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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Semki Tongarewa introduced herself as they were led into the main hall where there were many paintings on the walls and Jeff cast his eye on them.

“Do you like art Mr Sharp?

“Yes I do, we have an art museum in Yorkshire where I am from your Royal Highness.”

“So tell me Mr Sharp how do you earn a living?

I play professional Rugby; but I have a degree in Marine biology.”

“I see and do you think you could keep my daughter in the manner in which she has been accustomed?

“Probably not but then again who compete with you and the king.

Just then the doors opened and in walked King Tongarewa. His servants followed him into the room as he looked upon Jeff with a suspicious eye.

He had a presence and you knew you were in the company of someone special.

“Hello Mr Sharp.”

“You’re Majesty.”

“So you are a rugby player and you have played against the All Blacks side and scored the winning try correct?

“You are well informed your majesty.

“I make it so.

“I have not come here for an interview your majesty and I will not be interrogated by either of you.

“You may have some jurisdiction over your daughter but not me.”

“I could have you deported.”

“Would you actually go to those lengths your majesty; I think not; because you both would alienate your daughter forever.”

“I go back to Antarctica tomorrow; I will be there for another four months when I return I plan to marry Je’ Juana.

“I love her and she loves me; would you see her unhappy?

“No I would not; I wish that she be looked after.”

“I promise you as long as I draw breath; that I will take care of her.”

“Then we understand each other; come we shall join Juana in the dining room.

There was a smile on the face of Semki as they went to the dinning room.

“You have chosen well Juana; Mr Sharp is a man of strength and integrity. Anyone who can stand up to a King must be so.”

Jenny ran to her father and kissed him and then kissed her mother.

The servants brought in a whole roasted pig and it was placed on the table along with Puha a bitter tasting plant that is often served with the pork. Some of the bitterness is taken out by washing it very vigorously.

There was Koura a fresh water Cray fish and huge mussels served with Pikopiko fern tips that taste like asparagus and Korengo and Horopito a kind of sweet pepper.

The Hangi or feast lasted most of the afternoon and even Jeff who had a large appetite was completely stuffed after it.


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