AGE 15

BACK TO LONDON. TO SWEETSHOP IN SOUTHFIELDS. CULTURAL ARSEHOLE OF THE WESTERN WORLD.

SAL A STUDENT NOW IN DOMESTIC SCIENCE COLLEGE IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD. SO SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE IMPERIAL COLLEGE. LAST DANCE WITH BOYS FROM THE BAR. KISS FOREIGN STUDENTS UNDER THE AWNINGS OF THE ALBERT HALL. ONE TELLS ME HE’S AN ARAB PRINCE AND ASKS ME TO BE HIS PRINCESS. ASK HIM WHAT THAT ENTAILS.HE STROKED MY BREASTS, OUTSIDE MY TAFFETA DRESS AND BURST INTO TEARS, CLUTCHING HIS TROUSERS.

OH SO BORING, BORING, ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL IN PUTNEY. ALL WELL-BEHAVED, DEMURE, BEAUTIFULLY-SPOKEN GIRLS. BOTTOM NOW IN ENGLISH, ROEDEEN TEACHER DISLIKES MY WRITING STYLE, ACCUSES ME OF LACKING FINESSE AND SUBTLETY.SUGGESTS PROLONGED STUDY OF VIRGINIA WOLFE AND THE ROMANTIC POETS. BUT HAILED AS A TRUE ARTIST BY AUSTRALIAN ART TEACHER. PLUMP AND JOLLY. REQUESTS DISCUSSION WITH PARENTS ABOUT ENROLLING ME IN ART SCHOOL.  FINAL SCHOOL-LEAVING DANCE, WEARING C AND A TURQOISE  TAFETTA WALKED HOME BY HEAD BOY OF EMMANUEL , KISSING ALL THE WAY FROM TOOTING BEC STATION.  HAD MOVED TO STREATHAM SHOP. SAL AND I ATTEND THE STREATHAM LOCARNO SATURDAY NIGHT ‘HOPS’, MUSIC BIG BAND STYLE. DIFFERENT SORT OF BOYS, MAKE FUN OF MY PONY-TAIL HAIRSTYLE (COPY OF DEGAS BALLET GIRLS). GOT WALKED HOME BY VICTOR MATURE LOOK-ALIKE, AN OLD PERSON , ALL OF 25. MADE ME FEEL HIS CORSET, WHICH AS AN AIR STEWARD WAS REGULATION UNIFORM TO SLENDERISE THE SILHOUETTE. DYNASTY-STYLE SHOULDER PADS WIDENENED THE EFFECT. STUNNING STUFF.