Sunday, 29 July 2007
Kate came down. Went for a walk round the village no one was out. It was so boring
Tues 29th April
Had a visitor. It was Nick (the lad from Art Class) I nearly died when I opened the door Christ!! Mum didn't seem to mind (yes but I bet her hearing was on radar mode!!)
Wed 30th April
John from the 4th year wants to go out with me. I think Gaz is ace he played football with us at lunch time (who were all these boys??)
Thurs 1st May
Had a massive argument in Art about who was the best BCR or Mud. I love Mud. I nearly got beaten up (mmmm ? slight exaggeration me thinks?)
Sat 3rd May
Went to Art Class. Went into town with Nick, he bought a shirt. I chose it (arrrrr!!!)
Sunday 4th May
Washed my hair and did my homework
Sat 26th April
Sun 27th April
Three Degrees Concert
It was cancelled.
Had a massive row with Mum (know how that is being a Mum of a teen!!)
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Went into town...... kept bumping into Brian (yuk!!) (now what happened here last year he was a 'cor'! oh how fickle the crushes of a teen!!)
Went to the dentist with Jackie.
Bought 'All I Want is You' Roxy Music (how gorgeous does Bryan look... I may have to watch it again )
Wed 16th April
Washed my hair
Went to the youth group
Thursday 17th April
Watched Top of the Pops
Sat 19th April
J asked Nick to go out with me and he said he didn't know , he said I was a nice girl (well I am :-))
Sunday 20th April
Washed my hair, had a bath
Did my homework. Bed 11 pm
My brother and wife came over. My neice has got 4 teeth now, 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom
Wed 9th April
Stayed in and washed my hair
Fri 1th April
Went to Jackie's. Kate has gone funny in the head, I spoke to her cousin Jack and he wants to go out with me. Kate went mad
Saturday 12th April
Went in to town after and bought some pink denim material to make a waistcoat.
Sunday 13th April
(I must have been going through that greasy teen stage ... washing my hair twice in a week! I do remember my mum buying me Batiste dry shampoo that was like talc, made your scalp white and podwery, infact I recall using talc on my hair when I ran out of Batiste as I figured it had the same effect .... how gross can't believe people still use it !!!!)
Sunday, 22 July 2007
It snowed ... I put a snowball down Pete's neck (now I know I wasn't going to mention his name again but had to get that in... what great satisfaction was that for a teen!!!)
Sat 29th March
Went to see 'Murder on the Orient Express' it was rubbish
Sun 6th April
Went to see Showaddywaddy at the Floral Hall.... it was top ( I am getting a bit concerned here it would seem my love of Donny is fading???)
Sat 22nd March
Mud - went to Mud concert at Floral Hall it was great .... (in a drawn heart is the name 'Les Gray'!! OMG what was I thinking? God rest his soul)
Sun 23rd March
Rubettes Concert......... it was cancelled
Went to see Dr Zhavargo instead (I guess that is Dr Zhivago?? No comparison really... The Rubettes & Sugar Baby Love and Omar Sharif & Julie Christie in the depths of the Bolshevik Revolution????)
Thursday, 19 July 2007
March 4th 1975
Netball tournament at Birkdale
Saw Tay today at the tournament, he said he didn't know I was a 2nd year but he doesn't seem to care (no I bet he doesn't!!)
He has got my Liverpool scarf he said he will return it on Friday when his team plays our 5th form boys. Tay plays centre forward.
Today we beat St. Wyburns, Scarisbrick Hall, Bright Helmstone, The High School and Birkdale. Lost to Christ the King and Meaols Cop (the 2 hard schools) we drew against Stanley. We came 4th all together. I played as Goal Attack.
Netball Practice: Parents Evening. Mum spoke to my games teacher and she said that I didn't push myself hard enough (ok I get the message I have it in writing already!!)
Tues 25th Feb
Played netball after school. I have my own netball team and Kaz has one too
Wed 26th Feb
match against S.P.H cancelled. My team played Kaz's team and we drew 4-4
Thurs 27th Feb
Lads won against Scarisbrick Hall 4-3 it was a great match
Fri 28th Feb
Played football, have done my ankle in again (now I remember 'doing my ankle in' the first time...... doing what I was told I shouldn't do ~ running down the corridor in school in studded hockey boots, ripped the ligaments... it still gives me jip now!!)
Sat 1st March
Methodist Church Disco. (over to the master diary)
I fancied this boy for ages (yes a week ok!!) and Lou asked if he would go out with me. He said 'I might as well!' (god how I am cringing!!) and we started necking in the middle of the dance floor. We sat down and started necking again. He undid the one button at the front of my blouse and started exploring. I managed to get him off though. We were together from 9.20 - 10.30 pm (clock watching again I see!)
His name is **** but everyone calls him 'Tay' he is 16
(now what is not mentioned here and something I will never forget. We were 'necking' outside the disco and I was about to walk home with my mates when............ my Mum rolls up in the car !!! She had been out and was passing and thought she would give me and my friends a lift home. Yes she saw everything her young teen in the arms of an older teen in a big full on snog. God was I in trouble, it wasn't called been grounded then but the punishment was the same but I think rather more scarey)
Sun 2nd March
Baby sat my niece got 50p
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Went to Jackie's, she didn't want to go to town so I went on my own. I bought a grey skirt for school £1.99 from Etams. I lost my other one.
Tues 18th Feb
Washed my hair and had a bath (oh my it isn't Sunday is it?)
Electric man came £36.00 in the box and £2.35 rebate.. disgusting (obviously my mum talking here that I have repeated as I would not have a clue as a teenager!!)
Mum finished my jumper for school it is great (now if I had kintted a jumper for her for school she would be mortified now..... we do have a standing joke where when she wants something I say 'ok I will knit you one')
Wed 19th Feb
Singed a big mark in my new jumper
(now this was one of the biggest dilemas in my life. We were on the poverty line. Mum had sat up after working all day and looking after us kids, to knit me a jumper for school. I vividly recall being cold at home and putting the jumper on and sitting with my back to the gas fire..... I could smell singing but alas it was too late. I big yellow singe on my brown jumper. For weeks I washed it myself and coloured the back in with brown felt pen, I felt so bad at the effort Mum had made to do this for me. Only when I thought a resonable time had passed did I 'cough' to the crime. I was made to wear it though, so I kept colouring it in and didn't take my blazer off. Such a big lesson in life)
Thurs 20th Feb
Netball Practise (hey we are on 1/2 term??)
Fri 21st Feb
Kate came down
Went shopping in the supermarket
Sat 22nd Feb
Had my hair trimmed. Saw this lad, I don't know his first name but he known as 'Tay', what a cor!
Sun 23rd Feb
Went to Kate's house (what no bath .. oh yes I had one Tuesday !)
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Form Tutor ~ 'Generally good' (man of few words!)
Music - A/2 ~ 'making pleasing progress. Her work is always well thought out' (unlike on here lol)
Mathematics ~ B/C 2 'always works well and is making progress' (you have to be kidding I hated it)
Home Economics B/2 '... she is an able needlewoman' (oh a natural domestic goddess)
Chemistry ~ C/2 .. worked quite well and progress is satisfactory, but her examination result was disappointing' (& I cheated too dam... dropped this subject as soon as I could)
R.E ~ B/2 '... works well with interest' (well I did go to church)
Physics ~ C/2 '.... a satisfactory start to a new subject' (another dropped as soon as)
Biology ~ C/2 'a satisfactory rate of progress' (subject not dropped as he was gorgeous!!)
P.E. ~ B/2 .... an able game player....valuable contributor to the lessons and team.....think she could push herself harder' (I loved P.E.)
Art & Design ~ B/1 '...continues to show great interest in the subject and is working to the best of her abilities' (hey that should be A/1!!)
English ~ B+/1 'excellentwork all term' (oh he just couldn't go that extra step and give me an A)
History ~ B/2 'more intense preparation for tests needed. Her work is generally quite satisfactory but, of course, could do better' (story of my life )
Geography ~ C/3 (oops) '..capable of achieving a very high standard in this subject but tends to be lazy at times and does not always give her best. She should resist the temptation to chatter to her friends ' (I really liked geography too... but it was the kick up the backside I needed)
German ~ B-/2 '... worked very steadily and I am pleased with the progress' (Vielen Dank)
French ~ C/3 '..... not making the effort she can do, tending to sit back and take things too easily' (merd!!)
What a boring day, Kaz, Jackie and Loz were off sick.
Watched T.V. and did history hmework
Tues 28th Jan
Dentist. Got flouride tablets for my teeth (now I am not sure if these were them but I remember getting some red tablets that you chewed. When you had finished chewing them if you had plaque on your teeth it would show up blood red on your teeth, then you had to scrub like mad until it had all gone... which equalled all the plaque had gone. Great invention!)
Wed 29th Jan
Lads C.S.E. and G.C.E. mock exams (I presume the girls were invited to sit mocks too lol!)
Sat 1st Feb
Scout Hut Disco. 4 randy lads were after me and Jackie.
Got a bomber jacket (I remember this one it was black shiny satin with big elasticated cuffs and waistband ... so trendy.)
Micky T was with his girl
Sun 2nd Feb
Had a bath. Did Maths homework
Monday, 16 July 2007
Today our school was meant to be having a fight with Christ the King... none turned up, we did.
Thurs 23rd Jan
Got a pair of school shoes for £5.99
Fri 24th Jan
(Guess who's birthday?)
Went to dinner at Thorpes Tavern then went to see 'Day of the Jackal' it was great (non of this 'having' to go and see a film when it was released in my day....... The Day of the Jackal was out in 1973!!!)
Thorpes Tavern was a Bernies Inn all gammon & chips (with an egg or pineapple on top, steak & chips infact anything with chips, oh and I think this was the first time I had scampi in a basket.... life long love of scampi began lol)
Sat 25th Jan
Art Class. Finished my design for my maxi dress. Went into town on my own
Sun 26th Jan
Washed my hair (god I hope I had a bath too)
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Kate's granddad died today. It was very sad he was working on the farm until the end.
(Kate lived with her grand parent's and the farm house was traditonal one with a great farm kitchen, arga, wooden scrubbed table and it massive with loads of rooms... it scared me to death as a teen)
Thurs 17th Jan
Went to the dentist at 10.30 am. He tightened my brace it hurts like mad
(now this brace actually lived in my school blazer pocket in the day, eventually the dentist gave up on me ....... yes my teen has had one too and I insisted she wore it as instructed, and she did, and she has the most gorgeous smile now..........)
Sat 18th Jan
Scout Hut Disco. Got asked out by Stevie S but I want to go out with Micky T
Sun 19th Jan
Washed my hair and had a bath (yes it would seem we were a once a week bath and hair family.... might mention that to the teen who has a daily hourly laze in the bath !! She would be horrified, quite frankly I am too!!)
Went to Jackie's at 1.30 pm then went to town
Tues 7th Jan
Back to Colditz
Wed 8th Jan
Gran had a stroke she is very confused and frustrated.
She is now nearly 85 (oh my dear granny she lived for about another 5 years after this)
Sat 11th Jan
Went to Art Class. It is great everyone is really nice.
Went to see Juggernaut.
Got whistled at by 3 boys.
The film was great (hee hee)
Sun 12th Jan
Stayed in . Washed my hair
Played footie with my brother and his mate (now when I say 'played footy' I was probably in goal having the football kicked at me or when I was aloowed to dribble with the ball I would have had a kick to the shin or two and pushed over... no I am not bitter lol)
Got up at 11.30 am. Didn't do much. Cut my brothers hair (can you imagine... a young teen in charge of a pair of scissors! The only hair I had cut previously was that of my Sindy doll & what a bloody mess that turned out to be)
Stayed up to see the New Year in. Didn't go to bed until 2.30 am
Wed 1st Jan 1975
Went to see Sweet Sensation at the Floral Hall it was ace. There were loads of really nice looking lads there. This lad with blonde hair followed me every where. (mmmm? a slight exageration me thinks!!)
Thurs 2nd Jan
Went to Jackie's, did some dancing
Fri 3rd Jan
Went to town with Mum and brother. Got a pair of shoes reduced from £7.99 to £5.99 to £3.00
Sat 4th Jan
Went to town. Went to the disco at the Scout Hut with Jackie, it was great
Sun 5th Jan
Went to church. Stayed in all day and watched T.V. Tidied my room at 10.45 pm (now my teen did this the other week......... I was heard to say 'what on earth are you doing that at this time when you have had all day, get to bed!! ooooops!)
Saturday, 7 July 2007
I started with fashion design as I was always sketching out designs for clothes and making awful creations. I recall Bill Tidys daughter was in the same class too, who was really nice (can’t remember if she was good at drawing but I bet she was quick).
Just have to add that the hoots of laughter in the pottery class were mainly, ok solely, due to J and her completely wacky sense of humour of which I share of course.
‘J’ went on to study art at Manchester then took her MA at the Royal College of Art, London. I feel really honored as she has asked me to take part in a roving art exhibition with her and (so far) 8 other artists in 2009 (the Art of Invention). If she will grant me her permission I will link her website and later our exhibition
As an aside and never one to miss an opportunity to clear up a mystery and being a lover of such fine art .... a friend of mine has this lovely piece of marquetry created in Russia C1971, the detail is exquist and I originally thought the light birch was mother of pearl as it so fine. We have discussed its history and it sheds no light on its creator (plus I hope he reads this & the urgent need I have told him to have it framed under glass soon!). I do hope some one spots it so this talented artist can be recognised.
I am giving this year a different approach than 1974. Really because the diary is tiny and there are only a couple of lines per entry. The ‘Master’ diary has a couple of 1975 entries so if they are worthy (& not too embarrassing) I will add them.
The tiny brown diary, in essence, is smattered with my ‘love’ for a 5th form boy. For the sake on anonymity I will call him Pete.
This I suspect was my first real crush, the others before were just fancies (I see this with my teenage daughter and her friends, a different boy is ‘cute’ almost daily… & certainly 1974 showed that too. I wonder if with out the diaries I would have remembered that?)
Anyhow back to Pete. He was a good-looking lad I recall with blonde hair and quite a stocky build (most unusual for me as I am usually attracted to men with dark hair and the lads I mentioned in ’74 had just that).
These are (a few) of the extracts about him from the diary (chronologically):
Phoned Pete but he was out, he rang back at 10.00 pm
Went into town saw Pete don’t think he was pleased to see me.
Pete was a great laugh today he kept putting his arms around me
(The next day) Pete was a bit quiet today, he told me he fancies Jane (Gutted what a b*****d)
Pete has been really sweet to me, he has also been a big tease too but I enjoy it
Played footy with Pete. He is being so nice lately.
Pete was very nice to me today, every time he sees me he gives me a big hug. He got kicked off the bus but told me he wants to go out with me
Pete got kicked off the bus again. I waited with him at the bus stop till next bus came
Pete went to the cop shop for shoplifting. (obviously he was a good lad!!!!)
Pete was acting strangely, I him if he still liked me and he shouted ‘yes of course I do’
Pete was nice to me today. Mum has told me to keep away from him but she won’t say why. (smart words Mum but did I listen????? Ermmmm !!)
Pete put his arms round me and kissed me
Pete has been suspended for throwing stuff during his G.C.E. exams
Pete is back and he has a new jacket with black checks yuk!!
Had a row with Pete he is going out with this new girl at school. (C'est la vie!)
& there I will end the sorry tale of Pete. I will give no further mention of him in my tales of 1975, but I guess you can guarentee there will be more boys mentioned!
However, amusingly me some 10 years later, I was working as a manager for a high street store in Newcastle and I was sent home for a Christmas posting. Whilst sorting out a till discrepancy with a member of staff in walks Pete. I nearly died. He was ‘much’ stockier and he had lost most of his blonde hair … and I swear that he had that same black checked jacket on. I think the till girl thought I had lost it as I ducked down behind the counter pretending I had dropped a non existent pen.
Friday, 6 July 2007
Went to see Wizzard in concert at the Floral Hall.
Petite Phillipe was there with Bigsy and they asked us to smuggle them in (seem to be making a habit of that!!!)
When I went to get Phil he said 'sit down I think you deserve a kiss for this'
So we were sat there necking for 20 minutes then we were at it again for another 15 mins
(what I was clock watching? It was probably only a few minutes but seemed gloriously longer)
When we went in and sat down he put his arm around me.
Thursday, 5 July 2007
I hurt my wedding finger at school playing basketball with the lads at break. (I was such a Tomboy, maybe it was because I had 2 big bros, the rougher the sport the better I was)
I had to go the infirmary on the way to Kate's birthday dinner at the Carlton.
They strapped my fingers together. It was a laugh trying to eat with my fingers bandaged up!
Hstory, French, German, English, Maths, Games
( I so loved games I was in the netball and rounders team and trained in atheletics 3 nights a week... cross country running and hockey were the worst things ever so dipped out when I could)
(now this is from the other diary and posts from now in '74 are sporadic/random)
Timetable - English, History, German, Geography, Maths, Music, French
wrote an essay on 'Violence on T.V'...... (now we think this a 21st C problem obviously it started in 1974 ish... can't think what violence there was then except the mal treatment of Lassie!)
had my first German lesson it was frightening (maybe I learnt ' ich mag Wurstchen sehr gerne' or 'Danke, ich mochte eigentlich keinen' or 'Das schmeckt ganz merkwurdig' and 'Ich mochtemein geld zuruckhaben' )
I told Carrie I fancied a lad called **** (name has been totally obliterated as if it is the same boy I am thinking of then I met him some 20 years later and work with him!! how sacrey is that as we live no where near were we went to school!!) that I fancied him so she goes and told him and his friend and asked them to go out with me (Oh my a menage a ......hee hee!!)
They don't know who we are as we run inside but the Prefects chucked us out again.
Shaz is Prefect and so is her gang (shiver, shake) (mmmm am I being sarcastic here?)
Have got Pop P for History. He is queer (erm not in todays speak) I think he is from my brothers school if so I am done for (as an aside this teacher was brilliant he held my attention in all things historic... the Magna Carter, The Treaty of Versailles and so on he loved wha work I did and inspired my love of history)
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Went to Southport.
Bought Showaddywaddy and The Osmonds
and that is it I am afraid........ so off into the world of internet for more information, I think it would have been easier to go up into the loft and root out the singles from the dark recesses!!
Showaddywaddy - they won New Faces in April 1974 and their first single was 'Hey Rock 'n' Roll'.
On the 2nd August 1974 they released 'Rock 'n' Roll Lady' and this is what I must have bought (goodness knows why?)
Now the Osmonds, as you would expect, are a different matter :-)
'Love Me For Reason' was released in 1974, fabulous song also covered by I think Boyzone in the 90's!!!!
I know that this 45 is lurking in the loft. (Thank god it wasn't 'Crazy Horses' I so detested that then and even more now!)
Hope you notice that Donny is co-ordinated with purple (his favourite colour and the colour of my bedroom then..... great teen girl PR!!)
Also lurking in my loft is 'Let me In' (is that a spot I see on Donny's face??).
Must admit George Lazenby and Sean Connery were my favourites.....
that was until old chisel cheeks Daniel Craig arrived (adult cor!!!)