49 Days In 1988: Week 7 – Facing Up To Problems

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London – February 19th, 1988

A quiet day and time to breath after all the dramas of this week. All my own fault, though. I only hope that things get back to normal soon.

When James rang me this evening and told me about his problems, I didn’t want to get involved. I’ve not seen him for ages and feel we’ve lost touch, but I could sense he knew I was ‘hanging’ back. Of course, he has no idea about what happened between Kev and Stephen. However, I’ve promised to meet him on Saturday for a drink, so I’m sure he’ll fill me in on what’s bothering him.

In the meantime, I hope Kev comes to the right decision. He’s had such a tough time (not helped by me), and I’m a little worried that I’ve not bumped into Stephen since it all went pear-shaped. Talking about problems, I know what it is that I need to do. Let’s face it, this problem of mine has been getting out of hand for months but, thanks to Mark, I can now sense a ‘new’ me around the corner. Time to enjoy and not indulge. Christ! I’ve must have looked so stupid.

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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 Eloise De Sousa. Like all my guests, Eloise was asked to choose a random date and chose the 19th February. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Eloise.

I don’t know who it was that followed whose’s blog first, but I do know that Eloise’s blog was one of the very first blogs I followed. Shortly after, Eloise asked me to be a beta reader for one her upcoming books. Not having been asked to be a beta reader before, I took up her invitation and read the first draft of her thriller ‘The Iron Pendulum.’ All I can say is ‘WOW!’

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Eloise’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Take On Me’ by A-Ha.

The original ‘Take On Me’ was recorded in 1984,  but it took two versions and three rereleases for the song to make into the singles charts in the UK, where it made it to the number two spot. Thanks to wide exposer on MTV, the song made it to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Eloise.

What with all the problems in this week’s diary entry,  I wonder if James and Kev were ready to take on themselves? Do you have a favourite song that you always play when faced with a problem? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, somebody faces the prospect of leaving London for good. Click here to find out who.

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  1. Sounds like a difficult time for you Hugh…hope not for too long… I used to love listening to my Commodores album when I felt stressed. Easy on a Sunday morning…ahhhh 🙂 xxx

  2. Oh Hugh, brilliant post. Although I’d loveeeee to hear the bits in between these posts, you do write great cliffhangers and create good mystery my friend. 🙂 And I love Eloise’s pick of song. See, there’s one I know! 🙂 xxxx

        1. I know the movie very well, Rob. One of my favourites. In fact, we live about 10 miles away from the village in Wales the movie was filmed. Carolyn Harris (one of the characters in the movie) is now the Member of Parliament for Swansea West. I love these types of movies. ‘Milk’ is another of my favourite movies.

  3. THank you so much for featuring my books and special day, Hugh. Your diary entries are intriguing and I’m enjoying seeing other authors/bloggers’ feature days too! It has been a blast!

  4. Another lovely entry from your diary, Hugh. I found my diary from my first year out of school the other day. Hmmm! Maybe I should share and shock the pants off a few people [giggle]. Super song too. Lovely to see Eloise over here.

  5. A bit confusing this week but very intriguing. Can’t wait for next week’s entry – hoping it will shed light on events and problems. Great song choice from Eloise – my feet are dancing under my desk 🙂

  6. Hmmm, i wonder what you were up to all those years ago, Hugh. Something tells me we may never know!!! Great song- I had forgotten about it.

    And thank you for the intro to Eloise! I look forward to meeting new people through this feature. 🙂

  7. You know, these diary snippets leave me wondering what exactly happened before and what was specific about the “old” Hugh? Hopefully, I find out next week!

    Aaaah, A-HA! Now, that’s a band that left a big impression on me in the eighties. Such upbeat music. Although, I have to admit, as a Belgian, I never really listed to any of the lyrics of those older bands. Or, even the newer bands. The sounds and rhythms were all that mattered. And, A-HA rocked when it came to that. 🙂

    1. I can only imagine you all having a lot of questions as this series progresses, Liesbet. With nobody having picked dates that fill in the gaps, I’m guessing that many of you may be left puzzled as the weeks pass by and the next diary entry is published. It’s almost like reading a book that has had some of its pages removed. However, many of you seem to like the idea, and that makes me smile. 😁

  8. Hi Hugh,
    Great intrigue with this diary entry. It leaves me a bit confused with this statement. “…Let’s face it, this problem of mine has been getting out of hand for months, but…” What problem? Perhaps ‘coming out’? This is great, you are keeping us guessing.
    I have not heard this song before. Great dance music and I love the first video. Thanks for a great series, it’s going great. I do follow Eloise, but I have read any of her books yet.

    1. As I said to Willow in my last comment, Chuck, “That’s the trouble with taking excerpts out of a diary when it’s not me choosing the dates.” Yes, things may become confusing, but next week you’ll find out what my problem was. Let’s just say that it’s something that crept up on me without me realising. 😀

  9. Again you tease us with info yet we will never know the outcome! Great to read about Eloise I met her at the last Bloggers Bash lovely lady.
    Which song do I turn to when I have problems?
    It has to be Better get to Living by Dolly Parton and it has to be this video. The quality is not brilliant but the young lad who made it and performs it is! Lifts my spirits everytime.

    1. That’s the trouble with taking excerpts out of a diary when it’s not me choosing the dates, Willow. But I rather like the mishmash this does to the story. Of course, I know what happens, but my readers could be at a total loss. 😀

      I’m sure your song choice came up as a choice in the music feature I did last year, but I can’t remember who it was that chose it. Anyway, it’s a lovely song and video, and I can see why it would cheer anyone up. Great choice.

    1. I think classical music makes a great soother, Carol. I’m sure your choice would be that of many others as well. 😀
      As for those growing pains, yes, but I think I was having so much fun in 1988 that my problems looked as big as a star in the night sky. They never seemed to bother me so much back then. Now, the slightest problem and I have a face like this 🙁

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