The New Tynesiders - Little Town - Book 2

"The New Tynesiders" follows the story of Akan Badoe; a Ghanaian immigrant who comes to settle in the North East along with many other ethnic groups. His struggle for acceptance in a racially bigoted Britain are documented. The story also follows young Jimmy Connors Hepple the boy from the "Little Town" story who is adopted by an eminent surgeon and his wife after a tragic accident where both his parents are killed in a gas explosion.
Jimmy meets Sydney a young black boy and they become friends. Jimmy the adventurer wants to work in the Arctic like his hero Sir Robert Falcon Scott. Sydney a doctor. The story takes you on a journey through the boys childhood into adulthood where colour, creed,or religion have no boundaries. The New Tynesiders will take you back from 1948- 1966.

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Today Jeff was diving in an ice hole and it was to be made beside the portable station that was used as a decompression chamber. Jeff would be diving for some forty minutes. He would have to wear three layers of clothing and a diving suit because the water was 28% cold enough to freeze the blood. In the distance Mount Erebus stood in all its glory as Jimmy and Martyn cut two Ice holes some one metre thick. After his equipment was checked a line was attached to his waist.

Once he was ready he was lowered into the ice hole down he went slowly where he saw many small creatures as he followed the ice flow.

Jelly fish with forty feet long tentacles and sea urchins that had been forced to the surface by crystallised ice. The further down he went the brine channels that were formed from saltwater that had frozen from fresh water from the ice was clearly evident. He collected sea urchins and scallops as well as the green and golden algae.

Further on he spotted a Waddell’s seal with her pup; she was teaching it to swim, she was very wary of Jeff and knew there would be a male close by. He came across a species of star fish that he had never seen before and quickly netted it and put it in his net bag. He watched as the seal as it blew bubbles at the surface in order to catch fish lurking in the iceberg above. Jeff collected microbes and small worms to study.

When he checked his watch; time had beaten him and he had to return to the ice hole.

Jimmy and Martyn waited patiently for his return until his head broke the surface. His lips being the only thing exposed to the freezing temperature were purple and numb.

He walked back to the portable station and removed his wet suit then some of the clothes he was wearing. Jeff got into the decompression chamber where he would stay for four hours until the nitrogen in his blood was neutralised.

 

When Jeff was able to travel they headed off to Razor Back Island where Jimmy saw the tabula bergs. These were large pieces of ice that had flattened out forming the mosaic patterns. He recorded a pod of Minky whales swimming through the channels of broken ice Jeff took some ice samples to check to see how long the ice had been formed; whilst Martyn recorded the cavin’ or falling ice from the larger bergs this would indicate world temperatures. If all the ice melted it would be catastrophic for mankind. The water from the oceans would swamp most of the known world killing millions of people. That is why that research was so important. As they skied further a leopard seal popped its head out of an ice hole it had made with its teeth.

It was hunting penguins.

Two species of penguin came to Antarctica, the Emperor, and Adelli they were a rich source of food for the leopard seals and killer whales; although Jimmy was yet to see one kill a penguin. They were more interested in the seals; they were very fast and had to be to catch the seals. The orcas used tactics to enable them to catch the very illusive seals; they hunted in packs and tired the seals out before finally tossing them in the air with such force the seals back was broken and then they all shared the catch.

 

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