The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Sunday, 25 March 1990

Hartnellica

‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – Candy Flip

Eee!  Hasn’t the weather been beautiful and sunny?

Recent DOCTOR WHO reading:



I remembered it being ‘good’, but it’s actually EXCELLENT.



This was, as expected, GOOD.


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Next time: ‘King of the Cockpit…’

Saturday, 24 March 1990

My Two Favourite Things

5.40pm

‘Radar Love’ – Ghost Dance

It may have been a good week.  It may have been bad.  I don’t really know.  It’s certainly been very interesting.

Recent DOCTOR WHO reading:




I thought it would be ‘good’, but it was CRAP.  RUBBISH.

THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH by Terrance Dicks.



I thought it was only going to be ‘okay’, but it was GOOD.

‘Deliverance’ – The Mission

WOMEN IN MY LIFE I’D LIKE TO FUCK (in no particular order):

MARY-JANE FERGUSON
AMY NEAT
CHLOE ATTENBOROUGH
EMMA GODDARD
ABBY MACMILLAN
LILITH MACMILLAN
MISSY
FLIZ
MINTY
NATALIA WNEK
CHARLOTTE KNEALE
MAGGIE
WENDY MACKINTOSH
PAULA
RITA HUCKLE
SHARON FIELDING
VENUS
SIMONE VEVRIER
GEMMA WINCHESTER
MIRANDA WASP
EMILY
KIRBY
DOROTHY

If only life were so understanding…


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Hartnellica…’

Friday, 23 March 1990

The First Farewells

‘To The Shore’ – Duran Duran

A letter from Fergie and a little conversation in which she continued her now-regular theme of fancying me physically, wanting to touch me and wanting us to be naked together.  I agreed that I’d very much like to see her nude.  What else could I say?  What else did I want to say?  I’m really looking forward to things that might happen next weekend…

‘Walk On The Wild Side’ - Jamie J Morgan

In the afternoon, a bit of sadness as my Performing Arts group went to THE WILDFOWLER to bid farewell to William and Sharon who leave College today.  We all reminisced and got sad and sentimental.  Sharon’s going to start work in a holiday camp and I must admit to having tears in my eyes as I said my goodbyes to her.  She was always lovely and hilariously funny; attractive to look at, too.  William – my very own Dame Dishup – is leaving to be a magician on a cruise ship.  He shook my hand and hugged me and I felt such a sad lump in my throat.  I could only think of one word to say as I smiled at him: ‘Pantomimes.’  He nodded and smiled at me, ‘Yes’. 

And then they left us.

THE BEST OF LUCK TO BOTH OF THEM.  THEY’LL BE MISSED.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘My two favourite things…’

Thursday, 22 March 1990

Weird Patchy Rash

‘So Sad About Us’ – Primal Scream

Today was a day of LOOT rehearsals.  Bad ones, too.  I wish I knew the lines.  That’s a job for the weekend.

I didn’t see Fergie much – only a few minutes – due to LOOT.  I gave her the letter I wrote last night.  She and I resolved all our difficulties and were nice friends, even if I was a little quiet.

Later, Sandra delivered a verbal message to me from Fergie: ‘I’ve just been sent to tell you that she really thinks a lot of you.’

I was glad to hear that.

My No.1: ‘Bush Fire’ by The B-52s

I appear to have come out in a weird patchy rash all over my body since doing TEST OF COMPASSION.  So has Jonny.  Maybe it was the costumes?  Maybe we actually gave ourselves plague?  It’s very weird.  And itchy.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘The first farewells…’

Wednesday, 21 March 1990

The Chloe Controversy

‘Smallness of the Mustard Pot’ – Doctor and the Medics

After watching TS2’s very good Group Practicals (with an EXCELLENT performance from Emma Goddard), I went to The Walks with Fergie.


We talked and kissed on the Red Mount Chapel.  I told her of my insecurity when kissing her; my guilt and concern, basically.  She agreed that she felt the same.  So I asked her what our ‘position’ actually is and, in the end, after much long, long kissing, we decided simply to take things as they come.  Which felt great!

‘Walk On By’ – Sybil

Back in Tech, just before she had to meet Mickey, we agreed to stop the kissing and only allow a bit of touching.  If only for the peace of both our minds. 

And off she went.

At break, she returned and took me aside – angrily.  She talked of putting her relationship on the line for me and being ‘led on’ by me only to discover that I’m mad about someone else!

‘Who?’ I asked.
Chloe Attenborough!’ came the reply.

I then had to explain as I began to realise what had gone wrong.

Earlier, Tracy told me she had spoken to CA and asked her if she wanted to go out with me.  Chloe replied that she might be interested, if I asked and she had got to know me better.  But the whole thing had been over-exaggerated and blown out of proportion by the time it – somehow – got back to Fergie.

Fergie left me, very moodily, and I felt so empty and bitter.

I attempted to find CA and put things into perspective, but when I found her I didn’t have the will to bother.

Walking back to the College Theatre, I saw Fergie with Mickey and my blood began to boil over.  I passed by them calmly only to be chased up by Fergie who stopped me and confronted me yet again.  I just found myself getting very angry back at her.  I told her she KNEW I fancied Chloe but that there was no way I was planning on going out with her – either now or most likely ever.  There’s no way I’d run off from Fergie.  We parted a little more calmly than we did previously.

‘One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing’ – AC Marias

At home this evening, I felt so bad about it all; guilty, ill and rather obsessed.  I started writing a long letter to Fergie and then decided to ring her halfway through.  In the conversation, I told her how much I feel about her and she explained that what had really upset her were the feelings of jealousy and the fact that the information had reached her in such a terrible way.  She had been in the toilet when Chloe came in and said, ‘How you getting on with Ritcherd?’

‘Fine,’ said Fergie.  ‘Just good friends.’
‘Oh good,’ said Chloe, ‘because I hear he fancies me and wants to go out with me!’

I hate people distorting facts.

So Fergie and I made up.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Weird patchy rash…’

Tuesday, 20 March 1990

Test of Compassion at KLCA

‘Get Up (Before The Night Is Over)’ – Technotronic

I received a wonderful letter from Fergie today.

I spent the bulk of the day running through TEST OF COMPASSION.

I was chatting to Tracey Joyce at one point, and the subject of my getting off with Chloe Attenborough came up.  I then voiced my thoughts on the subject and asked Tracey to ask around and find out why Chloe thinks it happened.  Some part of me needs to know if Chloe had the idea of a potential relationship in mind at the time.



Tonight’s performance of TEST OF COMPASSION at KLCA went better than I thought it would and I was mildly happy with my portrayal of William Mompesson, considering that I ultimately didn’t enjoy the part and never really found my way ‘into’ it. 



I injected as much of the pressure I felt ‘Mompesson’ should feel into the performance, along with his innate tenderness for Kathy (his wife) and Emma and Roland (whose youth and energy he admires; something he is losing).  But I wasn’t too pleased with my acting.  I felt so unsure about the part.  And I must admit that I was scared of losing the lines, given that they were so much trouble for me to learn.  Act 1 was a bit leisurely, but I think I did better in Act 2 I did better work than I expected (portraying the character’s pressure, anguish and passion).

It went down well anyway and the bloke from Radio Norfolk said he liked what I’d done.

‘Drowning’ – All About Eve

I believe I could have given the show a lot more, but I did find the process of working under Kenneth’s ‘regime’ rather difficult.  Difficult as in: not that useful.  As for rehearsals, I honestly believe that Ken should have ensured that we had some time in the performance space before we did the show and kept up to date throughout on any amendments to the dialogue or action.  He just wasn’t on top of it all.

Sadly, I believe I failed at evoking any real ‘life’ from the role.  I found very little character in the script, except in the more ‘passionate’ moments, and Ken asked me not to display that passion.  The direction I needed under these circumstances just wasn’t there.  



In terms of mine and Donna’s costume work on the show, I think it went well.  In the final analysis, the only real issue was lack of period shoes, so we were forced to wear our own, which wasn’t especially effective (I wore my DMs!).  There was one costume malfunction and this was the wig of ‘Thomas Stanley’ which looked terrible, but then it was supposed to have been worn with a hat (supplied) and wasn’t for no clearly explicable reason.  Working with Donna has been productive, though we haven’t seen each other all that much on the project as both of us have been on and off campus at our work placements.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘The Chloe controversy…’

Monday, 19 March 1990

Kissing In the Pelting Rain

9.30pm

‘The Confrontation’ – Kate Bush

After a nondescript Dress Run of the daunting TEST OF COMPASSION, much of our group made an attempt at jeering down Nigel Cameron’s bid to join the SU (we couldn’t; he didn’t turn up).

‘The Garden of Jane Delawney’ – All About Eve

Fergie (she, skiving a lesson) and I went to The Walks and told each other our sexual histories and talked about previous relationships.  Later on, we finally found the subject of ‘us’ and what ought to ‘be’ between us if we’re really admitting a need to touch and kiss and be with each other.  No solution was found, but, as we walked back to Tech at 4pm, she grabbed my hand and held it, not caring if we bumped into disagreeable parties.

There and then, we decided to get late buses home and stay together in town awhile.  So, we let go of our hands and got our bags from Tech before going into town in the drenching, pelting rain.  We went for coffee and touched each other a jot and talked a lot.

Upon leaving for buses at about 6.10pm, we held and hands.  And then we kissed.  Inevitable.  It had been rising within us both all afternoon.

I then rushed off home.  I feel great – and I hope she does too.

TEST OF COMPASSION TOMORROW.  GOOD LUCK, RITCHERD, love, Ritcherd xxxxx


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Test of Compassion at KLCA…’

Sunday, 18 March 1990

Warm Track

6pm

‘Mrs Robinson’ – Simon and Garfunkel

I often lose track of what goes on in my life.  But the weather has been beauteous this past few days.

I’ve just realised I can’t meet Maggie on Tuesday, can I?  It’s TEST OF COMPASSION rehearsals all day.  AARGH!  Will I never see this dear friend of mine again?

‘You Are The Everything’ – R.E.M.

NOW:
SUN, WARM BREEZE, STRIPEY T-SHIRT, FERGIE, PONYTAIL, THE FINAL DAYS OF COLLEGE, THE B-52s, THE BEATLES, FERGIE’S MIX TAPE FOR ME (esp. SIMON & GARFUNKEL, KATE BUSH, REM, ALL ABOUT EVE, THE WONDER STUFF), CANDY FLIP, THE SITUATION, THE NEPHILIM, LOVE, LOVE.


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Kissing in the pelting rain…’

Saturday, 17 March 1990

ACE!

‘All You Need Is Love’ – The Beatles

Today, Maggie rang – after all this time – and we’ve arranged to meet on Tuesday.

My folks are up in Yorkshire, so I went into Wisbech today and had a pint with Ash.  I also saw Astra Trellis who reckons that Mickey and Fergie don’t look to be getting on very well.

I love this house.  I love it.  I really do love it here.

happiness…

‘Strawberry Fields’ – The Beatles

Did I say that Sophie Aldred has written to me?


Good, eh?


[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and almost always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]


Next time: ‘Warm track…’