The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 5 June 1989

College Controversy


Filofax Rendering

 

‘oh god … putting plasters on the bastards doesn’t help so much … Everybody must have sussed me.  FOOK!’

 

Later:

 

5.30pm

 

‘Big Brother’ – Hazel O’Connor



 

So.  China is undergoing a schism.  Fracturing and splintering.  Bodies still lie in the streets and the army still occupies Beijing.  And the people want to retaliate; not just the students, but the masses.  The fighting continues and even after 2,600 people were mercilessly + unjustly shot down by the army, the soldiers are still shooting. 

 

Horrifying.

 

But now, things are slowly changing.  Bush, in America, is imposing sanctions and clamping down on military sales.  One man, one lone student, stood in front of a convoy of tanks and halted its progress today. 


People have also come across a line of 73 troop carriers, all totally burnt out and gutted – by the soldiers themselves it seems.  It’s being suggested that the army has divided into those loyal to Deng Xiaoping and those ready for democracy. 

 

The troops remain, and anarchy encroaches.

 

Later:

 

10.30pm

 

‘The Mission’ – Ennio Morricone



 

The mysteries and the questions: will Beijing become a battleground for two rival army factions?  Is Deng Xiaoping ill in hospital?  Will there be anarchy in the newly protesting Chinese cities? 

 

The power of democracy grows.  The nation strikes.

 

The beating of students on occupied campuses is BARBARIC.  To paraphrase something I heard today: ‘A regime that turns its weapons on its own youth has no future.’  Hear-hear.

 

Back to me then, I suppose…

 

Today’s been an arsehole.  I hid one set of love-bites under my shirt collar + a put a plaster on the others.  Emma didn’t even seem to notice, but Kat Hill and a few others did…

 

BUT THE LARRY GOODGIRL CONTROVERSY GROWS + PISSES ME OFF.

 

I really am angry.

 

It was really great to see Emma today – like a breath of fresh air.  She’s had an operation on her teeth and goes back for her stitches out in the morning.  I’ll see her next on Wednesday.

 

BUT TOMORROW WILL BE HELL WHEN I PROTEST ABOUT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS!

 

Later:

 

‘One Better World’ – ABC



 

COLLEGE CONTROVERSY

 

Well, rumours have been rife all along, and now it appears Larry has definitely been suspended for two weeks.  According to Emma, when she rang tonite, Mick Wallis will now be taking over as head of Drama (a mistake, because even though Mick is one of the loveliest men you could meet, I know from having been tutored by him in the past that he’s a bit of a time waster).  He will be supported by a guy called Alec.  On top of this, Ronnie Treece has drafted next year’s TS curriculum, omitting any involvement by Larry from her schedule (bitch), hoping, one assumes, that he will not be returning.  This has definitely battered the hearts of Emma, Gemma, Julian and Sara.  They are outraged.

 

What is more, the groups are now to be segregated and will no longer work together on big projects – except on Wednesdays when we might mingle in Electives.  Ronnie, however, has suggested that she might reconsider this if she deems it not academic enough for the TS people.

 

There is some kind of hearing approx. 19th June to decide whether or not Larry should continue.

 

WHAT GETS ME IS THIS: TS2 AND RONNIE TREECE HAVE SPEARHEADED THIS ANTI-LARRY CAMPAIGN (WITH THE HELP OF A FEW OTHERS) – BUT THEY LEAVE IN THREE WEEKS!  IF THEY HAVE GENUINE GRIEVANCES, THEN FAIR ENOUGH, BUT IT’S SO FUCKING ANNOYING THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARE HERE FOR ANOTHER YEAR WILL LOSE AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER (AND FRIEND) ONLY TO SEE HIM REPLACED BY THE THREE BLOODY STOOGES.  WITH PERHAPS ONE EXCEPTION IN EACH GROUP, BOTH BTEC AND TS1 WANT LARRY TO STAY.  THE WHOLE THING IS HORRENDOUS.


 





 

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Next time: ‘Forming ranks around Larry…’

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