The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 5 November 1990

Guy Fawkes' 1990

 
LATE:
 
‘Bridges Burning’ – The Mission

 
Today? 
 
A letter from Flash who’s having fun and doing well and using our comedy character ‘Berwin Groomstool’ in his stand-up a lot.
 
A call from Johnny to whom I gave some info regarding my latest ‘get EQUITY cards’ strategy.
 
A call from Larry Goodgirl who’s interested in what I’m up to.
 
And that’s about it.
 
Major musical concerns: SIOUXSIE + THE BANSHEES, THE MISSION, THE CURE, SISTERS, THE SUNDAYS, SHOP ASSISTANTS, THE CULT, LED ZEP, JIMI HENDRIX, OMD, MORRISSEY, THE SMITHS, THE SHAMEN, THE CHARLATANS, MADONNA, JESUS + MARY CHAIN, ROXY MUSIC, PIXIES, and PET SHOP BOYS.  Quite varied and good on them and me for being so.
 
‘If You Leave’ – OMD

 
Tonite, I visited my folks and we had fireworks for Chip.  Fun, I reckon.
 
Oh, Stan wrote and he and Michelle have moved in together.  He’s lost his job because the company went bankrupt or something.  He’ll be down here this coming weekend.  I hope we can go out somewhere.
 
And I hope Maggie writes tomorrow.
 
 
 
[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: ‘More from Maggie…’

Sunday, 4 November 1990

Happy and Hopeful

‘Israel’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

 
Today, we ate in the canteen again and once again I thought I spotted Abby McMillan (about the third time, actually!), but it turned out to be a girl who looked almost exactly like her – but with a slightly bigger nose.
 
I arrived home today, very happy with my hopefully new-found friend Raq.  And Helen’s nice as well!
 
I did, of course, have a wonderful weekend with Raquel – bordering on beautiful, even.
 
 
[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: ‘Guy Fawkes 1990…’

Saturday, 3 November 1990

Guinness, Of All Things

RACHEL’S PLACE
 
‘LFO’ – LFO

 
Today, Raquel’s been showing me WINCHESTER + I love it.  Raq is good company.  Better than I ever realised or expected.
 
 
We had lunch at PIZZA HUT and made a mess, then we went to see King Arthur’s table and Jane Austen’s house.
 
Raquel writes:
 
ALLRATE?  WANNAFAIGHT?  IT’S ESS LIVING HERE WITH SOUTHERNERS – BUT WHAT’S THE POINT OF BULLSHITTING THAT YOU POSSESS KING ARTHUR’S ROUND TABLE WHEN IT’S A FACKING PHONEY?  P.S. MY NEW POSTER IS SKILL.  BE SEEING YOU.
 
Later:
 
‘Get A Life’ – Soul II Soul

 
Today, Raq showed me around Winchester and we went to see King Arthur’s round table, the cathedral and the watermeadows.  We did a bit of shopping and ate at Pizza Hut.
 
This evening, we ate at the canteen and got drunk with Helen before going to a pub called THE GREEN MAN.  We then returned to the Lodge for a party which was bloody great.  I was getting on with people – most of them only vaguely – but with Helen like a house on fire.  I felt relieved to not have to follow Raq around like a puppy in a new environment, and thanks to a guy called Tom I got even more drunk – on GUINNESS of all things!  It was also lovely to see Raq moving around the now very wild party, relaxed and confident; settled in; manic, groovy and free; just free, no ties; being herself; free to do what she wants to do; getting loaded and having a good time.
 
So the party was excellent – apart from when I cut my tongue.
 
I did have my hair cut last week, by the way, and I love it.  It’s been thinned out and the sides are shaved.  I had it in a pony today with the back dreadlocked and I really like it.
 
 
[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: ‘Happy and hopeful…’

Friday, 2 November 1990

A Trip To Winchester

RAQUEL’S PLACE
 
‘Dig For Fire’ – Pixies

 
I arrived late tonite and good old Raq met me at the station with her mate, Helen Smith.  We got some CANSIN and had dinner at the uni canteen, where I reckon I saw Abby McMillan from a distance, but it was all too vague, so I can’t be certain!
 
It’s great here.  Raquel’s lovely and groovy without Flash.  I hope we’re both having a good time.  I know I am.
 
Later:
 
‘When the Levee Breaks’ – Led Zeppelin

 
I arrived in Winchester at about 5:30pm today after travelling down via London with Jodie Ratcliffe and her friend on the coach.  It was the first time I’ve seen Jodie in ages, and it was very nice to see her, too.
 
Raquel and her friend Helen Skelton met me at the bus station and we dumped my stuff in Raquel’s room at Spicer/Stodge Lodge before going for dinner at King Alfred’s college canteen.
 
For the rest of the evening, the three of us drank lots of lager and watched MONTY PYTHON.  After a room visit by other Stodge-lodgers (Mark, another Helen and Darren) it was time for bed.  I ended up sleeping with Raquel – not as in ‘having sex’, though we did end up kissing and caressing a great deal.  This, I must admit, felt somehow perfectly logical, natural and very nice.  Maybe I’ve always felt like that about her, I don’t know.  Not so long ago I thought I couldn’t stand her; but I really do like her.  I think it might just have been some of the difficult situations we previously found ourselves in that made things crap for us.  I dunno.  Mind you, I bet she’ll slag me off to Flash next time she sees him…  Anyway, as to what happened, I know damn well I’d never have done any of it if she’d still been going out with Flash.  And I hope he won’t be offended by it in any way.  What happened in bed made me feel very tender and very nice, like I’d discovered something about my feelings for Raquel that I’d never really known before.  Something that goes beyond all those little bitcheries that passed behind our backs in the past.  Something new, I hope.  A new kind of friendship.  Maybe I’m being too optimistic.
 
 
[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: ‘Guinness, of all things…’

Thursday, 1 November 1990

Night Before Winchester

LATE:
 
My No.1: ‘A Little Time’ by The Beautiful South

 
TOMORROW, I GO TO WINCHESTER TO SEE RAQUEL STEVENS.  JOHNNY’S NOT COMING NOW, BUT I MUST SAY, I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT – I’LL BE BACK ON SUNDAY HAVING LOTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT MY SPACE ADVENTURES…
 
 
[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: ‘A Trip to Winchester…’

Wednesday, 31 October 1990

A Hallowe'en Letter

ALL HALLOW’S EVE
 
‘We Want the Same Thing’ – Belinda Carlisle

 
I have received a letter from Maggie, in which, after thanking me for my last letter, she tells me the following: she’d like to know when my birthday is; she’s sad that I haven’t found any theatre work yet, but she adds that she knows I will one day be a famous actor/writer/director and when I am she’s going to come and paint my scenery for me.  She says she can’t imagine me as a postman.  Her own fear of doing such a job would be the bike.  Then, speaking of mail, she tells me that when my letter arrived, she was jumping about all over the place showing everyone the photo I sent her and telling them wonderful things about me.  ‘I’ve been so happy all morning and it’s all because of you’.
 
At the moment, she’s working in an Art Centre, with framing, shop and exhibition and gallery spaces.  She runs the exhibition and gallery spaces.  She supposes it’s quite good, with lots of responsibilities, but she’s not sure that it’s really what she wants to do.  She says it’s part of a scheme and has no real prospects, and the lack of money gets her down.  Added to this, she doesn’t really get on with her boss or the manager (‘a right stuck up little cow’ who went to a convent school).  It’s also boring, she says, because paintings aren’t really something people go out and buy every day.  She’d like to finish her training in Norwich at a design studio.  She says she wrote to Anglia TV to enquire about their graphics department, but to do that she’d need a degree.  She’s now kicking herself, wishing she’d finished her course at NORCAT. 
 
She then says: ‘I’m glad to hear that you haven’t run off with anyone’ and tells me she just got out of a heavy relationship herself.  Things were fine, but he got over-jealous and possessive which made her feel trapped.  Lots of rows would follow him telling her not speak to people and then he’s apologise and she’d forgive him.  Eventually she caused a great scene and left him, but she has the support of lots of good friends.
 
She says she’s still quite ‘gothy’ but much more comfortable as herself and no longer competitive on that scene and enjoys being accepted for who she is now.
 
She says she misses me so very much and begs me PLEASE (about three times) to keep in touch because she loves hearing from me and has loved seeing my face.  My letters brighten her days: ‘nothing can knock me when I’ve had a letter from Ritcherd’.  ‘I think, I hope, that through our letters we can build our friendship’.  ‘It’s great to have a friend like you; someone who listens, cares, and above all else, advises without preaching or judging.  I miss you.’  She thanks me for being her friend and for understanding her.
 
She asks if I ever see the ‘gruesome four’: Kat, Willock, Leighton and Venus.  She asks if they’re still pretentious and says she’s glad I’m no longer going out with Kat.  She says she might pop into WH SMITH in Norwich one day just to see Leighton at work there.
 
She signs off with lots of love and four kisses.
 
(Me right now...)
 
 
[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: ‘Night before Winchester…’

Tuesday, 30 October 1990

Eight Years From Now: 30/10/1998

Eight Years Into the Future...
 
'Bachelorette' - Bjork
 

 
So, I’ve been living above the crepe restaurant where I am deputy manager for about a month.  It was a good move.  I have a large - nay, MASSIVE - studio apartment dating from the Tudor period with a vast brick fireplace and all the food I want, no rent and plenty of time to write and, wonderfully, access to a man who’ll sell me cannabis.  I live in the centre of the city and my window looks out onto the busy street of Holywell Hill and on to the Cathedral whose bells come to me as a great comfort.
 
During my time here, I’ve also popped back to WSM a couple of times (I’ll be going again soon for the school bonfire night); I’ve been to Johnny’s where I had flu (this, in King’s Lynn) but also much fun; dropped the connection with Janie; spoken to Lili over the phone and been continually in love with her (she told me that Tigger had ripped her neck open but is better now; she also told me that she might move to Boston or Washington State and stay in the US for at least 10 years; god, I love her); I’ve been into DOCTOR WHO a fair bit and realise I now own pretty much every TV story you can get hold of; I’ve stayed at Flash’s; been drinking in Soho with both Flash and Johnny; I had Flash over on Monday night, stoned and in love – really good mates; done loads of writing on my novel; and I’ve been listening to lots of music and generally feeling good.  But also scared; that this stability might end.  Betty and Freddie almost split up too, which was shit.  Whatever next, eh?

'Barry' - GusGus

 
Kiss me, my love.  Come and kiss away the pain.  
 
 
[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: ‘A Hallowe’en Letter…’

Monday, 29 October 1990

Revolver Horror Special

LATE:
 
‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us’ – Sparks

 
When will this week’s ‘company’ meeting be?
 
Oh, DW: ‘TALONS’ pt. 2 is skill.
 
THE MOUSES ARE BACK!  WE SIGHTED ONE TODAY – BLOODY MOUSE BASTARDS!  BASTARDS FROM HELL! 
 
RECENTLY, I bought REVOLVER #5, CRISIS #52 and the REVOLVER HORROR SPECIAL.  Most unimpressive-looking, I thought and put off reading them.  But now I’ve read them, mind you, I’m quite pleased with them.  The trouble with these 2000AD spin-offs these days is that they always promise so much and yet never really manage to cough up the goods.  But Shaky Kane is groovy.
 
I’m having a haircut on Wednesday – yippee!
 
 
[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: ‘A bit of time travel…’

Sunday, 28 October 1990

Berwin Groomstool: Live!

‘Make It Mine’ – The Shamen

 
I came home today from Amy’s and Johnny popped over for a little while – nice to see him.
 
TONITE’S TV WAS:
 
DW: ‘THE CURSE OF FENRIC’ pts. 1 + 2 at Johnny’s insistence.
DW: ‘THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG’ pt. 1 – which I absolutely loved.
And the new BBC serial, THE GREEN MAN with Albert Finney – and it’s bloody fantastic.
 
OVER THE COMING WEEK, I’M PLANNING TO:
Go to work, obviously.
Do very little at home.
Write some letters, I hope.
Have a ‘company’ meeting with Julian and Johnny.
Get a haircut with Astra Trellis.
Visit Raquel in Winchester?
 
Flash just rang.  He just did some stand-up at the Oxford university Laughter Loft and performed as our Situation character ‘Berwin Groomstool’.  It went down incredibly well.
 
 
[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: ‘Revolver Horror Special…’

Saturday, 27 October 1990

Great Sex (and Terrance Dicks)

‘What Kind of Fool?’ – All About Eve

 
Today I went to Amy Neat’s and we went into King’s Lynn, where I bumped into Danny Chegwin, another old face! 
 
I also saw Mary-Jane Ferguson.  Fergie is now seeing a guy called Warren, as far as I could make out anyway.  We spoke for about two minutes and, honestly, she is still absolutely gorgeous.  I expect I’m going to get really hung up about her one day.  Just as I told her I would earlier this year.  I keep meaning to start a correspondence with her, but it’s the same with all the other people I want to write to, one just never gets around to it.  I end up writing all the pointless little letters and the job applications telling myself that the really important people will wait, will hold.  But will they?
 
Seeing Fergie brought my day down a bit; I really do think she is beautiful.
 
‘Velouria’ – Pixies

 
Anyway, Amy and I went back to her place and Sally Watson came over.  We had long chats, popped over to Sally’s and then came back.  Amy and I then indulged in all and any sex we could that avoided disrupting her period.  We had a brilliant time and I had great fun with her tits and her buttocks.  We even got a bit ‘rough’ which was fun and she asked me to come all over her face.  It was some great sex and great fun.
 
I also bought two cheap DW books today: ‘Face of Evil’ and ‘The Invisible Enemy’.
 
 
[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: ‘Berwin Groomstool: Live!’