49 Days In 1988: Week 24 – On The Run

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London – July 14th, 1988

Another surprise phone call that came with a ‘call for help’ had me hot-footing it to Brompton’s Bar this evening. I’d never expected to see Jake back in London so soon. Of course, I couldn’t refuse his plea to meet. Afterall, he was one of the first friends I made when I came to London two years ago.

I was shocked to find out from him that for the last three months he’s been living and working in Wales. However, it seems he went there from Newcastle because he was on the run from his boyfriend, Mike. When those two left London for Newcastle over a year ago, they were the happiest couple alive. Now, however, the relationship is well and truly over.

It seems that Jake got himself into some money problems caused by gambling. Not only that, but he’s emptied his and Mike’s bank accounts and got himself into serious debt. Not able to face Mike with the truth, he made a run for it and ended up in Wales. However, Mike found out where he was and turned up at the place Jake was working. Yes, there was a showdown, but Jake tells me that after Mike moved back in with him that he feared for his life!

My head was buzzing with all of this when I got back home tonight. Jake is currently staying with a friend until he starts work at the Sussex hotel next week. Yes, the very hotel I first began work at when I came to London. 

I’m not sure I want to get involved with what’s gone on. Fortunately, for me, Douglas still works at the Sussex. He and Jake were once a couple who parted as good friends. I’ve decided to give Douglas a call tomorrow and to let him know that Jake is back in town. I feel like I’m passing the ‘buck’, but if Mike turns up in London looking for Jake, then I don’t want to be around.

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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.

#author #books #writer #bloggerThis week my guest is the author, poet, writer, and blogger, Jane Dougherty. Known for her love of poetry, Jane was born towards the end of the Quaternary Period, was brought up in Yorkshire, moved to France during the ‘Thatcher’ Period and now lives in a strange world where she writes the rules, creates the landscapes, catastrophes and the magic. She also bends the rules of physics, plays Cupid and hands out happy endings to deserving characters. That’s something I maybe should do for some of my characters, most of which always end up in a nasty situation.

When I asked Jane which of her books she would like me to feature, she chose Tales From The Northlands. Here’s what she had to say when she told me which book she’d picked.

I’ve chosen to have Hugh feature this collection of short stories because I like them. They are a prelude to the saga I am currently writing, in the sense that I wrote them because I love these wild, northern landscapes and the people who lived there once, and who have left their traces in the people who live there now. It is the saga that has hooked me a literary agent, Juliet Mushens. Stay tuned!

Book Blurb

A rickety wooden escalator carries a child from his safe, comfortable world of department store Christmas glitter to the midnight zone inhabited by legendary nightmares.
On the windswept east coast of Northumbria, a Saxon thegn avenges his murdered chief by selling his village to the sea wolves, and a ruthless war leader prepares for battle, gloating over the blood dream sent him by the wicce.
In Viking Sverige, Jussi and Solveig plan a future juggling bride price, parental expectations and the knarr they have yet to acquire, but their future falls beneath the shadow of the mountain.
Antar seems like the answer to Inna’s dream of escaping the bleak steading on the fjord, but her father and his chosen son-in-law have other ideas.

What links these tales is the North Sea that beats the coast, brings the cold and the longships, laps the winter nights in snow, when the wind howls stories of trolls and giants. It brings the herring, the sea-mews and the grey seals, and it joins a people with the same vision of the world—harsh, vivid and full of magic.

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Jane’s song choice is Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie.

Released in 1980, Ashes To Ashes, was Bowie’s second number one single in the UK. In an interview, Bowie said he saw the song as his way of wrapping up the 1970s. The music video is one of the most expenses music videos ever produced. In the U.S.A, the song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thank you for the great song choice, Jane.

Unwilling to help, it looks as if I was wanting somebody else to pick up the ashes Jake had bought back to London with him. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected with a comeback? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, what kind of reception will I get when I contact Douglas about Jake? Click here to find out.

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71 thoughts

  1. I certainly hope you don’t get yourself into trouble, Hugh!
    It’s nice to meet and learn a little about Jane. Best of luck, Jane, with your book and new one coming. hugs to you both xx

  2. It’s nice to meet Jane and learn a little more about her here on your blog, Hugh. I have met her previously at the Carrot Ranch, but learned more about her here. Nice choice of music too. Always liked David Bowie. Another legend lost.

    1. Hi Norah! It’s a while since I called in at the Carrot Ranch. I’m trying to get a whole trilogy finished and discovered that much as I love writing for these prompts, they weren’t helping to get the books finished. I’ll be back 🙂

    1. I did rather think I would end back in the homeland, Aimer. At the time, London was too much of an attraction and fun for me, but as I grew older (and settled down) the call from the homeland became louder.

  3. Is your diary turning into a crime novel? Some twists even in your life back then, Hugh. I love it. Sometimes, one gets roped into situations one doesn’t want to be in. I think it’s smart you’re trying to stay out of it. Not sure what Douglas will say. Maybe he’s excited Jake is back?

    1. We’ll find out the outcome next week, Liesbet. I’ve always found it hard to say ‘no’ when friends ask for help, but there are some problems we should all try and stay clear of. Sometimes, those who have the problem should try and sort it out themselves. It was a difficult situation and needed lots of thought on my part. Of course, there are also two sides to every story.

  4. Lovely to meet Jane and love her song choice …I can’t think of a better one myself…I love Bowie…And Hugh I would stay well away from the conflict..But do you ???

  5. Wonderful to learn some snippets about Jane and her writing, And oh my Hugh, you do attract drama LOL. Hope you managed to stay clear out of Jake’s messy situation. 🙂 xx

  6. You were wise to run, Hugh, as people have said, violent relationships are never good and are so divisive! Loved how you tied in the “ashes” with the Bowie song, which is very cool by the way. Jane’s book sounds and looks amazing! Thank you for showcasing her work!

  7. A comeback…? I’d say Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” or Dan Fogelberg “(Like a) Phoenix.”
    An exciting diary entry Hugh. Having gone to extremes to escape many years in a violent relationship, I fully realize the danger of that situation. Even if you stayed on the outskirts of it, it’s still scary.
    Lovely to meet Jane. Hugs to you both.

    1. Thanks for the song choices, Teagan.
      I found myself in a very difficult position with the problems between Jake and Mike. One who stole all the money, and the other who used his fists. You’re right. It was a very scary situation. We’ll find out the outcome next week.
      Hugs to you.

  8. Hi Hugh,
    I don’t have a smart-ass comment to make this week. Cooler heads (pun intended) always make smarter decisions. The saga continues.

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