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Monday, 7 August 1989

Ritcherd's College Report

Hello, it’s 9.20pm.

‘Children of the Revolution’ – Baby Ford

The Middle East’s been quite tense latelyIran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims threatened to kill a Western hostage (one of many) if their leader, taken by Israel, wasn’t returned.  He wasn’t, so they killed the hostage.  They then threatened to kill another US hostage at 4pm on Thursday if their leader wasn’t released.  So President Bush sent a huge number of warships to the Gulf.  Bush was quite prepared to open fire on Iran + the Lebanon if the Muslims didn’t withdraw their threat.  They didn’t.  Instead, they extended their deadline to 8pm.  Bush left them with the same choice: free the hostage or be bombed.  Eventually, the Shi’ite’s said they’d give the hostage a few more days, at which point Bush requested the release of ALL Western hostages.  Now Iran has gone barmy, telling the world it’s their duty to nack the USA and her allies.  Stupid buggers.

By the way, last week’s edition of Byline, devoted to Salman Rushdie, was skill!

Later:

‘The Immortal Death’ – Crass

I keep thinking about James Bond + then BATMAN.  The Bond film was so good, and sitting in the front row with the screen filling my entire vision, I found myself having to turn and twizzle for certain bits.  It was so good!  AND I CANNOT WAIT FOR BATMANKim Basinger’s beginning to intrigue me…
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I like ‘The Future’ from the soundtrack by Prince.



HOORAY!  I just rang Natalia Wank and she IS coming with us on holiday.  And if we go to Arran it’s going to cost absolute tonnes of cash.  Looks like we’re going from 24th – 29th, meeting Nat on the train to Edinburgh in the buffet car.  How thrilling.

And HOOFALOOFAH!  I just rang Flash.  And it’s fine.  Yoola-booba-doo!

And Baby Ford is brilliant.


The War Machines – a Doctor Who novel by Ian Stuart Black – was crap.

I’m reading The Rainbow again by DH LAWRENCE.

Oh aye!  I got my report from College, and wasn’t it damned good?

Results as follows:

DANCE IMPROVISATION – PASS
MOVEMENT STUDIES – PASS
LANGUAGE OF DANCE – PASS

ARTS IN SOCIETY – CREDIT
PRODUCTION PROJECT – CREDIT
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP – CREDIT

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE – DISTINCTION
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP II – DISTINCTION
ACTING TECHNIQUE – DISTINCTION
LANGUAGE OF THEATRE – DISTINCTION

Doing quite well, but I insist on doing even better. 

If I keep this up, I’ll leave NORCAT with the equivalent of 4 A-levels and a mine of practical experience.


[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: ‘Bond-mania…’

Sunday, 6 August 1989

Kidney Bingos

It’s 3.20am.

‘Kidney Bingos’ – Wire

I’ve just got in.  And I ache all over and I’m tired and covered in popcorn.

I rather like Jina who goes in The Angel, y’know.  She’s dead sexy.  Bluntly speaking.

I’m upset rather, at the news of the death of fantastic actor Maurice Colbourne, whom I remember for both HOWARD’S WAY and DOCTOR WHO, but mostly for his role in JOHNNY JARVIS


His death is a great loss to the business.  Gods bless him.

I’ve been spending money again, which is stupid because I’ve saved bugger all for my holiday.  I think I’ve saved £200.  That’s all. 

What have I been buying? 
Empire magazine


Starburst magazine



(both for their immense Bat-features)

Crisis comic






Later:

'The Kick Inside' - Kate Bush


Right now, I’m listening to Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside LP, and she’s ever-so good. 



Rumour has it that she’s presently locked away in a studio with some Bulgarian folk singers, preparing an LP for release in November.  It’s all a bit exciting and I must remember to tell Johnny

I’m too buggered to do any more talking.

Later:

5.30pm.

Well, well, well, kiddies.

You already know that my day began in Peterborough at the 12.10am showing of the latest Bond film, LICENCE TO KILL, which was, we all agreed, a damned fantastic movie.  It really was VERY good, most especially when James Bond was exacting revenge upon those that had caused the deaths of his friends.  It seemed to be so much more down-to-earth than previous 007 movies and I was glad about that.  Timothy Dalton really is a brilliant actor (he actually reminds me a great deal of Olivier).  I loved his presence and I loved his sideburns.  His two female companions were also quite lovely.  A very good film.  Just like Indiana Jones.  Now I’ve got those two out of the way, I can look forward to BATMAN.  Next Friday is the day, and I’m rather looking forward to it.



Later:

7.40pm

‘Oh To Be In Love’ – Kate Bush

Recently, two people have suddenly struck me as being really nice during TV interviews.  Liza Minnelli came across as kind and good-looking compared to how I’d imagined her to be.

 
While Dr Miriam Stoppard, whom I admire a great deal, came across as beautiful and really, really wonderful.

I’ve just watched Episode 3 of The Dark Angel, at last.  I’m glad to say I found it to be perhaps the most stimulating piece of television drama I’ve seen in a very long time.




The use of lighting, mirrors, and reflections added greatly to the gothic atmosphere and the general polish of a production that was already being served by tight direction and absolutely fantastic acting.

I’d definitely put The Dark Angel on my UK TV classics list, along with: Johnny Jarvis, Morgan’s Boy, The Monocled Mutineer, Traffik, The Rainbow, Precious Bane, Moondial, Brond, and Anything More Would Be Greedy.

Later:

10pm

‘Cha-Cha Heels’ – Bronski Beat

Should I have rung Flash to tell him I wasn’t coming this weekend?  I wasn’t staying at his, I must point out.  Oh, he’ll have caught on.  We didn’t make any concrete arrangements anyway.  At least it will have given him loads of time to get on with that school work he always complains about being unable to do whenever I’m about.  I hope he got loads done.

SEE YOU IN LESS THAN A WEEK, FLASH!

OI!  Howard Jones has made a single about The PrisonerIs it any good, I wonder?


[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: ‘Ritcherd’s College Report…’

Saturday, 5 August 1989

Facing Peterborough

‘I Won’t Back Down’ – Tom Petty

Today, I went ‘round Wisbech with Ash and Legs.  We then had a quick trip into Peterborough, where I saw Dr Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks in Armada Books for only £4. 


I should have bought it.  I will one day.  The illustrations are totally different to the ones in the Target edition.

After this I came home.

Later:

Tonight, I pored over my map of Arran to see if it looked like being any good for our holiday.

Legs rang, having found – as he’d promised he would this afternoon – some wheels to go out in.  He and Candy and Candy’s girlfriend Tara, along with Rod Oliver, picked me up and drove me off to Peterborough to see LICENCE TO KILL



[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: ‘Kidney Bingos…’

Friday, 4 August 1989

Ice Age Gig

‘Rival Tribal Rebel Revel’ – Crass

Today, I was to go to Yorkshire with Giles Bacon, but plans fell through at the last minute.

So I went to The Angel and a gang of us headed down to the Queen’s School to watch ICE AGE who were doing a gig there.  The gig was very enjoyable, despite the fact that it cost £4.


Anyway, it’s ace watching the lead singer, Debbie Gunn, cos she has a nice face, nice hips and nice thighs, etc.

I stayed over at Ash’s.


[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: ‘Facing Peterborough…’

Thursday, 3 August 1989

An Unexpected Reunion

My No.1: ‘Kerosene’ by Big Black

Today, Betty, Freddie + Chip went to Searle’s Holiday Camp in Barnes Bysea to visit Uncle Keith, Aunt Lizzie and the kids.  I decided I’d like to go with them.  We ended up at the camp disco, and who did Betty bump into?  Tracey Joyce + Jolene Morse!  I knew I’d see them and it was such an emotional reunion, especially when it turned out that Daniel Abbott and Darren Marsh had also popped in to visit.  So we spent all nite quaffing + chatting + dancing.  I even had a slow ‘smooch’ with Jolene (who was kind enough to tell me she’s currently suffering with a boil on her bum…).


[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: ‘Ice Age gig…’

Wednesday, 2 August 1989

Dr Postman

‘Eardrum Buzz’ – Wire

Ash tells me he’s had a letter from our old friend Minty in St Neots.  She’s ever-so nice.  I must write to her.

My letters have been crap lately.  I had some Poll Tax forms and a letter from a cheeky Alien Sex Fiend fan wanting to scrounge stuff off me.  NOB OFF!

But I’ve sent out so many letters lately.  I’m currently expecting replies from:

MAGGIE
BEATRICE MIRANDA WASP
DONNA DAVIDSON

Who will I write to next?
MINTY (in ST NEOTS)
KATE BUSH

SIMON LEWIS (I still owe him a fiver)


[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: ‘Unexpected reunion…’

Tuesday, 1 August 1989

Nat-tastic News

10pm

‘A New Flame’ – Simply Red

Most fantastic of all fantasies.  I have just had some very pleasing news. 

I rang Natalia Wnek and asked her if she’d come on holiday with me, Flash + Raquel this summer (possibly to Arran) – and she’s pretty much said ‘yes’, providing she doesn’t miss a Saturday’s work and as long as it’s after the 19th and doesn’t clash with her trip to the Edinburgh Festival.

I’m thinking then that we’d ideally go on Sunday 20th until the following Thursday.

HO-HO!  NAT’S COMING WITH US (I HOPE)!

IT’LL BE GOOD.  AND SHE’S EXCITED.  SHE’S EXCITED?!  I’M DAMN CHUFFED!


[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: ‘Letters and replies…’


Sunday, 30 July 1989

Paul's Sad Tale

9.15pm

‘Do They Owe Us A Living?’ – Crass

Good evening, my friends.  It’s a-raining outside and the weather is far chillier than it has been so far this glorious summer.  It’s been so hot that I’m actually glad it’s cooler, to tell you the truth.

Later:

‘Ahead (live)’ – Wire

Paul rang us to find out when Jack’s going up to stay with him.  He told us a sad tale about his girlfriend’s neighbour…

She went to Spain on holiday and fell in love with a waiter.  They slept with each other, etc, and when it was time for her to fly home, he gave her a present which he told her she must not open until she had returned to England.  When she got back, she opened the box and it had a dead rat in it with a note saying: ‘Welcome to the rat race – now you too are HIV positive’.  She had herself checked out at the doctor’s and sure enough she is.  It’s so sick!


[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: ‘Nat-tastic News…’