49 Days In 1988: Week 42 – End Of An Era

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London – October 28th, 1988

When Marty arrived this morning with his belongings, it was a sad day that signalled the end of an era. 

Marcus and Marty were the last two to move out of Grassmere Road. It now stands empty, but with lots of happy memories within its walls. I don’t know why, but I’ve not stopped thinking about the place that was mine and four other guys’ home over the last few years. Reflecting back on it, it’s now all a part of our past lives, but I will continue to look forward to what the future holds.

Marty looked much better than when I last saw him. After dropping off his stuff, he caught a train to Manchester where he’s spending the next three weeks to recover. Unfortunately, Marcus hasn’t found anywhere else to live, so he’s been forced to move back in with his parents. They still don’t know he’s gay, so he’s going to have a tough time if he’s going to continue to hide it. 

Life for the former residents of Grassmere Road has finally changed. New lives are about to start for all of us, although only some of us have already set off on that adventure.

As for the house, it awaits its new occupants and the new adventures they will bring. 

Thank you for the great memories, Grassmere Road.

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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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Suzie, from the blog Suzie Speaks

This week my guest is somebody well known in the blogging world. She’s also one of the committee members of the annual Bloggers Bash event which has taken place every year since 2015. Who am I talking about? Suzie, from the blog Suzie Speaks.

Suzie’s blog was one of the first blogs where I discovered blogging tips. I thought I’d struck gold when I found them. Here was a professional blogger sharing what worked best for her when it came to writing quality posts that went on to attract thousands of readers and comments. It wasn’t long before I started seeing the benefits once I had implemented the tips and advice given by Suzie.

Suzie blog has recently gone on to be shortlisted as a finalist for Blogger of the Year at the Birmingham Awards. That’s a huge achievement and something I know we all wish her luck with.

Suzie is 36 and currently lives in Birmingham, UK, with her very patient husband (her words) – The Bloke, and their pet cat. She started blogging in 2013 (the year before I started) and now blogs full-time, running her own social media management business for bloggers and companies all over the world.

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Suzie with her husband – The Bloke.

I first met Suzie, in person, at the very first annual Bloggers Bash in 2015 (Click here to meet the bloggers who attended the first annual bloggers’ bash). Her blog was the first ever winner of the ‘Best Overall Blog’ award at the event. It also retook the award in 2016. If you’ve never visited Suzie Speaks, then now is the time.

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Suzie’s song choice is Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.

Released in 1981, Don’t Stop Believin’ is the second single from the band’s seventh album, Escape. The inspiration for the song came when band member Jonathan Cain used to call up his father to tell him that he was ready to give up in the music industry because there were no signs of any success. Cain’s father told his son, “Don’t Stop Believing.” Hence, the birth of a new successful song was born.

The song made it to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A but failed to chart in the UK. However, when re-released in the UK in 2009, it peaked at number six.

Towards the end of October 1988, all the former residents of Grassmere Road were probably told ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’ Do you have a favourite song connected to never giving up on something? Share a link to it in the comments.

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  1. Moving on – so glad I read this, Hugh. I worked my last day on Friday 11/2 and now a new beginning as a retiree. It’s not real to me yet, but I hope to let it sink in over the coming weeks. How nice to see Suzie here and I like her song choice. What a lot she has accomplished in a short time!

    1. Oh, wow! Happy retirement, Molly. New beginnings do indeed wait, or they’ve already begun. I remember the day I retired very well. One of the best days of my life. I’ve never looked back and regretted retiring. I think of it as life paying me back for all the hard work I did.

        1. I may decide to do that, Hugh. I’m going to chill for a time before I plunge into too many commitments just to see how things feel and how I adjust. I tend to over commit, so it will be good practice for me to see how I handle free time. Do you do volunteer work?

        2. I did, to begin with, then I discovered Blogging! It was a great help in getting me out of the house and putting me in touch with people. However, I soon discovered that just because I had retired, it didn’t mean I would lose touch with the human race. 😀

  2. It must have been a great series for you to write Hugh, I do enjoy reading your diaries. I never kept a diary, but I wish I had now 🙂 Lovely to see Suzie here, a blogging inspiration for sure, great song choice too 🙂

  3. New beginnings for the younger Hugh. Very exciting! And, I’m looking forward to reading the “juicy” details of your upcoming, past, love life. Good luck to Suzie for the Blogger of the Year awards! She has achieved a lot in the blogging world being this young still!

  4. It’s lovely looking back at our memories Hugh and your series have done that and so much more. It must have been so hard for your friend I hope he found happiness and didn’t wait too long to tell his parents. Great to see see Suzie here and discover her song choice.

    1. I’ve enjoyed this series a lot, Marje. It only seems like yesterday that you were my first guest on it.

      I’m not sure what happened to Marcus. I lost touch with him after we all moved out of Grassmere Road. He was a shy lad, so didn’t go out very much.

  5. Always good to move on, Hugh, and I loved to read your positive attitude toward the move. I have been in this same house of mine since 1988, so if I ever moved, I would miss more than half my life in this house. So great to read that Suzie is doing so well with her blog! She is one talented young lady!

    1. Wow! 30 years in the same home. That proves you must really enjoy living there, Terri. My Father has been living in the same house for almost 57 years. I think he likes living there too. It’s strange going back to visit the home where I grew up. Everything looks so small compared to when I was a child.

      1. There were times I wanted to move as a single mom, but could only afford my own house. My hubby is quite the carpenter as you may know, so with the room addition, second deck and a brand new fence among other touch-ups over the years, the house is pretty much how I want it! Plus the mortgage is dirt cheap 🙂 My mom’s home in San Diego is currently occupied by my stepson and his wife and baby girl. Eventually we will sell it upon my mom’s passing (whenever that will be). I do enjoy going to the house and remembering how short I was when I first looked out my bedroom window at age 10. That is amazing about your dad’s house!

  6. Great story Hugh. Love the way you sewed it up, Marty back staying with you. Our most transforming memories are when we’re young and on our own for the first time. Those were living days alright! :). Nice to learn about Susie too. Love the song pick! ❤ Hugs!

  7. New beginnings I always love new beginnings, that special leap of faith. The story continues now.
    Well it’s great to see Suzie here she is an amazing Lady! Great choice of song, Suzie.
    I have used this song before but it means so much to me 💜

  8. It’s a great post and thanks for sharing about Suzie! I would have to check her blog out as well in order to meet her. Hey BTW after taking your advice I went with wordpress and now my URL is bushraslifestyle.com. Thank you so much. I am going to do a post about it and gong to mention you in there. Stay blessed and stay connected.

    1. Thank you so much, Bushra. I had to fish out your comments from my WordPress spam folder again. I’ve no idea why they are going in there.

      Thank you for the upcoming mention in your next post. I’m so glad my advice is helping.

      Happy blogging.

        1. It’s strange why we sometimes end up in the spam folder. I experienced a lot of problems with all my comments going to spam a few years ago. In the end, I had to ask the Happiness Engineers at WordPress to sort it out for me. They eventually did.

          Do you know if the comments you’re leaving on other blogs are also going to spam?

    1. Suzie, it’s very nice to read about you here. I am so proud of you as a blogger and Would be stopping by to check out your blog. I am a fairly new blogger but looks like doing great and would be following your footsteps soon. Stay blessed and stay connected.

        1. Suzie, I would love to interview you for my “Successful bloggers interview series”. If you have some time. No rush as I have already book several right now. I would highly appreciate though. Thank you so much.

  9. I felt a little nostalgic, Hugh, with your farewell to Grassmere Rd. We all have those “ending eras” in our lives, don’t we? The ones that seemed to encapsulate a particularly meaningful time. Lovely to learn more about Suzi and her blogging excellence! She’s an inspiration.

  10. Wow. I can’t imagine running a social media business — except that it must be fascinating. Congrats to Suzie.
    Hugh, this entry rings of new beginnings and hope. I grinned when I saw the Journey song paired with it — perfect. With this positive influence, maybe I can believe again. 😉 Hugs.

    1. I think moving home is very much like being on the horizon of new beginnings and hope, Teagan. I’ve been on that horizon many times, probably a little too much. 😀

      Never stop believing. You do an amazing job. Those who don’t believe in you, aren’t looking through the right door. 🚪
      Hugs to you.

  11. Suzie’s choice of song is perfect! Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey has become a classic and a theme song for all of us daydream believers. Looks like an end of a chapter for you and your roommates and on to the next page. I can’t wait to hear more.

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