49 Days In 1988: Week 6 – Fish, Chips, and a Revelation

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London – February 13th, 1988

I was so looking forward to this weekend. Work has been busy since I returned from holiday. Having these three day weekends every fortnight is a bonus with my job.

Stephen’s suggestion of a day trip to Southend with him and Kev, today, didn’t seem like a good idea at the time. I don’t want to be playing gooseberry with them all the time. but the thought of the crisp, clean, sea air tempted me. It was a thoroughly good day until we sat down for fish and chips, and I heard the words ‘we need your advice about something, Hugh.’

Now, I’ve always credited myself with being a good listener and talker, but what Kev told me had me speechless. We were all so pleased that his ‘coming out’ at work went so well, but none of us ever expected what was to follow. It seems he’s been cornered by his boss, who has ‘come on’ to Kev since Kev told his work colleagues that he’s gay. That may not sound a difficult problem to try and sort out, but when your boss is female and tells you that she’ll ‘convert you’, then it becomes a problem that’s going to need a lot of attention and thinking about.

I hope we can come up with some sort of solution other than Kev having to hand in his notice and find another job. I mean why should he do that? None of this is his fault, is it?

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Welcome to this new feature (now in its sixth week) 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, blogger and all-around promotor, Sally Cronin. Like all my guests, Sally was asked to choose a random date and chose the 13th February. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Sally.

If you don’t know Sally, then you’re missing somebody whom I have often referred to as ‘one of the gems in the blogging crown.’ Not only has Sally written and published a collection of books, but she has a wonderful blog that is full of information and where she constantly promotes the works of other writers and authors.

#books #authors #readingSally’s most recent book publication is ‘What’s in a Name.’ Taking each letter of the alphabet, she has put together a collection of stories of life and romance using the names of people starting with each letter of the alphabet. She has published some of the stories on her blog, and they make a fascinating and exciting reading. I guarantee that you’ll be pulled into each of the stories. Here’s a little about the book.

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories, we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long-awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well, she can see into the future.

In one way or another, all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

And we must not forget all of Sally’s other books. There is something for everyone in this ever-growing collection.

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Sally’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Celebration’ by Kool & The Gang.

Although ‘Celebration’ was the band’s only number one hit, it’s still as popular today as it was back in the 1980s. The song can often be heard being played at wedding and birthday parties, as well as during sports events. Thanks for the great song choice, Sally.

No celebration for Kev, with what he was having to put up with at work. Do you have a favourite song that you always play when you’re celebrating? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, a big decision awaits Kev. Click here to find out what happens.

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  1. Hi Hugh, I’m back to catch up with a few more of your diary entries before signing off for the weekend. I’ve been trying to get over here all week to find out what happened to Kev! And now I know….didn’t see that coming, anymore than Kev did! Great to see Sally here, a true gem for sure, and another great song! xx

    1. Thanks, Sherri. I don’t think any of us saw that coming. It was one of those moments like when a non-stop highspeed train goes pass you while standing on a station platform. We were all very gobsmacked.

  2. What an awkward dilemma for poor Kev. I can’t believe his boss thinks she can ‘convert’ him, talk about sexual harassment!
    I love Sally’s blog and her books too, she is a fabulous writer. 🙂

    1. Even back in the ’80s, it was happening, Judy. Many of these recently highlighted problems in society have been hidden for far too long. Mind you, back then, I know that many of them were simply laughed off. At least Kev was able to sort the problem (with some help) quickly.

      1. Yes, I encountered a little bit of it when I was in the Army, but we kind of laughed it off too, as there was not much else that would be done about it, as it was seen as the norm!

  3. Poor Kev!!Sadly, I don’t understand people who think they can “convert” someone. They obviously don’t understand that being gay is not a choice. Although there is more awareness and acceptance today, there are still those who choose to not understand. Baby, baby steps.

    On a more upbeat note- Kool & the Gang- one of my favorites! I can’t believe they only had that one #1 hit.

  4. Yay! Love Sally and her generous blog! Celebration is a wonderful song, timeless and so festive! About your journal entry, I think nowadays, people are much more clued-in about the world of LGBT community. I remember walking around with my brother before he came out, and girls would drop their jaws seeing this 6’3″ athletic redhead man with me at the mall or somewhere (this was late 80s, early 90s). I think he was flattered but even then it didn’t do much for him, and back then I had no idea he was gay. I hope no one ever thinks they can convert someone, not even jokingly.

    1. I agree, Terri. People are more clued-in about the world of the LGBT community now, although there’s still a lot of work to be done. Even today, many find ‘coming out’ difficult to do because they don’t know how people are going to react. I think it’s one of the most difficult things a gay person has to face, although some do have no difficulty with it. Most of the gay people I know, though, went through some torrid times before they ‘came out.’ I’ve been in your bother’s situation and found myself having to fight something I knew I didn’t want to do because not only would I get hurt, but so would the other person. It’s much easier now, and I’m just very glad that I don’t need need to hide what I am, although the odd occurrence does happen when I can feel myself having difficulty saying who I am.

  5. Oh, my! What a situation indeed! Some things keep happening, even if most people always think about men as the only culprits. Great to see Sally here, Hugh, and love her choice (it’s impossible not to join in and get moving). 🙂

    1. Thanks, Olga. Yes, I think many forget that sexual harreseement can happen to men. It was happening 30 years ago, and I’m sure it’s still happening today. Of course, any form of harassment is not acceptable, but we shouldn’t forget that it can happen to everyone.

  6. I hope Kev got through that awful time and was able to enjoy Cool & The Gan’s song. Harassment is about power and control and obviously, his boss had issues. Good to see Sally in the spotlight!

  7. Oh, no! Kev was in a sticky situation back then. If something like that happened nowadays it would still be a difficult situation but at least we’ve got HR and the new sexual harassment laws at work. I love Sally and her choice of song is awesome. That is such a happy song and it is synonymous with fun times! Great post, Hugh! Have a great Friday and weekend! 😀 xx

  8. All round great post! Loved Sally’s story here – one of my favs in her book! And no surprise she chose her ‘birthday’ to post! Also, haven’t I seen some movies on this topic where someone is trying to convert a gay man? LOL. And I noticed your ‘like’ button is gone 🙂 xxx

    1. I expect you have, Debby. I’ve had it said to me a few times, but in a ‘joke’ way and it was a long time ago.

      Did you notice that all WordPress blogs are missing the ‘reblog’ button? Apparently, WordPress is aware of it and working on the problem, but it’s been gone for over 24 hours. I hope my ‘like’ button post had nothing to do with it? 🤔

      1. LOL Hugh, are you setting the new WP trend? No I didn’t notice the missing reblog button. To be honest, some blogs I see it, some I don’t, some don’t add it, some have ‘press this’ buttons. But I don’t use any of them maybe why I didn’t notice. When I reblog I just click the icon I’ve installed on my top toolbar to do so. 🙂 xxx

  9. Interesting diary, Hugh! I hope Kev handles his problems well and tells his boss off! Nice song choices – We Are the Champions and Celebrate. You just have to get up and dance when you hear them! One of my favorite songs is The Rose by Bette Midler. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=&view=detail&mmscn=mysv&mid=2F33EEA4ADE6CF368A082F33EEA4ADE6CF368A08&FORM=SVIM01
    Wonderful to see Sally here!! Her books are fabulous as she! Love to both of you! xo hugs

  10. Poor Kev. That doesn’t sound good, Hugh. I wonder what advice you gave him. Did anyone choose 14 Feb?
    It’s great to see Sally here. She is indeed a gem. I love “Celebrate:. You’ve just got to get up and dance when you hear it. I’m a little more familiar with Kylie Minogue’s versions though. 🙂 https://youtu.be/VHMr9prHgn0

    1. Unfortunately, we won’t find out what the advice was or how it went to plan, as nobody chose dates from the diary where it was revealed, Norah. However, from next week’s entry, I hope you’ll get a few clues. 😀 No, Feb 14th was not chosen by anyone. Our next entry comes from 19th Feb.

      And who doesn’t love a little bit of Kylie? I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing her in concert three times. 😀

  11. Who would have thought everbody’s life is full of drama! Your diary reads like a novel, Hugh! But, how do you know what will happen next week, if your guests pick a random date? I’m still a bit confused as to how it all lines up so well. Do you let them pick a certain date in a month? But, what if they pick the end of the month? You can’t really go backwards…

    Sally is the most impressive writer/blogger I have come across in the blogging world; she is a gem indeed. Question for Sally: why did you author some of your books with and some without your middle name?

    1. I got 90% of the dates in before this series started, Liesbet. I asked people to pick a random date. Those who chose a date already chosen, were asked to choose again. Fortunately, most of them were about a week apart, although there are clumps (especially in July & August) and gaps (in June & December), so the entries won’t always follow on very well. For example, the next date is February 19th and, between that date and the one chosen by Sally, a plan was put in place and implemented, but we won’t find out what it was or how it went because nobody chose a date between 13th and 19th Feb 1988. You’ll also see people come into my diary entries once, and then never be mentioned again. Where people had the same first name, I’ve added the first letter of their surname so as to differentiate between them.

      I think most of our lives act out like a novel, especially during our younger years. Having now read most of my dairy from 1988, it’s full of dramas not just for me, but for many who were in my life at the time.

      Thanks for the question for Sally. She’s away until early next week but said she’d try and pop in during that time. Failing that, she’ll certainly respond to your question next week.

      1. Thanks for the explanation, Hugh! Now it makes sense and I can sleep in peace. 🙂 Such a good idea scheduling these posts ahead of time, based on the dates that were picked. And, I believe you left some room for your own entries and music picks, which can take care of the gaps. My “last-minute” brain had not even thought about any of this planning.

    2. Hi Liesbet.. thank you for the kind words.. My early books were 20 years ago and I had no online presence at the time, as very few of us did. Georgina is my second name and also at one point there was another Sally Cronin. She sort of vanished to more recent books have been published as Sally Cronin.. Also the early books were print only and they had already been recorded in the various libraries that print books with ISBNs have to be registered in.. As they move into update editions everything will become Sally Cronin.. as the ebooks are. Good question.. hugs

    1. We sort of will, Willow, but we won’t find out what plan was put in place and how it went because none of the dates, when it happened, were chosen by my guests. I hope you’ll still be able to follow the story, though.

  12. Hi Hugh,
    Discrimination at any level is a horrible experience and so demeaning. I’m sure all of us in the LGBT community at one time or the other has experienced it.I know I did, several times. The book I’m currently working on is about some of those experiences. I hope further entries in your journal we find out how Kev handled it.
    I can’t rave enough about Sally. She is one of several you introduced me to and have responded with support for my writing. I follow Sally, day by day she promotes so many individuals and along with her post and humor. Thank you, Sally, and thank you, Hugh, for introducing her to me. Celebration was always a great song to dance to at the clubs. HUGS

    1. You’ll certainly find out how Kev handles it, Chuck. Unfortunately, though, we won’t find out what plan was put in place and how it worked out because the diary entries for the plan and what happened were not picked by any of my guests. I guess that’s the problem when asking people to chose a date and only using 48 dates from a whole year. 😀 However, I hope readers will still be able to follow the story.

      I’m so pleased to have introduced Sally to you. I first bumped into her after she reblogged one of my posts. It was during my early days of blogging, and I think she was one of the first people to share one of my posts.

      Hugs to you.

  13. Oh, goodness, I wasn’t expecting that scenario for Kev! Awkward, very awkward.
    Love Sally, very happy to see her here {{waving madly}} I hadn’t heard Celebration, but enjoyed this a lot.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  14. I’m missing your LIKE button. While I don’t have time to read all posts from all blogs, I felt it was a good way to say hello or show support, by hopefully increasing SEO significance of your blog.
    So here it is in more words than one click. Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes!

    1. There’s a great debate going on over on my last post about the ‘like’ button, Christoph. I’m trying to work out when and why people use. It would be great if you could add your thoughts to the debate over on that post, but only if you have time to do so. I know you’re a busy man. 😀

  15. Sally is just the best and we all appreciate what she does for the blogging and writing world. Feb 13 is a perfect day for her to pick as that’s her birthday!! “Celebration” is the right song too. I also like “We are the Champions” when I’m celebrating.

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