London – January 6th, 1988.
Alan was dead. I couldn’t believe it, but it didn’t stop my housemate, Stephen, cooking dinner and inviting me to eat with him and his boyfriend, Kev.
Tears spoilt our appetites, but we all agreed that Alan would have wanted us to laugh. So we laughed and cried together while chicken in a white wine sauce went cold on our plates.
I only wished I had talked more to Alan. The fact that he tried to take his own life, last August, was a warning to all of us. But he was so difficult to talk to. He’d deny there was anything wrong and try and change the subject as quickly as possible.
I felt sorry for Kev. He’s younger than Stephen and I and hasn’t been on the scene very long. While we were doing the washing up, Stephen mentioned to me that Kevin was terrified of what his work colleagues would think when they found out he was gay. I told Stephen to tell him that he’s in a safe place now that he’s living in London. It’s strange, but the city seems to protect us from what goes on in other parts of the country.
However, we still need to be careful. We’re not safe on every street in London.
Welcome to this brand new feature on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I will be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is newly published author Marjorie Mallon. Like all my other guests, Marjorie was also asked to choose a random date. She chose January 6th; so the first entry from my diary for that year comes courtesy of Marjorie.
Marjorie’s book, The Curse Of Time: Book 1: Bloodstone, was published in August 2017.
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Marjorie’s song choice from the 1980s is Babooshka by Kate Bush.
The song was released in June 1980 and spent ten weeks in the UK charts, where it peaked at number five.
With that black veil over her face, Kate looks as if she was ready for dinner with Stephen, Kev and me after hearing about Alan’s death. Do you have a favourite song that has a connection with death or the afterlife? Share a link to it in the comments. Thanks for the great choice of song, Marjorie.
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