GOOD HAIR DAY
"Saw the Dee Show with Simon Dee. Pretty feeble."
F R I D A Y, 2 7 O C T
Foul, squally weather again. I haven’t chosen the best week to wear my hair loose. Wore blues and greens skirt again (third day) with boots.
Miss Leopold has given me B- for my French prose, and B for the La Fontaine test. I felt like crying from frustration. I didn’t get one single quote wrong, except for leaving the circumflex off ‘maître’. At the end she’s written “you must learn accurately”. I can’t bear it any longer.
In English we were given a new set of poems on childhood, this time by authors other than of the 20th century, and discussed the difference between these poems and the last ones. Very difficult to understand but very interesting - I do wish I was more friendly with the clever people like Debby and Vanessa.
Went shopping after school. Got hold-ups at Dolcis (‘Melon’ as before), a super Harrap’s French Dictionary (40/-) at Pullingers, and a light beige lipstick and a lash-lengthener from Woolworth’s. Got the 4.55 Redhill bus. Mark wasn’t on it.
As usual, felt miserable. (1) My social life is practically non-existent (2) I don’t know how to even begin on the English essays and (3) Miss Leopold.
I don’t want to boast but for once I’m pleased with my hair - I can’t imagine it nicer.
The Pill was introduced in 1961, but backstreet abortions were rife. Hard to believe that in 1967 family planners insisted a woman wore a wedding ring in order to receive contraception.
On 27 October 1967, MP David Steele’s ‘The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill' received the Royal Assent, and came into effect six months later. The Act didn’t legalise abortions, but it did provide registered practitioners with a legal defence. It also regulated the provision of abortion through the NHS.