Dressed as robbers with bras on their heads! – 25th July 2000

Tuesday 25th P. [Period.]

Before we set off for the swimming place called Mosaqua at Gulpen, some girl from another school had asked Gethin if Jake and I are going out. He asked how she’d guessed and she told him that it was cos he hadn’t reacted to anyone other than me!

I didn’t go swimming so I just sat by the café at the side of the pool with Jake and the others who weren’t swimming.

We had our last concert in Aachen in Germany today. It was pointless cos we had an audience of about 3 people cos it was rainy, one being this little old woman who was jigging about in her seat and making us all smile!

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[Bet I was miming.]

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Jake and I went to the Queen Vic for a while and then I went with him to his hotel so he could get his bags to dump at ours ready for the coach in the morning. We just sat in my room for a while and decided it’d been a really good few days cos we’d seen so much of each other and that we didn’t want to go home. He said he thinks we should just run away together!

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[Jake helping us to pack.]

Later, we were joined by Gethin. He was pissed and said something about Jake being able to sleep in his room if he wanted (but we’d already decided he could sleep in my bed then it’s not such a rush in the morning) and Gethin was being a bit perverted so Jake told him that he wanted straight sex not gay sex! Well, he didn’t get either but I was glad to hear that!

Some of the girls whose last trip it is with the band, Rina H and Greta Allen, came into our room before, very pissed and dressed as robbers with bras on their heads! Strange!

Bye!

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I heard sniffling noises coming from Jake – 24th July 2000

Monday 24th We spent all day at De Efteling theme park which was a bit of a strange place really. We did 2 concerts there. I got totally soaked on one of the water rides so I was cold all day!

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This evening, Jake and I decided to go to the Queen Vic with everyone else before we got accused of being antisocial or something! Mrs P mentioned Canada to Jake and it depressed me so I went all quiet. He noticed and thought I was sulking and said he’d get upset. We talked about it for a bit and how bad it’s gonna be, and a few minutes after we’d stopped, I heard sniffling noises coming from Jake and he had his head down and I noticed tears rolling down his nose.

I asked if he wanted to leave and he nodded so we walked down the street for a bit and hugged for a while. I apologised for upsetting him and gave him a ‘Smile’ tissue like this one →

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which did make him smile and then hug me and then cry again! Only this time he said it was cos he’s so happy! He kept stressing the fact that he never cries so I was flattered in a way that he didn’t mind showing his emotions in front of me like that. We decided it was cos he’s tired.

I felt so guilty but he said it wasn’t my fault, he just can’t bear the thought of going away again. He said that’s how he was feeling on that night he tried to ring me really late when he was travelling.

We walked back to the hotel and went in my room again. We sat in the window for a while before moving to my bed and then 3 happened (again). We just lay on my bed and cuddled for ages after that until Maeve came in the room.

We moved and went and sat on the steps together. He told me that he loves me and that I’m beautiful (hah!) and that he loves my nose and smile and everything else about me and that he can’t believe this is all happening. He also kept telling me that he’s really happy 🙂 So am I! I really do love him!

Bye!

It was dark so I got to snog Jake – 22nd July 2000

Saturday 22nd There’s a spare seat on our coach so Jake gets to stay with us all week!! J

We had quite a few trips, the first one being to the Municipal Grotto. They were just cave things with paintings and carvings and stuff but it was dark so I got to snog Jake without too many people noticing!

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[I had the occasional break from snogging to take a few photos.]

Then we went on the toboggan run which was quite good but going on a chairlift doesn’t seem right without skis on!

I picked this →

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up from the place cos I couldn’t be bothered getting my camera out. It was free, I think! Some people had a go on a death wire thing which came from the top of the tower on the postcard.

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[Cat on the death wire thing. F that S.]

Jake and I didn’t bother so we could just stand and cuddle.

After that, we went bowling. That was alright except our lane kept not giving Jake his points and stuff. That was also the point what Cat told me she fancied the tour rep but then so does Gethin!

Jake came back to our hotel again this evening and I had a rather interesting conversation with him. We started talking again about how long we’ve liked each other and he said he’s liked me ages before the college bowling trip last year and has since I was in Year 11 but doesn’t quite know when or why. He said it might have been triggered by Emma who I’d been best mates with at the time.

The uni subject then came up. He said he doesn’t care about uni cos he doesn’t want to leave me.

Unfortunately, the hotel doors had to be locked so we had to say goodbye. We did try the fire escape so he could’ve left a bit later but there was a gate and a security camera so it didn’t work. He told me he loves me and then had to leave.

Ohhh, I want him so much! I can’t keep my hands off him!

Bye!

P.S. First concert in open air theatre in Valkenburg. Went quite well. Shelly and Emma told me that Jake and I are a nice couple and not annoying like others!

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I was pissed on tiredness – 21st July 2000

Friday 21st The coach journey was horrible! It was really uncomfortable so I only got one hour of sleep or so which made me feel really rough.

We stopped at a service station somewhere before Dover and I went in the shop and ended up buying some beanie toy cos it made me laugh when I saw it. It was like I was pissed on tiredness or something cos I couldn’t stop giggling! It’s a Jim Henson Bean Star or something and is a purply, ugly otter (apparently!) called Pop! It had a partner called Pip but that one wasn’t quite as funny! Everyone thought I was a bit weird for buying it but they then all decided it was quite cute. I sort of agree now!

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[Pop then…]

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[…and Pop now, thanks to those hoarding habits of mine.]

When we finally reached Valkenburg, I woke up a bit cos I was aware that I might see Jake and I did! My first sighting was him crossing a road wearing his pink shirt and shorts. I waved but he didn’t see me.

I saw him properly when I was at our hotel. I went to Gethin’s room and he was in there. I was so pleased to see him! We hugged but it didn’t really sink in that I was actually with him. I’m sooo happy that I’ve got him back!

He said he realised the coach was ours after we’d driven past and he saw Mr P-R on it. He’s staying in the Atlas Hotel which is about a 10 minute walk from my hotel.

This evening, our tour rep Andy took us round Valkenburg and Jake came too. Jake, Gethin, Charlie and I then went to some bar before going back to the hotel. We just sat and cuddled and couldn’t stop smiling! He mentioned me going and visiting him when he’s in Canada and he told me he loves me lots and lots and lots! The feeling’s returned!

I did get a few messages from Jake before I reached Dover while my phone still worked. I told him that someone was passing a sex position poster round the coach and he said, “STILL CAN’T WAIT! : ) P.S. I HOPE YOU’RE TAKING NOTES FROM THAT POSTER! : ) : ) : ) LOVE YOU! xJx”.

I jokingly asked why I’d want to do that and he said, “MMM… IF I HAVE TO ANSWER THAT THEN YOU’RE NOT AS INTELLIGENT AS I THOUGHT!… BUT THEN WHY MENTION THE POSTER AT ALL? HEE HEE HEE!!”

I told him that I was just shocked by it cos there were Year 7s on the coach and he said, “YEH RIGHT! BUT HEY I THOUGHT THAT’S WHAT MUSIC TRIPS WERE ALL ABOUT! – YOU KNOW ‘THIS ONE TIME AT BAND CAMP’!! AND GIRLS WITH FLUTES N STUFF! : ) xJx”.

He’s been taking too much notice of that American Pie film!

Bye!

A manky old tent with cranes sticking out of it – 11th July 2000

Tuesday 11th Cat’s alarm woke us up at 6:30 am so we could all have showers so I’ve been knackered all day! We had breakfast and then set off for the Millennium Dome for our concerts.

We went in through some back entrance and then we were allowed to look around before setting up for our first concert. I was with Cat most of the time and we agreed that the whole thing’s just plain weird! It’s just some of the sculptures and stuff that makes it so odd. It was the pointed foot on the body zone that kept us laughing though!

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The first concert went really well. One of the sound guys put a microphone right by my flute which I didn’t like but all together it sounded good and we were being played on speakers all over the dome. Some guy who works there (he looked important) came and told us that they’ve seen a lot of bands play but we really stood out as being good and all the backstage staff had said we were nice to work with! Apparently they want us back! People were dancing to us and everything!

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We all got a free McDonald’s for lunch and then went to watch the show they put on. The story line that they put up on the screen about ‘Skyboy’ and the other characters was a bit strange but the music and the dance etc. was really good. We had our second successful concert after it.

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My camera stopped working so I bought this postcard from the shop instead. →

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The place actually looks nice on there but in daylight it looks horrible! It looks like a manky old tent with cranes sticking out of it!!

I also bought couple of keyrings so Jake can have the free one cos the woman in the shop undercharged me!

I had a few messages off Jake today. He was saying how when he next sees me, he’s going to hug me so much that nobody’ll be able to separate us! Then he told me that he’s in Florence but the youth hostel they were going to stay in is full so he told me, “WE’VE GOTTA GO TO BOLOGNA! IF THAT’S FULL WE’LL BE SPENDING ANOTHER NIGHT ON THE PLATFORM! FINISHED PLAYING NOW? LOTS OF LOVE!!! xxx J xxx”.

Then later he sent me a message saying, “I’M LOOKING AT THE PHOTOS, LISTENING TO LONESTAR, SMELLING MY WATCH STRAP AND LOOKING AT MY NAIL! YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME! CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT YOU! LOVE YOU! x”.

We went straight home from the dome (Ha! That rhymes!!) and it seemed to take ages. I got in at about 11:30 pm and I’m so tired!

Bye!

An iron mark on the carpet and scally lads outside – 10th July 2000

Monday 10th This morning seemed to last for ages because the coach to take us Swing Band lot to London didn’t come until lunch so we had to do lessons. Hayley was still being a moody cow so I felt a bit sorry for Sarah when I had to leave her!

Keira Osborne, Emma Thornley, Christa East, Cat Elliot and I all claimed the back seat of the coach and had loads of room because we were by the emergency exit. The journey was really boring but I kept getting texts from Jake which helped ease the boredom every so often. Jake told me that he’s going to Florence tomorrow and should be in Prague on Friday. Then I did a quiz in someone’s Cosmopolitan magazine on my perfect holiday destination. Mine came out at Prague! How weird is that?!!

Cat sent Jake a quick message too saying she wished she was travelling around Europe and in his reply he told her that he’d happily swap with her cos he misses me! How sweet! 🙂

I sent him a message myself again later and told him not to chase any foreign girls or anything (I was only kidding) and he said, “HUH CHEEK – YOU KNOW I WOULDN’T EVER THINK ABOUT DOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT! : ( I’VE TOLD YOU BEFORE THAT I’M SENTIMENTAL! WE SHOULD BE IN THE SAME HOSTEL WE STAYED IN AT RADSTADT WITH SCHOOL.”

When we reached London, the coach driver took us all through the centre which was absolute torture for me cos there were so many signs with the word ‘Canada’ on them! We then took a wrong turning past Canada Water Station so I was reminded again of the fact Jake’s going off to be a ski instructor for 3 months! Then we went past Starbucks where we both go! 😦

I told Jake about it and he texted me back saying, “I TOLD YOU IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS… WHEN IN MCDONALD’S, FOR SOME REASON “TESS” WAS PRINTED ON THE SIDE OF BUS THAT WENT PAST! : ( V. UPSETTING! MISS YOU TOO!”

Then the realisation must have kicked in cos he then said, “WOW – SOOO WEIRD! THERE’S SO MUCH WEIRD STUFF GOING ON – NOT JUST NOW BUT ALL THAT STUFF WE LISTED IN THE DOG TOO! I’M NOT RELIGIOUS BUT SOMEONE UP THERE IS…” and then, “TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING! WE’VE DEFINITELY GOT SOMETHING SPECIAL! TRY NOT TO GET TOO UPSET! THIS IS HORRIBLE BUT IT’LL BE OVER SOON! : ) LOVE xJx”.

When we arrived at Rotherhithe Youth Hostel we were all given our room keys. I was sharing with the people I’d been sat with on the coach plus Maeve Ackerley. The room was 219 and wasn’t too bad at all. We had an iron mark on the carpet and scally lads outside the window but the beds were cool! There were 2 sets of 3 and they were sort of all piled up. I got the top bunk on mine!

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The cool beds and our cool Swing Band attire.

We didn’t do much all evening. We were either in our rooms or at the bar. Henry Rockwell fancies Maeve quite a lot so he was in our room most of the time too!

I had some last night messages from Jake on the subject of Canada. He said he’d love me to go and see him while he’s there and I said I wish I could but I can’t really see it happening. Then he said, “I REALLY WANT YOU TO COME BUT IT’S A LONG TIME TIL I GO! IF THERE’S ANY WAY YOU COULD COME IN FEB HALF TERM THEN I’M TAKING YOU! YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO STAY IN MY ROOM ALL OF THE TIME… JUST SOME OF IT!”

That would be so good cos I can’t possibly last 3 months without him and not go mad or something but it’d be expensive and I’ve got college and stuff. I suppose we’ll have to see.

Bye!

I was being extremely paranoid!! – 1st May 2000

Monday 1st It was Community Day in the next village today, held on the village green. Swing Band had to play. It was sooo embarrassing! We had to wear out yellow t-shirts and Jake, Gethin, Hayley and Floyd were watching!

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My mum and dad were there too for a while so I was a bit worried whenever Jake wandered near them because they know Hayley and could’ve used it as an excuse to go over and check him out! I was being extremely paranoid!!

When we’d done Swing Band and got changed, we went for a walk round the new housing estate cos Hayley wanted to see if she could see that bloke again. We didn’t. Jake held my hand all the way round and whenever we let go, he tried to hold it again.

After our walk, we got hungry so we piled into Jake’s car and went to McDonald’s. While we were eating our McTriples with cheese, Hayley said something about wanting to go and see Andy in Lymm so Jake said he’d take us. He said he really didn’t mind. We dropped Floyd (and this lad called Robert who’d joined us) off in their village and went to Lymm. We drove past Andy’s house 4 times but we don’t think he was in.

When we’d done that, we had nothing to do so Jake took us to Knutsford to see Hugo’s house. It wasn’t as big as people had made it out to be but there’s a house that looks like a bloody castle a few doors down!

We just had to sit and watch Hugo’s DVD things. He was being alright but it’s so unfair cos he’s got so much cool stuff that we could never afford!

He put Lenny Kravitz’s American Woman video on and, as he did it, he said, “Jake likes this one, don’t you?!” very loudly. It was just full of women with not much on so, as you can imagine, I didn’t need to hear what Hugo had said! Meanwhile, Jake had gone the same colour as his shirt – pink!!

Bye!

P.S. I got a couple of nice messages off Jake last night. I told him that I didn’t want to go back to college and that I’m in need of an all night party with him and preferably a bed (meaning that perfectly innocently, of course!). His reaction was, “MMMN! DON’T TEASE ME WITH THOUGHTS LIKE THAT BUT YES I’M IN NEED TOO! : ) I WANT TO GO BACK! I’M GONNA BE SO BORED WHEN I LEAVE – AND I WON’T SEE YOU EVERY DAY! : ( x”.

I pointed out that we’d coped (just about!) this holiday and he said, “I SUPPOSE! I’M NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON REVISING IF I DON’T SEE YOU!! I’LL PROBABLY FAIL! I’VE NEVER THOUGHT SO MUCH ABOUT SOMETHING BEFORE! : ) xxxxx”.

I assume he means me, not failing his exams! I wonder what he does think about though. Maybe I’m better off not knowing!