49 Days In 1988: Week 5 – Day Of The Dull

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London – February 1st, 1988

You’d have thought that a day of travelling would have been filled with all sorts of dramas, but the flight from Gran Canaria to London Gatwick was dull. I don’t enjoy travelling, so maybe that was the reason why it’s been one of those days when nothing seems to have happened.

Thinking back on today, though, maybe it’s been a dull day because of what happened towards the end of my holiday? It’s been on my mind a lot. Being used as a pawn in somebody else’s love games isn’t nice, but I need to let it go, put it behind me and get on with life. No use dwelling on what has happened and what I have no control over.

I was expecting a full house when I got home, but I found the house in darkness and nobody in. I was hoping Stephen would be back so I could at least have found out how Kev got on. Strange for a Monday evening, especially with it being a work night. With having to go back to work tomorrow, I’ve decided on an early night. The holiday washing can wait, along with the news of what’s been going on while I’ve been away.

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018, on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll 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 the author, writer, and blogger Aimer Boyz. Like all my guests, Aimer was asked to choose a random date and chose the 1st February. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Aimer.

Aimer recently wrote me a guest post which got lots of people talking. Entitled ‘The Ups And Downs Of Writing And Blogging’ it explores the world of being a published author who was recommended to also start a blog. Do the two go together? Click here to read the post.

Living in Toronto, Canada, Aimer has published two books in the LGBT genre and was nominated for the Goodreads M/M Romance Members Choice Awards in 2016. Her latest book, A Little Blood,  is the first in her Blood Bond Trilogy.

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Ainer second book, A Little Blood

Buy ‘A Little Blood’ by clicking here.

Aimer’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ by The Police.

Released in September 1980, the song tells the story of a schoolgirl’s crush on her teacher which, in turn, is discovered. It became a top 10 hit in 10 countries, peaking at number one in both the UK and Ireland.

The title of the song was probably something my body language was telling everyone on February 1st, 1988, given that I entitled my diary entry as ‘Day Of The Dull.’ Do you have a favourite song that always manages to brighten up a dull day? Share a link to it in the comments. Thank you for the excellent song choice, Aimer.

Connect with Aimer

Blog: AimerBoyz

Twitter: boyzbooks

Facebook: Aimer Boyz

Amazon: Author’s Page where you can buy her books

Next week, Kev shares a problem that none of us ever expected would happen. Click here to find out what that problem was.

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  1. No day is a dull day when I hear the Police. This song takes me right back… It’s a strange thing isn’t it to come home from a holiday to an empty house? Especially after your experience with Wilfred 😦 I’m going to read Aimer’s post about blogging and writing – my nemesis, ha. And I’ll sign off here for now Hugh as I have a few other blogs to catch up with, but I really will be back to read the rest in a day or two. Great meeting all your guests too, some I know, others brand new. This series was meant to be! xxx

    1. Thank you, Sherri. Catch up in your own good time. I’m really enjoying this new feature, and so, it seems, are many of my readers. I’m glad I mixed in introducing guests and their choice’s of music. It’s been wonderful reliving some these tunes from over 30 years ago (yikes!)

  2. We all have those dull days, don’t we? Nothing wrong with that! 🙂 As I read your posts and get to the song choice, it reminds me that maybe I don’t want to relive 80’s fashion but the music was definitely interesting. I think I’m enjoying some of these songs more now than I did all those years ago! 🙂

    1. It’s one of the reasons why I asked my guests to choose the songs. They’ve unearthed some excellent songs that I’d almost forgotten about. As for those ’80s fashions, isn’t there a saying of ‘what goes around, comes around?’ Maybe the fashions of the ’80s will make a comeback? I’m guessing that if Megan Markle came out dressed in ’80s fashion, we’d start to see it everywhere on our streets. 😀

      1. Excellent point! I guess I should just be glad that I’ve reached an age where I don’t feel pressure to conform to fashion trends so I can pick and choose.

  3. Enjoying your series, Hugh. I feel like I’ve had a series of dull days of late. It has been cloudy and either snow or rain daily. The sun is supposed to unveil itself this afternoon and I’ll be getting out to catch some rays. I don’t like to travel either. I enjoy being somewhere new but do not relish the process of to and fro. Aimer is a most interesting author – I read Aimer’s Guest post and enjoyed it. Good song!

    1. Thank you, Molly. Yes, the winter weather can seem so relentless, can’t it, but I’ve also seen summers like that. 😀 At least, though, the days are getting longer.

      Thank you for reading Aimer’s guest post. She’s a brilliant writer and I really enjoyed reading her first book ‘Fireworks.’

  4. What a good idea to title your diary entries, Hugh. I have never done that in 25+ years! On the top of each page, I usually write a few words with the “highlights” of that day, so I won’t have to read the entire entry if I skim through, looking for something. I love the police! Good music and book subject choices, Aimer!

  5. Hi Hugh! I’m curious to know what went on when you were away. I hate to travel also. I enjoy visiting other countries but I don’t enjoy getting there (trains, airplanes, buses . . .). Aimer Boyz chose a great song. I’ve always been a fan of Sting. 😀 xx

    1. All will be revealed in next week’s entry, Vashti. Let’s just say that none of us expected to hear what Kev told us.

      I’m with you on the travel. Once I reach the destination, I’m fine. However, watching the movie ‘Final Destination’ didn’t help either. 😱

  6. Hi, Hugh – Have I mentioned that I’m loving this feature? I also enjoy ‘The Police’ and have recently begun following Aimer’s blog (thanks to an introduction on your website)…so this week’s post is a win-win-win! I look forward to finding out what happens next week. I have braced myself for the plot twist!

    1. You can tell me as many times as you want, Donna. I’m so very pleased this feature is a hit. I think to have a guest onboard the music time machine is the icing on the cake (so to speak). There are a few weeks when it will just be me but, hey, I want to share some of favourite music from the ’80s as well. 😀

  7. Coming home from holiday can be such a downer, but ontop of that to have been used in that way makes it it much worse! Love Aimer’s choice, don’t stand. I was trying to think of a song from back then that was my brighten up song. The nearest I could really get was 1984 and it’s Kenny Loggins and footloose

    Go Kevin Go 💜😉

  8. Hi,Hugh;
    Sorry that long ago holiday didn’t end well. Good thing you kept that diary. It reminds us that contrary to what the ads tell us, young does not equal happy 🙂
    Little worried for Kev…
    Would you believe that as often as I sang out to that song back when you popped cassettes into the car, I’d never seen the video until this post. Thanks 🙂

    1. As the saying goes “you win some, you lose some.” Aimer. I still had a lot of fun on that holiday and, in a way, I’m glad what happened, happened towards the end of the holiday.

      Thanks so much for being a super guest on my blog today. It was a pleasure seeing you back on Hugh’s Views And News. 😀

  9. Hi Hugh,
    The intrigue continues (you are a heartbreaker I think). From your earlier pictures, I can see why. Enjoyed the music, but I’ll admit The Police was not among my favorite. Until next week…?

  10. I wonder what happens next Hugh? Aimer’s book looks very interesting. I love the trailer. The 80’s was such an exciting time in music. I love The Police – I saw them live many moons ago. Those were the days!

    1. You’ll all find out next week, Brigid. Let’s just say that what happens between now and the next entry is not what any of us expected. 😀

      I agree about ’80s music. It was the best era for music. I never saw The Police in concert, but it must have been an amazing event to see live.

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