We went to Nick’s house again. We were the only ones outside his house and a nice looking limo and a nice looking chauffeur pulled up. So Rae asked him who he was picking up. The chauffeur said. ‘Just him’.
Anyway we waited a while, with cameras and then Nick came out. His hair is now gingery blonde. Rae said ‘Hi Nick’ and he said ‘hello’. He looked like he had just got up as he had dark glasses on and everything.
We then went to John’s and his mum came out. She said ‘You can’t stay here today girls, sorry. We’ve had a bit of trouble here lately with some fans. Sorry.’ So I asked ‘What Duran fans?’ But she just said ‘Just fans’. I said under my breath ‘probably Whammies’. So she waved to us and said goodbye.
Then we went to Pinner. It was snowing, sleeting raining – everything it could chuck at us. Simon was in and we were cold and we hoped he would come out but he didn’t.
NOTE ABOUT THIS ENTRY
My comment about Nick looking like he had just got up is probably right. After going to see Duran for a while we all quickly cottoned on that Nick wasn’t an early bird AT ALL! If a car had come to collect him at 2 o’clock – chances are he HAD probably just got up! And he was never very talkative when you first saw him – I suppose because 2 o’clock in the afternoon was HIS early morning!
This was also the first time we met John’s mum. We also met his dad too over the years. They were always lovely to fans, as were all the Duran parents that I have met. I remember walking towards John’s street one day with another friend – chatting away oblivious to the gentlemen walking towards us. As he passed he chuckled. I turned and he waved – it was John’s dad! We obviously had the look of a Duran fan, he knew where we were heading! He always had a twinkle in his eye, did John’s dad. He had a lovely sense of humour.
I had been to Pinner before, in the Summer of ’85. That summer we had managed to get an address for Simon and went there a few times to see if we could find him. This wasn’t actually Simon’s house, but his parents. His house and milkman had been on a tv show earlier that year called The Late Late Breakfast Show. Noel Edmond’s interviewed ‘Les The Milkman’ – and chatted to him about the fans constantly coming around. When we went there in the summer of ’85 Les the milkman was doing his rounds. I wrote in one of my Duran scrapbooks about it. I put ‘Went to Simon’s house in Pinner and met Les the Milkman. He let me deliver Simon’s milk and even take the empties back!’ I even got Les’ autograph! Bless!
Going to Pinner was a trek and a half. My journey would nearly always start at Mile End tube station on the central and district line. This was in the east end of London. Most of Duran lived in South West London. Most of the tv studios and recording studios were West or South West London. My tube journey’s were normally at least 50 minutes long. And to get to Simon’s parent’s house from Mile End in 1986 could take several tube changes and hours! I put on here a map of the tube from around 1985 so you could see the distances travelled. Thank god for very cheap train fares those days.
We used to battle all kinds of weather in those long days trying to meet a member of Duran. It was one of those days that we could have quite welcomed Simon opening his front door and letting us warm up and dry off. That wasn’t that rare an occurence. I have heard several stories from fans about Simon letting them in for a chat and a cuppa. Sadly, that day didn’t happen for me and my wet cold friends. We just trundled back home having not properly met a member of Duran yet. Defeated again!
(The reference to Whammies was to Wham fans. Back then there was a rivalry between most bands fans! George Michael lived round the corner from John, and sometimes fans would do something to wind other fans up and vice versa. I remember going to John’s once and there on his white garage door was the lipstick traces of writing slagging John and Duran off and that Wham! was better! I am sure some Duran fans reciprocated with their own daubing too!)