25 Years Too Late...

25 Years Too Late...

Friday, 31 October 1986

All Hallond Eve...

‘A Passage in Time’ – Dead Can Dance


Drag Queen!  Help!  Lipstick Vogue – good luck!

Later:
‘Hallowe’en’ – Japan


Drag Queen was a laugh, actually, but I didn’t win, I came third.  Tony Pope won and he deserved to; he looked fantastic!

Lipstick didn’t win the ‘Talent’ Competition, but they should have.

Nyall brought me the Japan LP.


By d’way, did I say I’ve gorrajob at Ver Dome now?
 
This evening, at 7.30pm, Alison and I went to see a Pinter play – The Dumb Waiter – at the Angles Theatre. 

It was a ‘Studio One Production’ starring Colin Galbraith and Cliff Humphreys, directed by David Sugar. 
It only cost us a pound, but it wasn’t too fab.
[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]


NEXT TIME: ‘Masturbation…’

Thursday, 30 October 1986

Assemblage

My No.1: ‘Teenage Thunder’ – Sigue Sigue Sputnik


Brilliant!  Lipstick Vogue is playing at tech tomorrow in the Talent Competition.  There’s also a Drag Queen contest, Which Vinnie, Tony Pope, Stan Flowers and me are going to enter!

As well as this, chids, next Monday, us college chids are going on strike and protesting around tech on behalf of the Student’s Union, as our hours are going to be reduced next year.  Seems a strange thing to complain about if you ask me, but apparently we’ll learn piss all if this happens so we must protest!

‘For America’ – Red Box


Baz has offered me a job, washing up, in The Videodome.  It’ll mean 7 hrs a week, which gets me about £8 and cut-price food and drinks every day.  Not bad.  It’s money!  I start on Monday…

I also had interesting chat with Tony Pope’s ‘gothic’ mate, Nyall Watson, whom I was introduced to in The Dome today.  He likes David Sylvian and Japan, and we both enjoyed seeing Dali’s Car on the videos with ‘The Judgement Is The Mirror’. 



He’s lending me Japan’s Assemblage LP tomorrow.

Worraday!


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NEXT TIME: ‘All Hallond Eve…’

Wednesday, 29 October 1986

Rag Revue 1986

‘Rock On’ – Dave Howard Singers




Libby who works in The Videodome says she will lend me her Lipstick Vogue demo.  Skill!


As it is Rag Week here at tech (i.e. have a doss, get pissed, etc.), today was the Rag Revue in the College Theatre.  As part of the line-up, Lipstick Vogue played, but this time it was just Vinnie singing along to one of their backing tracks (‘It Should Have Been Me’ – which I love).  So, for support, me, Stan Flowers

Marcus, Sophia, and a couple of others got on stage and danced along.  We were slightly merry on whisky + Coke, though, and ended up doing the Can-Can in a row, which meant we collapsed quite a lot.  I felt a right pratt!

I finally returned home tonite.





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NEXT TIME: ‘Assemblage…’

Tuesday, 28 October 1986

Dr Faustus at Norwich Puppet Theatre

‘Cracked Actor’ – David Bowie




Finally, I saw Tim again as the TS group went to Norwich (to the Puppet Theatre, St James, Whitefriars) to see a puppet version of the Marlowe play Dr Faustus [brill play – Natalia, ‘88], which was rather good.  It started at 2.30pm, the ticket cost £2, and I sat on Seat 10 in Row F.





Tonight, Alison and I went to the Tech ‘Pyjama Party’ Disco, which was great due to a set played by the band who hang out at The Videodome: Lipstick Vogue (featuring a couple of lads called Vinny and Dom).  They’re really good (and they’re recording an album in the studio above the ‘dome).  They’re a bit like early Depeche Mode.  I danced a lot, mostly with Wanda, because Daryl (Alison’s ex) turned up.  Finally, though, he gracefully faced the truth about Alison and me.


I’m staying at Freddie’s mum’s – that’s Queenie to you and me…





[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Rag Revue 1986…’

Monday, 27 October 1986

Tim's Sore Leg

‘The London Boys’ – David Bowie




Back to shitty tech. 


Things were okay today, I suppose, but not exactly brilliant.  We had a play rehearsal and it went okay.


Through Gaby, Tim sent me a book we’re supposed to read for the course and there was a letter in it.  He said it was about time he lent me it, because he doesn’t understand any of it!  Sadly, he’s going to be leaving Tech soon, cos he’s having more arguments ‘with Mother’.  They had a row on Sunday and it was really bad this time, so he’s told her he’s had enough and that he’s getting out.  ‘Oh well,’ he says, ‘such is life!!’  He asks me how things are going with Alison and he hopes all is OK.  He didn’t come in because of his sore leg, but I’m wondering if he’s just given up or wasn’t allowed to.  Who knows?  He asked me to say ‘Hi’ to everyone, so I did.  Hopefully I’ll see him tomorrow…





[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Dr Faustus…’

Sunday, 26 October 1986

A Girl In Black With Spiky Hair And A Racer

‘All I Ask Of You’ – Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman




Over dinner at Freddie’s mum’s house, Freddie + Jack mentioned that a girl in black, with spiky hair and a racer called for me.  Sounds like BMW!  I bet they’re lying!  But I hope they’re not!  Oh God!






[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Tim’s sore leg…’

Saturday, 25 October 1986

Intimate with Alison

‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ – The Pretenders



A German postcard arrived today from the prodigal son himself: Danyel Gordon!


Jazz and I went to Wisbech.  In Andrew’s, I saw the girl that I quite fancy + she actually spoke to me.  I think she knows!  Oh well…

This evening, I went over to Alison’s and she’s permed her hair, which is a bit of a shock.  It makes her look rather like Vera Duckworth, God forbid, [hee-hee, chuckle, hum – from Natalia, ‘88] and I really don’t like it! 


Her hair was lovely and loose before, but this is really tight and grannyfied.  Things went well, though.  In her room, we became rather intimate with each other’s bodies + tongues!  We kissed a lot, sucking each other’s tongues, and we did a lot of feeling and caressing.  I felt and sucked her breasts.


WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1985, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1975 & 1974

[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]


NEXT TIME: ‘The girl in black…’

Friday, 24 October 1986

Stupid Ritcherd

‘I Go To Sleep’ – The Pretenders



Sara and Colleen Dix’s dad died last night, so Alison was upset today.

I’m seeing her tomorrow…






[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Intimacy…’

Thursday, 23 October 1986

A Useless Human Being

My No.1: ‘She’s My Man’ – Sigue Sigue Sputnik




Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday, dear Flash,

Happy Birthday to you!


Flash’s birthday today, y’see.


Alison’s worried about her friend, Sara Dix, as her father is near death and it’s all rather tense at tech because of this…


‘The Real Adventure’ – Bill Nelson




Tonight, Betty and I argued like hell after she claimed I was ‘a useless human being’.  She tried to convince me I should do more jobs around the house + not take them (Betty + Freddie) for granted.  Which I don’t!


Britain’s No.1: ‘Every Loser Wins’Nick Berry






[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Stupid…’

Wednesday, 22 October 1986

Pissing About

‘Soul Train’ – Swansway



Alison and I pissed about today.

Jazz and I had a laugh in Drama!

I’m wondering whether to send Flash a card or not.  It’s his birthday tomorrow.  Hmm.  He’s in Germany right now, y’see, on an exchange trip.


Do I regret being with Alison or not?  I’m stupid, aren’t I?  Yes I am!





[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Useless…’

Tuesday, 21 October 1986

A Pointless Little Desire?

‘Rockit Miss USA’ – Sci-Fi Sex Stars




Another day at tech!


Worradoss!

Things are okay, I suppose.  Me ‘n’ Alison were ‘nice’ with each other, with plenty of kissing, heh-heh!  But do I regret it?  Since we got together she suddenly seems less cool and a lot more immature; silly, even.  Before we got together, she used to make me feel complete.  And for the first time in a long while I was genuinely happy, but now…  Perhaps it was a mistake?  Perhaps not…

These emotions actually feel new to me.  Is it love?  Or has my ‘schizophrenic’ nature built something huge from a pointless little desire?

Things were okay at the Angles youth theatre, though.  Once again, Alison looked wonderful, and we were so loving to each other.

So why do I feel I’ve made a mistake?




[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]


NEXT TIME: ‘Pissing about…’

Monday, 20 October 1986

White and Red Hearts

‘The Wizard’ – Paul Hardcastle



Back to college, and Alison and I told anyone who was interested (most people) our news.  Some of them were even quite chuffed.  Especially me!

Alison bought me a love heart mobile with white and red hearts.  Tonight, I put it up in my room.




[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]



NEXT TIME: ‘A pointless little desire…’

Sunday, 19 October 1986

Boring Like the Top 40

‘In the Army Now’ – Status Quo



I thought about Alison a lot today.  But aren’t Sundays boring?!  Just like the Top 40

Well how about this for my latest 12-inch single?


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 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: ‘Hearts…’

Saturday, 18 October 1986

Ready When You Are, Bob

‘We Are Ninja’ – Frank Chickens




I awoke today, absolutely looking forward to seeing Alison.


First of all, I went to Wisbech, and then Lucille (Freddie’s sister) brought me back to their house where I am staying.


After tea and another brief glimpse of Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord (Part Seven)


…I finally went to Alison’s.

  When I arrived, I gave her the poster Flash and I made of me for The Situation’s Ritcherd For President ’86 ‘campaign’ last autumn…


…and a card that told her no matter where I am I will be thinking of her; which is absolutely true!


We chatted about things for a while and eventually went to the pub (The Last of England), where we drank vodka Martinis, and chatted about the events that had brought us together.  I told her that I wouldn’t be able to see her tomorrow, as I am going home at 11.30am, and she was rather upset by this, as was I.  I really want to see her tomorrow, but still, that’s life!


‘Catch My Fall’ – Billy Idol




Later, we headed back to her house, where we chatted some more, while she chewed and sucked my fingers, nibbling and gently biting at them like a little puppy.  She was eating Polos and put one of the ones she’d been sucking into my mouth, which felt oddly amazing.  Finally, I asked where ‘Bob’ was. 


‘He’s here,’ she said.


I didn’t really know how to react because it was time for me to go back, so we cuddled.  Alison said she didn’t want me to go and I told her I didn’t either.  But as I was about to leave, the inevitable happened.  We kissed.  It was a good kiss.  And I suppose, in a hypothetical world, that seals the contract.  We are now going out with each other.  And I am very happy.


As I left, we kissed again at the door.  Now we’re both looking forward to Monday.


As I walked in the darkness back to Freddie’s mum’s house, I felt like the happiest man alive.


ALISON YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.


From a shimmering web-like hyperdimensional plane emerges the buffed and polished love heart of our union, emblazoned with the legend ‘Ritcherd 4 Alison’; the golden juices of that heart, punctured by love’s arrow, spill across time and space, showering all with joy and happiness…  




[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘Boring…’

Friday, 17 October 1986

Closer Again

‘Glad it’s All Over’ – Captain Sensible




I saw Alison and we were closer again.  Since we arranged that we would, one day, start going out with each other, we came up with a code for getting together based on a TV advert.  As soon as it is time for us to come together, she will say: ‘Ready when you are, Bob!’  And that’s all we went on about today.  We were so much closer and I loved it.

‘Feel It’ – Feelabeelia




Tonight, I rang her and she’s been listening to a tape I gave her of this diary during September.  She said it was sweet.  I’m glad she liked it.


I’m staying at Freddie’s mum’s tomorrow so as to see Alison who lives nearby.  Alison reckons ‘Bob’ might be ready tomorrow.  You know what that means!  Oh, I can’t wait to see her…





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NEXT TIME: ‘Bob…’

Thursday, 16 October 1986

What a Bloody Day!

My No.1: ‘True Colours’ – Cyndi Lauper




What a bloody day!


I started the day feeling really good and wanting to see Alison. 


Following Lit, Alison was waiting outside the classroom door, waiting for me with a boy I didn’t know.  It was Daryl!  Her ex-boyfriend was visiting Tech!  So, over break, things were a bit uncomfortable, and, as with the rest of the day, Alison and were distant from each other.  Still, I made an effort and Daryl was a lovely bloke.  He’s reasonably ‘alternative’ and very quiet, gentle.  Things were okay between us, because he doesn’t know Daryl and I are on the verge of ‘greater things’.  But just before Alison went to a lesson, he tried to ‘get back’ with her.  He tried to touch her and act like they were still a couple, but she avoided his physical advances and suggestions.  I’m glad, as I felt today might be the day that I lost her for good.  And I couldn’t live without her now.  When Alison went to a lesson, I took him to The Videodome, but little was said and nothing untoward happened.  Fiat Lux was on the videos with ‘Blue Emotion’, which was great.



I’m anxious to see Alison tomorrow.

 
Britain’s No.1: ‘True Blue’ – Madonna




WHAT RITCHERD IS UP TO IN 1985, 1983, 1980 & 1976




[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]



NEXT TIME: ‘Closer again…’

Wednesday, 15 October 1986

The Happiest Man Alive

‘The Laughing Gnome’ – David Bowie

Today was a beautiful day for Alison and me, most especially in Theatre Studies, where physical contact between us was at its peak.  We were so close and it was beautiful.  Things can really only get better.


I’m the happiest man alive because of one beautiful person.

My latest Bowie LP:


 





[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]




NEXT TIME: ‘A bloody day…’

Tuesday, 14 October 1986

Red Rose

‘Ching-A-Ling’ – David Bowie




Today I was really happy.  And so was Alison.  I can’t wait until we are really together.  This evening, she and I went to the Trianglia Youth Theatre rehearsal and I took her a red rose from our garden, which she really liked.  Once again, she looked wonderful, and we were really good with each other (all day), if you knowarramean?


ALiSoN!



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NEXT TIME: ‘The happiest man alive…’

Monday, 13 October 1986

Channel Theatre’s The Birthday Party at The Fermoy Centre, King’s Lynn

'Rockit Miss USA' - Sigue Sigue Sputnik




I was desperate to find Alison this morning.  When I did, I asked her if she would please give me a lift home from the Fermoy Centre this evening if I went to see Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.  She said her mum would.  Then I handed her my letter…


Later, I went to The Videodome with Tim.  Jenny Taylor was there, and she asked for a quiet word with me.  She said that Alison had read my letter and that later I would have to listen to what she was going to say, as she was still emotional over finishing with Daryl


Later (in lesson):


TIM:               
Well? Astound me! 
Yes, you bloody well can!

RITCHERD:   
No.  I can’t.  Give me a few hours. 
I don’t really know what’s happening myself…  Yet!

TIM:               
You are joking.  For God’s sakes! 
It’s about Alison, I know that much. 
You may as well tell me, before you crack up and start crying.

RITCHERD:   
I still don’t know what I’ve been told yet. 
Everything’s turned upside down.  
I think I’m once again faced with my bloody stupid luck! 
SHIT!

TIM:               
AAAARGH! 
You infuriate me! 
Now tell me!

RITCHERD:   
I won’t know.  Until I see Alison.

TIM:               
Oh!

RITCHERD:   
I’ve got to be nice to Alison right now as she’s very emotional, apparently. 
Well, she’s not the only one now.  I’m totally baffled. 
She’s a bit worried about facing me, but Jenny reckons that I’ll be pleased with what she tells me…

TIM:               
Oooooooohhh! 
Well, whatever she says, it will be the best for you both in the long term…



Later:


When I next saw Alison, in the street just to say hello, I felt so uncomfortable, as Wanda, Sara Dix and (Sara’s boyfriend) Tony Pope were there.  I was fidgeting like hell.


Back at college, Alison eventually gave me a letter that told me what I wanted to know: would she or would she not go out with me?  I started to feel a sense of panic…


Alison’s response?  She DOES want to go out with me.  But not yet.  She wants to put it off until the whole Daryl situation is over with.


Okay, basically this is what she wrote (on two sides of A4 given to me in a pale blue envelope addressed: RITCHERD)…


She wrote me the letter, as promised, but isn’t used to writing such things so apologises if it’s crap.  She reckons I know what she’s going to write, but wants to make it clear, just in case I don’t.  Most of all she wants me to understand – because she’s still not fully convinced that I do – that she really does want to go out with me.  Only one, single, reason prevents this happening and that is her concern for Daryl’s feelings.  She hopes I don’t hate Daryl (because of her feelings and the fact that she keeps going on about him).  She reiterates that when she finished with him it really hurt him and that it would be nasty to go out with someone only a week or so later.  She says that if she did that she would never be able to face herself, let alone anyone else.  She is also sure that I would have no wish to go out with a girl who is constantly talking about someone else.


She hopes I understand why she wants to leave things for a little while.  Although it’s all pretty awkward, she doesn’t know what else to do.  She thinks I am ‘so sweet + loveable’ for being prepared to listen to her, and even to wait for her to sort herself out.  She says that is something very few people would be prepared to do.  She wants to tell me exactly how she feels about me, but says it is very difficult, as she can never tell how I’m going to react.  But she thinks about + talks about me almost constantly.  When she was with Daryl during their final week, she tried to make herself stop thinking about me and told herself it was Daryl that she wanted to go out with; but she suddenly realised that she was wrong and thus picked up the courage to do something about it.  She has not regretted it – although she has been thoroughly depressed at being in a limbo and guilt-ridden at how she made Daryl feel.  When she first read my second letter, she didn’t quite know how to react, but was really flattered.  It did, however, come as a bit of a shock to her and so she got pretty anxious about what she was going to say to me the next time we saw each other.  She’s glad we are able to talk about it.


And just in case I’m interested, no, she does not want to go out with ‘someone who is rich, has a car, etc, and is a smooth-talking Casanova’.  She says these are just material things and don’t mean much at all, so I shouldn’t put myself down!  And that’s an order.  She wants someone to really care about her and love her, although she feels pretty embarrassed talking of love because she doesn’t really understand it properly.  She would really like to tell me that she loves me, but as she doesn’t know or understand what exactly this means, she can’t.  What she can say, though, is that she really cares a lot for me and wants to make me as happy as I seem to want to make her.  And if that’s love, then she can honestly say she loves me.  She says this probably sounds stupid, and that she’s maybe frightened of love + therefore cowers away from it…


She was quite offended when I said that I thought she was going to tell me to piss off!  She thought she had made her feelings pretty obvious on Friday, thinking that I could easily read her thoughts.  In a way, she hopes she was wrong, because she doesn’t like the idea that her thoughts are transparent to me.  And if I really want to know what she’s thinking, then all I have to do is ask, as she is a useless liar.  She says I should ask Tim, because he knows.


She hopes she has done the right thing in telling me the whole truth and hasn’t upset me too much in explaining to me why she can’t go out with me just yet.  She is sorry if this will make things uncomfortable between us, but asks that we jump one obstacle at a time.  She is sure things can only improve for both of us now we know where we stand and what each of us wants.


She signs off by thanking me for caring + understanding, whilst hoping she has done the right thing by me.  She offers me ‘lots of love’ and adds three kisses.



I’m so happy.  I probably didn’t show it when I finally (and very briefly) saw her, but I am.


Alison!


Later:

(in lesson)


RITCHERD:   
Well, ha-ha, Tim cos she said Yes!

TIM:               
Great!

RITCHERD:   
It’s not all definite, but for her ex’s sake, she’s going to start going out with me soon. 
In a few weeks.  She would right now, but for her conscience’s sake. 
She thought my letter was sweet.  I’m in love!

TIM:               
I bet you’re glad. 
You waited long enough.


Later:

‘Driving Away From Home’ – It’s Immaterial




Tonight, at 7.30pm, all the TS kids went to see The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter at the Fermoy Centre (The Guildhall of St George), which was rather good.  It was performed by Channel Theatre Company.  Tickets cost £3 (incl. VAT) and I sat in Row J on Seat 4.

I sat with Alison, and afterwards she brought me home.


A big fat bald man, like the Kingpin of Crime, but with hoop earrings and an incongruous clump of twizzling hair, fashioned into a fully erect quiff…


Iron Man with extra bits attached, like a lamp on his forehead…


A weeping 1920s type chappie, with slicked back hair and an enormous white, 1970s style bow-tie…


Three vicious vampires, as bald as that bloke in Nosferatu


BLLPT!



ALiSoN



ALiSoN



alison



alison



alison



Right now

you mean more to me

than anything

on Earth…

(including myself)



alison



alison…


A plump love heart bursts, dripping under the impact of my powerful arrow…






[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]




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