Entries Mentioning : Top of the pops
Tuesday 1st January 1974.
Dear Me, It’s the New Year and I’ve made some resolutions. They are as follows:
1) To be good, kind & considerate.
2) Not to swear or be rude.
3) Not to think or look at boys so much.
4) To be fussy about my appearance.
Today it’s very cold and there’s ice in the air. I had to wear my Mum’s gloves. Boy oh boy! Did I get some funny looks!!!
As the power & energy crisis is still on, it looks as if we’ll soon be using candles and riding bikes everywhere. Hope it’s not like this in 1974.
Wednesday 2nd January 1974.
Hi! It’s Me, Me.
Just written in to say or tell me everything that I’ve done or will be doing today. This morning I went down the shops and saw Terry J. I said watcha and he ignored me. Well you can’t have them all. Probably coz I won’t go out with him. Doesn’t really bother me though. Mum’s banned me from going out in the morning, coz it’s not fair to Toni & Jane (Tone’s camping friend). So Mum said I can only go out in the afternoons. Not to worry, there’s never anywhere to go. It’s such a dump. I went round Sue’s this afternoon. We played David Cassidy cassettes.
Thursday 3rd January 1974.
Haven’t done much today. Got up this morning at about 11am. Had a bath and washed my hair. Then went down the shops with Jane & Trevor. Laurence L. was down there and Jane said he waved to me. I wish I’d have waved back, but I didn’t see him do it. He probably thinks I don’t like him. (Boo hoo!)
This afternoon I went to Elm Park with Sue and then I met my Mum there to help her with the shopping.
Now it’s 6pm & I’m sitting on the settee writing this diary. Top of the Pops is on at 7.20pm. (Oh Goodo!)
Friday 4th January 1974.
Morning! (Or is it afternoon?) Anyway, it’s 12.35pm and I’m still in bed. (It’s a disgrace, an utter disgrace.) There’s only one more weekday until we go back to school, so I’m making the most of it. (Why not, I ask myself. Why not?) I’ve been playing Cluedo & cards with Trevor since 10.45am. I’m hoping to go & get David Cassidy’s LP, “Dreams are nuthin’ more than wishes” this afternoon, with £2.00 from Christmas.
It’s now 7.15pm and I have got David Cassidy’s LP. It’s great. Jane came with me to get it. (Wasn’t that nice of her?)
Saturday 5th January 1974.
It’s coming up to 4 o’clock on this rotten old, raining Saturday. At the moment, I’ve got my loony friend, Sue, sitting opposite me, giggling her head off. I’ve just farted. (Sorry, I forgot my manners. It should have been that I passed wind). If you’re wondering why my writing’s so terrible, blame it on Susan. Oops! There she goes again! Sue’s just saying that a picture looks like David Cassidy. Considering it IS him………
Whoever reads this after me & Sue, please keep it in a condition how you’d expect to find it. Must sign off now,
Sunday 6th January 1974.
It’s Sunday morning and I’m laying in bed writing this. Sue’s coming round at
2 o’clock and we’ll probably go over the building site.
My Mum & Dad are decorating. They’ve just finished the landing and next is their bedroom. Mine doesn’t need to be done, coz it’s covered in David Cassidy & Sweet pictures.
Monday 7th January 1974.
Good Morning. Oh no! I’ve done it again, it’s 12.08pm, it’s afternoon & I’m still in bed! Well, why shouldn’t I? We go back to school tomorrow. I got my transistor working last night & I’ve been playing it ever since. I did a good deed for myself last night, by tidying up my bedroom & sticking some more David Cassidy pictures on the wall and cupboard door.
Sorry about the writing, but it’s very awkward writing in bed.
Be back tomorrow. BYE!
Tuesday 8th January 1974.
Back to school today & what a day it was. We had tons of homework, but I have done it all. (Swotty knickers!) It was good to be back with all my mates.
As I was just leaving school tonight, my Music Teacher came up & told me that I’d passed my Grade 1V clarinet exam with merit. (It deserves a pat on the back I think!!!)
Me & Sue have been just as mad as usual today.
Gotta sign off now,
P.S. Sweet David Cassidy dreams coz it’s 10.40pm.
Wednesday 9th January 1974.
Second day at school today. It was quite good, but Laurence L. is ignoring me. I feel so sad. He’s going round with a girl called Lyndsey. I’m jealous. He liked me for a little while, but then he said I got on his nerves. I can’t cry over spilt milk now. Sobs & sniffs.
P.S. I still luv Laurence.
Thursday 10th January 1974.
At the moment I’m sitting on the loo, writing this diary, listening to my tranny. Was alright at school today, but Stuart T. (boy in my class) has got a friend who fancies me. Stuart was asking all my mates my phone no. so he could give it to his friend. I don’t know what I’ll do if he rings me up.
There wasn’t quite so much homework tonight, but it took me 1 ½ hours just to do Maths. (There was only one question).
Laurence L. still looks as gorgeous as ever, but I don’t suppose he’ll ever ask me out again.
Friday 11th January 1974.
It’s 10.04pm and I’ve been in bed since 8.00pm. coz I’m not well. At school today, Sue broke up with me again. (She did yesterday as well). We’ve made up with each other now.
At school I still see Laurence L. and I still love him. If only I hadn’t followed him anywhere at all. When I’m in the 3rd Year he might think I’ve grown up a bit and decide to go out with me.
It’s not very good music on my tranny at the moment, but that’s ok, I’ve got D. Cassidy & Sweet staring at me from every direction.
These pages include the week that I skived off school !!!
Saturday 12th January 1974.
How are you feeling today? Not too bad, but I’m very hungry. You see, I’m not suppose to be eating anything.
The Sweet are no. 1 in the Capital charts. I love their records and of course, Brian Connolly. I’m too young to go and see him. (Sadness).
I’ve got nothing interesting to say today. It’s quite good listening to my tranny. Cozy Powell’s on at the moment, with “Dance with the Devil”. I don’t know what I’d do without my radio.
See ya, Me.
P.S. Hurry up and get better. I will, don’t you worry.
Sunday 13th January 1974.
I’m better now. I got up this morning and had a bath and washed my hair. But my Mum says I’ve still got to stay indoors.
Three boys rang me up last night. First a boy called Nick, then John E. & Richard J. They asked me to go round their house and play records. Then Terry J. rang up and asked me if I wanted to go to a party. But I refused to speak to him. (Nasty, aren’t I?)
P.S. It’s my Nan’s Birthday today. I haven’t bought her anything.
Monday 14th January 1974.
It’s been quite good today. My Mum seems to be in a very good mood. She’s being very nice to me & Toni.
Tomorrow I’m making bread in Science, but I’ll tell you how that turns out tomorrow.
I’ve got another craze on this boy at school. His name’s Michael W. He’s got a lovely personality and gorgeous hair. But, Laurence L.’s still my no. 1. I’m hoping there’s still a chance that he’ll like me again.
Tuesday 15th January 1974.
Hi, been to school today and had to make that bread. I promised to tell you how it turned out, so here goes:
It was lovely, but the crust was really hard like rock.
In school, the inevitable struck for the first time. It’s a new experience.
The Sweet have gone straight in the charts at no.6. It’s great! D. Cassidy’s out of the “Top 30”.
I’ve had another row with Sue, but as usual, we made up again at the end of school. See ya.
P.S. Be back same time tomorrow.
Wednesday 16th January 1974.
Just written in to say that it hasn’t been much of a day. The rain & wind are the worst yet, for some years, so the Newsman said.
I’m listening to my tranny as usual. My Mum keeps asking me if I feel alright, because my face looks funny. She knows I’m on. (I reckon half the World knows now.)
I’ve decided I don’t like Michael W. now. I luv Laurence L. still.
Be back tomorrow,
Thursday 17th January 1974.
Hi, I’ve been in bed all day. I didn’t go to school because I’ve got a headache, a sore throat, a cough and bad cold.
My writing is very untidy. I just can’t control my pen. Toni stayed home with me. (Isn’t that nice of her?)
Although I’ve got plenty of room left, I can’t be bothered to write anymore.
Friday 18th January 1974.
I’ve been in bed all day and have nothing to say. When I’m better you’ll probably see I haven’t got enough room to write everything I want to.
Saturday 19th January 1974.
I’ve been in bed again all day for the third day running. (Ready everybody – Aaah!!!)
I’ve just gotta think about letting Laurence L. out of my life. I know it’s going to be hard, but I’ll try.
Be back tomorrow,
Sunday 20th January 1974.
Good morning, I’m still in bed. My brother, Trevor’s been very good to me. Every day, he’s been down the shops getting me sweets or a comic. He’s down there at the moment.
My Mum & Dad are decorating the lounge, so they said it’s best if I stayed in bed, as they’ve got no heating on. My Mum says I’ll probably go back to school on Wednesday. Lucky, aren’t I?
Monday 21st January 1974.
Hi ! I’m feeling better this morning, but Toni’s now got a cough, but my Mum & I think she’s only jealous and wants the day off with me.
Last night my Mum said it’d be better if I got up, had a wash & got dressed this morning. I can’t be bothered though, so I’m still in bed.
You can guess what I’ve got to keep me company. Yes. You were right. My tranny.
Gotta sign off now,
Tuesday 22nd January 1974.
Good morning. Looks as if Toni’s jealousy hasn’t worn off, because she’s still at home with me. She’s putting on a cough and pretending to have a headache. Poof! I don’t believe a word of it.
Anyway, the “Top 20”s on in 40 minutes, so I’ve got that to cheer me up.
Mum says that she’s gonna take me over the Doctor’s tonight, to get something for my cough & sore throat.
Yesterday I went out for the first time in 5 days.
Au revoir and all that stuff.
Wednesday 23rd January 1974.
Hi ! I’ve got great news. The doctor says I’ve gotta have the rest of the week off. Toni has as well. That means I’ll have had 7 school days off!
Yesterday I listened to “Top 20” and Mud are no. 1. The Sweet are no.2 (not fair. They’re always no.2).
I wonder how Laurence L. is. I haven’t been to school to see him. He’s probably just as gorgeous as ever.
I’m gonna have to go now, coz my sister’s just come in.
Thursday 24th January 1974.
Watcha, I’ve been a good girl and taken my medicine. Gotta have some cough mixture in a minute. Yuk!!
Great, I’ve had all this time off school. I’ve got to go back on Monday. There’s only tomorrow left for a lay-in. Not to worry.
The Osmonds are on my tranny at the moment. 539m Capital is a great station. The Sweet were on Top of the Pops tonight. Gotta go now, there’s no room,
Friday 25th January 1974.
Hi. Had a good sleep. I didn’t wake up until 11.45am. Then I had a bowl of porridge and after that, I went down and got some chips for dinner. I’m going back to school on Monday. I’ve had quite a good holiday, even if I am ill.
I’m probably gonna go down my old school this afternoon. My brother’ll be my excuse. I’ll go and pick him up, then bump accidentally into one of the teachers.
Saturday 26th January 1974.
I didn’t go down the school yesterday. I couldn’t be bothered. I’ve been to Elm Park with Sue this morning and I’m meant to be meeting her at 2.00pm, but I haven’t even had my dinner yet. It’s 1.50pm.
My nose keeps running. (Well run after it then.) Ha! Ha! Wasn’t that funny? No comment. Alright, you don’t have to laugh. I won’t.
David Cassidy was on the Partridge Family this morning. He’s just as gorgeous as ever. See ya,
Sunday 27th January 1974.
Watcha! At the moment I’m sitting in my Dad’s car with Sue. We’re both having a mad mood, writing our diaries.
Tomorrow I’m going back to school. Smelly Dee will be there, the S.O.S.He’ll probably make some crack as to why I’ve been absent.
Sue’s got the hiccups and every time she hiccups, she bangs her head on the window. (Mad if you ask me). Sorry! I’ve just passed wind.
Monday 28 th January 1974.
Hi ! It’s Me,
It was good at school today, but have I got lots of copying up to do!
The new Top 20 will be on tomorrow. I’ll probably take my tranny illegally to school, but I’ll tell you no. 1 tomorrow night.
Laurence L. doesn’t even notice me, he’s with Lyndsey all the time. I’m so upset. Not to worry, there’s plenty more fish in the sea (that’s my Dad’s saying).
Tuesday 29 th January 1974.
I said I’d tell you who is no.1 so I will.
no.1/ Mud no.2/ Sweet no.3/ New Seekers no.4/ Leo Sayer.
At school it was quite good, but I hate my teacher, Smelly Dee. He’s always got something to moan about. Sue’s just as loony as ever. Well, we’re both good at being stupid.
Trevor got a letter from little Ricky and now we’ve got their address, I can write to Kim.
P.S. The weather’s got worse.
Wednesday 30 th January 1974.
At the moment I’m in school And Smelly Dee is rabitting on about the school swimming gala. Sue’s looking at me very funnily. Now she’s burst out laughing. I’m sneakily watching her leg swing to & fro under the desk. Smelly Dee’s still jabbering on.
Jeremy W’s. just looked at me. (He looks like a fish).
Now I’m at home and I’m in the middle of my homework.
See ya, Me.
Thursday 31 st January 1974.
Hi ! It’s Me,
It was terrible at school today. Laurence L. was talking to his friends about me and he was calling me a slag and taking the mickey out of me. I hate him now.
It was quite good in art. We were allowed to play radios and we listened for the whole morning.
I haven’t been given any homework today. (Must have gone mad).
Top of the Pops is on tonight. I hope The Sweet are on.
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!
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
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,
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.
I LUV THE SWEET & DAVID CASSIDY.
I turned 13 and the hormones really kicked in!!!!
(Completely Boy Mad!!!)
Friday 1st March 1974.
Dear Me, It’s the day after election day and still there’re NO results. As far as everybody knows, nobody has been elected, because they’re all equal. (Or nearly anyway).
Do you like the Sweet picture on the last page? Deborah D. gave it to me. She’s kind!
Colin burst out crying in class today. I didn’t know he was such a baby, because he really acts a “tuffy” at school. I still luv him anyway. I started to write a letter to him after school tonight and this boy told Smelly Dee what I was doing.
Saturday 2nd March 1974.
Watcha, As you can see it’s Kim’s birthday today. She’s 9. If you’re wondering who Kim is, well she used to live next-door-but-one. I used to take her & Ricky (Kim’s brother) to Elm Park, swimming and I practically lived in their house. I babysat and even slept there twice.
At the moment, we’re at Pitsea, house-hunting. There’s some new ones which my Mum likes. It looks quite a nice place to live in. I wouldn’t mind it.
See ya, Me.
Sunday 3rd March 1974.
Dear Me, As you know, we came down to Pitsea yesterday and looked at some brand new houses. Well, at the moment, we’re down at Pitsea again. My Mother and Father (Posh, aren’t I? calling them Mother and Father) like the house, so they’ve asked to have one built if possible.
It’s now 6.30pm and the Top 20 is on. Charlie Rich’s singing his song called “The most beautiful Girl”.
Now Lena Zavaroni’s on. My Mum doesn’t like her, but I think she’s got a brilliant voice for a girl of 10.
Monday 4th March 1974.
Hi ! We went to school today as usual. Colin is the greatest boy ever. He keeps asking to borrow my biro and so I lend it to him. He actually gives it back! I luv him wildly, madly and passionately.
Coming off the subject of boys, I think we’ve got a house in Rayleigh. It’s detached and is a bit bigger than the one we looked at yesterday. My Mum and Dad are going to have the day off work to go and see it.
Tuesday 5th March 1974.
Dear Wonderful, Happy, Lovesick Me, How are you? I’m ok thankyou. If you’re wondering who I’m lovesick about, it’s Colin. Today he asked to borrow my pen again. So, as usual, I lent it to him. He didn’t give it back to me tonight, but I don’t care. I trust him. I know he’ll give it to me tomorrow. (Well I hope he will anyway).
The Top 20 was on today. No. 5 is David Bowie No. 4 is Ringo Starr
No. 3 is The Hollies No. 2 is Suzi Quatro and
No. 1 is (wait for it!) Alvin Stardust.
Bye, Me & my love. X
Wednesday 6th March 1974.
It was another wonderful day today. Colin used my pen all day and he actually gave it back to me at the end of school. I LUV HIM MADLY. If only he liked me and if only I wasn’t so tall and he wasn’t so small.
Bobby & Derek B. were up the shops tonight. They kept looking at me, but I kept looking at them, so that’s probably the reason.
In cookery at school, I made shepherd’s pie. It turned out really gorgeous. We all had it for our tea tonight.
Thursday 7th March 1974.
Hi ! You never guess what? We’re gonna move. To Rayleigh! My Mum and Dad have found a brand new detached house. It’s suppose to have a great big back garden and a stream at the end of the front garden.
The school nearby is Comprehensive and the colour of the uniform is red.
But my Mum keeps bringing up problems which will eventually lead to us NOT going, even though a deposit for the house has been paid.
Top of the Pops was on tonight.
Friday 8th March 1974.
Dear Reader, (in otherwords Me!) I told all the class about me going to Rayleigh. All the boys kept shouting, “*****’s moving, 1,2,3 !!!” They were really stupid. Most of my mates want me to write to them, so I won’t worry.
At school in cookery, I made potato cheese pie. But I didn’t trust my cooking and so I didn’t have any for tea. My Mum, Dad & Brother said it was nice.
Colin is really gorgeous. I’ll never forget him, even when I move and meet other boys and friends.
Run out of space, Me.
Saturday 9th March 1974.
Dear Me, It’s Saturday evening, 10.40pm to be exact and I’m laying in bed. Trevor has just come and asked me to play cards with him. Well, I suppose I did promise him.
This afternoon, we all went to Romford (except Toni who was at work, Romford, in fact). My Mum bought me 2 pairs of knickers, yellow and a blue pair. They’re really nice.
Actually, next door sound as if they’re having a party OR if not, some kids have broken in and knicked all their booze!
See ya, Me.
Sunday 10th March 1974.
Hi ! This morning we all got up bright and early, even though the weather wasn’t bright. And we set out at about 11.15am to go to Rayleigh and see our new house. It’s really gorgeous. Out the front is this brook which has got cement or concrete banks. Today, though, it looked like a river. I hope we do move. It’ll be really exciting, I should think.
Gotta sign off now, Me.
Monday 11th March 1974.
Watcha, It’s 8.45pm and I’m up in my bedroom after just being hit by my f’ing old Mum. It’s all my f’ing sister’s fault. I hate her guts. She makes me puke!!!
I think we’re still moving. My Mum rang up the school in Rayleigh today and there is a place there for me.
It’s my birthday in exactly 2 weeks from now. Monday, the 25 th.
There’s a new Top 20 on tomorrow. I’ll write about it in tomorrow’s edition.
Tuesday 12th March 1974.
Good Evening, It’s 9.20pm and I’ve decided to have another early night. As you know, I said something horrible AND rude about my Mum when she hit me. Well, I take back what I said, because my Mum apologised and gave me a kiss.
On the Top 20 today, “Billy, don’t be a Hero” is No. 1. It’s by Paper Lace.
I got a letter from Kim in New Zealand this morning and I sent one back straight away. (Well by the 5.00pm post anyway). It’s Air Mail, so it should get there within the next week.
Wednesday 13th March 1974.
Hi ya kiddies, I washed my hair tonight. It’s now 10.55pm.
Yesterday, Ray from down the campsite rang me up. He wanted to know if I would go out with his friend, Gary K, who I used to go out with. But, being the fool that I am, I said NO. I wish I hadn’t! (Sob,sob). So tomorrow, I’m hoping my sister will lend me some money, so that I can phone Ray up from a call-box and change my mind. This Gary was really good looking. I’ve still got all his letters from 2 years ago.
Thursday 14th March 1974.
Watcha! It’s been quite good today. At school, in cookery, I made fish pie. We had it for our tea. It was really nice, even if I do say so myself.
I still haven’t rung Ray up to say that I’ve changed my mind about going out with Gary K. He’s probably tastier now, because his hair’s suppose to be longer.
I don’t like Colin anymore. He’s the worst boy I’ve ever seen. In school, he’s realised I sit behind him in every lesson. He said I was stupid.
Marcel wrote to me this morning, telling me his news.
Friday 15th March 1974.
Dear Me, I’ve got a confession to make. Even now, I still haven’t rung Ray up to tell him I’ve changed my mind about going out with Gary K.
At school, me & Debra have got a crush on this boy called “Pegwards”! He’s everso small, but really good looking. He once put his arm round me, when him & all his mates used to come round my house. I LUV HIM! (Mind you, I think I prefer Gary K !)
By the way, I’m still not talking to Susan.
Saturday 16th March 1974.
Good afternoon, I still haven’t rung Ray up. It’s a terrible offence. I meant to do it this morning! Anyway, Mum and Dad are going out tonight to another dance, so I’ll probably ring him then.
The Partridge Family was on this morning. It was really good as usual.
It’s my birthday in 9 days time. I don’t even know what my Mum and Dad are going to buy me. To be precise, I don’t even know what I want!
Gotta go now, Me.
Sunday 17th March 1974.
Hi ya Me, I suppose you’re wanting to know whether I’ve rung Ray up yet, well, the answer is NO !!! And the reason is that I just can’t be bothered to.
This afternoon, we all went down to pick the caravan up, so that we could bring it home. On the way there, we called in on Mick & Edy and they came down to the farm with us.
It’s 9.15pm and there’s nothing very good on the telly. Only a boring old play which we’re sitting through.
Bye for now, Me.
Monday 18th March 1974.
It’s 10.33pm and I’m in bed. My Nan came over this evening with my Uncle Roy. As usual they bought us sweets.
If you read yesterday’s, you’ll see that I put about sitting through a boring old play. In fact, it turned out to be really good, but sad.
I still haven’t rung Ray up. (It’s terrible, isn’t it?) Never mind, we’re going camping in 2 weeks. I’ll see him then.
By the way, I’m 12 years and 359 days old.
Tuesday 19th March 1974.
Dear Me, It’s been a great day. I’ve fallen madly wild about this 3 rd Year boy, Pegwards. He goes around with Stuart F. and they used to come round my house. Once Pegwards had his arm round me. It was really great, but I didn’t think he was particularly wonderful then. Me & Sue hung round his house after school tonight. And when we saw him, he said that he was already going out with a girl. (Not fair, is it?)
By the way, instead of ringing Ray up, I wrote a letter to Gary and sent it off tonight.
Wednesday 20th March 1974.
Dear Me, I’m still in luv with Pegwards and this girl who knows him said he was lying when he said about already going out with someone.
That letter which I posted to Gary K. should get there tomorrow. I hope it does!
There’s only 5 days until my birthday. It is my Mum’s birthday tomorrow. Toni and I have bought her a bottle of “ Tweed”, £1.35 and Charlie Rich’s record, 48p.
Gotta go, Me.
Thursday 21st March 1974.
Hi ! Pegwards has been avoiding me all today. When me and all my mates stayed to watch the dance competition tonight, Pegwards was with this girl. He was sitting next to her and he was mucking around with her. It’s just not fair!
Anyway, I’ve still got Gary K. (I hope so. He should’ve got that letter today!) If I haven’t got him, I’ve got Bobby J. (He’s a 1 st year and Terry J’s brother).
I like him and my friend knows it, but I keep saying he’s horrible.
Bye for now, Me.
Friday 22nd March 1974.
Hello! It’s 10.08pm and I’m in bed. This evening I had a bath and washed my hair. (It’s still a bit wet! I’m going to have a cold probably tomorrow!)
I’ve decided I like Bobby J. and also I like this other 1 st year, Toddy. (That’s the only name I know him by!)
My birthday’s in 3 days. This evening I should have been home late, but I was early and so, got home before my Mum. I caught her in the act of bringing my birthday cake home.
See ya, Me.
Saturday 23rd March 1974.
Dear Me, I’m going ice-skating at Streatham tonight. I can’t wait. My Mum keeps trying to put me off by saying, “Do you really wanna go?” Of course the answer is “Yes!”
My Nan R. came over this morning. She bought me a birthday card and gave me 50p. I went to Elm Park and bought a record. It’s called, “Ma-ma-ma belle” by E.L.O.
My Nan’s staying the night, so it means I’ll have to sleep on the settee. I don’t mind actually.
It’s nearly 11.00pm and in fact, I’m sleeping in Trev’s room on the floor.
Sunday 24th March 1974.
Hi ya, Me. It’s my birthday tomorrow. My Mum and Dad are gonna give me £2.50 each. Which makes, (get ready!) the grand total (1,2,3) of £5.00.
I haven’t decided what I’ gonna buy with it yet. (Well, I haven’t even got it !)
By the way, we went up to Streatham last night. BUT, my Dad wouldn’t go in. Just because it cost 50p each. We looked through the cracks in the door and saw everybody skating round. I wish we could have gone in! It’s not fair!
Gotta go now, because my other Nan and my little cousin are coming over to tea.
Monday 25th March 1974.
It was great at school today! I told Bobby J. to be over the back of the fields at 1 o’clock, so that I could get a birthday kiss from him. I went over there with Sue, but I backed out. I don’t like him. Instead, I like Toddy. I know where he lives and I know his phone number. (He’s really tasty even though he’s got ginger hair and his smile’s really gorgeous. I luv him!!!)
I’m now 13. So I’m not a weeny bopper anymore, but a TEENY bopper.
I went out and bought another 3 records today. New Seekers, Paper Lace and Hot Chocolate.
Tuesday 26th March 1974.
Watcha, It’s been good at school again today. Toddy doesn’t like me, but I don’t blame him. I’m tall, lanky and ugly. PLUS, I’m a 2 nd year and he’s a 1 st year.
My Mum still hasn’t given me my £5.00 birthday present yet. But, she said I’ll probably get it tomorrow.
Today, we had 2 Geography tests in a double lesson. (The first one I got 7/20 and the second one, 10/20). Not very good, ay?
Tomorrow we’ve got a Science test. I’m no good at that either.
See ya, Me.
Wednesday 27th March 1974.
Dear Me, I asked this boy to ask Toddy whether he liked me or not and guess what the answer was? Yes, you were right! “No!”
It’s what I expected though, because he’s a 1 st year.
I also like Keith P. but he’s always been in my class (since we were 5) until we came to this school. (Mad on boys, aren’t I?)
The exams are in about 6 days time. I haven’t even revised. (Terrible, isn’t it?)
Gotta go now,
Luv Me & my loved ones.
Thursday 28th March 1974.
Good evening, Toddy said “hello” to me today and gave me one of his really gorgeous grins.
Sue & I went up the school tonight to sell tickets and we went and watched “Oliver” (the school production). We didn’t stay and see all of it, but we’re going again tomorrow and we’ll watch it right through.
This boy in my class, Stuart T. gave me a load of Sweet pictures today.
By the way, because I went out this evening, I missed Top of the Pops. (But, I don’t spose anything really good was on!)
Friday 29th March 1974.
Hi, Again, like yesterday, Sue & I went up the school to sell tickets for “Oliver”. We stayed and watched it. The boy who played the part of Oliver, Geoffrey M. was really good. His voice was lovely.
Smelly Dee gave me 100 lines in school today, because I didn’t hand in my reply slip. So I told him I wasn’t going to sell tickets, but then changed my mind. He came up to me at the door and gave me a lecture. He said it was part of growing . Susan couldn’t stop laughing. Nor could I.
See ya, Me.
Saturday 30th March 1974.
Dear Me, How are you? Oh very well thankyou.
At the moment I’m sitting in the back of the car (which is in the garage) waiting for my Dad to get the caravan out of the back garden. You see, we’re going camping today. I can’t wait. Hope all my old mates are down there. Ray and Lee should be down there, and with a bit of luck, Gary K.
I saw Terry J. down the shops this morning. He offered Sue and me a sweet. (He’s really nice, but I only like him).
Sunday 31st March 1974.
Dear Me, It’s 4.20pm and I’m sitting in my caravan. It’s a really gorgeous weekend. The sun’s been shining all the time. Ray isn’t down here this weekend, but my mate, Marina, is. We’ve been decorating the hall most of the time. I’ve really enjoyed doing it! When me and Marina rang Ray up today, I told him to tell Gary K. that if he likes me, he must ring my phone number tomorrow and let it ring 3 times. I’m hoping Ray will tell him.
Gotta go now, no more room.
I went to the pictures with a boy for the first time!!!
See how complicated it all got!!!
Monday 1st April 1974.
Good evening, I don’t think Ray could have told Gary K. to ring me, because he didn’t phone. If it wasn’t that, it must’ve been thatGarydoesn’t like me. (I don’t like him now!)
I’ve been to see “Oliver” again tonight. (It’s my 3rd time). I really enjoyed it and would go on watching it for weeks and weeks. Geoffrey M. sang really nice and sweetly. (He’s a real tasty geezer!!!)
By the way, I got in free again tonight AND I was not selling tickets. Don’t know why Smelly Dee didn’t ask us to pay up.
Tuesday 2nd April 1974.
Dear Me, I’ve got to do a load of revising now, while I’m in bed. It’s 9.20pm. The exams are tomorrow. I haven’t learnt anything that I should’ve.
I saw Terry J. down the shops tonight. (He’s so nice, but I just don’t know why I don’t want to go out with him). My Mum saw him as well. She was speaking to him.
By the way, there’s a new no. 1. Get ready for it. One! Two! Three! Yes, it’s ….
“Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks.
See ya, wish me luck for tomorrow,
Wednesday 3rd April 1974.
Hi ! We had the first 3 exams today. Geography, History, then Maths. It wasn’t half as bad as I expected.
We’ve got R.K. , Music, Maths and Science tomorrow.
I went up the shops tonight, but not only to get sweets. Yes, you guessed right. To see a boy! But you don’t know who! It was Terry J. In fact he was up there, so I offered him a sweet. I think I fancy him again. I’ll probably ask his brother in school tomorrow whether Terry’s got a girlfriend. If not, well I’m in luck!
Thursday 4th April 1974.
Dear Me, I’ve got really great news. You know yesterday I said I’d ask Terry J’s brother if Terry had a girlfriend, well today, I did. Yes he has! But tonight I asked Bobby if Terry liked me and he said yes. So Bobby told Terry that I wanted to go out with him. I’ll tell you everything else tomorrow.
We had those rotten exams today. I’ve probably done badly in all of them.
Top of the Pops is on right now. By the way, if I hadn’t already told you,
Terry Jacks is number one.
See ya, Me.
Friday 5th April 1974.
Hi ! I’m going out with Terry J. again. Me and my mate, Kim went round where he lives after school and also most of the evening. Kim’s gonna go to the pictures with Bobby and I’m going with Terry on Monday. (A nice little foursome, don’t you think?) We’re gonna see “American Graffiti”. It’s about rock and roll and teddy boys.
It’s been a great evening. Kim’s coming round at 10.30am on Monday and the boys at 11.00am. We’re gonna leave at about 1.30pm.
See ya, Me.
Saturday 6th April 1974.
Good evening, Well it’s Sunday morning really because it’s past 12.00pm or am!
I rang Terry J. up this afternoon, but he wasn’t in, so I asked for Bobby. He wasn’t in either. There’s only one more whole day until I’m going to the pictures with Tell.
I’m at the campsite at the moment. Ray and Lee wouldn’t even speak to me today at all. Silly old bags!
I’m in my new fluorescent sleeping bag. It’s really nice & comfortable.
Gotta sign off now,
Luv, lovesick, Me.
Sunday 7th April 1974.
Hi ya, I rung Terry J. up again this morning (or was it afternoon?) Anyway, he wasn’t in, so I asked for Bobby and he wasn’t in either!
Tomorrow’s the great day. Me and Kim and Terry and Bobby are going to the pictures. I can’t wait, but they better turn up or Bobby had better come or it means I won’t go on my own with Terry.
Lee & Ray said it was me who wouldn’t speak to them. (Blimmin’ liars).Marina’s gone home and so have both the boys, so I’m on my own. Well I didn’t go round with them anyway.
Monday 8th April 1974.
Hi ! It’s been a great day and I’m so happy. BUT, we didn’t go to the pictures. NO, because they didn’t turn up. Terry went to Southend with all his mates and Bobby weren’t gonna come on his own. So tonight Kim and me rang them both up and asked ‘em to come out. They did. Terry eventually put his arm round me and well, Bobby had to be given a little encouragement before he put his arm round Kim.
We’re suppose to be going to the pictures tomorrow, even though none of us have any money.
Tuesday 9th April 1974.
Watcha! We all went to the pictures today. We saw “American Graffiti”.
Bobby’s really tasty and I fancy him. But he’s going out with Kim and me with Terry. I wish we could swop. I’m not sure if we’re gonna see them tomorrow. I don’t really care if I do or don’t. Well, I wanna see Bobby. (Nice!)
My Mum and Dad have sold our settee and 2 chairs tonight, because we’ll be moving in about 2 months or less, so we’re getting new furniture.
Wednesday 10th April 1974.
Dear Me, It’s been a great night! You see, Kim & me rang Bobby and Terry up and told them to be up the shops at 7.00pm. BUT, only Terry turned up, so we went round his house to find Bobby. Anyway, Bobby talked to me all evening and he was letting out all his & Terry’s secrets. Kim got a bit jealous I think. But the reason is that Bobby doesn’t like Kim (but I’m not to tell her!)
I like her and I like Terry & Bobby as well. He was really nice. Also, he told me that Terry’s gonna give me up when I move.
Thursday 11th April 1974.
Hello Me, I don’t think Terry likes me. Well, in fact, I’m POSITIVE. Last night I wrote on the pavement outside their house, “*** & Terry”. This evening when I went round there, the Terry had been crossed out and Bobby put in its place. I knocked and asked who did it and they didn’t know. Terry must’ve got jealous last night. I’m never gonna phone or knock at his house ever again. And this time I’d decided to be nice to him and he now doesn’t like me.
P.S. Top of the Pops is on soon.
The camping season was underway and you thought I was “Boy- Mad” at home! Wait and See……!!!
Friday 12th April 1974.
DAVID CASSIDY’S BIRTHDAY.
Hi, As you can see, it’s David Cassidy’s birthday. He’s 24. (Getting old, but still beautiful). I didn’t even send him a card!
I met this new boy (down the campsite) tonight. We went for a walk and first of all he put his arm round me and then we just held hands. I’m not sure if I like him, because after everybody had gone to bed, me, Elaine, her friend and my sister, went in Lee & Ray’s tent. (They’re talking to me!) Elaine said Lee likes me.
Saturday 13th April 1974.
Watcha! It’s been really great tonight. That new boy (he’s called David by the way) went for a walk with me after the hall had closed. Elaine went with Don and Cathy with Raymond. Anyway, he kissed me. He’s really nice, but if Terry J. likes me then I’ll go with him and not David, who’s 15 and very short.
See ya, Me.
Sunday 14th April 1974.
Dear Me, I’ve been with David nearly all day. There’s something nice about him. My sister keeps singing and taking the mickey out of Don. He thinks everyone fancies him! I don’t.
Lee asked Elaine to go out with him, but she said no because she’s going out with Don.
Tonight, my Mum and Dad are organising the Bingo over the hall, me in the canteen.
Monday 15th April 1974.
Hi ya, I’ve been with that boy, David all today. He’s gonna come camping with his mate next week. (I should think they’re gonna come every week, because they’ve joined the Youth).
It’s been a great Easter. BUT, there’s one big thing. I didn’t get any Easter Eggs at all. My Mum said she’s gonna give us 50p each. (Nice of her, don’t you think?)
Gotta go now, Me.
Tuesday 16th April 1974.
Dear Me, I rang Dave up today. He sounded really nice on the phone. I asked him to ring me back in the phone box and he couldn’t get through, but eventually he did. THEN we got cut off. I rang back later and he wasn’t in, so I’ll see him on Saturday at camping.
Bobby and Derek B. were being followed tonight, by me and Susan. They’re so tasty! Derek came into the phone box and he got his scarf and hit me on the bum. (I’ll never wash again!)
See ya, Me.
Wednesday 17th April 1974.
Dear Me, I saw Terry J. up the shops today and he talked to me. Also, he’s had his hair cut. By the way, Kim phoned up today and she said Terry does like me because she phoned up and asked him. He was nice to me! (I’ll probably have Terry in the week and see Dave at the weekends!) Two- timer, aren’t I?
At the moment, I’m listening to Tone’s Roxy Music L.P. “Mother of Pearl” has just started. It’s really lovely.
See ya, Me.
Thursday 18th April 1974.
Hi ya, It’s been a bit of a boring day, except this afternoon when my Mum took me and Trevor over to see our new boy cousin. His name’s Andrew.
At the moment, it’s 8.30pm and “Special Branch” has just started. Haggerty, Patrick Mower, one of the stars in it, he’s really tasty.
Top of the Pops was on just now. This is who was on: Wombles, Glitter Band, Mott the Hoople, Sunny, Limmie & Family Cooking, Jimmy Osmond, Terry Jacks, Abba, Bay City Rollers. Wizzard, (I think there was one more, but I can’t think of it!)
Friday 19th April 1974.
Dear Me, At the moment, it’s 9.50pm and I’m lying in bed, eating a black jack and writing this diary.
Tomorrow’s the great day! You know why? Well, because I’m gonna see Dave down the campsite. It should be really good.
Today, me and Sue went and bought 4 records. Abba, Limmie & Family Cooking, Chi-Lites and the Wombles. They’re not for us, but for Kelvedon’s camp social.
Gotta sign off now,
Saturday 20th April 1974.
I’m down the campsite and Dave said he’d be down here. BUT, when I got down here, NO Dave. Then this evening, he turned up in the clubhouse. He hasn’t really talked to me much and I didn’t even get a kiss from him. Hope he’ll go around with me tomorrow. I really fancy him!
I’ve started this David Cassidy scrap book. It’s really good! I’ve got lots of pictures and I know they won’t all fit into the scrap book.
See ya, Me.
Sunday 21st April 1974.
Watcha Me, It’s been another fantastic day. Dave has been around with me all day and he’s been kissing me etc. (The etc. doesn’t really mean much, it doesn’t mean anything actually!) He kept holding my hand and cuddling me and…. I really like him. He’s not going camping next weekend (sob sob!) He asked for my phone number and he might give me a ring. (Nice!)
Now I’m at home and I’ve just made a rhubarb crumble, put it in the oven and everyone’s waiting for it to cook. We’ve got rice with it as well.
Monday 22nd April 1974.
Dear Me, We go back to school tomorrow. It’s been a good holiday anyway!
Today, my Mum told this man that he can borrow our caravan for a few weeks, which means we can’t go camping. BUT, my Dad says he’ll take me camping. I’ll have to cook for myself and sleep up the Youth Field. It’ll be really good, but that’s only if Dave’s there. (Mind you, I wouldn’t get up to anything, that’s a promise!)
The Top 20’s on tomorrow. I’ll let you know if there’s a new no. 1 or not.
Tuesday 23rd April 1974.
Hi fans, I rang Dave up today after school. He’s really nice on the phone and he spoke to Sue. (Mind you, I prefer him when I see him, NOT on the phone!) I wish he lived nearer, but then we’d see each other more often, therefore, not like each other so much.
Terry Jacks is no. 1 for the 4th week running, Abba no. 2, Mud no. 3, Wombles no. 4 and the Glitter Band no. 5.
I got some of my exam results today. Maths- 65%, R.K.- 49%, Science- 35% and History- 46 out of 80 or 100 (Not sure!)
Wednesday 24th April 1974.
Dear Me, Was alright at school today. I haven’t had any more exam results. Probably get some more tomorrow.
Dave is still on my mind. I haven’t phoned him up today. I think I’ll leave it until I’ve seen him again, which’ll probably be in 1 ½ weeks time.
I washed my hair and had a bath tonight. My hair’s really come up nice, because my water had bubble bath in it as well.
At the moment, it’s 10.16pm. I’m laying in bed writing this. (Cor! Top marks for observation).
Gotta go now, Me.
Thursday 25th April 1974.
Dear Me, Top of the Pops was on tonight and I missed it. My mate, Marina, from down the campsite, was on there. We missed it, because as you know, our caravan is being leant to someone. We had to tow it all the way to a place near Chelmsford. We set out at 6.45pm and didn’t get back ‘til about 12.00am.
It was alright at school today, except Smelly Dee was having a go at me for something or another. I’ll be really glad when it’s time to move.
See ya, Me.
Friday 26th April 1974.
Watcha, I did 10 whole pages on an oil topic tonight. It took me about 2 hours.
We’re not going camping tomorrow, but just visiting for the evening. I don’t really wanna camp because Dave won’t be there. Or Marina, Elaine & Cathy.
At the moment, I’m sitting on the loo.
This girl in my class, Kim, has leant me this book called “Skinhead”. It’s all about the life of a skinhead and is really dirty in parts. I’ve only just started from the beginning, because I read all the good, dirty bits first.
Saturday 27th April 1974.
Hello, me old mate, We visited Kelvedon, the campsite tonight. Hardly anybody was there. Dave and his mate weren’t there. It was quite boring really. We got home at 12.45am and now I’m in bed writing this.
Me and Sue went to Elm Park this afternoon. I bought myself some “Body Mist” deodorant. It’s rose flavour.
I haven’t got anything to write about, so you’ll just have to put up with me writing a load of old rubbish.
See ya tomorrow, Me.
Sunday 28th April 1974.
Dear Me, At the moment, I’m watching, “Doctor at Sea”. It’s really funny and I just love Duncan Waring. He’s really lovely looking.
We went up the campsite again today, but it was boring, because we got there at 1 o’clock, didn’t have any dinner and got home at 6.45pm eating Chinese food.
The Sunday Mystery Movie is on in a minute, but I can’t be bothered to watch anything on the telly.
I’ve done all my homework, there’s nothing to do and I’m cold.
Gotta go now, Me.
Monday 29th April 1974.
Dear Me, You’ve probably noticed that I keep writing this diary in lots of different pens. (It’s nothing important, so don’t worry about it). Also, you’ve probably noticed that I’m writing a load of old rubbish just to fill up the space!!!
I keep thinking about Dave. He’s really lovely! I hope he’ll be camping with his mate, coz I’m gonna take my friend, Rhona, with me and we’ll make a good little foursome. (I hope!)
At the moment, I’m sitting on the loo. I’ve just had a blow-me-nose session. I wiped my nose on toilet paper. (Yuk!)
Saturday 30th April 1974.
Hi ya, fans, Yesterday I wrote about taking my mate camping. But, tonight I rang her up and she can’t come. NO, because her foot is in plaster after having her toenail pulled off! I’ll just have to go on my own!
I’m a good girl coz I’ve done all of my homework. Like yesterday, I’m sitting on the loo.
By the way, the new Top 20 was on. No. 5 Glitter Band, no. 4 The Wombles, No. 3 Terry Jacks, no. 2 Mud AND no. 1 Abba, singing “Waterloo”.
My music exam, I got 52%
This is the month that I practically lived in phone boxes with my friends!!! (I apologise now to all those poor boys that I pestered continually!!!) , I couldn’t spell the “Rubettes” & I kept changing my mind on what boy to fancy!!!
Wednesday 1st May 1974.
Dear Me, On the telly tonight, a TV programme called “And Mother makes Five” was on. In it are these 2 boys. I used to like the big one, but he’s had his hair cut short, so now I like the small one. He’s got that brilliant name, David!
David Parfitt. (Tasty!)
It’s 8.50pm and I’m here, laying in bed. There’s nothing on the telly, I’ve done my homework, so I’ve just come to bed.
David G. is still my no.1. He’s really gorgeous and he’d better be down Kelvedon on Saturday.
Thursday 2nd May 1974.
Watcha! I had the day off of school today. Yeah! Because my brother didn’t have to go to school, so I stayed and looked after him. (My sister weren’t half jealous!)
It’s now 5.20pm and I’m sitting on the loo AGAIN! Top of the Pops is on tonight. Abba will definitely be on (coz they are no.1).
I’ve got nothing really interesting to say, except I had a bath and washed my hair this morning. (Don’t you think that’s really wonderfully, excrutiatingly interesting? I do!)
Gotta sign off now,
Luv, the one and only,
Friday 3rd May 1974.
Dear Me, I nearly had a chance to go camping tonight. YES, but my Mum put a stop to it. You see, there’s a boy who’s suppose to fancy me and his Mum’s really pleased he talks to me and so she tries to do anything to please me. (That’s my conclusion anyway!)
Dave should be down there and I know my mate Elaine is. Hope they don’t get together and leave me out. (I’d be really upset!)
Went over my Nan A’s tonight. We’ve just come in. It’s 10.40pm.
See ya, Me.
Saturday 4th May 1974.
Hi ya, It’s Saturday night and Dave’s not down here (the campsite). But there’s this boy who’s 16 and he’s really tasty. (Trevor’s his name). He goes around with 3 other boys. Anyway tonight, Me, Elaine and Cathy went in their tent and he kept sitting next to me. (Elaine likes him and she’s jealous!)
We stayed up until 1 o’clock and we couldn’t stop laughing. This woke the Youth Leader up and he came out and told everyone off.
I still like Dave and if, just if, and supposing that Trevor did like me, I don’t know who I’d go with. (Probably Dave and let Elaine go with Trev).
Sunday 5th May 1974.
Dear Me, It’s Sunday evening and I’m in bed after a really gorgeous day camping. That boy, Trevor, is really tasty. Anyway, we went for this walk with him and his other mates and there was this really high hill in the woods. He kept helping me up and holding my hand. (Nice). Also, he was walking most of the way with ME. (Elaine really got annoyed!) But, I can’t help it if I’ve got all the charm.
Dave’s gonna ring me some time in the week, because I rang him yesterday and he said he’d been trying to ring me.
Monday 6th May 1974.
Watcha. Elaine rang me up tonight. She asked me what happened after she’d gone home last night and I was left with all the boys down the campsite. She said that she was gonna go out with Terry and I could have Trevor, but I said “No! I’m going with Dave G. and you can go with Trev”. (Wish I could have him though! Shame!)
It was quite good at school today. You know we had to do Paper 2 of our Maths exam again! Guess what I got? 100%. I’m not just a pretty face.
My Uncle said that it’s in the paper that David Cassidy’s retiring after his concert in the U.K.
Tuesday 7th May 1974.
Dear Me, It’s 9.32pm and I’m in bed. We’re not going camping this weekend and if Dave does, I’ll just do my conkers. I think I’ll ring him up tomorrow. Even if we don’t camp, we’re still gonna visit.
The new Top 20 was on today. No. 5 Bay City Rollers, No. 4 Peters & Lee
No. 3 Wombles, No. 2 Roulettes (or something), No . 1 Abba.
I’m not sure, but I think that Bobby J. is the best friend I’ve ever had. He is so grown up and I love talking to him.
Wednesday 8th May 1974.
Hi ! I’m so happy. You see, I rang Dave up tonight and well, I love him. Anyway, Kim put another 2p in and I spoke to him for a little bit longer. Then I asked him to ring me back, but he said he couldn’t get through. I borrowed Kim’s money again and I got through to him. The stupid boy had forgotten to dial the code. (That’s why he couldn’t get through!) Anyway, I asked him to ring me back after. So he did. Guess what? He’s going camping this weekend when I’m not. Never mind, we’re visiting. He’s really marvellous.
Gotta go now, Me.
Thursday 9th May 1974.
Dear Me, I forgot to tell you last night. Dave’s gonna ring me tomorrow, Friday. Oh, I’m so happy. It’s not fair though, we’re not camping. Never mind, I’ll see him for Saturday evening. That’s better than nothing!
Top of the Pops was on just now. This is who were on:
Bay City Rollers, Peters & Lee, Roullettes, Wombles, Abba, Anita Tranquilly (or something like that), Paper Lace, S.P.A.R.K., Philadelphia, Status Quo. I liked everyone except, yes, I forgot to mention it, Vince Hill. He was on. (I feel sorry for him, coz he appeared and he’s not really appreciated).
Friday 10th May 1974.
Watcha, I rang Dave up tonight and Kim and Susan were in the phone box with me. Anyway, when he rang me back, Kim picked up the phone and started speaking all posh. She was really funny! I don’t reckon he’ll like me tomorrow, coz Kim told him that I reckoned he had a small bum!
On the telly tonight was, “It’s a knockout”. It was really good!
On April 26 th I wrote that Kim had lent me a book called “Skinhead”. Well now I’ve got “Trouble for Skinhead 1”.
Gotta sign off now, Me.
Saturday 11th May 1974.
Hi ya, We’ve just got back from down Kelvedon. Dave was there. He’s really fantastic. But, I don’t think he likes me! We’ll find out tomorrow. There was a bit of trouble down there, because the Youth Leader wasn’t there. Cathy fainted and so she’s got to sleep in Mick’s the night. Elaine’s gotta go in with her Nan! It’s all because someone started pulling tents down.
I’m gonna blame Kim if Dave doesn’t like me, coz I really, really do like him. Aah!
See ya in a few hours, Me.
Sunday 12th May 1974.
Guess what? We got back down the campsite at precisely 12.50pm and Dave had gone home. Yes, just like that! So I rang him up at home. He was in bed, but I made his brother get him up. Anyway, the reason he went home was that he didn’t have nothin’ to do. Marina took the phone from me and she asked Dave if he still liked me. The answer was “Yes” I’m pleased to say. Next week we’re going camping Friday night. I’ve gotta ring Dave and tell him in the week.
There’s school tomorrow. Nice for me, ain’t it?
See ya, Me.
Monday 13th May 1974.
Dear Me, I’m really in a sad mood. On the telly was this programme about a Children’s home and that they need people to adopt them. Following the American style, they’re interviewing some of the kids on telly. Anyway, there was this boy of 12, he was the best looking boy I’ve seen for ages and I really would love him to live with us. His smile was just out of this world and his eyes, although he looked a bit Chinese, were really lovely. I’ll probably cry myself to sleep over him.
Gotta go now, Me.
Tuesday 14th May 1974.
Hi ! I rang Dave up tonight, but he wasn’t in, so I chatted to one of his brothers. Anyway, he told me that Dave was over the fields and he didn’t know what time he’d be in. Then I asked if he knew whether Dave was going camping at the weekend. The boy said he didn’t know, but he definitely knew Dave’s going at Whitsun. This boy said, “Does Dave know your number?. Have ya got a phone?”
I said “Yes”. He said “I’ll get him to ring you then!”
It’s now 10.40pm and he has not rung, probably too shy.
Wednesday 15th May 1974.
Hi. I’ve had a really great evening. You see, Julie S, Christine, Susan and Me all went out tonight. We stopped and talked to Terry J, who admitted I was a horse-face and I admitted he was a Wanker, Bender and Tosser.
Anyway, we also rang Dave up. He doesn’t know if he’s going camping this weekend, but he’s gonna see with his friend tomorrow and then ring me at 7.00pm.
I had a bath and washed my hair tonight. It’s really come up nice (my hair), even if I do say so myself.
Thursday 16th May 1974.
Dear Me, Dave didn’t ring me up tonight. (Sob! Sob!) Anyway, we’re not going camping on Friday night, but Saturday morning instead. (It’s not fair!) Mind you, he’s probably not even going, because he didn’t ring tonight.
Top of the Pops was on as usual. This is who was on: Jim Stafford, Bay City Rollers, Cliff Richard, Wizzard, Roubettes, Alvin Stardust, 3 Degrees, Status Quo, Another new group, Another 2 people from the Eurovision Song Contest and I can’t think who else.
Gotta go now, Signed, Me.
Friday 17th May 1974.
Hi ya, Been out with Susan, Julie S, Christine tonight. Anyway, we rang Dave up and he’s not going camping until Whitsun (next week). My Mum, Dad and Brother and Me walked Julie home tonight. She lives at least 2 miles away. It was a good evening.
At the moment, it’s 10.40pm and I’ve just had a bath and washed my hair. Then I dried it and now I’m in bed writing this.
Downstairs on the telly, I can hear the TV awards programme on.
See ya, Me.
Saturday 18th May 1974 .
Dear Me, I’m down the campsite. Anyway, there’s a whole group of boys, who’ve come on a walk from London. As me and Marina are the only 2 girls down here, every single one of them has chatted us up. I’ve decided I like the one who’s got a delicious smile. He was talking to both of us on the swings. After the hall had closed, they wanted to walk us back to our tent. But, we didn’t tell them where it was. So, they followed us. Not in so many words we told them to push- off. But, we both wished we hadn’t!
Sunday 19th May 1974.
Watcha! As Marina slept in my tent up the Youth Field with me, we both got up at 4.45am just to see those boys off, because they were getting up early. Anyway, we went over the toilets, walked round the field about 100 times and it was freezing cold. At 6.15am we watched them all get up and suffer, but I couldn’t see the one with the gorgeous smile and Marina couldn’t see her one. At 7.20am we went back to bed and missed them all. They all went home. (Sob Sob!)
See ya, (I’m not 2 timing Dave). Me.
Monday 20th May 1974.
Dear Me, At the moment, I’m in bed. Anyway, I forgot to tell you that Ray and Lee (down the campsite) brought a friend down with them this weekend. Well, he’s the ugliest boy I’ve ever seen (not trying to be horrible, but he was). He fancied me and kept coming over and talking to me.
Coming back to this evening, he rang me up tonight, asking me if I’d go to a disco with him up his school. (Broxhill, Harold Hill). I said “No”, because I’m already going out with Dave. Then later, Ray phoned up, not knowing his friend had already rung, and asked me to go with this boy. But, I still fancy Lee and I go out with Dave. What do I do?
Tuesday 21st May 1974.
Dear Me, It was “Sports Day” at school today. I came 3 rd in the Hurdles, 7 th in the 100 metres and we came last in the Relay. Never mind! At least we had a go!
Tonight, we all went up to the “Elm Park Hotel” for this Disco. 7.30-10.30
Anyway, when we got there it was packed and the thing had been cancelled. Yes, because lots of people, too young, came up there. The police sent us all away. (not fair!)
The new Top 20 was on, but I didn’t hear it. All I know is that “Sugar Baby Love” is no. 1
Wednesday 22nd May 1974.
Watcha! Me, Christine and Julie S. all went out tonight. Well, Julie came home to my house straight from school and we had toast for tea. Then we went back round Julie’s, expecting to meet Christine there at 7.00pm. But, no Christine. Instead, a phone call from my house saying she’d gone there. So we said we’d all go back and meet in Elm Park. After, we went back to Julie’s until 9.00pm when her Dad took us home.
By the way, if you’re wondering why Susan didn’t come tonight, it’s because she wouldn’t speak to me on Monday.
Thursday 23rd May 1974.
Hi, This is who was on “Top of the Pops” tonight: Anita Trinquetti, Roubettes, SPARKS, Show Waddy Waddy, Osmonds, Paper Lace, Cockney Rebel, Brian Ferry, Lena Zavaroni, Alan Price and I can’t think who else. There should be one more!
We break up from school tomorrow. Great, a whole week holiday. Wowee!!!
At school we had another boring day. Smelly Dee is just as awful as ever.
Gotta sign off now,
Luv and stuff, Me.
Friday 24th May 1974.
Dear Me, Tonight’s the night. Yes, when we go camping. It’s Whitsun Weekend and Dave’s gonna be down Kelvedon. (He said he was anyway!) I’m doing a sponsored walk tomorrow for Kelvedon’s C.C.Y. (Camping Club Youth). I’ve got quite a number of Sponsors, including Smelly Dee.
We broke up today, but it wasn’t all that exciting.
Stuart F. keeps giving me smiles. I still like him, just as I still like Lee. But, I simply go mad over Dave. Aaah!
See ya, Me.
Saturday 25th May 1974.
Hi. It’s Saturday and Dave’s not down here.
We did that Sponsored Walk. Ten miles. Cor! Ray and Lee did the walk too.
By the way, guess who’s down here? Yes, Mick and Martin. Two boys that we met last Whitsun.
Haven’t got anything else to say.
Sunday 26th May 1974.
It’s now Sunday and the Sports are on. I’ve just come 1 st Girl, 2 nd overall in the obstacle race. So I’ve won a record token.
There’s this boy, Paul S. who knows most of the boys in my class. He lives in Rainham. Anyway, I’ve been talking to him all day. He’s everso nice, even though I don’t fancy him. He’s just a friend to talk to! I reckon my Mum & Dad and his Mum & Dad think we fancy each other. (Nice!)
See ya, Me.
P.S. Sorry about the awful writing.
Monday 27th May 1974.
It’s Monday. Yes, when the Bank Holiday is almost over.
Today, we had to hunt for Johnny the Pirate (All the kids) and make him walk the plank of the swimming pool. Anyway, it ended up everybody being chucked in. Me as well !!! With all my clothes on too!
I’ve been talking to Paul most of this day.
By the way, my mate, Marina went to see David Cassidy yesterday. (Sob! Sob!)
Tara , Me.
Tuesday 28th May 1974.
As you know, most weekend campers were suppose to go home yesterday. But, my family have decided to stay on for another day, because the weather’s so nice. At the moment, I’m sitting in the caravan on my own. You see, Mum, Dad, Toni and Trevor have gone home for the day, so my Mum can do her washing etc. But, now I’ve been told we’re staying for another whole week. Great!
Last night, me, Elaine & Cathy went in Mick and Martin’s tent. What a laugh it was! Me.
Wednesday 29th May 1974.
Watcha! Mick and Martin are going home today at 6.00pm. Again, last night we went in with them. It was a real laugh because they got a bit merry! And Mick started playing football at 1.00am. It was a right laugh.
It’s quite boring down here. Nothing much to do. Just laze in the sun or anything else.
The two boys, Mick and Martin are coming back here in a couple of weeks, because these other two girls are coming down. Even though they can’t stand one of them.
Thursday 30th May 1974.
It’s not fair!
We’re gonna miss “Top of the Pops” tonight. Yeah, because we ain’t got our portable telly with us. Not to worry. I’ll probably just have to miss
“Darling David” and all the other good ones.
I’m really quite enjoying my little holiday down here. Ray and Lee came down this afternoon. I still fancy Lee. I wish, wish, wish he still liked ME. They didn’t have any money to get home with. I would’ve lent them some money if I had it.
Friday 31st May 1974.
The week’s almost over. All the weekend campers are coming back on this Friday night. Ray and Lee are coming down tomorrow. Cathy’s got something special to say to Lee. I think you might know what it is. Yeah, you’re probably right. That I wanna go out with him again. “Love is a very splendid thing”. I don’t somehow think he will, but you never know.
Gotta sign off now, Me.
P.S. If you’re wondering why I don’t speak about Dave, well Elaine & Cathy told me that he told them he didn’t like me, but didn’t know how to tell me. Sob! Sob!