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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“Aye but he’s not the only one; there are thousands of them getting free hand outs.’

“Yes that maybe so but dad you tarring them all with the same brush. That is wrong.’

“Paul is honest, caring and is hard working unlike a lot of folks around here. They are white and prefer to stop on the dole and live off the state.’ “I never hear you calling them.’

“Thing is though they were born here they are entitled to take money off the state.’

Dad more than half haven’t even had a job, they’ve paid nothing into society. Is it then right that they should be allowed to take from it?’

“There’s no Jobs because the blacks have taken them all.’

Dad there is loads of jobs that they could do if they really wanted to work; the fact is they don’t want to work. They are bloody lazy.’

“They have brought children into the world just so they can claim more in benefits; there children grow up thinking and doing as their parents have. They think the government owes them a favour for being British.’

“Well I tell you something; I will never marry anyone from around here. If you think I am going to go to work whilst my man sits on his arse all day doing nothing then think again, because the man I marry will be hard working and provide for me and my kids; if I have any.’

“That’s the way Jenny love; you tell him.’

“Where are you going to meet someone who is going to take you away from the Ridges eh you tell me.’

“You can take the lass oot of the Ridges but not the Ridges oot of the lass I’m afraid.’

“You always had ideas above your station though Jenny.’

“Would you rather I marry so bloody no mark who won’t work?’ Jenny heated up the cottage pie that her mother had made and set it on a plate.’

“No I wouldn’t but I’ve worked all my life; I was bred and born here.’

“Well I certainly won’t be living here I can tell you.’ I want better for my family.’

“You are turning into a right snob Jenny.’

“There’s nothing wrong with trying to better yourself dad.’

“See reality will you; you are a laundry girl what else is there out there for you.’

“I don’t know yet dad but I’m not waiting around here to find out I can tell you that.’

I’m nineteen and I have a brain and I’m going to go to college and get qualified.’

“You will still be a Ridges lass even if you get qualified.’

“Maybe so; but then I have the choice of bettering myself or staying here.’

“Good luck is all I will say Jennifer; I hope that your hopes and dreams come true for you because I thought like you at your age.’

“I have tried my best for this family I have.’

“Look dad I’m not having a go at you; I know that you have worked hard for us but it’s just not what I want. Is it so wrong to want to be different?’

No it’s not but I’m trying to make you see the reality of it that’s all.’

“I won’t give up until I do; maybe not now but in five years from now you’ll see.’

Jenny finished her supper then said good night.’

“Goodnight love said her mother,’

Good night Jenny said her dad as she went to the bathroom and closed the door.’

“She’s not having another bath is she; the gas bill is going to be through the roof.’

That laundry makes you sweat you know Des; you wouldn’t want the folk to talk about now would you.’

Aye you’re right.’

“I’m always right; even when I’m wrong I’m right.’

“Stupid bugger said Des as he got up and chased Lizzy around the room.

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