49 Days In 1988: Week 25 – Answers From An Unexpected Source

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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.

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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, 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.

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Author, poet and journalist Mary Smith

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.


#books #memoirs #author #authorsDrunk 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.

Website: www.marysmith.co.uk

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marysmithwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000934032543

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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  1. Cool dream, Hugh. I do think we get answers and wisdom from dreams. Lovely to see Mary here. I enjoy her writing, especially the glimpse she gives me into other parts of the world. Happy Friday to you both. 🙂

  2. It’s nice to see Mary here. I enjoyed one of her books and have this book on my TBR list. I look toward to reading it.
    Good luck to you, Hugh. A hug can tell it all! Hugs xx

  3. You obviously had some great and influential people in your life back in London, Hugh. That dream about your grandma is so unique, and you had amazing friends!

    “Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni” has a fascinating theme, on top of a title that only creates curiosity. I’d love to read Mary’s book. what an interesting life she has led!

    1. Thank you. I think we all have influential people around us, Liesbet. The problem is often we don’t spot them. The blogging world is also full of influential people. I doubt very much that I’d still be blogging if it wasn’t for many of the people here in the blog world.

  4. Nana’s have a habit of being right, Hugh. I also love Queen. My favourite is We are the champions.

  5. Hi Hugh. Your Nana was surely a marvel, and getting that kind of burden lifted from your shoulders… such a rare and lovely feeling.
    It’s nice to see Mary featured. Who could resist a title like “Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni”?
    The song is pos-i-lutely fabulous! Hugs to you both.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m so very lucky to have a Grandmother whom I believe still looks over me when I find myself in awkward situations and not able to decide what to do next. She’s helped get me out of few nightmare situations.
      Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you, Rob. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mary and she’s a lovely lady. Easy to talk to and a very talented writer.
      Thank you so much for reblogging the post.
      Happy 4th July to you. 🎆

      1. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most glorious messes ever made…

        I see a little silhouetto of a man
        Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
        Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright’ning me
        (Galileo.) Galileo. (Galileo.) Galileo. Galileo Figaro magnifico

        What wonderful nonsense!

  6. What a gift to get some wise advice from Nana from beyond! And I love Mary’s song. I thought it strange you said it wasn’t a big hit in North America. I remember that song playing many, many times. Queen was largely loved here. 🙂 xxx

    1. The song was a Top 10 hit all over the world, Debby. However, it only made it to number 26 on the Canadian single’s charts, and only to number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S.A. Still, I’d have settled for those chart positions if it had been me. 😀

  7. Goodness Hugh your Grandma sure gave sound advice. I am so glad you got everything sorted.
    Mary is a terrific writer. I love her taste in music and the video is indeed a classic. 🌼

  8. Reblogged this on Mary Smith's Place and commented:
    Hugh has a fascinating series on his blog just now in which he shares diary extracts from a year of his life in London back in 1988. I’m a guest on his blog today, which means I get to chose the music. Head over to read about Hugh and listen to some Queen.

        1. It’s hard… My pops lost his dad as a young child … But his sister’s may be able to shed more light…

  9. Another great post from the London Diaries Hugh, looking forward to next week’s episode!
    My Mary has lead an interesting life and I love her choice of music 💜

  10. What a fascinating and fun post to read. I so believe in listening to my dreams-only wish I could remember them better. But if a grandmother speaks to me in my dream I will remember every word! Oh, if all of us listened more to our grandparents when they were alive. I am teaching my young grandchildren now to pay attention to my wise words! 😇
    Thanks for sharing your memories here, and then sharing more about Mary and her books. I love reading her blog and learning through her words.

    1. Thank you very much. Your comment reminded me of a book I started to write all the way back in 2012! Based on my memoirs, it includes not only the wise words my Grandmother gave me through dreams but also an instance where she appeared with me, even though she was hundreds of miles away in a hospital bed very ill. I’ll have to dig the file out and start thinking about whether I want to finish writing the book. At just over 41,000 words, it’s probably worth another look.

      1. Yes it is! Did you know that the Beatles famous song Let It Be came about when Paul McCartney woke up from a dream in which his deceased mother kept on telling him to let it be. . . ?

  11. Hi Hugh,
    Well—Well—Well Cooler heads do prevail. 😉Thanks to Nana. Now I wonder where our little princess goes next? 😏

    Great selection of works with Mary Smith. Women in so many countries are not acknowledged for the sacrifices they make for their families. Unless someone like Mary writes about it, we westerners don’t know of their suffering.


  12. How wonderful that your grandmother gave you good advice in your dream. That happens. It was good that you unburdened yourself. Mary chose a great song. Love the video. Just read Mary’s book, No More Mulberries, and loved it!

    1. It wasn’t the first time she spoke to me through a dream. It happened two years earlier when I first arrived in London, and again in 1989 when I found myself at a crossroads about my next career move. Always good advice.

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