49 Days In 1988: Week 8 – Desperate Times

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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?

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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, 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.

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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.

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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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Author, writer, blogger and baker, Robbie Cheadle

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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    1. My road to a new job came to a dead-end, Sherri. However, I was rather thankful in the end as things improved with my then current job. I met so many of my ‘then’ friends while in that job. They certainly kept me going when facing desperate times.

      1. So good to hear Hugh…just goes to show that what we might think will be a good move turns out to be not so much. It was right you stayed where you were by the sounds of it, even though you weren’t sure at the time. And real friends like that, as we both know, are worth their weight in gold ❤ xxx

  1. By jumping around, we never know what we will read next and that makes this quite interesting! I feel bad for your old self, having such a rough time. Thank goodness for the passage of time and all the changes it brings! I can’t wait for the next installment!

  2. It is all so easy to have a few drinks and wild times, Hugh, then feel bad about it. I have been there for sure when I was younger! I wonder where your next job will take you?
    Robbie is such a creative person who has immense talent, she combines two of my favourite things into one delicious package – food and poetry!
    Very powerful song choice, love it! 🙂

    1. It wouldn’t be until November 1989 that my next career move would come along, Judy. However, I’m pleased to say that I really did enjoy the job I was doing in 1988. It was the place where I met most of my gay friends.

  3. As usual, Hugh, you leave us with interesting info and a desire to see what happens next! Robbie is indeed a faithful blogger, always commenting on and sharing my posts. I see her cool creations on Instagram now. Great song, too!

    1. I think it’s the gaps in my diary that are making the story interesting and intriguing, Terri. Not knowing what really happened. The inquisitive nature of us humans. 😀 Thank you so much for taking time out from your blogging break to check in every week on the continuing story from 1988. Hope all is good with you?

  4. Hmm, sounds like you were headed down a not so good path my friend. Not sure what happened next but I think despite your younger years and mishaps you turned out just fine! ❤
    Lovely seeing Robbie here and I always like Laura Branigan's music. Nice choice! 🙂 xx

  5. I know I’m on leave from social media and blogs for a couple of weeks but had to drop in to read the extract. I so feel for that February 1988 Hugh – hope things get better soon.

    1. I had no idea you were taking a break, Mary. However, there is a post from you in my email box which I haven’t read yet. Thank you so much for taking time out from your break to read the next instalment from my diary. Enjoy your break.

  6. This is such an emotionally charged post, Hugh. I LOVE the song ‘Gloria’ and it brings out strong memories of the past. Your diary snippet was also very moving. It definitely made me want to read more! Thank you for introducing Robbie to us.

  7. February 1988 sounds like it’s better in the past, Hugh. I hope the ill-effects didn’t last too long.
    So nice to see Robbie here. She is a champion blog reader and commenter. One of my favourites songs is also called “Gloria”, but it’s by Van Morrison. 🙂

    1. I’m pleased to say that I soon bounced back, Norah. Sometimes, times like these teach us good lessons. 😀
      I like the Van Morrison version of ‘Gloria’ as well. 😀 It’s a great song choice.

  8. Hi Hugh,
    I feel your pain back then (so familiar). It was such a struggle giving ourselves permission to be who we really were. All the discrimination made us feel we were wrong for the way we felt. Somehow we made it through and are better for it. Yet, I would never want to have those experiences again. My new book will be about those years and my struggles. I am aiming for an April release.
    Now ‘Gloria’ was another of my favorite disco songs. We would dance our buns off to this one. Ahh, such memories.
    Thanks again for sharing your story and giving us a great weekly post. I look forward to each week. HUGS

    1. Hi Chuck, good luck with the upcoming release of the book. Fingers crossed that you’ll make that deadline. I think many of us go through these ‘growing pains’ but, for some of us, they can be a lot worse. I was lucky in that I always seemed to be able to bounce back quickly. I’m just pleased that I have not had too many of these dark periods in my life. Of course, many are lessons that life teaches us and they go on to make us better people. 😀
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying this feature. I’m so lucky to have had so many of you want to join me onboard my music time machine.
      Hugs to you.

  9. I think it’s great that you sharing your early diary entries Hugh as many go through “growing pains” but like you come out the other side perfectly grounded and happy… A great song choice from Robbie a song to which I have sung along with at the top of my voice on many occasions and no I am not sharing any copies of my singing…hahaha

  10. Now, did you get the job, Hugh? It is lovely that you introduced Robbie. She is such a sweetheart and I am happy we are connected. Great song choice, Robbie. I loved Laura Branigan!

  11. Another great installment and a brilliant song from the fabulous Robbie 💜 there are so many great song with girls names and men too but my favourite is the kinks singing Lola. Just love the lyrics.

  12. When we’re younger it’s easy to get hurt by those around us. It still happens now, but I find I have more compassion and realize whatever made them say or do nasty things is more about them than me. I hope!
    Love your song choice, Robbie. It’s great seeing you on Hugh’s wonderful blog 🙂

    1. I agree, Jacquie. Many of us are so innocent when younger. If I knew what I know now, back then, I’d probably have coped a little better. However, I think many of the lessons life teaches us are good for us.

      1. True. I was talking to DH about that the other night. Some of the so-called bad experiences we’ve shared over the years are funny and heart-warming now when we look back on them 🙂

  13. That diary entry was heart-wrenching. I hope all is for the better now.

    Robbie is highly creative, and I love how her boys are involved with that process too. As for the song “Gloria?” It holds a special place in my heart. Gloria was my mother’s name. She loved to dance and that was a song we often played at parties just for her 🙂

  14. OMG! Gloria is one of my all time favorite sing along songs. (Although the people around me might not be so happy about that!) There’s no wonder I enjoy Robbie so much.
    Hugh, past you was feeling things similar to present me. My heart goes out to you. I’m glad you made it through.
    Hugs on the wing.

    1. I have to say that Robbie chose a great song, Teagan. I always loved this song, too. In fact, it became a bit of a cult song on the LGBT scene and still is today.
      Sending you hugs, Teagan. I hope your week gets better for you. A new month starts tomorrow, so new doors will open.
      Hugs to you.

  15. Thank you so much for this wonderful post featuring our books and my favourite song, Hugh. I am loving your diary extracts. I found my own diary from my first year out of school the other day [my Mom had it and I hope she didn’t read it]. So interesting to read about your younger self.

    1. You’re very welcome, Robbie. Thank you so much for spending the time in putting everything together for the post for me. I love your song choice.
      P.S – I hope your mum did not read your diary. If she did, then I hope she could not understand your handwriting. My handwriting is terrible, but it’s often saved me. 😀

  16. That diary entry really made my heart go out to you, Hugh. It’s great knowing that you are a happy person now. Those troubling times often make us more grateful and compassionate in the long run. I also enjoy Robbie’s blog, her cakes and talented kids, and her flash fiction is fabulous. Great song choice!

    1. I look back at that entry and ask myself ‘what was I thinking of by being so down.’ Diana. I’ve generally always been a ‘happy’ person, so this must have been a particularly rare bad time. Still, by the time you read next week’s entry, you’ll see that I soon managed to bounce back. 😀

  17. Robbie and her sons are amazing. I love that they all work together so well. Gloria was such a great choice. LOve, love that song. The 80s were a great time for me as my career was going so well. I lived in Calgary where people worked hard and played hard. So it was a fun time too.

  18. I enjoyed catching up with your news Hugh. Sounds like you were ready for a big change. I love Robbie’s blog and I have read and reviewed one of her Sir Chocolate books. I don’t know where she gets her energy.

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