The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Sunday, 1 July 1990

The Space Museum

EARLY

‘Fame ’90 (Queen Latifah Rap)’ – David Bowie

And where does life go next?

I am just a breath away from giving up, falling down and dying.

I am finding the ‘emptiness’ in life and becoming disillusioned.  But that’s always been on the cards.  Why does it surprise me?

Later:

LATE

AUNTY VI’S HOUSE, KELLINGTON, WEST YORKSHIRE

‘Coldsweat’ – The Sugar Cubes

England defeated Cameroon.  We’re into the semi-finals now and up against Germany on Wednesday.

Well, on a whim, with a paltry £25 in my pocket, I came up to Yorkshire where I’m going to be for about a week.

Giles Bacon drove me up here and at present I’m staying with Brian and Vi.

It’s good to get away from home.  It felt like things were getting a bit hectic back there.

THOUGHTS?

And the general ambiguity of my current life.

I’ll have to write some letters whilst I’m up here…

Now to read some more of the thrilling adventures of DOCTOR WHO in THE SPACE MUSEUM.




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Next time: ‘The Thrill of The Chase…’

Saturday, 30 June 1990

A Poem for the Wasp

12pm

‘Thanks For The Night’ – The Damned

I am so immensely hung over/pissed/knackered.

Life’s at an end, in many ways, for me.

Flash left here a little while ago.

I know that I’d really like to see Fergie.  In fact, I’d really like to make love to Fergie, if the gods would permit it.  But they just won’t.

I’m in a limbo.  My life is a void.

Since College ended, I am alone, cut-off, isolated and caught up in the boozy lethargy of my Jez life.  I don’t mind being Jez; going to pubs and getting drunk, but Ritcherd wants to work in HIS CHOSEN PROFESSION.  I really want to work IN MY CHOSEN PROFESSION.  I’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR THIS BUSINESS, and I’ll be damned if I’ll settle for anything less than the work I want to do in theatre and so on.  I’m bloody good at what I do, I really am.  I just wish there was stuff available.  And I wish that the people who are hiring for the few scraps that are available actually wanted me.

Later:

A new poem.

WASP

She is shrouded night’s glorious splendour,
Its midnight stars and all their meaning;
The beauty of the moon, goddess Diane.

She is footfall in dew of summer graves
And early morning, dark and tearful;
Dreams of brightness in black cold.

She is treasure, stolen from my heart,
Radiant and beautiful, she is
All these things and more.

Ritcherd W Winterfood, 1990


[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: ‘The Space Museum…’

Friday, 29 June 1990

The Elusive Party

‘TVC15’ – David Bowie

Today, Flash and I went to ‘stay in’.

He wanted to go through my record collection and have me do him some tapes, so we’ve been doing that.

It’s basically been a day of Bowie records, Doctor Who, and The Situation.


Tonite, we go out to ‘get pissed’.

Mmmm.  Sounds fun, eh, readers?

Later:

‘Kerosene’ – Big Black

Tonite, Flash + I got together with Mooney + Marcus and got thoroughly pissed.

Stan didn’t turn up though he had said he would.  Ash got thoroughly pissed and Angela tried to ‘get back’ with him (they’ve only just split up, you see), but I think it turned into an argument.

There was a party somewhere after the pub, and Emily was urging me to go.  Unfortunately, Flash, Mooney, Marcus and myself never found it.

Bugger.


[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: ‘Boozy Lethargy…’

Thursday, 28 June 1990

Doin' the Do


Today, Flash + I biked into Wizzer + Chips.

We had coffee in Andrew’s and then coffee with Astra Trellis in Sarah’s Café.

Astra’s on the dole, too, and feels pretty much the same about her life as I do mine just now.

My life feels like limbo.  I hope to write more about this another time.

Flash and I biked home with Ange.

REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is the best of the Doctor Who novelisations.



[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: ‘The Elusive Party…’

Wednesday, 27 June 1990

Garden-Hopping

‘Dream Within A Dream’ – Propaganda

The day began in Wisbech, still on the town after a night’s drinking and larking about with Stan who was climbing along the wrong side of the bridge that spans the river.  One mis-step and we’d have lost him for good.

Following what had been a nice boozy night, Flash, Stan and I – in characteristic fashion – had to walk all the way home.  4 miles.  Which was mmmmm great fun, I’m sure!

More on this:

On the way home, we went garden-hopping – or prowling, more correctly – in Miranda Wasp’s garden, originally just to see if we could spy Miranda.  We didn’t see anyone.  But I lay on her back lawn, looking up at the stars and imagining the lyrics of ‘Dream Within A Dream’.  I wish she and I could make love in that garden.

Later:

‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ – Public Enemy

Today I went to the DHSS.  Still no cheque.

Saw Angela briefly and said goodbye to Stan.

It was a birrova shit day.  Hung over, basically.

Later:

‘Poison to the Mind’ – Pop Will Eat Itself

Lilith rang – perhaps I’d like to see her again soon?


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Next time: ‘Doin’ the Do…’

Tuesday, 26 June 1990

Out with Stan and Flash

‘Hey Music Lover’ – S’Xpress




Flash and I were still talking about DOCTOR WHO into the early hours of this morning.

Today, we went into Wisbech, where I bought the brilliant, the much-acclaimed, the much-mentioned REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS Doctor Who novel by Ben Aaronovitch.

We had coffee in BACCHALLY’S.

This evening, we (after much transport jyp) went to The Angel to see Stan Flowers who’d gotten in touch with us and asked us out for a drink.

When we met up with him, he was chatting to Mary Wallis (whom I used to go out with when I was 14).  Ash was there and so was Ange (Angela) and Emily.

‘E.S.T.’ – Alien Sex Fiend

Well, I ended up playing pool with Ange (who lives in St Mary), Flash talked to Ash, and Stan went off to chat up Mary and Emily (which pissed Flash off as he felt Stan was doing this to shun us and piss us off).  Emily was pissed off with Stan and so was Mary, so eventually they came into the Games Room and Flash went to chat to Stan.

Mary and I talked about ‘the old days’ and then I talked to Emily who was getting fed up and a bit depressed as someone had ‘turned her down’ as it were.  She looked really ‘fanciable’ too (mind you, so did Ange and Mary) and when she was telling me that Stan had told her I was, basically, a ‘male tart she told me I should have been ‘tarty’ and stepped in and rescued her from him.  ‘How?’ I asked.  She said I should have asked her to come for a walk with me outside.  ‘Is that all?’ I asked.

We did go outside, and we talked for ages.  I was basically consoling her over her sadness.  Ange then left with some bloke, asking me if I’d take her bike to Emily’s for her.  I agreed.  So, later, after several pints of bitter, a couple of vodkas, and an England World Cup win on the TV, I walked Emily home, listening to her woes and bringing Ange’s bike.

I left Emily with a big hug, telling her I felt a great deal of affection for her; and I don’t know if it was the alcohol or what but I did feel strongly for her and her current predicament.


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Next time: ‘Garden-hopping…’

Monday, 25 June 1990

Flash is Back, Back, BACK, etc.

‘Rok Da House’ – Beatmasters and Cookie Crew




I waited all day today for Flash arriving and he did, eventually, at 9pm.

We’ve had tea and now we’re talking about DOCTOR WHO.


[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: ‘Out with Stan and Flash…’

Sunday, 24 June 1990

Midsummer's Day


8.40pm

‘Chikki Chikki Aah Aah’ – Baby Ford

Spock and Pat left at about 1.30am – and the sun came up at 2.45am.  Can you believe that?  Midsummer or what?!

Peter didn’t come over today; his car’s fucked. 

Oh aye, and rumour has it that Donna Davidson has ended her long-running relationship with Tom.


[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: ‘Flash is back, back, back, etc…’

Saturday, 23 June 1990

Spock and his Viking

1.45pm

‘Hey DJ’ – Beatmasters and Betty Boo

I got a letter from Amy Neat this morning and it – was – SHITTT!

The DHSS wrote, asking for more information about my recent education…


Betty Boo’s on TV right now.  Alison Moira Clarkson, you are just so bloody wonderful.  But what worries me is that you’re getting chart success at 20 years of age, and I’m on the dole.  Will I be ‘past it’ soon?

Peter Conti just rang and he’s coming over tomorrow.  We’ll probably watch my APES film as he’s a McDowall fan.



The new five pound notes look nice.  Pleasant.

Later:

8.30pm

‘Bloody Revolutions’ – Crass

Stan Flowers just rang from his mum’s house.  It seems rather obvious that he’s NOT the latest MISSION guitarist.  But beware, Danyel ‘Flash’ Gordon; not only does he want to see me and thee during the week, but he’s also moving to Leeds!  To live there with the cute and cuddly MISSION fans, THE ESKIMOS.  Sounds lovely.  Well, at least it gives me an answer to one of the last questions Danny Black ever asked me: ‘Do you know anyone who still likes THE MISSION?’

It seems I do.

Spock rang me earlier on.  He’s coming over at about 9 o’clock and he’s bringing a mystery friend.  Wouldn’t tell me who it is.  WELL, I BET IT’S DUNCAN.  If I am right, everyone must give me all their earnings for the next ten years.  If I’m wrong then I am allowed to call myself a ‘silly billy’ – but only if I feel like it.  OKAY?

Well, at the moment, my family are all in Skegness, except Jack who is staying with me and who’s in another room on his computer.

Me?  I’m curled up in front of the stereo, listening to the works of IGNORANT, LIBERTINE, DE VIVRE, NANA, FREE, WRIGHT, RIMBAUD, SUS, and DUFFIELD; perhaps better known as CRASS.
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And it’s bloody lovely.

I want a cup of tea, so you can bet your tits I’m going to bastard have one.  I would say ‘Now!’, but it’s better to say ‘in a few minutes’, what with Now never really existing and all that business…

Later:

‘Can U Dig It?’ – Pop Will Eat Itself

If I wanted to, I could call myself a silly billy right now, but I won’t cos I’m tough.

It wasn’t Duncan.  It was Spock’s old mate, Pat Anthony.  He’s a very tall, imposing chap who looks like Alan Moore and is dead friendly.  I really liked him.  He’s originally from Wisbech, but at the moment, he lives in Sheffield and he’s basically, well, basically he’s a Viking.  Yup.  No kidding.

He’s training for the Dane Law/Lore priesthood or something.  He was dead fascinating and helped me with a few points of research I’ve been interested in just lately.

We also watched a few episodes of DOCTOR WHO and drank tea.


[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: ‘The Donna Rumour…’