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London – February 24th, 1988
No, I don’t think I’m doing the right thing. Jonathan, who I met on Sunday, seems to be adding to my problems, and I couldn’t cope hearing about James’ problems. Today, I just felt I couldn’t cope anymore. I feel very down. In fact, these are the worst feelings I’ve had since moving to London.
I’ve even gone and cancelled the holiday reunion I’d set up for this Saturday night. Those guys are going to be so pissed-off with me. However, there may be a light on the horizon. My fingers are crossed that, tomorrow, I’ll hear about the new job I applied for. It could be the answer to a few of my problems. As it’s night shifts, it will take me off the gay circuit for a while which, I think, I need. As well as that, it will help me get over the drink problem which Mark pointed out to me. No bars = no alcohol?
I only hope things improve. Where exactly am I going to go if I leave London?
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, blogger and super-baker, Robbie Cheadle. Like all my guests, Robbie was asked to choose a random date and chose the 24th February. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Robbie.
I first met Robbie at one of my blog hop parties. Since then, she’s become a part of my blogging community and never seems to fail in reading my posts and leaving comments on them. She kindly read Glimpses, my short story collection, and left an excellent review. Click here to read her review.
Robbie, who lives in South Africa, loves to bake. This has inspired her to co-write and publish a series of books on the theme of ‘Sir Chocolate.’ With the help of Michael, her 11-year-old son, these magical, delightful books follow the adventures of ‘Sir Chocolate’ in a world made from food. Not only that, but the books also contain recipes which everyone can follow.
Click here to buy Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster story and cookbook.
Robbie’s other son, 14-year-old Gregory, helps her and Michael with the editing and filming for their You-Tube channel, where Robbie demonstrates various baking skills. Click here to subscribe to Robbie’s YouTube channel.
Robbie is also the author of the new ‘Silly Willy’ series of books, the first of which is titled ‘Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town.’
All of Robbie books can be purchased through Amazon or directly from TSL Publications. Click on the following links to purchase them.
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Robbie’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Gloria’ by Laura Branigan.
When released in 1982, ‘Gloria’ stayed on the U.S.A. Billboard Hot 100 singles charts for an incredible 36 weeks. At the time, this was a record for a female artist, although the song only made it to the number two spot. Laura Branigan was a Grammy award nominee in 1982 and 1983. Thanks for the great song choice, Robbie.
What with all the problems I seem to have been going through in February 1988, ‘Gloria’ could well have been my middle name. Do you have a favourite song that features the first name of someone? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week, there’s a goodbye to say as somebody leaves London for good.
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