He eats raw potatoes – 1st to 3rd October 2001

Monday 1st I started my course properly today and we’ve been given work already. I’ve spoken to a lot more people now and everyone seems ok so far.

We stayed in tonight and watched 10 Things I Hate About You in Marc’s room. I got really upset afterwards but I’m not sure why. I think I miss having someone (e.g. Jake) there to hug and kiss and stuff whenever I want. I also miss not pulling freaks cos it was obvious I wasn’t single.

I sent Jake a message saying, “I NEED A HUG : ( xTx” but I got no reply.

Marc sent me messages today with lyrics from Will Smith’s Miami cos it was stuck in his head.

The message said, “DAMN you look sexy, let’s go to my yacht in the West Keys, ride my jet skis, lounge under the palm trees! Sorry, it’s stuck in my head”. It made me laugh. He also sent me one later to say thanks for the soup I made! That was after he pushed this note under my door, hinting at me to make it!


Tuesday 2nd Lectures were really boring today. I fell asleep as soon as I got back as well so my brain must really have shut down!

I went into Huddersfield tonight with my flatmates plus James and Chris # off Marc’s course or whatever. It was quite a good night and Chris # actually isn’t that bad, oh, apart from when he started going on about guitars and chords and stuff.

I’d been talking about Karen and her whip etc. and said maybe I should get one. I then had a message from Marc asking when I would!


Wednesday 3rd Oops! I sent the reply to Marc’s whip message to Hayley accidentally. She sent a nice message back to tell me and asked how I was and stuff.

I had really boring lectures again today but I got out earlier than expected.

Marc informed us over tea that he eats raw potatoes and raw pasta. Surely that can’t be good?!

We went to the Arbar for a while tonight but that was it.

It’s Jake’s birthday today. I sent him a happy birthday message this morning but got no response and then he came over to my room to collect his presents (a big mug and a Cadbury’s sponge pudding), both wrapped nicely in leaflets, and his card. He stayed for about 2 minutes, gave me a hug, kissed me on the forehead, commented on how quiet and crap my flat was and then left. That pissed me off actually. He then completely ignored my message asking if he was going out so I obviously wasn’t welcome.


I’m starting to like Marc but I really don’t want to – 30th September 2001

Sunday 30th I was in all day again today and I was bored so I started drawing Cat from one of the photos on my wall from London.

I was quite pleased with it actually cos I think it’s a pretty good likeness.

I was getting messages from Storecard again all day and I ended up telling him to piss off. I didn’t say it quite so bluntly but I think he got the message eventually.

Layla, Lewis and Violet all went home this weekend and, eventually, Layla and Lewis came back tonight. They didn’t want to go out though so I went to the Arbar with Marc and a couple of his mates. I quite fancied the one called Chris wearing the “Made in England” shirt. There are too many Chris’s so I’ll refer to him as Chris # cos I don’t know his last name.

I also really do think I’m starting to like Marc but I really don’t want to. I watched Cruel Intentions with him when I got back from a party in Flat 2. He left with me which must’ve looked dodgy! Marc told me that he’s had stalkers and girls have said he’s got a nice voice (true) and looks a bit like Prince William/Ryan Phillipe (I wish!).

I spoke to Katy tonight. She’s really homesick and the girls in her flat are really girly and the lads are being mean cos they think she slept with some lad the other night and so are constantly taking the piss.

I’ve just remembered something funny that Lewis said. Chris # said, “Do you collected flies or summit?!” when he came in our kitchen earlier and Lewis piped up, “Yeh, do you like ‘em? They’ve all got names.” I don’t know why it was so funny, I think it was just how he said it so seriously.

All I seem to have been doing this weekend is laughing. Marc and I couldn’t stop before when a documentary was on about Detectives Thromp and Stroop.


Storecard launched himself at me – 29th September 2001

Saturday 29th I stayed in pretty much all day today cos Mum and Dad came to visit and brought my TV. Connor also came over to see me cos Jake sent him over with a TV aerial cos Mum and Dad forgot mine. I sent Connor back with a thank you present in the form of a free Elton John CD that I got with a newspaper.

We all went to the pub tonight together. I’d had messages earlier from Simon saying he wanted to meet up for a drink. I didn’t actually see much of him when I got there at the start which I was actually quite pleased about.

There was a really funny kid at the Arbar. He was doing some freaky dancing and Connor decided to go over and dance next to him. It was sooo funny!

Jake was being a right moody little bastard. He got a message from someone and was showing it to everyone and laughing but he wouldn’t show me. He then walked off at one point with Simon which filled me with a slight sense of panic. However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jake dance before tonight and now I know why! It was so bad! He does this weird thing with his shoulders which makes him look like some sort of groovy hunchback!

Simon later began to follow me everywhere, the creep! He also keeps sending me messages saying he really likes me and keeps ringing me. I’ve not replied but he’s not getting the hint. He keeps saying he wants to know what’s going on etc. I’ve only known him for a day and he’s talking like we’re getting a divorce or something. Freak!

He followed me into Jake’s room again and Connor and Marc were taking the piss by mentioning “store card” constantly cos it sounds a bit like “stalker”. It was hard trying to keep a straight face!

Simon then followed me into the flat below mine. I told Marc not to leave me with him (after he’d left me sat on a bench with him earlier and he was holding my hand) but he did and Storecard launched himself at me. I didn’t want to snog him but I really didn’t have much choice. Yuck! I mean, it’s not like he’s minging or anything, he’s just really creepy.

Storecard noticed that Marc was always hanging around but didn’t realise it was to protect me and now thinks Marc fancies me! Marc said later that I could do much better than Storecard and said he wishes he had a stalker.

When I got back in my room I took my phone off the hook (cos Storecard said he’d ring me) and then I got a message off Jake asking how Storecard got my number. Why the hell does he care?! I asked him if Connor was lying last night about Jake still loving me and I got the impression that he was, even though he didn’t exactly say so. Jake did say he’s glad we’re getting on though. Huh, we won’t be if he keeps on being all moody with me!


I could not be arsed with another lad – 28th September 2001

Friday 28th I went out with Marc and some of the people off his course tonight. We started off in the pub and then went to Nuq Blue which was crap.

Apparently 3 of the lads were after me, one of which I did end up with. He was called Simon Chambers (I think) and I didn’t particularly like him, I just kind of gave in. He kept saying Marc fancies me too. Hmm. Actually, Marc did look a bit pissed off but then he might well have just been bored. I was!

Simon eventually cornered me and snogged me and asked if I wanted a boyfriend. Maybe, but not in the form of him! We exchanged numbers and then he followed me to Jake’s room when I went to see Connor who’s staying the night.

Connor kept saying how Jake still loves me which I don’t believe but he has got pictures of me and him and all my stuff all over his room. Jake also told me that he was bothered really badly when I snogged Andy in front of him but he realised I was kind of forced into it.

I managed to get rid of Simon cos I could not be arsed with another lad following me into my room, even though he tried.

I just ate soup with Marc when I got back.


Marc said I looked very “naughty” – 26th & 27th September 2001

Wednesday 26th Today was pretty boring at uni. We had a talk in the library about the computers and stuff. There was actually hardly anyone there. I assume everyone’s “ill” or something. I was sooo tired.

Abby rang me today and had a go at me for dropping her in it with Connor. It was actually Jake’s fault cos he asked me the name of this lad Abby’s been chatting to on the internet. He must’ve told Connor straight away so I sent him a message simply saying, “Fucker”.

Connor also rang me today and said Jake had told him about Andy from Saturday and how it was more him than me. I feel guilty though cos I know he saw us.

It was that Fresher’s Fair thing at the Sports Centre this afternoon. I spent most of the time queuing up but got loads of freebies when I finally got in. I sign up for skiing, kung fu and some volunteer thing. I also saw Andy from Saturday on the army stall in his uniform. He gave me a leaflet and looked at me. Yuck!

Ha ha ha!!! Archie off my course was moaning today that some people were playing a dodgy song about a dog really loudly out of their window. That would’ve been us! 🙂 Hee hee!!


Thursday 27th It was the Skool Disco tonight at Milton Hall Student Union bar which involved dressing up in school uniform, funnily enough! It was such a good laugh! Marc said I looked very “naughty” in what I was wearing. It wasn’t that bad though compared to some people.

I spent most of the night with Marc actually (I think I’m beginning to fancy him which isn’t good) and he held my hand in crowds of people so I didn’t get lost.

Layla got absolutely slaughtered which was very, very funny!

I gained a cane off one of the bouncer people or bar staff (not sure!) but lost it again later. The fire alarm also went off at one point so we all had to go outside and the firemen came.


[We made it onto the flyers for the next few skool disco nights.]

“Get the fuck off my car!!” – 25th September 2001

Tuesday 25th I had introduction lecture things again today and then I had to sort out my tuition fees, loan, student ID and NUS card.

I got extremely confused with all the forms and forgot to hand over my tuition fees cheque. While I was waiting to sort it out, the others off my course disappeared so I spent the rest of the time wandering round aimlessly trying to find someone I knew and where I should’ve been going next.

We all decided to leave the flat tonight and go into Huddersfield to find our way round more bars. I saw Jake at the bus stop and he was on the phone to Connor. Jake then informed me that Connor and Abby have split up! To be honest I’m not all that surprised cos she can be very moody and he can be a right pain in the arse.

Tonight we paid a visit to Milton Hall bar [Students’ Union bar], O’Neill’s, Revolution and the queue for Visage. At one point I found a pedestrians sign by the road so (because we were drunk) someone thought it’d be a good idea to put it on someone’s car windscreen. We were proved wrong when a huge bloke came out of a nearby building yelling, “Get the fuck off my car!!”We ran.

When we got back we played Fuck A Dog really loudly again. Hee hee! 🙂 I’m surprised we’ve had no complaints yet!

I noticed Jake tonight spending quite a bit of time with some girl called Bronwen. Hmm. She’s unfortunately quite pretty and her brother runs the ski club so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s after her. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit bothered.


I haven’t shut up! – 23rd & 24th September 2001

Sunday 23rd Katy and I went into Huddersfield today to find our way round a bit better. We managed to locate most of the bars etc. so it was a pretty successful outing!

When I arrived back at the flat, everyone had moved in. A lad called Marc Huxley’s in room 1, Lewis is in room 2, Ronan’s in 3, Violet’s in 4, I’m in 5 and Layla’s in 6. Everyone seems nice enough.

We all decided to go out tonight together but beforehand we all had a drink in Lewis’s room. We were playing Blink 182’s Fuck A Dog and I said something about Jake’s really pink shirt and Ronan blurted out, “Would anyone mind if I’m gay?” When we all said no, he introduced his boyfriend James to us all. It’s weird too cos before I left home I said I hoped I’d be living with a gay lad cos I’d miss Gethin etc!

We all went to the Sharkey’s cocktail bar in the town and got really pissed. I found out that Marc and I are the only ones in our flat without a boyfriend/girlfriend. I also saw Jill Baines from college in there. I didn’t know she was coming here. She’s at High Green Court and is doing Physiotherapy.

I saw Jake in his kitchen when I got back so I went down to say hi. Claire in his flat started telling people I was his ex and asked if we’d applied together. She carried on talking about me when I left but I couldn’t quite hear what was being said. The stupid cow also asked me about Andy from last night, right in front of Jake. Grrr!! I felt really guilty about that cos Katy confirmed Jake saw me but he was being normal with me today.


Monday 24th It was the first day of the induction week of all the courses today. Everybody in the flat got the bus down together so I was sat with Marc. We just chatted like I’ve been doing with other people. I’m quite pleased with myself actually. I thought I might go all shy around all these new people but in actual fact, I haven’t shut up!

There aren’t all that many people on my course (Environmental Science with Geography), only 6, but we’re mixed in with people from other courses like Environmental Analysis and Environmental Health.

Everyone seems okay but there are quite a few older people. I spent most of the time chatting to the people my age, mainly Archie, Jen (Jennifer), Jonathan and Paul who had his interview on the same day as me.

A few of us went to McDonald’s at lunch and I discovered how just about everyone is totally knackered after a severe lack of sleep this weekend.

I didn’t do all that much this evening. Lewis drove us all down to Morrison’s then we went to the Arbar pub here at Storthes, watched Lock, Stock + 2 Smoking Barrels with Lewis and Marc and then headed for bed.


I basically told him to fuck off – 22nd September 2001

Saturday 22nd Well, I’ve finally moved to Huddersfield. All my family (plus Mollie!) came along to help me move in so I got myself sorted pretty quickly.

My flat’s right on the end at the top of the building and I’ve got a pretty unimpressive view of the car park. It’s not bad though.

I was the first person in my flat and I was there for quite a while on my own until a girl called Violet turned up. However, she went home again for the first night. Then a lad called Lewis arrived with his girlfriend Lisa. He didn’t really speak to me and just spent most of the time in his room with her. A while later, Ronan arrived but then I didn’t see him again after he introduced himself and went off with his mates. A girl called Layla came last today and did the same as Violet and went home again. She left a note though saying she’ll be back tomorrow afternoon.

Later on I had a call from Katy from the internet saying she’d arrived. I actually saw her unloading a minibus full of stuff and thought it could’ve been her and was right. We met up between our blocks and went for a wander so she could get her bus pass.

Before and after I met up with Katy I spent a lot of time in Jake’s flat or walking round with him and Ben off the internet. Both Ben and Katy seemed nice enough and very chatty.

A group of us went to The Arboretum tonight to test out the bar. It was a pretty good night actually. There was:

  • Me
  • Katy
  • Ben
  • Jake
  • A lad that looks about 13
  • A girl called Claire from Ben and Jake’s flat
  • A girl called Karen from the 13 year old’s flat
  • Katy’s flatmates Darren and George
  • Daryl from Blackpool
  • Lee from Leicester
  • Gavin (a chef!) and his mate Matt.

Considering I got pretty upset when my family left cos I thought I was going to be on my own, I turned out to be fine and chatted to loads of people. Lewis also came with us for a bit.

At the end when we were dancing, a lad called Andy grabbed me and started dancing with me and I lost may mates after I went with [snogged] him so he walked me back to Boothroyd. I just wanted to go to sleep but he managed to persuade me to let him come up and then into my room. Shortly afterwards, mid-snog, he got hold of my hand and shoved it down his pants. I didn’t want to do anything cos I was tired and couldn’t be bothered so I thought he’d go away.

He didn’t. He kept saying things like “that feels beautiful” and “you’re gorgeous” and that I had a nice bum but it just made me cringe and want to get rid of him more. He then asked me why I wouldn’t go down on him and I said that I wasn’t a complete slut.

He also didn’t get the hint that I was on my period every time I stopped him sticking his hand in my pants. I said all sorts of things to indicate it but I think he was too pissed to realise as well as being a bit thick. He said he wouldn’t go for someone easy, just someone he liked the look of. Yeah right!

He got my phone number after picking me up, putting me on the bed and stripping himself from the waist down before I basically told him to fuck off. He was such a knob and tried to sleep on my floor and told about his flatmates getting pregnant and trying to hang themselves.

As soon as he left I felt really guilty cos I realised Jake probably saw me with him. I wouldn’t have liked seeing him with another girl but then I don’t really know if he’d care. Jake seemed really flirty with me tonight so I’m also worried I’ve ruined a chance. He was sticking his tongue out at me, touching my nose, and smacked and pinched my arse, and hugged me. He was being generally nice and I don’t know why. It must’ve been because he was pissed maybe!


My stomach keeps flipping when I think about it – 20th & 21st September 2001

Thursday 20th I spoke to Saz again today online and it was sooo freaky! We were chatting about Cat and the dominatron and I mentioned Club Europe. We ended up discovering that not only had we been to all the same places with Club Europe but Swing Band and her school stayed in the same hotel at the same time in Valkenburg! She’s got leaflets from our concerts and I remember watching her band play on the bandstand. Weird!

Denny, Cat and I did The Run tonight. Rocky and Gethin joined us at one point but then left.


Friday 21st Aaarrgghhh!!! I’m going to uni tomorrow morning! It’s sooo scary! I’ve had to pack all my stuff up and I’m really excited but nervous at the same time. I’ve not got a clue where I’ve got to go this week or anything and I’m worried about who I’ll be living with and stuff. Ugh, my stomach keeps flipping when I think about it.

Lizzie came home tonight so we sat in The Grey Hen with Cat, Rocky and Denny. She says she’s home for sleep and she’s really enjoying it but it feels like a holiday. She said I’ll be fine… I hope she’s right!

I sent my picture to another lad called Matt online. He said I was gorgeous and a stunner. Hah!!

I spoke to Katy briefly too. She’s nervous as well and says she’ll text/ring me when she gets there tomorrow afternoon and we can go for a drink in our pub next door! I’m so worried but excited at the same time. I’m bound to forget something important too!


Huge orange patches all over her face – 19th September 2001

Wednesday 19th I went into Warrington with Cat today cos she was meeting Matt (the dominatron) and didn’t want to go on her own. The day turned out to be a complete disaster!

First of all, Cat didn’t get up in time so we had to get a later bus then when we finally arrived, Cat said she looked hideous and so we went in The Body Shop so she could use the tester concealers to cover up her spots. It all looked fine indoors but when we got into daylight I noticed Cat had huge orange patches all over her face where she’s used the tester.

Then Dominatron Matt rang and said his mate’s car had had a puncture near Birmingham and they weren’t sure if they were going to make it. So, Cat was a bit pissed off and decided to get lunch. After buying and eating an egg sandwich, Dominatron Matt said he would be able to come after all cos they’d got the AA out. Cat then munched her way through a pack of chewing gum to get rid of any eggy bits cos he said he was going to hug and kiss her, with tongues, when he first saw her.

They said they’d be a couple of hours but asked for directions to Cat’s village anyway. Neither of us had a clue so we went into the bookshop to find a map. We were there for ages trying to work out where to come off the motorway and if we hadn’t left when we did, I think the shop assistants would’ve chucked us out!

Cat then rang Dominatron Matt to give him directions but her credit ran out mid-conversation. He rang back but then her battery died so there was no way to contact him.

Before we went back to Cat’s, we went in a couple of clothes shops. Cat found a big fluffy jumper and tried it on. When she saw herself, she said, “I should’ve been born a Muppet!” We then turned round to see a bunch of shop girls giggling at her in an “aww, bless her” sort of way!

[The Muppet jumper.]

On the walk back to Cat’s from the bus, it started pouring with rain so we both got soaked and Cat’s hair went all fluffy.

After all that, I has to go home before Dominatron Matt arrived so I never got to see what he was like. I’ve sent Cat 5 messages and she hasn’t replied. Hmm.

I went online tonight and got chatting to people going to Huddersfield again. There was one lad who’ll be living in Jenkinson Court at Storthes call Rob who does snowboarding. He sent a photo and he’s not bad. He said he had a girlfriend until 3 weeks ago but it wasn’t serious cos they were “just good mates in a relationship”. Anyway, he suggested we go to the school disco thing on Thursday. I think I’d rather see him first. He said he went to Amsterdam and smoked cannabis but said he’s not a pothead or owt. I don’t know why he told me that really!

I spoke to Saz again too. She said she really likes me name cos it sounds “romantic”. 🙂 That’s nice!