The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 1 March 1985

All the Music I Have Loved

‘Purple Rain’ – Prince

I’ve decided to call my school/sports bag ‘Dougal’.

Once more, I went out for dinner to the shop.

After school, I spiked my hair and went to the Elm Disco.


[About five years before all this, in March 1980: Mum and George gained management of a Working Men’s Club in Leeds serving hospital employees. I was sad to leave Pontefract – particularly my best friend Birdy.

Even so, Leeds was interesting. It was hard to adjust to my new school, but I did, and soon found myself discovering pop music…

Now, some of my earliest memories of being an infant in Western Avenue, Pontefract, have a soundtrack featuring The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

…And various T Rex songs.

Abba made a little impact on me in mid-‘70s Nostall…

…And so did Space.

Some late ‘70s New Wave had interested me in Pontefract.

But in Leeds, aged 10, my little heart fell in love with the likes of Madness, The Jam and The Specials

…And then Adam and the Ants

…And the New Romantic movement.

I was also hanging around with a bunch of misfit ‘teenagers’ (aged 11 – 15), and this had a big influence on me. I even started seeing one of them: Mary Lennox. She turned 15 in 1981, and we used to snog in the lifts of the flats – can you believe that? I can’t even now! I was only ten-years-old, you see! But it was great fun. My best mate in this little ‘estate gang’ was Ian Shackleton, who went to a different school, but liked the same music and telly as me.

Twiggy, our cat, went missing in Leeds, but her son, Sooty, lived on and we also got a gorgeous new German Shepherd puppy called Sam – Ritcherd, 1990]

This time 3 years ago:

‘I watched the new Doctor Who story: Black Orchid (Part One).

This time 2 years ago:
‘I missed the first part of Doctor Who: Enlightenment tonight!’

This time last year:
‘I watched Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire (Part Three).


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