49 Days In 1988: Week 35 – The Battle For Me

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London – September 3rd, 1988

While Nigel was away in Newcastle, I missed him a great deal. I could have certainly done with him being here so I could have shared my ongoing accommodation problems with him. It was great, therefore, to have finally caught up with him today. And what a shock I got when he asked me to move in with him!

Of course, I told Nigel that Rod and Simon have asked me to move in with them once they find a place. Now there will be three of us, it makes looking for somewhere a bit more easier for them. What I didn’t expect, however, was the somewhat sour look I got from Nigel when I’d told him that Rod and Simon had asked me if I’d be interested in sharing a house with them.

To add insult to injury, I wasn’t expecting to get a call from a very upset Simon this evening. It seems that I have now become a ‘piggy in the middle’ battle after Nigel contacted Simon and told him to lay off from inviting me to share a house with him and Rod.

This was not something I was expecting. Nor do I want to upset either party but, between them, Nigel, Simon and Rod seem to have made my future accommodation problems even worse than I thought they could get.

Do I now walk away from both parties, or should I make a choice and face the possibility of upsetting somebody? Grief! What does one do?

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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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Poet, writer and blogger, Ritu Bhathal

This week my guest is the poet, writer and blogger, Ritu Bhathal.

Well known throughout the world of blogging, Ritu is somebody whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several times after attending The Bloggers Bash over the last three years. She’s as bubbly in person as she is on her blog, and is one of the nicest people I’ve ever encountered during my life.

Click here to meet Ritu on the ‘Meet The Bloggers Who Attended The 2018 Bloggers Bash’ video.

Born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin, Ritu’s joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.

From childhood, she’s always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, Ritu has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes.

Now working as a qualified teacher, Ritu studied at Kingston University. She now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu’s blog is a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, and was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu now lives in Kent with her husband, two children, and not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.

Having published an anthology of poetry, Poetic RITUals, she is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

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Ritu’s song choice is Push It by Salt-N- Pepa.

Released in 1987, Push It is rather unusual. When the song was originally released, it was as the B-side to the single ‘Tramp.’ However, Push It proved more popular and as it started getting lots more airplay on the radio, was eventually released as an A-side single in 1988.

It became a number one hit in both Belguim and Holland, whilst it peaked at number two on the UK charts, and at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rather than being pushed, it seemed I was more likely being pulled in two different directions in September 1988.  Do you have a favourite song connected to direction? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, when the situation at Grassmere Road becomes even more traumatic, a quick decision is called for. But will it upset anybody and cause any friendships to end? Click here to find out.

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