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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