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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1989. To find out what else was happening in 1989 select any of the following options:

In the News
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Singles
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At the Movies
On Stage
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Who said that?

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Ecstatic!

A special year in more ways than one - on 16th February Lyn celebrates her 40th birthday and on 17th April gives birth to her son, Ryan. Years later, Lyn described how she found out she was pregnant:

"I had felt it was unlikely I would ever have children ... Then one day I got too hot sunbathing. I came inside and lay on the floor and felt sick.
Next morning I got up and felt sick again. I said to Alan [Lyn's partner]: 'If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was pregnant.' I did a pregnancy test and when it turned blue I nearly passed out with shock."

(Daily Mail, Thursday, 31st July 1997, page 53)

The unexpected news leaves Lyn feeling "ecstatic". She later told YOURS magazine how she felt when Ryan was born:

"When I first saw him, I couldn't believe that little bundle was mine. I couldn't hug or kiss him enough. It makes me fill up just remembering how I felt."
(YOURS Summer Special, July 2000, page 45)

During the Summer Lyn plays some dates for Pontins. Then, on 2nd September, five months after Ryan was born, Lyn and Alan get married. As Lyn told it to the Daily Mail, the wedding invites went out as though they were from Ryan:

"When Ryan was five months old we sent out invitations saying: 'Ryan invites you to the wedding of his Mummy and Daddy'."
(Daily Mail, Thursday, 31st July 1997, page 53)

The wedding itself is something special. It even gets a mention in the magazine Hello!.

"When I got married the first time, it was in a register office and I wore a blue frock. This time, I was married in a church and I wore a cream dress, the rings were blessed and everything was done properly. When I got to the altar, Alan cried and I cried. I cannot tell you the amount of love I felt at that particular moment. I knew I was doing the right thing."
(YOURS Summer Special, July 2000, page 45)

Lyn is soon back to work. On 28th October she tops the bill in the Palace of Variety Show at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock.

During 1989 the Hollywood Nites record label releases a Greatest Hits CD by the New Seekers. Although the cover photo features Lyn Paul in the line-up, the tracks on the CD are in fact re-recordings of the New Seekers' original hits together with a handful of newer recordings. The lead vocalist turns out to be Donna Jones, Lyn's one-time singing partner from the trio the Chrys-Do-Lyns. Worried that people might be misled into thinking that she was unavailable for solo work, Lyn complains to The Stage:

"I'm not concerned with the money side of things but I don't want people to think that I'm back with the New Seekers when I'm not. ... When I heard the songs I was so annoyed as there were none of my vocals on there at all and my photo was on the front cover."
(The Stage & Television Today, 6th April)

As a consequence of Lyn's complaint the CD is withdrawn from sale and repackaged.

By coincidence Judith Durham, the former lead singer with The Seekers, experiences a similar "identity crisis." The Seekers had re-formed with a new singer, Julie Anthony, and in April issue a 20-track album featuring nine re-recordings of their original hits. Judith Durham later finds out that the album was released in Europe with her picture on the cover. Her reaction is similar to Lyn's:

"It was as though I had been a session singer on those original recordings. It's one thing to re-form a group with a new singer, but it's another thing entirely to re-record the old hits, rewriting history in a way. It was almost as though I'd never existed."
(Quoted from The Judith Durham Story: Colours Of My Life by Graham Simpson, page 270).


At Christmas Lyn Paul is back in panto again. From 21st December 1989 - 28th January 1990 she stars for the second year running in Roy Hudd's production of Babes In The Wood, this time at the Theatre Royal, Bath. Starring with her are Roy Hudd as 'Orrible Uddy' and Geoffrey Hughes as Evil Eddie (Geoffrey Hughes is best-known for his roles on television as Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances and "Twiggy" in The Royle Family).

Amid the tumult that was 1989 Lyn finds time for a night at the theatre. She goes to see Blood Brothers at the Albery Theatre in London. The show has a big impact on Lyn. As she later recalled in an interview for the Liverpool Echo:

"I went to see Kiki Dee as Mrs. Johnstone, but her understudy took over that night. It was still one of the most moving nights I have ever had in the theatre." (Liverpool Echo, 5th April 2002, page 6)

Lyn knows there and then that she wants to swap her seat in the auditorium for a place centre stage. "I said to my husband then that was the part I wanted to play." (South Wales Evening Post, 20th June 1997, page 3) Eight years later she does just that.

Up. Down.


Incidentally...

Don Black, who wrote the lyrics for two of Lyn Paul's singles (Sail The Summer Winds and If Everybody Loved The Same As You) has success on the stage and in the charts with the musical Aspects Of Love. Written in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, the show opens in London's West End on 17th April, having already taken £2 million in advance ticket sales. A single from the show, Michael Ball's Love Changes Everything (Really Useful RUR 3), is released ahead of the opening and climbs to number 2 in the UK singles chart. The London Cast album (Polydor 841126 1), which is released later in the year, tops the UK album chart on 16th September.


Autograph.


Up. Down.

In the News - 1989
   
 Jan Emperor Hirohito of Japan dies on 7th January, aged 87.

47 people are killed on 8th January when a British Midland Boeing 737 crashes onto the M1 motorway near Kegworth while attempting an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport.

The Broadway production of 42nd Street closes on 8th January after 3,486 performances. The show won two Tony Awards in 1981, including the Tony for Best Musical.

Salman Rushdie's controversial book The Satanic Verses is withdrawn from sale by Britain's biggest bookseller W.H. Smith.

Race riots erupt in Miami on 16th January after a Hispanic policeman kills an unarmed black man fleeing on a motorcycle.

South African President P.W. Botha has a stroke on 18th January.

On 20th January George Bush is inaugurated as 41st President of the USA.

Salvador Dali dies on 23rd January.

 Feb Sky TV is launched on 5th February.

Russian troops withdraw from Afghanistan, ending 9 years of occupation.

On 14th February Ayatollah Khomeini proclaims a fatwah on Salman Rushdie for his book Satanic Verses.

On 24th February nine people lose their lives when a cargo door opens at high altitude on a United Airlines Boeing 747 flying from Honolulu to Aukland, New Zealand.

U2's album The Joshua Tree becomes the first CD to sell a million copies.

 Mar Two serious rail crashes occur in the UK within two days of each other. On 4th March six people are killed and 80 injured when two trains collide at Purley in Surrey. On 6th March two people are killed and 51 injured in another collision in Glasgow.

Iran severs diplomatic relations with the UK on Tuesday, 7th March.

On 14th March Roger Moore walks out of rehearsals for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects Of Love.

Two senior RUC officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan, are killed on 20th March when their car is ambushed near the village of Jonesborough, County Armagh.

On Friday, 24th March the oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on Bligh Reef off the coast of Alaska, releasing 11 million gallons of crude oil into the sea and killing at least 100,000 sea birds.

 Apr On 13th April the US Congress votes $49.7 million worth of aid to the Contra rebels fighting the Sandanista government in Nicaragua.

On Saturday, 15th April 96 football fans are crushed to death or suffocated at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, where Liverpool and Nottingham Forest were playing in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Novelist Daphne du Maurier dies on 19th April, aged 81.

Nintendo launches the Game Boy on 21st April.

Lucille Ball dies on 26th April, aged 77.

 May The Iran-Contra affair: Oliver North is convicted of altering and destroying government documents, of obstructing Congress and of illegally accepting a home security system.

On Saturday, 6th May Riva wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Yugoslavia with the song Rock Me. The United Kingdom, represented by Live Report singing Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?, finishes second for the twelfth time.

On Saturday, 13th May students calling for greater freedom and democracy in China go on hunger-strike in Tiananman Square.

On the same day a 74-year-old Briton, Jackie Mann, is kidnapped in Beirut.

"If that's justice, then I'm a banana." So says Ian Hislop, the editor of Private Eye, after the High Court in London awards £600,000 damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, the wife of the "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe. The award, made on Wednesday, 24th May, is £100,000 more than the previous record British libel sum. It is later reduced to £60,000 on appeal.

On Wednesday, 24th May Sonia Sutcliffe, the wife of the "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 libel damages against Private Eye, reduced to £60,000 on appeal.

Mikhail Gorbachev is elected President of the USSR on 25th May by the Congress of People's Deputies.

 Jun Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and 19-year-old Mandy Smith get married on 2nd June.

Ayatollah Khomeini dies on 3rd June.

Chinese troops take back control of Tiananman Square on Sunday, 4th June. Hundreds of students and workers are killed.

On the same day sparks ignite a leaking gas pipeline near the city of Ufa in Russia, causing a crash between two trains. 575 people are killed by the explosion.

The Solidarity party wins a landslide election victory in Poland.

The former Communist Prime Minister of Hungary, Imre Nagy, is given a formal public funeral on 16th June, 31 years after his execution. On 6th July the Hungarian Supreme Court acquits him of the charges of high treason for which he had been executed.

 Jul P.W. Botha visits Nelson Mandela in prison on 5th July.

Mel Blanc, creator of the cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies on 10th July. The words "That's all folks!" are engraved on his tombstone.

Laurence Olivier dies on 12th July, aged 82.

The leader of Westminster Council, Dame Shirley Porter, is accused of gerrymandering.

 Aug Oh! Calcutta!, the revival of the theatrical revue created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan, closes on 6th August after 5,959 performances on Broadway. The original production ran in New York for 1,314 performances. The revival was the first on Broadway to match its original for 1000+ performances.

On 14th August P.W. Botha resigns as South African President. The next day he is succeeded by F.W. de Klerk.

On Sunday, 20th August fifty-one people are killed in an accident on the Thames, when a pleasure cruiser, the Marchioness, is hit from behind by a dredger, the Bowbelle.

On Friday, 25th August, having already sent back pictures of Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus, the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft takes the first close-up pictures of Neptune.

Hungary ends its border restrictions with Austria, so hastening the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

 Sep The USA breaks off diplomatic relations with Panama on 1st September.

Sam Najoma, president of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), returns to Namibia on 14th September, after nearly 30 years of exile.

A new Sunday paper, the Sunday Correspondent, is launched in the UK on 17th September.

The French TGV Atlantique (train à grande vitesse, ‘high-speed train’) makes its first run on 20th September; travelling between Paris and Le Mans at speeds of up to 299 kph / 186 mph.

Miss Saigon, a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on the same day.

Irving Berlin dies in New York City on 22nd September, aged 101.

On 26th September Vietnam withdraws the last of 26,000 troops from The People's Republic of Kampuchea. The country is re-named the State of Cambodia and Buddhism is re-established as the state religion.

Ferdinand Marcos, the former Philippine head of state (1966-86), dies in Honolulu, Hawaii on 28th September, aged 72.

Ten Royal Marines' bandsmen are killed by an IRA bomb in Deal, Kent.

 Oct Bette Davis, who starred in films such as All About Eve and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, dies on 6th October, aged 81. Engraved on her tombstone are the words: "She did it the hard way".

San Francisco is hit by an earthquake on 17th October. 67 people are killed, most of them dying when a double-decker freeway collapses.

On Wednesday, 18th October Erich Honecker is forced to step down as the leader of Communist East Germany. He is replaced by Egon Krenz.

Three of the "Guildford four" (Patrick Armstrong, Gerard Conlon and Carole Richardson) are released from prison on 19th October after their convictions for IRA bomb attacks in Guildford, Surrey are quashed by the Court of Appeal. Paul Hill, who also served 15 years in prison, is released on bail on 20th October.

Ewan MacColl dies on 22nd October, aged 74.

On 23rd October ambulance crews in London begin a work to rule in support of their pay claim.

Nigel Lawson resigns as Chancellor of the Exchequer on 26th October. He is replaced by John Major.

 Nov The Berlin Wall is torn down on Thursday, 9th November by crowds gathered at the Wall's checkpoint gates.

Proceedings from the House of Commons are televised for the first time on 21st November.

On the same day UK ambulance crews refuse to deal with anything other than accidents and emergencies.

Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress Party lose the Indian elections. Gandhi resigns on 29th November. V.P. Singh becomes the new Prime Minister on 2nd December.

On 30th November Pablo Picasso's Les Noces de Pierrette is sold in Paris for Fr315,000,000 (£33,075,627).

 Dec On Sunday, 3rd December the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the US President George Bush announce an end to the Cold War, following two days of talks in Malta. Three weeks later, on 22nd December, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is opened for the first time in nearly 30 years.

On Tuesday, 5th December, in the first challenge to her leadership of the Conservative party, the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher beats the backbencher Sir Anthony Meyer in a ballot of Tory MPs by 314 votes to 33. Twenty-seven MPs deliberately spoilt their ballot or abstained.

President Bush sends US troops into Panama on 20th December.

Samuel Beckett dies on 22nd December, aged 83.

In Romania the President, Nicolae Ceausescu, is overthrown. He and his wife are executed by a firing squad on Christmas Day.

The playwright and human rights activist Václav Havel is elected President of the Czech and Slovak Republic on 29th December.


Autograph.


In the Charts
 
UK Chart débuts

Song For Whoever (single cover).

  • Beautiful South
  • Del Amitri
  • Lightning Seeds
  • Roxette
  • Texas

UK Best-selling Singles

Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart (single cover).

  • Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
    Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart

  • Michael Ball
    Love Changes Everything
    (from Aspects Of Love)

  • Bananarama / La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
    Help

  • Band Aid II
    Do They Know It's Christmas

  • Bangles
    Eternal Flame

  • Beautiful South
    Song For Whoever

  • Big Fun
    Blame It On The Boogie

  • Black Box
    Ride On Time

  • Sam Brown
    Stop

  • Belinda Carlisle
    Leave A Light On

  • Cher
    If I Could Turn Back Time

  • Neneh Cherry
    Manchild

  • Christians,
    Holly Johnston,
    Paul McCartney,
    Gerry Marsden
    and Stock Aitken Waterman

    Ferry 'Cross The Mersey

  • Natalie Cole
    Miss You Like Crazy

  • Cure
    Lullaby

  • Depeche Mode
    Personal Jesus

  • Jason Donovan
    Sealed With A Kiss

  • Jason Donovan
    Too Many Broken Hearts

  • Erasure
    Crackers International (EP) featuring: Stop! / The Hardest Part / Knocking On Your Door / She Won't Be Home

  • Fine Young Cannibals
    She Drives Me Crazy

  • INXS
    Mystify

  • Deborah Harry
    I Want That Man

  • Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
    Swing The Mood

  • Billy Joel
    We Didn't Start The Fire

  • Holly Johnson
    Americanos

  • Holly Johnson
    Love Train

  • Kaoma
    Lambada

  • Chaka Khan
    I'm Every Woman

  • Gladys Knight
    Licence To Kill (Theme from the James Bond film)

  • Cyndi Lauper
    I Drove All Night

  • Madonna
    Cherish

  • Madonna
    Express Yourself

  • Madonna
    Like A Prayer

  • Martika
    I Feel The Earth Move

  • Richard Marx
    Right Here Waiting

  • Bette Midler
    Wind Beneath My Wings

  • Mike and the Mechanics
    The Living Years

  • Milli Vanilli
    Girl I'm Gonna Miss You

  • Liza Minnelli
    Losing My Mind

  • Kylie Minogue
    Hand On Your Heart

  • Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
    Especially For You

  • New Kids On The Block
    You Got It (The Right Stuff)

  • Roy Orbison
    You Got It

  • Pet Shop Boys
    It's Alright

  • Linda Ronstadt
    featuring Aaron Neville

    Don't Know Much

  • Roxette
    The Look

  • Rufus and Chaka Khan
    Ain't Nobody

  • Simple Minds
    Belfast Child

  • Simply Red
    If You Don't Know Me By Now

  • Sonia
    You'll Never Stop Me Loving You

  • Lisa Stansfield
    All Around The World

  • Donna Summer
    This Time I Know It's For Real

  • Tears for Fears
    Sowing The Seeds Of Love

  • Technotronic featuring Felly
    Pump Up The Jam

  • Transvision Vamp
    Baby I Don't Care

  • Tina Turner
    The Best

  • U2 with B.B. King
    When Love Comes To Town

  • Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds
    Eve Of The War (re-mix)

  • Wet Wet Wet
    Sweet Surrender

  • Sydney Youngblood
    If Only I Could


Crackers International EP (cover).


One Hit Wonders
 
  • Edelweiss
    Bring Me Edelweiss

  • Lynne Hamilton
    On The Inside
    (Theme from Prisoner Cell Block H)

  • Reynolds Girls
    I'd Rather Jack


Hit Albums

Eurythmics, We Too Are One (album cover).

  • Aspects Of Love
    [London Stage Cast]

  • Beautiful South
    Welcome To The Beautiful South

  • Tracy Chapman
    Crossroads

  • Phil Collins
    ... But Seriously

  • Deacon Blue
    When The World Knows Your Name

  • Erasure
    Wild!

  • Eurythmics
    We Too Are One

  • Fine Young Cannibals
    The Raw and the Cooked

  • Nanci Griffith
    Storms

  • Chris Isaak
    Heart Shaped World

  • Janet Jackson
    Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

  • Elton John
    Sleeping With The Past

  • Holly Johnson
    Blast!

  • Nigel Kennedy
    Vivaldi: Four Seasons

  • k.d. lang
    Absolute Torch and Twang

  • Paul McCartney
    Flowers In The Dirt

  • Madonna
    Like A Prayer

  • Bette Midler
    Beaches
    [Film Soundtrack]

  • Liza Minnelli
    Results

  • New Order
    Technique

  • Sin ad O'Connor
    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

  • Roy Orbison
    Mystery Girl

  • Prince
    Batman

  • Queen
    The Miracle

  • Chris Rea
    The Road To Hell

  • Cliff Richard
    Stronger

  • River Detectives
    Saturday Night Sunday Morning

  • Simply Red
    A New Flame

  • Tears for Fears
    The Seeds Of Love

  • 10,000 Maniacs
    Blind Man's Zoo

  • Tina Turner
    Foreign Affair

  • Wet Wet Wet
    Holding Back The River


Bette Midler, Beaches (album cover).

At the Movies
 
 
  • Batman
  • Beaches
  • La Cage Aux Folles
  • Le Cop II
  • Coming Out
  • The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • Dead Poets' Society
  • Die Hard
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Field Of Dreams
  • Hawks
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Jesus Of Montreal
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Licence To Kill
  • Looking For Langston
  • My Left Foot
  • Naked Gun
  • New York Stories
  • Rain Man
  • Scandal
  • Sex, Lies and Videotape
  • Shirley Valentine
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Twins
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Wilt
  • Working Girl

On Stage
 


Tony Award for Best Musical:
Jerome Robbins' Broadway


On Television
 
 
  • Alas Smith and Jones
  • 'Allo 'Allo
    (Series 6)

  • Birds Of A Feather
    (Series 1)

  • Blackadder Goes Forth
  • Bread
    (Series 5)

  • Challenge Anneka
  • Emmerdale
  • The Golden Girls
    (USA: Series 5)
  • Home and Away
  • In Sickness and In Health
    (Series 4)

  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 11)

  • Mr. Bean
  • Only Fools And Horses
    (Series 6)

  • Out On Tuesday
  • Red Dwarf
    (Series 3)

  • The Simpsons
    (USA)

  • Spitting Image
    (Series 9 and 10)

  • Sticky Moments
    (Julian Clary)

  • Three Up Two Down
    (Series 4)

  • Wallace & Gromit
    A Grand Day Out


Sporting Heroes
 

BBC Sport

BBC
Sports Personality
of the Year:
Nick Faldo


Horse Racing: Desert Orchid wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Little Polveir wins the Grand National.
Nashwan wins the Derby.

Snooker: Steve Davis beats John Parrott 18-3 to become World Snooker Champion for the sixth (and last) time.
Stephen Hendry wins the UK Championship for the first time, beating Steve Davis 16-12 in the final.

Football: Arsenal end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 9th time.
Liverpool beat Everton 3-2 in the FA Cup final.

Tennis: Boris Becker is the men's singles Champion at Wimbledon for the third (and last) time. He gains revenge for his defeat by Stefan Edberg in the 1988 final by beating Edberg in straight sets (6-0, 7-6, 6-4).
In a re-match of the previous year's women's final Steffi Graf again beats Martina Navratilova (6-2, 6-7, 6-1).
Becker and Graf are also victorious at the US Open: Becker beats Ivan Lendl in the men's singles final; Graf beats Navratilova in the women's final.

Golf: Nick Faldo becomes the first British player to win the US Masters.
Mark Calcavecchia wins the British Open at Royal Troon.
The Ryder Cup ends in a draw, with the United States and Europe sharing 14 points apiece.

Motor Racing: Alain Prost wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the third time.

Page-turners
 

Man Booker Prize

Winner:
Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains Of The Day




Postcard from 1989.

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.


Who said that?

Forty

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of forty, sometimes more than once.
Dave Barry

When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.
Leon Blum

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.
Benjamin Franklin

You get up with the sun in the morning,
And you work till you're ready to fall.
Oh! the first forty years are the hardest
After that you get used to it all.
Ed Morton, Jas S. Donahue and M.K. Jerome

Life begins at forty - but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person three or four times.
Helen Rowland


Pregnancy

If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters.
Nora Ephron

The only time a woman wishes she were a year older is when she is expecting a baby.
Mary Marsh

To me, life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
Rita Rudner

Childbirth

I think women oughta have babies the way God intended - strapped to a table, numb from the neck down.
Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), 'The Golden Girls'

If you want to know how childbirth feels, just take your bottom lip and pull it over your head.
Carole Burnett

One book recommends choosing a Birth Mantra to chant over and over again. I didn't realise until I went into labour that I had subconsciously chosen my mantra:
"Get This Baby Out Of Me."
Cathy Crimmins

If men had to have babies, they would only ever have one.
Diana, Princess of Wales

I realise why women die in childbirth - it's preferable.
Sherry Glaser

Amnesia is a condition that enables a woman who has gone through labour to have sex again.
Fran Lebowitz

I'm not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs.
Madonna

When I was giving birth the nurse asked, 'Still think blondes have more fun?'
Joan Rivers

Having a baby is like trying to push a grand piano through a transom.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Well that was the messiest, ickiest, most unbearably primitive experience I've ever had.
Binky Shelton (Deborah Rush) 'Big Business'

We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.
Laura Stavoe Harm

Delivery is the wrong word to describe the childbearing process. Delivery is, 'Here's your pizza.' Takes thirty minutes or less. Exorcism, I think, is more apt: 'Please! Get the hell out of my body!'
Jeff Stilson

Antenatal classes are run by liars. When you're having a baby for the first time what you really need to know is, 'what's it going to be like'? And they won't tell you.
Victoria Wood

When you're in the middle of having a baby, it's a bit like watching two very inefficient removal men trying to get a very large sofa through a very small doorway. Only in this case you can't say, 'Oh, sod it, bring it in through the French windows.'
Victoria Wood

Babies

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
Leo J. Burke

Babies are beautiful, wonderful, exciting, enchanting, extraordinary little creatures - who grow up into ordinary folk like us.
Doris Dyson

I can't think why mothers love them. All babies do is leak at both ends.
Douglas Feaver

A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Ronald Knox

Children

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
Sophocles

Parents

The joy of parenthood is to experience the development of a "lively" child into a fine human.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You realize after you have had children that you'll never love anything more than your child.
Kate Hudson

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
Michael Levine

Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention.
Margaret Mead

The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
Lane Olinghouse

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
Alvin Toffler

Having children changes your life irrevocably. It takes the whole paradigm and turns it upside down in the most wonderful way. Until you have a child, you've never been certain you'd give your life for someone, you've never been so proud, you've never been so tired.
Elizabeth Vargas

An Ideal Marriage

Ideally, a married couple should be made of two complete individuals, who shine the most brightly for being together.
Joyce Grenfell

Second Marriages

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck, men risk theirs.
Oscar Wilde, 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'


Bath ... Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?

Beware of the unmeaning luxuries of Bath and of the stinking fish of Southampton.
Jane Austen, 'Love and Friendship'

Bath, compared with London, has little variety, and so everybody finds out every year.
Jane Austen, 'Northanger Abbey'


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