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 ski plane landed just as Pete Wilson had said bang on the four hour mark. They had to get the gear off the plane quick as possible before the engine cooled down so it was all hands to the pumps so to speak and then moving it again into the wooden huts.

Once unpacked the plane took off again then was gone.

“Well this is it boys; home for the next six months. The first of the newly built cabins was used as a laboratory with bottles, test tubes and a fully stocked array of chemicals.

In the second cabin there was a kitchen and wood burning stove, a writing desk and book shelves. In the centre of the room were a long table and ten chairs. The cabins were about 30 feet long by 20 wide. There was a dome shaped store room. Then each of the team had a room with a bunk, a small window, a padded bench, a writing table, some book shelves and one fur lined chair. There was a wardrobe for keeping clothes and a chest of draws for socks and clean under wear. All smalls would have to be washed by hand then hung out on the line inside when the wood burning stove was used to heat up the cabin.

There was a good supply of logs that had been left by the last team of researchers so Jimmy set about getting a fire going before going out to try and catch some fish for dinner to supplement the dried food like rice, beans, noodles, and spaghetti flour.

 Each one of them had brought enough to last them the duration of the trip; including teabags and Coffee, sugar and dried milk.

Using the skills from reading about survival Jimmy got the stove working and he was brewing up his first pot of tea in no time.

Well done said Martyn, as he picked up his mug of tea. There would be no night here until the end of September when Antarctica would be in complete darkness for 37days so it was imperative to collect all the data before then.

Jimmy took out his hand line after tying on some heavier cat gut for the traces and bigger hooks.

Better take a rifle with you too said Martin. We don’t get bears this far out but it pays not to take risks.

Jimmy put on his snow boots, red Parka, and gloves then headed out.

He didn’t have far to walk to the waters edge on the first hand line had a jigging rig on it he dropped it down about sixty feet and began lifting and lowering the line to simulate a wounded fish. With in seconds Jimmy had a bite he hauled in 15 pound cod which would feed them all tonight. He unhooked the fish then dispatched it using his knife; then lowered it down again to about the same depth again the lure worked an he had another fish which looked like a char.

Finding out how easy it was to catch fish he tied the two fish through the gills and mouth with some strong twine then looked around all he could see for miles was a white snow covered dessert. He reminded himself to bring binoculars and snow glasses the next time.


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