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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1983. To find out what else was happening in 1983 select any of the following options:

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New Seekers
on TV: 1983

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In Print 1983

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Lyn Paul
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Echoes Of Love
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Echoes Of Love
(single cover)


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Blood Brothers

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Barbara Dickson

Blood Brothers 1983 cast recording (CD cover).

Blood Brothers
London Cast
Barbara Dickson
as Mrs. Johnstone.


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Echoes Of Love

In 1983 Lyn Paul is coaxed back to the recording studio by producer Henry Haddaway. As Lyn told journalist Richard Crocker:

"I'd been conned and ripped off so many times that I wasn't prepared to trust anybody. But Henry persevered and eventually talked me round. Now... I'm enjoying life again - for the first time in three years." (Titbits, 9th July 1983).

Lyn releases a single, Echoes Of Love (Crash CRA 509), a gutsy cover version of a Doobie Brothers' song, which had also been recorded by the Pointer Sisters.

Promoting the single on the John Dunn Show (BBC Radio 2), Lyn talks about the single and about her career. Asked about her first ever appearance on stage she describes playing the part of a flower at the age of three!

"I had all these petals around my head and I was the little piece of dew in the middle!"

Commenting on her days with the New Seekers, Lyn reveals that their clean-cut image was not what it might have seemed:

"When you're 25 and 26 years old it's very difficult to act like you've just got up with a glass of milk and go to bed with a biscuit at nine o'clock ... It's very difficult to keep that image up."

Lyn also appears on the breakfast-time TV show Good Morning Britain. She talks about her life after the New Seekers and admits that going solo hadn't been quite what she'd imagined:

"I travelled the club circuit, which drove me absolutely berserk. I mean, after being wrapped in cotton wool for five years, all of a sudden there I was out on my own, lots of people working with me and all depending on me - and I was just not used to this at all. So I went through a terrible nervous time, depression, bouts of very deep depression. Without my family I'd have been lost."

Later the same year Crash Records put out another single featuring Lyn Paul on vocals. Recorded with her brother, Hold Me (CRA 600) is released under the name Future Primitive.

On 10th April Lyn appears at the Beck Theatre, Hayes with Marty and Kim Wilde, Helen Shapiro, Joe Brown and Dave Berry. The show is a tribute to Billy Fury and raises money for his posthumous Memorial Fund for Research into Heart Disease.

At Christmas Lyn returns to panto, starring with The Bachelors in a production of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal, Hanley. Lyn had appeared with The Bachelors five years before on the TV game show Celebrity Squares (ATV, Saturday, 22nd April 1978).

On 8th December, a day ahead of the opening performance, Lyn, The Bachelors and fellow cast-member Jackie Pallo visit the local Woolworths store to promote the show and to launch British Telecom's new 'genie' telephone (Evening Sentinel, 8th December 1983).

Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Hanley  (promotional leaflet).

Theatre Royal, Hanley
(promotional leaflet).

Up. Down.

The panto gets a good review in the local press, with particular praise for Lyn Paul in the title role and George Lacy as Widow Twankey (Evening Sentinel, 13th December 1983). The show runs from 9th December to 14th January 1984.


On 8th January a new musical, Blood Brothers, opens at the Liverpool Playhouse; it transfers to the Lyric Theatre in London on 11th April. Written by Willy Russell and starring Barbara Dickson, the show receives favourable reviews and wins several awards - an Ivor Novello Award for 'Best British Musical' and two Society of West End Theatre Awards (one for 'Best Musical' and another for Barbara Dickson as 'Best Actress in a Musical'). Within six months, however, the show closes, leaving the West End without any promise of a return, much less a hint that, in fourteen years time, it will provide Lyn Paul with one of her greatest successes.

Ron Roker, who had arranged and produced Lyn Paul's entry in the 1977 Song For Europe contest (and who also co-wrote her single Mama Don't Wait For Me), wins the 1983 Song For Europe contest with a song aptly titled I'm Never Giving Up. Co-written with Jan Pulsford and Phil Wigger and performed by Sweet Dreams, the song sees off competition from seven other entries including Love On Your Mind, written by Marty Kristian of the New Seekers. The song goes on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Munich, finishing sixth with a score of 79 points.

On Saturday, 8th October the writer and actor Mollie Harris (Martha Woodford in The Archers) is the guest castaway on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Among the eight discs she chooses to take to her desert island is the New Seekers' Never Ending Song Of Love.

On 8th November, following its world premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September, the musical Dear Anyone... opens at London's Cambridge Theatre. Written by Jack Rosenthal, it features music and lyrics by Geoff Stephens and Don Black, who had previously co-written Lyn Paul's 1977 Song For Europe If Everybody Loved The Same As You. The original studio cast recording of Dear Anyone... had been made in 1978 and featured ex-New Seeker Peter Oliver as Grateful Amarillo.

Come Christmas the UK is a 'wishee-washee' with productions of Aladdin. In addition to Lyn Paul and The Bachelors at the Theatre Royal, Hanley, other productions of Aladdin include: Clive Dunn at the Prince's Hall Theatre, Aldershot; Toni Arthur with John Nettles and Henry Kelly at the Theatre Royal, Bath; Cheryl Murray (Susie Birchall in Coronation Street) with Stan Boardman and Roy Barraclough at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool; Barbara Windsor with Trevor Bannister and Christopher Timothy at the Chichester Festival Theatre; "Cheerful" Charlie Chester at the Harrogate Theatre; Jack Smethurst and Mike Berry at the Hexagon Reading; Jimmy Edwards and Ted Moult at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln; and Tom O'Connor and Berni Flint at the Liverpool Empire.


Up. Down.

In the News - 1983

The Broadway production of Annie, which had won seven Tony Awards in 1977, closes on 2nd January after 2,377 performances.

Margaret Thatcher arrives in the Falklands on 8th January for a surprise five-day visit.

Stephen Waldorf, a 26-year-old film editor, is shot and severely injured in London on 14th January by Metropolitan Police officers who mistakenly believed him to be an escaped prisoner, David Martin.

Britain wakes up to breakfast television for the first time on Monday, 17th January, when the BBC launches its new Breakfast Time show, presented by Frank Bough, Nick Ross and Selina Scott.

Water and sewerage workers in the UK go on strike for the first time on 23rd January. 5 million households are advised to boil their drinking water.

British rock 'n' roll star Billy Fury (real name Ronald Wycherley) dies from a heart attack on 28th January, aged 42.

On 31st January wearing seat belts becomes compulsory for drivers and front seat passengers of cars registered in the UK on or after 1st January 1965.


On 1st February ITV launches its own breakfast show, TV-am's Good Morning Britain.

Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa on 4th February, aged 32. He tombstone bears the inscription: "A star on earth - a star in heaven."

Following his expulsion from Bolivia, Klaus Barbie, the wartime commander of Gestapo Intelligence in Lyons, is flown to France on 5th February to face charges of crimes against humanity.

The findings of an Israeli judicial enquiry into the massacres at the Chatila and Sabra refugee camps are made known on 8th February. The Israeli Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, is blamed for allowing Christian Phalangist militia to enter the camps. Sharon resigns from his post as Defence Minister but remains in the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio.

The champion race horse Shergar is stolen from the Aga Khan's Ballymany stud farm in County Kildare on 8th February.

Simon Hughes wins the Bermondsey by-election for the Liberals on 24th February. He has a majority of 9,319 over the Labour candidate Peter Tatchell.


Compact disc players go on sale in the UK for the first time on 1st March.

The Liberal Party wins the Australian general election on 5th March. Bob Hawke becomes Prime Minister.

The Christian Democrats, led by Helmut Kohl, win the West German general election on 6th March.

The Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana on 8th March, after his home in Bulawayo is ransacked by troops and a member of his staff is killed. On 13th March he flies to Johannesburg, where he boards a plane to London.

On Wednesday, 23rd March the US President, Ronald Reagan, unveils plans for the $2,000bn Strategic Defense Initiative (later known as "Star Wars" after the George Lucas film), which aimed to avert nuclear war using space technology.

Former Soviet spy Donald MacLean dies in Moscow on 8th March. Another Soviet spy, the art historian Anthony Blunt, dies on 26th March.

Ian MacGregor, leader of the British Steel Corporation, is named as the new chairman of the National Coal Board on 28th March.


On 1st April CND supporters form a 14-mile human chain around three nuclear weapons sites in Berkshire.

Gandhi wins eight Oscars at the 55th Academy Awards ceremony on 11th April, including the awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ben Kingsley).

On the same day, at the end of a "supergrass" trial in Belfast 14 members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) are jailed for a total of 200 years. The trial had been based on the evidence of "supergrass" Joseph Bennett, who was granted immunity from prosecution for the crimes he had committed.

A new £1 coin is introduced in the UK on 21st April.

On 23rd April Corinne Hermès wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg with the song Si La Vie Est Cadeau.

On Monday, 25th April Stern magazine publishes the first installment of the "Hitler Diaries", purportedly written by Adolf Hitler himself but later proven to be fakes. The Sunday Times cancels its serialisation of the volumes and issues an apology.


On 5th May the BBC broadcast the 1,000th edition of Top Of The Pops.

On 16th May the Metropolitan Police begin using wheel clamps to immobilise illegally parked cars on the streets of central London, for an experimental period.

A car bomb explodes in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria, on 20th May. 17 people die and 197 are injured in the explosion.

More than 300 people are killed on 25th May by a fire aboard a ferry on the Upper Nile.

Meat Loaf declares himself bankrupt with debts of over $1 million.


The People's March for Jobs reaches London on 5th June, having set off from Glasgow six weeks earlier.

The Conservative Party led by Margaret Thatcher wins the UK general election held on Thursday, 9th June, securing a massive majority in the House of Commons of 144 seats. The Labour Party wins 209 seats, the Liberals 17 and the SDP only 6. Among the MPs to lose their seats are Tony Benn and Shirley Williams. Gerald Kaufman, a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet, describes the Labour Party's manifesto as "the longest suicide note in history."

Following the disappointing results for both their parties the leaders of the Labour Party and the SDP both resign. On 12th June Michael Foot announces that he will stand down as Labour leader at the party conference in October. The next day Roy Jenkins resigns as leader of the SDP.

On 13th June the Pioneer 10 space probe crosses the orbit of Neptune to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system.

On 16th June Pope Jean Paul II begins an eight day visit to his native Poland. While he is there the Pontiff has separate meetings with General Jaruzelski and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

The Syrian government expels the PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, from Damascus on 24th June.

The musical Evita, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, closes on Broadway on 26th June after 1,567 performances.


On 13th July MPs vote 361-245 against the restoration of the death penalty.

On 16th July twenty people die in a helicopter crash off the Scilly Isles.

Simon and Garfunkel begin a reunion tour on 19th July.

On the same day the skeleton of a 125 million-year-old dinosaur goes on show at the Natural History Museum in London..

Martial law is lifted in Poland on 22nd July.

On 23rd July 13 soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army are killed in an ambush by members of the Tamil militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The following day violence breaks out between Sinhalese and Tamil groups in Sri Lanka, which continues for a week. The events of 'Black July' turn out to be the catalyst for a civil war lasting 26 years, which sends hundreds of thousands of Tamils into exile and results in the deaths of 100,000 or more people.

On 26th July Victoria Gillick loses her High Court case to prevent doctors from prescribing contraception to under-16s without parental consent.

Actor David Niven dies from motor neurone disease on 29th July, aged 73.


A second "supergrass" trial, this one based on the evidence of Christopher Black, ends in Belfast on 5th August. 22 IRA members are jailed for a total of 4,000 years. In 1986 18 of the 22 have their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Joshua Nkomo returns to Zimbabwe on 15th August after five months self-imposed exile.

Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher get married on 16th August.

The Philippines' opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, who had spent three years in exile in the USA, is shot dead upon his arrival at Manila Airport on 21st August.

The musical La Cage Aux Folles opens on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on the same day.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin resigns on 28th August.

On 31st August 269 people are killed when a Korean airliner is shot down after straying into Soviet airspace.


On Thursday, 1st September the USA accuses the USSR of shooting down a civilian aircraft, missing off the eastern coast of Russia. The South Korean Boeing 747 had been shot down after straying into Soviet airspace. All 269 of the passengers on board died.

On 11th September, at their conference in Salford, the Social Democrats vote against a merger with the Liberal Party.

On 24th September the army and the police in Argentina are granted an amnesty for crimes against leftists in the 1970s.

On Sunday, 25th September 38 IRA prisoners escape from the high-security Maze prison near Lisburn in Northern Ireland. It is the biggest escape in British penal history.

A Chorus Line breaks the record for the longest run on Broadway on 29th September, when the show is performed for the 3,389th time.


The Swedish post office issues an ABBA stamp on 1st October.

On Sunday, 2nd October Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the UK Labour Party, with Roy Hattersley as his deputy.

Lech Walesa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 5th October.

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland, recognising the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child, becomes law on 7th October, following a referendum on 7th September. The legislation allows abortion in circumstances where the life of a pregnant woman is at risk.

On 10th October Yitzak Shamir succeeds Menachem Begin as Prime Minister of Israel.

The Trade and Industry Secretary Cecil Parkinson resigns from Margaret Thatcher's government on Friday, 14th October after his mistress, Sara Keays, reveals that she is pregnant. Their daughter Flora is born on New Year's Eve.

Thousands of CND supporters gather in London on 22nd October to protest against the use of nuclear weapons.

146 US marines and 27 French soldiers are killed in bomb attacks in Beirut on 23rd October.

On Tuesday, 25th October US troops invade the Caribbean island of Grenada, less than a week after a military coup in which the Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, was deposed and executed.


On 4th November Dennis Nilsen is found guilty of six murders and two attempted murders. The Judge at the Central Criminal Court sentences him to life imprisonment.

On 14th November US Cruise Missiles arrive at Greenham Common. Hundreds of people are arrested the next day in a protest outside the House of Commons. A further 141 protesters are arrested at Greenham Common.

John Le Mesurier, who played the part of Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army, dies from a stomach haemorrhage, aged 71. The announcement of his death reads: "John Le Mesurier wishes it to be known that he conked out on November 15th. He sadly misses family and friends."

On Wednesday, 16th November, following England's elimination from the European Championship, 20 England football supporters are arrested in Luxembourg for drunkenness, fighting and robbery.

Tom Evans of Badfinger, who wrote the song Without You, commits suicide on 23rd November.

On Saturday, 26th November an armed gang steals more than £25m worth of gold bullion from the Brinks Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport.

A long-running dispute between the National Graphical Association and the Messenger newspaper group escalates on 29th November when thousands of pickets try to prevent the distribution of newspapers from the Messenger's printing works in Warrington. 23 police officers and 14 pickets are injured. 86 people are arrested.


In the UK the Gay Men's Press publishes a book titled Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin, a children's story about a five-year-old girl Jenny, who lives with her father, Martin, and his boyfriend Eric. The book causes a flurry amongst tabloid journalists three years later when it is discovered on the shelves of some UK public libraries.

A Swedish journalist, Lars Ljungberg, undergoes the first successful heart-lung transplant in Britain on Tuesday, 6th December in an operation carried out at Harefield Hospital by a team of 20 doctors and nurses.

The writer Mary Renault dies on 13th December, aged 78.

On 17th December, one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas, an IRA bomb explodes in a side street near the Harrods department store in London. Six people are killed and 90 injured. Despite the damage caused by the blast, Harrods re-opens three days later.

On the same day as the Harrods bomb attack 80 people die in a fire at a Madrid disco.

The PLO leader Yasser Arafat is forced to leave the Lebanon on 20th December.

Actress Violet Carson (Ena Sharples in Coronation Street) dies at home in Blackpool on 26th December, aged 85. Lyn Paul had worked with Violet Carson when she appeared in Coronation Street as a young girl. During the filming of one episode Lyn was reduced to tears by a scene centered on a row between Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner (played by Pat Phoenix). Miss Carson, who took Lyn to her dressing room to wipe her eyes dry, forever remembered her as "the little girl who cried."

Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) drowns at Marina del Ray, California on 28th December, aged 39.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • David Grant
  • The Style Council
  • Tina Turner (solo)
  • Luther Vandross
  • Paul Young
  • ZZ Top

UK Best-selling Singles

Let's Dance (single cover).

  • Bananarama
    Cruel Summer

  • Bananarama
    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

  • Beat
    Can't Get Used To Losing You

  • Belle Stars
    Sign Of The Times

  • David Bowie
    Let's Dance

  • David Bowie
    Modern Love

  • Laura Branigan

  • Peabo Bryson
    and Roberta Flack

    Tonight I Celebrate My Love

  • Bucks Fizz
    When We Were Young

  • Irene Cara
    Flashdance ... What A Feeling

  • China Crisis

  • Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
    Up Where We Belong

  • Phil Collins
    You Can't Hurry Love

  • Culture Club
    Church Of The Poison Mind

  • Culture Club
    Karma Chameleon

  • Culture Club

  • Cure
    The Love Cats

  • F.R. David

  • Duran Duran
    Is There Something I Should Know

  • David Essex

  • Eurythmics
    Love Is A Stranger

  • Eurythmics
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

  • Kenny Everett
    Snot Rap

  • Phil Everly and Cliff Richard
    She Means Nothing To Me

  • Flash and The Pan
    Waiting For A Train

  • Flying Pickets
    Only You

  • Freeez

  • Fun Boy Three
    Our Lips Are Sealed

  • Genesis

  • Eddy Grant
    Electric Avenue

  • Heaven 17

  • Human League
    (Keep Feeling) Fascination

  • Icehouse
    Hey Little Girl

  • Icicle Works
    Love Is A Wonderful Colour

  • Joe Jackson
    Steppin' Out

  • Michael Jackson
    Billie Jean

  • Joboxers

  • Billy Joel
    Uptown Girl

  • Elton John
    I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

  • Elton John
    I'm Still Standing

  • Howard Jones
    New Song

  • Howard Jones
    What Is Love?

  • Kajagoogoo
    Too Shy

  • KC and The Sunshine Band
    Give It Up

  • Lotus Eaters
    First Picture Of You

  • Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
    Say Say Say

  • Malcolm McLaren
    Double Dutch

  • Madness
    Wings Of A Dove

  • Marilyn
    Calling Your Name

  • Bob Marley and The Wailers
    Buffalo Soldier

  • Men at Work
    Down Under

  • New Edition
    Candy Girl

  • New Order
    Blue Monday

  • Mike Oldfield
    Moonlight Shadow

  • Orange Juice
    Rip It Up

  • Police
    Every Breath You Take

  • Cliff Richard
    Please Don't Fall In Love

  • Lionel Richie
    All Night Long (All Night)

  • Tom Robinson
    War Baby

  • Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
    Islands In The Stream

  • Roland Rat Superstar
    Rat Rapping

  • Shalamar
    Dead Giveaway

  • Siouxsie and The Banshees
    Dear Prudence

  • Slade
    My Oh My

  • Spandau Ballet

  • Status Quo
    Marguerita Time

  • Rod Stewart
    Baby Jane

  • The Style Council
    Long Hot Summer / Paris Match

  • The Style Council
    Speak Like A Child

  • Thompson Twins
    Hold Me Now

  • Thompson Twins
    Love On Your Side

  • Thompson Twins
    We Are Detective

  • Toto

  • Tina Turner
    Let's Stay Together

  • Bonnie Tyler
    Total Eclipse Of The Heart

  • UB40
    Red Red Wine

  • Tracey Ullman
    They Don't Know

  • Wah!
    The Story Of The Blues

  • Wham!
    Club Tropicana

  • Snowy White
    Bird Of Paradise

  • Yazoo
    Nobody's Diary

  • Paul Young
    Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

  • ZZ Top
    Gimme All Your Lovin'

Uptown Girl (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Assembly
    Never Never

  • Jimmy the Hoover
    Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)

  • Kissing the Pink
    Last Film

  • Maisonettes
    Heartache Avenue

  • Men Without Hats
    The Safety Dance

  • Ryan Paris
    Dolce Vita

  • Will Powers
    Kissing With Confidence

Safety Dance (single cover).

Hit Albums

Culture Club, Colour By Numbers (album cover).

  • David Bowie
    Let's Dance

  • Culture Club
    Colour By Numbers

  • Barbara Dickson / Original London Cast
    Blood Brothers

  • Eurythmics
    Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

  • Eurythmics

  • Billy Joel
    An Innocent Man

  • Elton John
    Too Low For Zero

  • Police

  • Chris Rea
    Water Sign

  • Cliff Richard
    Dressed For The Occasion

  • Cliff Richard

  • Lionel Richie
    Can't Slow Down

  • Paul Simon
    Hearts And Bones

  • Sky
    Sky Five Live

  • Spandau Ballet

  • Tears for Fears
    The Hurting

  • Thompson Twins
    Quick Step and Side Kick

  • Bonnie Tyler
    Faster Than The Speed Of Night

  • UB40
    Labour Of Love

  • U2

  • Wham!

  • Yazoo
    You and Me Both

  • Paul Young
    No Parlez

  • ZZ Top

Wham! Fantastic (album cover).

At the Movie
  • An Officer And A Gentleman
  • The Dresser
  • Educating Rita
  • Flashdance
  • Heat And Dust
  • Local Hero
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
  • Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life
  • Octopussy
  • The Ploughman's Lunch
  • Return Of The Jedi
  • Rumble Fish
  • Sophie's Choice
  • Staying Alive
  • Tootsie
  • Trading Places
  • Zelig
    (Woody Allen)

On Stage

Cats' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:

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

On Television
  • Are You Being Served?
    (Series 9)

  • The A-Team
  • Auf Wiedersehen Pet
  • Blackadder
  • Breakfast Time
  • Butterflies
    (Series 4)

  • Dear Ladies
    (Hinge and Bracket)

  • Doctor Who (Season 20)
  • Hi-de-Hi!
    (Series 4)

  • Just Good Friends
    (Series 1)

  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 7)

  • Only Fools And Horses
    (Series 3)

  • TV-AM

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Steve Cram

Darts: Keith Deller wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.

Ice Skating: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean win the World Ice Dance Championship for the third year in a row. They are awarded maximum points by all nine judges.

Boxing: Charlie Magri wins the World Flyweight title.
The referee stops his fight against Eleonica Mercedes in the 7th round.

Rugby Union: France and Ireland share victory in the Five Nations Championship.

Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the 129th Boat Race.

Horse Racing: Corbiere, ridden by Ben de Haan and trained by Jenny Pitman, wins the Grand National. It is the first time that the winning horse has been trained by a woman.
Lester Piggott, riding Teenoso, wins the Derby for the ninth time.

Snooker: the 1980 World Champion, Cliff Thorburn, appears in the final of the World Snooker Championship for the third time but loses 6-18 to the 1981 Champion, Steve Davis.
Davis doesn't have it all his own way, however. In the final of the UK Championship he loses 15-16 to Alex Higgins.

Golf: Seve Ballesteros wins the US Masters for the second time.
Larry Nelson wins the US Open at Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania.
Tom Watson wins the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Having won his first British Open title in 1975, he becomes Champion for the fifth time in nine years.

Football: Aberdeen become the first Scottish team to win the European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 14th time.
The FA Cup ends in a draw. Manchester United beat Brighton 4-0 in the replay.

Cycling: Laurent Fignon wins the Tour de France.

Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats American teenager Andrea Jaeger in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) to win the women's singles final at Wimbledon for the fourth time. Navratilova also wins the US Open and Australian Open titles.
John McEnroe beats Chris Lewis (6-2, 6-2, 6-2) to win the Wimbledon men's singles title for the second time.

Cricket: Pakistan beat England in a Test match for the first time.

Athletics: Daley Thompson wins a gold medal in the men's Decathlon at the World Athletics Championships.
Steve Cram wins a gold medal in the men's 1,500 metres.

Sailing: Australia wins the America's Cup, ending the United States 132-year reign.

Motor Racing: Nelson Piquet wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.


Man Booker Prize

J. M. Coetzee
Life & Times Of Michael K

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

Who said that?

That's Life

Living is like licking honey off a thorn.
Louis Adamic

The Answer to the Great Question Of ... Life, the Universe and Everything ... Is ... Forty-two.
Douglas Adams, 'The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy'

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Arthur Ashe

Life ... is like a cup of tea; the more heartily we drink, the sooner we reach the dregs.
J. M. Barrie, 'The Admirable Crichton'

Life is rather like opening a tin of sardines. We're all of us looking for the key.
Alan Bennett

Life - the way it really is - is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse.
Joseph Brodsky

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Truman Capote

Life is available to anyone no matter what age. All you have to do is grab it.
Art Carney

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
Johnny Carson

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Kaiser Clark

There are things in my life that are not perfect. So what? It's part of living.
Petula Clark, Independent Review,
Tuesday, 30th April 2002, page 8.

Life is a funny thing that happens to you on the way to the grave.
Quentin Crisp

Life is infinitely stranger than the mind of man can imagine.
A. Conan Doyle

Carla: Life is like a patio door: you never know which side is going to be open.
Connie: Uh huh. And you walk into the glass.
Connie and Carla

And life, if I can still call it that, has to go on in one form or the other. So here I am.
Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), 'The Golden Girls'

I get it now ... that life is about losing and about doing it as gracefully as possible ... and enjoying everything in between.
Mia Farrow

Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.
Charles Feidelson Jr.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realise this.
Henry Ford

Life is not meant to be easy.
Malcolm Fraser

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost

Not only is life a bitch, it has puppies.
Adrienne E. Gusoff

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Elbert Hubbard

Living and dying is not the big issue. The big issue is what you're going to do with your time while you are here.
Bill T. Jones

Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.
Sören Kierkegaard

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
Sören Kierkegaard

Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.
Thomas La Mance

... life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.
Fran Lebowitz

Life is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
Somerset Maugham

Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.
William Mizner

Life is a cement trampoline.
Harold Nordberg

All the world's a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
Sean O'Casey

I figured 'this is life' and went back to my meatballs.
Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), 'The Golden Girls'

Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.
Emo Philips

I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry.
And I know you do the same things too, So we're really not that different, me and you.
Colin Raye

Life has got to be lived - that's all there is to it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Russell

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
William Shakespeare, 'King John' (Act III, Scene IV)

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