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Saturday, 31 October 1987

A Little Trip to Norwich


‘Ghostbusters’ – Ray Parker Jr



 

I went to Norwich and met up with Nyall ‘n’ Woody on the way.  In Norwich, we met up with Smith.  Woody was thrown out of The Bell, and was gone before we had the chance to catch up with him, so we went to Smith’s to hear what his guitar playing was like.  He modestly said, ‘I’m pretty crap…’

 

At Smith’s we set up Nyall’s drum machine, the mics, the electric guitar and the 12-string.  Smith played.  Nyall ‘n’ I just reeled.  Hey now, hey now, now. 

 

‘CRAP’, MY ARSE. 

 

Smith is brilliant.  I mean it.  Nyall ‘n’ I couldn’t believe it.  This may sound a bit corny, but in my opinion we are talking Jimi Hendrix!  Well.  When I say JH, I mean he’s better than he makes out.  Obviously not THAT ace…

 

We got together and started writing a song called ‘Jane’.  And I think we’re going places, man.  We’ll probably end up as a bit of a late ‘60s / early ‘70s Zep/Sisters thing, with all sorts of other spingly-spangly ‘60s space cake stuff mixed in.

 

Smith is bloody mega.  CRAZEEE!

 

Eventually, I came home and Nyall went to meet Tony Pope, whose house he’s staying at.

 



 

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Next time: ‘Justine confusions…’

Friday, 30 October 1987

Hearts and Kippers


‘Taking the Veil (Extended)’ – David Sylvian



 

Today, Tech was at war with itself.  Y’see Rag Week’s last day and all that featured the President of the SU having to kiss a dead pig’s head and having liver ‘n’ hearts ‘n’ kippers smeared all o’er his body, plus a lot of inter-student flour/shaving foam /eggs sort of wars that were probably inspired by the Rag Revue!  Well, today, I got got, but I got back!  Got me?

 

‘Lady Moonlight’ – All About Eve



 

Haven’t done anything this evening, but these are the juicy items of today:

 

In approx 12 days, I may be going to court to face charges against me for not paying for college trip – a trip I never even went on!  A trip I said I’d ‘possibly’ go on if I had the money, which I didn’t.  If I am found guilty of non-payment, I will have a criminal charge to my name – and may have to even spend two weeks in prison!  Sarah + Jenny also face this charge, so we are to see the College Principal on Monday morning…

 

Suz has been secretly seeing a boy called Tim behind Roger’s back.  All very hush-hush, and Justine’s put me under oath to not say a word, e’en though we both think Suz ought to reconsider.  Actually, Tim sent a letter to Suz telling her they shouldn’t bother, ‘n’ she should go back to Roger, and maybe he’d still be around when they one day finished.  My lips are sealed.

 

‘Backwaters’ – David Sylvian



 

Flash ‘n’ Eddie have rung me a lot today, and all I can say is that they must’ve been the strangest calls I’ve ever heard.

 



 

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Next time: ‘A trip to Norwich…’

Thursday, 29 October 1987

Stan, Crying...


11.47pm.

 
My No.1:‘Flowers In Our Hair (Remix)’ – All About Eve



 

Hi, folks.

 

Today

 

Well I started off sorting out all Suz’s problems, and then I wrote to Justine about stuff, i.e. an apology for not talking to her much, due to not really knowing what to say

 

And Luggage.  HAH!  A good man of good advice and temperament … but … he really pisses me off when he analyses me.  Like I asked him to?

 

Nice People In Tech At Mo’:

Olivia Pickering (I really fancy her), Helen, Fiona Sawyer, and a few others.

 

Eventually, Justine and I had a good chat.  Graham’s really bugging her, and she feels she needs me.  So realising it made a lot of sense, I asked her out.  AGAIN.  So there you are.  Happy days ahoy, then.

 

 
Tonite Stan rang, crying and feeling well depressed about stuff.  So I’ve dragged him down here, so I can be good company for him.  He’s on the floor now, happier.  In a sleeping bag.  Mmmm.  Suicidal tendencies ‘n’ stuff.  1986 is back.  Just like I predicted.

 

Well.  Justine and Ritcherd, eh?

THIRD TIME LUCKY?!

 

Let’s hope…

 




 

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Next time: ‘Hearts and Kippers…’

Wednesday, 28 October 1987

Girls and Letters


‘Cantonese Boy’ – Japan

 

Today was a bugger.  Dave Brown attempted revenge by throwing water-filled balloons at me.

 

Simon Nightingale came into Tech and that was about it.

 

I got a letter from Mary who has a locker next to mine and Roger’s.  Actually, that’s not true.  After we spoke last night, she went and picked up the letter I’d slid into the locker she shares with Emma and a boy in Emma’s form who looks like the Milky Bar Kid. 

 

She thinks I wrote back quickly (not expecting me to see the letter she put in my locker till 4.15pm).  She tells me not to put myself down again.  Emma saw me in the Rag Revue and said I was ‘the best act on … yet more flattery for you.’  Emma’s glad that my last letter insisted I’m not ignoring her.

 

Mary says she was really embarrassed in English yesterday, as she had to read out an assignment they’d done, entitled ‘The Last Chapter of My Autobiography’.  She doesn’t know why she came in today as she’s only got Electives.

 

She asks when Roger and I will talk to them properly (i.e. not just in locker letters).  She also thanks me for saying she seems like a really nice person.

 

I teased Justine about the fact that I’d said ‘hello’ and briefly chatted to Francesca ‘n’ Anastasia when they were with Hazel Church.  I do like the look of those two.

 

It was also revealed to me that Justine definitely wants to go out with me.

 

Hya Diana!

 

SHIT!  I WROTE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE PAPER FIRST!

 

It’s me.  Remember?  Don’t really blame you if you’ve forgotten.  God, it feels like ages ago.  I’m really, really, really, really, really sorry it’s taken me so long to write but I’ve been having a really heavy time of it lately.  So here I am at last, writing to you like I said I would.  And now I am writing, I can’t think of much to say.

 

I’m sorry if I offended you at all on that Saturday nite, but I hope we are still friends and stuff like that, coz I thought you were a very nice person.

 

Well, you asked me to write and all I can think to do is tell you about myself…

 

I’m 17 years old, absolutely insane, and I go to King’s Lynn Tech, which is a big doss.  I am originally from near Leeds, where my best mate lives, and I was up there on Saturday.  It was well good.  I like most sorts of music, ‘cept stuff like Wham! and Curiosity, but I’m into a lot of so called ‘Goth/Alternative’.  At the moment, I’m really into: All About Eve, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, Alien Sex Fiend, Led Zeppelin, and Gene Loves Jezebel (who I went to see the other week!).

 

Have you been in The Salmon lately?  If you do, remember to talk to George about me.

 

I can’t really think of much to say.  So all I can say is

 

Goodbye and RSVP

all my love,

Ritcherd

xxx

 

P.S. I’ll be in The Bell on Saturday.  I think.  Depends if I go to Norwich or not.  Money problems.  But if I am in The Bell and you’re around, come over and talk to us.  If not, I might even give you a ring on Sunday.

 

Ritcherd xxx

 

 

 



 

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Next time: ‘Stan, crying…’

Tuesday, 27 October 1987

The 1987 Rag Revue


‘Flowers In Our Hair (Remix)’ – All About Eve



 

I returned to Tech.  My actions must seem very suspect.  I’m talking, rather slightly, to Anastasia/Jill (Anastajill?) who Luggage fancied.  He’s well fucked off coz he thinks I’m ‘after’ her.  But I’m not.  He’s worried I’ll ‘get into’ where he’s trying to get.  Again.  But I’ll let that be Francesca and Anastasia’s decision.  I don’t expect anything to happen anyway.  Just friendship.  Even so, Luggage has lent Francesca the Mission tape I recorded for him!  And Francesca’s nice, but I wouldn’t make a move on her or anything.  Lug has accused me of listening to The Mission and All About Eve, etc, because I want to get talking to Francesca ‘n’ Anastasia.  But I am slowly beginning to take an interest in Francesca.  Whose hair – almost exactly the same style and colour as mine – I can identify with, I suppose.  Har-har, Jenny, for pointing this out!  At this time, I am dead confused.  Justine aftermaths and stuff, y’know.  But I do have an interest in Francesca…

 

‘Coal Porter’ – Gene Loves Jezebel

 

The Rag Revue was a laugh for all those of us concerned.  It went well.  Ish.  Er-hum.  That’s all I can say.  I didn’t expect it to be an amazing production and it wasn’t.  But we had a laugh and the audience enjoyed most of it.  Well, maybe not ‘most’, but ‘some’.  And anyway, we were all WELL pissed.

 

We did various sketches:

 

BILLY and JEFF arguing and taking the piss out of the audience and being hassled by THE POSTMAN.

 

HITLER and GOEBBELS taking about wedgies and arguing over which of them is called Ken and competing over how many Jews it took to build their mattresses (wince).

 

REGINALD FROCK attacking a BEGGAR and arguing with a POLICEMAN before getting into a fight with SATAN.

 

UNCLE ALI ruining his nephew JOHN’s birthday when they receive a parcel shaped like a VICAR and get into trouble with a CUSTOMS OFFICER.

 

POSTMAN swearing at his customers and discussing Jesus’ fish fetish.

 

TWO MEN offering to have sex with each other’s wives and pets.

 

The best bit was getting Dave (The Twat) Brown on stage and totally plastering him in shaving foam.  He hated it.  He’s SO COOOOOOL!  He has sworn revenge on me.  Oh damn shame.

 

Thanks go to all involved:

Derek Hardy (from TS1 – First Year Theatre Studies), Roger Watson, Graham Long, Danny Black (Graham’s mate), Natalie Palmer (from TS1), Fiona Sawyer (from, well, just being everybody’s acquaintance, really), Bianca White, Olivia Pickering (from TS1) and another kid called Ben Fletcher.

 

As for Bianca White, she was well pissed and lifted her skirt to show me her knickers, which was rather out of character, but very nice to look at.  Sorry, I can’t lie, can I?  I would have to say that she is probably my one of my top five perfect women, with her cat-like eyes, perfectly shaped face with precise nose and mouth, gorgeous body and ample breasts.  Lovely.

 

Then there’s Olivia (whose real name is Wendy), another of those girls I feel really attracted to, attached to, even.  Or at least I wish I was, physically.  We talked a lot and she’s also dead nice.  But I don’t plan to make any moves.  What I feel for her is simply a form of very dirty lust.

 

‘Set Me Free’ – Gen Loves Jezebel



 

I wrote to Justine this morning, telling her I’d still like to carry on in our ‘special’ relationship, and that I love her in a much more mature way now; rather than love/fancy, it is more love/respect.  But, I said, quote: ‘I’m not declaring my undying love for you – nothing so heavy’, which was maybe a bad thing to say!  I only said it so as not to appear ‘heavy’, but we’ve not spoken since I handed her the letter.

 

Graham told me that they’d finished on Monday due to the fact that she held a lot of feelings for me. 

 

C’mon Justine, reply to the letter.

 

Letters, letters, letters…

 

I’ve GOT to write to Diana.  I wish I had already.  I need Diana.  She’s one of the beautiful people.

 

INDIA

 

 

With some kind of god, dancing…

 

‘Suspicion’ – Gene Loves Jezebel



 

I feel crap to look at.  All my good clothes need washing and I just can’t be bothered.  Lazy git, eh?  Indeed.  I mean, today I wore a white shirt.  URGH!

 

DIANA.

 

WRITE TO DIANA.

 

oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god

 

Life’s great.

 

Jenny Taylor


JUSTINE, love exists for you.  But let’s carry on in secret.  I don’t want a repeat of last time.

JUSTINE, love me to death.  Let’s make love.  Let me come for you.

 

Goodbye, Diary.

 

Jenny Taylor

 



 

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Next time: ‘Girls and Letters…’

Monday, 26 October 1987

Letter From Mary


‘Shame’ – Gene Loves Jezebel



 

Mary wrote to me today.  Kind of. 

 

She gave me it today, but she wrote it at home on Saturday, while her little brother was at football practice, her sister was at music workshop and her other brother had a mate round.  Her mum was throwing a fit because she’d found one of Mary’s black poppies lying around.

 

She thanks me for talking to her the other day.  She says it cheered her up no end.

 

She apologises for being ‘boring’, but she was pissed off as it was Bill, her ex’s birthday and all she could think about was all the things they had talked about doing together.  She knows it was stupid to dwell on it, so she went out with Gemma to a boring 6th form disco, where she saw all her old mates. 

 

She is intrigued that I thought she and Emma had been friends for a long time.  It turns out they only met at the start of term.  She says it’s strange getting to know Emma, because she’s so cut off now from the old mates she used to know so well.  She’s still trying to find out about Emma and says it’s weird, because they don’t have much in common like she and her best mate Gemma.

 

Apparently Mary did work experience with Frank Fontaine (our latest drama teacher), and helped rig lights and move sets for a play written by Frank’s wife and someone called Bobby Rossitter.

 

She needs to go round to Gemma’s, because Gemma’s got all her money, clothes + music now.  Mary changed into other stuff when she was there (like she did at the Punk Disco the night before, apparently), because she’s really starting to go ‘goth’ and didn’t care what her old mates said.  As it turned out, no one said anything bitchy as none of them have seen her for 3 months.  They just accepted it.  Anything that was said was complimentary, and I’m glad.  Unless people were talking behind her back, but as she says, ‘stuff them’.

 

Actually, during the writing of the letter, Gemma comes over to hers, lights a Joss stick and puts a tape on.  After apologising to me again for ‘being boring’, Mary goes off with her to see what they can get up to in Norwich. 

 

I wrote back.  We’re like college ‘Pen Pals’.

 

Later:

11.10pm.

 

‘Stephen’ – Gene Loves Jezebel



 

BLOODY HELL!  I must get on with writing to Diana.

 

Points for now:

 

MUST WRITE TO DIANA

MUST APPLY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

11 ACTORS IN RAG REVUE NOW…

STAN ARRANGED GIG FOR FRIDAY!  AAAAARGH!

MUST WRITE TO JUSTINE!

DOCTOR WHO – THE ROMANS NOVELISATION IS BRILLIANT

 

 

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers (Part Four) was on tonight.

 

 

If anyone can help, I’d like to dream of Diana tonight…

 

‘Stay With Me’ – The Mission



 

The ‘Jezebel’ gig has somehow led to me listening to The Mission and Nephilim, etc. and this weekend at Flash’s, I’ve been listening to All About Eve and Led Zeppelin.  A nice musical boost…

 

I want some supper, a crimp ‘n’ bed.

 

See you tomorrow…

 



 

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Next time: ‘The 1987 Rag Revue…’

Sunday, 25 October 1987

Writing With Flash


10.45am.

 

‘Marian (Version)’ – The Sisters Of Mercy



 

Hello!  I’m at Gordon Villas and I’ve just written a letter to Manda Jones, whilst Flash writes to Justine (as she asked on Friday).  Tell you about that later. 

 

Oh well.  We’ve got to finish some final Waxy X-Periment taping, and write the Rag Revue before 1.30pm.  Or death will ensue.  Probably suicide or something crap.

 

My diary’s so tidy these days, it’s ace.  I’ll explain what’s happened since Friday fairly soon.  Possibly when I get home, but I must say I’ve had a good time so far.  I feel crap at the moment, though, coz I want a wash and a shit!  See you later.

 

Flash writes:

 

12.25pm:

 

Hello.  Ritcherd’s gone for a shit, so he’s asked me to stand in for him and impersonate.  Well, we now have about an hour to write the Rag Revue, which must last 30 mins, so I reckon we’ll have to cheat and use something we’ve written before.  Fuck!

 

Fuck, I’ve got dinner all over my Sisters t-shirt.  Never mind!  Well, I’m Flash and I like: Sisters, The Mission, All About Eve, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.  Good, eh?  No, cos I’m a crappy little wonker who can’t do owt…

 

Well, fack me, I’ve run out of ideas.  Crap-minded git, aren’t I?

 

Later:

Dear diary, it’s 10.58pm.

 

‘Flowers In Our Hair (Remix)’ – All About Eve



 

And I, Ritcherd Jon Winterfood, Gypsey Supreme am at home.  Hello!

 

The weekend has been good, and I’ll tell you what happened, if you like.  The weekend was spent scripting (thank god we got the Revue done), drinking, and going to Cas and Leeds.

 

And now.  After a farewell to Flash and a rushed morning of Revue scripting, here I am, back home, where I’ve been listening to Led Zeppelin and All About Eve.  Oh, and The Mission.

 

The World is full of optimism and beauty.  I enjoy smiling again.  I love life, so don’t bring me down, not now.

 

Revue: first + probably last run-thru’ tomorrow.  Great stuff!

 

‘Flowers In Our Hair’ is beautiful.

 

ARE YOU GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO..?

 

Oh no!  I can’t find Diana’s amulet.  Now I’m upset!!!  Better get looking.  Off to bed in about 10 minutes.  See you all, goodbye! 

 

Happy Birthday, Flash.

 



 

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Next time: ‘Letter from Mary…’

Saturday, 24 October 1987

Flowers In Our Hair


‘Flowers In Our Hair (Remix)’ – All About Eve



 

Late morning/Early afternoon at Gordon Villas



 
Later:

 

‘Always A Flame’ – Gene Loves Jezebel



 

In Castleford, I visited my Granddad Winterfood and saw Annie.  In Leeds, we went in BAD + SHOCK.
 

Why are all the gurlie-goths in SHOCK so gorgeous?  One in particular.  Just so … so nice.  Anyhow, I bought a skull boot chain and a skeletal hand necklace.  Good stuff.

 



 

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Next time: ‘Writing with Flash…’