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London – October 7th, 1988
The interview I had yesterday has been on my mind all day. One thing it has done is to build my confidence up. There’s nothing like a job interview to boost one’s spirit, although I know that many people would have found it all very nerve-racking.
Some sad news I got on Wednesday was confirmed today. Marty is in hospital after overdosing on some substance. I didn’t want to believe he was taking drugs, but it’s now been confirmed that he is, and has been doing so for quite some time. I did warn him about it when I first heard that he was taking drugs, but he did nothing but call me a ‘kill-joy.’ It’s ended up putting him in Charring Cross hospital. I may visit him on Sunday if I get the time, but I do feel furious about it, especially with his so-called friends who led him into it in the first place.
There’s some talk between Simon and me about having a weekend trip to Amsterdam in two weeks time. I’ve never been before, so it sounds quite exciting. It could be the perfect pick-me-up.
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 author, writer and blogger, Olga Núñez Miret. Olga is another one of my guests whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person. We both attended the Llandelio Christmas Bookfair, both as authors, in December 2016 and enjoyed our catchup in person.
A writer and bookworm who worked for many years as a forensic psychiatrist, with a PhD in American Literature, and an MSc in Criminology, Olga started publishing her stories, in English and Spanish, in 2012 and now has over twenty books available in a variety of genres.
Olga also has a blog (in English and Spanish) and translates books for other authors (English-Spanish and vice versa). Although she lived in the UK for over 25 years, Olga has recently returned home to live in Barcelona, Spain, in search of inspiration for her stories.
One of Olga’s books, Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters has recently become available as an audiobook.
Book Blurb –
You are Pink, not the prettiest girl, but smart and with plenty of resources. What do you do when your best male friend offers to have sex with you because he thinks you’re a lost cause? You plot your revenge with your two best female friends, of course!
It seems you’re in luck when a new and mysterious student appears. And, to top it all, he seems interested in you too. He could take part in the plan. But then, he seems to have a plan of his own… He insists he’s not just an ordinary boy. And what seemed so easy, to begin with, gets more and more complicated when Heaven and Hell come knocking at Pink’s door.
Pink Matters is the story of Pink, a 17-year-old girl, a good student, articulate and smart. But she has never been the centre of attention or made the top ten in the rankings of the most popular and attractive girls at school. When two guys, both claiming to be angels, insist that she is, indeed, ‘special’, fight for her attention and help, and tell her she is the key to the future of the universe, she is quite cynical. But these guys can ‘do’ pretty amazing things, even miracles, so she has to wonder….
17 years old Pink is ‘the elected’ to end up the conflict between Heaven and Hell, and angels and demons fight over her. Who can she trust to help?
Being special is not all that’s cut out to be. Ask Pink.
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Olga’s song choice is Hold On Tight by Electric Light Orchestra.
Released in 1981, Hold On Tight was the first song to be released as a single from the band’s album Time. Apart from France, the song made it into the top 10 of every country it was released in, peaking at number one in Spain and Switzerland. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Olga.
In October 1988, it looks as if Marty was holding on tight to life, despite his encounter with the drug scene. Do you have a favourite song connected to holding on to something? Share a link to it in the comments.
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