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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?
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.
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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