The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 7 June 1989

Atomic City


6pm.

 

‘Atomic City’ – Holly Johnson



 

MARTIAL LAW HAS BEEN ENFORCED.  BUT…

 

THE VIOLENCE IN CHINA CONTINUES.  TENSION + CHAOS CONTINUE TO GROW.  THE CHINESE GOVT. DENIES ANY PROBLEM AT TIANANMEN SQUARE – EVEN THOUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD HAVE WITNESSED IT ON THEIR TV SCREENS.  CIVIL WAR LOOMS CLOSER.  1,000 SOLDIERS ARE DEAD + 6,000 CIVILIANS.  BUT ALL EVIDENCE OF BODIES, OF ANY STRUGGLE, HAVE BEEN BURNT BY ARMY FLAME-THROWERS.  THE ARMY STILL FIGHTS AMONG ITS OWN RANKS, WITH HATE GROWING FOR THE 27TH ARMY WHO INSTIGATED LAST WEEKEND’S MASSACRE.  EVEN SO, OFFICIAL REPORTS SEEM TO SUGGEST THE ARMY IS MORE UNIFIED THAN EVER BEFORE…  THE WORKERS CONTINUE TO STRIKE.  BUT THE ARMY STILL BEATS + SHOOTS INNOCENT BYSTANDERS – JUST LIKE THAT!  FOR NO REASON.  FUCKING INSANE.  AND THE HOSPITALS ARE RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES.  4,000 NEW SOLDIERS ARRIVING IN BEIJING.  ARMY SUPPLIES BEING DESTROYED BY STUDENTS IN SHANGHAI.  KATE ADIE’S STILL TAKING RISKS.  GOOD LASS.

 

BUT THINGS, SADLY, DON’T LOOK GOOD FOR THE STUDENTS…

 

CHINA’S GOVT. DESERVES ALL IT GETS FOR THAT ONE USELESS MOVE.  THAT HORRIFYING MISTAKE.  THE DAY THEY SENT THE PEOPLE’S ARMY TO KILL THE PEOPLE…

 

For the rest of my life I shall remember the single student halting the progression of a tank squadron.  And I shall ever carry within me the day I cried while I sat and watched an army open fire and kill a crowd of defenceless, unarmed students.



 

Later:

 

‘The Big Sky’ – Kate Bush



 

The rain was so bloody loud this morning it woke me up at 4.30am.

 

And I had a dream about my whole bedroom subsiding + sinking into the Earth.

 

My Gran + Granddad Pritchard are here and have been for a while, staying in the caravan in the yard.  They were talking to me tonite + apparently Betty had told them she didn’t want me to leave home next year as she’d really miss me and likes having me to talk to.  That’s ever-so nice.

 

Official reception, student-wise, to Mick Wallis has been very cold and shaky.  No-one seems to be impressed and we’re all hollering for Larry’s return.  Ronnie wanted Mick to continue Larry’s work on BLOOD WEDDING, but the actors involved have signalled their intention to boycott rehearsals as a mark of respect for Larry, holding the work until he is fully re-instated.  They probably won’t sustain the boycott though.  I bet you.  But now it seems that Daniel definitely wants Larry back.

 

Sadly, the Rocky Horror at the 1500 seat theatre has fallen through, as the theatre had mixed up their dates.  But Daniel’s arranged another one at a 400-seater in Gt. Yarmouth for 25th June.  Alas, Julian Ward will still be around then, so I won’t be taking that part.  It’s kind of good and bad, really; but I don’t mind.  Maybe I will cue the band, just for the party of it, I don’t know.

 

PRO-LARRY LIST (AS FAR AS I CAN ASCERTAIN):

R.J. Winterfood

Jonny Badcock

Darren Marsh

Kat Hall

Jolene Morse

Tracey Joyce

Jodie Ratcliffe

Donna Davidson

Daniel Abbott

William Daniels

Marita Huckle

Julian Ward

Shelley Greene

Emma Goddard

Gemma Winchester

Una Baker

Sally Watson

 

Later:

 

BUT, BIG SHOCK NOW!

 

A letter arrived from the British Library today in a rather King Herod fashion, you know?  They need a copy of THE CHINESE PLAY to complete their records as they have to catalogue every performed play.  I hope that doesn’t cause copyright problems.  Maybe it’ll be quite the opposite.

 





 

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