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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

25 things from 25 years ago

Today is my birthday.  It is not a special birthday with a zero on the end (that was last year) but it is twenty five years since I left school (and the first time that anyone took GCSE's).

So, in the year that Alexandra Burke, Jessie J, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Tulisa Contostavlos were born 

people born in 1988

and in the year that Kenneth Williams, Percy Thrower  Roy Kinnear, Roy Orbison and Russell Harty died

people who died in 1988

all of this was happening.



Films I watched were...

Films from 1988

The Accused, Big, Moonwalker, Rainman, Young Guns

Music I was listening to was...

Music from 1988

Blue Monday by New Order, Faith by George Michael, Need You Tonight by INXS, Sign Your Name by Terence Trent d'Arby, The Only Way Is Up by Yazz and the Plastic Population

The TV programmes I was watching were...

TV programmes from 1988

Neighbours (because it moved to the 5.25pm tea time slot), Red Dwarf, Roseanne, This Morning (with Richard and Judy), The Wonder Years

In the news...

In the news in 1988

Edwina Currie caused havoc by stating the most eggs were infected with solmonella, Paul Gascoine became the first £2million footballer by leaving Newcastle United to join Tottenham Hotspur, The Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie killing 270 people, the North Sea oil platform, Piper Alpha was destroyed in an explosion and Margaret Thatcher became the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.

And elsewhere...

Everything else in 1988

Tales Of The Unexpected and Crossroads ended, the pound note ceased to be legal tender, A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking was published, Ben Johnson ran a drug-assisted 100m in 9.79 seconds and, on the same day, Carl Lewis ran the 100m in 9.92 seconds.

What were you doing in 1988?