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In my last year of primary school, my teacher made us write a diary at school every single morning. We were supposed to be writing about world news, current events, and any other important early 80s issues. Unfortunately, when you are 10, “important issues” were mainly what we watched on television and who we had played with that day. So the diary tended to be copious information about the Fame storylines and then a token one liner from that day’s news.

A few years back, my sister found my diary in my mum’s attic and wrapped it up for me for my birthday. We had a good chuckle, I posted some entries on Facebook and that was that. Now we’ve moved house and I’ve dug the diary out of a box, it occurred to me that I’d quite like to do a bit more with it. So began a series of illustrations of some of the best entries. It's unapologetically nostalgic - Poppy bikes, ET biscuits and Mini Pops all the way. 

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17th January: "On Sunday, I went to Cleethorpes to have a look round the new Leisure Centre. It is really ace. My Mum said we might be able to go swimming next Sunday. Today is special because breakfast television is starting on TV. I got up early to watch some of it but I thought it was boring."