49 Days In 1988: Week 17 – Spanner In The Works

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London – April 27th, 1988

My date with Jamie, last night, went well, and it was the perfect end to a great couple of days. He’s a charming bloke, and I do hope we meet up again. However, it all went pear-shaped again when I found out that he already has a boyfriend. What is it with these guys who all seem to see me as their bit on the side? Do I have a sticker on my forehead saying ‘I’ll sleep with you, but only if you have a boyfriend?’ This is something I really need to tackle, but how? 

I spent a lot of the day flat hunting, and also with Nigel. I’m so glad that Nigel and I have become good friends. We seemed to click as soon as we met at work. There’s nothing sexual between us, although we do seem to like the same type of man. Nothing wrong with that, although let’s hope we never fall in love with the same man! 

Stephen threw a spanner into the works this evening when he announced that’s he giving notice on his room in the houseshare at the end of this week. Try as I could to convince him to wait until June to give notice, he doesn’t seem to want to do that. Something tells me that he’s hoping that Kev will ask him to move into his flat in Muswell Hill. If this is some kind of ploy, then I hope it works out for Stephen. It does beg the question, though, why hasn’t Kev asked Stephen to move in with him before now?  

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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.

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I’ve been following Janice’s blog for many years and have picked up many excellent tips on blogging and social media from her. She prides herself on answering questions and comments left on her blog posts, which are always full of essential information.

Janice knows the worlds of blogging and social media inside out and is always in high demand to write guest posts. She’s the author of the book ‘An Insider’s Guide To Building A Successful Blog: Tips and Tricks From The Creator Of Mostly Blogging.’ Available to buy on Amazon, here’s the blurb on the book.

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Connect with Janice

Janice’s song choice is ‘True Blue’ by Madonna.

Released in 1986, ‘True Blue‘ was the third single from the album by the same name. The song has a retro 1950s feel to it and is said to have been written about the feelings Madonna was having for her then-husband, Sean Penn. It became a number one hit in the UK, Ireland and Canada, and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in the U.S.A. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Janice.

Back in April 1988, ‘true love’ was something I was having difficulty finding; often making me feel blue. Do you have a favourite song that features a colour? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, there’s some good news on the job front, but tensions rise in the houseshare between two of the occupants. Click here to find out all the details.

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  1. Your track record seems very similar to how mine was in the 80s Hugh! I always seemed to pick the wrong man as well.
    Janice is a real blogging phenomenon! She knows so many things and what I love, is that, like you and some other bloggers, she shares information and tips that help us all out. Madonna was one of my favourites in the 80s and I can’t believe she seems to have hardly aged! 🙂

  2. It has been said that if you keep attracting the same type of person over and over that there is some lesson you need to learn. What that lesson might be, I don’t know. I’m happy to see that you did get past that streak!

    Thanks for the introduction to Janice. I look forward to checking out her blog. 🙂

      1. That’s good! I know a few people who seem to be caught up in a spiral where they just keep going back to these same type of person and it’s not a good pairing at all!

  3. Your diary keeps reading like a soap opera, Hugh! I’m surprised that so many men in your life back then had boyfriends already. Would you say that many gays were/are unfaithful? Of course, you had first hand experience with actions that were hidden from others. Knowing what I know, intimately and secretively, I’m surprised at how many heterosexual people cheat on their partners as well.

    I’m glad someone picked a Madonna song! She was such a presence in the eighties. Whenever I’ll get serious about my blog and blogging, Janice’s book and resources will come in handy!

    PS: I can comment on your posts from my iPad without issues again. Yay!

    1. Oh, yes. I think many were unfaithful, Liesbet. It was a very promiscuous scene, although many couples claimed to have ‘open’ relationships, but most would go behind their partner’s back and hope not to get found out. I witnessed many arguments between couples, one resulting in suicide because of what had happened. That was a few years into my future from 1988, and one of the most terrible parts of life.

      Good to hear about the iPad working again. Maybe it had something to do with recent ios software updates? Who knows? But, at least it’s all working again now.

  4. You did seem to have bad luck on the fella front Hugh. I can’t help feeling sorry though for Jamie’s boyfriend. Thank you for introducing me to Janice, her book looks great not to mention her taste in music. Love Madonna 😊

  5. And the plot thickens on the dating and roommate front, Hugh 🙂 So nice to see Janice here! I love your blog, Janice and, like Hugh, have picked up many excellent tips from your posts. Love your song choice 🙂 ❤️

  6. So great to see Janice as your guest! We are only a few 100 miles away from each other and I need to find a way to meet her in person one day! We got acquainted when she was blogging under “Reflections” 4 years ago. Great song choice too and I love how you tied it in with your journal entry about what comes down to authenticity! Have a great weekend, Hugh and hope to “see” for Sunday Stills!

  7. Hi, Janice – Nice to see you on Hugh’s blog. I loved your song choice and was happy to hear it again (it’s been a while).
    Hi, Hugh – Thank you for sharing another engaging diary excerpt. I have been trying to guess your next segment as we go along….but so far, I haven’t been close!

    1. Next week’s entry is a leap forward to mid-May, Donna. I just hope you all still know what’s going on. There are a few big gaps in the entries coming up, then everything gets bunched together for a while.

  8. Interesting diary extract, Hugh. I hope you get to find true love soon and not be the bit on the side for too much longer. I enjoyed this song by Madonna. I wasn’t aware of it, but I like it.

    1. Madonna has released so many songs that I sometimes get lost with them, Norah. However, it’s a song I hadn’t heard for a long time either. Then, after publishing the post yesterday, it was played on the radio. How weird is that?

  9. Great to see Janice here, Hugh. She is a goldmine of information. I was lucky enough to guest on her site once and it was a terrific experience. As for Jamie and these blokes who two-time their boyfriends, they could learn something from Madonna. A little more true blue in their lives could save some heartache. Man cannot live to be dessert alone!

    1. Oh, wow! That must have been a great experience to have written a guest post on Janice’s blog, Molly. What was it about? Please include a link to it, if you want to.

      Yes, I often found myself as the dessert. Still, it was sometimes fun (when I wasn’t aware they were already hooked up).

        1. Thanks, Molly. I see I commented on that post, but it still gives plenty of food for thought. I’m guessing that hits matter if you make money from your blog, but that comments are far more important if making money from your blog is not important.

    2. Hi Molly,
      Great to see you here on Hugh’s blog! Thanks for the testimonial about the nice experience guest posting on my blog. I thought it funny that you compared Madonna’s True Blue to Hugh’s personal life.

  10. Hi Hugh
    I’ve been following Janice for about a year now. I learned a lot from her. I bought the ebook too.
    Love Madonna! True Blue is so retro. It reminds me of my friends and me cruising around singing songs like Johnny Angel. Fun Times.
    That white convertible T-bird’s pretty nifty too.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thank you for the kind words about my blogging tips articles. I’m glad you have found them helpful.
      I agree. True Blue does have the same feel as Johnny Angel and other similar songs.
      Thanks for writing.

    1. Hi Carol,
      Great to see you here on Hugh’s blog. Blogging is such a great community. So many of us know each other and have many mutual friends.

  11. LOL, glad you posed the questions because I was going to ask, what’s up with all these guys you find who you seem to be the dessert for? LOL ❤

  12. Hi Hugh,
    Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog today. What a unique feature you have– definitely a step back in time with Madonna’s True Blue. Thanks for including the video so your readers can hear the song.
    Your community is welcome to come to Mostly Blogging for tips to ensure their success on their blogging journey. To make sure bloggers realize they are part of a community, I host six blogging events each month. All new subscribers receive a complimentary downloadable of 123 free blogging tools https://www.mostlyblogging.com/for-new-subscribers/
    I’m off to share! Thank you again.

  13. Nice to see Janice here! I will definitely follow her everywhere and check out her books. Thanks, Hugh! I can always use some help! Hugs xx to you both!

  14. Hi Hugh,
    It wasn’t a sticker, you were too cute to not pursue you. Maybe a little naive too? Ahh, if we knew then what we know now. OH MY!

    I too follow Janice and have picked so much information and help. Thanks, Janice.

    1. Hi Chuck!
      What a funny conversation you are all having about Hugh’s personal life. Thank you so much for the compliments on my articles. Much appreciated!

  15. Oh Hugh!!!! You certainly needed to kiss your fair share of frogs, didn’t you before finding Prince Charming!
    And as for a song, there are so many I enjoy!
    Michaal Jackson’s Black Or White
    Billy Idol’s White Wedding
    Prince’s Purple Rain
    The Beatles Yellow Submarine
    The Stranglers Golden Brown
    D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar
    I could go on…
    But here is a particular fave as The group is from Brum, and the niece of one of the band members was at my school, and it;’s reggae, which I LOVE!

  16. I guess it’s like the old saying, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs until you find your handsome prince!” Madonna so defined the 80s. My daughter just loved her.

  17. Shame, Hugh, you certainly were a bit unlucky in love then. Maybe we are all like that when we are young and trying to find someone special. True Blue is a great song by Madonna. Lovely to see Janice over here.

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