Monday, October 13, 1980

Monday, October 13th

How could I have been so bloody naïve! The first girl to actually show the minimal amount of interest in me and I go over the top, making corny fantasies – trying to convince myself. I’ve had enough of feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in self-pity.

The first lesson was supposedly a free period – instead, we had a history test on the 1905 revolution – 45 minutes is all we get to write an entire history essay. My last one took nine hours. I didn’t do very well really – I managed to get to the various political opposition ‘parties’ which grew up in 1902-03, about one-and-a-half sides. My free period was spent, predictably, in the 6th form library talking to Jeremy Beaumont, Duncan Verity, and Deborah Blakey.

In History we were finishing work on the Third Duma and the failure of liberal constitutionalism. Verity cornily accused me of looking at Carol Lancaster. No foundation at all. Biology was more work on cell specialisation with Wade, who must be one of the most inefficient teachers in the school.

Today, the Iraqis advanced to within a few miles of Abadan, and they say that if the Iranians don’t surrender they will destroy the town. The Russians have been two-faced – they’ve switched allegiance from Iraq to Iran and have started supplying them with arms. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Apparently there aren’t many casualties in the war as the battles are being fought between tanks and long range artillery, and also in the air.

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