Wednesday 10th January 1990

This was a sunny and dry day to take down our Christmas decorations which started with the normal panic of organising the children's first day back at Kimbolton School as I suffered from a head cold with a temperature which was rather uncomfortable. After suffering from bouts of depression and disorganisation at the moment, Di has at last booked herself on to a health check and beauty programme.

Later, a meeting of the Little Paxton Village Hall Committee, which went well, and then to see the rest of the St Neots Town Council meeting afterwards which was awful. The news today is of the TUC and CBI joining forces to appeal to the Chancellor to reduce interest rates and join the EMS despite Thatcher's opposition to both. China has ended Martial Law and so the process of resuming international relations begins, despite the atrocities of Tiananmen Square.

I completed my series of telephone calls last night, getting into bed with Diana when she was still awake at 11.00pm. A sound night’s sleep that seemed milder than of late and then awake at 7.00am this morning for the children's first day back at Kimbolton School. The usual panic to get them ready and out and then, after Diana had taken Della to Little Paxton School, I wrote cheques for all our outstanding bills and she took the envelopes into St Neots to post for me. I worked on at more paperwork and booked Daniel and I onto a Sunday course in February on marine VHF radio operation. The sun was shining today which made me wish I was in Norfolk on our new boat. I have a head cold with a temperature which is rather uncomfortable.

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Tuesday 9th January 1990

A late and tired start on a fairly fine day to take the rest of the family to town whilst Debbie was briefly at her horse-riding because of her need to finish off her project. I ordered ordering a couple of battery chargers to be permanently installed on the boat, investigated getting a more portable version of the MAC Plus, and then prepared for the evenings St Neots Museum meetings at which the problems of finding a site were depressing everyone.

Gorbachev faced mounting ethnic violence in Azerbaijan and mass demonstrations being planned in Lithuania offering more autonomy whilst ensuring the integrity of the Soviet block. Two RAF jet fighters collide in mid-air over Northumberland, with a Tornado crashing and injuring its two pilots. Airbus Industrie threatened British Aerospace with damage claims after a dispute cost the Airbus consortium $40m in lost production

To bed earlier last night but still tired when woken up this morning. Though my morning tea came at 7.00am, I was not ready for breakfast at 8.00am and the rest of the family had left the table by the time I arrived. Even so, Della came and sat with me to keep me company. This morning, I went out with Diana and Daniel into St Neots to have a haircut. Then coffee together in the Harvest Bakery before we came home. Debbie was at her horse-riding, but Diana did not allow her to stay long because of her need to finish off her project. After lunch, I just did a few chores and read the morning mail. These action items included investigating the status of the outstanding things on the boat and ordering a couple of battery chargers to be permanently installed there.

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Monday 8th January 1990

A day which was sunny and dry but a little cold, we first served breakfast with our guests - Gary for Daniel and Helen for Debbie – before Debbie took her friend horse-riding and Amy and Katherine Law came to take Della for her first day back at school. Daniel had Gary all day and they used my computer to type a report for Gary's Dad.

I went with David Rudd and Derek Eyons, the St Neots Town Clerk, to see the District Council in Huntingdon to try and secure a site for St Neots Museum. Following continuing deadlock in the ambulance dispute, Clarke is rejecting any further talks, even though there is 90% public support for the ambulancemen and Tory back-bench M.P.'s are showing signs of anxiety and the outgoing chairman of British Rail, Sir Robert Reid, is highly critical of government policy towards the railways and calls for more capital investment

A better night's sleep, but still tired and looking forward to getting an earlier bedtime tonight. Breakfast with our guests - Gary for Daniel and Helen for Debbie. The girls went horse-riding today; Di took Debbie's bike so that one could cycle as the other rode and vice-versa. It was Della's first day back at school and Amy and Katherine Law came to go with her and that was fine, although Amy looked sad to see Debbie going horse-riding with another friend. Daniel had Gary all day and they used my computer to type a report for Gary's Dad. I had several telephone calls this morning, with the corrections on the copy that I had put out. Sally came around with a photo and then, much later, I amended the copy and printed out the final sheets and took them round to Michael Pope's place for him to deliver to Cambridge for printing in the morning.

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Sunday 7th January 1990

On a dry morning, after a late night for me and the girls, I was tired this morning, but I eventually started and worked all day producing four local editions of FOCUS newsletters, which were well received. Di took the girls to the cinema whilst the boys experimented with radio transmitters.

Kenneth Clarke was sending contradictory messages about settling the Ambulancemen’s pay dispute, the post-revolutionary situation in Bucharest is far from a happy one with demonstrations in the streets for faster reforms. A year after the London to Belfast Boing 737 crashed on the A1 at Kegworth, the report is awaited on why the wrong engine was shut down

I stayed up very late last night watching the recorded highlights of the day's F.A. Cup football matches which were quite exciting. In the end, it was after midnight before I got to bed, and the night seemed short when I was woken up at 8.00am this morning. Debbie and Helen had been eating a "midnight feast" of chocolates etc. and so I was not the only one that suffered. This morning, I was a bit slow to get going as I had to deal with the doves and fish etc, but I eventually got down to work at about 10.00am.

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