AGE 22

LEAVE PARENTAL HOME. MOVE TO LONDON. SHARE FLAT WITH BETTY. IN EARLíS COURT, ON OLD BROMPTON ROAD, ARRANGED BY HER MOTHER, CLOSE TO WHERE ,YEARS LATER PRINCESS DIANA LIVED AND BECAME ENGAGED TO PRINCE CHARLES.

START TEACHING ART JOB IN ELEPHANT AND CASTLE. MEET SYLVIA CROWTHER SMITH FIRST DAY. SHE BECOMES MY SURROGATE MOTHER AND INTELLECTUAL AND POLITICAL MENTOR, HER LIFE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ME. INTRODUCTION TO SOHO ON FIRST DAY.. BUYING AVOCADO PEARS FROM A BARROW IN BERWICK MARKET PEELING AND MUNCHING THEM IN THE STREET, WALKING ALONG , WEARING NO GLOVES. START JOB AS ASSISTANT TO HERBERT HOLT, UNPAID, AT HIS PORTRAIT PAINTING  CLASS IN ST MARTINS ART SCHOOL. THROUGH THIS MEET WILLIAM WITTELS, POLISH BILLIONAIRE. MAD ABOUT ART AND BECOMING AN ARTIST HIMSELF. HE PESTERS ME TO ALLOW HIS CHAUFFEUR TO DRIVE ME HOME WITH THEM. I REFUSE. I LIKE IT MORE IN A PUB CALLED THE FRENCH IN DEAN STREET, WITH A GROUP OF YOUNG ARCHITECTS AND A FAMED SCIENTIST WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY, TO WHICH HE HAS INVITED THE GROUP OF US FOR HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY. HE IS A BRILLIANT MAN, THE ARCHITECTS TELL ME.AND I LIKE THAT .MEET ANOTHER BILLIONAIRE, LENNIE PLUGGE THROUGH HIS ETONIAN SON, FRANK. INTRODUCED TO SLEEPING TABLETS.

MEET THE CELEBRITY ACTOR JAMES ROBERTSON JUSTICE, FRIEND OF PRINCE PHILIP. HAND OVER MY VIRGINITY ON A PLATE, THRILLED TO DO SO!  NOW IíM LIVING THE BOHEMIAN LIFE. WE DINE AND DANCE AT THE CHELSEA CLUB, THE PHEASANTRY ON THE KINGS ROAD IN CHELSEA AND MEET ANNIGONI, THE ITALIAN ARTIST WHOSE RECENT PORTRAIT OF THE YOUNG QUEEN ELIZABETH HAS SKY-ROCKETED HIM TO STARDOM. HE ASKS JAMES FOR MY TELEPHONE NUMBER, JAMES TELLS HIM TO EFF ORFF. SO THE THREE KEY MEN IN MY LIFE COULD ALL BE VIEWED AS BENEVOLENT FATHER FIGURES, NOT TO SAY GRANDFATHER FIGURES. BETTER BY FAR THAN YOUNG MEN.

FLAT 1. EARLS COURT ROAD WITH BETTY.

FLAT 2. MOVE TO LARGER PLACE, COURTFIELD GARDENS, WITH BETTY AND JUDY. BETTY MARRIES.

FLAT 3. SOUTH KENSINGTON, ONSLOW SQUARE WITH JUDY. SHE MARRIES.

FLAT 3. DRAYTON GARDENS, CHELSEA. ON MY OWN. AMAZED BY HOW MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE THIS FEELS, BEING ALL ALONE. BEST! ECCENTRIC, LESBIAN LANDLADIES. INDIAN PRINCESS AND AMERICAN ACTRESS. NANCY SPAIN, IN TROUSERS, VISITING. HAD HER OWN PLANE. TRES RAFFISH