Thursday 6 February 1986

…BIRTHDAY
got a
Metronome, Shirt, Annual
Jumper, Record, Trousers
Sponge Bag, Sponge, £10
Map of night sky
Writing Paper, Envelopes
11 Cards, Blank Tapes…

This was my tenth birthday, though it appears my arrival into double figures didn’t warrant anything special in the way of gifts. Not that I would have minded getting these things; the blank tapes in particular would come in useful almost immediately.

Annoyingly there’s no further information as to the record or the annual, but the latter was possibly Roland Rat-related and the former quite probably The Sun Always Shines on TV by A-ha, both of which I would have asked for* and both of which I am proud (yes!) to say I still own.

"I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I'm back!"

*Though I’d been buying my own records for two or three years by this point. The first was Whistle Down the Wind by Nick Heyward, back in March 1983.

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