25 Years Too Late...

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Saturday, 28 October 1989

A Letter From The Master

‘Sperm Whale Trip Over’ – A R Kane


AFTERNOON

The prospects for life after Tech are … well, confusing.  Will it be university?  Or will it be … Fish Music?  Whatever I do, I hope Johnny and I will be able to do something – maybe a ‘tour’ – with our Fish Music comedy ideas somewhere in the early ‘90s.  I have this vague idea that if we can sort out how to make the bookings, then maybe me, Badcock, Ward and hopefully a girl (perhaps even Raquel and Flash) could do a series of comedy performances in order to gain EQUITY membership.  Conti would help us write it.  But I do think Flash should be involved in some way, big or small.  Somehow. 

WHO GIVES A SOD ANYWAY?

Sod

Oh, apparently DOCTOR WHO will be back – or so they say – in January 1991.  But the BBC will have ‘sold it off’ by then to an ‘outside’ company.  ZENITH (makers of The Paradise Club) want it, as does CINEMA VERITY (owned by Verity Lambert, the Doc’s first producer).  It’s likely to return with 20-odd episode seasons.  Oh bum.

Later:

‘Deeper Understanding’ – Kate Bush


DOCTOR WHO BOOKS

THE MUTATION OF TIME by John Peel gets an ‘excellent’.

By the way, Julian’s doing well with that Chloe girl in TS1.

Today’s been a little empty. 

THE DEAD ZONE was on and it was a really great film.  Impressed me no end. 
 

A ‘letter’ arrived this morning, well two letters in one envelope, actually.  It was all addressed to me, but on the rear of the envelope were two words: MR. MAGISTER.  Intriguing and enticing.  I opened it and the letters within were worth treasuring beyond all doubt and measure.  They had been written on two separate occasions – 29th December 1972 and Sunday 6th May 1973 – I was holding letters sent to me by Spock, but written by Roger Delgado, the original MASTER from DOCTOR WHO


He had said he would send me them some time ago and I am VERY pleased with them.  Thank you very much, Spock.  They are very gratefully accepted.

 


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Next time: ‘Stan cops off with Gemma…’

Friday, 27 October 1989

Tea At Lola's

It’s about 11.30pm

‘Breathe’ – The Mission


I’m finally home after several days – or at least several hours – away…

BEFORE WE BEGIN…
 
Episode One of THE CURSE OF FENRIC, the new DW story, is excellent. 
 
 
MORE!  MORE!  MORE!

Well, as I’m so tired, I can’t be bothered to write very much, but as soon as I am sober of mind, I shall tell you all about my life.  But for now, a simple message:

THE MISSION, KATE BUSH and SINEAD O’CONNOR are GOOD.

 
The Three Musketeers, Dogtanian, and Woman at Benetton Bummers Collection
Tee hee hee hee

Later:

‘Troy’ – Sinead O’Connor


Today, Stan borrowed a shirt from Julian, to go with his new blue jeans.  He really is attempting to tidy up his appearance.  Seems to make a lot more sense to me.  I like to see Stan being logical.  It also convinces me that I shouldn’t be living on both sides as I have been (‘trendy’ for college, scuzzy for ‘weekends’).

We had intended getting up at 5.30-6am-ish.  The alarm did go off and Johnny turned it off and tried to wake us, but then went back to sleep.  DIMMOCK. 

So we eventually set off, dead late, at 9am.  The four us, up to Castleford, where we spent a grand 50 minutes drinking tea with Flash, going to LOLA’S to show Johnny + Julian ‘Mr. Dave’, walking up from Flash’ place with mugs of tea in our hands.




So there you have it.

And it was nice to see Flash, but it was also funny that it felt like a similar trip I took on May 22 1987.  Funnily enough, Flash ‘felt’ like the same Flash as back then.  He was definitely different to when I saw him last: easier, happier-go-luckier.  So we got up to a few pranks on Stan’s tea and it was great to see him, giggling away in LOLA’S.  Haven’t seen him laugh so much in yonks.

Well, after our short stay, we all returned to our respective homes.

I came back to a couple of letters.  The first was from The British Library about The Chinese Play.  I wrote to them last week apologising for the delay in getting a script as them and that I’d get them a copy as soon as I could find a way of getting it typed.  They replied that they appreciated the letter and that they eagerly await the arrival of the manuscript.  I WILL get it to them as soon as possible.

The other letter was from Natalia, who has finally settled in at the University of Essex with a strenuous 9 hours of lecture time per week.  Phew!  Her life seems so strange, she says; all sorted out but with some sort of gap at the heart of it.  It was nice to ‘hear’ from her.

Tonite, I enjoyed BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, strangely enough.
 




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Next time: ‘A Letter From The Master…’

Thursday, 26 October 1989

The Mutation of Time

‘The Fog’ – Kate Bush


Today, Julian seemed to feel guilty about all the kissing, etc. for reasons he really didn’t go into.  In conversation, I told him how I felt about Gemma and that I felt continually closer to her, despite certain ‘distances’ between us in the past.  He said that, yes, Gemma had been wary of me and had never seemed to like me all that much, but now – in spite of her fancying Tom Gray – she seems to be making her mind up about me and opening her eyes, saying I was a nice person.  I hope so.

Later:

My No.1: ‘Rocket’s Tail’ by Kate Bush


Well, today we all departed from Sara’s not quite the worse for wear.  Stan joined the Three Musketeers (me, Julian and Johnny) and, along with Emma, we all went over to Julian’s in Dereham where we breakfasted, showered, etc – and basically collapsed a lot.  We were all very knackered.  After some mouldy crumpets and the dog upheaving all the bins, Emma went down to her dad’s.

We four boys decided to go into Norwich for the day.  This filled me and Stan with a certain amount of trepidation; for me, I don’t know why – I don’t think anyone there wishes to bother me.  But Stan stirred up some considerable bad feeling during his final days.  Like myself and so many others that quitted the Norwich ‘goth’ scene, he left as a bit of an exile.  But Stan is now a real outcast, having made a lot of enemies.

The day went along at a fair pace: lunch, DOCTOR WHO novel purchasing (THE MUTATION OF TIME), and so on.

 
All was well until Stan was spotted by one of his female enemies and we all decided to beat a hasty retreat before he could be properly cornered by any massed force of screaming dickheads.

Back at Julian’s we watched DOCTOR WHO: REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS 1-3, for Stan’s benefit (he’s now getting into the show), but even Johnny thought it was good and he HATES the programme.

 

Eventually, we took Johnny to King’s Lynn, drank tea at his house on Russell St and helped Stan to renegotiate his idea of fashion; he has decided to stop being quite so ‘alternative’ and is attempting to be a bit more ‘trendy’.  He wants to fit in more with the Drama kids and appear more accessible to the girls.  He says he feels more at ease and much cleaner; better, generally, in fact.  Just as I felt in January.

So Johnny gave Stan a pair of blue jeans. 

In the evening, we dropped Johnny off at his Tchoukball training and we went over to Stan’s and talked a lot about life, love, music and many other things.

We also decided that we would go shopping in Leeds tomorrow.  Flash was telephoned and duly notified.

After a long time reminiscing and discussing, we collected Johnny and returned to Dereham where we watched BLACKADDER...


...and DOCTOR WHO (REMEMBRANCE 4 and SILVER NEMESIS).


Stan’s getting well hooked.


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Next time: ‘Tea at Lola’s…’

Wednesday, 25 October 1989

Sara Baker's Party

‘Can U Dig It?’ – Pop Will Eat Itself


Tonight was very good fun.  Johnny, Julian and Emma picked up and we drove to West Walton to Sara Baker’s home.  We were the final arrivals and already there were: Stan, Gemma Winchester, Sara Baker (of course!), Ed Baker (her brother, who went to bed pretty early on), Caroline Clifford and her best mate Shellie, and Becky Baker (who I hadn’t seen in yonkers) who eventually went out with her new boyfriend.

Well, things started off quite sedately, but alcohol was freely consumed and records were played.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off Gemma, who I’m getting to feel quite attracted to, lately.  After a game of cards, my style (a drama game that I can’t be bothered to elaborate on) Gemma, Stan, and I went to THE KING ARTHUR public house (my old home, incidentally), to purchase about 13 quids worth of assorted beers.  It was strange to go back there after so many years, but it’s changed only slightly.

Back at the party, we all proceeded to get violently drunk, at one point pinning Johnny down and force ‘feeding’ him GUINNESS, which ailed him somewhat.

Then, as we all settled down a bit, a game of ‘spin the bottle’ occurred.  The rules being that if the bottle spun to say, Ritcherd, and then to, say, Gemma, then they would have to kiss.  Needless to say, the boys present (me, Julian, Johnny + Stan) all wanted the bottle to land on them and Gemma, and, indeed, much of the time it did…

I enjoyed kissing Gemma.  And, at her urging, the game developed from ‘peck’ to ‘snog’.  The first time it was ‘difficult’ adjusting to her mouth, but later I slotted into it beautifully, and on all subsequent occasions, I milked her kissing for all it was worth, thoroughly enjoying it.  Admittedly, Johnny kissed her, Julian kissed her, and Stan kissed her.  I also kissed Emma and Sara and Shellie, but I was all for Gemma.

There was also a game of Postman’s Knock, where I got to kiss Gemma loads of time, outside the living room and when we kissed it was very passionately and for long periods.

Next came the game of strip-poker, resulting in the nakedness of me (but then I DO play to lose), Johnny and Stan (Julian and Emma opted out).  Gemma got down to virtually nothing, wrapping herself in a handy sleeping bag.  This didn’t prevent me, at one point, espying her very nice ‘bottom’ and one of her breasts which was showing (unbeknown to her) and was very beautiful.

After dressing, Gemma and I sat alone and she commented on the newness of kissing me and how interesting it was.  I wanted to go further into this and had already hinted that I quite liked her, but then everyone else came in.

After we all did a crap Ouija, we all slept on the living room floor; me with Gemma under a quilt.  Unfortunately nothing ‘occurred’ – nor did I attempt to start anything. 

Sara tried to get off with Johnny, incidentally.


[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 Mutation of Time…’

Tuesday, 24 October 1989

Smelling of Diesel

9pm

‘Enola Gay’ – OMD


Johnny and Julian just rang, and I stink of diesel.  I’d better earn 35 quid on Friday, or I’ll scream out of my bottom.  I owe Betty and Freddie 12 quid, so that leaves me with 23 quid – boogah of which I can usefully spend on Chrissie presents after the usual bollox of bus fares + food.

 

Well, Sara’s do tomorrow night after work; London – possibly – on Thursday with Julian + Johnny, and then I’m going into Tech or something on Friday.  Whatever, I’ll be doing some college work.  Then I’ll work Saturday morning, I reckon.

Life’s poocack!


[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: ‘Sara Baker’s Party…’

Monday, 23 October 1989

Easily Done

9.15pm

‘Tower Of Strength’ – The Mission


I listen to the Children album by The Mission a great deal lately. 


 
I also like listening to Bowie’s DIAMOND DOGS LP. 


 

But it has to be said that the new Kate Bush LP, The Sensual World, is already my album of 1989.


So far, these are my own personal fave albums of ’89:

Watermark by Enya

 
Introspective by Pet Shop Boys

 
Batman by Prince

 
…but Kate has beaten them all.  Totally.

I thought about Beatrice Miranda Wasp at work today.  Thinking back to our last ‘togetherness’, which seems so strange.  To think things like: WOW – I took a bath just before I went to her house that first time this summer, not merely to make myself presentable, but more … ceremonially.  Like I was cleansing myself in preparation for sex.  Logically, she must have done the same.

I was also thinking: Did she want to back out with me?  Should I have awoken her in the night with kisses across her entire body?

Life’s full of possibilities – some taken, some not.  But I miss my friend Miranda.  I hope she’s well.

If I had money to spend on records right now, I’d buy:

GIFT by The Sisterhood
Some stuff by Loop
And

Later:

10 minutes later

‘We Are The Dead’ – David Bowie


I feel a TWAT!

I just rang Flash to wish him a ‘happy birthday’.  And the eventual phone call was nice.  But I felt such a twat.  Why?  Well, you think yourself full of good intentions – ‘I’ll ring my mate’ – so you do and when someone answers and says ‘Hello?’ and you say, ‘Hello, is Flash there?’, and the man says, ‘I think you’ve got the wrong number’, and you say, ‘Really?  This is [INSERT NUMBER], isn’t it?’, and he says, ‘Yes, it is’, and you suddenly realise your mate DOES NOT live at Gordon Villas in Pontefract any more, but does in fact live on Ashton Street in Castleford and has done for TWO FUCKING YEARS, then, my friend, you feel like a bloody fat, hairy, sweaty TWAT!

It’s easily done.  Tell me it’s easily done.  PLEASE!


[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: ‘Stinking of diesel…’

Sunday, 22 October 1989

Looking Forward and Back

3.15pm

‘Crystal Ocean’ – The Mission


I am Dick Shit…

WEEK AHEAD (PROSPECTIVE)

WORKING AT LORRY YARD MON, TUE, WED.

SARA BAKER’S PARTY WEDNESDAY!

JOHNNY BADCOCK’S THURSDAY AND FRIDAY?

HOME SATURDAY?

BACK TO TECH NEXT MONDAY!

GOD!  WHY DO WE HAVE HALF-TERM HOLIDAYS?  IT’S JUST A WASTE OF MY TIME!!

Later:

6pm-ish?  I don’t know.

‘Duel’ – Propaganda


I’m just looking through old diaries, letters and stuff; odd things I wouldn’t generally take the time to look at…

I mean, in my first ever 1985 volume, we have me lusting over a new schoolgirl called Paula.  HA-HA!  We were friends for a time.  Paula Fox.  Y’know what?  I saw her in the paper the other week.  A national paper.  And why?  Well, she finally achieved her ambition, didn’t she?  She was posing topless on Page 3 of The Sun.  And I’m glad for her.  A long way from Wetlands High…

Then there’s Sadie Woolf.  Remember her?  I was a bit crazy about her in 1987.  I’m just reading a letter she sent me.  And there’s tonnes of letters from Flash.  Loads of stuff to look back on.  If I were to die tomorrow, I think it would be in the knowledge that within my 19 years on Earth, I have already lived a rich and wonderful life.

I am grateful.

Later:

7pm-ish

‘Stay With Me’ – The Mission


I scare myself and I don’t like it.

I found a scrap of a 1986 letter from Jenny Taylor.  It reminded me that I must get in touch with her as she has ALL of those letters we used to exchange in lessons.  I’d love to get copies.  I bet she’s destroyed them now.  Even if she hasn’t, it’s one chunk of my life, gone.  STOLEN?  I’d probably have to contact Gaby Hill and maybe she’d know Jen’s new address.

But, then, what would I rather see?  Those letters … or Jenny herself?  I would perhaps like to take Jenny out to dinner…

Do you know what scares me?

That I’ll never see these people again, Ritcherd.

[You will see Jenny again, and it’ll be quite amazing – Ritcherd, 1996]


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Next time: ‘Easily Done…’