49 Days In 1988: Week 33 – Cupid’s Arrow

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London – August 26th, 1988

I’ve never attempted at acting as Cupid before, and although I thought I could see a spark between Simon and Nigel, how wrong I was. 

Simon wasn’t happy with me this evening. I could tell by the tone of his voice that he didn’t want me interfering in his love life. I thought I was helping, given all the stress he’s been going through with looking for a new home. After all, we all need a bit of fun, don’t we?

His deadline for being out of his current accommodation looms fast. After he gave me a right telling off for trying to set him up on a date with Nigel, the conversation turned to what him and his flatmate, Rod, are doing to find somewhere else to live. Places have either been too small or too expensive. 

When we finally hang the phone up on each other, I poured myself a large glass of wine and sat myself down in a quiet Grassmere Road. All the other housemates were out, but the time alone was good because it got me thinking.

I’m glad that this week has finally come to an end and is now behind me. It’s been a terrible week; in fact a terrible month. I’ll be glad when I can turn the page to September on my Madonna calendar.

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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 a blogger who is well-known throughout the blogging world. As somebody who helps supports indie-authors, writers and bloggers, he is somebody who I owe a lot of gratitude to for all the blog posts he has shared for me. This week, my guest aboard the music time machine is none other than Chris Graham, aka The Story Reading Ape.

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If you’ve never visited Chris’s blog before, then I strongly recommend you pay it a visit. Click here to visit Chris’s blog.

From features such as his ‘Authors Hall of Fame’ (you’ll find me in there) to a fantastic feature called ‘How To 101′ where you’ll find links to the ‘How To’s’ of hundreds of questions, Chris’s blog is a wealth of information.

If you’re looking how to copyright your book or maybe how to make a WordPress ‘sticky’ post, then check out his ‘How To 101‘ feature by clicking here.

In 2016, Chris and his sister decided to publish a book of poetry written by Agnes Mae Graham, their mother, who died in 2000. The poems in the book are by a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles.’ From the poetic thoughts of their Mother, Chris and his sister got a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical.

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Here’s one of the five-star reviews the book has already received.

Having read several of Agnes Mae Graham’s entries in this book of her collected works, it’s easy to see where blogger extraordinaire Christopher Graham gets his sense of whimsy. The poetry is very atmospheric and paints a vivid picture of the times. Her words run the gamut from wistful to fun to sad. You don’t have to be a great lover of poetry (I’m not especially) to enjoy her words. I certainly did. I am both impressed and enchanted by what I’ve read so far. I can tell that I’ll be equally pleased with the rest. – Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene.

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Chris’s song choice is Pipes Of Peace by Paul McCartney.

Released in 1983, Pipes Of Peace was taken from the album by the same name. Written by McCartney, the song was only released as an A-side single in the UK and Ireland where it reached the number one spot in both countries. In the U.S.A, the song was issued on the B-side of the song ‘So Bad’, ironically the song published as the B-side song to Pipes Of Peace in the UK and Ireland. Thank you for an excellent song choice, Chris.

In August 1988, it looks as if the pipes of peace worked for me after trying some unsuccessful matchmaking. Do you have a favourite song connected to dating or Cupid? Share a link to it in the comments.

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