30 October 2005

After a lunch of sweet potato soup and some pretty revolting hemp style bread, we do what we always did best in our teaching work - set up the flip chart, get out the marker pens and the blue tack - and begin brainstorming names for our characters. Born in the middle '50s in Scotland, Wales and England. Just writing them down took us right back to our own schooldays - Stanley, Linda, Maureen, Jimmy, Pud, Dougie. We spend a happy hour or more reminiscing. But this isn't progressing the story much!

9th March 2006

Elaine has dyed her hair brown. It quite suits her.
What will we call ourselves? Elaine has a list of names, all anagrams of Elaine and Marion. We settle on Iona Raminale - for now anyway. Sardines on toast for lunch. I have a sneaky Mars Bar in the car on my way home.

To be continued ...