25 Years Too Late...

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Thursday, 28 February 1985

Doctor Who: Axed!

‘Kiss Me’ – Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy


Kicked a 2nd Year in.

Tragic news: Doctor Who is going off the air for 18 months! Help! Mind you, although this latest season is good, I’m not really an ‘avid viewer’ any more. Even so, it’s a shame.


Well…what a month. I made friends with Angus Littlejohn! Lots of snow! Got kicked out and came back! Two weeks up North! 8 days in Ponty! New comics! Doctor Who going off the air! Prince mad! Met Danyel ‘Flash’ Gordon!

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 9 years ago:‘I watched Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Doom (Part Five).

This time 5 years ago:
‘I got my school report:



COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE WEST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

REPORT BOOK
for Ritcherd Jones



THIRD YEAR
MID YEAR

English
Ritcherd writes with enthusiasm. He has an original style and really puts himself into his work, which is well structured and shows good use of vocabulary.

Mathematics
Ritcherd has worked well in maths and although he does not always assimilate new ideas readily he has developed more confidence in this subject.

Other aspects of work
Ritcherd has many ideas and he uses these to good effect in his art work. He is particularly adept at pencil drawing and has produced many careful and imaginative pieces.
General remarks
Ritcherd works well in class and has adopted a sensible attitude to school life.

RJ Elliot
Class TeacherFeb ‘80
This time 2 years ago:‘Got another old issue of Eagle.’



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Wednesday, 27 February 1985

Prince Mad!

‘How Soon Is Now’ – The Smiths



Had a laugh with Angus. He wears bangles, too.

I’m going Prince mad!

[Good – Natalia 1988]
 
His real name is Roger Nelson, you know.


Went out of school, down to the shop for dinner.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 2 years ago:
‘I got another old issue of Eagle. Watched Planet of the Apes (the film) on Grandma Pritchard’s portable in the back bedroom. It’s the first time I’ve seen it all the way through. Brilliant.’



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Tuesday, 26 February 1985

The Poseur Gang and Top TV

‘Things Can Only Get Better’ – Howard Jones


I had the morning off school, listening to Prince, Frankie and Art of Noise, and writing my own Pop Chart.

My No.1: ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ – Howard Jones


Bought 2000AD.


Rachel Baker’s been calling me ‘n’ Owen Thomas ‘poseurs’. She thinks my change of image since last year, and the fact that I’ve started wearing bracelets and bangles, is a ‘pose’! I’ve decided I’m going to play up to this, quite badly. Owen and I have started a ‘poseur gang’ to get on her nerves.

Daphne came to stay.

This week, I have watched, in order of preference:

For A Few Dollars More

Miami Vice



Alas Smith And Jones



Doctor Who: The Two Doctors

The Tube



Friday People

Danger Mouse



That’s My Boy

Only Fools And Horses


Film ’85

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 2 years ago:
‘I bought this week’s Eagle. Stayed the night at Gran Pritchard’s and watched
The Martian Chronicles again. It was good.’





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Monday, 25 February 1985

A Valentine's Card

‘Visage’ – Visage


I received a Valentine’s card from my old girlfriend Carol Ransome.

I watched For a Few Dollars More. It was ace!



OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
This time 7 years ago:
‘I watched Doctor Who: The Invasion Of Time (Part Four).


This time 2 years ago:‘I bought another old Eagle. Birdy came over and we photocopied some Doctor Who and Dan Dare stuff from some books at the Library.’




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Sunday, 24 February 1985

Jayne at Last!

‘Two Tribes’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbS33toN0yQ


I finally came home from Yorkshire today on the train.

From Peterborough, Mum drove me to Jayne’s. She waited in the car while I visited Jayne for half an hour and exchanged Valentine cards – only ten days late!

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 6 years ago:‘Watched Doctor Who: The Armageddon Factor (Part Six).

This time 2 years ago:‘I went to the pictures to see Tron.’

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



[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 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]

Saturday, 23 February 1985

Making Peace

I missed the Wisbech Fire Station Disco! So I rang Jayne. I love her and have missed her so much.

I’m friends with my Mum again. We both apologised.

[Yeah, I eventually made peace with my Mum. I don’t know how, but you just do at this sort of age. Maybe she made the first move because she was nervous that I knew she was on the brink of having an affair (with my future fourth father). I imagine her to have been too hard and spiky for that, though.

And god knows what George thought of me fighting with my Mum and fleeing to Yorkshire. Looking back, I really don’t remember him being around domestically at this time. Maybe he just wasn’t much of a presence by now? Is that why she left him? – Ritcherd Winterfood, 9th June 1998]

Watched The Two Doctors (Part Two).

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 3 years ago:
‘I watched Doctor Who: The Visitation (Part Four). Good.’

This time 2 years ago:
‘I bought a cheap back issue of Eagle today from the newsagent’s on Swan Hill. I watched Doctor Who: Terminus (Part Four). Nyssa left, which was sad but also a bit sexy to see her without her skirt on.’





This time last year:
‘New Doctor Who story: Planet Of Fire (Part One). Not bad. I really like the new companion, Peri. Very sexy.’





 
[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 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]

 

Friday, 22 February 1985

2000AD and Mollie Sugden

I read more 2000ADs.


Went to Grandma Jones’s again, and later I watched That’s My Boy! Mollie Sugden’s ace.


OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
This time 3 years ago:
‘I watched Doctor Who: The Visitation (Part Three).

This time 2 years ago:‘I was late to school. After school I went to Gran Pritchard’s. Watched Doctor Who: Terminus (Part Three) later.’



[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 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]

Thursday, 21 February 1985

A New Set of Hobbies

‘This Is My Night’ – Chaka Khan


Realised that in the past few days I have acquired a new set of hobbies. These are: eating a lot, sleeping a lot, reading too much, and listening to James Whale on Radio Aire a fair bit.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 9 years ago:
 
‘I watched Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Doom (Part Four).

This time 2 years ago:‘I returned to school. The pub is definitely no longer ours to live and work in, so Mum and George are looking for a new one – and it might not even be in Yorkshire!’


[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 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]

Wednesday, 20 February 1985

My Tenth Day in Exile

We went to the Ridings Centre in Wakefield.

Then we went to Pontefract and visited Grandma Jones, and then Suzanne – who gave us pancakes!

I love ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince [underlined in red by Natalia, 1988].
 

[I would later discover that Mum and Freddie had their ‘first date’ on this day
 
– Ritcherd, 1994]
 
OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 2 years ago:
Stayed at home and ate Steak and Kidney pie and chips.


 

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Tuesday, 19 February 1985

My Ninth Day in Exile

We went shopping at Asda.

I read more comics.


I have started compiling my own pop chart…
 
My No.1: ‘Close (To The Edit)’ – Art Of Noise
 


My top groups are Howard Jones, Kirsty MacColl, Visage, Art Of Noise, King and Frankie.

Prince [underlined in red by Natalia, 1988]. Prince.

This week, I’ve watched (in order of preference):






Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child



Doctor Who: The Two Doctors (Part One)
 





Cheers



Grange Hill






A Day At Pontefract Races

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 8 years ago:
 
I watched Doctor Who: The Robots Of Death (Part Four).

This time 2 years ago:
Mum’s still poorly. I bought my 3-D Eagle today. I love Ian Kennedy’s art on Dan Dare.




[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 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]

Monday, 18 February 1985

He Gave Me All His Comics

Went to Flash’s house (Gordon Villas).  He gave me loads of old 2000AD and Spider-Man comics.



[I don’t know if we’re best friends yet.  I mean, he’s only 13, but he excites and stimulates me like no one else I have ever met.  In the future, his mother and some other mothers will accuse me of wanting to control him, manipulate him.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s because I’ll have fallen in love with him and he with me.  So maybe they’re jealous.  I can’t really say.

– Ritcherd Winterfood, 9th June 1998]
 
Later on, I came to Paul’s to stay – with Jack!

Read comics all night.




OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 7 years ago:
 
I watched Doctor Who: The Invasion Of Time (Part Three).

This time 2 years ago:
Mum’s ill with “women’s troubles”.  I realise now that we may soon have to leave The Blue Bell, because the brewery want Mum and George out.


 

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Sunday, 17 February 1985

My Seventh Day in Exile

Martin came down. Our Jeff went out, so Martin and me explored Dark Lane and the Hill in Mill Hill.  It was a great laugh.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 2 years ago:
Mum was poorly so we went to Gran Pritchard’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 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]



Saturday, 16 February 1985

Two Doctors Meet

Had a bath at Grandma Pritchard’s and went into Pontefract with Our Jeff and Jippo.  They went, later, so I decided to visit Dan Gordon as I knew where he lived.

The Gordons are friends of my Dad, and I’d often wanted to re-meet their son. I’d met Dan – or ‘Flash’ as he’s generally known – only once before (in about 1979) when he was my Dad and Annie’s neighbour. They took me to see him last summer, but he wasn’t in.

When I arrived, I was generously welcomed. Flash was great. He has incredible eyes and hair. We got on extremely well, both of us interested in Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Doctor Who and other mutual rubbish. It’s amazing how similar we are.

I had tea (chicken salad – which I nervously dropped on their smart lounge carpet) and watched Doctor Who videos, including the first ever episode ‘An Unearthly Child’, which I haven’t seen since they showed it in 1981 on The Five Faces Of Doctor Who.

 
The Two Doctors (Part One) was on tonight, too. It was really good.

 
 
Flash gave me two Marvel annuals he didn’t want (one with some Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Fantastic Four) and lent me his diary to read.



[‘He had more Star Wars figures than me,’ is what I tell myself about Flash.

He probably didn’t. That might have been that Michael kid I also met when I was nine (his dad was a vicar and they lived in Chequerfield). Flash lived in Castleford back then, with parents made of beards and hair who were friends of my paternal father. We say we met in 1979, but it might easily have been 1982 or 1983. The truth is we don’t know. The meeting was too brief and we were startled by each other, rendered almost mute with inhibition and jealousy. So I don’t remember when we first met and nor does he. We make our myths up as we go along; but our beautiful friendship is always at the heart of them.

Several years later and a couple of days into leaving home, I find myself bored. It’s the season of the Valentine and I’m missing Jayne – as if I actually know what missing someone really feels like. I must admit, it did feel good that I was going out with the girl who worked on the comic stall of Wisbech Market – and she was older than me! God knows what she felt. We had good times, though, going out with her friends (a whole new social scene for me) and sitting in her kitchen/parlour kissing and occasionally catching a glimpse of Doctor Who. I remember rubbing her fanny through her skin tight jeans and sniffing my fingers as she went off to check on the sauté potatoes. That’s about as far as I got. Didn’t really think about fucking her until it was too late. She never touched my cock.

Anyway, devoid of Jayne, I recalled the location of the mythical Gordon home, now in Pontefract. I had previously visited it after a Chinese with my Dad and Annie, but Flash hadn’t been in. I’d been allowed to look in his loft, though; the playroom where his New Age parents kept him hidden from polite society like some hideous family embarrassment. Here he had comics and records and books and tapes and room for imagination. All I could think was how alike we would be. And I was right. Flash is me. Or at least he soon will be. And I will be him. Soon you won’t be able to see the join…

The front door is pulled in and with a blond-pink face he queries my presence. I speak my name, as if addressing him with it. I don’t know what happens next, but I am swiftly inside the vast building and presently I am alone with the Beast from the Attic. Finally, I find myself quite unable to prevent a badly-balanced chicken salad from tumbling to the floor; but in this moment, black and white becomes Technicolor. It is always this way when Dorothy lands in Oz, or Two Doctors meet

– Ritcherd Winterfood 3rd June 1998]

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 3 years ago:


I watched Doctor Who: The Visitation (Part Two).

This time 2 years ago:

I watched Doctor Who: Terminus (Part Two).




[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 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]
 

Friday, 15 February 1985

My Fifth Day in Exile

Went to the Fruitty with Our Jeff, Phil, Ste, Shenny and Jippo. Our Jeff went home afterwards. The rest of us went to Dicko’s about Jippo’s “stolen” motorbike. Jippo was generous and bought Ste and me a carton of curry sauce to share.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 10 years ago:
I watched Doctor Who: The Ark In Space (Part Four).

This time 9 years ago:
I watched Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Doom (Part Three).
 

This time 3 years ago:
I watched the start of a new Doctor Who story: The Visitation.
 

This time 2 years ago:
Came home. No pancakes today. Boo!

 
New Doctor Who story: Terminus (Part One).

This time last year:
Doctor Who: Resurrection Of The Daleks (Part Two). I videoed it and it was great.


I’m really sad to see Tegan go, though. She’s my favourite ever companion.
 




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Thursday, 14 February 1985

Valentine's Day 1985


I went to Aunty Eileen’s and saw Danielle – who has split up from Marcello. Erica came in later.

Went to Airwood with Our Jeff and Phil intending to see a disco – there wasn’t one. Called for Ste and Jippo.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 3 years ago:
I got a Valentine’s card today. It said this:

A ring is round,
It has no end,
To be your girl,
I do intend.
Up a ladder,
1, 2, 3,
If you fall,
Fall for me.
Down in the tennis courts,
The Sky was blue above,
You were on the other side,
Of course the score was
LOVE!
Don’t make love at the garden gate,
Love is blind but the neighbours ain’t.
Down in a valley,
Carved in a tree,
3 little words,
I love thee.
Ritcherd
4
ME
To my sweet valentine,
Love from ?
Ritcherd
4
ME
 
The question mark was written over some Tipp-Ex. When I scraped it off, it said ‘Shelly’ underneath. Shelly Watson. Ace!

This time 2 years ago:
Jack and I came to Paul’s to stay the night.


 

[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 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]
 

Wednesday, 13 February 1985

My Third Day in Exile

I went to Grandma Winterfood’s for the afternoon.

Returned to Aunty Vi’s later on.

Martin and Matt came down.

I went to Aunty Lizzie’s and sampled Uncle Keith’s potent home brew.



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Tuesday, 12 February 1985

My Second Day in Exile

Went to Grandma Jones’s and saw Paul.

Betty (Mum) went home.

I went to the Fruitty with Our Jeff – saw Foxy.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES...

This time 8 years ago:

I watched Doctor Who: The Robots Of Death (Part Three).




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Monday, 11 February 1985

My First Day in Exile

Mum and George’s 5th wedding anniversary.

Our Jeff went to school.

I went to Birdy’s later on.

Mum came to Pontefract, to visit Aunty Vi – so I went out.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
 
This time 7 years ago:
I watched Doctor Who: The Invasion Of Time (Part Two).



This time 5 years ago:
Mum and George got married.

This time 2 years ago:
Yippee! Broke up from school today – for one week!

This time last year:
Watched The Comic Strip Presents: Slags.


Really good.




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Sunday, 10 February 1985

Coming to Consciousness

Had an argument with Jack, so I hit him.

Mum didn’t like this at all, so she hit me with a shovel and we had a very savage fight.

[Shovel, black and dirty, crashing clean down onto my 14-year-old skull. Repeated, tweeted, Tweety Pie birds and stars around my head, behind my eyes, and my Mother, wailing and red.

So this goes on, despite disbelief and fighting, falling, collapsing camp bed crawling; clawing we sprawl to the floor: Mother and Son. We repeat the beating, shouting and screeching. And in four months’ time she’ll ask my allegiance and I’ll give it.

Still, here we are, cosily warm, whilst February snow silently falls. Through doors, on stairs and over chairs we go, and, fuck who cares – I’m beating my Mother beating me. My brother’s fault; if he hadn’t spent all afternoon deliberately winding me up… But it was on the cards and in the stars; as a kid, she’d belt me, slipper me, slap me, for one nothing or other.

You’ve been waiting for this, says the lie that holds me back.

In the end, I’m the one falling silently. Down the stairs, shoeless but for fluorescent socks and a porcelain (probably) bowl full of dog-water that soars at my head.

I THINK THIS IS WHERE I CAME TO CONSCIOUSNESS. THIS IS WHERE I FINALLY ARRIVED.


Or something shit like that.

Five hours later and I’ve hitched into Wisbech Bus Station, got a lift to Peterborough, caught a train to Doncaster, arranged a lift to Pontefract and that’s me! Officially kicked out. Officially left home.

But I’ll still be living with her in eight years’ time


– Ritcherd, 3rd June 1998]


She kicked me out at 5.45pm because I fought back! Told me to go back to Yorkshire and live with my Dad. Even though I know she’s having an affair.

All I had was a bag of clothes and a tenner! And it was snowing.

I walked to Wisbech bus station in the cold and dark. There, a man and his family gave me a lift to Peterborough Train Station.

I took a train that should have reached Wakefield, but on the train I got chatting with John, a man from Pontefract. We got off at Doncaster. His sister picked us up and took us to her house, where John collected his car and took me to my Aunty Vi’s at about 10.30pm.

[The shoes I had on were my old white ones. Once very trendy, but now just used for ‘knocking about’, they were splitting down the side. And I’d only got one set of clothes - basically whatever she'd grabbed, stuffed in my schoolbag and thrown at me. I could have gone to my Dad’s like she told me to, but the politics of that would have been huge, and deep, deep down I knew it would make her look bad or feel bad or something like that and I still cared enough not to want to embarrass her, so I stayed with an Aunt (her sister) and some cousins.

‘She kicked me out,’ I tell them. A doorstep, getting on for eleven at night; they don’t believe me, but they let me in, bewildered.

Oh, and the bloke who gave me a lift right to their door might have been a paedophile, yes, as might the occupants of the house he took me to; but they watched Esther Rantzen and gave me coffee and biscuits, so they were probably just the most auspicious and kindly people I’ve ever met. That said, I was prepared to viciously kill them all had they tried anything ...

– Ritcherd, 3rd June 1998]




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Saturday, 9 February 1985

How I Came to Love Doctor Who

‘Close (to the Edit)’ – Art of Noise


Went up town with Jayne, Linda and Brett.

Back at Jayne’s I found out that last year she was FORCED to have sex with her ex-boyfriend! The swine!

I got in late. Oh dear.

I’ve been listening to Art of Noise, Kirsty MacColl and Killing Joke.

Totally missed both parts of the latest Doctor Who story: Mark Of The Rani, which looked like it might be a good one, but I’m just too busy these days. I’ll try and watch The Two Doctors next week, because Patrick Troughton’s in it.

[You will have discovered that I love Doctor Who. I fell head over heels with it in February 1974 as I watched Jon Pertwee attempt to bring Death To The Daleks.   I used to think I saw Planet Of The Daleks first, and I may have done, but my memory of seeing Daleks prior to Death isn't as vivid as it might be, so I can’t be sure.


I saw something with Daleks in – and a metallic city and people climbing inside Daleks – but it may have been a TV showing of the first Peter Cushing movie. I like to think it was Planet Of The Daleks, because that gives me a better 'Doctor Who Fan Credit Rating', but I can’t be too sure. I would have been only two-years-old at the time.


I have no doubts that I saw Death To The Daleks, though. I was three by then and I’m pretty sure this tells you where I was between 5.30 – 5.55pm on Saturday, 9th March 1974 (in Rossington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire). By then, Doctor Who was made to be seen in colour, but even through our black and white set it transfixed me. It was the Daleks that drew me in – their look, their sound, and the sense of terror inspired by their metallic grating. I watched, alone and excited, while everyone was busy doing something else, like cooking tea.


I watched Doctor Who on and off from 1974 – 1978, when my interest waned. It seemed to get less scary and a lot more boring. But Doctor Who Weekly came out in October 1979, and I found a copy of the Doctor Who Monster Book in a hedge – which was strange – and this got me interested in the programme again. In its history and its heritage.
 


 

Actually, reading the Target novelizations (which I was already aware of) was almost even more exciting than watching the programme because the imagination was doing all the work and creating a nostalgia for something ‘pre-historical’ to me. By 1980, I was very excited about Doctor Who and would never miss it – until 1985, that is…
 
– Ritcherd 1990]

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 6 years ago:
Came back from Marrick, which was sad. Got my school report:

COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE WEST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

REPORT BOOK

for Ritcherd Jones
 
SECOND YEAR
MID YEAR
English Ritcherd reads well and shows a good understanding of the books he chooses. His written work is imaginative and well developed and he makes use of a varied and interesting vocabulary.
Mathematics Ritcherd finds Maths quite difficult and does not always put in the effort required to achieve good results. He tends to give in rather easily rather than persevere with difficulties. He has made steady progress.
Other aspects of work
Ritcherd has an individual style and is never short of ideas in creative activities. He works hard and produces interesting and thoughtful work. He could make a greater effort in P.E.
General remarksRitcherd is hard working when he is involved in activities he enjoys but tends to be easily satisfied when he finds work difficult or requiring concentrated effort. He is a pleasant, helpful boy in class.
MJ Tickner
Class Teacher
1.2.79

This time 3 years ago:
I missed Doctor Who tonight!

This time 2 years ago:
Birdy came over and we played in the snow. We had a laugh with the ice.
 
I watched Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead (Part Four). Videoed it.  Ace.



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