28th September 1961
Did your books reach home safely? How is school? I have just found the stamps I meant to give you when you were here.
I hope your ankle is ok by now. I’m pleased those shoes were alright. Thank you for returning them.
Alan still hasn’t started work. I am getting very envious. He tried to get a job in the offices of the Ford Motor Company in Dagenham but they said they are not employing any new staff. I think he intends to start work back at the Stock Exchange at the company he left to do his National Service.
You’ll never guess what record I’ve bought – or will you? It’s ‘Sucu,Sucu’. I have got the recording they use on the television. I have heard so many variations recently. It is becoming very popular. I have heard so many versions of the words that I am not sure which are the original.
I have decided I really do smoke too much and I am trying very hard to cut down. I really can’t afford it. It has been worse today as we got paid and I’ve got the money to buy cigarettes.
I am writing this in bed by the light of a bedside lamp and as I can’t see the lines on the page very well I am sure I am missing them. I will finish this now and write again soon. In daylight!