49 Days In 1988: Week 19 – Boiling Point

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – May 24th, 1988

There was a time today when I thought all my ‘moving home’ plans had come to a conclusion. However, yesterday, when Simon (the landlord) assured me that he was not now selling the house, it seems it’s still on the market, and the Estate agent has more viewers lined up! I don’t know if I should tackle Simon about this, or if I should believe what Marty told me and that the house is still up for sale.

It certainly got me thinking, and I informed Stephen that I was still interested in sharing a flat with Dean and him. What I wasn’t expecting is that when Stephen asked me why I had changed my mind, for him to go and have it out with Marty when I mentioned that it was Marty that had told me that the house was still on the market and to consider sharing a flat with him. I really thought they were going to murder each other. It took both Simon and me to get them off each other. I won’t be at all surprised if Stephen ends up with a black-eye.

The whole thing somewhat shook me up, but at least it got Simon to tell us exactly what was going on with regards the house. He is not selling it and ended up giving Marty a good telling off for stirring the pot amongst the rest of us.

Phew! That means I will continue to carry on living at Grassmere Road. Stephen, however, announced he’s still moving out!

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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 Shelley Wilson. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shelley several times when she attended the second and third annual bloggers bash events. Like many of my previous guests in this feature, Shelley is always on hand to offer support and encouragement to writers and those looking to publish for the first time.

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Author, Writer and Blogger, Shelley Wilson

Shelley divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction. Her book, ‘Oath Breaker‘ was recently nominated for a RONE award, and was also my book recommendation of the month in July 2017. Click here to read the post. Here are some details about the book –

Will she follow the pack… Or will she destroy them?

A dead mother… A violent father… A missing brother…

When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.

Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.

As she trains hard, Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.

Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.

Will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

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Click here to see all the options for buying Oath Breaker.

Shelley also writes a motivational lifestyle blog which was the basis for her bestselling non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. In June 2016, she won the Annual Bloggers Bash ‘Most Inspiring Blog Award.’ She was also the New Apple E-Book award winner in 2017.

Connect with Shelley

Motivational Bloghttp://www.motivatemenow.co.uk

Shelley’s song choice is Gold by Spandau Ballet.

Released in 1983, ‘Gold’ is the band’s second best charting single in both the UK and the U.S.A.  It has featured in various TV shows, movies and even a video game. It became a worldwide hit, although didn’t quite make it to the number one spot of any of the single’s charts. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Shelley.

Back in May 1988, there were no ‘gold’ medal winners in the battle between Stephen and Marty. Do you have a favourite song that is always a winner for you? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week we fast forward to the middle of June 1988,  where we find one friendship blossoming, while another comes to an unexpected end. Click here to find out the details.

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40 thoughts

  1. You sure lived a complicated life Hugh. Hope it gets easier 😊
    I’ve been following Shelley for a while, I love her motivational blog. Not read her books yet , but the Oath Breaker looks great.

  2. Hopefully, things soon calmed down after that Hugh!
    I enjoy Shelley’s blog, she really is motivational. Another brilliant song too, I loved Spandau Ballet, and not just for their music. Tony Hadley and Steve Norman might have had something to do with it! 🙂

  3. I love Spandau Ballet! So many good songs are being featured along with your intriguing journal entries. Nice you didn’t have to look for another place to live.

  4. I’m getting a bit confused with all the names in your diary entry, but you sure had a tumultuous life! Staying in the same apartment must have been a relief. Will Stephen be replaced as a roommate? I guess I’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

    Shelley Wilson sounds like another fabulous, accomplished and supportive writer and friend, Hugh! You’re in fantastic circles. I like her profile photo as well.

    1. That’s the problem with all these names, Liesbet, when there are large gaps between the dates chosen. You’ll see some mentioned maybe just the once, others far more often. If I included all those missing entries, I’m sure everything would come together and make everything clearer. However, there still were a lot of people in my life during 1988. Far more than now.

  5. Your diary entry this week really packed a punch, Hugh. As did your introduction of Shelley and her works of fiction and non-fiction. Her song choice is a perfect companion to her positive message!

  6. Hi Hugh,
    We all have heard “nothing have the wrath of a woman’s scorn.” However, it doesn’t compare to a queen being inconvenienced. 🤪

    Good luck Shelly with your writing. It is really is intriguing.

  7. Hi, Hugh – Your diary never does have a dull moment, and always leaves me wanting more. Thank you for featuring Shelley Wilson and ‘Oath Breaker‘ . I love her choice of song for this week!

  8. Another intriguing snippet of the story Hugh! Great choice of music Shelley, wishing you good luck with all your ventures and looking forward to seeing you and Hugh on Saturday.
    My all time best song from 1988 is Fast Car from Tracie Chapman.

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