The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Tuesday, 1 January 1985

New Year's Day 1985

The New Year and what it brought…

What did the new year bring? Nothing, according to my radio dial. Laser 558 had been taken off the air. Great, I hissed with sarcasm. A great way to start the New Year. I was really upset.

Daphne and Giles drove me to Pontefract, West Yorkshire. I haven’t been since the summer holidays.

I'm staying at Grandma Pritchard’s. Our Jeff rang and asked me if I wanted to go out. Into town with him.

Jeff came round for me. We went out into the Land of Breakdancers. Ah, Pontefract: the Land that Time Has Trouble Keeping Up With. Saw Brier and Make-Up. Birdy wasn’t in.

[They were all breakdancers now, or they thought they were. In their baggy American whites. All trims, trainers and baseball caps. Ugly little northern boys who’d decided they were Grandmaster Flash, or Grandmaster Melle Mel (not that he ever wore day-glo socks). I was too close to it all to find it even faintly ridiculous. I was still too enamoured of the old home town. Too busy wondering if Pontefract was The Land That Time Has Trouble Keeping Up With. Perhaps from where you are, you can see that it’s not. From where I am, at this speed, I see old school friends, Brier and Make-Up - Future Ritcherd]

Listened to Frankie Goes to Hollywood on my personal stereo. ‘The Power of Love’ made me think of Mandy and how I ‘stole’ her from Dave.



This time last year:
(Still living in Pontefract, West Yorkshire at this point)
'I got up at 1.55pm.'

This time 2 years ago:
'It was great – I got up at 2.30pm!'

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