diamond geezer

 Saturday, October 12, 2013

30 things I did this week 30 years ago

» Didn't join much at the Freshers Fair (I didn't join enough at all, but failed to realise that at the time)
» Had a bowl of Coco Pops using St Ivel Five Pints because I'd run out of real milk (it wasn't pleasant)
» Went to a reception at the boathouse where the rowers tried to encourage me to get up at stupid o'clock daily (not a chance)
» Won a game of pool in a pub (I'm not convinced this ever happened again)
» Went to the best disco I would ever attend, at the student bar (helped by it being 1983, how does it feel, to treat me like you do?)
» Had a slice of my Mum's emergency fruitcake for breakfast because I couldn't face Coco Pops with powdered milk again (I bought a real pint later)
» Read aghast what Cecil Parkinson had been up to with his mistress (and giggled as he resigned)
» Received a Girocheque cheque card through the post (and went to the Post Office to draw out £20)
» Went to my very first student lecture (the only one ever to be standing room only)
» Went to my very second student lecture, which thankfully I already knew all of (it didn't last)
» Went round the local museum because there wasn't much work to do yet (it wouldn't last)
» Invited some new friends round to my room because I was the only one with a portable TV (and one of them wanted to watch themselves on Blockbusters with Bob Holness)
» Had a bowl of Coco Pops using real milk (kept cool by storing the carton on the ledge outside my window)
» Taped Safety Dance and Kissing With Confidence off the Radio 1 Top 40 (still got the cassette, still play it)
» Went to the communal student TV room to watch Omen 2 (seen it already) and Omen 3 (wished I hadn't)
» Bumped into some old school friends outside the lecture hall (said hello, then never saw them again)
» Posed for a strip of passport photos in a booth so I could get my library card (and my student union card)
» Wrote a letter to my Mum telling her what a typical day at university was like (because blogging hadn't been invented yet)
» Went to Huckleberry's for lunch and had a Huckleburger (a short-lived national brand of Wimpy-like restaurants - you missed nothing)
» Struggled to do my first assignment (then discovered, thankfully, that everyone else was struggling to do it too)
» Paid £283.17 to cover my first term's accommodation (I hate to imagine what the equivalent cost is today)
» Watched Play School and Superted (hell, I was a student now, you try and stop me)
» Forgot to take my glasses to a lecture (and ended up on the back row where I couldn't read anything)
» Invited new friends round to my room because I was the only one with a portable TV (and one of them wanted to watch their Brownie pack on Crackerjack with Stu Francis)
» Went to a sex debate with Mary Whitehouse and Tracey Ullman (except Mary Whitehouse and Tracey Ullman didn't turn up)
» Invaded Derek's room for late night coffee (or rather tea) (and stayed up until, gasp, half past one)
» Met Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones (who signed a copy of The Smith and Jones World Atlas for me)
» Watched Mel Smith later the same day on the Late Late Breakfast Show (this passed for entertainment in the 1980s)
» Put off trying to understand how the washing machines worked until things got serious (which'd be the following week)
» Wrote my diary every evening (because it's always interesting looking back, especially to a week like that)


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