The old man has been sending over stuff he’s found in my dear departed Aunt’s papers. Amongst the nuggets was a postcard we’d sent her just after we’d moved to London. There is nothing interesting in what we wrote, tho the card is interesting in itself being a picture of The Prince and (then) Princess of Wales and Little Willy, the heir to the throne. Of course there was no ‘spare’ at that time and James Hewitt had not yet, we assume, had his wicked way with the undernourished waif Lady Di was soon to become.
Nevertheless, even with Willy so young, you can clearly see now how unhappy and detached she had already become!!
Peculiarly and particularly I like the way Little Willy is poking his tongue out at his father. I wonder if this was a learned behaviour or an instinctive response??
I digress… the date was August 1984. The wife was about to start her degree at The City University, and I was about to discover it wasn’t easy to find work even in London. A year later, I was off to the Polytechnic of Central London… a powerful name with a proud history thrown away for a mess of pottage when it decided to become ‘The University of Westminster’ (cough, spit… ). But that was all in the future.
How times change eh?? What I find even harder to believe is that The Phantom and I will be ‘celebrating’ the twentieth year of our graduation from PCL in just a few short months. Twenty years ago we were settling down to the ongoing slog of revision and the writing of interminable projects.
I can’t recall what technology The Phantom was using at the time… carbon and graphite based I think… tho somehow I’m managed to acquire that (then) miracle of modern technology my Amstrad PCW and Joyce (i.e. LocoScript) far and away the most user friendly word processing software around for us plebs! 🙂
So… in a few months remind me to start singing “It was 20 years ago today….” etc. 😀