49 Days In 1988: Week 28 – The Losing Battle

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – July 24th, 1988

A meeting with Jamie tonight made me think back to two months ago when I first met him and how I hoped that things would develop between us. However, after seeing him this evening, I now know that it will never happen, and all because Jamie is fighting a losing battle over his love for his ex-boyfriend.

I feel so sorry for Jamie but he seems set in his ways, and there’s nobody that can bring him out of the situation he’s in. When I left him tonight, at Marble Arch underground station, I knew that it would be a long time before I see or even talk to him again. He’s kept himself off the gay-scene since the spilt, and for as long as this goes on there’s no helping him and turning him in a new direction. He’s left me feeling helpless and, as much as I want to help, I don’t think anyone, let alone me, will be able to break down the wall he’s built around himself. It’s such a shame. I see myself running away from yet another problem, but know I’ve done all I can to help.  

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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 blogger and writer, Ellen Best. Ellen is somebody who came along to the Bloggers Bash in 2017. Not only that, but she also won the Bloggers Bash writing competition that year with a compelling short story that even had shivers running down my spine. Click here to read the story.

Ellen lives with her husband in the beautiful county of Suffolk, in the UK, where they welcome friends and family into their home for scenic holidays, beach walks, good food, and music punctuated with stories. It sounds the perfect place for inspiration and for writing, to me.

If you check out Ellen’s ‘about me‘ page on her blog, you’ll read that her blog is the place she goes to get away from the events of everyday life. In her own words –

My resting, clearing cobwebs from my head and taking my mind off the sticky stuff is done here. It is with *sigh * a deep breath, (here in my safe place) that you will find me. I am here with words, scribble, story and rhyme, if you look close enough you’ll find pieces of me.

Just reading that snippet from Ellen’s about me page told me that this was an exciting, unique writer who would have me hooked with what she wanted to say.

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Writer and blogger Ellen Best

I asked Ellen to chose one of her favourite blog posts that she had written, and she came back to me with a post titled ‘For The Love Of Milly.’ It’s a beautiful piece of writing that will probably bring tears to your eyes. If you don’t believe me, then click here to read it.

Connect with Ellen.

Blog: EllenBest24

Twitter: @cheshirebest 

Ellen’s song choice is  Lip Up Fatty by Bad Manners.

Released in 1980,  Lip Up Fatty was a song released by Bad Manners which, according to frontman Buster Bloodvessel (no kidding!) was an expression used at his school to tell people to shut up. Thank you for the interesting song choice, Ellen. It’s one I’d never heard before.


Back in July 1988, maybe I should have told Jamie to ‘shut up’ and to get on with his life? Do you have a favourite song that has a hidden message? Share a link to it in the comments.

49 Days In 1988 will be back on Thursday 2nd August when we’ll discover not only is love on the cards, but it’s from a very unexpected source.

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