Thursday, 27 July 2017

GET REAL: Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 14


30th March 1994. 

I'm 23 days away from my 13th birthday and it's time to GET REAL.




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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 
Scroll through the blog to read more. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Neighbours: Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 13

BUT. 
There was another book. And I also loved this book when I was 8, 9, 10... 




If you were at school in the late 80s to early 90s then YOU KNOW how popular Neighbours was and YOU KNOW what a treasure this book would have been to me. The amazing thing about it (apart from the subject matter, the cover stars, the colour photos) was that it was sent to me by my Aunt and Uncle in Australia. This wasn't some UK sourced unofficial Christmas annual from Woolworths - oh no! This was a potent, real, gen-you-eye-n artefact from the other side of the world and I absolutely adored it.







However. This book has a chequered past. When I was 9 or 10, it went missing. I searched high and low, couldn't find it anywhere. I was so upset. It literally dispappeared from my bedroom - there one day, not there the next. I hadn't misplaced it. I knew I hadn't misplaced it. There were a handful of friends who'd been in my bedroom the day it disappeared, and I knew one of them must have taken it. I just didn't know which one. I asked each of them, all denied it. My mum even went to speak to the other mums, just in case one of the girls had 'accidentally' picked it up. Allegedly, none of them had. 

A year or so passed. I was certain I'd never see the book again. And then... this is a little hazy - but what I recall is one of my friends told me she'd spotted it at another girl's house. Mum went to investigate. I was so nervous and excited while I waited for her to return. And when she did - she returned with the book. JOY, total joy. Best reunion evah. 








It had indeed been found in this girl's bedroom. She'd bare-faced lied to my bereft face when I'd asked her about it! But, well, she must have really wanted it and I can't really blame her for that - it was the most special and important book since ... Trev and Simon's Stupid Book.


Still get chills when I remember Scott and Charlene's wedding day. Mullets a-go-go. 

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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here

Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here
PART 9: I HAVE A FEW PLANS here
PART 10: HEATWAVE, here
PART 11: CHRISTIANITY, here
PART 12: TREV AND SIMON, here

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Trev and Simon's Stupid Book: Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 12

It's 1990, I'm nine years old and this is my favourite book. 



It is the funniest thing I have ever read. I take it to school and show it to everyone. At home I force my older brothers to read it, pushing the pages into their faces and saying, "Look! Look! Look how funny this is, aren't you impressed by it and therefore impressed by me, your little sister who you generally ignore???" Well - not saying that - but meaning that. 








Along with the diaries of Adrian Mole and the TV comedy of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, I have to say I feel like Trev and Simon's Stupid Book shaped me in some way - it certainly shaped my humour, and the way I use humour to connect with people.



The Kylie Minogue gag was probably my *favourite* favourite (I thought it was soooo funny and also clever), but I also loved Little Timmy and his balloon, the fake phone line ads, and I would have definitely ordered a My Little Plastic Fork if I could have done. 


I totally missed the Margaret Thatcher bashing - that's a nice little bonus as I read it now. 


So there you go - a true literary treat. 


(27 years on and technically I'm still pushing the pages of this book into people's faces.)


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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 

You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here
Part 2: CONGRATULATIONS here

Part 3: MY FIRST BOYFRIEND here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here
PART 9: I HAVE A FEW PLANS here
PART 10: HEATWAVE, here
PART 11: CHRISTIANITY, here.

There's a Facebook page too and soon - I hope - there will be a podcast. 
If you enjoyed this or can relate in any way - please do leave a comment or say hi on Facebook - 
it'd be lovely to hear from you.