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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It was 7.30pm when Akan walked in and his friend Evans Carter was already on the billiards table.

“Where is you been said Evans?

“I had to work late as usual; they don’t pay me much so I got to work longer hours.”

Evans gave him a drink of rum that he’d hidden in his coat then the two men strung for break.

The white ball and the other with a spot were placed on the balk line and the player’s got down and fired the balls up the table the ball nearest the baulk cushion got the chance to either pot the red ball on the (black spot in the game of snooker.) or put the two balls safe. The rules were more difficult in billiards where by you were awarded two points for a cannon by hitting a red then a white or vice versa. If you struck the red and then the red strikes your opponents ball no points are awarded. Any pot off a red is awarded 3 points but if you hit the red then go in off that ball then two points are awarded. You can pot your opponent’s ball but it is not replaced so you only then have the red ball to go for. If you miss a pot after that but double baulk your opponent (both red and your white in the “D”) then your opponent must fire down the table and hit either the red or you’re white. If not a foul has been committed and 2 points are awarded. You can then elect to have your opponent’s ball placed on (The blue spot in snooker) and the red on (The black spot in snooker)

If your opponent missed a red or your white then he again can have the balls replaced or play from where the balls have come to rest. You would receive 2 points for the foul. You are only allowed to pot the red ball six times off its own spot it must then go on the blue spot. It can only be potted twice off the blue spot before being replaced on the black spot. These are called hazards and you are only allowed 11 hazards during a break and the red and your opponent’s ball are then replaced again. He must then either fire from the baulk line or the baulk area.

“ESAB (English Snooker and Billiards) and WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker) rules.


The two men carried on playing speaking in their native patois and drinking rum. It was after twelve when Akan left for home; he walked back to his house pleased that he’d managed to beat his friend again. It meant that Evans would have to bring the rum again next week for losing the match. Akan opened the door to his house and tip toed down the passage in case he woke his wife and child. He undressed quietly and got into bed; he was asleep in ten minutes.

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