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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?
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.
Sally’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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