The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Sunday, 30 September 1990

The Incarnate Past

LATE:
 
'What Do You See?’ – Wire

 
Funny, y’know.  Lately, I see a lot of people from my past, or hear about them.  All so suddenly.  Why, eh?  Probably means I’m going to die soon or something.  Birdy, for example.  Then Aunty Vi told me that her hairdresser is one Kate Lambert, a girl with whom I went to Carlton Park Juniors.  When I was in Yorkshire, I’d heard Eddie was back in Ponty.  I called for him, but he wasn’t in sadly.  I saw James Abbott on a bus last week.  He told me all about his going off to university this autumn.  Then he told me all about third year mate Brundle’s latest exploits, and Dave Cooper’s.  Melba Dench’s getting married, James tells me.  I saw Sarah Leigh in town the other week, too; haven’t seen her since we left school.  I saw Moddex in the supermarket yesterday; she didn’t recognise me, but she once came over to Blackberry Narrow with Wendy MacKintosh+ Legs in about 1988.  I also saw Mandy Dell (an old girlfriend from ’84) and said ‘hello’.  Then I saw Mandy 'Chompers' James whom I got off with in ’85 + ’86, and she was with Nicky Brown of all people.  Seeing Nicky, who’s gorgeous, I felt so overwhelmed for some reason, that I just couldn’t talk to them.  I did say a quick ‘hello’, but strode on in the opposite direction.  I felt a kind of shame that I couldn’t really tell them my life was going brilliantly.  Because it's just not.  Stan has told me that Angie Jones now has MS and is wheelchair bound.  Christ.
 
‘Then’ – The Charlatans

 
Today, on the way to pick up Missy, Johnny and I visited Julian Ward, who seemed pleased to see us.  It’s the first I’ve seen of him in about five months and I was very pleased to see him again.
 
Being driven through Dereham’s outlying countryside was so beautiful; reliving those early morning returns to college after all those parties we’d set up.  It felt great.
 
Tonite, Johnny, Amy + Missy all came over to watch STAR TREK: THE VOYAGE HOME, and during this, Flash rang.  I had to rush him a bit and I regret that, but – ACE!  He’s got a baby sister now!  Gerry’s had her baby.  He’s also bought some new comics – good on him!  And he’s well into DOCTOR WHO, which is skill.  It’s the PANOPTICON in a few weeks.  I hope I’m not too late to register. 
 
Donna Davidson rang.  She’s great.  I love her loads!
 
 
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Next time: ‘Trek geek…’

Saturday, 29 September 1990

London with Johnny

‘The Kick Inside’ – Kate Bush

 
Johnny and I went to London and I bought some goodies: two gorgeous photos of Sophie Aldred, THE STAR TREK COMPENDIUM by Allan Asherman
 
…and STAR TREK: THE CAGE (pilot) on CIC VIDEO.
 
We went to find Larry Goodgirl at the Cockpit, but it was closed and he wasn’t there.  We tried his flat; no answer.
 
Johnny was after a t-shirt with the KTB / Kate Bush band symbol on it, but we couldn’t find any.  Then, bizarrely, a woman walked by with one on and Johnny asked her where she’d got it from.  She took umbrage and stormed off, sharply telling him that her husband works for Kate Bush!
 
Well, what a day!  Johnny’s great.  We’re getting dead close again and I really want us to.  He hates his job, still fancies Abby, wants to be unfaithful to Missy, and – like me – is lately consumed by nostalgia.  We both have a lot of sentimental love for this time last year and we’re hoping to organise some kind of gathering – a beautiful reunion, we hope – for the following people:
 
Me, Johnny, Donna Davidson, Stan Flowers, Gemma Winchester, Abby, Emma Goddard, Julian Ward, Nigel Cameron, Jamie Davenport, Una Baker, Peter Conti, Harriet Burleigh, Chloe Attenborough, Charlotte Kneale… and I think that’s about it!
 
 
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Next time: ‘Incarnate past…’

Friday, 28 September 1990

Trek Replaces Who

‘Don’t Bother Me’ – The Beatles

 
Captain’s Personal Log:
 
I love STAR TREK.  I’m virtually obsessed with it now.
 
FARPOINT was brilliant.  Picard is great.  Deanna Troi is gorgeous and she has a brilliant costume.  I never knew what I was ignoring in all those recent issues of TV ZONE.  And good news on that score – TV ZONE is bringing out a STAR TREK special!
 
Oh, and John Helm – a mate of Flash’s I once met – has had a letter published in TV ZONE.
 
At the moment, I’m more into STAR TREK than I am DOCTOR WHO.  I don’t, of course, expect this to last because I think my favourite programme will always be WHO, but STAR TREK comes as a bit of a saviour right now.  I was falling out of love with WHO.  I noticed this after I finished College and music, drugs and The Beatles became much more important.  This might have been a retrograde step, but I doubt it.  Over the last three years of my WHO-mania, the thing keeping my interest alive has been the new McCOY episodes, annually.  This year, there are none.  It should be on TV, now, but it’s not.  The lack of new material has left me feeling a bit tired of the show; overkill of the same stuff and even old episodes hard to get hold of.  I think I might put DOCTOR WHO to rest for a bit.  For the time being.  With a brief flurry for PANOPTICON (if we get there).  STAR TREK can take WHO’s place for now – and perhaps beyond.  I love it.  The sense of having something new to discover is great.
 
‘What Time Is Love?’ – The KLF

 
Gemma Winchester rang tonite and it was a lovely phone call.  She wanted to go out somewhere with me – tonite!  Sadly, that’s not possible.  Next weekend, we hope.
 
And hooray!  For Jack, who’s now got himself a job in computers.
 
Will I ever get what I want?
 
STAR TREK
The Wrath of Jez
 
 
 
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Next time: ‘London with Johnny…’

Thursday, 27 September 1990

Fascinating Rhythm

My No.1: ‘Fascinating Rhythm’ by Bass-O-Matic


 
Captain’s Personal Log:

 
Went out with Johnny, Amy + Missy to The Woodman’s Cottage tonight.  Just good fun.  Played pool and enjoyed it.

 

 
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Next time: ‘Trek Replaces Who…’

Wednesday, 26 September 1990

Encounter at Farpoint


‘I’m Free’ – The Soup Dragons

 
Captain’s Log, Stardate 1990.
 
Ace news!  George BakerBetty’s ex-husband – may well be taping me some of the ‘original’ TREKs from SKY.  GROOVEY!
 
On top of this, ST:NG was on today: ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT.
 
 
SKILLAFOOMACKER!
 
 
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Next time: ‘Fascinating Rhythm…’

Tuesday, 25 September 1990

Lilith Rumours

LATE:
 
‘Tell Me What You See’ – The Beatles
 
I worked at the lorry yard this morning and babysat this afternoon.
 
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION starts tomorrow.  I can’t wait.  I’m into STAR TREK more than anything else at the moment.  More than DOCTOR WHO, even.
 
Johnny rang tonite.  So did Amy.  Nick Valentine has been to see Lilith, apparently.  Ooh.  Her American ‘ex’.  Risky!
 
I wrote to Gemma Winchester and Jo Jordan today.
 
More work at the lorry yard tomorrow.  BLLLPPPPTTT!
 
 
 
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Next time: ‘Encounter at Farpoint…’

Monday, 24 September 1990

The Voyage Home


I still haven’t posted Maggie’s card.

 
Later:

 
‘I Need You’ – The Beatles


 
Well, I went into town today and bought the STAR TREK IV video.  And I love it.


 
I’ve also remembered that I’ve got to post Flash his money – but is he at home right now or at Oxford?
 
Shite!
 
Later:
 
Peter Conti rang tonite.  To say goodbye.  He starts Uni tomorrow.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Rumours…’

Sunday, 23 September 1990

Stan Trek


It’s Maggie’s birthday today.  I haven’t posted her card yet.
 
Later:
 
'The Sensual World’ – Kate Bush

 
 
Well, today, after sex with Amy (in which the condom split – DAMN!) and breakfast, we all (Amy, Johnny, Missy and I) went into King’s Lynn (where we briefly saw Darren Marsh) and then on to Barnes Bysea to see what we could see in the pouring rain.  Such as: the theatre, the sea, a tea room with scones in, amusement arcades…  Mostly, Johnny and I indulged in lots of memory swapping. 
 
On all our car journeys, we had Kate Bush playing – particularly stuff from The Sensual World LP – which was all very evocative of this time last year.  And as I haven’t really listened to much Kate since about January, it felt very nostalgic.  I know I look back on ’89 with considerable scorn (academic achievements excluded), I recall that those days from September to December were steeped in magic.  All we really had to do was enjoy ourselves, flitting from party to party.  Until we eventually all forgot we were friends and drifted apart.  Back then, it was me and Johnny; Julian, Una, Jamie, and, of course, Gemma.  Then Stan.  There were more of us, but these spring instantly to mind.  And will any of us ever forget crashing at Julian’s house after Gemma’s party at the Hungry Horse in Necton?  I miss those days now.  Days when every one of us seemed to love Kate Bush.
 
 
After Barnes Bysea, we returned to Johnny’s and watched the last episode of BLACKADDER GOES FORTH and THE COMIC STRIP’s OXFORD. 
 
 
Then Stan and Michelle called to pick me up (we’d made arrangements over the phone, you see?).  Michelle’s best mate – Sam (from Peterboro’) was driving, and took us back to Stan’s parents’ place, Badger House; my return after 2 years, and it was lovely to see Annette and Siegfried, I’ll add. 
 
‘Come Together’ – Primal Scream

 
So Stan and I sat talking rather philosophically for ages.  We then started reminiscing: his lost weekend with Gemma, the last term of 1989, and so on.  Soon we’d covered: music, Sugarblood, our changing lifestyles, his new and tidier (more individual) image, his job-hunting.  Sam and Michelle had a lot of catching up to do also, so we were all happy.
 
We all ate Sunday roast with Sieg and Annette, and afterwards, Stan and I sat alone in the parlour with Kate Bush on the tape-deck, settling our dinners with nostalgic conversation.  We confirmed to each other that we’re still great friends and I invited him to come over and stay soon.  We briefly discussed Michelle, for whom he cares a great deal, but he felt sad that for most of the weekend she’d ignored him in favour of Sam.  I think it upset him, but I told him that this is always the way with old friends and that he needn’t take it to heart.
 
Next, we all had a smashing game of TRIVIAL PURSUIT, and then it was goodbye time.  Sam drove me back to St Mary, en route to Peterborough.  Thing is, on the way back she proved herself to be a massive DOCTOR WHO fanatic and so we swapped addresses.  Hopefully she’ll come over and watch some videos soon.
 
Arriving home, I was distressed to accidentally tape over my STAR TREK IV recording before I’d even had the chance to watch it!
 
 
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Next time: ‘The Voyage Home…’

Saturday, 22 September 1990

Sex and Philosophy (But Mostly Star Trek)

‘Loaded’ – Primal Scream

 
Today, I bought the latest NEMESIS THE WARLOCK comic (colour reprints for the US market) and treated myself to the CIC Video of STAR TREK III – THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, which I’d never before seen, all in excited anticipation of this evening’s TV premiere of STAR TREK IV – THE VOYAGE HOME. 
 
I also bought a reduced price novel of STAR TREK V – THE FINAL FRONTIER. 
 
Incidentally, I’m currently reading STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE and it’s brilliant.
 
 
So I got home and I watched III and at 8pm I started videotaping IV – and bloody Anglia cut off the first two minutes of credits, etc.!
 
'Another Girl’ – The Beatles
 
At 8.10pm, I went out with Johnny, Missy and Amy to the Fair, then to The Angel.  After a drink, we bought some booze, a Chinese, and hired a video - PET SEMATARY - and came back to Johnny’s.  The film was still brilliant and had us all in tears (more than it ought to have, really).
 
 
 
After the film, we all retired to bed.  I slept in the spare room with Amy and, needless to say, we indulged in a great deal of sex – enjoyable, too.  And we coupled it with some really nice philosophical conversation.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Stan Trek…’