49 Days In 1988: Week 20 – Friends

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London – June 19th, 1988

Friends seem to be taking over my life at the moment. I had to sit in on Phil’s disciplinary hearing at Selfridges on Friday. The guy is in bits over being suspended. He may be a few years younger than me, but I feel as if he’s treating me as he would his dad. I do feel sorry for him, but there’s not much I can do other than sit in on his hearing and try and support him as best I can. This has to be the first time that a younger man is looking up to me as a ‘dad’ figure. It’s a bizarre feeling.

Meanwhile, the friendship between Nigel and I continues to blossom. He’s become such a close friend in such a short period of time. We’ve had so much fun going out together and ‘eyeing’ up the talent on offer. We even got asked if we were a couple, which made us burst out laughing. There’s nothing sexual between us. Just two young gay men looking for fun and having a great time.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for my friendship with Stephen and Kev. They asked me to consider moving from Grassmere Road again, but I’ve told them that I’ve no intention of doing so. Now they’ve started to ignore me. I even tried approaching them when I bumped into them this evening, but they turned and walked away. Thank goodness Nigel was there when it happened. It was a horrible feeling, and he told me to forget about them as they were nothing but ‘negativity’ which nobody needs in their life. Good advise, I think.

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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, and blogger, Richard M. Ankers. Richard is another guest who has appeared on my blog before. In August 2017, Richard’s book, The Eternals, was my book recommendation of the month. Click here to read the post.

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Author, writer, and blogger, Richard M. Ankers

Richard was born in rural Yorkshire, England. After winning an Authonomy Gold Medal, Richard began to publish the writings he had squirrelled away for many years.
Author of The Eternals Trilogy, a dark fantasy extravaganza, Richard is lucky enough to have had his writing published in many anthologies and magazines of repute.
Like many of us writers, Richard says that there will never be enough hours in his lifetime to put all the words he wishes down on paper.

Richard is currently on a blogging break. He’s taking his time away from blogging to concentrate on editing and writing a new book, The Theatre Of The Moon. During this time, he’s also put together a little side project, while drinking his morning coffee, which has already hit thirty thousand words! It just goes to prove that blogging breaks really can work.


Connect with Richard

WordPress Blog: https://richardankers.com
Amazon Author: http://author.to/RichardAnkers
Facebook Author: https://www.facebook.com/richardmankers
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15271976.Richard_M_Ankers
Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richard-m-ankers-928917128
Medium: https://medium.com/@Richard_Ankers
Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/Richard_Ankers
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Richard_Ankers
Creativia Landing Page: http://www.creativia.org/yorkshire-author-richard-m-ankers.html

Richard’s song choice is ‘It’s Over‘ by Level 42,

Released in 1987, ‘It’s Over‘ was the band’s fourth single from the album ‘Running In The Family.’ The single was only ever released in the UK and Ireland, where it made it to number 10 in the UK, and number three in Ireland.  Thanks for the excellent song choice, Richard.

Back in June 1988, my friendship with Stephen and Kev seemed to be all over. Do you have a favourite song that is connected to something coming to an end or which has ended? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, an old-flame reappears on the scene. Will I be jumping up and down that he’s back, or avoiding him like the plaque? Click here to find out.

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62 thoughts

  1. When you’re younger you think your friendship will last forever. I think it’s part of growing up to accept that not everyone stays as close of a friend.

    Another new song for me! I always look forward to this part of the feature because I never know if I will know the song or not. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Rob. That gives me a confidence boost to perhaps put this series into a book. The jury is still out on that decision, but we’ll see how the rest of the feature goes. Then, I’ll make that decision.

  2. Nigel sounds like a real angel, and a blessing to have him as a friend. I’m not familiar with Richard’s song choice but enjoyed listening to it. Have a lovely weekend, Hugh ❤️

    1. Thank you, Tina. I hope your weekend is going well? Yes, Nigel was a true best friend to me. However, there were a few occasions when that could have all gone wrong. Somehow, though, we stuck together.

  3. Sounds like Stephen and Kev need to take a hike! It is sweet that Phil looked to you as a father figure, although I am sure not very flattering at the time, Hugh! 🙂

    1. No, it wasn’t Judy, although I now look back at it and laugh. He was only a few years younger than me, although was always a bit of a lost soul. Unfortunately, I lost contact with him a few years later and never knew what happened to him. Hopefully, he’s enjoying a happy life with the man of his dreams.

  4. Your diary keeps on reading like a novel, Hugh. So much going on relationship-wise. Never a dull moment. 🙂

    Good idea to take a blogging break. I should have done that while working on my memoir as well, but it puts my mind on something else, and it’s either an addiction to post once a week, or a responsibility I feel towards my readers. Hard to explain.

    I can certainly relate to never running out of words to write as well, especially if I keep adventuring. It’s why my first draft was 160K words long, too…

    Because I’ve been called “lucky” so many times (and hate it), because of the choices I made in life, that words stares at me like a red flag. So, personally, I don’t think Richard is lucky to be published in anthologies and such, but talented, or hard-working. 🙂

    1. When it comes to taking that blogging break, Liesebet, providing we inform our readers that we’re taking one and letting them know how long we intend to take off, then I don’t think we need to worry about ‘responsibility’ to our readers. Sure, some may miss the announcement but most will probably come by to check why it’s gone all quiet and then see the post anyway. I could go on, but I think that’s a whole ‘other’post to perhaps think about writing and publishing. This is why I think comments are vital on any blog. Not only do they prove that the post has been read (well, in most cases), but they can produce so many new ideas for posts. 😀

  5. The course of true love, eh, Hugh? And even when it’s not true love. Interesting to meet Richard here. I’m pleased you told us “It’s Over” was only released in the UK as I wasn’t aware of it.

  6. Wow, new characters yet again. So where did Nigel come from? Lol And yes, I think he gave you great advice. And lovely to see Richard and his great song choice here too. 🙂 xx

    1. He’s appeared in a couple of snippets, Debby. Nigel is someone I met when working at Selfridges. I think the problem is that there were so many people coming into my life at the time (and what with the gaps in the dates) that it’s difficult keeping up with all the characters unless they appear in all or most of the snippets. Nigel will certain be appearing in a lot more snippets, as he became an important friend and important part of my life. One of the best friends I ever had, and we had so much fun 😀

      1. Ohhhhhhh ok. Yes, there is a lot of head hopping in your posts because they aren’t in order, lol. But I won’t forget Nigel again. 🙂 xx

  7. The 80’s has certainly left its musical mark not only on our hearts but for the music industry. The highs and lows of growing up and relationships but what a learning curve it’s true we live and learn…Great post 🙂

    1. We do indeed, Carol. And we continue to learn until the day our ‘best by’ date arrives. Life would be so boring without learning.
      As for music in the ’80s – simply the best era in my opinion. 😀

  8. Another suspenseful ending, Hugh.
    And great song choice, Richard.
    I am impressed how productive Richard has been with his Blogging Break.
    I am also planning a Blogging Break from June 20 – August 2. But my reasons are far less noble (I won’t be writing a novel — just enjoying summer holidays!). 🙂

      1. That is the perfect quote to go with the story, indeed! Yes, sometimes we can only move on in faith in order to reach that open door. But as long as we hold on to that thought that it is there, we will find it!

    1. It was very sad when he passed away, Sam. However, his memory has lived on with me. Plus, his memory is being relived in these snippets. I’d never have thought that I’d be writing about him again.

    1. It was at the time, Molly. Thank goodness I had a shoulder to cry on, though. Thank you for sharing your choice of song with us. It’s not one I have heard before.
      Richard has certainly made very good use of his blogging break. From what he’s told me, he’s got loads done. I hope he’s managed to have some relaxation as well.

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