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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1984. To find out what else was happening in 1984 select any of the following options:

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Make The Night (single cover).

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Make The Night
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On Saturday, 14th January the curtain comes down on the annual panto at the Theatre Royal in Hanley, where Lyn Paul and The Bachelors had been appearing in Aladdin. During its final fortnight the pantomime plays out to an off-stage drama between The Bachelors. On 4th January brothers Con and Dec Cluskey announce that the third member of the group John Stokes is to leave because of a "throat problem". The following day John Stokes' lawyer, Jack Rabinowicz, announces that his client is to sue the Cluskeys for "improperly" excluding him from the group. The dispute is reported in the press. The Glasgow Herald quotes Dec as saying: "John's throat problem has magnified to the extent that we now feel it is impossible for us to maintain the high standard the public expect, and demand, without replacing him" (Glasgow Herald, 6th January 1984, page 5). On 21st January The Times reports that the case had gone to Court, with Stokes seeking orders restraining the brothers from calling themselves The Bachelors and the Cluskeys seeking an injunction preventing Stokes from attending rehearsals at LWT (The Times, 21st January 1984, page 3). A further report on the Court proceedings quotes an 'expert' who claimed that John Stokes' singing had become so bad that it was like "the voice of a drowning rat" (The Times, 7th February 1984, page 3). The High Court case ends in May with all three members of the group agreeing not to use the name The Bachelors in their future careers (The Times, 9th May 1984, page 3). The Cluskey brothers recruit Peter Phipps and continue as The New Bachelors; John Stokes teams up with Steve Coe to form Stokes & Coe.

In March Lyn Paul appears at Blazers in Windsor. Lyn's act includes one cabaret favourite after another: I Am What I Am, I Will Survive, New York, New York and No Regrets. Lyn closes her show with a Neil Sedaka Medley. Peter Hepple, reviewing her performance in The Stage, describes her as having "a great voice which has never been properly appreciated", with the added comment that "she will yet achieve the solo recognition she deserves." (The Stage, 8th March 1984, page 5)

Photo of Lyn Paul sitting in a wicker chair.

Lyn Paul

Up. Down.

In September Lyn releases a single entitled Make The Night (Mute CRA 607).

In October, following the break up of her relationship with record company boss Henry Hadaway, Lyn moves in with Mike Nolan from Bucks Fizz. Lyn had first met Mike in 1980 and they had been good friends ever since. As Lyn later told Stewart Knowles from the TV Times:

"Mike has been an excellent friend and stuck by me when a lot of other people went away."

"I was having some trouble with a man I was living with ... and Mike said I could stay with him, so I moved into his spare room."
(TV Times, 15th - 21st November 1986, page 17)

On 11th December Mike Nolan is badly injured in an accident on the Great North Road, near Newcastle upon Tyne. The coach in which he and the other members of Bucks Fizz are travelling is involved in a head-on crash with a lorry. Following the accident Lyn has the opportunity to repay Mike's kindness, providing him with companionship while he recovers.

Meanwhile K-Tel release an album, Hooked On Number 1s (ONE 1285), which features Lyn Paul on six of the tracks. The album brings together an "all star cast" of recording artists from the 1960s and '70s, including: Helen Shapiro, The Marmalade, Mud, Madeline Bell and Mike Berry. It features each of the artists performing new versions of their original hits in the style of the Stars on 45 discs which had been successful for Starsound in 1981.

Lyn sings new versions of the New Seekers' two number 1 hits - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (which had originally featured Eve Graham on lead vocal) and You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me. She also sings cover versions of Boney M's Rivers Of Babylon (1978), the Goombay Dance Band's Seven Tears (1982), Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days (1968) and The Seekers' The Carnival Is Over (1965).

The album enters the Top 100 UK album chart on 1st December, peaking at number 25 and spending 15 weeks on the chart.

As the panto season approaches Lyn travels down to Southsea, near Portsmouth, where she and Mike Berry appear in Mother Goose at the Kings Theatre. The cast features George Lacy as Mother Goose, Bill Maynard as the grasping Squire and Janet Fielding as Jill. On 21st December the local newspaper reports that, despite a few first night hitches, the show was greeted with "squeals of delight and howls of laughter." (The News, 21st December 1984, page 11)

Up. Down.


The Don Black / Geoff Stephens musical Dear Anyone..., which had been playing at the Cambridge Theatre, London, closes on Saturday, 7th January, following some less than favourable reviews. Both songwriters had an impressive list of hits to their names. Geoff Stephens had helped to provide the New Seekers with two Top 10 hits - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You - and had collaborated with Don Black on Lyn Paul's 1977 Song For Europe entry I Don't Believe You Ever Loved Me. On this occasion, however, they had failed to find a hit formula.

Describing 1983 as "the year of the indifferent musical" - with Willy Russell's Blood Brothers counted as the "honourable exception" - critic Michael Coveney wrote: "Among BlondelDear Anyone, Bob Fosse's tritely old-fashioned Dancin', the revamped Poppy and the pretentiously competent Jean Seberg, you will find nothing in terms of music or lyrics that will survive the decade or even the year" (Financial Times, 29th December 1983, page 5). In the case of Dear Anyone... his prediction quickly comes true, though both Don Black and Geoff Stephens would continue to hold out hope of a revival.

Seven years after supporting the New Seekers on their 1977 UK tour, Hazell Dean makes her début on the UK singles chart. Her first single, a cover of the Ruby and the Romantics' hit Our Day Will Come, had been released without success in 1975. A second single, I Couldn't Live Without You For A Day, followed in 1976. The song was entered in that year's Song For Europe contest but lost out to the Brotherhood of Man's Save Your Kisses For Me. It was at this point that Dean (who then spelt Hazel with just the one 'l') was spotted by Dusty Springfield's manager Vic Billings. Under his management Dean changed her tune from cabaret to disco and had a minor dancefloor hit in the USA and Canada with her third single, Got You Where I Want You. By the time she toured with the New Seekers she was promoting her fourth single, Look What I've Found At The End Of A Rainbow. The tour programme confidently predicted that she would soon "join the ever-growing band of female singers who have obtained chart status." Yet it was only in 1984 when Hazell Dean discovered "gay disco" - in the form of Searchin' and Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) - that the prophesy came true.


Up. Down.

In the News - 1984

Blues musician and broadcaster Alexis Korner dies on 1st January, aged 55.

Dan White, a former San Francisco city supervisor who had been convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead the city's Mayor, George Moscone, and fellow supervisor Harvey Milk, is paroled from Soledad Prison on 6th January after serving only five years and one month.

Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) dies on 20th January, aged 79.

Soul singer Jackie Wilson dies in New Jersey on 21st January, aged 49.

The first Apple Macintosh computer goes on sale on Tuesday, 24th January, two days after it had been announced to the world in a commercial aired during Super Bowl XVIII. It is the first personal computer with a mouse and a graphical user interface.

Council workers and teachers in London hold a strike on 24th January in protest at the government's plans to abolish the Greater London Council (GLC) and the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA).

The Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, announces on 25th January that staff at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are to be banned from belonging to trade unions.

Michael Jackson's hair catches fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on 27th January. Jackson is rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles where he is diagnosed as having suffered second-degree and a small area of third-degree burns. Pepsi later paid him $1.5 million in compensation, which the pop star donated to the Brotman Medical Centre, one of the hospitals in which he was treated.

On 28th January Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood hits the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart, despite being banned by BBC Radio 1.


The President of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, dies on 9th February, aged 69.

Elton John and Renate Blauer get married in Sydney on 14th February.

On 18th February Italy and the Vatican sign a Concordat ending Roman Catholicism as the State religion.

On 26th February US Marines withdraw from the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, announces his resignation on 29th February, after more than 15 years in office.

Mar Tony Benn wins the by-election held in Chesterfield on 1st March, having lost his seat in the House of Commons at the general election nine months earlier.

UK coal miners go on strike on Monday, 12th March. There is solid support for the strike in Yorkshire but miners in the Midlands turn up for work as usual.

On Wednesday, 14th March the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is seriously wounded in the neck, shoulder and arm when the car in which he is travelling is attacked by gunmen as he is being driven through central Belfast.

On 21st March at a summit in Brussels, European leaders fail to resolve the row over Britain's EEC subsidy.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, with lyrics by Richard Stilgoe and choreography by Arlene Phillips, opens at the Apollo Victoria in London on 27th March.


Marvin Gaye is shot dead by his father on 1st April. The Rev. Marvin Gaye Snr. is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison on 2nd November.

On 3rd April, during the early morning rush hour, a car bomb explodes on the Victoria Embankment, Durban, killing three people and injuring twenty more.

Bailiffs clear the women's peace camp at Greenham Common on 4th April.

The 17-year-old South African athlete Zola Budd is granted British citizenship on 6th April.

Terms Of Endearment wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 56th Academy Awards ceremony on 9th April.

On 14th April Michael Jackson's album Thriller makes it 37 weeks in a row at number 1 on the US album charts.

On 15th April Tommy Cooper dies (aged 62) whilst appearing in front of millions of television viewers on LWT's Live From Her Majesty's.

On 17th April a police officer, Yvonne Fletcher, is shot dead during a demonstration outside the Libyan Embassy in London. The ensuing siege at the Embassy continues until 27th April.

The discovery of the AIDS virus is announced in Washington on 23rd April.

Count Basie dies from cancer on 26th April, aged 79.


Diana Dors dies from cancer on 4th May, aged 52.

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds get married in New York on 5th May.

On the same day the Herreys win the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden (singing in Swedish) with the song Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley - ten years after ABBA had first won for Sweden (singing in English) with Waterloo. The UK entry, Love Games by Belle & The Devotions, finishes in seventh place.

Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the Thames Flood Barrier on Tuesday, 8th May. First planned after the North Sea floods of 1953, it is the largest movable flood barrier in the world.

On the same day the USSR announces that it will boycott the Olympic Games in Los Angeles - a tit-for-tat response to the US boycott of the Moscow Games of 1980.

The Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, dies on 19th May, aged 77.

On 23rd May nine people are killed by an explosion at a water treatment plant in Abbeystead, near Lancaster. Another seven people die later of their injuries.

Eric Morecambe dies on 28th May, aged 58.

The UK miners' strike continues. There are violent scenes outside collieries as striking miners clash with the police. On Wednesday, 30th May the President of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill, is arrested outside the Orgreave Coking Plant, near Rotherham, and charged with obstruction.


On 4th June Sir Geraint Evans appears at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the last time in L'Elisir d'Amore.

Indian troops storm the sacred Golden Temple of Amritsar on Wednesday, 6th June. Hundreds are killed.

A waxwork figure of Boy George is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London on the singer's 23rd birthday (14th June).

On the same day the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Robert Muldoon, announces a snap general election, to be held on 14th July.

5,000 striking miners clash with police outside the Orgreave Coking Plant on 18th June in what would become known as the 'Battle of Orgreave'. 51 pickets and 72 police officers are injured.

On 20th June the Education Secretary, Sir Keith Joseph, announces the introduction of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) to replace O-Level and CSE exams for 16-year-olds. Schools begin teaching the GCSE in Autumn 1986, with the first pupils sitting the exam in 1988.

On 30th June John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada.


York Minster is struck by lightning on Monday, 9th July. The resulting fire destroys the 13th-century roof of the south transept and badly damages the 16th-century rose window.

Robert Maxwell buys Mirror Group Newspapers on 12th July.

On the same day five people are killed and twenty-seven injured in a car bomb explosion in Durban, South Africa.

On 18th July a gunman opens fire on the staff and customers at a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. The gunman, James Huberty, is shot dead by a police sniper.

An investigation led by Sir Douglas Black reports its findings on 23rd July, confirming higher-than-normal levels of leukemia in the area around the Sellafield nuclear plant.

On 25th July the Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in Space.

David Lange is sworn in as New Zealand's 32nd Prime Minister on 26th July, following the Labour Party's victory in the snap general election called by Robert Muldoon.


On 4th August the republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.

Richard Burton, who was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won one, dies at his home in Céligny, Switzerland on 5th August, aged 58.

Esther Philips, who had a hit in 1975 with What A Difference A Day Made, dies from liver and kidney failure on 7th August, aged 48.

On 11th August, as he is preparing for his weekly radio address, US President Ronald Reagan jokes with audio engineers during the soundcheck. Parodying the speech he is about to make, he says: "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." The gaffe is not broadcast at the time but by 14th August it had become world news.

The English author J.B. Priestley dies of pneumonia on 14th August, aged 89.

John DeLorean, founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, is acquitted of drug trafficking charges on 16th August.

On 25th August a ferry and a cargo ship carrying uranium collide in the North Sea. The cargo ship, the Mont Louis, sinks off the coast of Belgium.


The Philippine island of Mindanao is hit by Typhoon Ike on 1st September. Ike is the deadliest typhoon to strike the Philippines since World War II. 4,353 people are killed by the storms, while a million more are made homeless.

The Conservatives win the Canadian general election held on 4th September. Brian Mulroney becomes Prime Minister, replacing John Turner, who had held office for only two months.

On 5th September the Space Shuttle Discovery returns from its six-day maiden flight.

Norman Willis replaces Len Murray as Secretary General of the TUC on 7th September.

On 14th September the Prime Minister of South Africa, P.W. Botha, is elected as the first State President under a newly approved constitution. Previously the State President performed mostly ceremonial duties, and was bound by convention to act on the advice of the Prime Minister and the cabinet. Following the constitutional reforms the Prime Minister's post was abolished, and its powers in effect merged with those of the State President.

Prince Harry is born on 15th September.

The US embassy in Beirut is attacked by a suicide bomber on 20th September.

On 21st September steel workers in the UK reject a call to support the miners' strike.


On 1st October the US Supreme Court clears the way for a new trial of Claus von Bülow, the millionaire who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife "Sunnyvon Bülow.

On Thursday, 11th October, while on the Space Shuttle Challenger, Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first woman from the USA to perform a space walk.

The Conservative Party holds its annual conference in Brighton. On 12th October an IRA bomb explodes at the Grand Hotel, where Mrs. Thatcher and other Cabinet Ministers are staying. Five people are killed and more than 30 severely injured, including Norman Tebbit and his wife.

Bishop Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 16th October.

On 23rd October the BBC broadcasts a television news report by Michael Buerk on the famine in Ethiopia. The report is picked up by television stations around the world and kick-starts a global campaign to raise funds for famine relief.

The High Court orders the sequestration of NUM assets on 25th October, following the failure of the mineworkers' union to pay a £200,000 fine for contempt of Court.

Doctor Leonard L. Bailey performs the world’s first baboon-to-human heart transplant on 26th October at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. Stephanie Fae Beauclair, a 14-day-old girl known as 'Baby Fae', has her defective heart replaced with the healthy heart of a young baboon.

On Wednesday, 31st October the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, is assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards at her home in New Delhi.


On 6th November Ronald Reagan is re-elected as US President.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, announces on Monday, 12th November that the pound note, after more than 150 years in circulation, is to be replaced by the pound coin.

Hundreds of people are killed on 19th November when containers of liquefied gas explode in a suburb of Mexico City.

Hundreds of passengers are trapped in the London Underground on 23rd November when a fire breaks out at Oxford Circus station.

On Sunday, 25th November thirty-six singers and musicians gather in a recording studio in Notting Hill to record the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It's Christmas.

David Wilkie, a taxi-driver taking a miner to work in South Wales, is killed on 30th November by a concrete block thrown from a bridge. Two miners are arrested and charged with murder.


More than 2,000 people are killed on Monday, 3rd December in an explosion at the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India. In the following days the death toll rises to at least 3,800.

Michael Portillo wins the Enfield Southgate by-election for the Conservatives on 13th December.

Ted Hughes is appointed Poet Laureate on Wednesday, 19th December.

On 22nd December, after 13 years in office, Dom Mintoff resigns as Prime Minister of Malta.

The Indian National Congress led by Rajiv Gandhi wins a landslide victory in the Indian general elections held on 24th, 27th and 28th December.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Hazell Dean
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Everything But The Girl
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Huey Lewis & The News
  • Madonna
  • George Michael

UK Best-selling Singles

Talking In Your Sleep (single cover).

  • Bananarama
    Robert De Niro's Waiting

  • Band Aid
    Do They Know It's Christmas?

  • Black Lace

  • Blancmange
    The Day Before You Came

  • Laura Branigan
    Self Control

  • Bronski Beat
    Smalltown Boy

  • Bucks Fizz
    Talking In Your Sleep

  • Cars

  • China Crisis
    Wishful Thinking

  • Phil Collins
    Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

  • Culture Club
    It's A Miracle

  • Culture Club
    The War Song

  • Hazell Dean
    Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)

  • Hazell Dean
    Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)

  • Depeche Mode
    Master And Servant

  • Depeche Mode
    People Are People

  • Jim Diamond
    I Should Have Known Better

  • Duran Duran
    The Reflex

  • Duran Duran
    The Wild Boys

  • Joe Fagin
    That's Livin' All Right

  • Fiction Factory
    (Feels Like) Heaven

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    The Power Of Love

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    Two Tribes

  • Gloria Gaynor
    I Am What I Am

  • Murray Head
    One Night In Bangkok (from the musical 'Chess'

  • Nik Kershaw
    I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

  • Nik Kershaw
    Wouldn't It Be Good

  • Chaka Khan
    I Feel For You

  • Cyndi Lauper
    Girls Just Want To Have Fun

  • Paul McCartney
    No More Lonely Nights

  • Paul McCartney
    Pipes Of Peace

  • Madonna

  • Bob Marley and The Wailers
    One Love - People Get Ready

  • Miami Sound Machine
    Dr. Beat

  • George Michael
    Careless Whisper

  • Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey
    Together In Electric Dreams

  • Nena
    99 Red Balloons

  • O.M.D.

  • Jeffrey Osborne
    On The Wings Of Love

  • Ray Parker Jr.

  • Pointer Sisters

  • Pointer Sisters
    Jump (For My Love)

  • Prince
    When Doves Cry

  • Queen
    I Want To Break Free

  • Queen
    Radio Ga Ga

  • Lionel Richie

  • Rufus and Chaka Khan
    Ain't Nobody

  • Sade
    Your Love Is King

  • Scritti Politti
    Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)

  • Smiths
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

  • Alvin Stardust
    I Feel Like Buddy Holly

  • Shakin' Stevens
    A Love Worth Waiting For

  • Special A.K.A.
    Nelson Mandela

  • Strawberry Switchblade
    Since Yesterday

  • The Style Council
    Groovin' (You're The Best Thing / The Big Boss Groove)

  • The Style Council
    My Ever Changing Moods

  • Tears For Fears

  • Evelyn Thomas
    High Energy

  • Thompson Twins
    Doctor Doctor

  • Thompson Twins
    You Take Me Up

  • Tina Turner
    What's Love Got To Do With It

  • Ultravox
    Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

  • Van Halen

  • Wham!

  • Wham!
    Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

  • Deniece Williams
    Let's Hear It For The Boy

  • Stevie Wonder
    I Just Called To Say I Love You

Whatever I Do (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Alphaville
    Big In Japan

  • Belle and The Devotions
    Love Games
    [Eurovision Song Contest:
    UK entry]

  • Neil
    Hole In My Shoe

  • Rockwell
    Somebody's Watching Me

  • Toy Dolls
    Nellie The Elephant

  • John Waite
    Missing You

  • Wang Chung
    Dance Hall Days

  • Weather Girls
    It's Raining Men

  • Matthew Wilder
    Break My Stride

Hit Albums

Culture Club, Waking Up With The House On Fire (album cover).

  • Bronski Beat
    The Age Of Consent

  • Culture Club
    Waking Up With The House On Fire

  • Footloose
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    Welcome To The Pleasuredrome

  • Paul McCartney
    Give My Regards To Broad Street

  • Madonna
    Like A Virgin

  • Alison Moyet

  • Oasis
    [Peter Skellern
    and Mary Hopkin]

  • Prince and The Revolution
    Purple Rain
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Prince

  • Chris Rea
    Wired To The Moon

  • Sade
    Diamond Life

  • The Smiths
    The Smiths

  • The Smiths
    Hatful Of Hollow

  • Bruce Springsteen
    Born In The USA

  • The Style Council
    Café Bleu

  • Talking Heads
    Stop Making Sense

  • Thompson Twins
    Into The Gap

  • Tina Turner
    Private Dancer

  • U2
    The Unforgettable Fire

  • Wham!
    Make It Big

Born In The USA (CD cover).

At the Movies

Footloose (CD cover).

  • Against All Odds
  • Another Country
  • Breakdance
  • Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen)
  • Champions
  • Comfort And Joy
  • The Company Of Wolves
  • Le Cop
  • Footloose
  • Ghostbusters
  • Give My Regards To Broad Street
  • Gremlins
  • The Honorary Consul
  • Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
  • The Killing Fields
  • 1984
  • Once Upon A Time In America
  • Paris, Texas
  • A Private Function
  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • Silkwood
  • Terms Of Endearment
  • The Woman In Red
  • Yentl

On Stage

'La Cage Aux Folles' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
La Cage Aux Folles

Laurence Olivier
Award for Musical of the Year:
42nd Street

On Television
  • Alas, Smith And Jones
    (Series 1)

  • 'Allo 'Allo
    (Series 1)

  • Aspel & Company
  • The Bill
  • Blankety Blank
    (Les Dawson)

  • Bob's Full House
  • The Cosby Show

  • Crimewatch
  • Doctor Who (Season 21)
  • A Fine Romance
    (last series)

  • Hi-de-Hi!
    (Series 5)

  • The Jewel In The Crown
  • Just Good Friends
    (Series 2)

  • The Lenny Henry Show
  • Miami Vice

  • Miss Marple
  • The Price Is Right
    (Leslie Crowther)

  • Robin Of Sherwood
  • Spitting Image
    (Series 1 and 2)

  • Surprise, Surprise
  • The Young Ones
    (Series 2)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Torvill and Dean

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

Ice Skating: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean win the European Ice Dancing Championships for the third time.
They follow this with a gold medal in the Ice Dance Pairs at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where they are awarded perfect marks of 6.0 for artistic impression by nine of the judges. Three of the judges also give them perfect marks for technical merit.
In March the pair add the World Ice Dancing title to their collection for the fourth year in a row.

Rowing: the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 17th March, is called off after the Cambridge boat collides with a barge and sinks. The University of Oxford crew wins the postponed race the next day.

Horse Racing: Hallo Dandy
wins the Grand National.
Borough Hill Lad wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Snooker: Steve Davis beats Jimmy White 18-16 to win the World Snooker Championship for the second time.
Davis also wins the UK Championship, beating Alex Higgins 16-8 in the final.

Rugby Union: Scotland win the 'Grand Slam' in the Five Nations Championship for the first time since 1925.

Golf: Ben Crenshaw wins the 48th US Masters at Augusta.
Fuzzy Zoeller wins the US Open at Winged Foot, in New York, in a playoff against Greg Norman.
Seve Ballesteros wins the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Football: Everton beat Watford 2-0 in the FA Cup final.
Liverpool win the Football League First Division for the 15th time and win the European Cup for the fourth time, beating Roma 4-2 in the final.

Cycling: Laurent Fignon wins the Tour de France for the second year in a row.

Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon for the fifth time. She beats Chris Evert-Lloyd in the final for the fourth time, winning the match in straight sets (7-6, 6-2). Navratilova also wins the French Open and US Open titles.
John McEnroe beats Jimmy Connors in the men's singles final at Wimbledon (6-1, 6-1, 6-2). It is the last time that either of them appear in a Wimbledon singles final.

Los Angeles Olympics: Daley Thompson, Sebastian Coe and Tessa Sanderson win gold medals for Britain.
The South African athlete Zola Budd, running barefoot and for Britain, dashes the medal hopes of race favourite, Mary Decker of the USA, when she accidentally trips her in the women's 3,000 metres final.
Joan Benoit of the USA wins the gold medal in the first-ever women’s marathon at an Olympic Games. Grete Waitz of Norway wins the silver medal; Rosa Mota of Portugal wins the bronze. Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the gold medal in the men’s marathon.

Motor Racing: Niki Lauda wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the third time.


Man Booker Prize

Anita Brookner
Hotel du Lac

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

Who said that?


If this is 'experience' then I'd rather skip it and get on with the rest of my life.
Kate Atkinson, 'Behind The Scenes At The Museum'
Chapter Twelve
Broken English

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
Josh Billings

The light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us!
S. T. Coleridge, 'Table Talk'

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it.
Jimmy Connors

Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!
Derwood Fincher

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.
Aldous Huxley

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.
Franklin P. Jones

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
John Keats

Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.
Vernon Law

We learn from experience that man never learns from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

Experience is a comb life gives you after you lose your hair.
Judith Stern

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde, 'Lady Windermere's Fan'

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
Steven Wright


'Stay' is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
Amos Bronson Alcott

Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand how someone feels.
Joan Walsh Anglund

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
Jane Austen, 'Northanger Abbey'

The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Ethel Barrymore

A friend is somebody you want to be around when you feel like being by yourself.
Barbara Burrow

Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
Eustache Descamps

It's the friends you can call up at 4.00am that matter.
Marlene Dietrich

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
Adam Lindsay Gordon

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.
Linda Grayson

This is what friendship is all about: banding together when the going gets tough, sacrificing sleep and personal comfort, putting someone else's need ahead of your own. It's beautiful. Let me know how it turns out in the morning.
Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), 'The Golden Girls'

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
Samuel Johnson

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
William Shakespeare, 'Hamlet' (Act I, Scene III)

Time doesn't take away from true friendship, nor does separation.
Tennessee Williams


My mother's two categories; nice men did things for you, bad men did things to you.
Margaret Atwood

The only difference between men is the colour of their ties.
Helen Broderick, 'Top Hat'

Men should be like Kleenex - soft, strong and disposable.

There are so many kinds of awful men -
One can't avoid them all.
Wendy Cope

Sometimes you wonder what God had in mind when he invented the male sex.
Rita Hayworth, 'Fire Down Below'

Men can read maps better than women. 'Cause only the male mind could conceive of one inch equaling a hundred miles.

The more I see of men, the more I like dogs.
Madame Roland

Relationships (after the love has gone)

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
Samuel Butler

Better to have loved and lost than to have spent your whole damn life with him.

You have to have your heart broken at least once to sing a love song.
Peggy Lee

Only time can heal your broken heart, just as time can heal his broken arms and legs.
Miss Piggy

A man leaves a woman for another woman, but a woman leaves a man for herself.
Stefanie Powers

The time you spend grieving over a man should never exceed the amount of time you actually spent with him.
Rita Rudner

Hanging on to a bad relationship is like chewing gum after the flavour is gone.
Rita Rudner

Women might be able to fake orgasms, but men can fake whole relationships.
Jimmy Shubert

Don't put an absurdly high value on him. Think of the millions of other girls doing without him, yet able to bear it!
Orfea Sybil


Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
Oscar Wilde, 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'

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