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London – July 18th, 1988
The apple cart on cloud nine which I’ve been travelling on since the events of last weekend was shaken today when I came back to earth with a bump after receiving a call from my bank. It seems the banker’s card I’d thought I’d lost last September has turned up with the missing chequebook I reported missing around the same time. This all happened while I was living at my previous address in Earls Court. It seems that one of my previous flatmates stole both from me, the chequebook being taken from my mail.
Yesterday, somebody turned up at Heathrow airport and tried using both to withdraw money from my account. Luckily, the eagle-eyed assistant at the Bureau de Change spotted that the signature on the cheque did not match that on the banker’s card. They called security but, by the time they arrived, the person who was trying to withdraw the cash had run off.
The shock has upset me today. Knowing that one of the three people I shared the flat with has done this to me is something I’m going to have to deal with. My bank has told me that it’s up to me as to whether I report the matter to the police. It’s something I need to think about, given that two of the three are probably innocent. I’m going to ask for some advice about it before I decide what to do.
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 book reviewer, photographer, and writer, Cathy Ryan. Cathy lives on the beautiful North Wales coast in the UK and is also a member of Rosie Ambers book review team. As with all my other guests for this feature, I was delighted when Cathy accepted my invitation to choose a date and a favourite song from the 1980s.
You only have to look at the ‘Reviews By Author‘ page on Cathy’s blog to see just how much she enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, and reviewing them. Her two favourite quotes about reading are –
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book ~ Josh Jameson
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as though you’ve lost a friend ~ Paul Sweeney
Cathy’s blog is not only about book reviews, but a place where she also shares some of her wonderful photography. I’m always amazed by what Cathy captures on her camera. Whether it is the acrobatics of the Red Arrows to the wonderful scenery she captures when taking photos of castles, wildlife or coastal views, I’ve never been disappointed with the results. Cathy was also a regular contributor to the photo challenge I once run, with this photo being amongst one of my favourites.
I asked Cathy to tell me which of her blog posts has been the most popular with her readers. I wasn’t surprised when she said told me the answer. Click here to find out.
Connect with Cathy.
Cathy’s song choice is The Unforgettable Fire by U2.
Released as a single in 1985, The Unforgettable Fire was U2’s second single from the album by the same name. The inspiration for the song came from an art exhibition for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which the band attended. It became the band’s third top ten hit in the UK but failed to break them into the charts in the U.S.A. Thank you for the excellent song choice, Cathy.
It looks like I was ‘firefighting’ after getting that call from my bank back in July 1988. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected with fire or firefighting a problem? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week find out what decision I made about contacting the police about the attempted chequebook fraud. Click here to find out what I did.
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