This part is very confusing. I don’t know who any of these people are, or why some of them are written in code, or why ‘John Nally’ is important. S has written down future events on past pages, and is also getting these entries tattooed onto her like Guy Pearce in Memento.

EPSON MFP image

08/03/82

“Woke up 8.25. GT wasn’t in school, Nia was in school, after having her appendix out. Gone off Tony today, I like a boy from Welsh Disco, his name is Paul Bateman. Watched new series of Maggie. Watched Coronation Street and Soap.”

Paul Bateman, coming to a weird glitch in spacetime near you. I guess this is the ‘prequel’. Fucking hell. Who is GT? I’m going for Graham Taylor. If so, I’m not surprised he wasn’t at school.

09/03/82

“Woke up 8.30. Had double Sociology. Elaine thinks that Phil is going to finish with her. Saw Paul, I like him now. After school went to library, got book ‘The Innocence Has All Gone Daddy’.

I think she means this book, although it looks like a pretty odd choice:

innocence has gone daddy

Sample passage:

That was like Sue wanting attention all the time. Strange how he was drawn to the same types. Cherry had been like Celia in some ways, Clare like Sue, Rose like Sue, and now this girl. Physically and characteristically they were the same.
Who was he like? Jacques?
She pulled the bedclothes back, sat up on one elbow and ran her fingers down his arm, down his thigh, his leg.
‘You’ve got a marvellous body for a man of your age.’

I think she got this from the ‘adults’ part’ of the library.

10/03/82

“Woke up 8.35. Had computer programme in Computer Studies. GT was in school. Paul knows I like him. Went to M.B. disco, Hefin was there, John Nally actually spoke to me. Read book The Innocence Has All Gone Daddy.”

Who is John Nally and why.

john nally tattoo

11/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, had double General Science with Tony. Took tape recorder to school. Mr. Black didn’t come to lesson. Winkle broke his leg, took him to vet.”

12/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, had double Gym, did very well in Netball, I am getting better at it now. Paul gets Maths in room 12, where I get Computer Studies. Washed hair, watched Dear Heart, went to Andrew’s house, watched last week’s Fall Guy on video recorder.”

“Paul gets Maths in room 12”

stalking

13/03/82

“Woke up 11.20. Went to Maggie’s. Watched Sweeney and OTT.”

14/03/82

“Woke 9.30, went to church. Cooked cheese tartlets.”

EPSON MFP image

15/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, went to school. Sarah asked Paul to go out with me. I wouldn’t like to write down what he said though. Went to Deiniolen, took dogs for a walk. Then it started to thunder and snow.”

STOP WRITING FUTURE EVENTS IN THE PAST – THIS ALREADY HAPPENED IN PART 5!. SHOW SOME CONSIDERATION FOR PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE WHO ARE UPLOADING THIS INTO A SHIT BLOG.

16/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, went to school, not friends with Sarah. Went round with Amanda (Can’t read the surname. Probably not ‘Amanda Slut’. I probably need to put my glasses on again.) After school went to football match, Bangor V Swansea. Swansea won 2-1. Had fish & chips, watched play, ‘Home Sweet Home’.”

17/03/82

“Woke 80 8.35, had double Computer Studies. After school, Mam told me that Auntie Olwen’s sister had died. Mam and Dad went to see her, I stayed home, watched C. Street, Minder.”

18/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, had double General Science with Tony. Made friends with Sarah. Had gospel concert. After tea went to gospel concert again. Got all their autographs.”

tattoos 2

 

19/03/82

“Woke up 8.31 (!), went to school. Had letter off Mandy, ‘cos she was ill. Saw Paul, I don’t think he likes me. Phoned Mandy after school. Washed hair, watched Dear Heart. Maggie came with record.”

20/03/82

“Went to Bangor, saw Montreaux man. Bought Jam L.P.”

21/03/82

MOTHERS DAY

“Went to church 10.30. Played Jam record. Saw Hefin pass. Gave Mam tight, batteries and ear piece.”

EPSON MFP image

22/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, had double Welsh. Wore new jumper. Asked Sarah to come to my house. Andrea was jealous. In General Science the whole class made fun of me, I felt awful. Saw Carys & children. Went to Britannia. Saw Mike Harding show.”

“The whole class made fun of me.” Mate.

On behalf of all of us:

Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 presenter

23/03/82

“Woke up 8.33 (!!), went to school, had double Sociology. Had to copy up, ‘cos Rosemary went to prison to see her brother. (Rosemary? Prison? John Nally? What the hell is any of this?) Paul smiled at me when he passed. Had double free lesson in Commerce. Played tennis with Daren. Watched last part of Dick Emery.”

24/03/82

“Woke up 8.32. (Please see someone. Please.) Had double Computer Studies, teachers on strike, so I had to go home for dinner. I had to go back to school, others allowed to go home. Had sweet off Mr. Grinwalds. Only Rhys & me in Biol. Went to Deiniolen, had ride in Uncle Tom’s car.”

25/03/82

“Woke up 8.30, went to school, had double General Science. Had dinner at home, sunbathed in garden after. Went back to school, had double Sociology and Maths. Played tennis with Daren, Maggie came to watch Top Of The Pops.”

26/03/82

“Woke up 8.33. (Oh fucking hell not this again.) Strike was over. Mam came to get me dinner time, because I was supposed to go to Nain’s. Had mince beef pie, custard, cake and crisps for dinner. T.C. Roberts came. Washed hair, watched Dear Heart.”

27/03/82

“Went to Llandudno. We had a terrible row. Got lots of clothes. Turned clock.”

28/03/82

“Went to church. Played tennis. Watched James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.”

Steve McQueen looks as confused as me.

I’m going to leave it here, because my brain is about to explode.

Join me next time for spring cleaning the pantry, and the space-time continuum hopefully fixes itself.

5 thoughts on “Diary of an 80s teenager part 6: the plot of Memento

  1. Money off Mrs. Vaughn? Sweets off Mr. Grinwalds? This was clearly a different time.

    Isn’t “Uncle Tom” racist slang? This was clearly a different time.

    Wasn’t Maggie the cat? Now she’s a TV programme. And a school friend. I see now, checking back that the cat was called Blackie. So confusing, but…is she a racist? And what the hell is a Winkle? Russell Brand has suggestions but I’m not sure even he’d take it to the vets.

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    1. 3 months before your birth? There’s not some plot twist.. Is she your mum? But who’s the father? Paul, Tony or one of the others.. Mr Grinwalds perchance?

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