Sometimes I get to feelin'
I was back in the old days, long ago
The sun was always shinin', we just lived for fun.*
Have you seen Channel 4's 'It's A Sin?
It's got me all nostalgic for the 80s.
That was definitely the time that I had the most fun and while it has been wonderful being a mum and seeing my four children grow up, it has always had an undercurrent of fear.
Not so my youth.
During the time 'It's A Sin' is set, between 1985 and 1988 coincided with my years at Bangor University, when life was all about fun, friends and squeezing the most out of every day and night.
It was such an optimistic time when I truly felt I could do anything and be anything I wanted.
If only that feeling could be bottled.
|My first day at uni in late September 1985|
I was the first in my family to go to university.
My dad left school at 14 and my mum, 16.
They were so proud.
But I couldn't wait to leave my two up, two down terraced home in Manchester and hit the bright lights and big city of Bangor - well it did have a cathedral!
I remember my Chemistry teacher saying 'going to university was the respectable way to leave home.'
I didn't needed an excuse.
In my first year I lived in a women-only hall of residence which left a distinct smell of disinfectant on your clothes and hair.
Everyone at uni knew where you lived when you walked into a lecture.
I swear when I picked these photos out of the album, they still had that smell.
It was there, during my first week that I watched the news and heard that Rock Hudson had died.
It was around this time that Aids started to enter my consciousness.
And then my friend told me how her gran had thrown away a cup after she had taken her gay friend round to the house for coffee.
A very similar scene is in "It's A Sin.'
I was never without an instamatic camera in the days when we had to send the film away to be printed.
Mungo Jerry played in the students' union during Fresher's Week but it was Divine who for some inexplicable reason decided to play at Bangor University that stole the show later that year.Sadly, he had died before we graduated.
We lived in an amazing house called Pen-y-bryn which means top of the hill and I had a fabulous view from my bedroom window.
I think we only cleaned the house once on our first day.
I left uni with a husband, an English degree and a feeling I couldn't articulate, one I discovered last year is called saudade.
A feeling summed up in this fabulous song by Queen.
In fact it was only when Freddie Mercury died that I felt a connection to Aids.
I just loved him and remember staying up all night with friends watching Live Aid on the telly.
And if you like watching a telly - I would high recommend 'It's A Sin' although beware who you watch it with as the first episode is on the hedonistic side.
* lyrics by BRIAN MAY, FREDDIE MERCURY, JOHN DEACON, ROGER TAYLOR
So today in homage to the 80s I am wearing big hair, lace, bling and bright colours.
Have a great weekend.
Boots and Lace Body - M & S
Dress - H&M