49 Days In 1988: Week 32 – Rumours!

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London – August 25th, 1988

A week ago, I wrote that Simon and Rod were facing a problem I came across the week before. Today, that problem came hurtling into my life again when Marcus told me that on November 1st we will all be given one months notice here at Grassmere Road. 

Apparently, he heard the rumour from Anthony,  who had got it from Mr & Mrs Summer. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, something tells me that this bad news is real. The end is in sight for us that remain here at Grassmere Road.

This put me in such a down mood for most of the day. However, thinking about it on the way home from work this evening, it’s still too early to start arranging new accommodation just yet, isn’t it? I will talk to Marty first and see what he makes of it. Otherwise, I will have to start the hunt for a new home.

It’s quite sad really, and I certainly don’t look forward to looking for a new home, but it’s something I am going to have to face. Better now than putting it off until it’s too late. I only wish that what bought all of this on was happening next year, and not now.   

The events of 9th August are now starting to ripple out and have finally caught me up. 

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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.

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Author, writer and blogger, Diana Wallace Peach

This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Diana Wallace Peach. Not only is Diana the author of over 16 books, but she’s also the person behind the blog Myths Of The Mirror.

On the ‘about me’ page of her blog, Diana says that she didn’t care for reading as a child – she preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, she opened a book titled The Hobbit. She says that Tolkien … literally changed her life.

Diana started writing later in life after her children were grown-up, and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. She now sees writing as a luxury that she once never expected she’d have the time for.

Diana lives in the U.S.A. in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

When I asked Diana which of her books she would like me to feature, she chose Soul Swallowers, which is book one of two in ‘The Shattered Sea’ series.

Book Blurb:

#books #authorsSome souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. Swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold and raise horses—until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.

When his brother reaches out, old wounds begin to scar. But the tenuous peace won’t last. While those who rule yield to the lure of their ambitions, slavers roam the countryside. One man manipulates the law. Another heeds the souls of violence howling in his head.

Raze too listens to his soul’s whispers, and as danger intrudes on his quiet life, he has no choice but to return to his father’s world and take up the fight.

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Diana’s song choice is Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Released in 1982, Southern Cross was written by Stephen Stills, and brothers Rick and Michael Curtis. The song is about a man who sails the Pacific after a failed love affair. ‘Southern Cross’ is a star constellation only visible in the southern hemisphere and is something that gives the man great comfort while sailing his ship. The song peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. Thank you for the lovely choice of song, Diana.

It looks as if August 1988 was the beginning of a trip into new horizons for the housemates at Grassmere Road. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to a mode of transport? Share a link to it in the comments.

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