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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When Jimmy returned with the fish he filleted them straight away.

He kept some of the pieces and offal so he could try to catch a different species next time.

“Who would like some cod tonight with Mexican rice and peppers.”

Sounds good to me said Jeff, can you not cook it now I’m famished; aren’t you two?

“Is that all you think about Jeff?

“Well I have a large bucket to fill so get that frying pan on.

Alright I get the message. Jimmy filled a pan with water from the kettle then cut the cod into six man sized portions.

They had cooking oil so that was placed into a pan  then dipped the fish into some batter he had made then dropped the fish into the hot oil  the rice was now boiling so he took it off the heat slightly then let the rice cook.

Jeff and Martyn got the plates ready and looked for some cutlery. There was some ivory handled cutlery made from the bone of the narwhal it had been carved with the design of the early whale ships.

Sorry guys I don’t have chips or lemon wedges; but we are slumming it here for six months.

“I will radio peter to tell him to bring lemons and some ketchup and a large sack of potatoes, when he drops by with the post next Friday.” We should get some other stuff dropped off as well. Jimmy served up the food and they all began eating.

“This is tasty said Jeff.”

“Well I hope your food is just as nice, because you are cooking breakfast tomorrow.”

Right once we had eaten and tidied up then we will begin our study. We will take the snow sledge to visit Ross Island. We need to take ice sampled so pack the ice drill. Jimmy put his clicking machine into his pocket then his sheets for recording different bird species onto a wooden board with a bulldog clip. The men got on their ski sledges and packed ski’s and crampons Just in case one should break down they also brought ropes with them.

Martyn had done a weather check by radio and it was okay for them to venture out.

Jimmy and Martyn took a rifle with them too.

The ski sledges fired up and off they went heading south towards Ross Island.

They were lucky these days as a road had been made by men before them which made their journey a lot easier. Jimmy brought his goggles and binoculars. McMurdo Island was on the southern tip and when they reached it they set up camp.

Jimmy got his first glimpse of the penguins that had hatched and were not black and white but more a brown colour. They shared the beach with seals, and walruses.

There were hundreds of them and he couldn’t resist taking photo’s whilst Jeff took samples of seaweed and mosses for analysis. .Jimmy managed to shoot two ducks and a hare which he skinned and put straight into a plastic bag.

That would keep them in meat for at least three days.

He counted some two thousand young penguins who like the young seal pups would have to run the gauntlet in May when the killer whales would arrive.

Life on the Antarctic was a constant battle for survival.

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