49 Days In 1988: Week 18 – When Success Mixes With Tension

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London – May 19th, 1988

Work has undoubtedly brought me pleasure, success and happiness this week. My promotion to ‘Section Leader’ has really boosted my confidence. However, I still have to pass the exam that awaits me after the course which starts in three weeks time. No point in worrying about that, though. I’m confident that I will pass the exam and start climbing the career ladder.

The tensions between Stephen and Marty continue. It’s making the houseshare unbearable at times. It doesn’t help that both guys are trying to get the rest of us to side with them. Personally, I think Marty is acting immature. Just because Stephen has not included him in any plans to look for new accommodation, does not mean that he doesn’t like the guy. They were such good friends once, and now all they seem to want to do is stab each other in the back.

It didn’t help last night when we were all at Brompton’s Bar, and Marty totally ignored Stephen and me. With Stephen moving out of the house next week, things may calm down, but I hope Marty doesn’t then turn his anger on me. If he does, then he really won’t know what’s going to hit him.

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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 fellow ‘Bloggers Bash’ committee member Geoff Le Pard. Geoff is no stranger to my blog, having featured in many posts over the years I’ve been blogging. The author of six books, two of Geoff’s books have featured as my book recommendations of the month. Click here and here to find out which books featured.

Author, Writer and Blogger: Geoff Le Pard
Author, Writer and Blogger: Geoff Le Pard

Geoff’s most recent book is called ‘Life In A Flash.’ A lover of flash-fiction, many of the stories in the book were written in response to writing challenges set by other bloggers such as Charli Mills and Sue Vincent, both of whom have been recent guests of mine in this feature. From comedy to scary paranormal, Geoff stories contain an array of subjects that many (including myself) would find difficulty writing about.

#flashfiction #shortstories #books #authorsLife In A Flash, is a series of short fiction pieces, most under 500 words, that explore the world, its inhabitants and their trials and tribulations, their ups and downs and sideways shifts, all with humour and decent grammar. You’ll find something to amuse and intrigue here and if, unlikely as it is, one piece isn’t for you, well, turn the page and start again!

Click here to buy Life In A Flash.

As I mentioned earlier, Geoff is also a committee member of The Bloggers Bash and has been there right from its beginning in 2015. I’ve had the pleasure of working and meeting with Geoff and can honestly say that he’s one of the most helpful people you’ll ever meet in the world of blogging.

Connect with Geoff

Blog: TanGental

Twitter: @geofflepard

Author Page: Amazon

Geoff’s song choice is The Living Years by Mike & The Mechanics.

Released in December 1988, ‘The Living Years is a song about a son’s regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father. Written by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, the song became a worldwide hit reaching number one on the charts in Canada, the U.S.A and Australia. Both the lyrics and the video for the song are very moving, with many claiming that it brought tears to their eyes. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Geoff.

Back in May 1988, there was no conflict with my father, but ‘conflict’ was undoubtedly a visitor to the house where I was living. Do you have a favourite song that features a conflict? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, there’s an unexpected twist in the search for a new home, while the friction between Stephen and Marty comes to boiling point. Click here to find out what happens.

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