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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1980. To find out what else was happening in 1980 select any of the following options:

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New Seekers

New Seekers
on TV: 1980

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In Print 1980

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Nostalgia Central: Music

Official Charts

Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
and Museum

Rolling Stone


80s Music

The UK Number Ones:

I Want to Be Me (single cover).

I Want To Be Me
(single cover)


Song Contest

The Eurovision

Song Contest

Love Enough For Two (single cover).

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two
(single cover)

Love Enough For Two (single cover).

Prima Donna
Love Enough For Two
(single cover)


Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson


New Seekers

New Seekers

ARTIST direct:
New Seekers

Concerts Wiki:
New Seekers

New Seekers

New Seekers

Official Charts:
New Seekers

New Seekers
Best Tracks


Cliff Richard

The Official
Cliff Richard

Leo Sayer

Leo's Room
The Official
Web Site

Those Were The Days...

Video Almanac

The Eighties Club:
the Politics
and the Pop Culture
of the 1980s

In The '80s:
The Eighties
nostalgia site

Do You Remember
the '70s, '80s
and '90s?

On This Day

Guardian Century

Nostalgia Central

Scope Systems
Historic Events
and Birth-Dates

This Day In Music

20th Century


The British Newspaper

The Paperboy

Big Mistake

On 14th February Lyn Paul appears on a Valentine's Day edition of the lunchtime television show Pebble Mill At One, presented by Marian Foster and Bob Hall. The programme is previewed in The Times: "Pebble Mill At One (BBC1, 1.00pm) has the first live transmission from a nuclear submarine at sea. Five fathoms deep... Lyn Paul will regale the crew with songs that are appropriate to the day."

In February Lyn also receives an unexpected offer of a two week engagement in Saudi Arabia. Once again her wedding plans are postponed. A third attempt to marry Vince McCaffrey also goes awry when the couple's house purchase falls through. Finally, on Thursday, 3rd April, at the Register Office in Reading, Lyn marries Vince at the fourth attempt.

Lyn weds at last
Daily Star, Saturday, 5th April 1980, page 2

Finders Seekers!
The Sun, Saturday, 5th April 1980, page 1

Things soon turn sour however. On the last day of their honeymoon Lyn and Vince receive the news that their home in the Sefton Park district of Liverpool has been burgled. They are reported to have lost £30,000 worth of their possessions including Lyn's gold and silver discs.

Raiders take the magic out of Lyn's honeymoon
Daily Mail, Thursday, 10th April 1980, page 3

Bride Lyn robbed of £30,000
Daily Mirror, Thursday, 10th April 1980, page 1

Raid heartache of pop bride Lyn
Daily Star, Thursday, 10th April 1980, page 6

Within six months their marriage breaks up and Lyn returns to her parents home in Theale, near Reading. Twenty years later, in an interview with YOURS magazine, Lyn described her marriage to Vince as "the biggest mistake I've ever made" (YOURS Summer Special, July 2000, page 45). In 2006 she said: "As a matter of fact, I don't consider it was a marriage" (Daily Post, 21st April 2006).


featuring former Chrys-Do-Lyn
Donna Jones.

Up. Down.

1980 is a year for making mistakes: the New Seekers are disqualified from the Song For Europe for breaching a rule of the Contest, which stipulates that songs may not be entered if they have been performed on a previous occasion. That leaves the way clear for ex-Chrys-Do-Lyn Donna Jones and ex- New Seeker Danny Finn to battle it out with ten other contestants to be Britain's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. Donna, performing under the name Pussyfoot, sings a catchy song called I Want To Be Me but it is Danny, singing lead vocals with the group Prima Donna, who wins the day. Prima Donna's song Love Enough For Two comes a respectable third in the Eurovision Song Contest, 37 points adrift of the winner, What's Another Year by Ireland's Johnny Logan.

Prima Donna.

Prima Donna
Song For Europe winners with
Love Enough For Two.

Up. Down.

In December a disastrous year comes to a disastrous end - suitcases containing Lyn Paul's entire wardrobe are stolen from the boot of her car while it is parked outside Fagins nightclub in Manchester. Lyn is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "The New Year has just got to be better."


Alan Tarney, once a session musician for the New Seekers, has a successful year writing songs and producing albums for Barbara Dickson, Leo Sayer and Cliff Richard.

First to chart is Barbara Dickson's single January February (Epic EPC 8115). Written by Alan Tarney, the single enters the UK chart on 15th March and climbs to number 11. The Barbara Dickson Album (Epic EPC 84088), which features four other songs by Alan Tarney, enters the LP chart four weeks later and makes it to number 7.

Tarney's collaborations with Leo Sayer and Cliff Richard bear fruit later in the year. Sayer's album Living In A Fantasy (Chrysalis CDL 1297) enters the LP chart on 30th August and peaks at number 15. It includes the hit single More Than I Can Say (Chrysalis CHS 2442), a cover version of the Bobby Vee hit from 1961.

Whilst working together on Living In A Fantasy, Alan Tarney and Leo Sayer develop a songwriting partnership. In August one of their songs, Dreamin', becomes a Top 10 hit for Cliff Richard (EMI 5095). The song is included on Cliff's album I'm No Hero (EMI EMA 796), which features seven more of Tarney's compositions.

Another of the year's successful songwriters is Don Black, who had written the lyrics for two of Lyn Paul's solo singles (Sail The Summer Winds and If Everybody Loved The Same As You). Black had been commissioned by Andrew Lloyd-Webber to write the lyrics for Tell Me On A Sunday, a one-woman television show and album showcasing the talents of Marti Webb. The album and the single from it, Take That Look Off Your Face, both enter the UK charts in February. The album (Polydor POLD 5031) spends 23 weeks on the LP chart and peaks at number 2. The single (Polydor POSP 100) makes it to number 3 and later wins Black an Ivor Novello award.


Up. Down.

In the News - 1980

On 2nd January Britain's steelworkers begin the first national strike since 1926.

The author of Born Free, Joy Adamson, is murdered on 3rd January. A teenager is convicted of her murder in August 1981.

Indira Gandhi returns to power in India, leading the Congress Party to victory in the general election held on 6th January.

On 9th January 63 people are beheaded in Saudi Arabia for attacking Mecca's Grand Mosque in November 1979.

The fashion, portrait, and war photographer Cecil Beaton dies on 18th January, aged 76.

On 20th January US President Jimmy Carter issues an ultimatium, stating that the USA would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within a month.

On 22nd January Soviet dissident Dr. Andrei Sakharov is exiled to Gorky.

Paul McCartney is deported from Japan on 25th January after spending nine days in a Tokyo jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana.

Egypt and Israel establish diplomatic relations on 26th January, followed by a formal exchange of ambassadors a month later.

Feb Sony Stowaways (later re-named Walkmans) go on sale in the UK for the first time.

Pink Floyd perform The Wall live for the first time on 7th February at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. It is the first of 31 live perormances on a two-year tour that travels to New York, Dortmund and London.

Graham Sutherland, the English painter known for his surrealist landscapes and his portraits, dies in London on 17th February, aged 76.

The Liberals, led by Pierre Trudeau, win the general election in Canada on 18th February.6

The Greek oil tanker Irenes Serenade explodes in the Bay of Pylos on 23rd February and sinks the following morning, causing an oil slick two miles long and half a mile wide. All but two of the crew are rescued.

The first episode of the satirical BBC sitcom Yes Minister is broadcast on 25th February, starring Paul Eddington as Jim Hacker MP, Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby and Derek Fowlds as Hacker's Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley.


Robert Mugabe is elected as the first Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, 4th March. He promises to create a government "that will be reassuring to all the people of Zimbabwe."

On 14th March a body found in west Belfast is identified as that of Thomas Niedermayer, who was kidnapped in December 1973.

On 20th March the first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, goes off the air when the ship from which it broadcast, the Mi Amigo, sinks off the Essex coast.

15-year-old Annabel Schild is released by her kidnappers on 22nd March, after seven months of captivity in Sardinia.

Robert Runcie is enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury on 25th March.

On 25th March the British Olympic Association (BOA) votes by a large majority to send athletes to the Olympic Games in Moscow, despite pressure from the UK government to join the US-led boycott.

123 oil rig workers are killed on 27th March when the Allexander Kielland accommodation platform collapses into the North Sea.


On 2nd April riots break out in the St. Paul's district of Bristol following a police raid on a club.

The Broadway production of Grease closes on 13th April after 3,388 performances.

Kramer vs. Kramer wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 52nd Academy Awards ceremony on 14th April.

Jean Paul Sartre, one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism, dies on 15th April, aged 74.

Zimbabwe gains its independence on 18th April.

The unemployment figures published on 23rd April show that the provisional number of people registered as unemployed in the UK had risen to 1,522,921.

Eight American servicemen are killed on 24th April in an ill-fated attempt to rescue hostages from the US Embassy in Iran.

The English film director, producer, and screenwriter
Alfred Hitchcock, whose film Rebecca won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1940, dies on 29th April, aged 80.

On the same day the UK is asked to withdraw its ambassador in Saudi Arabia, James Craig, following the broadcast on 9th April of the drama-documentary Death of a Princess. The film was based on the true story of Princess Masha'il, the 19-year-old great niece of the Saudi king. On 15th July 1977 she and her 20-year-old lover, the son of a senior Saudi general, had been executed by firing squad for committing adultery.

On 30th April Princess Beatrix is invested as Queen of the Netherlands, following the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana.


The President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito, dies on 4th May, aged 87.

On Monday, 5th May the SAS storm the Iranian Embassy in London, rescuing 19 diplomatic staff and killing five of the six terrorists who had held them hostage.

The majority of trade union members ignore the TUC's call for a "day of action" on 14th May to protest at the UK government's economic and employment policies.

Ian Curtis, lead singer with the band Joy Division, commits suicide on 18th May, aged 23.

Mount St. Helens in Washington State, USA erupts on 18th May, killing 57 people.

Riots break out in Miami on 19th May after an all-white jury acquits four white police officers of beating a black motor-cyclist to death.

In a referendum on secession held in Quebec on 20th May, 59.56% of the voters reject the proposal to seek independence from the rest of Canada.

On Thursday, 22nd May the Japanese firm Namco release the arcade video game Pac-Man.


CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, broadcasts for the first time on 1st June.

The 2,000th episode of Coronation Street is screened on 2nd June.

The writer Henry Miller, whose first published book, Tropic of Cancer (1934), was banned in the United States and Canada on the grounds of obscenity, dies on 7th June, aged 88.

Eight Provisional IRA prisoners escape from Crumlin Road prison in Belfast on 10th June.

The United Nations Security Council adopts a resolution on 13th June, calling for the release of political prisoners in South Africa, including Nelson Mandela.

On 17th June the Secretary of State for Defence, Francis Pym, announces to the House of Commons that 160 US Cruise Missiles will be stationed at the United States Air Force standby base at RAF Greenham Common, in Berkshire, and at RAF Molesworth, a disused airfield in Cambridgeshire.

Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of Indira Gandhi, who had been expected to succeed his mother as head of the Indian National Congress, dies in a plane crash on 23rd June, aged 33.

The sixpence coin is withdrawn from circulation in the UK on 30th June

July On 10th July London's Alexandra Palace is badly damaged by fire.

On Wednesday, 11th July the Prince of Wales opens the restored Britannia Bridge linking Anglesey with Wales.

The Summer Olympics begin in Moscow on 19th July. Many countries (among them Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, the Phlippines and West Germany) join the USA in a full boycott of the Games in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Other governments (Australia, France and the UK) support the boycott but allow their athletes to compete. Some athletes participate under a neutral flag, with the Olympic anthem played instead of their national anthem at medal presentation ceremonies.

Peter Sellers, who starred as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in five Pink Panther films, dies of a heart attack on 24th July, aged 54, while working on the script of a sixth Pink Panther film.

The former Shah of Iran dies in an Egyptian military hospital on 27th July, aged 60.

On Monday, 28th July the UK and Saudi Arabia resume diplomatic relations following the offence caused to the Saudi royal family by the showing on British TV of the programme Death of a Princess.

On Wednesday, 30th July Vanuatu becomes an independent republic.

Aug 85 people are killed on 2nd August when a bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna.

The first giant panda conceived in captivity outside China is born on 10th August at Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo. The baby panda, Xeng-Li, dies after 8 days when her mother, Yin-Yin, accidentally rolls on her in her sleep.

On 13th August French fishermen begin a blockade of northern French ports, using their boats to prevent other vessels from entering or leaving Le Havre. The blockade spreads to Boulogne, Calais, Cherbourg, Dieppe and Dunkirk, forcing cross-channel ferries and hovercraft to be diverted from the French ports to Ostend and Zeebrugge in Belgium. On 19th August the fishermen lift their blockade of Cherbourg harbour for 24 hours, allowing ferries to sail with thousands of stranded British tourists.

On 15th August the wreck of the Titanic is discovered on the sea bed.

The rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, closes on 23rd August after 3,357 performances in London's West End. The original production starring Paul Nicholas as Jesus, Stephen Tate as Judas and Dana Gillespie as Mary Magdalene, had opened at the Palace Theatre on 9th August 1972.

Yootha Joyce, best known for her role as Mildred Roper in the ITV sitcom Man About The House (1973-76) and its spin-off George and Mildred (1976-1980), dies of alcohol-related liver failure on 24th August, aged 53.

42nd Street, a musical based on the 1933 Warner Brothers' film musical featuring the songs of Al Dubin and Harry Warren, opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on 25th August. The opening night grabs the headlines the next day, following the curtain call announcement from the stage by producer David Merrick that the show's director Gower Champion had died earlier that day.

Tex Avery, the animator who created the cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, dies on 26th August, aged 72.

On 28th August, reporting on the latest unemployment figures, which had passed the 2 million mark for the first time since 1935, an article in The Guardian newspaper observed: "On Merseyside, the unemployment total has reached 102,894, of which 17,000 are this year's school leavers. They are chasing just 1,928 jobs. These school leavers are offered wages as low as £25 a week. They cannot afford to move away in search of work: they cannot even pay public transport over any distance... We are increasingly two nations, riven between employed and unemployed, north and south."

On 31st August Karen Carpenter marries Thomas Burris, a real estate developer.

In the UK the number of unemployed people reaches the 2 million mark.


The world's longest road tunnel (from Goschenen to Airolo) is opened in Switzerland on 5th September.

The UK closes its Embassy in Iran on 9th September.

On Thursday, 11th September two armed robbers steal nearly £1.5 million worth of jewellery, including the famous Marlborough diamond, from the Graff shop in Knightsbridge, London.

On Saturday, 13th September a brown bear called Hercules, who had escaped during the filming of a Kleenex commercial, is re-captured on the island of Benbecula after 24 days on the loose.

On Monday, 22nd September, after three weeks of border clashes, Iraqi armed forces invade western Iran.

In Poland on the same day the first independent trade union, Solidarity, is formed. Lech Walesa is the union's leader.

On 23rd September Iranian fighter planes attack the petro-chemical plant at Zubair.

A bomb explodes at the Munich beer festival on 26th September, killing 12 and injuring more than 200.


The Housing Act 1980 comes into force in the UK on 3rd October, giving Council tenants the "right to buy" their home from their local authority.

On 9th October Gary Glitter is declared bankrupt.

Speaking at the annual Conservative Party conference on Friday, 10th October, Margaret Thatcher declares in memorable fashion that she is "not for turning" on her economic policies: "You turn if you want to; the lady's not for turning!"

More than 20,000 people are killed when two massive earthquakes strike the northern Algerian town of Al Asnam on 11th October.

Former Prime Minister James Callaghan resigns as leader of the UK Labour Party on 16th October.

On Friday, 17th October Pope John Paul II welcomes Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh to the Vatican - the first state visit to the Vatican by a British monarch.


In the USA former B-movie actor Ronald Reagan is elected President on 4th November.

Steve McQueen, whose many film roles included Vin Tanner in The Magnificent Seven, Jake Holman in The Sand Pebbles (for which he received an Academy Award nomination) and Thomas Crown in The Thomas Crown Affair, dies from cancer on 7th November, aged 50.

On Monday, 10th November Michael Foot is elected leader of the UK Labour Party, beating his main rival Dennis Healey in the second round of voting by 139 votes to 129.

Pope John Paul II arrives in Cologne on 15th November for a 5-day visit to West Germany. It is the first papal visit to Germany since 1782.

On 21st November 350 million people around the world turn on their television sets to find out "Who shot J.R.?" in the US television series Dallas.

On the same day a fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, killing 85 people.

An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale strikes Irpinia in southern Italy on 23rd November, killing more than 2,000 people.


John Lennon is murdered outside his New York apartment building on Monday, 8th December, aged 40.

Apple Computers is floated on the Stock Exchange on 16th December.

Alexei Kosygin, who had resigned as Premier of the Soviet Union on 23rd October on grounds of ill health, dies on 18th December, aged 76.

In the UK on 28th December the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) announces that it is awarding the contract for breakfast television to the TV-am consortium headed by Peter Jay and David Frost.

Singer-songwriter Tim Hardin, who wrote the songs If I Were A Carpenter and Reason To Believe, dies of a heroin overdose on 29th December, aged 39.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Adam Ant
  • Sheena Easton
  • Human League
  • Iron Maiden
  • Grace Jones
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  • Prince
  • Spandau Ballet
  • Shakin' Stevens
  • UB40
  • Ultravox

UK Best-selling Singles

January February (single cover).

  • ABBA
    Super Trouper

  • ABBA
    The Winner Takes It All

  • Air Supply
    All Out Of Love

  • Beat
    Hands Off... She's Mine

  • Beat
    Mirror In The Bathroom

  • Black Slate

  • Blondie

  • Blondie
    The Tide Is High

  • Boomtown Rats
    Someone's Looking At You

  • David Bowie
    Ashes To Ashes

  • David Bowie

  • Captain and Tennille
    Do That To Me One More Time

  • The Clash
    London Calling

  • Elvis Costello and The Attractions
    I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

  • Randy Crawford
    One Day I'll Fly Away

  • Detroit Spinners
    Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me Girl

  • Dexy's Midnight Runners

  • Barbara Dickson
    January February

  • Dr. Hook
    Sexy Eyes

  • Sheena Easton
    Modern Girl

  • Sheena Easton
    9 To 5

  • David Essex
    Silver Dream Machine (from the film Silver Dream Racer)

  • Dan Fogelberg

  • Peter Gabriel
    Games Without Frontiers

  • Gap Band
    Oops Upside Your Head

  • Genesis
    Turn It On Again

  • Rupert Holmes
    Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

  • Hot Chocolate
    No Doubt About It

  • Jermaine Jackson
    Let's Get Serious

  • Joe Jackson
    It's Different For Girls

  • Michael Jackson
    Rock With You

  • Michael Jackson
    She's Out Of My Life

  • The Jam
    Going Underground

  • The Jam

  • Billy Joel
    It's Still Rock and Roll To Me

  • Grace Jones
    Private Life

  • Joy Division
    Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • Kelly Marie
    Feels Like I'm In Love

  • Korgis
    Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

  • John Lennon
    (Just Like) Starting Over

  • Jona Lewie
    Stop The Cavalry

  • Jona Lewie
    You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

  • Liquid Gold
    Dance Yourself Dizzy

  • Johnny Logan
    What's Another Year
    [Eurovision Song Contest Winner]

  • Don McLean

  • Bob Marley and The Wailers
    Could You Be Loved

  • Keith Michell, Captain Beaky and his Band
    Captain Beaky /
    Wilfred The Weasel

  • Motörhead
    The Golden Years (EP)

  • Olivia Newton-John and The Electric Light Orchestra

  • The Nolans
    I'm In The Mood For Dancing

  • Odyssey
    If You're Lookin' For A Way Out

  • Odyssey
    Use It Up And Wear It Out

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
    Enola Gay

  • Ottawan

  • Police
    Don't Stand So Close To Me

  • Billy Preston and Syreeta
    With You I'm Born Again

  • Pretenders
    Brass In Pocket

  • Cliff Richard

  • Cliff Richard

  • B.A. Robertson
    To Be Or Not To Be

  • Kenny Rogers
    Coward Of The County

  • The Rolling Stones
    Emotional Rescue

  • Roxy Music
    Over You

  • The Specials featuring Rico
    The Special A.K.A Live! [EP]
    (Too Much Too Young)

  • Splodgeness

    Simon Templer /
    Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps Please

  • Status Quo
    What You're Proposing

  • Barbra Streisand
    Woman In Love

  • UB40
    King / Food For Thought

  • UB40
    My Way Of Thinking / I Think It's Going To Rain Today

  • Vapors
    Turning Japanese

  • Dennis Waterman
    I Could Be So Good For You (Theme from Minder)

  • Marti Webb
    Take That Look Off Your Face

  • Whispers
    And The Beat Goes On

  • Stevie Wonder
    Masterblaster (Jammin')

What's Another Year (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Leon Haywood
    Don't Push It, Don't Force It

  • Fern Kinney
    Together We Are Beautiful

  • Lipps Inc.
    Funky Town

  • Martha and The Muffins
    Echo Beach

  • MASH
    Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)

  • Sky

  • Sue Wilkinson
    You've Gotta Be A Hustler If You Wanna Get On

Hit Albums

Cliff Richard, I'm No Hero (album cover).

  • ABBA
    Super Trouper

  • Joan Armatrading
    Me Myself I

  • Randy Crawford
    Now We May Begin

  • Barbara Dickson
    The Barbara Dickson Album

  • Dire Straits
    Makin' Movies

  • Fame
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Genesis

  • Billy Joel
    Glass Houses

  • John Lennon
    Double Fantasy

  • Not The 9 O'Clock News Cast
    Not The 9 O'Clock News

  • Hazel O'Connor
    Breaking Glass
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

  • Police
    Zenyatta Mondatta

  • Pretenders
  • Chris Rea

  • Cliff Richard
    I'm No Hero

  • The Rolling Stones
    Emotional Rescue

  • Roxy Music
    Flesh And Blood

  • Sky
    Sky 2

  • Bruce Springsteen
    The River

  • Barbra Streisand

  • Pete Townshend
    Empty Glass

  • Judie Tzuke
    Sports Car

  • Ultravox

  • Marti Webb
    Tell Me On A Sunday

  • Stevie Wonder
    Hotter Than July

Tell Me On A Sunday (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Airplane!
  • American Gigolo
  • Bad Timing
  • Being There
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Breaking Glass
  • Dressed To Kill
  • Divine Madness!
  • The Electric Horseman
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Fame
  • Flash Gordon
  • Gregory's Girl
  • Kramer vs Kramer
  • McVicar
  • The Rose
  • The Shining
  • Stardust Memories (Woody Allen)
  • 10

On Stage

'Evita' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:

Society of
West End Theatre
Award for Musical of the Year:
Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber
Of Fleet Street

On Television
  • An Audience With... Dame Edna Everage
  • Big Time
  • Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
  • Butterflies
    (Series 3)

  • Children In Need
  • Citizen Smith
    (Series 4)

  • Death Of A Princess
  • Doctor Who (Seasons 17 and 18)
  • Hill Street Blues

  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum
    (Series 7)

  • Juliet Bravo
  • The Morecambe & Wise Show
    (Thames Television,
    Series 1)

  • The Muppet Show
    (Series 5)

  • Newsnight
  • Not The Nine O'Clock News
    (Series 2 and 3)

  • Play Your Cards Right
  • Russ Abbot's Madhouse
  • To The Manor Born
    (Series 2)

  • Training Dogs The Woodhouse Way
  • The Two Ronnies
    (Series 8)

  • Yes, Minister
    (Series 1)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Robin Cousins

Darts: Eric Bristow wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.

Winter Olympics: Robin Cousins wins the gold medal in the Men's Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics.
Eric Heiden wins five gold medals in individual events, a performance never bettered in Olympic history.
The United States win the gold medal in ice hockey, having unexpectedly beaten the hot favourites from the Soviet Union 4-3 in the semi-final.

Rugby Union: England win the Five Nations Championship.

Horse Racing: Ben Nevis wins the Grand National. Only four horses finish the race.
Willie Carson wins the Derby for the second year in a row, riding Henbit.

Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the 126th Boat Race against Cambridge.

Snooker: Cliff Thorburn wins the Snooker World Championship with a 18-16 victory in the final over Alex Higgins.
Steve Davis beats Alex Higgins by a more comfortable margin in the final of the UK Championship, taking the title 16-6.

Golf: Seve Ballesteros wins the US Masters, 4 strokes ahead of Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert.
Jack Nicklaus wins the US Open at Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, 2 strokes clear of Isao Aoki.
Tom Watson wins the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Football: West Ham beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 12th time.
Nottingham Forest win the European Cup for the second time. Playing in Madrid, the team beats SV Hamburg 1-0 in the final.

Cycling: Joop Zoetemelk wins the Tour de France.

Tennis: Evonne Cawley wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon, beating Chris Evert-Lloyd in the final (6-1, 7-6).
Björn Borg wins the men's singles title for the fifth year in succession. He beats John McEnore in the final in five sets. The match includes a mammoth fourth set tie-break which McEnroe wins 18-16.

Athletics: Steve Ovett sets a new World Record for the Mile (3 minutes, 48.8 seconds)
Daley Thompson sets a new World Record in the Decathlon (8,622 points).

Moscow Olympics: Honours are even - Steve Ovett beats Sebastian Coe to win the 800m final. Coe retaliates with a win in the 1500 metres.
There are three other gold medals for the British team: Allan Wells wins the gold in the Men's 100m, Daley Thompson takes gold in the Decathlon and swimmer Duncan Goodhew wins in the Men's 100m Breaststroke.

Motor Racing: Alan Jones wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.


Man Booker Prize

William Golding
Rites Of Passage

Anthony Burgess
Earthly Powers

Anita Desai
Clear Light Of Day

Alice Munro
The Beggar Maid

Julia O'Faolain
No Country
For Young Men

Barry Unsworth
Pascali's Island

J.L. Carr
A Month
In The Country

Postcard from 1980.

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Who said that?

Bad to worse

If anything can go wrong, it will.
Arthur Bloch, Murphy's Law

Once again, life louses up the script.
Humphrey Bogart, 'The Barefoot Contessa'

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.
Humphrey Bogart

Rowe's Rule: the odds are five to six that the light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train.
Paul Dickson, 'The Official Rules'

You know it's a bad day when you wake up and the birds are singing Leonard Cohen numbers.
Jenny Éclair

RULE 1 - Life is not fair, get used to it.
Bill Gates' Rules for Life

After things have gone from bad to worse, the cycle will repeat itself.
Bob Murphy

Things are always darkest just before they go pitch black.
Kelly Robinson

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

Cheer up! The worst is yet to come.
Mark Twain


If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Tallalulah Bankhead

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you somebody who has never achieved much.
Joan Collins

The bottom line is that you don't see a crevasse until you fall down it.
Sir Ranulph Finnes

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.
Nikki Giovanni, 'Of Liberation'

If only one could have two lives: the first in which to make one's mistakes, which seem as if they have to be made; and the second in which to profit by them.
D. H. Lawrence

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward John Phelps

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Don't ever make the same mistake twice - unless it pays
Mae West


A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Ambrose Bierce, 'The Devil's Dictionary'


Divorce can be seen as the legal alternative to murder.
Jeff Foxworthy

A tragedy that after a while feels suspiciously like relief
Faith Hines

A divorce costs so much more than a wedding - but it's worth it.
Max Kauffmann

Love, the quest, marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.
Helen Rowland


A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
Ambrose Bierce, 'The Devil's Dictionary'

Gay men look at fidelity differently. It's not called cheating unless you're actually playing cards.
Scott Thompson


A husband should tell his wife everything that he is sure she will find out, and before anybody else does.
Lord Thomas Dewar

The only thing that keeps a woman from being happily married
Andra Douglas

Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Husbands are chiefly good lovers when they are betraying their wives.
Marilyn Monroe

Once I had a husband
You know the sort of chap,
I met him at a dance
And how he came on with the chat.
Willy Russell, 'Blood Brothers'


Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Jane Austen, 'Pride and Prejudice'

The quickest way to ruin a relationship
Shirley Bassey

An arrangement by which two people start by getting the best out of each other and often end by getting the worst
Gerald Brenan

If you're married for more than ten minutes, you're going to have to forgive somebody for something.
Hillary Rodham Clinton

There is a French saying: "Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love."
De Finod

A girl should marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other.
Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
Katharine Hepburn

Marry the man today,
Trouble though he may be.
Much as he likes to play
Crazy and wild and free,
Marry the man today...
Frank Loesser, 'Guys & Dolls'

The longest sentence you can form with two words is 'I do'.
H.L. Mencken

Getting married's a lot like getting into a tub of hot water. After you get used to it, it ain't so hot.
Minnie Pearl

Marriage is like the Middle East. There is no solution.
Willy Russell

Love is blind - marriage is the eye-opener.
Pauline Thomason

I married a few people I shouldn't have, but haven't we all?
Mamie Van Doren


Rose: Why does any man cheat?
Dorothy: Well, there are two popular theories. 1. Men are victims of an evolutionary process which genetically programs their sexual habits.
Blanche: What's the other theory?
Dorothy: Men are scum.
Betty White (Rose Nylund), Bea Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak) and Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux),
'The Golden Girls'

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Listen, if it's got four wheels or a dick you're goin' a have trouble with it, guaranteed.
Annie Proulx, ‘A Lonely Coast’

Most men never mature; they simply grow taller.
Leo Rosten

O, what may a man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!
William Shakespeare,
'Measure For Measure' (Act III, Scene II)

Sigh no more ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever, -
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.
William Shakespeare,
'Much Ado About Nothing' (Act II, Scene III)

O heaven! were man
But constant, he were perfect.
William Shakespeare,
'The Two Gentlemen Of Verona' (Act V, Scene IV)

It's a pity more men are not bastards by birth instead of vocation.
Katharine Whitehorn

God gave men a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time.
Robin Williams


A necessary formality before securing a divorce.
Oliver Herford and John Clay, 'Cupid's Cyclopedia'

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