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Tuesday, 30 September 1986

Fairy Tales

‘Wipe Out’ – The Meteors




A love heart sweats tears and drizzles blood…


EastEnders!  Do they marry? 


How the hell do I know?  I didn’t see it!  Ah, shate!


Anyway, today was cool.  Our TS group went to a mime workshop at KES (King Edward VII) sixth form.  It was run by Nola Rae and John Mowat and was good.


I saw Alison Ford, who wants me to do her a tape of the Meteors Live LP, which a lad called Mike (who goes on my college bus) has lent me. 


She also wants to join me at the Youth Theatre


Hm.  I think I’m growing too fond of Alison.  And we’ve spent some odd bits of time together lately, so I should guess she’s noticed… 


I also went to the Angles’ Youth Theatre ‘rehearsal’ for the January 1987 play, which hasn’t got a name yet.  Mrs Montgomery said it would also be okay if Alison started coming.  Great!


Alison’s having boyfriend trouble; Daryl (her boyfriend) is angry that she wants to come out to the Angles every Tuesday with me, when it’s one of the week-nights they normally see each other.  Tut-tut, Ritcherd!  What can I say?  I think I’m falling for her…





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NEXT TIME: ‘Infatuated with Alison Ford…’

Monday, 29 September 1986

Yin and Yang

‘Dickie Davies Eyes’ – Half-Man Half-Biscuit




Back to College.  Which meant 3 hours in the Videodome and a lot of dossing.  I also finally bought the ‘Yin andYang (The Flowerpot Man)’ 12-inch by Love And Rockets. 


Wow!


Later:

‘Relax’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood




Noreen just rang me, ackcheloi.  She thought I might be able to get her some drugs!  She wanted information about ‘bombers’.  I acted like I was able to get hold of stuff quite easily, just to seem cool, but I felt a bit uncomfortable!  I suggested that she should stick to legal stuff like poppers, and told her the safest, cheapest and best bet of which is Liquid Gold, which she can buy in King’s Lynn Sex Shop (I imagine!), if she’s got the guts.  Very odd.



 





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NEXT TIME: ‘Fairy tales…’

Sunday, 28 September 1986

Betty in Hospital

‘Lucifer Over Lancashire’ – The Fall


Went to see Betty in hospital, an’ that’s about it.  She’s well!





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NEXT TIME: ‘Yin and Yang…’

Saturday, 27 September 1986

Aikea Guinea

‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’ – Jermaine Stewart


The Planet of the Apes TV show was on this morning.  Ain’t seen that for 10 years!  Wooh!!!


I met JoeyCheggers in Wisbech this afternoon.

 
Cheggers is really interesting now.  We went in Andrew’s for coffee and stuff.  Also, I bought a Cocteau Twins 7-inch from Fourth Dimension. 
It’s called ‘Aikea Guinea’ and the b-side is ‘Kookaburra’.  Which is skill.  Inspired, eh?



Saw a bit of Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord (Part Four) tonight, and it was okay but plot-wise I’m a bit lost now.



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NEXT TIME: ‘Hospital…’

Friday, 26 September 1986

Orange Appled

‘Orange Appled’ – Cocteau Twins


I’m listening to my Melody Maker EP, which is good.  The best trax are ‘Lucifer Over Lancashire’ by The Fall and ‘Orange Appled’ by The Cocteau Twins.  The other two trax (by Hollywood Beyond + Zodiac Mindwarp) are okay.

Recently, I have been mixing a cassingle built around The Situation’s ‘The Pig Sty’ song.

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NEXT TIME: ‘Aikea Guinea…’

With special thanks to Waen Shepherd

Thursday, 25 September 1986

Jenny Taylor

My No.1: ‘Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man)’Love And Rockets



If I didn’t tell you already, Betty’s pregnant – remember that night Flash and I went boozing in Wisbech St Mary with the Wetlands lads?  Unfortunately, once again, she’s had to go to hospital today because she’s been losing blood.  Luckily, the baby is safe, but Betty has to stay there to rest.

For the first time in a little while, I saw Phoebe today.  She told me that she spoke to BMW recently and it turns out she did receive my letter, which she says THANKS for.  She says she is ‘talking’ to me now and there are no hard feelings.  Good, eh?

I also had a good chat with the very attractive, chain-smoking vegetarian, Jenny Taylor from my Theatre Studies group.  She is from Manchester and into The Smiths and The Cure.  Yes, I do fancy her – quite a lot.  She’s gorgeous and I love her eyes and her smile.  I love the way she speaks and the way she laughs, too.  She’s great, but I don’t think I’m her type.  I think she’s probably a bit ‘out of my league’.  I’m doing her a tape, though.

I’m very confused about which girls I fancy from Tech!  I’ve never seen so many beautiful girls!






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NEXT TIME: ‘Orange Appled…’

Wednesday, 24 September 1986

Vinyl Conflict


‘Butcher Baby’ – Plasmatics
 
 



Went in Ver Dome again.  Wiv Tim this time.  It’s great in there, y’know!  Really is!

College is a doss, innit?  Hah!  Not for long, matey!

I bought Melody Maker, which had features on Morrissey + David Sylvian, plus a free 4 track EP.


Angie Jones rang at last and we are jus’ friends, like, y’know?  Okay?  She says she’s seen BMW’s new ‘lover’ around… 

Oh.  By the way, BMW, did you even get my letter?!?!





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NEXT TIME: ‘Jenny Taylor…’

Tuesday, 23 September 1986

The Videodome

‘Cities in Dust’ – Siouxsie and The Banshees


Back to College, eh, chids? 

At lunch, we all went into a new ‘video-cafĂ©’ called The Videodome, which was v. smart.  It’s all black inside and sort of industrial-looking, with video screens everywhere showing pop videos from the last few years.  It was packed full of students, especially the more ‘alternative’ and interesting ones.  You can get good food in there, too.

Tim didn’t talk to me today for some reason.  Hmm?



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NEXT TIME: ‘Melody Maker…’

Monday, 22 September 1986

Hangover...

‘To Be a Lover’ – Billy Idol


Pissed and nackered, I didn’t get to bed till 3am! 

Waking with a hangover, I took the day off from College today and consequently missed my first Winter's Tale rehearsal.




WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1985,1984 & 1983

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NEXT TIME: ‘Videodome…’

Sunday, 21 September 1986

Daphne's 50th Birthday

‘Word Up’ – Cameo



Today is Daphne’s 50th birthday, so this evening I am attending her party, in my speckled jacket and trousers with a purple shirt and very tall hair.  I intend to get pissed.




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NEXT TIME: ‘Hangover…’

Saturday, 20 September 1986

Split Shoes

‘Two Tribes’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Fucking hell! 

Betty’s just told me that if I want to take my shoes back to Peterborough to be exchanged (as they have a split down the side of them), I will have to go today, which means missing an afternoon in Wisbech (a-fuckin’-gain!) and all to probably end up with a totally different pair of shoes in a style that I don’t want anyway! 

Shit!!!

Later:

‘Monkey Suit’ – Plasmatics


Well, I got some more shoes + they were 'okay', but I’m growing out of this kind of ‘normal’ style and wish I had something a bit more ‘alternative’.

Saw a bit of Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord (Part Three), which seemed okay.


Went to the fair tonite.  It was shit.




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NEXT TIME: ‘Daphne’s 50th birthday…’

Friday, 19 September 1986

Themroc

‘Nice In Nice’ – The Stranglers


I received my role today.  Basically, I am to play ‘Polixenes’ who, in our interpretation, will be a really HEAVY father who stops what will be a load of Teddy Boys from having a party.  Or something like that; I’ve yet to read it.  I’m lucky; Tim has got to play a bear!

Tonite, I watched Themroc, a movie opening the controversial new late-nite symbol season thingy on Channel Four. 


Worra load o’ shaight!








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NEXT TIME: ‘Split shoes…’

Thursday, 18 September 1986

Sleeping on the Bus


 
My No.1: ‘Suffragette City’Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Fell asleep on the bus trips to College and back today.  But what do you care?



Alas Smith andJones was on and it was great.

I ought to resume contact with Angie Jones soon.  I bet she hates me.





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NEXT TIME: ‘Themroc…’

Wednesday, 17 September 1986

Dreams of BMW

‘Heartbeat’ – King Crimson



Lately I’ve had some rather vivid dreams about BMW, and I’ve seen her a few times on her bike as we’ve passed her.  Despite my nonsense the other day, I do like her new backcombed hair and her hippy-goth image.  She looks so gorgeous.  I wish sometimes she could just get out of my mind!



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NEXT TIME: ‘Sleeping on the bus…’

Tuesday, 16 September 1986

Auditions

‘Human’ – The Human League


Tonite saw the auditions for the College Production of Shakespeare’s thingy.  Treece wants me to have a major part! 

Whilst sitting around and waiting, Gaby, Sarah and I bared our recent love lives to each other.  I love talking to girls.  They make far more sense than boys.



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NEXT TIME: ‘Dreams of Beatrice Miranda Wasp…’

Monday, 15 September 1986

Friends

‘Rage Hard (12-inch mix)’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Back to College; my first Monday at that institution.  I enjoyed it, I suppose.  Even tho’ Political History is a bit dodgy!

My timetable:


Monday

8.45am:           Tutorial

2pm:                Theatre Studies

3pm:                Theatre Studies


 
Tuesday

8.45am:           Theatre Studies

11am:              Political History

1pm:                Political history

2pm:                English Literature

3pm:                Theatre Studies


 
Wednesday     

8.45am:           Political History

11am:              Course Time

2pm:                Theatre Studies

3pm:                Theatre Studies

5pm:                Rehearsals

           
Thursday

8.45am:           English Literature 1

9.45am:           English Literature 2

12pm:              Theatre Studies

2pm:                English Literature


 
Friday             

11am:              Theatre Studies

12pm:              Theatre Studies

2pm:                English Literature

3pm:                English Literature                                


Wills has finally decided to jack Theatre Studies in and Jazz has definitely joined!  On top of that, Jazz is also the TS1 representative on the Student’s Union. 


Erm… Worrelse?


We went into town (King’s Lynn) today.  Who?  Us!  Moi, Jazz, Tim, Sarah, Gaby and Anita.  We did lots of dossing and lots of pointing and staring at the tops of buildings, just to make people look and crowds form.  Knowworrimean?  Yeh!


Tim has also given me some of his fashion designs, which is really great.


Yeah, nowadays I consider my group of friends to be: Sarah, Gaby, Tim, Jenny, Alison and Jazz.  In the main.  Then, behind that there’s Cheggers


Gary, Joey


…and Scumburger.  Behind those there are all the others, like Sadie, Tia, Astra


...and all the other Wetlands dossers.  But my best mate of all is Danyel Gordon!

 

And yes, I’ve got the Summer Holiday ‘dress’ photographs back!

‘The Power of Love’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood


Tomorrow there are auditions for the play, and I’m off to them, matey!

Mrs Montgomery (my old Drama teacher) sent me a letter, via Jack (she teaches him at The Queen’s School, having left Wetlands when we did, and says he’s ‘sweet’), inviting me to get along to the Angles Theatre Trianglia Youth Theatre tomorrow from 7pm – 9pm.  She seems to be in fine form and calls me ‘my lovely’.  She’s sorry she hasn’t been in touch (not that I expected her to be!), and says:

‘It doesn’t mean to say I’m not thinking about you – I am’. 

Which is lovely; she says her life is hectic, because she always starts her days late and ends up trying to catch up on what she should have been doing earlier.  She’s operating on 2 sites because her Drama studio and she’s ‘teaching, or attempting to teach’ all over the place.  She’s hoping that when the studio’s finished she’ll be able to settle down to some creative work. 

As to the Youth Theatre, I think she expected me to be there last week, because she needs some more experienced people there.  She tells me that a lot of the younger teens have a very limited idea of group-created theatre, which means she needs people like me to get in there and work with them. 

I’m flattered she asked, to be honest.  She practically begs me to come this week (adding that there are ‘some super girls’ in the group – she knows me too well…), but I can’t make it due to auditions. 

Babber!  I’ll try and give her a ring…

‘We Close Our Eyes’ – Go West


Oh, Noreen doesn’t talk to BMW no more, and Wiggy misses BMW, but BMW doesn’t miss Wiggy.  Good, eh?!  Noreen reckons that lots of people told her I had a ‘friend’ down in the holidays (i.e. Flash) and they all told her that he was really good looking.  Good, eh, Flash?



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NEXT TIME: ‘Auditions…’