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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The next morning Jeff didn’t go out with Martyn and Jimmy; he worked in the lab doing tests on the animals and organisms he’d collected.

He was particularly interested in the starfish that he’d found if there were no records of this type of animal then he would name it the Sharp Starfish.

He was so engrossed in his research that he nearly missed the CB radio.

It was Jenny telling him that she had done what he had suggested. She would now wait in Australia for him. Jeff knew he would have a good chance of getting her out of the country to England now. He asked her if she could get her hands on another pass port with another name she would have to cut her hair and make herself look different in case the authorities spotted her. She said that she knew someone who could do that.

“It won’t be long now love we will be together.”

“Forever she said.”

“Yes; forever.

“I love you Jeff Sharp.

“I love you more; he said back.”

“You must keep your head down and not be seen; try not to stay in one place too long.

“Bounce around a few motels; and try and keep in touch.

“I will Jeff; bye for now Sweetie.”

“Bye Jenny.”

Jeff got back to his research. He recorded the size of the scallops that he’d caught yesterday they were twice the size of a normal scallop so he figured that the plankton and the cold water conditions made them grow faster.


Martyn and Jimmy could hardly hear as the noise from the birds they were tagging was deafening even with ear plugs in. The march of the penguins had begun and the ice became an endless line of birds making their way to the sea. The young seals were also getting ready to leave as the practiced their swimming techniques in the shallows.

The weather was definitely getting colder too as the wind picked up to over sixty miles per hour. The snow drifts made visibility difficult but the work had to be done.

They had ringed over a thousand birds and tagged about five hundred seal pups. If they survived the journey they would return the following year and breed. They were also recording birds that were already ringed some were three years old. The albatrosses like the penguins had one partner and mated for life. Some of these birds were ten years old and returned every year to the exact spot they came to the year before. The females would lay an egg and would sit on it in all weathers like the penguins until it hatched. The males would then bring the young chick food.

The channels made by the ice breakers so that supplies of fuel to keep the generators working were immediately used by the orcas; who patrolled them endlessly.

Pods of three and four bobbed up vertically scanning the tundra for seals.

The Humped back whales were stocking up on the last of the krill before they would migrate to the waters of Hawaii. Martyn sent up another weather balloon to record the air pressure.


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