They were making dodgy noises ALL NIGHT! – 28th October 2000

Saturday 28th We went to the Rotherhithe Youth Hostel first this morning so we didn’t’ have to carry all our bags around with us. While we were there, Cat announced that we were going to the Tate Modern and we would spend at least 3 and a half hours there! Funnily enough, the rest of us weren’t all that keen on the idea!


[Arriving at Rotherhithe Youth Hostel with all my possessions in one plastic bag, it seems. Left to right – Gethin, Floyd, Lizzie, Jake and me.]

If that Millennium Bridge thing hadn’t been shut cos of the wobble then Lizzie, Mike, Jake and I would probably have gone into the Tate Modern so we could cross it. Instead, the 4 of us took a sudden interest in St Paul’s Cathedral until Gethin and Cat were out of site then we pretty much legged it! We did ring just to let them know we’d “lost” them though!

First we went to Hamley’s cos Jake wanted to go in for some reason and then Camden Market. I like it there. If you get bored, you can just do a bit of people-watching! We wandered round for ages and it was chucking it down with rain. We brought some stuff e.g. a lighter saying “tosser” on it for Gethin as an apology for putting him through the Tate Modern experience with Cat!

After getting a bit lost in Camden trying to find the tube station, we headed for Notting Hill just to have a look. We took 2 steps out of the station and went back to Rotherhithe cos the weather was awful and we were soaking.


As soon as the other 2 got back they pissed the rest of us off (especially Cat) cos they’d been looking through our shopping and Gethin told us he’d seen his present when we gave it him. I had a bit of a go at them cos no-one else bothered and Jake told me later that Lizzie said she likes me cos I say what I think. Perhaps that’s not always a good thing though!

We all got a bit drunk later (except Cat who got VERY drunk!) so it was quite funny. Cat phoned up Crown Cars taxi firm in Warrington and asked for a taxi to Clapham Common! The bloke played along with it so it was really good! She also phoned ABBA Cabs and asked for Bjorn but the woman just told her to grow up!


[Lizzie’s lovely legs.]

Rotherhithe has a reputation for being a bit of a dodgy area apparently so when we saw 2 scally lads outside, we weren’t surprised. Lizzie, Cat, Gethin and I went to the window to have a look but when I moved away, they were telling the others to get me back to the window. Jake got all protective even though I stayed away and shoved me further into the room. He sulked for a bit and then apologised, saying he just doesn’t like other lads looking at me like that.

Cat didn’t move out of Floyd’s bed even when the lights went out and they were making dodgy noises ALL NIGHT! It was so annoying (and a bit disgusting)! However, Jake and I wouldn’t have slept much anyway. The usual 3 happened and then 4. It was very good! Afterwards, we were just lying there and he said it was better than he expected. I’m not sure if he was referring to what he’d just done or the trip in general but, whichever, I agree!




Jake had Floyd and I holding his hands – 27th October 2000

Friday 27th Our first day in London!

We stopped over at Cat Elliot’s last night but didn’t get much sleep cos Lizzie Bond talked all night. That’s not good when you have to be up at 4am!

The taxi arrived at Cat’s at 5am and took us to Liverpool Airport. Gethin Turner was his usual hyperactive self even that early but Floyd wasn’t so chirpy. He was totally wetting himself about having to go on a plane! I have to say, I was a bit nervous too so on the flight, Jake had Floyd and I holding his hands.

[Here are some weird doodles that we did on the plane…]


It went really quickly and we got a coach from Luton Airport to Victoria Station from where we used the underground to get to Earl’s Court where the Youth Hostel is.


[Here we are on our journey. Left to right: Lizzie, Floyd, Cat, me and Jake.]

The Youth Hostel wasn’t too bad actually. We were all in one room which was quite good. We dumped our stuff there and then got the tube to Harrods cos Jake and Floyd wanted to go in. It was all Christmassy which was nice. Jake dragged us into the ski bit (which depressed me and Cat cos we really need to ski!) and bought £110’s worth of ski gloves. Rip off!

We then went a bit down market and had a look in Gap. I got some cream flared pants from there. [Ew.]

Next we had a look round Covent Garden. I really like it there but I didn’t buy anything. We decided to go to Bond Street after that to get some shopping done. The lads got bored and we got tired so we decided to head back quite early.


We bought a bottle of Southern Comfort from some shop and drank it with lemonade in bed! I didn’t get pissed though and neither did Jake.

I ended up sleeping in Jake’s bed and it was quite a good night! We got to 3 a few times. Later on, we were just kissing and he stopped and I’m sure he said, “Shall we?” but when I asked, “What?” he changed it and said he thought there was someone outside. I wouldn’t really have wanted to go all the way with the others in the room anyway!


Loads of tears and sobbing – 22nd to 24th October 2000

Sunday 22nd Hayley, Jake and I all stopped over at Hayley’s sister’s again tonight. Andy didn’t come cos he’s “ill” and Hayley fell out with her other sister so, between games of Cluedo and Monopoly, she spent most of the time crying!

Jake and I went to sleep pretty much straight away again and didn’t have much time alone in the morning cos Hayley came and sat in the same room!


Monday 23rd Jake and I didn’t have much to do today so we ended up sitting in his car by the park. As usual (because we were bored) we started talking and Canada was one of the subjects. This time he got really properly upset, as in loads of tears and sobbing. I felt awful then cos it was me who started the conversation off!


Tuesday 24th I had a bit of a crap day today cos it mostly consisted of Geography coursework. I didn’t think I was going to see Jake today cos he’s knackered his car but his dad have him a lift to my house in the end.

Jake’s statement about his car was, “It’s not my fault. It’s caused by going over speed bumps too fast.” That really made me laugh! He obviously hasn’t thought that one through!


P.S. Jake and I have just got onto the subject of London in texts and what we have the chance to do if we’re alone. He said, “OF COURSE I STILL WANT TO! IT’S JUST A VERY BIG STEP TO TAKE AND I DON’T WANT OUR NERVES TO AFFECT WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO!!! IS THERE A DEFINITE POSSIBILITY OF IT HAPPENING?? LOTS OF LOVE!!! xJx”.


I had a nosey in Jake’s toiletry bag – 21st October 2000

Saturday 21st I went in to wake Jake up this morning and he said it was really nice having me waking him up. I got in the spare bed with him for a bit but I had to get up eventually cos my dad did a huge fry up, plus I had to go to work at The Green Dragon across the road.

After work, Jake picked me up cos we were going round to Hayley’s sister’s house to help look after the dog. She didn’t want to spend all night on her own so she said we could both stay too. On the way, we stopped off at Victoria Wine and while Jake was buying the drinks, I had a nosey in Jake’s toiletry bag. I know I shouldn’t have done but he looked in a bag from the chemist which is in my room, containing my Dianette.

Anyway, I was expecting it to just be all his hair products and stuff (which it was) but I also discovered a condom in there. He must have been getting his hopes up but I didn’t want to do that tonight cos I’m still on my period.

We didn’t do much when we got to Hayley’s sister’s cos she’d invited this lad called Andy round so Jake and I went to bed to get out of their way. We actually ended up falling asleep pretty quickly and the next thing I knew it was morning.

We just lay there and cuddled for ages and then I grabbed his toiletry bag to test is reactions and, as I expected, he snatched it off me. We ended up falling off the bed though when I tried to get it back!

We decided we could definitely get used to spending all night together cos it’s really nice waking up to each other in the morning.


All soppy and touchy feely – 20th October 2000

Friday 20th Finally! A good night out!!

It was my mate Floyd’s birthday today so he had a party in the upstairs room of The Coach and Horses pub in his village. All my mates were there and Jake too and everyone got really drunk and had loads of fun!

Jake wouldn’t dance so I alternated between him and the dance floor. He was pretty drunk too – I know cos he was being all soppy and touchy feely a bit too. He made me walk home as well cos he couldn’t be bothered waiting an hour for a taxi. I had a job keeping him from staggering off the pavement into the road!

He’s staying at mine tonight cos Mum said he might as well have the spare room rather than get a taxi home on his own cos it’d be expensive. It’s really frustrating knowing he’s only a few metres away and I can’t see him for fear of my parents spotting me!


We’ve heard so many stories of people breaking up – 19th October 2000

Thursday 19th

(Tues 17th Oct = P.) [Period]

I’ve finally handed in my UCAS form to the head of my college. I’ve applied for:

My first choice would be the Env. Science with Geog. at Hudds but I wouldn’t mind doing the other one there. I really want to go there cos it’s nice and Jake’s there (which I realise isn’t necessarily a good thing) and that’s a sandwich course too, which the others aren’t. I hope I get an offer from there.

I discovered today that if I went to Hull, I’d be at the Scarborough campus but I don’t mind that really.

Jake doesn’t want to get split up either cos we’ve heard so many stories of people breaking up cos they’re in different places. But then he told me today that 2 of his mates ate at the same place and they’re a couple and they hate it cos the people who they share halls with think they’re boring cos they’d rather be alone together than socialising. Mind you, I’m not anything like them and I realise that I’d need to share my time between Jake and other people, which maybe they didn’t.

Jake’s pretending that I’ve not even applied for Huddersfield so that if I don’t get in he won’t be disappointed! Fair enough!


Full of bitchy girls – 14th to 16th October 2000

Saturday 14th It was Ewan Swann’s 18th birthday party tonight at the Sports Club. I don’t like him cos he’s a prat and he also didn’t invite me but I went along anyway! I went with Sarah, Hayley and Jake, and Sarah met her boyfriend Maz P (who’s up from Derby Uni) there.

Ewan’s party was full of bitchy girls who think they’re all drop-dead gorgeous and hardly any lads (how obvious can he be?!) so it was a bit crap for my mates so we sat in the pub part instead of the hall where the party was.

Jake and I got all apologetic about last night but he ended up crying a bit (very unusual) because the subject of us getting split up when he goes to Canada for 3 months came up. I feel so sorry for him when he gets upset (even though he gets to ski and I’m stuck here!) and I just want to hug him. So I did!

Ewan’s finished quite early so everyone went back to Evie Evans’s house for a party but we didn’t stay very long cos none of our other mates went.


Sunday 15th This evening, Jake and I went to the Trafford Centre for some tea but then spent hours sat in the car on a car park in the next village just talking. It was mainly about uni because I’m panicking about filling in my UCAS form and he did it all last year.

He mostly reassured me about things but I’m still worrying, mainly cos I don’t really want us to get split up by a large distance.


Monday 16th Jake and I went to the Trafford Centre again tonight but this time it was to get Floyd a birthday present and to see Road Trip at the cinema. The film was really funny and really good!

Afterwards, we sat in Starbucks for a bit and then sat in the car park in the next village and moaned at each other about uni and Canada!