49 Days In 1988. Week 1: Dinner With Death

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.

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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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Click here to buy the ebook. A paperback version will be available in April this year.

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.

Connect with Marjorie

Blog – for information about new releases, photos of main characters/character interviews, book reviews and inspiration: https://mjmallon.com

Facebook Group #ABRSC: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook

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Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and Twitter: @curseof_time

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Marjorie has devoted the past few years to writing over 100 reviews on her Goodreads Review Account, and on her blog to help support traditional and indie writers.

She moderates a new Goodreads group for the Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC read and review which is specifically for independent authors. Click the following link to join the group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/383127-abrsc-read-and-review.
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Author, Writer, and Blogger, Marjorie Mallon
Marjorie was also the recent winner of the Carrot Ranch #7 flash fiction rodeo contest. Click here to read her winning story. Congratulations, Marjorie.
The Curse Of Time was also featured as my book recommendation of the month in October 2017. Click here to read the post.
Thank you to Marjorie for being my first guest of this brand new feature.
Click here to go to week 2 of this feature.
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  1. Ahhh Hugh, at last, only three months late… What a powerful incredible series this will be. I was so moved by your first diary entry. What times in the 80’s, those of us lived those times and still remember them so clearly. Defining moments in so many ways, particularly socially. I am so very sorry to read about the loss of your dear friend. Great to see Marje’s lovely smile in the opening post and love this song…great choice Marje! xxx


    1. It’s great to see you, Sherri, but nobody is ever late at Hugh’s Views & News 😀

      I’m so lucky to have come across this diary. There is was just waiting to be found and getting me out of a problem. It’s done an awful lot more since its discovery as well. It’s great to relive these memories (and share them all with you). Even the bad memories take me back to situations I’d forgotten about, although pleased to say that I’m very much over them now. 😀


  2. Greetings, Hugh. I’m looking forward to reading through your diary excerpts. I’ve been a diary writer since I was 11 although much of my happenings now get recorded on my blog, although that also means I’m not reflecting on the private, raw emotional stuff. So, perhaps this will encourage me to get back to it.
    I started university in 1988 at the University of Sydney and I think I was basking in the joys of first love before he broke up with me because he wasn’t going to uni and could see a future for us.
    I can already see that reading your diary is bringing back many memories for me!
    Best wishes,


    1. Thanks for sharing that memory with us, Rowena. This diary has been powerful given that I am also dreaming about some of the times contained within it. I even wake up with some of the same feelings I had back then and, for a moment or two, think I’m actually back in 1988. At the moment, the entries I am sharing have been about me going through a rather tough time with depression. However, there have also been some great memories over the last ten weeks. And there’s still another 39 weeks of it to go.
      Thanks for the visit. I can see (from my dashboard) that you’ve been busy reading the entries I’ve posted so far. I hope you enjoy reading them.

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      1. Hugh, I always like reading things which are personal, intimate and have me feeling like a fly on the wall into someone else’s life, which your diary entries do. I think it’s very important for people to be aware of the struggles people go through and as Harper Lee puts it so well, put yourself inside someone else’s skin and try to be more compassionate and accepting.
        For those of us who were around in the 80s, it’s also interesting to reflect on where we were at the time in our own little universes.
        xx Rowena


    1. No problem, Sally. Nobody is ever late here on the blog. 😀 It’s always good to see you.
      1988 didn’t get off to a good start, but there were many happy times ahead (as will be revealed). I’m very glad that I started this new series off, as it seems to be hit, and I’m so very pleased that so many of you accepted my invitation to join me aboard my music time machine. I’m looking forward to having you as my guest in a few weeks time.
      Hugs to you.

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  3. A great idea Hugh am loving the start albeit it sad and no one should have to feel scared…I love how you are combining with music…My song was playing on the radio when we were just leaving our beloved Legend and it was very apt at the time and I always tear up when I hear it even now( yep) blubbing, as it brings back memories of that fateful day. https://youtu.be/XILyHZyyCik


    1. Music can be so strong in what it can bring us, Carol. It can probably bring every emotion known to mankind. I’d never heard your choice of song before but immediately knew the track it was set too. We have a song by ‘The Police’ coming up in a few weeks time.

      Glad you like the idea for this new feature. If you’d like to be my guest on this feature one week, then contact me through the ‘Contact Hugh’ button on the menu bar of my blog and I’ll send the details to you.


  4. How wonderful to know someone else who kept their old diaries. It is so strange to look back on those days passed, as I do on mine. Great idea to have people pick a day to be featured. I’m looking forward to more entries. 🙂


  5. So, apparently I lied or something- I remember reading this post and liking it when I saw your week 2 post (which I have not read yet)……. and then I am not sure what happened next because I didn’t comment!!! Did I leave it open and forget? Did my computer restart all by itself? Why didn’t I comment? Anyway, I think this series is so cool! The only diaries I have are from when I was still a child or young teen- nothing of interest at all. I used to have some from my late teen/early 20’s years,which I would kill to have now but I threw them away during an emotionally trying time when I never wanted to be reminded of those years. What a shame!

    I look forward to following along as we re-live those times with you! You replied about what a difference one day made in the choice of the date- it’s really got me thinking about all of the possibilities of how your life can change in the blink of an eye I find Marjorie’s song choice oddly appealing. I’m not familiar with Kate Bush and that veil is definitely interesting. Can’t wait to read week 2!

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    1. Thank you, Kat. I often have those moments of believing I’ve left a comment and then discovering I haven’t. It probably happens to all of us.

      Yes, it’s a shame about you throwing away those diaries, but I can fully understand why you did. Sometimes, we just need to get rid of items that bring back bad memories.

      I agree about how life can change so easily. Have you seen the movie ‘Sliding Doors’? It’s a great example of what you say.

      Kate Bush has an amazing voice. She had a ‘comeback’ tour in the UK a few years ago. Tickets sold out within an hour. Sadly, I did not get my hands on one.

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