49 Days In 1988: Week 21 – Hopes And Fears

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London – July 1st, 1988

Over my four day break, I also heard that Jamie, who I had a brief fling with two months ago until I discovered he already had a boyfriend, had spilt from his boyfriend again. I didn’t really take much notice of the news, but on my return to work today, it was all confirmed that he was now a single man again. That thought stayed with me all day, and despite me trying to brush it away, it stuck with me.

As soon as I got home this evening, I phoned Jamie. He seems very well despite the break-up. However, by the time we’d finished talking, I was convinced that it wouldn’t be long before they’d both be back together again. I think I had rather surprised him by phoning him, but I probably shocked him more when I told him he knows where I am and that he has my phone number if he wants to talk and maybe fancy meeting up sometime. I think the silence from the other end of the phone said it all!

I’ve spent the rest of the evening wondering if I’d said the right thing and if Jamie would ever contact me again. Not only that, but I also told myself to tread more carefully if he does, because he could use me as a weapon again in getting his boyfriend back. 

Lesson learnt? I think not! 

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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, Christoph Fischer. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Christoph several times, most recently at The Bloggers Bash, but I have also worked alongside him at a couple of book fairs.

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Author, writer and blogger, Christoph Fischer

Christoph was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years, he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

#books #Eurovision #murder #mystery #authorsChristoph has written several novels, the most recent of which is based at one of my favourite annual events. ‘Over My Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision‘ is the second book in the Bebe Bollinger murder mysteries series. The first book in the series, ‘Body In The Snow,‘ had me guessing all the way through as to whom the murderer was. Let’s just say that I don’t make a very good detective when it comes to solving a crime.

Here’s the blurb for Over My Dead Body: Murder At Eurovision :

On her return from a cruise ship gig, Bebe Bollinger learns that fellow Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has decided to enter a European Song competition for the UK. While Bebe jealously watches the pre-publicity trail for ‘Eurovision’ in Malmö, a string of ‘odd accidents’ endangers several participants of the competition. This stirs her desire for playing detective again but also a curiosity to check out the suitability of Eurovision for her own career.

Follow Bebe’s continued search for fame and a comeback before it’s too late, step into the weird world that is Eurovision fandom and see how Bebe gets on with her naughty daughter and deals with those evil TV presenters.

Click here to buy ‘Over My Dead Body: Murder At Eurovision’ on Amazon UK

Click here to buy ‘Over My Dead Body: Murder At Eurovision‘ on Amazon USA

Connect with Christoph

Blog: https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com

Twitter: @CFFBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christophffischer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BebeBollingerMysteries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer/

Christoph’s song choice is ‘Xanadu‘ by Olivia Newton-John & the Electric Light Orchestra

Released in 1980, ‘Xanadu’ is the title song from the soundtrack album Xanadu and is the title song from the romantic, musical fantasy film of the same name.  It is quoted as being the favourite song ever of Jeff Wayne, who is the lead singer in E.L.O.  The song peaked at number one in a number of countries, including the UK, and managed to make it to the number eight spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S.A. Thanks for the brilliant song choice, Christoph.

Back in July 1988, it looks as if I was living a ‘romantic, musical fantasy’ with the thoughts of getting back with Jamie. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to a musical? Share a link to it in the comments.

I’m taking a break next week so this feature will be back in two weeks time. It may be the second anniversary of my move to London, but that doesn’t stop the green-eyed monster paying me a visit. Plus, one of the housemates spirals into depression. Who will he look to for help? Click here to find out the answers.

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  1. Xanadu certainly does seem like a fitting song for this time in your life! (I’m so behind in reading and trying to catch up- yikes! )

  2. Your diary entry reminded me why I don’t miss being single, Hugh. There was so much drama at that time in my life. Great to see Christoph here. He’s so prolific! I’m always amazed. And great song choice!

  3. Happy Saturday, Hugh and Christoph.
    Hugh, your diary entry resonated. So many times when I was very young, with different sorts of friends and people in my shifting circles, I had that bad feeling of wondering if I said the wrong thing. It sounds like the bad part of the relationship with Jamie wasn’t over yet.
    Christoph, I love Xanadu. I’ve seen it get tons of criticism, but to me it’s the most whimsical story (and you know how I love whimsy!) and that song was perfect for the movie version.
    Mega hugs to you both. 😀

    1. Hello, Teagan. Thanks so much. I think we learn so much during those early parts of our adult lives, but I had the habit of sometimes forgetting some of those lessons. Most of the time it would happen when somebody attractive stood in front of me. 😀 As the saying goes ‘love can sometimes hurt.’
      Have a great weekend.

  4. Nice to see Christoph here. He is quite a talented writer. I read his book about the Weinsteiners. It was excellent. I will have to put his other books on my wish list. I love mysteries.
    Fun choice of song, Christoph! Best of luck with all your books! 🤗
    Good luck to you, Hugh, as the saga continues. 🤗 😘

    1. Thank you, Janice. Christoph is indeed a talented writer. I’ve had the pleasure of both meeting and working with him several times. I loved his book ‘The Body In The Snow.’ He had me guessing all the way to the end who the murder was.
      Have a lovely weekend.

  5. Oh those early trials and tribulations Hugh. We all go through them. It’s all part of life and you express these so well in your candid diary entries. Lovely to see Christoph and his wonderful song choice. I’m in agreement that Olivia Newton John was the biz and like some other commentators said I can’t figure how she fitted into those black skin tight pants!

      1. Very true Hugh. And you’re right I can’t get them off my mind either! Lol… I need to do some serious keep fit… I’ve put on a bit of a tummy of late. I doubt I’d ever get back into a pair of trousers like that. I used to be a skinny thing too!

  6. Without hope there is nothing left…living life like a musical is not a bad place to start! Love Xanadu although the critics panned it, what do they know? Nice to meet Christoph, Hugh, thanks for sharing! Enjoy your break!

    1. They did, didn’t they, Terri? Thank goodness the same can’t be said for ‘Grease.’ Xanadu is a favourite song of mine as well.
      We travel tomorrow. I’ll be back here on 10th June, but only on a part-time basis.

  7. Love Christoph’s song choice. In fact, there have been some great songs on this series. Do you have any photos from 1988? I’m sure we’d all love to see what this young Hugh looked like.

  8. Oh Hugh…I do hope lessons have been learnt! (I say with a grimace…) Was really nice to meet Christoph at the Bloggers Bash and now I know a little more about him…Another established author, fabulous!

  9. Great song. A big favourite of mine. It brings back so many memories! Thanks, Hugh, and thanks to Christoph. It’s great to see him here. 🙂

  10. Oh Hugh… Glutton for punishment indeed. I think you are such an open, trusting person and it shows, both then and now!
    Christoph chose a great song too.
    And I love musicals… Oh to choose just one song!

  11. Oh and I should mention I was given the choice also as to which date of the diary I would be part of, and I chose July 1st as it was my 18th birthday. Innocent days they were, before I met my lot of Jamies 😉

    1. Thanks for revealing why you chose that date, Christoph. Now we know why July 1st, I wonder if you’ll ever tell us your stories of all those Jamies?
      Thanks for sharing the post and for also being my guest on the blog this week.

  12. I sure hope you weren’t used as a weapon! And so great to see my good friend Christoph and his work featured here today. Go figure, two of my favorite guys and authors on one post. 🙂 ❤

    1. Me? Used as a weapon, Debby? I think it happened a few times. In fact, I even think I used the same ploy, once or twice. 😈
      I do hope you’ll get to meet Christoph. He’s a lovely guy. We even managed to catch up over coffee on the morning of the Bloggers Bash, before it all kicked off.

      1. Ohhhhhhhhhh, is that the moment I may have found my ears burning? LOL. Seriously, Christoph is a special guy and is a brilliant writer, thrilled to call him friend. ❤ xx

  13. Hi Hugh! I enjoyed your diary entry. You were a hot one, weren’t you?😅I’m intrigued by Christoph’s new book. I wish him all the best with his new release. And who doesn’t love Olivia Newton-John? Great post!💕

  14. Hugh, I’m beginning to think you’re a glutton for punishment! I hope you’ve wised up a bit since 1988 🙂 You have, haven’t you LOL? So nice to see Christoph here on your wonderful blog. Great song choice! Every time I heard it, I started dancing. Every time. No matter where I was. Just couldn’t help myself 🙂 ❤️

    1. lol, I think I was back then, Tina. I was probably too trusting of people. Got my fingers burnt plenty of times, but learned a lot along the way.

      I’m the same with dancing to Xanadu. It’ll have me up and dancing anywhere it’s being played. I just don’t care what people think when I’m having fun, laughing, and enjoying life. 😀

  15. Great song and love the intro to Christoph and his writing. As for your conversation with Jamie – Ugh! But even though you are left with questions, you took a risk and called him. I hope you were proud of yourself for doing that. That took courage!

  16. In the past, the present, and the future, we always seem to make phone calls, daring suggestions and coming up with impromptu answers. Yet, almost always, especially in confrontational situations, I wonder whether I shouldn’t have said B or C instead of A. It’s one of the reasons why I’d rather write (emails) than talk on the phone.

    Christoph’s book sounds intriguing! Enjoy your break, Hugh!

    1. Great advice, Liesbet. We can sleep on emails before sending them. Can’t do that once a phone call has been made. I often found myself quoting ‘Look before you leap.’

      Thank you. I’ll be back with this feature in two weeks time.

  17. Hi Hugh,

    I like how you end this segment “Lesson Learned. I think not” Now that baited the hook.

    I hope you don’t mind but I would like to comment on Carol’s comment.

    The biggest mistake heterosexuals make when thinking about homosexuals is that homosexuals choose to be gay. My answer, do they choose to be straight? I speak only for myself in saying, if I had a choice, I would not choose to be gay. Why would you choose to be discriminated and abused? Carol, treat your grandson the same way you treated him before you knew he was gay. He didn’t change, he has always been gay, he decided to stop hiding who he is.


    1. It isn’t, Jacquie. I can’t help but wonder what I was thinking back then. Maybe I just wanted to help him to get over the breakup with his partner? Then again, I may have had other reasons on my mind. 😈

  18. A great song choice! I love Olivia Newton-John. You certainly were on a bit of an emotional roller coaster at that time. Can´t wait to read more.

    1. Thanks, John. I have to say that I’m a big fan of Olivia as well. I still remember those tight trousers she wore when singing ‘You’re the one that I want’ in the movie Grease. How they got her into them, I’ve no idea.

  19. At least you knew where you stood with Jamie after the phone call Hugh. Or will we hear more on him…
    Lovely to meet Christpher and listen to Olivia. I remember being a regular on Cliff Richard’s Show many moons ago…

  20. A fascinating insight into your early life Hugh…even more so now for me as my grandson has just came out…I think that is the phrase…I love him dearly and have expressed my support but am desperately worried if it goes belly up..What do I say to him ?( we are) very close.

    1. I think the best way to show him your support is to treat him no differently to how you would have done if he was heterosexual, Carol. I’ve experienced many a time when people have treated me like some kind of alien when I’ve told them that I am gay. Likewise, some people have gone over the top and asked me silly questions like ‘are you sure you’re gay?’ or they’ve asked ridiculous questions like ‘you don’t dress like a gay person, do you?’ or ‘what do you gays eat?’ I always say ‘treat people as you’d like them to treat you.’ They were wise words from my Grandmother many years ago, and they’ve always stuck and worked for me.

      1. Thank you Hugh…All I have said to Joshie is that as long as he is happy that is all that matters and that we love and support him always…He is still our grandson…What do you eat??? What planet are people on?? Thank you for your advice Hugh :)x

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