Saturday 27th September 1986

A day working on the Hayling View upstairs windows with just Debbie at home as the family were out, returning in time for lunch together at the Caxton Happy Eater before an abortive outing with Diana to the Huntingdon Cinema after it was sold out after she had taken too much time to get read. Prisoner riots take place about overcrowding at Risley, heavy fighting in Beirut kills 14 and injures 200 and an intermediary steps forward to try and get Daniloff released to solve an East/West stand-off but Reagan’s latest South African sanction veto will be overturned by Congress and he has attracted the ire of Archbishop Tutu for dual standards because Reagan had acted against Libya and Nicaragua already.

Awoke to another misty morning  day working on the Hayling View upstairs windows with just Debbie at home as the family were out, returning in time for lunch together at the Caxton Happy Eater before an abortive outing with Diana to the Huntingdon Cinema after it was sold out after she had taken too much time to get read. Prisoner riots take place about overcrowding at Risley, heavy fighting in Beirut kills 14 and injures 200 and an intermediary steps forward to try and get Daniloff released to solve an East/West stand-off but Reagan’s latest South African sanction veto will be overturned by Congress and he has attracted the ire of Archbishop Tutu for dual standards because Reagan had acted against Libya and Nicaragua already.nd fine day to follow. An early call on Saturday so that we can get through breakfast in time for Daniel to walk to St Neots and catch the bus. I ate toast and homemade marmalade and spent a little time, after, reading the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle. The sun was soon breaking through as I fed the doves and then I climbed the ladder to wash and sandpaper another four windows. Got Debbie and I a morning drink, as the rest of the family were out, and then applied an undercoat to the windows. Locked up, got changed and we waited for Di to return. She had a lot of trouble with the building society transactions, but successfully got to St Ives to collect the window seat foam and to Biggleswade to get some more Jordans wheat flakes. We drove to Caxton Happy Eater for lunch, which was an improvement on Tempsford – bigger and better appointed. Then home, so that I could put on a gloss coat. I am running out of windows that have no putty to dry or work that needs doing on them prior to decoration. This evening I put the doves and ducks away, showered, washed my hair and changed, to take Di out to the cinema. She took her time getting ready and, when we eventually got to Huntingdon cinema and queued up for ages, it was full and we had to come home again. What a waste of time and effort. Still, Daniel had a good excuse to stay up and we had an early night. News tonight is of preparations for the Labour Party Conference and the inclusion of a resolution to phase out nuclear power, but Neil Kinnock estimates it will take 20 years to take place. A convicted prisoner serving an 18 year prison sentence and who was rescued by a helicopter piloted by his wife, has been recaptured during a bank robbery shoot-out. Heavy fighting has taken place in Beirut, Lebanon, Killing 14 and injuring 200. Dr Hammer, President of US company, Occidental Petroleum, is acting as an intermediary to try to obtain the release of Daniloff. Eighteen prisoners are still on the roof of Risley Prison, dismantling and throwing down security lights in a protest about overcrowding. The government look like banning Libyan Airline flights from the UK, after their involvement in the recent terrorist case. Reagan has vetoed the Bill on S African sanctions and this is expected to be overturned by a further vote. Archbishop Tutu has castigated him for his veto and accused him of dual standards, because of other sanctions on Libya and Nicaragua. More fine weather is forecast for the next day or two.

Friday 26th September 1986

Some close supervision of our children today, with Daniel now expected to do 2 ¼ hrs homework nightly and Debbie taken horse-riding on a dry day after a cold night when the builders had completed the foundation for the new wall and were bricklaying again and then Diana and I had spent our customary day in Bedford and we heard of terrorist incidents in Jordon and The Lebanon and Ulster but the main news was of Reagan seeming to lose his stand against South African sanctions,  as Thatcher’s ally, because an 80% Congress vote stands to rule out his veto.

A cold night, but we slept well until the dawn of a misty morning. Washed and shaved ready for breakfast and it was boiled egg this morning. Out to the doves and soon the builders had arrived. Yesterday they had completed the demolition and laid the foundations and today they laid some bricks, although far fewer than I had expected. Took Di to Bedford today for our normal Friday shopping expedition. Set off in the Escort and, after our traditional coffee (orange juice and biscuits for Della), went our different ways. To Peacocks and a quick look round the auction.

Thursday 25th September 1986

Another dry day spent between monitoring the children, with their meals and homework, and then the builders who have demolished my garden wall for re-building whilst I was still stripping the paint from windows and doors and re-painting them. This as Norma arrived for lunch, the East-West arms agreement should limit Greenham Common missiles and eliminate the need for Molesworth at all but the SDP/Alliance parties are at odds over the outcome. Bad industrial news as Thatcher’s stooge, Graham Day, sacks Rover Group’s long term Chairman Harold Musgrove and the pound falls to a new low and trade figures are terrible

 

Slept OK and awoke on time to my morning tea. Showered, shaved and dressed and still time to check out the children’s rooms before breakfast. Croissants for the children, but they were not available to me because of our diet. I made do with another bowl of wheat flakes. Out to the doves and the weather continues fine still. At 8.30am sharp the builders arrived and were soon followed by a large delivery of bricks. Then a skip and soon the lads were demolishing the wall, brick-by-brick.

Wednesday 24th September 1986

More house decorating today and then clearing up afterwards ready for the builder to start making garden walls tomorrow before quality time with the kids, helping Daniel with his homework, reading to Debbie and noting Della also having a friend round to play today. Ulster police in trouble over fatal ‘rubber bullet’ killing, TSB state sell-off hopelessly oversubscribed and more trouble in South Africa as Winnie Mandela addresses the grieving Kinross mine mourners with claims of poor mine safety for blacks

 

Slept well, even though it was quite warm in my bedroom. Up on time to my morning tea, then showered and shaved before my breakfast of wheat flakes. A different brand to Jordans and it seems that this type is becoming quite popular. Weighed 13st 11 lbs on the scales this morning, which is 4lbs less than when I started slimming. Already my trousers fit much more comfortably. There was a misty rain in the air this morning and none of the fog that was forecast. Went out to feed the doves and then went straight into the decorating again.