pink elephants, etc’ adding three kisses

Later:

‘Rags’ – Crazyhead


I really enjoyed the final episode of Doctor Who: BATTLEFIELD, despite the fact that the Destroyer had a pink neck, despite the Brigadier NOT dying, despite the Doctor NOT cutting off Mordred’s head…
 
 
My favourite scene was perhaps the closing one and I thought the Bambera/Ancelyn chemistry was brilliant throughout the whole episode.  I very much enjoyed it.  The story was good, but ‘romp’ class; not dark enough for me and not the best by a long chalk.  Off the top of my head, I’d say it was better than SILVER NEMESIS, though!  What did Battlefield do for the Whoniverse as a whole?  Well, it was nice to be presented with a mystery from the Doctor’s FUTURE for a change…

Later:

11.50pm

‘Map Ref’ – Wire


I can’t sleep.  I can’t BASTARD sleep, so I’m turning to the diary and WIRE for a bit of company.

Did I tell you about my tablets?  For about, what, most of last year and a bit of this I was taking tablets for my spots and then I stopped.  Well, I’m on a new course of them now and the Doc says the reason why they didn’t perhaps work the last time was because they’re antibiotics and, apparently, if for some reason I miss one or took one at the wrong interval or whatever, it wouldn’t work and the course would be ruined.  Not only that they do also sorts of destroying of natural bodily defences. 

OH, HOW FANTASTIC!

I’m still hoping to have a party soon.

GOODNIGHT.


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Next time: ‘Party crisis…’

Wednesday, 27 September 1989

Rolling in the Fallen Leaves

‘Small Town England’ – New Model Army


Today, we all went to the INTRO DISCO, which was a bit shitty.  I wore my new baggy 501s and a paisley shirt, but found myself wishing I was in my old black alternative stuff as I danced to New Model Army, Cure, Soul II Soul and some other stuff.



Johnny ‘got off’ with Abby.

Stan went and he really cracks me up.  I like Stan at the moment.

I walked Amy home and we touched each other’s body in The Walks and rolled and kissed in the fallen autumn leaves.  At least now she understands we cannot ‘go out’ with each other.

Staying at Johnny’s.


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Next time: ‘Letter from Amy…’

Tuesday, 26 September 1989

Fantastic Rehearsals

‘Secret Ceremony’ – Scala


Today, I spent ages with Johnny and Julian again.


MP rehearsals were fantastic for a change.


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Next time: ‘Rolling in the fallen leaves…’

Monday, 25 September 1989

Lilith Valentine

‘Walk Straight Down The Middle’ – Kate Bush


Today, I spent a lot of my time with Johnny, Julian Ward and Emma

Johnny made further moves on Abby who has chucked her usual bloke.  But they’re still not ‘together’.

I tell you what, though: ABBY’S SISTER IS GORGEOUS!
(Alas, she is taken)

[The first mention of Lilith Valentine – Future Ritch]


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Next time: ‘Fantastic rehearsals…’

Sunday, 24 September 1989

On the Verge

‘Houdini’ – Kate Bush


I’m on the verge of something terrible.  Emotionally and mentally I feel very unstable.  Near schizophrenic, in fact.  I feel almost on the verge of mental and emotional collapse.  And if MP fails, I shall crack up and that’ll be the end of me.

I’ve been thinking that if I’m allowed to enrol, I might do an English A-level.  I’m convinced I could do a better job of it now.


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Next time: ‘Lilith Valentine…’

Saturday, 23 September 1989

War and Remembrance

11.15pm

‘The Sensual World (Instrumental)’ – Kate Bush


I’ve been watching WAR AND REMEMBRANCE and I’m finding it very powerful.
 

Amy rang me tonight.  It’s the first time we’ve spoken since the escalation of our ‘relationship’ led to a split.  She rang to break the ice and I’m glad she did.  Not that there really was any ice to break.  I’m glad she rang.  My conscience feels much lighter and we are still hoping to be good friends.  Our ‘relationship’ ‘experience’ has to be one of the strangest I’ve encountered in recent years.  It was so short and mortal.

The fact of Natalia leaving next week is still hard to take.  I wish I could see her this week.  Alas, she and her boyfriend are going to the Isle of Wight for some romantic goodbye sojourn.  All my best wishes go with you to Essex, Nat.  We must wait.

Then there’s Maggie.  I hope she’s okay.  I wish I could give her a ring but I don’t possess a number.  I hope she’s getting over her tragedy.  I hope she manages to have a happy birthday today.

It’s also about time I contacted Beatrice Miranda Wasp.  Where is she now?  Why didn’t she write back?

I must also post that letter to Manda Jones.  Pull yourself together, Ritch.


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Next time: ‘On the verge…’

Friday, 22 September 1989

Goodbye, Natalia

11.20pm

‘From Russia With Love’ – Matt Munro


Dream:
Last nite I made friends with a fox + a goose.  They lived in a forest in my back yard.  Then, bulldozers + earth-movers came to knock the forest down, so I ran into a theatre + had to hide because I was being chased by some unseen, unknown menace…

Today, I bought John Peel’s DOCTOR WHO novelisation, MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN
 
 
…and Kate Bush’s 12-inch of THE SENSUAL WORLD
 
 
I am impressed by both.

I rang Natalia Wnek tonight.  She’ll be going off to uni next Saturday and it was sad talking to her, realising that it might well be the last time we speak for ages.  And perhaps the last ‘real’ time for us in a way.  She has meant a lot to me.  I wish her all the best.

I WISH I WAS IN CONISTON.


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Next time: ‘War and remembrance…’

Thursday, 21 September 1989

Current Happenings

My No.1: ‘The Sensual World’ by Kate Bush


Dream:
Last nite, I was pushing a pram and walking a dog as I kept an eye on Chip.  This was in Chequerfield, Pontefract, which then turned into Airedale, Castleford, so I went to see Elbow.

Work on MP continues and rehearsals are such a drag – and that’s because the cast are so crass, but for a few exceptions.  Most of them can’t act for anything, and they never will.  I sometimes feel like they really are wasting my time.
 


As for the new Pantomime, Will and I are making some progress, I believe, and have completed a scene.  Berwin is back in Panto action!

As well as this, Larry is attempting to get me a work placement for next term.  At the moment we’re looking at Yorkshire Actor’s Company (now that would be an ambition fulfilled!).  He still wants me to help him with his TV script too.

There are so many divisions taking place between group members, though.  It’s so sad.  I’m hoping to repair matters by having a party here in a few weeks’ time…

Johnny’s getting on well with Abby at the moment and it’s now an open secret that if she finishes with her boyfriend, then they’ll both be destined for greater things…

Aside from Amy Neat’s immaturity, another of the qualities I dislike about her is her laziness.  She’s just not a worker and I can’t admire that.  I still like her, though.

What of Nigel Cameron, then?  Well, apparently he went to a party and had to stay the night and share a bed with Jamie Davenport.  Cameron must have felt so insecure having to share a bed with a man!  According to Davenport, Cameron groped his bottom in his sleep!  HO-HO!  As well as this, we’ve heard that Natalie Palmer wiped her bum on Cameron’s best jumper and pissed on him!  HOO-HAR-HEE!

Oh!  Thanx go to Raquel + Berwin for a great letter.


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Next time: ‘Goodbye, Natalia…’

Wednesday, 20 September 1989

Amy Neat On Hold

‘Get Out Of My House’ – Kate Bush


Dream:
 
Last nite, I was in Bowness-On-Windermere with the Brigadier, hiding in Bill’s FISH RESTAURANT from some Doctor Who menace. 
 
 
We escaped out of a window, only to be pursued by Sontarans who then expanded like balloons until they popped!

I’ve been busy with Mansfield Park again today and I’m finding this ‘routine’ Amy and I have developed already very dull.  And I do wish I hadn’t found myself so bored, I do.  You may well say I haven’t given the situation enough time to develop and grow, but it really isn’t destined to change.

Amy confronted me with the truth today; that things aren’t working out.  I had to agree, so we’ve called the whole thing off, which is sad because part of me doesn’t want to and I also really don’t want to hurt her.  I do like her a great deal, but I’m so busy and under pressure that I cannot give any more to her than I can my course or MP.  But I do want to be her close friend.  Like before.

Right now, I really want to tell her I love and ask her if we can forget we called it all off, but is it truly a practicable thing for us to be doing?  Is it any good for either of us?

We must speak at length tomorrow.

Later:

DOCTOR WHO: BATTLEFIELD
 
Oh, the Destroyer looks great.  I hope it will be.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Current Happenings…’

Tuesday, 19 September 1989

Maggie's Tragedy

‘Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)’ – David Bowie


Maggie didn’t come in today, as one of her best friends was run over and killed.  So my heart is with her right now.



Amy and I are virtually, well, perhaps definitely ‘going out’, but today I’ve been over-engrossed in MP.


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Next time: ‘Amy Neat on hold…’