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London – July 15th, 1988
I spent most of the night worrying about the meeting I had with Jake, as well as worrying about whether I should contact Douglas and share all the news of what’s happened to Jake. Of course, Jake may well have already told Douglas everything, but that got me worrying about what if he hasn’t? Talk about getting myself into a tizz.
To my surprise, I woke up this morning knowing exactly what I should do. It’s a strange thing to have to write, but I got all the answers from a dream I had last night that contained my Grandmother. When I saw her last Christmas, she was showing the first signs of a strange illness that my mother didn’t want to talk about. However, in the dream last night she spoke to me and clearly told me what I should do about this problem.
I phoned Douglas, arranged to meet him in the centre of town and told him everything Jake had told me. Not only that, but I told him that I didn’t want to get myself wrapped up in the problems Jake has brought back to London. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, so when Douglas nodded his head and told me to leave everything with him, I felt the weight lift off my shoulders. I could tell all was going to be alright just by the hug he gave me as we parted. Thanks, Nana.
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, poet, and journalist, Mary Smith. Like some of my previous guests, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mary a few times when she attended the Bloggers Bash in 2016 and 2017. Unfortunately, Mary wasn’t able to make it to this year’s event, having just flown back from a trip to Canada.
Mary has always loved writing. As a child, she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. However, she’s gone on to publish a number of books including some about her ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She wanted others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. One of her books, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni, offers a remarkable insight into the lives of Afghan women both before and after Taliban’s rise to power.
Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni is a remarkable memoir which allows the reader to enjoy an insight into the lives of ordinary Afghan women – and their families – living both in remote villages of the Hazara Jat region and in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Author, Mary Smith spent several years in Afghanistan working for a small mother and child health project, often spending months at a time with her young son in the villages where she shared the hopes, fears, laughter and tears of the women who became her friends. This book provides a different perspective of women in Afghanistan from the one usually presented by the media – although their lives are far from easy these women are by no means downtrodden victims but courageous women determined to make the best of life for themselves and their children.
As well as the opportunity to enjoy meeting the women, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni takes the reader on a journey through some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in the world And if you want to know why the chickens were drunk and the macaroni burnt – you’ll have to read the book!
Click here to buy Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni.
Connect with Mary.
Blog: Mary Smith’s Place: https://marysmithsplace.wordpress.com
Blog: My Dad’s a Goldfish: https://marysmith57.wordpress.com
Amazon Page US: http://amzn.to/2ecvjbP
Amazon Page UK: http://amzn.to/2jGw9A9
Amberley Publishing: https://www.amberley-books.com/community-mary-smith?limit=all
Mary’s song choice is I Want To Break Free by Queen.
Released in 1984, I Want To Break Free, was Queen’s second single from the album, The Works. The song is probably best known for the music video that was produced for it. In it, members of the group dressed up in drag, with Freddie Mercury basing his character on barmaid Bet Lynch from the British soap-opera Coronation Steet. The single was received very positively over most of the world except for North America. Thank you for the great song choice, Mary.
Thanks to Douglas and my dream, it looks as if I was able to break myself free from the difficult situation Jake found himself in. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected with getting away from something? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week a new problem with connections to the past falls on my lap when I receive some rather worrying information. Click here to find out what it was.
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