25 Years Too Late...

25 Years Too Late...

Monday, 6 October 2014

ROBERT WHO DID MATT MURDOCK CHRONICLES

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Saturday, 12 August 1989

You're History

‘You’re History’ – Shakespear’s Sister

Today I bought some records when Flash + I went into Cas.

I bought:

Hey DJ’ 12-inch by Beatmasters and Betty Boo


‘Whole Lotta Love’ 12-inch by Love Child Orchestra


Tin Machine LP by Bowie


…and the woman at the shop gave me a cassingle of ‘You’re History’ by Shakespear’s Sister


…for free!

I also bought 007 Magazine, which I’ve really enjoyed reading.


I’m staying at Gran Winterfood’s tonite.


[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 family Sunday…’

Friday, 11 August 1989

Batday

BATDAY 1989

8am

AND, FUCK ME, IT’S BATDAY!


Jack NicholsonMichael KeatonJerry HallBilly Dee WilliamsKim BasingerMichael Gough.

The movie is here!

It’s made $150 million in the USA – and it hasn’t even opened here yet.  It’s rumoured that it’s going to be the biggest box office blockbuster yet.

And it’s been hyped so much that I’ve wanted to see it for MONTHS!  And now it’s here, I want it to be the best film I’ve ever seen.  I really want it to do well and be brilliant.

Well, we’ll see tonite, won’t we?



Later:

‘Kisses On The Wind’ – Neneh Cherry

I arrived in Castleford today, and I went off to the ABC Cinema in Wakefield to see BATMAN with Flash and Raquel.  Big queues.  And despite the fact that the cinema was crap and full of wankers (and let’s face it, admission was only a quid), BATMAN was a fantastic film (due mainly to the performances of NICHOLSON, KEATON, and BASINGER).  A lot of the time it had me in stitches and the twists and turns of the plot and the whole angle of the movie chuffed me chuffless.  Really brilliant stuff!

So we’re going to go and see it again…

This evening, back at Flash’s, we watched a couple of episodes of the old The Twilight Zone.  I enjoyed them, so I’m quite interested in that 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: ‘You’re history…’

Thursday, 10 August 1989

Losing My Mind

7.15am

‘For Your Eyes Only’ – Sheena Easton

The Last Day begins and I feel better about a lot of things now, including:

The fact that RADIO ONE is playing a rather good Bond theme.
Donna’s letter to me.
The fact that it’s raining.

It must have rained quite heavily in the nite.  Hopefully it will be quite rainy all day.  I mean, it’s been continually boiling hot and sunny for weeks.  Which is all fine and good and nice if you can enjoy it, but when one is working it really is something of a bloody bugger.  Anyway, I find a thunderous looking sky far more heartening than a still, blue one.  I’m a fan of wild clouds.  Clouds are big in my life.

Oh.  It’s stopped raining.

Still wondering about Arran.  Sounds great, but I’m not sure.  Oh, well, we’ll see.

Oh, now the news is saying there’s been a huge outbreak of salmonella food poisoning.  And thank god that Canadian ship full of toxic waste has been sent back.  Also in today’s news, Brigitte Bardot is threatening to leave Saint-Tropez, because the authorities want to ban dogs from the beaches.  Brigitte says it’s the decadent humans that are the problem…

Oh, I wish it would rain again.  Throw it down, come on!  Give it your best shot.

Chip’s good these days.  His vocabulary is quite big + he sings too.  His favourite song at the moment is ‘Boys’ by Sabrina.

Weather man says ‘rain and wind this afternoon’ – Ace!

HURRICANES?!  Oh.  Apparently they’re only going to waft past Britain.  Why couldn’t they burst in and make a right sod of themselves?  Oh, and the radio also reckons these millions of flies we’ve been having might be about to bugger off too.  Good.

Later:

LATE AT NATE

My No.1: ‘Losing My Mind’ by Liza Minelli

The ‘Great Work’ is ended.  The holiday begins.  Thank the lord.

Natalia has found out train times.  Flash is expecting me.

Things are good.

The nite is here.  I must sleep.


[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: ‘Bat Day…’

Wednesday, 9 August 1989

Sitting Out the Day Job

7.30am

VIOLENCE IN ULSTER.  With worse to come, I expect.

It would be fair to say that I’m enjoying The Rainbow more than I did before.

Freddie’s getting up now.  I’ve had breakfast and all that lark.  Time for work, and I so hated it yesterday.  I was irritated + pissed off beyond comprehension.  And the day went on for ever.  I’m running out of new, entertaining things to think about and everything goes bloody wrong for me there anyway.

What’s been occupying my mind lately?  Well, when I’m there, sorting pallets, I think a bit about Doctor Who, my upcoming holiday, The Rainbow, next term at college, getting away from the yard as quickly as possible…

I think about BATMAN a heck of a lot.



Today and tomorrow to go and then that’s it – over.  But it’s just dragging + I wish I could focus on thinking about other things, rather than ‘oh god, how many more hours have I left?’, but I can’t.  I really hate being there.  It’s not the actual physical work that bothers me, it’s the accompanying boredom.  And then there’s the lack of any achievement after all that effort.  I get money, sure, but no feeling of… satisfaction.  Nothing.

I don’t want to go, but here I go again. 

Doesn’t time drag on?

Later:

It’s 6pm

'Sheep Farming In The Falklands' - Crass

ONE DAY TO GO!
ONE FER-UCKING DAY TO GO!
HEY-HO, MY BOLLOCKS ON SHOW!
ONE FERUCKIN’ DAY TO ---
GAH!

Work can nob off, cos it’s shyte.  It really is fucking someone’s shyte.  And what kind of people have I been working with other than Freddie?  A manically depressed secretary who walks as if she’s shat herself; a geriatric, oversexed deaf man; a yodelling lunatic; the gittish nephew of a Doctor Who stuntman, a vain and a rather thick Freddie Krueger fan who insists on playing Elvis tapes, and so on.

Later:

Letters from Flash and Donna Davidson.  Can’t be bad.  I’m nackered.  GOOD NIGHT.

Oh, Astra DID come over and do my hair and she’s still as nice as ever.  And tonight’s episode of ANYTHING MORE WOULD BE GREEDY was even better than usual. 

It’s a damned fine series.


[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: ‘Losing my mind…’

Tuesday, 8 August 1989

Bond-mania!

10am

IT’S SO CRAP HERE AT WORK.  I REALLY HATE IT.  THE ATMOSPHERE, THE HOURS, THE DIRT, THE FLIES; THE SHEER IRRITATION + LACK OF HYGIENE.  THE VERBAL ABUSE, TOO.  AND THE MEAGRE WAGE.  ROLL ON, FRIDAY.

Later:

11.20pm

‘Major General Despair’ – Crass

I have a lot of confidence in Michael Keaton.



Oh, and why does no-one write to me?  Am I that pathetic and stinking and horrible?  Am I?

Well, answer me.

No.

No, don’t bloody bother.  I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with all that.

THE QUESTION IS:

‘WILL ASTRA TRELLIS ARRIVE AT BLACKBERRY NARROW TOMORROW NIGHT IN ORDER TO CUT MY HAIR?’

THE ANSWER WILL DOUBTLESS BE:

‘Only one man can cross, as the other is a dwarf.’

‘Angela Rippon’ – Crass

I think I am becoming obsessed with James Bond

 
Do you realise I still haven’t seen: Dr No, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, and The Living Daylights.

I’d love to watch the whole lot in order.  I wish someone I knew had the entire video collection.  I’m definitely after a soundtracks LP.

My favourite Bond themes:
LICENCE TO KILL

Auntie Janet, Great Uncle Norman + Tracey are staying here at our place, as well as Gran + Granddad Pritchard.  It’s good!


[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: ‘Sitting out the day job…’

Monday, 7 August 1989

Ritcherd's College Report

Hello, it’s 9.20pm.

‘Children of the Revolution’ – Baby Ford

The Middle East’s been quite tense latelyIran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims threatened to kill a Western hostage (one of many) if their leader, taken by Israel, wasn’t returned.  He wasn’t, so they killed the hostage.  They then threatened to kill another US hostage at 4pm on Thursday if their leader wasn’t released.  So President Bush sent a huge number of warships to the Gulf.  Bush was quite prepared to open fire on Iran + the Lebanon if the Muslims didn’t withdraw their threat.  They didn’t.  Instead, they extended their deadline to 8pm.  Bush left them with the same choice: free the hostage or be bombed.  Eventually, the Shi’ite’s said they’d give the hostage a few more days, at which point Bush requested the release of ALL Western hostages.  Now Iran has gone barmy, telling the world it’s their duty to nack the USA and her allies.  Stupid buggers.

By the way, last week’s edition of Byline, devoted to Salman Rushdie, was skill!

Later:

‘The Immortal Death’ – Crass

I keep thinking about James Bond + then BATMAN.  The Bond film was so good, and sitting in the front row with the screen filling my entire vision, I found myself having to turn and twizzle for certain bits.  It was so good!  AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR BATMANKim Basinger’s beginning to intrigue me…
Image

I like ‘The Future’ from the soundtrack by Prince.



HOORAY!  I just rang Natalia Wank and she IS coming with us on holiday.  And if we go to Arran it’s going to cost absolute tonnes of cash.  Looks like we’re going from 24th – 29th, meeting Nat on the train to Edinburgh in the buffet car.  How thrilling.

And HOOFALOOFAH!  I just rang Flash.  And it’s fine.  Yoola-booba-doo!

And Baby Ford is brilliant.


The War Machines – a Doctor Who novel by Ian Stuart Black – was crap.

I’m reading The Rainbow again by DH LAWRENCE.

Oh aye!  I got my report from College, and wasn’t it damned good?

Results as follows:

DANCE IMPROVISATION – PASS
MOVEMENT STUDIES – PASS
LANGUAGE OF DANCE – PASS

ARTS IN SOCIETY – CREDIT
PRODUCTION PROJECT – CREDIT
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – CREDIT

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE – DISTINCTION
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP II – DISTINCTION
ACTING TECHNIQUE – DISTINCTION
LANGUAGE OF THEATRE – DISTINCTION

Doing quite well, but I insist on doing even better. 

If I keep this up, I’ll leave NORCAT with the equivalent of 4 A-levels and a mine of practical experience.


[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: ‘Bond-mania…’