A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

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 walked down Silky’s Lane then onto West Percy Road.

The young lads all whistled as she walked past.

“Fancy a shag then Jen shouted one young lad.’

Jenny ignored them and turned into her street. The jag was now gone and there was another car in its place. Her father was underneath it fixing an oil leak and when he looked up and saw his daughter he was totally shocked. His daughter was an absolute stunner.

Jenny went into the house and showed her mother her new clothes.

“Which one do you think that I should wear mam?’

“I like the blue one.’

“Don’t you think it’s a bit revealing for a first date?’

“Not if you want to make an impression on this doctor that you’re seeing.’

“Alright I will wear the blue one but mam it’s a halter neck you will be able to see my bra strap. Well your firm enough; so don’t wear one.’

Jenny giggled then went to her bedroom to hang up her new clothes.’

“Have you eaten anything Jenny?’

“I had a sandwich and a cup of coffee earlier.’

“Do you want a cup of tea?’

“Go on then if you’re making one.’

Jenny came out and walked into the kitchen and sat with her mother at the table. “Do you want a tab?’

“I’ve packed them in mam; I haven’t smoked a cigarette in five days.

“I should pack them in an aal; I would save a fortune.’

“Yes you should; think of what you could buy with all the money that you’d spend each week on cigarettes.’

“The government are putting them up again shortly.’ Saying that, what isn’t going up?’

“I don’t know how they expect people to live; I really don’t mam.’

“You spend nearly a quarter of your life working another quarter sleeping the rest is spent eating, and watching television in our case.’

“Why don’t you and dad go out tonight?’

“Your dad has never been a one for pubs and clubs; he likes to keep himself busy.’

“Yes, but he’s not thinking about you is he?’ I mean he never asks if you want to go anywhere.’

“Where would we go?’

Well you could go to the pictures; or go for a day out on one of those Priory bus trips.’

“Aye we could if your dad didn’t have his head stuck under a car bonnet.

“Well you could book somewhere and then tell him.

“He wouldn’t go Jenny; I know him.’

“Well we could go.’

“That would be nice love,’

“I will grab a brochure the next time I’m in North Shields; we could take a trip to Edinburgh Castle to watch the tattoo and watch all those hunky men in uniform compete against one another.’

Ooh aye, that would be good she giggled.’

“We could take a picnic and sit in Princes Park and have a walk around the shops.

“That sounds great.

“Well,’ I will be off for two weeks we can go then.’

“Alright you find out when it is and we will go.’

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