20th June 1986 – JT’s Birthday


Went to Westside again today. Get along great with some ‘known fans’ Jo, Frank and Chris.

Waited til about 6ish and Simon came out. He had a khaki army suit on and a Gobochev t-shirt on. He looked well nice!!! (I think I’m in a picture with him).

My first picture 'with' Simon

My first picture 'with' Simon. Check out the MULLET hair. COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS








John came out next and he kinda talked to us. He wore jeans and a t-shirt (not the one we bought) and dark glasses.

John's birthday. Look impressed don't they with the cake!

John's birthday. John is holding a birthday cake. Look impressed don't they!COPYRIGHT MICHELLE COLDWELL-SIMONS







Then came Nick. He wore pink tracksuit bottoms and a top. He looked really nice.

Jo, Sylvy and Rae have gone out now (12.00 midnight). They’ve gone to find John.

Oh yeah. I phoned John!

Me: Is JANE there please?

JOHN: No. HE’S not.

Me: OK I’m very sorry.

JOHN: Okay then. Bye.

He was really nice. He seemed real happy.


First off, let’s discuss clothes. I have mentioned in a previous diary entry that I wore a magical mash of colours in the 80’s. I wore oranges and purples together. Light blues and reds together. Any colour went. But Nick – PINK TRACKSUIT BOTTOMS???  Lawks what was he thinking??? Wish I had a photo of them but it seems that nearly every picture that I have of Duran is from the waist up!

After bad clothes in the 80’s has to come bad hair. Check out my do in the pic with Simon – which I was most proud at the time as it was the FIRST one I had taken with him. (Well I said with him. Someone had just taken a picture of him and I just happened to be in the picture.) My hairdo can only be described as, well, a mullet! It wasn’t supposed to be. You see I have curly hair. And I hated it. Everyone had curly hair in the 80’s as perms were the fashion at the time. I didn’t want to be curly. So I had my hair cut short on the top and spiked. Like a punk girl. Unfortunately, my hair grew out very quick and I couldn’t get the spikes to stand up so the short bits just flopped. And started curling. So I ended up with the classic mullet. Nice! When it started to grow out more I used to crimp it – every day. Pictures will follow in later entries.

Now everything is so instant when it comes to photography. But back then your films had either 24 or 36 exposures on. When you had taken them all, not knowing what they looked like or if they had even come out, you would take them to the local chemist to get prints made. Then you waited a week or so. Then you collected them. You even got a new free film for getting the prints made. And so it went on. You never knew what you had taken until you opened the packet. Ususally standing in the  chemist. Sometimes screaming with delight at a particularly lovely picture of Duran. Or screaming in disgust because all you got back was 24 prints with a sticker on each saying OVER EXPOSED. BAH.

The phone call was funny. Someone had given us John’s number that day I think. As it was John’s birthday we thought he’d be in. Niavely we thought he’d be having a party at home because that’s what you did when you had a birthday! I obviously thought it WAS John that answered the phone for the brief conversation. It sounded like him anyway.

Jo, Rae and Sylvy went out that night to go to John’s house, to find his party. I, being a chicken, stayed at home and was their alibi for if their mum’s called. That was the day they came back to me in the morning sticking of petrol and being filthy as they had to hide under cars all night whilst police drove up and down. The things people did eh? Madness!

(Sylv, Rae and I had bought John a t-shirt for his birthday. We waited every day for him to wear it. He did….soon!)


About thedurandiaries

Long time Duran fan. Followed them since 1985 - and that means physically going to see them! I kept a diary from 1986 and thought it may be funny to write them up on a blog. And the profile picture is of the actual of diary. Yes it has Care Bear stickers on it. But this was the 80's. And Care Bears were cute. View all posts by thedurandiaries

2 responses to “20th June 1986 – JT’s Birthday

  • Anne

    Another great entry, so funny about the mullet. I think we all had one at one time or another. I remember always having a bob but there is a photo of me with a lovely mullet, must have repressed that.

  • kelly

    oh god, I rang him once, too, in 1990. Only, I asked if Kelly was in, so I could hear him say my own name (because he OBVIOUSLY would reply, ‘There’s no Kelly here’). Instead he said ‘Wrong number.’

    Loving these diaries. :]

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