25 Years Too Late...

25 Years Too Late...

Tuesday, 31 December 1985

New Year's Eve 1985

New Year’s Eve 1985
It’s a year since my Great Aunty Dorothy died! I wish I’d known her better. I only saw her about 7 or 8 times in my life, so the sense of loss wasn’t great. I’m glad it wasn’t anybody terribly close, but I’m sad for my Granddad Winterfood.

Wow! Wasn’t last year groovy, huh? What about ’85?

Here goes…

The day began very boringly! We all spent the course of the day getting ready for tonight.

At about 7.30pm, we set off to the Sunset Rooms in the village (Wisbech St Mary), to celebrate New Year with Jock, Marlene, Sally and Tony.

In the Rooms there was a half-decent band, and a girl I fancied. I tried chatting to her, but hardly got any reply. Oh well. That left me with no choice but to join the ‘grown-ups’ in drinking and eating and drinking and eating a bit more!

At 11.30pm, I set up my tape recorder to tape the event. We drank some more, and then, as we all stood up on the dance floor, Big Ben (on the radio) chimed 12 times…

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Monday, 30 December 1985

My Top Albums 1985

‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ – The Beatles


Today we went to Peterborough, where I bought some singles and a few comix.

We took Paula home, at last! I really like her, but I end up having to ‘baby sit’ just like I did with Jack, when all I want is some space to myself.

MY TOP ALBUMS IN (not necessarily of) 1985 (in the order I fell in love with them):

1) Touch – Eurythmics
2) Welcome To The Pleasuredome – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3) Who’s Afraid Of? – The Art Of Noise
4) The Singles Collection – Visage
5) Purple Rain – Prince And The Revolution
6) The Lexicon Of Love – ABC
7) Beauty Stab – ABC
8) Trans Europe Express – Kraftwerk
9) Arena – Duran Duran
10) A Secret Wish – Propaganda
11) Autobahn – Kraftwerk
12) The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle – Sex Pistols
13) Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
14) Strip – Adam Ant
15) The Hounds Of Love/The Ninth Wave – Kate Bush
16) How To Be A Zillionaire – ABC
17) Wishful Thinking - Propaganda


OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 6 years ago:
‘At Grandma Winterfood’s. I watched Doctor Who: The Horns Of Nimon (Part Two)…

…I think I was the only one who really enjoyed it.’

This time 4 years ago:
‘I got Marvel Tales 136.’


This time 2 years ago:

‘I bought the brilliant Mighty World of Marvel featuring The Daredevils issue 8, with another brilliant Captain Britain story in it by Alan Moore and Alan Davis called The Twisted World (Reprise), plus a fairly good Wolverine story by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.’

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Sunday, 29 December 1985

Staying In

‘All We Ever Look For’ – Kate Bush


A cool looking guy in a leather jacket, with the collar turned up…

WiLLY

Jabba
’s thin!

I stayed in today.

Ah! Isn’t Christmas relaxing?!

I love The Jesus and Mary Chain.


Thanks, Astra.

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Saturday, 28 December 1985

Avoiding Miranda

‘Hangin' On A String’ – Loose Ends


I ventured into Wisbech today and, because Halo Jones is back, bought 2000AD 451

…I saw BMW from a distance but avoided her. Earlier in the week I had told her I was going to Ponty, which was true until we had a last minute change of plan. I just wanted some time on my own, to think. Instead, I ended up on Jayne Tyler’s street, reminiscing. I didn’t see her, though.

Britain’s No.1: ‘Merry Christmas, Everyone’ – Shakin’ Stevens


OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 2 years ago:
‘I played with my Star Wars figures and watched The Thief of Baghdad.’


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Friday, 27 December 1985

Making Merry

‘The Man In The Rexine Suit’ – Bill Nelson


We stayed in, ate and made merry in front of the Goggle Box (for a change).

Pick ‘n’ Mix:
Bill Nelson, The Beatles, Kate Bush, Halo Jones, Basil Brush (alias Satan), Propaganda, Metropolis, babber pie, The National Union of Satanists, Jazz Thompson, The Late Late Breakfast Show, Dead Can Dance, Joey, ‘I Love You, Miss Robot’, Mini-Cheddars, Rolf Harris, Max Headroom, The Pain Family, Fritz Lang, Blue Peter, The Vatican, John McEnroe, Tony Tiger, colds, Jon Winterfood, John Lennon, Shakin’ Stevens, Batman & Robin, The Buggles, Pot Noodle, The Human League, Epitaxial, Ashton Street, Mike Oldfield, Sex In Berlin, Toyah, Finger Arkle, Annie Winterfood, David Mimblings, Tibley & Prollock, Lionel Widgy, ‘When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’, Billy Arseburp Ballbag Association, Paul McCartney, Billy Aid, St Winifred’s School Choir, Adam and the Ants, and 2000AD.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 11 years ago:
‘I got Planet Of The Apes Weekly 10.’


This time 7 years ago:
‘Came back home from Grandma Winterfood’s with loads of toys.’

This time 6 years ago:
‘At Gran Winterfood’s. I got Doctor Who Weekly 12.’


This time 2 years ago:
‘Grandma Winterfood rang me. I taped my Jedi LP.’

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Thursday, 26 December 1985

Boxing Day 1985

‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – The Beatles


This time last year:

‘I played on Jack’s new Colecovision video console (Ladybug, Time Pilot and Carnival) nearly all day.’

Well. I must say. Yes.

Well, that does sound rather exciting, doesn’t it, eh?

No?

I agree!

Widgy! Spastic fool!

Today we had a salad.

Of what?

Turkey, of course!

Freddie’s sister, Lucille, came over for tea, and then took Queenie home. Paula, Freddie’s daughter, also came to stay. She and I played ‘Mike Read’s Pop Quiz’ game in my room and had a good laugh.

HO-HO!

I also played my new records.

My No.1: ‘That Was Close’ – Art Of Noise


Hey, look! It’s Uncle Poohbag and the Pooh Nob Jobby Boys!

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 7 years ago:
‘Stayed at my Grandma Winterfood’s in Castleford.’

This time 4 years ago:
‘At my Grandma Winterfood’s, I saw my Dad, Annie, Louise, Kev, and Grandma and Granddad Sugden. I got loads of presents, including a brilliant art set. My Dad drew me some ace pictures of Blake’s 7 characters, including a brilliant Avon.’

This time 4 years ago:
‘I played with my toys and tape-recorded the Doctor Who LP so I can listen to it on my personal stereo. It’s ace!’

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Wednesday, 25 December 1985

Christmas Day 1985

CHRISTMAS DAY 1985


‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ – Shakin’ Stevens



Oh yes! This is it! Christmas spirit and all that!

Our first Christmas at Blackberry Narrow – and my first, sadly, without Jack, George or Sam.

BUT…

I’ve got lots ‘n’ loads of LPs, ranging from ABC (The Lexicon Of Love) and Kate Bush (Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming), to The Beatles (Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album)! Yippee-doo! Groovy! Acker! I’m so chuffed!







I also got a Nemesis the Warlock book – which more than makes up for that Ro-Busters volume never arriving!


Freddie also got me a groovy video of The Beatles on Ready Steady Go!


On top of all this, I got a Buddha statue, some books, posters and some joss sticks (orange blossom – my fave).

This morning we all talked on the phone to Aunty Vi, Toyah (who got a Cabbage Patch Doll and a Barbie), Martin and our Jeff. We also spoke to Gran and Granddad Pritchard.

Queenie, Freddie’s mum, is staying here for Christmas, too.

So, I washed my hair, put on my grey and black-striped shirt and black trousers and we all went out for dinner, and guess who was our waitress?

Go on, guess!

You can’t guess, can you?!

No.

Well I’m not going to tell you.

Go on, then.

It was KATIE (Katherine), the hostess of the party that took place on the 7th of December!

When we got back, I did some more work on my Christmas cassette…

… after which, I watched All Creatures Great and Small, Only Fools and Horses and Gregory’s Girl.

Now it is time for beddy-byes.

Nite-nite.

Why hasn’t my Dad rung?

Bye!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

By the way, there’s a cryptic message at the end of the Sgt Pepper album, but I’m buggered if I know what it means…

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

[My Granddad Pritchard joined the RAF in February 1942, but on Christmas Day 1942, he set sail for North Africa and landed at Algiers ten days later – Ritcherd, 1990]


[For Christmas 1978, I was given a
Muppet Show Diary (which is how this all started) – Ritcherd, 1990]

[For Christmas 1982, I was given a
Collins diary – Ritcherd, 1990]

This time 2 years ago:
‘Ace! I got the
Doctor Who – The Music LP, the Return of the Jedi LP, a personal stereo, a Marilyn Monroe book by Janice Anderson, and lots more!’



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Tuesday, 24 December 1985

Christmas Eve 1985

Christmas Eve 1985!!!
‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ – Greg Lake


The tension mounts, does it not? What pressies will I get?

I went into town today and bought prezzies for George, Elaine (his girlfriend), Freddie, Paula, and Queenie (Freddie’s mum). I saw Astra Trellis and told her she’d been mentioned on some of Flash’s latest tapes. I don’t know why, but right now I feel like I am more into Astra Trellis’s friendship than BMW’s love…

I went to BMW’s to give her the massive card, and then came home to await tomorrow!

I’ve also started my Christmas Situation: Hopeless cassette entitled A Christmas Arsehole. This will be a double-pack and Flash is doing the other half: Christmas At The Villas. I am recording it on the usual crappy Triumph stereo with the crap microphone (and, sadly, sometimes on the shitty hand-held mono). The whole plan is to document our respective 1985 Christmases.


Jabba – have a fat Christmas!

Jazz – have a big-eared Christmas!

Nitey-nite!

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 2 years ago:
‘I went Christmas shopping today. Tonight I watched the Flash Gordon movie on TV.’

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Special thanks to
Waen Shepherd

Monday, 23 December 1985

Christmas with Flash

‘In Dulce Jubilo’ – Mike Oldfield



Wing Nang Noo Widdley Bot!

I went to Flash’s today. We exchanged prezzies and I received a mix cassette from him, called Ritcherd The Epitaxial.
Flash found the kids’ book very amusing. We exchanged new Situation tapes to borrow also. I think Epitaxial can happily form part of The 1985 Booty Bag (alongside: the illustrated brown paper bag from Uncle Poohbag’s Literature Shop which contains The Situation’s Tales Of Suspense comic).

Flash and I seemed very close and got on well, although he seemed very concerned that he had smelly armpits (I certainly didn’t notice). He, too, is very much into The Beatles.

I’m back home at Blackberry Narrow now!

The latest Smash Hits has all the end of year poll winner stuff. Take a look…

BEST GROUP: Duran Duran
WORST GROUP: Wham!
MOST BRILLIANT HAIRCUT: Simon Le Bon
MOST USELESS HAIRCUT: Simon Le Bon
BEST TV AD: Oxo
WORST TV AD: Nescafe
BEST FILM: Desperately Seeking Susan
WORST FILM: Rambo
BEST DJ: Steve Wright
WORST DJ: Mike Read
BEST MUSIC TV SHOW: Top Of The Pops
WORST MUSIC TV SHOW: Top Of The Pops
BEST NON-MUSIC TV SHOW: EastEnders
WORST NON-MUSIC TV SHOW: Crossroads
BEST DRESSED: John Taylor
WORST DRESSED: Bob Geldof
MOST WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING: Bob Geldof
MOST FANCIABLE PERSON: John Taylor
EVENT OF THE YEAR: Live Aid
NON-EVENT OF THE YEAR: Madonna's Wedding
BEST MALE SINGER: Simon Le Bon
WORST MALE SINGER: George Michael
BEST FEMALE SINGER: Madonna
WORST FEMALE SINGER: Madonna
MOST FANCIABLE FEMALE: Madonna
BEST VIDEO: ‘Take On Me’ by A-ha
WORST VIDEO: ‘If I Was’ by Midge Ure
MOST VERY HORRIBLE THING: George Michael’s beard
BEST SINGLE: ‘A View To A Kill’ by Duran Duran
WORST SINGLE: ‘The Power Of Love’ by Jennifer Rush
BEST LP: Like A Virgin by Madonna
WORST LP: Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
MOST PROMISING NEW ACT: A-ha
LEAST PROMISING NEW ACT: Arcadia
BIGGEST PRAT OF THE YEAR: George Michael

This time 2 years ago:
‘I got Return Of The Jedi Weekly 28.’


This time 7 years ago:
‘I got Star Wars Weekly 47.’

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With Christmas Love to Waen Shepherd

Sunday, 22 December 1985

Having a Go

‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ – Paul McCartney


Came up to Yorkshire with Mum and Freddie to take Jack out for the day.

Ended up arguing with Paul outside his house in Nostall because they wouldn't let him come with us. They wouldn’t even let us see him! I had a go at Nina, I was so angry. I told her to ‘fuck off’.

We had our dinner at Grandma Pritchard’s and visited (Great) Grandma Hall and Aunty Vi.

I’m staying at my Granny Pritchard’s for the night.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 6 years ago:
‘A new Doctor Who story. The Horns Of Nimon (Part One).


This time 2 years ago:
‘I watched a Flash Gordon cartoon on TV.’


This time last year:
‘I got 2000AD 398.’


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Saturday, 21 December 1985

Razzle

‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' – John Lennon


Went into Wisbech with Joey and Jazz. BMW, Phoebe and Anna (the girl Jazz with went with at BMW’s party) came along too. I bought Gordon’s Christmas pressie from Oxfam: a stupid kids book.

I also bought myself a Razzle.

Tonight, I signed the kid’s book to Flash from: ‘the widgy-heads at Wisbech: Winterfood, Thompson, Jabba, Joey, Trellis, Dave, Brown, Baker, BMW, Brundle, Beatbox, Cheggers, Cally, Chompers, Legs, Stu and Josiah D Dogbolter’.

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 4 years ago:

‘Watched Blake’s 7: Blake
















…I tape-recorded it because I knew Blake was going to be in it, but it was brilliant. I was amazed when they all died! It was one of the best things I have ever seen. I have started drawing a new comic based on this story.’

This time 2 years ago:
‘I didn’t get my Return of the Jedi comic this week, which was annoying, so I got The Thing instead....

We put on a Christmas Buffet in the pub, which was good.’
WHAT RITCHERD WAS UP TO A YEAR AGO

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Friday, 20 December 1985

Non-Uniform Day

‘So Good To Be Back Home Again’ – The Tourists


Last day of term! Hoo-flamin’-ray! It was, of course, non-uniform day. I wore my black, silky smoking jacket (v. trendy), black slacks and a long white shirt. I went round all day with Jazz and Astra Trellis. In the afternoon, our year watched Gremlins (again!) in the library.

I was happy to receive Christmas kisses from Astra Trellis, Mandy Dell, Bev Thingumajig, Tara Speed and, er, Jazz Thompson.

I’m sleeping at Joey’s. Boring!

OLD DIARY ENTRIES…

This time 11 years ago:
‘I got Planet Of The Apes Weekly 9.’


This time 6 years ago:
‘I got Doctor Who Weekly 11.’


This time 2 years ago:
‘Hooray! At last! The last day of school. No more prison! I went ice-skating with the school to Peterborough. I bought some American Marvel mags while I was there: Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man 87 and Marvel Tales 160

…I also got my report…

WETLANDS HIGH SCHOOL
School Road,
West Walton,
Wisbech,
Cambs.

Headmaster: Oscar Chorley

Dear Parent,

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that, according to
MOST OF your child’s subject teachers, he has made satisfactory progress in MOST subjects this half term.

Moreover, I am particularly pleased to note that in
R.E. and ENGLISH the subject teacher has given particular praise.

I am concerned however that Ritcherd has not been able to bring any ingredients for practical cookery lessons to date. I hope to see an improvement in the new year, as he particularly wanted to take the subject.


CONGRATULATIONS!

I would like to remind you that every half-year your child’s attainment will be assessed in every subject and you will receive a full report.

Yours sincerely,

N. Fielding

Form Teacher

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