The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 29 August 1988

The Holiday Begins


1am-ish.

 

David Sylvian’s Gone To Earth LP is on.


 

‘Upon This Earth’ – David Sylvian



 

 

A LOT TO SORT OUT TOMORROW/TODAY, BEFORE WE GO.  BUT I’VE SPENT ALL EVENING EATING CHINESE (FROM LOLA’S) AND WATCHING THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (WHICH WAS STILL VERY GOOD).


 

BUT, OVER ALL, MIRANDA HAS BEEN ON MY MIND.  IT FEELS LIKE WE’VE BEEN APART NOW FOR AGES AND AGES…

 

I WANT TO SEE MY OLD DRAMA GROUP AGAIN.  THIS DAVID SYLVIAN STUFF BRINGS BACK THOSE EARLY TECH DAYS.  AND JENNY TAYLOR AND ALL THAT NOSTALGIA.  I JUST WANNA SEE THE GROUP AND DO THE WINTER’S TALE AGAIN.

 

NOSTALGIA…

 

I WISH I’D TAKEN THAT CALL FROM ‘THE GIRL FROM COLLEGE’ LAST WEEK.  I REALLY LIKED THE GIRLS.  I LOVED THEM ALL, THOSE GIRLS IN MY GROUP.  BEING A LAZY, SKIVING ARSE DIDN’T ENDEAR ME TO THEM, I KNOW, BUT I DID LIKE THEM ALL SO MUCH.  GOOD PEOPLE.  I HOPE SOMEONE FROM OLD TS2 DOES THE BTEC WITH ME.

 

OH GOD.  I MISS SO MUCH IN LIFE.  LIKE I CAN’T COPE WITH THE PRESENT, OR LIVE IN THE MOMENT, BUT ONLY NOTICE IT WHEN IT’S BEEN AND GONE. 

 

I AM A FOOL.

 

I HOPE WHICHEVER GIRL IT WAS WILL RING ME AGAIN. 

 

I HOPE I CAN CONTACT JENNY TAYLOR, TOO.  SHE’S GOT ALL THOSE LETTERS SHE SENT ME.  I LENT HER THEM ONCE AND NEVER GOT THEM BACK…

 

‘Evergreen’ – Into A Circle



 

I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE, BUT IT’S THE ONLY WAY FORWARD FOR ME.  COLLEGE WILL BE HORRIBLE.  BUT I REMEMBER IT BEING BEAUTIFUL IN THE EARLY DAYS.

 

I MISS MIRANDA WASP SO MUCH.

 

Later:

 

‘No Memory’ – Scarlet Fantastic



At Flash’s

before

‘the JouRney’

listening to

Scarlet Fantastic

and thinking of


 

A strong heroic type, with gritted teeth and eyes that peer into the distance…


 

KING’S LYNN – LONDON: Natalia; Sandy; Stan; Jez; the Astoria; the ‘soul’ men; acid house; smiley badges; Crackle; Rae; the Scots-Goths; the Escalator…

 

Later:

THE JOURNEY

 

Castleford Train Station is cold.  Not freezing, but just that little bit too blustery, on the back of which there’s the promise of an oncoming chill. 

 

AIM: TO BOARD THE TRAIN TO LEEDS.

 

Later:

Moments later…

 

AIM: ACHIEVED.

 

The journey begins.

 

A guard walks by, carrying a teacup.  How much will the fare be?  ‘Under a pound,’ says Danyel Gordon, my companion, knowledgeably.

 

My excitement is underlined by nervousness.

 

Whatever next?

 

Later:

 

‘Ladies of The Chorus’ – Marilyn Monroe



 

Upon reaching Leeds Railway Station, my companion and I cast our eyes across numerous timetables, destination boards, maps, etcetera.  This was fruitful and, consequently, the decision was undertaken to board a train to Darlington and pursue our own route to Richmond from there.  Presently, Mr Gordon and I sit silently, observing the lacklustre bustle of on-board activity.  I have my personal stereo on.

 

‘(This Is) A Fine Romance’ – Marilyn Monroe


 

The journey has not, so far, been unpleasant, despite delays.  These were due to another train, ahead of us and on the same line, ‘failing’ (to quote the guard).  It is during another of these motionless delays that I write to you now.  Hopefully, our destination will be reached quite soon and – again, hopefully – our journey to Richmond will be a pleasant and unhindered one. 

 

I leave you with pangs of hunger and an internal excitement and anticipation for this, our Northern Adventure.

 

Later:

 

‘Life on Mars?’ – David Bowie



 

Arriving in Darlington, my companion and I set our sights upon finding some hall of residence or other.  Failing on our first attempt, we eventually came upon THE ARCADIA, hosted by a Mr + Mrs Booth – the latter being an extremely attractive young woman.

 

Following an aimless sojourn into the seemingly dull town – where we visited a PORN SHOP and bought some magazines and amyl nitrate – Mr Gordon and I spent a peaceful evening in the room allotted to us.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Richmond…’

 

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