49 Days In 1988: Week 46 – The Waiting Game

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London – November 26th, 1988

By the time I went out tonight, Bob had been on my mind much of the day. However, by midnight I had got myself in such a state that I really felt ill.

It was only through a chance meeting with Ian, a friend I hadn’t seen since last year, that my evening got better and the disappointment of Bob not turning up soon subsided. Ian did a great job with cheering me up. We chatted for the rest of the evening, in fact until closing time and, although no firm plans were made, I hope we do meet up again. It’s a shame we lost touch, but London is a big city, and people do get lost and drift apart.

But where do I stand with Bob? I got upset when he never showed up tonight even though there were no firm plans that a meeting would take place. I guess I shall wait by the phone tomorrow and hope he does call me. If he doesn’t, then it could be not until next weekend before we meet again. Can I wait for that long?

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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.

This week my guest is the author, writer, blogger, and Chairperson of the Bloggers Bash 2019, Graeme Cumming. I met Graeme at the very first Bloggers Bash in 2015, and he’s one of very few who have gone on to attend all Bloggers Bash events since then.

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Author, writer, and blogger, Graeme Cumming

Graeme lives in Robin Hood country and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage.

This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

Graeme’s book, Ravens Gathering, was published in November 2012 and is still pulling in fabulous reviews. It’s been described as a ‘Very Gripping Read’, ‘a Creeping Menace’, and ‘Quite an experience – and a thoroughly excellent read’, amongst other positive reviews.

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Graeme’s song choice is Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer.

Released in 1986, Addicted To Love became Palmer’s signature song, thanks in part to the popular video that featured high fashion models. It was one of the last 45 RPM singles to receive a million-selling Gold certification. The song peaked at the number one spot in both the U.S.A and Austrailia and at number five in the UK’s singles charts.

It seems I was addicted to love back in late November 1988, even though I had no boyfriend to share it with. Do you have a favourite song connected with something that is not real? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week –  The all-important phone call finally arrives. Is the waiting game finally over, or is the call some bad news? Click here to find out.

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65 thoughts

  1. Hi Hugh enjoying the saga still. Hi Graeme nice to read up on you and hear your taste in music.
    Hugh I thought about your question music about something not real. Imogen Heap again (sorry) Meantime. “Will then next love be the real one?)

  2. Looking forward to hearing more about Bob. Great to see Graeme here, I loved his book Ravens Gathering. I met Graeme at the last Bloggers bash & he was one of many who made this, ‘first timer’ very welcome & at ease 😊

  3. You left us on a bit of a cliff, Hugh. Ah those chance meetings. I had one of a different nature this week — and it lead to a valuable new connection.
    It’s nice to meet Graeme. The novel sounds terrific. Hugs to you both.

  4. What a fitting song choice for your 1988 diary entries, Hugh. I’ll be waiting with you to see how Bob returns, or not, into your life and diary entries.

    Graham appears to be in good shape and multi-talented, based on his interests and passions. I love reading thrillers, and, as you might know, I have a sailing past. I wonder whether he ever wrote a suspense story that involved being out on the water…

    1. Yes, it was fitting, wasn’t it, Liesbet? I’ll let you into a secret, though. Graeme didn’t pick the date, I did. So, when I got his song choice and then read my diary, I knew which date to plump for. The last three dates for this feature have all been chosen by my last few guests, though.

      I’m sure Graeme will answer your question about a suspense story involving water. However, your question does remind me of a great movie I watched recently called ‘The Reef’, which is about a group of friends on a boat in the open water. I won’t give away any spoilers just in case you decide to ever watch it.

      1. Smart move about picking this date, Hugh! “The Reef” sounds interesting. I wonder whether it is similar to “Open Water”, which is not a movie you’d want to watch while sailing the oceans of the world (which we did, the watching it and the while sailing the oceans of the world). 🙂

    2. Multi-talented may be overstating it a bit, Liesbet, but I do like a bit of variety in life.
      As for water-based stories, they do say you should write what you know, so you’ll be pleased to know there are two in the pipeline where water plays a significant part. Just got to finish them and get them out there!
      Thanks for commenting

  5. Great to meet Graeme and to see what has inspired him in his writing, Hugh! Seems like a kindred spirit with all his outdoor activities! You must be getting to the end of your series, Hugh! We do enjoy “waiting” each week to hear more about 1988 🙂

    1. Yes, we’re coming to the end of this series now, Terri. With only three more weeks to go, not even I know how it’s all going to end. My last three guests all picked the dates, so it’s down to them. I have to be able to blame somebody, don’t I? 😀

    2. If only the weather wasn’t conspiring to curtail those outdoor activities at the moment, Terri. I must confess to being a fair weather outdoorsman, and right now the UK#s weather can’t be described as fair!

  6. This series has featured some awesome song choices…and numerous cliff hangers!! Thank you Hugh, Graeme, and all Guest Authors/Bloggers. I am already hoping that this series wraps up on a very positive note…and doesn’t leave us hanging! 🙂

    1. I agree, Donna. And all thanks to my wonderful guests in this series. As for the cliffhangers, now we know where I got them from in my short stories.
      Only three more weeks of this series to go. I haven’t looked at the last entry yet, so I have no idea how this series is going to end. I only read ahead when drafting the next post. Not long to wait to find out, though.

    1. Wait! I’m on the Bloggers Bash committee? How did that happen?!
      Thanks for the best wishes. It would be good to meet in person (that’s what the Bash is all about!), but here will do for now…

  7. Hi Hugh,
    Well, I must say the Princess missed an opportunity letting Ian walk. If I remember correctly, at one time she had the hots for him. Mmm. So who will win out? This is such a difficult experience for a princess in training to be a queen. LOL

    It was great to be introduced to Graeme. His work sounds interesting.

    Here is my music contribution for this week:

    1. Oh, Ian was never in the running to become royalty, honest, Chuck. 😀However, Prince Bob has a ring to it, wouldn’t you say? 😀

      Thank you for sharing your music choice with us. Almost bought tears to my eyes – just like Bob did.

  8. The waiting game is tough. I remember it well! Lovely to see Graeme here this week with a terrific song choice. My sisters and I had dreams of being either Bryan Ferry or Robert Palmer’s backing singers.

    1. A bit different to Thin Lizzy, Brigid. I never got to see Mr Palmer live, though I did see Roxy Music – that’s on my blog somewhere as well. This one just screams ’80s, though, so it seemed more appropriate.

        1. It was a special time. These days you wouldn’t get to see artists of this calibre in anything less than an arena – and you’d need to take out a second mortgage to pay for it!

  9. Didn’t know the song, but the lyrics brought back memories of young, intense love, Hugh. The thought of waiting by the phone brought back those memories, too. Such longing and uncertainty! And disappointment when plans, however loose they may be, don’t work out. Thanks for the intro to Graeme. His book looks like a thriller!

    1. Ah, the days before wifi and the internet, Molly. The waiting game was so much longer back then, without many ways to contact somebody. No social media to check if they were down the pub or going out with somebody else. It’s no wonder people often say ‘The Good Old Days’.

      As for Graeme’s book, it’s had some great reviews. From what I’ve read, you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat.

  10. It’s always good to have a friend to cheer you up. I hope Bob calls you soon. I guess I have to wait and see. Addicted to love is another great song from that era. I was living in Calgary, Alberta at the time. It was such a fun place and these songs are bringing back some awesome memories.

    1. We’ll find out about that phone call next week. Bob was a big influence on my life. I even found a photo of him when looking through a scrapbook I’d kept during 1988.
      I’m so pleased to hear that the song choices from my guests are bringing back some great memories for you. Music is so powerful.

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