Welcome to my series where I share our adventures on a year by year basis and the music in the charts that are still on my playlist today.
I am also taking requests and all you have to do is either put the artist and track in the comments or the link to the music on Youtube..
1988 – Plane Drama, New Zealand and I Should Be So Lucky!
For the first few months of 1988 both of us were working hard at our individual jobs and getting know the people we worked with as well as our neighbours. I was promoted to Advertising Sales Manager at the paper where I worked which was gratifying, but added an element of pressure to the job. I enjoyed that and set about building the classified sales team for the weekdays and introducing a telephone sales team in the evenings and weekends for cars and property.
It was the end of the summer before we knew it and we both felt we needed to go for a really good holiday. We had spent time in the Alps both in summer and winter and loved it, but we suddenly realised that we had a huge amount of air miles accumulated with Continental Airlines. It was coming up to our anniversary so we decided to go as far as our air miles could take us first class.
Believe it or not we could go to New Zealand and back first class for free! We decided that it was too good an opportunity to miss and duly booked our flights to coincide with our Wedding Anniversary in November.
The journey would turn out to be one that has stayed in my memory for the last 30 years. Flying first class was of course amazing and the flight to San Francisco was a delight, and I even managed to lay flat for a good nap. We waited for an hour for our connecting flight and found that we had the two front seats in the upper cabin and buckled up for the flight to Hawaii where we were due to refuel. We arrived late that night and we were both a little jet-lagged by this time… We dozed as they refuelled the plane and then returned to our seats for take-off.
It was fine for the first couple of minutes as we ascended into the dark pacific skies until they tried to lower the wheels. Then the huge plane began to judder as if it was about to fall out of the air. At first I put it down to turbulence and David even dropped off to sleep again. However, I soon realised something was very wrong and woke him up again. Then the captain came on the intercom and announced that it appeared the landing gear had suffered hydraulic failure, and there was no indication that the wheels were up or down or locked in either position. We would now be circling Hawaii for 90 minutes dumping as much of the fuel we had just taken on board as possible. David felt there was nothing he could do about this so went back to sleep! I sat white knuckled for the entire time and spent a terrifying five minutes in the brace position as we landed. Thankfully the wheels were still locked down and we arrived safely. We then spent four hours waiting for the repairs to be completed and they then expected us to get back on the same plane!!
Having landed safely in Auckland we spent three days exploring the City of Sails including the fascinating aquarium and took a trip on a boat made entirely of recycled Coke cans.
As you can imagine despite all the thousands of miles I had flown in my lifetime around the world, I was rather nervous about flying so soon after the recent incident. However, we were booked into a hotel in Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu and had to take a flight to Wellington on South Island and then to Queenstown. The problem was the planes got smaller and smaller and eventually we were on a rather bumpy flight in a tiny prop aircraft.
It was worth it however as you will see from this amazing photograph of Lake Wakatipu and we threw ourselves into the activities.
Jet boating at breakneck speeds, hiking the surrounding area of amazing geographic diversity and enjoying a spectacular lake cruise on the TSS Earnslaw which is a vintage steamboat brought overland and reconstructed on site. The ship took us to the other end of the lake when the captain appeared in dressed for another job entirely. His first mate was a sheep dog and they showed us how to round up a flock and then shear them. Brilliant day.
One of the highlights was dinner for our anniversary at the now closed Treetops restaurant where the brave could climb a staircase into a tree for their dinner. We stayed on ground level thank you very much and the seafood was stunning.
One of the activities offered was definitely more up David’s street than mine. White water rafting did not appeal especially as it meant wearing a skin tight rubber suit! It was a beautiful day and the ranking for the route was moderate. David headed off and I enjoyed some sun shine on the balcony of the hotel. Unfortunately within a very short space of time the danger ranking for the white water was upgraded to the top of the range, and since the trip was captured by photographers along the route here is the evidence.
Bungee jumping was not at its peak at the time but here is a bridge that the more adventurous and later tourists could jump from.
A gentler and potentially more profitable activity was gold-panning and we spent a very pleasant if fruitful afternoon sifting the bottom of this alleged laden tributary off the lake.
We had a wonderful time and I tried not to think of the return flight and the potential hazards of flying. We boarded the plane in Auckland and were a few rows back in the bottom cabin this time. All was uneventful with a routine refuelling stop back in Hawaii followed by a peaceful flight to San Francisco. As the plane came into land we suddenly were slewed sideways and the plane started to climb rapidly accompanied by shrieks and screams from the passengers…We had experienced wind shear and had to go around twice before we could land.
When we arrived back in the UK I announced that my flying days were over for the time being and threw my passport in a drawer.
With work and various other outside activities music took a bit of a backseat but here are some of my favourites of 1988. Kylie Minogue – I should be so lucky and Locomotion. Phil Collins – Groovy kind of love, Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a place on earth, The Hollies – He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother, Whitney Houston – One moment in time, Pet Shop Boys – Always on my mind, Elton John – Candle in the wind and the amazing late Robert Palmer with She makes my day.
Bearing in mind the luck of flying free, staying in the air, and the holiday I have chosen Kylie Minogue.. I should be so Lucky to share today.
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Now time for this week’s request from Adele Marie Park
I’d love if you could play this tune for me, it reminds me of becoming who I was and creating my own identity. lol X Ray Spex was one of my favourite bands and the singer Pauline fought against mental health issues all her life. I have chosen a tribute to Poly Styrene from other artists.
Have you followed an artist and love their music.. why not share them here.. pop the link into the comments.
Thanks for tuning in and hope you have enjoyed.. Sally.