The Best Of
The New Seekers
LP 2384 121)
MC 7152 135)
Give Us A Clue
On 5th January Lyn Paul appears on the popular TV game show Give Us A Clue (Thames Television). The show is hosted by Michael Aspel, with team captains Lionel Blair and Una Stubbs, and fellow guests Brian Cant, Harry H. Corbett and Dudley Moore on the 'boys' team and Angela Douglas and Katie Boyle joining Lyn on the 'girls' team. Lyn mimes the clues to I'm In The Mood For Love.
On 13th February Lyn appears on a 'Valentines' edition of Yorkshire Television's prime-time quiz, game and variety show 3-2-1 (Series 4, Episode 4). The show is hosted by Ted Rogers assisted by Fiona Curzon and Libby Roberts. The other guests are Felix Bowness, Chris Emmett and Mike Newman, Anna Dawson, Patti Gold, Sheila Staefel and special guest star Frankie Vaughan. Lyn sings her version of the Carpenters' hit We've Only Just Begun.
Polydor release a New Seekers LP as part of their Music for the Millions series (LP 2482 586 / MC 3201 763). The compilation includes 12 tracks, only one of which (Beg, Steal Or Borrow) features Lyn Paul on lead vocal. The LP is also released as part of Polydor's Special Price Series (LP 2384 121 / MC 3192 669) with the title The Best Of The New Seekers. In Germany the same LP is released on the Philips label as part of the MOTIVE series (LP 6321 135 / MC 7152 135).
On 8th October the London Evening Standard reports that Lyn and 27-year-old nightclub boss Paul Wheeler are planning to marry. Referring to her previous marriage to nightclub owner Vince McCaffrey, Lyn says: "Just because my first marriage didn't work, it doesn't mean to say that all club owners are the same." (Evening Standard, 8th October 1982, page 9)
At Christmas Lyn stars in Puss In Boots at the Cambridge Arts Theatre (23rd December - 15th January). Alan Kersey, who admitted that he wasn't one of Lyn's greatest fans, gives her grudging praise in the Cambridge Evening News:
"She coped well with her new role despite being one of the victims of the pre-Christmas 'throats'." (Cambridge Evening News, 24th December 1982)
Leaflet promoting the
Cambridge Arts Theatre production of
Puss In Boots
starring Lyn Paul, Sheila Bernette, Ann Emery and Ron Martin.
At the end of March the Goombay Dance Band reach number 1 in the UK singles chart with Seven Tears, a song that Lyn Paul would cover two years later on a K-Tel compilation of hits.
In October Culture Club reach number 1 with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. Who could have imagined at the time that the band would still be touring in 2002, much less that Lyn Paul would join them on stage at the Royal Albert Hall to help celebrate their twentieth anniversary?
|In the News - 1982
Tachographs, which record driving times and distances, become compulsory in the UK for lorries over three and a half tonnes.
On 2nd January the Polish government devalues the Zloty and announces huge price increases to basic foods and fuel.
On the same day streaker Erika Roe interrupts the England vs. Australia rugby match at Twickenham, running onto the field during half-time and exposing her 40-inch chest.
Swan & Edgar, one of London's most famous department stores, closes on 9th January.
On Tuesday, 12th January the Prime Minister's son, Mark Thatcher, is reported missing in the Sahara desert while taking part the Paris to Dakar rally. He is missing for six days.
At an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines on 20th January a fan throws an unconscious bat onto the stage. The singer bites off its head, thinking it to be one of his rubber fakes. He is taken to hospital afterwards for a rabies injection.
The number of people out of work in the UK passes the 3 million mark for the first time since the 1930s. The unemployment figures published on 26th January put the jobless total at 3,070,261.
||Laker Airways collapses on 5th February with debts of £270 million.
George Harrison presents UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million on 9th February, ten years after the concert to raise funds for Bangladesh.
The world's largest oil rig, Ocean Ranger, capsizes on 15th February in heavy seas off Newfoundland. The 84 men on board all lose their lives.
Robert Mugabe dismisses Joshua Nkomo from the Zimbabwe government on 17th February, following the discovery of arms on farms owned by Mr. Nkomo.
On 27th February the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company gives its last performance of HMS Pinafore at London's Adelphi Theatre.
The Barbican arts centre in London is opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 3rd March.
John Belushi, one of the original cast members of NBC's comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, who went on to star in films such as National Lampoon's Animal House and The Blues Brothers, dies of a drug overdose on 5th March, aged 33.
On Thursday, 18th March the Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers, halts a private prosecution for obscenity brought by Mary Whitehouse against Michael Bogdanov, the director of the National Theatre production of Romans In Britain.
On Friday, 19th March a group of Argentine scrap metal workers illegally arrive at Leith Harbour, South Georgia and raise the Argentine flag.
Roy Jenkins wins the Glasgow Hillhead by-election for the SDP on 25th March.
Chariots Of Fire wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 54th Academy Awards ceremony on 29th March.
The Doobie Brothers split up on 31st March.
||On 2nd April the Danish-born socialite Claus von Bülow is sentenced to 30 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife "Sunny" von Bülow. He is granted $1 million bail, pending appeal.
On the same day General Leopoldo Galtieri orders Argentinian troops to invade the Falkland Islands. Twenty-four hours later, the House of Commons convenes for a special Saturday session to approve an armed response. A British Task Forces sets sail for the Falklands on 5th April.
The ZX Spectrum, a home computing device that required a colour TV set for a monitor and an audio cassette player for loading software programs from tape, is launched by British technology entrepreneur Clive Sinclair on 23rd April.
On 24th April, as British warships home in on the Falklands, the Eurovision Song Contest is held in Harrogate and is won by the German entry titled Ein Bisschen Frieden (A Little Peace). On 15th May the single becomes the UK's 500th number 1 hit.
On 25th April Israeli forces complete their withdrawal from the Sinai desert.
||There are 323 casualties on Sunday, 2nd May when the Argentine warship the General Belgrano is sunk by a torpedo fired from the British submarine HMS Conqueror. "Gotcha!" says The Sun newspaper. Two days later the HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Exocet missile from an Argentinian jet bomber. 20 crewmen are killed.
On 6th May the former manager of the Bay City Rollers, Tam Paton, is convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and sentenced to three years in prison.
Pope Jean Paul II begins a six-day visit to the UK on Friday, 28th May. On 29th May he visits Canterbury Cathedral - the first pontiff ever to do so - before celebrating mass for 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
Following the attempted assassination on 3rd June of Shlomo Argov, the Israeli Ambassador to London, Israel retaliates by bombarding PLO bases in Lebanon. Israeli ground forces advance on Beirut, clashing with Syrian peace-keeping troops en route. A cease-fire is agreed with Syria on 11th June and with the PLO on 12th.
Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home in Memphis, Tennessee, is opened to the public as a museum on 7th June
British forces suffer their worst single loss of life since World War II
on 8th June when three Argentine jets bomb two Royal Navy ships anchored off the Falkland Islands - RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram. The Argentine planes are shot down by two Sea Harriers, bringing the final death toll to 59.
Harvey Fierstein's collection of three plays Torch Song Trilogy opens on Broadway on 10th June at the Little Theatre. The cast includes Estelle Getty as Mrs. Beckoff.
On the same day Addie “Micki” Harris of The Shirelles dies of a heart attack, aged 42, having just finished two performances with The Shirelles at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Pope John Paul II arrives in Buenos Aires on 11th June for a two-day visit to Argentina.
On 14th June a cease-fire is agreed in the Falklands War. Following the surrender of Argentine forces, General Galtieri is ousted as President of Argentina on 17th June. Alfredo Oscar Saint Jean is appointed as an interim Head of State.
Roberto Calvi, known as 'God's Banker' because of his connections with the Vatican, is found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London on Saturday, 19th June.
Prince William is born on 21st June.
||Roy Jenkins is elected leader of the SDP on 2nd July.
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden get married on 4th July.
An intruder, Michael Fagan, breaks into the Queen's apartments at Buckingham Palace at around 7.15am on Friday, 9th July. He chats to Queen Elizabeth II in her bedroom for 10 minutes, whilst drinking wine he had stolen from the Royal cellars. His visit ends when he is overpowered by a footman.
Railway workers in the UK go on strike in a dispute with British Rail over pay and flexible rostering. The strike is called off on 18th July.
UK hospital workers hold a 3-day strike in pursuit of a 12% pay claim.
Two IRA bombs explode in central London on 20th July, killing a total of 11 people and injuring 50 others. The first bomb goes off in Hyde Park as members of the Household Cavalry make their way to the Changing of the Guard. The second bomb explodes at a lunchtime concert in Regents Park.
Following their 3-day strike in July, hospital workers in the UK start another strike on 9th August, this time for 5 days. During the strike most hospitals can only deal with accident and emergency cases.
East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray are allowed out of prison on Wednesday, 11th August to attend the funeral of their mother, Violet.
Henry Fonda, whose acting career spanned five decades, dies on 12th August, aged 77.
Soul singer Joe Tex, who had the first of his US top 10 hits in 1964 with Hold What You’ve Got, and his only UK hit in 1977 with I Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman), dies of a heart attack on 13th August, aged 47.
On 14th August 34 UK branches of Barclays Bank open on a Saturday morning for the first time since 1969.
Israel agrees to the peace proposals for Lebanon put forward by the US special envoy Philip Habib. The evacuation of Palestinian fighters from Beirut begins on 21st August
Ingrid Bergman, who twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for her roles in the films Gaslight and Anastasia - though she is more often remembered for her co-starring role with Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca), dies from cancer on 29th August, aged 67.
On Monday, 30th August, as the PLO completes its withdrawal from Lebanon, the PLO leader Yasser Arafat leaves his headquarters in Beirut for the last time and heads for Greece by ship.
||A Spantax DC-10 (Flight 995 to New York) overruns the runway at Málaga Airport on 13th September after the captain aborts the takeoff. 344 of the 394 people on board survive.
Princess Grace of Monaco dies on Tuesday, 14th September following a car accident the previous day.
The President-elect of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel, and 26 other Phalange politicians are killed in a bomb explosion in East Beirut on 14th September.
Yasser Arafat has a private audience with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 15th September, during a visit to Rome to address the annual meeting of the Interparliamentary Union.
Israeli-backed Christian militias massacre hundreds of Palestinians in the Chatila and Sabra refugee camps in Beirut between 16th-18th September in revenge for the assassination of Bashir Gemayel.
On 22nd September San Francisco's cable car system is shut down for rebuilding. The last passenger-carrying car completes its final journey before dawn. The rebuilt system opens again on 21st June 1984.
Thousands of people in the UK stop work on 22nd September in support of the National Health Service workers claim for higher pay.
The first episode of a new NBC television comedy Cheers, starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long, is broadcast in the USA on 30th September.
Helmut Kohl becomes Chancellor of West Germany on 1st October.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats opens on Broadway on 7th October. It goes on to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history and holds the record until it is surpassed by The Phantom Of The Opera on 9th January 2006.
On 8th October the Polish government bans the trade union Solidarity.
Henry VIII's warship, the Mary Rose, which sank off Portsmouth in 1545, is raised from the seabed on Monday, 11th October. The ship is later put on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
A reported 67 football fans are crushed in a stampede during a UEFA Cup game on Wednesday, 20th October between Spartak Moscow and Haarlem. Unofficial reports put the death toll at the Luzhniki Stadium at over 300.
On 21st October two members of Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Provisional IRA, are elected to the new Ulster Assembly. Gerry Adams, vice president of Sinn Féin, wins the Belfast West seat while Martin McGuinness, a former IRA 'brigade' commander, takes a seat in Londonderry.
On 29th October an Australian court rejects Lindy Chamberlain's claim that her baby was killed by dingoes. She is found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
On Tuesday, 2nd November the UK gets its first new TV channel since the launch of BBC2 in 1964. Channel 4 begins broadcasting at 4.45pm. Its first programme is the word game Countdown, presented by Richard Whiteley.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev dies of a heart attack on 10th November, aged 75.
On 14th November the Polish trade union leader, Lech Walesa, is set free after 11 months of internment.
The Queen Mother is rushed into hospital on 22nd November to have a fish bone removed from her throat.
On 30th November a letter bomb from animal rights campaigners explodes inside 10 Downing Street, injuring office manager Peter Taylor.
The Greater London Council (GLC) invites Gerry Adams and Danny Morrison of Sinn Féin to attend talks in London. On 8th December the British Home Secretary, William Whitelaw, imposes a banning order under the Prevention of Terrorism Act preventing the two men from entering Britain.
On 12th December 30,000 women link arms around the air force base at Greenham Common in a peaceful protest against the cruise missiles sited there.
The frontier gates between Spain and Gibraltar are re-opened to pedestrians at a minute after midnight on 15th December for the first time in 13 years. Only Spanish citizens or inhabitants of Gibraltar are allowed across. Tourists, cars and commercial goods are not allowed to cross the border.
On 19th December four bombs explode at a nuclear power station in South Africa.
The South Korean opposition leader Kim Dae Jung is exiled to the United States on Christmas Eve, after serving two-and-a-half years of a 20-year prison sentence for sedition.
|In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
- China Crisis
- Culture Club
- Billy Idol
- Lionel Richie (solo)
- Talk Talk
- Tears for Fears
- Thompson Twins
|UK Best-selling Singles
Head Over Heels
The Day Before You Came
All Of My Heart
The Look Of Love
- Adam Ant
Goody Two Shoes
- Toni Basil
- Bucks Fizz
My Camera Never Lies
- Bucks Fizz
The Land Of Make Believe
- Captain Sensible
- Irene Cara
- Classix Nouveau
Is It A Dream
- Christopher Cross
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
- Culture Club
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
- Dexy's Midnight Runners
Come On Eileen
- Dire Straits
Give Me Back My Heart
- Duran Duran
Hungry Like The Wolf
- Duran Duran
Save A Prayer
- England World Cup Squad
This Time (We'll Get It Right) / England, We'll Fly The Flag
- Fun Boy Three
It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It
- J. Geils Band
- Goombay Dance Band
- Eddy Grant
I Don't Wanna Dance
- Adrian Gurvitz
- Haircut 100
Love Plus One
- Keith Harris and Orville
- Human League
- Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills
- The Jam
- The Jam
A Town Called Malice / Precious
- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
I Love Rock 'n' Roll
The Model / Computer Love
House Of Fun
- Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Ebony and Ivory
- Meat Loaf
Dead Ringer For Love
- John Cougar Mellencamp
Jack And Diane
- Steve Miller Band
- Musical Youth
Pass The Dutchie
A Little Peace
- Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Maid Of Orleans
- Rocker's Revenge
Walking On Sunshine
- Shakin' Stevens
A Night To Remember
- Soft Cell
Say Hello Wave Goodbye
Eye Of The Tiger
- Tears for Fears
- Tight Fit
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- Toto Coelo
I Eat Cannibals Part 1
|One Hit Wonders
One Step Further
[Eurovision Song Contest:
I've Never Been To Me
- David Christie
- Billy Field
You Weren't In Love With Me
- Jennifer Holliday
And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going
I Won't Let You Down
Da Da Da
The Lexicon Of Love
- Phil Collins
Hello, I Must Be Going!
- Culture Club
Kissing To Be Clever
- Chris de Burgh
- John Denver
Seasons Of The Heart
- Dire Straits
Love Over Gold
- Donald Fagen
Something's Going On
- Joe Jackson
Night And Day
- Michael Jackson
- Paul McCartney
Tug Of War
- Chris Rea
- Cliff Richard
Now You See Me, Now You Don't
- Roxy Music
- Simon and Garfunkel
The Concert In Central Park
Sky 4 - Forthcoming
- Status Quo
- Steve Winwood
Talking Back To The Night
Upstairs At Eric's
|At the Movies
- Brimstone And Treacle
- Come Back To The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
- Conan The Barbarian
- The Draughtsman's Contract
- Mad Max 2
- A Midsommer Night's Sex Comedy
- The Missionary
- On Golden Pond
- Rocky III
- The Snowman
- Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
- Victor / Victoria
- The Wall
Tony Award for Best Musical:
West End Theatre
Award for Musical of the Year:
- The Boys From The Black Stuff
- Cagney And Lacey
- Carrott's Lib
- Doctor Who (Season 19)
- Harry's Game
- The Kenny Everett Television Show
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- The Late Late Breakfast Show
- Not The Nine O'Clock News
- Only Fools And Horses
- Open All Hours
- Smiley's People
- Treasure Hunt
- The Tube
- A Woman Of No Importance
- Wood and Walters
- Yes, Minister
- The Young Ones
of the Year:
Darts: Jocky Wilson wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.
Ice Skating: Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill win the World Ice Dance Championship in Copenhagen.
Rugby Union: Ireland win the Five Nations Championship.
Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the 128th Boat Race.
Horse Racing: Grittar wins the Grand National.
Motor Racing: Gilles Villeneuve is killed when his Ferrari crashes during a practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Keke Rosberg wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.
Snooker: Alex Higgins wins the World Championship for the second time, beating Ray Reardon in the final (18-15). Terry Griffiths (the runner-up in 1981) beats Alex Higgins 16-15 in the final of the UK Championship.
Golf: Craig Stadler wins 46th US Masters on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with Dan Pohl.
Tom Watson wins the US Open at Pebble Beach, California and the Open Championship at Royal Troon.
Football: Liverpool win the Football League First Division for the 13th time.
Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup, beating Queens Park Rangers 1-0 in a replay of the final.
Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich 1-0 to win the European Cup.
Italy win the World Cup, beating West Germany 3-1 in the final in Madrid.
Bobby Robson takes over as Manager of the England team.
Cycling: Bernard Hinault wins the Tour de France for the fourth time.
Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd for the third time in the women's singles final at Wimbledon (6-1 3-6 6-2).
Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe in an epic men's final.
In December Virginia Wade becomes the first woman to be elected to the Committee of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
After 109 weeks at No. 1 and 62 career titles, Bjorn Borg retires, aged 26.
Athletics: Daley Thompson wins the gold medal in the Decathlon at the European Championships in Athens and sets a new World Record (8,744 points).
Eventing: Lucinda Green wins the World Three Day Event title on Regal Realm.
Man Booker Prize
What's so special about Christmas - the birth of a man who thinks he's a god isn't such a rare event.
Human life is mainly a process of filling in time until the arrival of death or Santa Claus.
Eric Berne, 'Games People Play'
Santa Claus has the right idea,
Visit people once a year.
Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given - when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.
Joan Winmill Brown
Xmas makes it sound like a skin complaint.
Audrey Forbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith), 'To The Manor Born'
The next person says Merry Christmas to me, I'll kill him.
Myrna Loy, 'The Thin Man'
Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.
Bart Simpson, 'The Simpsons'
If there had been three wise women instead of men, they'd have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, and bought disposable diapers as gifts.
It will be a traditional Christmas, with presents, crackers, door slamming and people bursting into tears ...
To be claimed as good, though in an improper style, is at least better than being rejected as no good at all.
Jane Austen, 'Persuasion'
Friendly attacks should begin with faint praise, but be careful not to use adjectives or phrases of which the publisher can make use in advertisements.