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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#books #author #writer #bloggerIt’s not only thrillers that Eloise writes. One of my favourites reads from her collection of published books is ‘Cecil The Bully.’ Having published some of the chapters from the book on her blog, I loved the slap-stick humour it contained and could see immediately just how much of a professional writer Eloise is. She’s even written a fictional story about the knots some people find in their hair! It’s another fictional delight which I guarantee everyone will love.

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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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