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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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2nd February 1983: "When I got home from school I watched Stig Of The Dump. Then after tea I watched a film called Invaders From Mars, but I didn’t see it all because I had to go in the bath. This morning on the way to school, Caroline found a pound note and handed it in at Ramsdale’s."