Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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“She thinks she is; I cannot stand the witch.’

“People voted her in Michael and she’s had two terms of office. If she were that bad they would have got rid of her wouldn’t they.’

“Who the hell did you vote for?’

“That’s my business Michael Fox.’

“Well I never thought that you would go against the Labour party and vote for that old bag.’

“I didn’t say that I’d voted for her.’

“Well who then?’

“Something you will never know Michael.

“Secrets and bloody lies that’s what it is.’

“I’m entitled to my opinion just like you Michael Fox; and no one tells me who I can vote for. It’s the one thing that no-one can take away from me. Women fought for the vote for years.

“What good has it done you; you are still not equal to men and never will be?’

“Why Michael Fox you are a sexist pig.’

”Hey, I don’t make the rules; bloody government does.’

One day things will all change you will see; men only think that they wear the trousers in a relationship but it’s us women who are the backbone. Men couldn’t do what a woman does in a day and if you had to pay us for all the jobs that we do in a day the country would be bankrupt.’

“Women couldn’t do physical labour.’

“We can and we did; who do you think kept this country going whilst our men were away fighting a war?’

“Aye but that was then.’

“It still is, women are still working maybe not for as much money as you men yet but we are getting there slowly.’

“I would like to see that I really would then I wouldn’t have to work four half shifts and Saturday and Sunday morning to bring in a decent wage.’

“Michael it wasn’t long ago you were sat parking your bum on a bar stool all day in the Robin Hood so don’t get all sanctimonious with me.’

“Its your duty to support this family.

“No bloody wonders men die earlier than women; they get nagged into an early grave.’

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