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This was the week I got out of the School Swimming Gala!!!

This was the week I got out of the School Swimming Gala!!!

Friday 1st February 1974.

Well it’s the 1st Feb. and here I am in my form room, just writing this. It’s break time. We’ve got double maths next. How terrible!

The Sweet weren’t on Top of the Pops last night. But Mud were.

I’m now at home. The double maths lesson this morning wasn’t as bad as I thought. I actually understood what Smelly Dee was on about.

It’s quite good on telly tonight, but also tomorrow the “Partridge Family” are on. Can’t wait.

See ya, Me.

Saturday 2nd February 1974.

Hi ! I haven’t been around with Sue today, as she said she had the flu yesterday. I don’t believe her.

Mick and Edy are suppose to be coming over tonight, but they don’t always keep their promises.

Toni went to work for the first time today in Littlewoods at Romford. She earns £3.00 for a Saturday. Good, if you ask me.

I watched the “Partridge Family” this morning. Andy & David Williams were in it. I still think David Cassidy’s better.

Gotta sign off, Me.

Sunday 3rd February 1974.

Dear Me, It’s today. (Clever aren’t I?) I’ve just eaten a gorgeous, super, (wait for it) fantastic, excruciating, ICE LOLLY!!! It was lemon flavour.

I’ll be going over myNan’s for tea tonight. It’s ages since we had tea with her.

Mick & Edy didn’t come over last night. I knew they wouldn’t.

The new people in Kim & Ricky’s house are horrible. I think they are anyway.

See ya tomorrow,


Monday 4th February 1974.

Hi ! Just popped in to write all about today. Nothing exciting’s happened as usual.

I’m spose to be in the swimming gala tomorrow, but I don’t wanna be in it. The boys P.E. teacher said I had to, but I said I can’t. (You know the reasons even if they aren’t true). He kept asking me WHY? I went and told our P.E. teacher and she said to have a word with my form teacher (another Man), coz he’d be able to get somebody to take my place. I haven’t asked him. I’m getting my Mum to write a note.


Tuesday 5th February 1974.

Watcha, Had quite a good day at school today. The Top 20 was on and Sweet are still no. 2  Mud are no. 1 again.

The swimming gala is on tonight and I got away with my excuse at school. My Mum wrote a note and I had to give it in to the Man P.E. teacher. Luckily, he didn’t even read it!

My Mum’s decided she wants to read my David Cassidy life story book. But so far she hasn’t got further than the first couple-o-words.


Wednesday 6th February 1974.

Dear Me, It’s 10.25pm and I’m sitting on my bed listening to Lulu singing “The Man who sold the World” on my tranny.

I’ve just been a good girl and tidied my bedroom and dressing table up.

It was quite good at school today. We came 2nd in the swimming gala overall, last night.

Top of the Pops is on tomorrow. It’s about time David Cassidy had a new single out. The Sweet will probably be on. I’ll tell you about it after I’ve watched the programme.

Gotta sign off now,Me.xxx

Thursday 7th February 1974.

Dear Me, Top of the Pops was on at its usual time tonight. The Sweet were on right at the beginning, so we didn’t see them singing. David Cassidy hasn’t got a new single out yet, perhaps next week.

It was quite good at school. Colin B. kept chatting me & Sue up. He’s got something about him that I really like. I spose I fancy him, but it’s a secret between you & me. Nobody else!

My tranny’s on again as usual. A person called Barry White’s on, singing

“I’m never gonna give you up”.

See ya, Me.

Friday 8th February 1974.

Hi! Been to school again today (as usual). Susan broke up with me, just because I told my mate, Kay, a secret and I didn’t tell her. (Silly old cow. That’s what she called me).

Anyway, I’m going out with Kay tomorrow. So if she knocks for me, I won’t be in.

Colin’s really tasty! I’m going to send him a Valentine’s Card. Actually, the secret I told Kay, was that I fancy Colin. Kay said to Sue, “Lyn’s got a secret lover” and when I wouldn’t tell her who, she called me all the names under the sun and said I only wanted people to ask questions about it.


Saturday 9th February 1974.

Dear Me, What a day it’’s been. It’s been raining most of the day and I’ve hardly been out. Well that’s a lie, I went down the shops and then went out with Mum and Dad to Hornchurch.

The Partridge Family was on this morning. It was as good as always. I’m having my hair cut, like Susan Day’s now got hers. It should suit me!

My Mum and Dad went out to a dance last night and they’re going out again tonight. MyNan’s staying with us, thank goodness.


Sunday 10th February 1974.

Watcha Me, So far the day’s going well. Last night I had to sleep on the settee. Actually, I’m still in my nightdress, laying on the settee now and it’s 12.10pm.

It’s now 4.50pm and I’m dressed!

The Top 20’s on at 6.00pm and I’m going to take it down on paper.

I’ve got to do a lot of revising for a Maths test in school tomorrow.

I’ve been playing my David Cassidy LP most of the afternoon. I feel better after it’s been played.

See ya, Me.

Monday 11th February 1974.

Dear Me, At the moment, I’m in my form room writing this diary. I’m meant to be revising for my Maths test. Deborah D. is yacking away behind me and I just can’t stop laughing.

SmellyDeejust said that it’s a bit dangerous if I bring my diary to school. (Doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Silly man!)

At 10.10pm Colditz is on. (I must watcheth that). My latest craze today is to speaketh in the Olde English wayeth. (mad, aren’t I not?) Yeseth.

Goodbyeth, Me’eth. Xxxx’eth.

Tuesday 12th February 1974.

Hi! I’m in the dreary old form room again. The Top 20 was on.

Sweet no. 4   Lulu no. 3   Susi Quatro no. 2   Mud no. 1

We’ve got no homework at all tonight. I didn’t have any yesterday either, because I did it all in school.

There’s nothing much on the tellyvizion tonight, so I’m going to play cards.

Now I’m at home. Cor! There’re some really tasty workmen outside. (Well, one really). They keep speaking to me. Wollop! Kerunch!

Signed, Me.

Wednesday 13th February 1974.

Watcha, It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. I’m suppose to be sending Colin B. one, but I haven’t even got a card. (Or money, come to think of it). He’s sitting over by the wall at the moment. There’s just something about him which makes me fancy him. Sue likes him as well. But not half as much as me.

Old fish-face, Jeremy, has got orange and yellow striped socks on.

Hi! I’m back again. It’s 7.20pm and I bought a Valentine’s Card for Colin on the way home from school. It cost 10p.

See ya, Me.

Thursday 14th February 1974.

Dear Me, How are you? Oh, very well, thankyou! Top of the Pops is on at 7.55pm.

My mate, Marie, put the card in Colin’s desk this morning and this boy David R. said it was my writing. Colin seemed to be quite nice to me today. I think I luv him.

I made some more bread today, but this time in cookery. Next lesson we can make:

Lemon Crunch Pie or Onion Soup or Fruit Fool or Jelly Mousse.

I’ll probably make Jelly Mousse.

See ya the same time tomorrow,



Friday 15th February 1974.

Hi! Had just the same normal day at school as usual. Got my Maths test results today. Get ready to hear how many I got. Ready- Wait for it !!!    12/20

Twelve out of twenty! Good, if you ask me.

If you’re wondering what happened to my pen at the beginning of this page, I’ve just washed it out with water.

Hi. I’m back again. We first went to see myNanin hospital, then went over to see my Mum’s Aunt Phylis.

This morning, Helen, my cousin, sent me mascara & eye-shadow.


Saturday 16th February 1974.

Dear Me, I’ve been out most of the day. This morning, after the Partridge Family, I went round for Sue and we went toElmPark. We went back in the afternoon to get each other’s birthday presents. I bought her blue mascara and she bought me the same.

At the moment, the Saturday Thriller is on. It’s not all that scary so far.

Aah! I’m back again and the thriller is getting quite scary. It’s about a girl who’s got a new car that’s haunted. When driving along she hears screams and the car won’t let her go where she wants to go.


Sunday 17th February 1974.

Watcha, It’s 2.10pm and I’m sitting on the settee writing this diary. Thunderbirds is on the television. It’s been repeated about 6 times already.

I’ve just been playing cards, “biddy”, with Toni. I won both of the games. (Very unusual for me).

I got my new shoes yesterday. They’re really nice. I’ll probably wear them to school with tights tomorrow.

Gotta sign off now,


Monday 18th February 1974.

Dear Me, It’s 6.10pm and I’m worn out after a hard day’s work at school.

I wore my new shoes with tights. Richard H. a boy in my class, whistled at me and most of my mates liked them.

Colin keeps bumping into me, accidentally-on-purpose. I think I fancy him and I’ve got a feeling he likes me. (I wish it was true).

“Love thy Neighbour” is on the telly tonight, so I’m definitely gonna watch that. Also, Colditz should be on.

I’ve done all my homework in school. I’ve only got to do my topic and even then I don’t have to.


Tuesday 19th February 1974.

Dear Me, I’ve been to school as usual today. It was quite good coz Colin’s there. I really like him. He turns me on!

I wore tights again today with my new shoes. I ‘fink’ I look alright, even if I do say so myself.

I’m gonna play table tennis with my brother in a minute. Woopee!! (Shouts of joy and happiness).

The top 20 was on today and Suzi Quatro’s no. 1  Mud no. 2  Alvin Stardust no. 3

Wombles  no.4


Wednesday 20th February 1974.

Hi! I’m in a mood today. SmellyDeekilled my little money spider in the Maths lesson. Poor little thing.

When I came home tonight, there were loads of ladders & holes in the back of my tights. I felt so embarrassed when I walked along.

There’s a tasty boy who’s moved in next-door-but-one. My Mum says he’s only about 11. Age doesn’t bother me though. I hope I can meet him.

Colin flicked an elastic band at my leg this afternoon. I fancy him. “Luv is a very splendid thing”.


Thursday 21st February 1974.

Dear Me, It’s been a good day today. Top of the Pops was on at 7.55pm. Suzi Quatro was on and Bay City Rollers, Barry White, Alvin Stardust, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Hollies, David Bowie, Queen. I can’t think of any others.

My sister, Toni is a right old cow. She’s been reading my diary, because I left it out this morning. She keeps saying, “Laurence & Lyndsay” and everything I put about Colin. But, I’ve read hers!

At the moment it’s 10.20pm and my radio’s not on for once, because the battery’s going.

See ya tomorrow,

Signed, Me.

Friday 22nd February 1974.

Hi, We broke up today for half term. Great, isn’t it? We only get 3 days off. My brother gets a whole week off.

I think we’re gonna move, because my Mum and Dad have got lots of leaflets about houses for sale in Basildon & Billericay. We’re gonna go and look over some of them tomorrow.

It was quite good on the television tonight. “Within these Walls” was on tonight and this horror film is on at 11.05pm. I’m not allowed to watch it though.


Saturday 23rd February 1974.

Watcha! At the moment I’m sitting in the car in Sparrows Herne. My Mum and Dad have been in one house and they said it’s horrible. By the way, I’m inBasildon. I forgot to tell you that. They’ve just gone to knock at another house. It looks quite nice from the outside and inside, as a matter of fact! They’ve now come out and they don’t like it. So, we’re now outside another one which looks alright. I’m gonna go now. See ya same time tomorrow,


Sunday 24th February 1974.

Dear Me, We had no success yesterday in the house-hunting. There was one we went in which was very futuristic, but my Mum and Dad didn’t like it from the outside. It was brand new & cheap too!

It’s been quite a good day. Mick, Edy & Paul and Johnny, Pam & Jenny came over for tea. They’ve only just gone. It’s 10.10pm

Sue came round this afternoon and we were playing skipping and running races. (We can be very mad at times).


Monday 25th February 1974.

Hi! It’s good to be on Half-Term. Today Sue and me went toElmPark, so that I could get Trevor, my brother, a yo-yo. We rang Coral first to see if she’d meet us there. So she did and then she came round my house for an hour or so.

It’s 11.15pm and this evening we went and had a look over this house. It was really beautiful, but my Dad was the only problem. He found fault with every possible thing!!!

If you look at Feb 20th you’ll see I put that this new boy was tasty. But, I saw him today and he’s not! (I think I saw him).


Tuesday 26th February 1974.

Dear Me, I got an unexpected letter with a present in from my Cousin this morning. Inside was some rouge. I wrote back and said thanks.

Today, Sue and me went toElmParkagain. (Not to look at the shops, but for another reason. Boys !!!!!!!!)  (Well I went for that reason anyway!)

I’ve just had a phone call from one of the boys down the camp site, Ray P. Nice to have these boys ring me up. We’re gonna see them down the camp site on the first weekend of the season.


Wednesday 27th February 1974.

Watcha, At the moment it’s 3.02pm and I’m sitting here on the settee listening to my David Cassidy LP and of course, writing this diary.

This morning, Sue and me went toElmParkand then we went round Coral’s house for an hour or so.

Just now I went up the sweet shop hoping to buy some chocolate for cookery tomorrow. But, when I got up there, it was closed. (Stupid place!!!)  With my sweet money, I bought a cake instead.

By the way, I’ve gotta go back to school tomorrow.


Thursday 28th February 1974.

Hi ! It was quite a good day today. We went back to school and MY Colin was there.

Top of the Pops was on tonight. Suzi Quatro was on & Lena Zavaroni, Ringo Starr, Paper Lace, David Bowie, Bill Hayley, (Surprising!) Wombles, Hudson Ford, John Christie, Charlie Rich and a couple of others were on.

It’s voting day today and there’s no results come through yet. I think Labour will be the party to get in, but I’m not sure.

Gotta go now, Me.

As you’ve probably worked out, this wasn’t a leap year!

But I still put the page to very good use!!!

February 29th 0000

It isn’t “today”, today, so I’ve stuck the Sweet in, instead.



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