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Out Of Tune With The Times

1979 is the year of the disco diva. Gloria Gaynor has a UK number 1 in March with I Will Survive (Lyn Paul will later borrow this song for her stage act); Anita Ward's Ring My Bell is a UK number 1 in June; Sister Sledge have two Top 10 hits with He's The Greatest Dancer and We Are Family while Donna Summer's duet with Barbra Streisand, No More Tears (Enough is Enough), is a Top 5 hit in November.

Having been steered towards middle of the road material and the cabaret circuit by her management, Lyn finds herself out of tune with the times. As a result she splits with her management company, Mike Hughes Associates.

Lyn and her fiancé Vince McCaffrey also put their wedding plans on hold while Lyn takes stock of her career. In what turns out to be the last Lyn Paul Fan Club newsletter (March 1979), Lyn's sister Mandi writes:

"We haven't got a lot of good news for you ... Sadly, although Lyn and Vince are still engaged so many things seem to have cropped up to stand in the way of wedding bells. They have both decided to shelve plans for now, so the wedding dress is to be packed away."

In the same newsletter Mandi writes about her recent stage appearances with Lyn:

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working with a sister I'm very close to and whom I admire greatly as an artist. I've learned more watching her in the past couple of months than I have in two years."

During 1979 Lyn makes two guest appearances on ATV's popular game show Celebrity Squares (10th February and 7th April). Guests on the first show include: ventriloquist Keith Harris and Cuddles, Ian Lavender (Private Pike in Dad's Army), Vidal Sassoon and Barbara Windsor. The second show features Tim Brooke-Taylor (The Goodies), Michele Dotrice (Betty in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em), Clement Freud, Dave Lee Travis, George Melly and Robin Nedwell (Duncan Waring in Doctor In The House). Stalwart Willie Rushton appears on both shows.

Celebrity Squares (TV Times). "Bob Monkhouse greets guests Lyn Paul (right) and Barbara Windsor to Celebrity Squares".

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On 22nd December Lyn and Mandi set off for a booking in Singapore. Christmas is brought forward so that they can celebrate with the rest of the family a few days before they leave.


Cliff Richard has one of the biggest hits of his career with We Don't Talk Anymore (EMI 2975). The single owes its success in part to songwriter and musician Alan Tarney. In the early '70s Tarney had worked with Lyn Paul and the New Seekers as a session musician, playing on the albums Beautiful People, New Colours, We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and Circles. He co-wrote and produced the New Seekers' 1977 single Give Me Love Your Way (recorded after Lyn Paul had left the group). He also worked with ex-New Seeker Peter Doyle on his solo album Skin Deep.


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In the News - 1979

On 7th January the Vietnamese capture Phnom Penh. Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge forces flee to the border region with Thailand. On 10th January the new Cambodian-backed regime, with Hun Sen as Prime Minister and Heng Samrin as President, re-names the country the People's Democratic Republic of Kampuchea (PDRK).

The oil tanker Betelguese explodes in Bantry Bay on 8th January, claiming the lives of 50 people.

The 'Music for UNICEF Concert' is held at the United Nations General Assembly on 9th January to raise money for UNICEF and promote the International Year of the Child.

The UK faces what became known as the "Winter of discontent" - strikes, lay-offs and rubbish piled high in the streets. On 11th January The Sun newspaper runs the headline "Crisis? What Crisis?", ridiculing the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, who had returned from a summit in Guadeloupe the previous day, contesting the "parochial view" of the press "that there is mounting chaos".

On 13th January the Y.M.C.A. file a libel lawsuit against the Village People over their song, Y.M.C.A. The suit was later dropped.

On 14th January the US President Jimmy Carter asks Congress to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday.

The Shah of Iran is forced into exile. Faced by violent protests against his regime, he and Empress Farah fly to Aswan in Egypt on 16th January for what is officially described as a rest.

1.5 million public sector workers in the UK go on strike on 22nd January. Police and army ambulances are used to maintain emergency services.

Grave diggers and crematorium operators employed by Liverpool City Council go on strike on 24th January. The Council sets up a temporary mortuary in a factory in Fleming Road, Speke to store corpses until they can be buried.

Nelson Rockeffeller, who served as the 41st Vice President of the United States (1974–77) under President Gerald Ford, dies on 26th January, aged 70.

On 29th January 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opens fire on the entrance of the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, killing two people and injuring nine others. Asked why she did it, she replies: "I don't like Mondays." Cue a hit for the Boomtown Rats.


The Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran on 1st February after 14 years in exile. On 11th February soldiers previously loyal to the Shah give up the fight to defend the old regime.

Patty Hearst is released from prison on 1st February, after President Jimmy Carter commutes her seven-year sentence to the 22 months she had served.

Sid Vicious (real name: Simon John Ritchie), bass guitarist with the Sex Pistols, dies from an overdose of heroin in New York on 2nd February, aged 21.

The French film director Jean Renoir dies on 12th February, aged 84.

Chinese troops invade Vietnam on Saturday, 17th February in order to establish "a peaceful and stable border" with its neighbour. The troops are withdrawn on 5th March.

Snow falls in the Sahara Desert on 18th February.

Saint Lucia becomes an independent state on 22nd February. Princess Alexandra represents Queen Elizabeth II at the independence celebrations.

Civil servants belonging to the Civil and Public Services Association and to the Society of Civil and Public Servants hold a 24-hour strike on 23rd February in support of a pay claim.


In a referendum on devolution held on 1st March Welsh voters reject the proposal by a majority of four to one. In Scotland the result is less clear-cut, with 32.85% in favour and 30.78% against.

The New Jewel Party led by Maurice Bishop seizes power in Grenada on 13th March, while the Prime Minister, Sir Eric Gairy, is at the United Nations in New York.

The European Monetary System (EMS) comes into force on the same day, establishing an Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) to reduce exchange rate variability and achieve monetary stability in Europe.

Sir Richard Sykes, the British Ambassador in the Netherlands, is shot dead outside his home in The Hague on 22nd March.

On 26th March the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, and the Egyptian President, Anwar al-Sadat, shake hands on a peace deal at the White House.

On 28th March the Labour government loses a vote of no confidence. A general election is called for 3rd May.

An accident involving a water pump at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, also on 28th March, leads to a leak of radioactive steam in Pennsylvania, USA.

On 30th March Tory MP Airey Nieve is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.

On 31st March Israel wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year in a row - on this occasion with the song Hallelujah, performed by Gali Atari and Milk & Honey. The UK entry, Mary Ann by Black Lace, finishes seventh.

Apr On 1st April the Ayatollah Khomeini proclaims an Islamic republic in Iran.

On 4th April the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders his 11th victim.

On the same day the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is hanged in Rawalpindi.

Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton get married in Beverly Hills on 6th April.

The Deer Hunter wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 51st Academy Awards ceremony on 9th April.

Elections are held in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia on 10th April (the "White Roll") and on 21st April {the "Common Roll"). The United African National Council (UANC) led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa wins 51 of the 72 seats elected by the "Common Roll". The United Nations Security Council declares the results of the "so-called elections" null and void.

On 11th April the Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda, forcing the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya.

Yusufu Lule returns from exile in Tanzania on 13th April to be sworn in as the new President of Uganda.

Two passenger trains crash head-on outside Paisley Gilmour Street station on 16th April, killing the drivers of both trains and five passengers.

On Monday, 23rd April there are violent demonstrations against a National Front meeting in Southall. Blair Peach, a 33-year-old school teacher from New Zealand, dies from the injuries he receives. A verdict of death by misadventure is recorded but, according to a report published in 2010, he was probably hit by a police officer.

On 27th April the USA releases two convicted KGB spies, Valdik Enger and Rudolf Chernyaev, in exchange for five Soviet dissidents, among them Alexander Ginzburg and Eduard Kuznetsov.

On 30th April the Prince of Wales opens London Underground's new Jubilee Line.


Elton John becomes the first pop star to perform in Israel and the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia. He gives three concerts at the Philharmonic Hall, Jerusalem (1st - 3rd May), two concerts at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv (5th - 6th May) and eight concerts in the Soviet Union between 21st - 28th May.

The Conservative Party wins the UK general election with a House of Commons majority of 43. Among the MPs who lose their seats are Labour's Shirley Williams and the former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe. On 4th May Margaret Thatcher becomes the UK's first woman Prime Minister.

A fire breaks out in the Woolworths store in the centre of Manchester on Tuesday 8th May, killing 10 people.

On 9th May police open fire on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, killing 24 people and wounding many more.

On 22nd May Conservatives win the general election in Canada. The Liberal leader, Pierre Trudeau, who had been Prime Minister of Canada since 1968, is succeeded by Joe Clark.

An American Airlines DC-10 (Flight 191 from Chicago to Los Angeles) crashes as it is taking off from O'Hare International Airport on 25th May. All 258 passengers and 13 crew on board are killed.

On 29th May Bishop Abel Muzorewa becomes the first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.


From 1st June Rhodesia officially becomes known as Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, with a new government headed by Bishop Muzorewa. Former Prime Minister Ian Smith is given the role of Minister without portfolio.

Pope John Paul II returns to his homeland of Poland on 2nd June, thereby becoming the first Roman Catholic pontiff to visit a Communist-ruled country.

John Voster resigns as President of South Africa on 4th June.

On 6th June Chuck Berry is sentenced to five months in jail for tax evasion.

Less than a third of UK voters turn out for the first direct elections to the European Parliament on 7th June. The Conservatives win 60 seats, Labour 17 and the Scottish Nationalists 1.

British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell, who gained the Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to The Queen Mother in 1940 and the Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II in 1957, dies on 8th June, aged 77.

John Wayne, famous for his starring roles in films such as The Quiet Man (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), The Longest Day (1962) and True Grit (1969), dies of cancer on 11th June, aged 72.

On Monday, 18th June Presidents Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT-2) in Vienna.

On 22nd June, after two-and-a-half days of deliberation, the Jury in the Jeremy Thorpe trial finds the former Liberal leader not guilty on charges of incitement to murder and conspiracy to murder Norman Scott.


The Sony Walkman TPS-L2, the world's first portable stereo cassette player, goes on sale in Japan on 1st July.

Van McCoy, who had Top 5 hits with The Hustle (1975) and The Shuffle (1977), dies from a heart attack on 6th July, aged 39.

On 9th July the UK government publishes proposals for Trade Union reform, including a tightening of the law on secondary picketing and the provision of public funds for secret ballots.

Chuck Berry is sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion on 10th July.

On Wednesday, 11th July, after five years unoccupied in orbit, the US space laboratory Skylab 1 disintegrates and falls to earth. Debris is scattered across the southern Indian Ocean and Western Australia.

A fire at the Corona de Aragón Hotel in Zaragoza kills at least 80 people on 12th July.

Minnie Riperton, best known for her 1975 hit Lovin' You, dies from cancer on the same day, aged 31.

On 16th July Saddam Hussein becomes President of Iraq.

On Thursday, 19th July President Samoza of Nicaragua is ousted from power by Sandinista rebels. The coup brings to an end the Samoza dynasty, which had been in power since 1936.

A Dan-Air charter flight carrying oil-rig workers from the Shetland Islands to Aberdeen crashes into the sea on 31st July as it is taking off from Sumburgh Airport. 17 of the 47 on board are killed.


On 4th August Roy Plomley presents the 1,500th edition of Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4).

On 9th August Brighton becomes the first seaside resort in the UK to have a nudist beach.

Thousands are killed on 11th August when a dam bursts at Morvi in India.

At least three people are killed on 14th August when a storm blows up in the Irish Sea during the Fastnet yacht race.

John Stonehouse, the former government minister who faked his own death, is released on bail after serving three years of a seven-year term for theft, fraud and deception.

Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter get married in Los Angeles on 18th August.

On Monday, 27th August the Queen's cousin Lord Mountbatten is killed by a Provisional IRA bomb aboard his boat in Donegal Bay, County Sligo. One of his twin grandsons, Nicholas, and Paul Maxwell, a local employed as a boat boy, are also killed. A few hours later 18 British soldiers are killed in two booby-trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down, not far from the border with the Irish Republic.

The Dominican Republic is hit by a hurricane on 30th August.


On Sunday, 2nd September the body of a young woman, the "Yorkshire Ripper's" 12th victim, is found in an alleyway in Bradford.

On 7th September Hurricane David hits the Dominican Republic, killing 400 and leaving 15,000 homeless.

The Rhodesia Constitutional Conference opens at Lancaster House in London on 10th September. On 24th September the Patriotic Front, led by Robert Mugabe, agrees to a proposal giving 20% of the seats in the Rhodesian Parliament to whites.

Two RAF Harrier jump jets collide in mid-air on 21st September. One of them crashes onto three houses in Wisbech, killing two men and a young boy. Both pilots eject safely.

The Broadway production of Evita opens at the Broadway Theatre on 25th September with Patti LuPone as Eva Perón.

Gracie Fields dies at her home in Capri on 27th September, aged 81.

Pope John Paul II arrives in Dublin on Saturday, 29th September for the first-ever Papal visit to Ireland. Over 1 million people turn out for an open air Mass in Phoenix Park.


On 1st October the United States returns the Canal Zone to Panama, though not the Panama Canal itself.

On 2nd October Pope Jean Paul II addresses the United Nations General Assembly. On 6th he meets President Jimmy Carter and becomes the first Pope to visit the White House.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mother Teresa on 17th October.

Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith on 18th October.

The deposed Shah of Iran travels to New York for medical treatment on 22nd October.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines gains independence from the United Kingdom on 27th October.

On Sunday, 28th October Chairman Hua Guofeng becomes the first Chinese leader to visit Britain, arriving in London for a six-day visit. He is greeted at Heathrow Airport by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Sir Barnes Wallis, best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in the "Dambusters" raid, dies on 30th October, aged 92.


On Sunday, 4th November over 90 people are taken hostage when Iranian students take control of the US Embassy in Tehran. The students demand the return of the Shah to stand trial.

Four men - Michael Hickey, Vincent Hickey, Patrick Molloy and James Robinson - are found guilty on 9th November of murdering Carl Bridgewater, a 13-year-old paperboy who had disturbed a burglary. The convictions are quashed 18 years later.

On Tuesday, 13th November The Times newspaper re-appears on news-stands after a year of strikes had prevented it from being published.

On Thursday, 15th November the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher names Anthony Blunt, the art adviser to Queen Elizabeth II, as the "fourth man" in the Burgess, Maclean and Philby spy ring.

On 23rd November Thomas McMahon is given a life sentence for the murder of Lord Mountbatten.

An Air New Zealand DC-10 on a sightseeing flight over the Antarctic crashes on 28th November, killing all 257 people on board.

Joyce Grenfell dies on 30th November, aged 69,


11 people are killed and 23 injured on 3rd December as fans stampede their way into a concert by The Who at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

The Irish Taoiseach Jack Lynch retires as leader of Fianna Fáil on 5th December. Charles Haughey is elected the new leader and on 11th December replaces Lynch as Taoiseach.

The global eradication of smallpox is certified by a commission of eminent scientists on 9th December and subsequently endorsed by the World Health Assembly on 8th May 1980.

On 10th December stuntman Eddie Kidd clears an 80-foot (25m) gap in a "death-defying" motorcycle leap over the River Blackwater. The stunt takes place at a spot 50 feet above the river, which was once spanned by a railway viaduct.

The UK unemployment figures published on 18th December reveal that unemployment had risen 11,300 from the November level to 1,233,800, with forecasts predicting that it would continue to rise.

On Thursday, 20th December the UK government publishes the Housing Bill, which will give Council tenants the right to buy their homes.

After 14 weeks of negotiations at the Lancaster House Conference, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Lord Carrington sign an agreement on 21st December on the future of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.

The first European-built rocket, Ariane 1, successfully completes its maiden flight on 24th December.

Soviet troops invade Afghanistan on 27th December.

Cliff Richard is awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours, announced on 31st December.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • B-52's
  • Black Lace
  • Def Leppard
  • Dire Straits
  • Janis Ian
  • Madness
  • The Nolans
  • Gary Numan
  • Pretenders
  • Simple Minds
  • The Specials
  • Toto
  • XTC

UK Best-selling Singles

Sunday Girl (single cover).

  • ABBA

  • ABBA
    Does Your Mother Know

  • ABBA
    I Have A Dream

  • Bee Gees

  • Bellamy Brothers
    If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me

  • Blondie
    Heart Of Glass

  • Blondie
    Sunday Girl

  • Boomtown Rats
    I Don't Like Mondays

  • Buggles
    Video Killed The Radio Star

  • Elvis Costello and The Attractions
    Oliver's Army

  • Dickies
    Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song)

  • Dr. Feelgood
    Milk And Alcohol

  • Dr. Hook
    When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

  • Ian Dury and The Blockheads
    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

  • Flying Lizards

  • Leif Garrett
    I Was Made For Dancin'

  • Gloria Gaynor
    I Will Survive

  • Art Garfunkel
    Bright Eyes

  • The Jacksons
    Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

  • KC and The Sunshine Band
    Please Don't Go

  • Knack
    My Sharona

  • Lene Lovich
    Lucky Number

  • M
    Pop Muzik

  • Meat Loaf
    Bat Out Of Hell

  • Peaches & Herb

  • Pink Floyd
    Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

  • Police
    Message In A Bottle

  • Police
    Walking On The Moon

  • Queen
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love

  • Racey
    Some Girls

  • Rainbow
    Since You Been Gone

  • The Real Thing
    Can You Feel The Force

  • Cliff Richard
    We Don't Talk Anymore

  • B.A. Robertson
    Bang Bang

  • Roxy Music
    Dance Away

  • Ruts
    Babylon's Burning

  • Sad Café
    Every Day Hurts

  • Sex Pistols
    C'mon Everybody

  • Sex Pistols
    Something Else

  • Sister Sledge
    We Are Family

  • Skids
    Into The Valley

  • Squeeze
    Cool For Cats

  • Squeeze
    Up The Junction

  • Edwin Starr

  • Status Quo
    Whatever You Want

  • Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand
    No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

  • Supertramp
    The Logical Song

  • The Three Degrees
    Woman In Love

  • Tourists
    I Only Want To Be With You

  • Tubeway Army
    Are 'Friends' Electric

  • Village People
    In The Navy

  • Barry White
    Just The Way You Are

We Don't Talk Anymore (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Rocky Burnette
    Tired Of Toein' The Line

  • Charlie Dore
    Pilot Of The Airwaves

  • Fiddler's Dram
    Day Trip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time)

  • Gonzalez
    Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet

  • Headboys
    The Shape Of Things To Come

  • Patrick Hernandez
    Born To Be Alive

  • McFadden and Whitehead
    Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

  • Lena Martell
    One Day At A Time

  • Milk and Honey
    [Eurovision Song Contest winner]

  • The Monks
    Nice Legs Shame About Her Face

  • Quantum Jump
    The Lone Ranger

  • Sniff 'n' the Tears
    Driver's Seat

  • Phoebe Snow
    Every Night

  • Randy VanWarmer
    Just When I Needed You Most

  • Violinski
    Clog Dance

  • Anita Ward
    Ring My Bell

  • Iris Williams
    He Was Beautiful (Cavatina)

Hit Albums

Dr. Hook, Sometimes You Win (album cover).

  • ABBA

  • Ry Cooder
    Bop Till You Drop

  • Dr. Hook
    Sometimes You Win

  • Eagles
    The Long Run

  • Dave Edmunds
    Repeat When Necessary

  • ELO

  • Fleetwood Mac

  • Art Garfunkel
    Fate For Breakfast

  • Michael Jackson
    Off The Wall

  • James Last
    Last The Whole Night Long

  • Barry Manilow
    Manilow Magic

  • Gary Numan

  • Gary Numan
    The Pleasure Principle

  • Police
    Reggatta de Blanc

  • Gerry Rafferty
    Night Owl

  • Chris Rea

  • Cliff Richard
    Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile

  • Cliff Richard and The Shadows
    Thank You Very Much

  • Sad Café

  • Sky

  • Supertramp
    Breakfast In America

  • Judie Tzuke
    Welcome To The Cruise

  • The Undertones
    The Undertones

  • John Williams

Repeat When Necessary (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Alien
  • All That Jazz
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • California Suite
  • The China Syndrome
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Escape To Athena
  • Every Which Way But Loose
  • Mad Max
  • Manhattan
    (Woody Allen)

  • Monty Python's Life Of Brian
  • Moonraker
  • The Muppet Movie
  • National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Players
  • Porridge
  • Quadrophenia
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • The Tin Drum
  • The World Is Full Of Married Men
  • Yanks

On Stage

'Sweeney Todd' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber
Of Fleet Street

Society of
West End Theatre
Award for Musical of the Year:

On Television
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Are You Being Served?
    (Series 7)

  • Benson

  • Blankety Blank
  • Butterflies
    (Series 2)

  • Cannon And Ball
  • Citizen Smith
    (Series 3)

  • Doctor Who (Seasons 16 and 17)
  • The Dukes Of Hazzard
  • Fawlty Towers
    (Series 2)

  • George And Mildred
    (Series 5)

  • Give Us A Clue
  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 5)

  • Life On Earth
  • The Marti Caine Show
  • Minder
  • The Muppet Show
    (Series 4)

  • Not The Nine O'Clock News
    (Series 1)

  • The Paul Daniels Magic Show
  • A Question Of Sport
    (David Coleman)

  • Question Time
  • Rumpole Of The Bailey
  • Terry and June
    (Series 1)

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • To The Manor Born
    (Series 1)

  • The Two Ronnies
    (Series 7)

  • Two's Company
    (Series 4)

  • Worzel Gummidge
    (Series 1)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Sebastian Coe

Darts: John Lowe wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.

Rugby Union: Wales win the Five Nations Championship for the second year in a row. The Welsh team misses out on the 'Grand Slam' but beats England 27-3 to win the Triple Crown for the fourth year in a row.

Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the annual Boat Race against Cambridge for the fourth year in a row.

Horse Racing: Rubstic wins the 133rd Grand National.
Willie Carson wins the 200th Derby riding Troy.

Snooker: Terry Griffiths beats Dennis Taylor (24-16) to win the World Championship but loses to John Virgo (14-13) in the final of the UK Championship.

Golf: Fuzzy Zoeller wins the 44th US Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson.
Hale Irwin wins the US Open at the Inverness Club, Toledo, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Jerry Pate and Gary Player.
Sevy Ballesteros wins the British Open golf tournament at Royal Lytham. Jack Nicklaus is runner-up for the 7th time.
The Ryder Cup, which had been contested hitherto by teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland, is contested for the first time by the United States and a team of European players. The US team wins 17:11.

Football: Liverpool win the Football League First Division for the 11th time.
Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 in the FA Cup final.
Nottingham Forest win the European Cup, beating Malmo 1-0 in the final in Munich. Trevor Francis joins the team from Birmingham City on 9th February for a transfer fee of £1 million.

Cycling: Bernard Hinault wins the Tour de France for the second year in a row.

Tennis: Björn Borg wins the men's singles title at Wimbledon for the fourth year in a row. He beats Roscoe Tanner in the final in five sets.
Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd in the women's singles final for the second year in a row (6-4, 6-4).
Tracy Austin wins the US Open women's singles title at the age of 16.
John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis in the men's final.

Athletics: In just six weeks Sebastian Coe breaks three world records.
On 5th June, at an athletics meeting in Oslo, he breaks the world record in the men's 800 metres, setting a new fastest time of 1 minute, 42.3 seconds. Twelve days later he sets a new world record for the Mile (3 minutes 48.95 seconds).
The third record to fall is the men's 1,500 metres. Running in Zurich on 15th August Coe sets a new fastest time of 3 minutes, 32.1 seconds.
Norwegian runner Grete Waitz becomes the first woman to run a marathon in under two-and-a-half hours when she crosses the finish line of the New York City Marathon in a new fastest time of 2:27:33.

Motor Racing: Jody Scheckter wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.


Man Booker Prize

Penelope Fitzgerald

Postcard from 1979.

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

Who said that?


I think that a lifetime of listening to disco music is a high price to pay for one's sexual preference.
Quentin Crisp


Will somebody please explain to me why public relations people are invariably 'associates'? Whom do they associate with, and who can stand it?
George Dixon


Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
Kin Hubbard


Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.
Woody Allen, 'Manhattan'

Talent isn't enough ... It's not just being talented - it's everything else to go with it. You must be able to keep bouncing back.
Don Black, 'Musical Stages', Issue 21, February 2000, page 13.

Talent is rare, and the talent to handle talent is very rare, and the talent to handle your own talent is almost non-existent.
Jerry Wald

Where To Now?

If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else.
Alfred Adler

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
W. H. Auden

People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
Walter Savage Landor


A nice age for a woman - especially if she happens to be forty.
Phyllis Diller

Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty.
Robert Frost

After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.
Bette Midler

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