The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 16 November 1990

Tarzan Strikes!

‘Pro-Gen’ – The Shamen

 
Michael Heseltine wants to oust Margaret Thatcher from the government and take over. 
 
Me?
 
I love The Shamen.
 
And I’m in love with Mouche Phillips from (of all things) Home and Away.
 
Tonight, for the record, I’ve completed another track from Berwin’s new LP.  The track is dubbed over Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and follows a similar line to the last one I recorded.  The difficulty with writing lyrics over existing Christmas songs and wanting to retain lyrical references to Christmas itself means that themes become overused.  I’m already running out of ideas!    But I’m enjoying doing it.  Anyway, the lyrics of this song are by me and I recorded it on a bassier system than the previous tracks.  It has a heavier, more distorted beat and isn’t quite as ‘clean’ sounding.  This will be the only track I record using this system.  It’s sung by me, playing Berwin and two backing singers.  It’s not bad.  It’s a bit of fun and less ‘pervy sex’ oriented than the usual Situation/Berwin songs.  Mind you, thinking about it…
 
Oh, and Berwin’s new catchphrase is ‘SHIT YER PANTS!’
 
 
[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: ‘Away In A Mang-er…’

Thursday, 15 November 1990

Raise

My No.1: ‘Raise’ by Bocca Juniors

 
Later:
 
‘Bilbo’s Last Song’ – Stephen Oliver

 
The postman hates me.  He has some kind of conspiracy underway whereby he ensures that I get no post when I most want 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: ‘Tarzan strikes…’

Wednesday, 14 November 1990

Questions of Sex and Intimacy

‘Hong Kong Garden’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

 
I’ve seen yet another person I’ve not seen for ages!  Today it was Monica Roseman, with whom I used to sit on the College bus in early 1987.  She was with her husband and her kid – and she looks pregnant again!
 
Tonight, I recorded the fourth track for the Situation/Berwin Christmas album (even though it’ll be the album opener).  The track was ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’, with double-tracked Berwin vocals and double-tracked backing vocals (all by me), dubbed over the Wizzard track with new and filthy lyrics.
 
‘Can’t Be Sure’ – The Sundays

 
But, WOW!  On TV, they’re talking about the difference between ‘intimacy’ and ‘sexual activity’.  Someone was saying that he was a sexual addict, i.e. they’d have sex with a partner but not feel at all intimate.  What struck me the most was when they said that after sex their first feeling is to want to move on to the next big thrill; wanting the next big sexual buzz – like a drug.  Some experts have been suggesting that to some people, sex an intimacy are two very different things.  Which is exactly what I’ve found out in life!  I feel a great gulf between love (which seems to me to be pure and intimate and caring and total) and sex (which is a lustful and ideally very positively dirty act, gratuitous and greedy).  I wish I could just combine the two and settle down; get serious.
 
 
 
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Next time: ‘Raise…’

Tuesday, 13 November 1990

This Love For the Last Time Ever

1:50pm:
 
‘December Will Be Magic Again’ – Kate Bush

 
Although last nite was extremely productive, I feel as if I’m at a loose end!  I’m sitting on Amy’s bed.  Today we had sex for the last time ever.  And I’m now looking out across Tennyson Avenue and NORCAT.  The sky is a loose yellow-grey and it feels very much as if Christmas is coming.  It has done for some time.  In fact, Christmas IS on the way.  There’s actually a new Situation cassette LP coming out this Christmas called CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE by The Berwin Groomstool Experience.
 
I reckon I’m due for a massive cry at Christmas.  I’ve been feeling very empty, almost melancholic.  But in some ways it actually feels pleasant. 
 
I shouldn’t be here.  I should be somewhere else, doing something else…
 
It’s enough to make you cry, isn’t it?
 
I love November.
 
Later:
‘Wasteland’ – The Mission

 
I’ve seen yet more people I haven’t seen for ages.  Thought I’d better mention that today I saw Elaine WnekNat’s mum.  As I’d suspected, Nat’s moved off-campus and into her own place, so there’s no way I can get in touch with her now as he mum couldn’t remember the address.  Her mum says she’ll get her to contact me – I hope she does!
 
I also saw Libby today – the girl I ‘got off’ with at my first (MISSION) gig.
 
 
[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: ‘Questions of intimacy and sex…’

Monday, 12 November 1990

Making Plans with Jodie

‘Wildflower’ – The Cult

 
Tonite, Johnny and I went to Barnes Bysea to see Jodie Ratcliffe and discuss the future of the SITUATION THEATRE COMPANY.  She had a lot of excellent research and information ready for us.  She’s done a good job and she says that if nothing better comes along after she leaves BARNES BYSEA THEATRE, then she’d like to be part of the company.  I went over the ideas I’d like to project and my finished script of FRANKENSTEIN.  Jodie convinced me that we ought to get on with it ASAP and employ other eager parties as a PROFIT-SHARE organisation (hopefully with EASTERN ARTS backing).  This would mean working on our ultimate ambition, whilst getting Equity cards and getting sows out and gaining further experience.  Ideally we’d work our way through as many venues as we can on the path to Edinburgh and other FRINGE FESTIVALS.  Julian wants us to remain as a trio, working schools with his adaptation of DORIAN GREY and get cards doing that.  From there he feels we should then employ people and then do a tour of FRANKENSTEIN in ’91.  I wasn’t terribly keen on that idea, but in the end we all agreed that DORIAN GREY might be a tough sell, whereas FRANKENSTEIN would have pulling power, particularly with funding organisations as I’ve tied the script to ‘green’ issues and implications.  Jodie says she thinks it’s a great script and great idea, ‘challenging and powerful’.  Anyway, just to add further complicated dimensions to how the SITUATION THEATRE COMPANY ought to proceed, Johnny also has a different philosophy of approach in mind.  He has worked out a slightly dodgier way of our getting Equity cards – involving the masons – and then form a company to do FRANKENSTEIN.  I’m wary of that for obvious (legal?) reasons.  Johnny’s intentions aren’t all that clear to me, I must admit.
 
The evening concluded with a surprise visit from Tracey Joyce which was as impromptu as it was great fun.  She’s currently joining a band in Newcastle.
 
‘Upside Down’ – The Jesus and Mary Chain
 
I’m staying the nite at Amy Neat’s in King’s Lynn.
 
 
[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: ‘This love for the last time ever…’

Sunday, 11 November 1990

Deck the Halls

 
7pm:
 
‘Cascade’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

 
The day began at BADGER HOUSE with an evening’s charades moving on into the early hours.  Finally, a rather tense-looking Stan and Michelle went to bed.  With Annette and Sieg also in bed, Russ, Rebecca, Cliff and I sat watching a video, only to be surprised by the sound of screaming and banging.  Stan and Michelle were knocking the hell out of each other.  It turned out she had gotten off with someone during the week and now they were both arguing it out – very violently and with much blood.  We separated them, then Annette and Sieg got up, and for the next few hours we all tried to help resolve the problems of this highly-charged couple.  Fortunately they were okay once were all up again and fine for the rest of the day.
 
 
Later:
 
‘Silent Spring’ – Primal Scream

 
Just for the record I’ve begun work on a new Situation cassette – my first with new material in absolute ages.  It’s a Berwin Groomstool Christmas songs tape basically.  The first tracks to be recorded were ‘Deck the Halls with Bows of Holly’, ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘Finale’.  I recorded these this afternoon at Badger House.  They feature Berwin (me) and Stan on vocals and Stan on piano.  Michelle provides laughter on one of them. 
 
 
[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: ‘Making Plans with Jodie…’

Saturday, 10 November 1990

Charades at Badger House

‘Close To Me (1990)’ – The Cure

 
Well…
 
Maggie wrote to me today.  I have got a fluey cold and don’t feel too good.  Needless to say her letter cheered me up greatly.
 
This afternoon I went to The Angel – empty of familiar faces.  So I got on a bus and headed off to fulfil my invitation to visit the Flowers family at BADGER HOUSE.  On the bus, I saw Legs, who is apparently moving to London – or so he hopes – where he thinks he has work as a security guard.
 
At BADGER, I said my hello’s to Siegfried and Annette and Stan’s older brother, Cliff, whom I was meeting for the first time.
 
Eventually, Stan, Michelle, Russ and his fiancĂ©e Rebecca arrived.  Together, we ate tonnes of curry and several desserts.  After this, we had an evening of charades that went on very late indeed.
 
 
[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: ‘Deck the Halls…’

Friday, 9 November 1990

Did I Mention...?

‘West End Girls’ – Pet Shop Boys

 
FIRST OFF, some minor points of rubbish…
 
Did I mention that Missy had called off her engagement to Johnny?
 
Did I mention that John Helm has had another letter printed?  This time in this month’s absolutely excellent DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE.
 
 
 
 
[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: ‘Charades at Badger House…’

Thursday, 8 November 1990

Theories of Berwin

8:30pm
 
My No.1: ‘Voodoo Chile’ by Jimi Hendrix

 
1990’s been a funny and sad year.  And I like that: the fact that you can use ‘funny’ and ‘sad’ when describing one thing and that they go hand in hand.  I’m talking about my 1990, of course.  I’d be sad if these diaries and writings were for nothing, though.  War still looms on the horizon and shows no sign of backing down…  Last nite I dreamt about ‘the bomb’ going off without warning.  It was everything you’d expect, too.
 
I wrote to Fergie today; I’d hate to lose touch with her.  I’d also like to write to Lili, but writing to both in one night seems a bit cheap.
 
I’ve bought two copies of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE.
 
 
In sillier news, I’m planning on recording some new Situation tapes for Christmas (how juvenile can I get?).
 
I’m glad Flash is doing well with our comic creation, Berwin Groomstool.  I had plans to perform as Berwin myself at the Angles, but I doubt I will be doing for some time now, especially if Johnny, Julian and I get our Gothic plays out there.  I just hope Flash won’t run off with Berwin or end up letting someone else do it.  I’d hate to lose out to a complete stranger.  I hope Flash will respect my part in Berwin’s creation.  I trust him implicitly but I hope he’ll involve me in any decisions that might spring from this.  The privilege of being allowed to say, ‘YES!  GO FOR IT!’ more than anything else.  If anything truly cool comes up, I do hope to be involved in some way.  Flash will always have a place in any project I undertake.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Did I Mention…?’

Wednesday, 7 November 1990

Theatre Company Plans

‘Little Man, What Now?’ – Morrissey

 
Johnny came over tonite.  Missy’s broken off their engagement.  But things are looking good for the now prospective SITUATION THEATRE COMPANY.
 
 
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Next time: ‘Theories of Berwin…’

Tuesday, 6 November 1990

Giving Maggie Strength

LATE:
 
‘Tower of Strength’ – The Mission

 
Maggie did write today.
 
LETTER FROM MAGGIE, POST-MARKED 2ND NOVEMBER.  Written on postcards and file paper.
 
She thanks me for my letter and tells me she’s very tired, busy in the pottery and ‘down the pub’.  She liked the photo sent her.  Work at the shop seems to be going well, though she wants to go and get a Design degree but can’t afford to put herself through university.  She’d love to get a job working with me, or at least one in which we could have lunch together.  She’s was having relationship trouble with the guy who used to try and stop her writing to me, but now she’s chucked him; yet he continues to hassle her.  She jokes that I’m the only man who makes her eyes sparkle.   She’s sad that just as she and I were getting along so well at college she had to leave.  She hopes one day we can be closer friends.  She felt that when we first met that it was like talking to someone she’d known for years.  She feels that going out with Simon was a mistake.  She says he was nice and he made her laugh, but they weren’t suited.  She says we should meet up soon if we can.  She still listens to my tape and thanks me for getting her into Throwing Muses.  She wishes she had stuck with her college course and completed and admits that she fell in with the wrong people and that was her downfall.  She says she used to watch me in Goth Corner in the Common Room, wishing she dared come over and join me and talk to me rather than hanging round with Hamster and ‘a bunch of stupid twats’.  Kat was always a problem for her though, they were natural enemies. She said she didn’t know what to make of me before we met; she found me intimidating in my goth clobber and Cuban heels.  She still misses her late best friend and this makes her sad about the world.  She wants to hide from the fighting and quarrelling and the war that seems to be waiting for us just around the corner.  She’s glad I reply to her letters quickly and would us each to send the other one letter a week.  She feels that having my words in her life every week makes her feel stronger and better able to cope with the world.  As she writes, it’s dark and pouring down with rain and she needs to get a bus.  She signs off with ‘love, hugs + kisses’ (three of them, in fact).
 
Did I say Danny wrote last week and invited me up to Sheffield to stay with him?
 
 
 
[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: ‘Theatre company plans…’