49 Days In 1988: Week 45 – The Day After

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


Newport – November 20th, 1988

Why does it always happen? Something wonderful happens, and then you have to leave it behind because you’ve made plans.

I really didn’t want to make the trip home to Newport today. All I could think about on the train was what happened last night. It was only a few days ago that I felt as if the whole world was closing in on me and then, on the off chance, Cupid goes and sends me a lifeline.

Of course, Mum was pleased to see me, but it wasn’t long before she wanted to talk about the problems that have been stirred up by my Father. She seems to think there is a lot more to it than what we know, and she managed to convince me that she’s right.

This evening, I took mum for an evening out for a game of Bingo. She loves playing Bingo, and I rather enjoyed the evening with her. It was very strange being surrounded by some of her friends, all of whom kept asking me questions such as ‘who’s the lucky girl then?’ It seems they could see a sparkle in my eye: A sparkle which says ‘I’ve met the love of my life.’  Of course, they’re right!

I think this is the first time in 1988 that I’ve fallen in love. I can’t wait to get back to London on Friday so I can call Bob.

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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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Author, writer, and blogger, Brigid P. Gallagher

This week it gives me pleasure to introduce you to somebody who has not featured on my blog before. However, she is somebody who regularly visits and leaves comments on my blog posts. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author, writer and blogger, Brigid P. Gallagher.

Brigid aspired to become a doctor, but it was not her destiny. Instead, she spent thirteen years in the life assurance industry, before following her heart, and training in colour and crystal healing, aromatherapy, reflexology, nutritional medicine, flower essences, electro-crystal healing, radionics and E.F.T or Emotional Freedom Technique.

She practised and taught Natural Medicines for 20 years, facilitating classes for the Open Studies and Summer Schools of Stirling University from 1993 to 1999, and setting up the Scottish School of Holistic Healing.

In 1999, she relocated to Donegal, Ireland the home of her ancestors. Four years later, she succumbed to a mystery illness which was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia and possibly rheumatoid arthritis.

Stopping the world for 2 years, forced Brigid to reassess her life. She retrained in Organic Horticulture and taught this subject in schools part-time until early 2016. Her garden was featured in the Donegal Garden Trail in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Brigid continues her lifelong passion for gardening, singing and writing in her new life of SLOW.

She has written articles for Sixty and Me, The Mighty and WomELLE magazine and, in November 2016, published her first book, Watching The Daisies.

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

    • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
    • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
    •  Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self-help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being:

“First learn to love thyself.”

Click here to watch the book trailer.

Click here to buy Watching The Daisies.

Connect with Brigid.

Brigid’s song choice is The Sun Goes Down by Thin Lizzy.

Released in 1983, The Sun Goes Down was the last single from the band before they split. It only managed to peaked at number 52 in the UK charts, with much of the blame for its poor performance being put down to the fact that there was no official promotional video with the single because the record company had decided it was too expensive.

Back in late November 1988, it seems I wished for the sun to go down very quickly for four days in a row so that I could return to London to make that all-important phone call. Do you have a favourite song connected with the sun? Share a link to it in the comments.

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  1. Lovely to keep this year in 1988 going, Hugh. It seems you have some juicy writes in your diary. Heartbreak is never easy to deal with, especially if it involves a third party you might have to interact with which you alluded to in your last post. When it comes it comes and it sounded like it was dragging you down for a bit. Time with the family can set things straight. They might tease you but oh, sometimes they can be so right. Haven’t heard much of the band Thin Lizzy. But speaking about songs and sun, I love Sheryl Crow’s Soak Up The Sun. Such a breezy tune for a lovely warm summer’s afternoon.

    1. I hope you’re enjoying the late spring in Melbourne, Mabel?

      I’m glad you’re enjoying this diary series. It’s coming to an end soon and seems to have been very popular. I’m reliving lots of events from 1988. Some of them have even bought back the emotions I felt back then. It’s strange how something from over 30 years ago can still have that effect on you.

      Thank you for sharing that song with us. I hope you’ve been soaking up the spring sunshine in your part of the world.

      1. Late spring still feels like winter here in Melbourne. But it is slowly warming up.

        Coming to and end soon…but I am sure you will leave us with quite an ending 🙂 What is past that we experienced is inevitably a part of us, so maybe we will always feel something from it. Maybe sometimes down the track you will consider sharing more of your diaries with us 🙂

        1. Thanks, Mabel. Yes, it’s been suggested that I make a book from this series. It’s certainly something I have to think about.

          It sounds like your winter lasts as long as ours does. We can sometimes get frost and snow in early May. ☃️

        2. Maybe you will make a book out of this diary series. I am sure you will write many more books.

          Hopefully you enjoy your winter this year and may you have fun in the snow if it comes your way ☃️☃️☃️

  2. Hi Hugh! There’s nothing quite like meeting the love of your life. I’m looking forward to reading the next episode. Today is Thanksgiving here in the States and even in the midst of an ongoing national nightmare we still have many reasons to express gratitude. Thank you for being part of my ‘WordPress’ community.

    1. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and that you enjoy the rest of the weekend, Rob.

      Thank you so much for your lovely kind words and for also being an important part of my WordPress community.

      Have a great weekend. 🌈

    1. These things always seemed to happened just as I was about to go away, Diana. The same can happen on my blog. I’m about to go on a blogging break, and one of my older posts will suddenly go viral. Mustn’t complain, though. 😀

  3. A very under-rated song there – and I say that as a MASSIVE Thin Lizzy fan (lost count of how many times I saw them live). Not one of their barnstormers – they had plenty of those – but a useful reminder of their ability to do things differently. It probably lost a bit of traction as well because there were a couple of other songs with similar titles around the same time.
    I’ve not been following this series since the start, but I’m beginning to regret that, Hugh.

  4. Excellent song choice from Brigid. I enjoyed Watching the Daisies. I’m not sure how to feel about Bob, Hugh. When I read the entry I was so pleased for you but when I read your preview of next week I became less sure. Hope there isn’t heartache ahead.

  5. How lovely to see Brigid here, Hugh I love the song choice such a shame it didn’t do that well. George Michael…Don’t let the sun go down on me is a favourite of mine or House of the Rising Sun if I want to lift the roof off…lol

  6. Hi Hugh,
    Ah, you threw a curve to the story here. So the princess is infatuated with Bob? I guess that was predictable. Looking forward to where this is going. 😛

    Thank you for introducing us to Bridgid.


  7. Hi, Hugh – It’w wonderful that this blog entry has left on such a positive note. I definitely do not want this series to end!
    Hi, Brigid – It’s nice to see you here. Thank you for introducing us to ‘The Sun Goes Down’. I have never heard this song before.

    1. Unfortunately, the video isn’t available in the UK so it won’t play for me, Molly. I’ll look it up and see if I can find a version that will play. Thanks, however, for sharing your choice of song with us.
      Yes, things were certainly heating up toward the end of 1988. But is the prospect of colder weather about to cool things down?

  8. Mum’s and their friends need to have the answers they want … While sons long for their hearts desires.
    Hi Bridget great to meet you, great piece of music.
    Hugh, here is my favourite sun song of all time.

  9. Oh golly I hope Cupid’s arrow did not go astray although I guess it’s too late for my hopes to have any meaning! Sorry to hear about Brigid’s illnesses although it sounds like she’s a strong gal who will soldier though. Brigid I understand means strong!

  10. I’ll declare an interest here, as Brigid and I are mutual blog and blog page followers, as well as being Facebook friends. I agree with all the good things you say about her! A great choice of song, too, and good to choose one of the band’s lesser known songs.

    You asked for ‘sun’ songs. I’ll give you two. Firstly one by the Beatles. No, not THAT one! Try Sun King, also from the Abbey Road album, instead. My second suggestion is Sun Comes Up It’s Tuesday Morning, by the Cowboy Junkies. Hope you enjoy them!

    1. Thank you, Clive. All credit to Brigid for choosing that song. It’s not one I’d heard before, but I do remember the band.

      Thank you for your song choices too. I’ll certainly look them up and give them a listen. It’s always great to be introduced to some new music.

        1. I found them both on YouTube, Clive. I liked The Beatles song very much. That’s a song I could certainly sit back and relax to.

          This series is almost at an end (only another four weeks to go). but enjoy the rest of the ride.

  11. Oh Hugh!!! Who??? 😍 I’m tentatively happy for you!
    Brigid, that’s a lovely photo of you 🙂
    Since I’m at home, nursing sick kids and myself, I’d like to say “The Sun Has Got His Hat In” as my song choice … Missing my nursery!

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