Sunday, 31 March 2019

Racing towards the end of my diary, April 1 - 7 1978


By April 1978 the pressure of my impending O levels and the general busying up of my life meant that I didn't have the time to do the heavily decorated diary I'd been producing since mid 1974. I still managed the nice touch of a fold-out section in which I've written by review of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, but the rest of this period is just sped through.

In fact the letters I sent to Steve Noble in Bristol were where I was now putting my effort and, if he's  kept his copies of mine like I've kept my copies of his, then between us we have some record of what we were up to for the next 18 months or so, until student life really puts paid to diary writing time.

My Records For The Day are quite the obscurities. Who remembered Slade's Give Us A Goal or Bill Withers' follow up to Lovely Day called, amazingly, Lovely Night?







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Getting Cybernetic Arm Fitted - April 1 1977

Ho ho very satirical, wasn't I just the wag? Not only doing my April Fools Day in the style of my very first diary pages (the first of which you'll find here) but also packing the page with details of my many injuries including my Hunting Expedition on the Shetlands and the fitting of my cybernetic arm. Oh stop, my poor aching sides.

My Records For The Day include the obscure Star Gazer by Neil Diamond, me neither, and the classic Strawberry Fair - rifle rifle come and get an earful.



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Mercury's first gig - April 1 & 2 1976


Though not celebrated in pictures, and indeed no photos of the event exist, deep in the text of April 2nd 1976 you'll find the first and only gig by our band, then called Mercury. (Later that same year we became the legendary Walter Tottle).

Though my diary is more concerned with how hectic my day was - and it certainly seems to have been, from waking up with a killer cold, slogging through school, getting notice of the gig on the day, doing a paper round in the day, then playing in the school hall in the evening and not getting home till 10.30 - I can actually remember how the gig went.

We played House Of The Rising Sun, as an instrumental, because at this stage none of us was brave enough to sing, and at one point Nick's guitar fell over and he said 'shit' in front of the vicar. Why that didn't make it into the diary I do not know.

Check out that marvellous panel from On The Buses by Harry North, by the way. My Look-In comics, from which most of the illustrations in my diary, are going on eBay as I type and some buyers are expressing surprise that when I tell them the comics are cut to pieces, that they in fact as cut to pieces as I said they were. I eviscerated those magazines, all for the sake of a diary that no-one but me has seen until now.

My Records For The Day were minor classics that still leap immediately to memory, from the Carpenters and (maybe I wouldn't have recalled the name) Barry Mann.



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Planet Of The Apes double bill - April 1st 1975


For April Fools Day 1975, in which I have indulged in no foolery myself though by this time Noel Edmonds was doing them regularly on his Radio 1 show so I must have heard that, I seem much more obsessed by Planet Of The Apes. I'm reading the Marvel comics adaptations (which, at time of writing, I have just flogged wholesale on eBay), and that night I go with Peter and David Lloyd to see not one but two POTA films at the cinema.

When was the last time you sat through a double bill in the cinema? That must be nearly 4 hours of movie we sat through. Catch me doing that today.

Interesting to read about Scout Bob A Job week, for which I was raising 15p a job. And I can remember that goose that chased us off Briggs' farm, though my memory's been much kinder to Banger Lloyd who I had totally forgotten hid in a ditch. He's a vicar now.

My records for the day are both losts beyond the mists of memory. Well done anyone at home who remembered Take Your Mama For A Ride by Lulu or Naughty by Charlie Drake, both of which sound much more like Scissor Sisters records than anything else.





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Monday, 21 January 2019

Hallo Cheeky - Jan 19 1976

From the recently discovered, long-thought-lost early diaries hidden in a suitcase at my Mum's house for forty years, here's a spread from this week in 1976. Nothing much happens in my actual life, which is very much a theme in these things, but boy did I love my telly.

On the Monday I complain about a dentist visit, not because of any pain or discomfort, but because it makes me miss all "ALL" of the kids telly. And I seem rather obsessed by the fact that Tuesday's TV contains no first episodes of new series. An odd child indeed.

The 6 Million Dollar Man illustration shows you the level my drawing had reached by the age of 14. I was a dab hand with the felt tip pens, but had yet to master the realistic portrait. Hopefully I've got that together over the intervening years.

My Records For The Day go from most famous to most obscure quite nicely. I doubt there's anyone who's unfamiliar with Sgt Pepper, but who remembered Jump In My Car by Chris Spedding?

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Shoved under the shower - Jan 17 1975

By January of 1975, my Picture Diary has almost given up on trying to tell my life story in comic strip form, but a few examples were still sneaking in. Here we see the dramatic incident of me being forced under a shower at Scouts - I was ever the unfortunate victim of lighthearted bullying it seems - leavened by the fun of me drawing my face in the back of a spoon.

On the right hand page we see Doctor Who among the TV shows that night. And coincidentally, as I type this, it's Tom Baker's 85th birthday. And on Friday night we see Ed Stewpot Stewart presenting Crackerjack. And what photo have I also just found among the piles of stuff at Mum & Dad's house..?


Mum and Dad with Ed Stewpot Stewart, at some event or other, sometime in the 70s.

By Jan 1975 I'd introduced the feature to my diary known as Record For The Day, this pair's treats being The Bay City Rollers' Saturday Night and Stevie Wonder's Boogie On Reggae Woman. I knew good music when I heard it.



Entry No 2: June 25 1974


From the newly discovered treasure trove that is my long-lost teenage diaries (discovered while clearing out Mum's house in January 2019, until now I thought only 3 volumes survived), here are the second and third entries, from June 1974.

The idea was, when I began my diary age 12, that I would turn my life into a comic strip. It wouldn't be long until I discovered my daily routine offered little in the way of visuals, and my diary morphed into a heavily decorated scrapbook of TV shows, music and comic reviews, with a little bit of diary squeezed in.

What a violent time I was having at Kibworth High School. Punched in the face and chucking someone down some steps yesterday, and now having my dinner ticket ripped. The horror.

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