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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75 thoughts

  1. I can’t imagine you being nasty to anyone, Hugh, but I suppose we all have our limits to what we will put up with!
    I do love Geoff’s blog and his style of writing. This song by Mike and the Mechanics that he chose always brings a tear to my eye!
    A bit of useless information, but did you know it was written by BA Robertson, who sang “Bang, Bang?”!! I would never have guessed that. 🙂

    1. Yes, when doing my research on the song, I came across that B.A Robertson had written the song, Judy. A very talented writer when you consider how varied his songwriting was.

      As for me getting nasty, it has been known. However, these days, I now tend to just walk away from anything that may get my blood pressure rising and make steam comes out of my ears. 😀

      1. I found out that he wrote it by accident on QI or something, he is really underestimated!
        I think as we get older we can’t be bothered with the hassle of getting nasty, plus we can’t run as fast as we used to if things get a little too heated!! 🙂

  2. Lovely feature, Hugh. I have Geoff’s book in my kindle and can’t wait to get started. His brand of humor is fun and really clicks with me. Great song choice too (listening as I write this comment). Hope both of you have a wonderful week!

  3. Hugh, how fun to have you and Geoff together in one post!
    The diary relationships continue to unfold in an intriguing way. And Geoff’s song somehow fits the mood. I had forgotten all about that one — it was nice to hear it again. Best to Geoff with this terrific book.
    Have a great time at the Bash — you’ve both worked hard and earned some R&R. Hugs.

  4. Love your diary, it’s great you kept up to it! Reading the previous comments, I’m intrigued about the dates which weren’t picked now 🙂 Nice to read a little more about Geoff, I do enjoy his blog, his books are on my ‘to read list’ 🙂

  5. Nice to see Geoff featured today, Hugh. I have just gotten to know him in the past few weeks and thoroughly enjoy his writing. The song he chose is deep and full of regret. And I’m hoping there is no regret in the next installment of your diary as it pertains to Marty. I’d hate to see you arrested for assault and battery. 😉

      1. It sure seems so. Even these tiny excerpts you’ve been sharing that leave out so much in between, indicates there’s a heck of a lot going on LOL 🙂 xx

  6. Loving your story and you always leave me wanting more.
    The song Geoff has picked hits me hard as I have this father son conflict in my family. I dread to think what the outcome would be if they don’t sort their problems out…. I am stuck in the middle missing out on the things I have always wanted (eg. our grandchildren ) but hey. There are so many songs about conflict but this is the one that always comes to mind. Communication is key without it all is lost.

    1. What a sad song, Willow, but full of punch and an important message to us all. Sometimes, communication is stopped by our pride and stubbornness. However, we should always try and seek to fix things before it’s too late. I’m as guilty as the next person in allowing my pride and stubbornness stand in my way. Pushing away those barriers is so easy to do, yet we make it so difficult for ourselves.

      1. Oh! Hugh you are so right. I have two strong male egos at odds with each other. I have begged and pleaded but so far it deadlock… It’s such a shame. But I am not alone.💜💜💜

  7. What a difficult situation to sit in the middle of two “teenage-like” acting men. Hey, great that you featured Geoff and a great song he chose!

  8. Already back in 1988, you wrote really well and compelling, Hugh. even in a diary. I can feel the drama and tension build between the guys. I like how you focused your entries on the people and relationships in your life. My diaries mention more of what I did and saw, than my interactions and feelings… Then, and now.

    Flash-fiction seems to gain popularity. I’ve always enjoyed your pieces on your blog, so I’m sure I’d enjoy immersing myself in Geoff’s contributions as well.Devouring bite-size stories/chapters fits well into our busy lives!

    1. Thank you, Liesbet. When I look back and look at how I wrote in 1988, I can see that I’ve kept much of my writing style. Blogging has certainly helped me with my writing, although I think my writing voice is the same now as it was back then. Even when writing my diary, I would shy away about it being all about me all the time, and write about those people in my life at the time. I often found their lives far more interesting and wanted to save what I was witnessing. I’m really glad I discovered this diary. Last weekend, I also discovered some photos from the same period. They’ve made this feature even more important and have even released parts of what happened that I didn’t write down.

      BTW – I’ve had a few problems accessing your blog and responding to comments. I got a message earlier in the week saying that some of my personal information would not be protected if I carried on and clicked on the link to it. Then, yesterday, in WordPress notifications, I kept getting an error message when trying to respond to a comment you’d left me on one of your blog posts. I’ve just tried accessing your blog now and had no problems, so I’ll try leaving that comment again tomorrow.

      1. Hi Hugh,

        Sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve been having on my blog. I often don’t have a clue what’s going on in the WordPress world. Especially on my iPad (even when signed in). Without apparent changes, features stop working, and then, after days or weeks, everything is fine again.

        I appreciate you letting me know, and I hope things have “magically” restored themselves. Please, let me know if you still have problems. I know from experience how frustrating it is to type, retype, and lose comments!

        1. I’m still having problems replying to the comment you left me on your IWSG Writing post, Liesbet. I can access your blog (no problems), but for some reason WordPress won’t allow me to reply to the comment. Hopefully, this is just a ‘one-off’ but if it persists then I’ll report the problem to WordPress.

      2. Darn. Sorry to read that. I’ll check it out this weekend, maybe I can reproduce the problem. I recently wanted to leave a reply to a reply on another WordPress blog as well, and I kept receiving an error message, detecting my reply as spam, while nothing had changed and I was signed in. I have no idea why some features work fine one day and refuse to work another.

        On this thread, I can only hit reply on your first reply to my comment. The layout on the iPad is still a bit messed up, as the comments become narrower and narrower and the “reply” button disappears. WordPress should get their act together! 🙂

        1. Here’s the error message I’m getting when clicking on the reply button, Liesbet.

          “Your connection is not private
          Attackers might be trying to steal your information from http://www.roamingabout.com (for example, passwords, messages or credit cards). Learn more
          Automatically send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and sites. Privacy Policy”

          It’s not happening on any other replies I’m doing to other comments left on other blogs. That message may help if you do contact WordPress. I’ve seen a new post from you in my email box. I’ll leave a comment on that post and see if the same thing happens. Hopefully, it won’t.

        1. Yes, it has, Liesbet. No problems this time. It will be interesting to see if I can reply to your comment because that’s where the last problem was. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🤞

  9. Hi Hugh
    Okay, who was the nasty queen of the house (Marty, Stephen, or Hugh). LOL This is fun and I enjoy it each week.
    I’m not sure if I’m a follower of Geof, but if not I will be.
    Hugs to all.

    1. lol, there were five of us in that houseshare, Chuck, although one of them was the landlord. The four lodgers were known as ‘The Golden Girls.’ I’m not telling you which one I was 😀
      Hugs to you.

  10. Thank you, Geoff, for sharing ‘In the Living Years.’ I haven’t heard that song for ages and forgot about how moving it is.
    Thanks, Hugh, for leaving us with the promise of more unexpected twists, and boiling points. I look forward to reading more!

  11. Nice to see Geoff here, Hugh. I’ve always thought of the two of you as friends. I think I met you initially through Geoff. Sounds like you’ve got a plan if Marty doesn’t start behaving. I hope you don’t have to enact it and I look forward to the next instalment to see what happens.
    I enjoyed Geoff’s choice of song. I do remember it well. It saddens me now, as a parent of adult children, that no matter how hard we try, there will always be at least a little generation gap. That’s not to say I don’t have a wonderful relationship with my children as I do, but it is always as parent and child and we can only ever know each other in that way.

    1. Thank you, Norah. I met Geoff when he entered my charity Christmas Tree topper challenge back in 2014. Then, of course, we both ended up on the committee of The Bloggers Bash. He’s a charming guy and was a big help to me when I was getting ‘Glimpses’ ready for publication. It may have been Geoff who introduced me to Charli over at The Carrot Ranch. In fact, I think it was.

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