Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


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She arrived as the queue was about half way down the departure lounge. She met with Darren and they went on board first being first class paying passengers.

Harry Buck and Mel got on about fifteen minutes later after boarding passes and passports were checked. Melvyn took the window seat and immediately buckled up and then closed his eyes.

The plane waited for clearance then began to taxi towards the run way. Once there it turned and then the thrusters sounded. The captain told the cabin crew to fasten their safety belts after the check was done and emergency procedures observed.

Then the plane began to pick up speed the flaps went down and the plane lifted off the ground.


Paul came around to pick Jenny up as he had done all week. He knew that she wasn’t working tomorrow and that Olive Weir would be taking her place over the weekend.

Olive lived on Front Street Chirton and it wasn’t far for her to walk. Her brother normally came to pick her up anyway so there was no need for him to give her a lift home. He asked how her day had gone and of course she was full of stories of how customers were not happy with the new monetary system and that they were not happy about the new charges either in the laundry. Jenny just told them that the cost of running the machines had become more expensive because the NEEB had increased their costs so if the laundry was to remain open then the charge for doing a wash and dry had to go up.

“Well said Jennifer; some launderettes charge double the prices that I do. What is more they are inferior machines that they use too?’

“Are you looking forward to your date tomorrow night?’

“I’m unsure Paul; I want to go yes; but he hasn’t called me or anything; do you think I should still go?’

“If that were up to me I would say no. I am not you and that is a decision that you must make yourself.’

“Ask yourself this question Jennifer do you like him and if the answer is yes then you must follow your heart.

“I see well I won’t find out unless I do go out with him will I. I mean he only comes in once a week and I hardly know him really. I’ve spoken more to you than I have to him.

“Well I hope that you have a good time; I will be thinking about you.’

“Thank you Paul said Jenny as she got out of the car and walked to her door.’

She turned and waved before going inside. Paul pulled away annoyed with himself for not asking her to come out with him.’


“Well I see the A-rab is still on the scene said Des as Paul pulled away.’

Will you stop making reference to his nationality dad?’ Paul was born here you know.’

“Yes but I bet his father wasn’t.’

“Do you have a problem with foreigner’s dad; what has Paul ever done to you?’

“Well nowt really but I still don’t trust them.’

“Stop making excuses dad you are a racist aren’t you.’

“Well they seem to come here and get everything given to them.

“I know that Pauls father came here with nothing; he and his wife had to live in some scruffy shack in Liverpool whilst he worked as a package handler for British rail. 

He started his own business with his own money dad; not from the government or tax payer’s money.

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