Sitting in the room upstairs Janice lit up a cigarette as the committee man came around with a domino card.
“How much is it love asked Janice to the balding man who had a comb over?
It’s a shilling a number love; pound for the winner.
Go on then I take one; she took the card then looked down to see if number twenty four was there and it was. This was her mother’s birthday.
“Here you are love nine bob change.’
Miriam chose number six and Tommy number nine.
“Aren’t you havin a go then Georgie?
“No,’ I don’t gamble.”
“It’s hardly gambling Georgie; it’s only a bloody shilling for god sake.’
“Alright if it keeps you happy, I will take number seventeen.’
“Lend me a bob until I go to the bar would you Jan.’
Janice passed him a shilling and he paid the committee man.
The committee man got up onto the stage as the concert chairman was announcing the first act who was a black comedian called Charlie Williams.
Your Domino was three four number seventeen.
“You jammy bugger said Janice; never gambles and wins first bloody time on.’
“I well don’t forget you wouldn’t have won without my bob that I loaned you.’
“The drinks are on me then I take it.”
George went to the bar as Charlie came on.
“You not leaving already are you flower he said to George as he made his way to the bar. I’m not that bad you know. Hey what you laughin’ at he pointed to a well made woman in the front. I never laughed when you came in did I?
The crowd erupted.
You alright then Flower; is the husband treatin’ you alright. “You know in the bedroom department?
“I mean at his age he’s got to go canny hasn’t he?
“I hope that you don’t let him do all the work then.’
The woman was falling off the seat laughing but her husband gave him a look like thunder.
“I’m only kiddin’ you know; by heck some folk there’s just no pleasing them is there?
“Well that’s what his wife said as well mind.”