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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“Oooh Dr Kildare; now there was a man for you.’ Richard Chamberlain is the most handsome man I’ve ever seen on television.’

“Mother didn’t you know that he likes other men.’

“What! Never; he plays all these hunky roles.’

“So did Rock Hudson but he is another mam.’

“God I’ve led a sheltered life I think; I used to go to the pictures to watch him and James Dean in “Giant” I thought he was gorgeous.’

“What are you going to see anyway?’

“I don’t know mam I haven’t looked.’

Last nights Chronicle is in the rack it might tell you in there.’

Jenny went behind her fathers chair then pulled out the newspaper and found the entertainment section

Well it says that there are two films showing. One is “The last picture show” with Cybil Shepherd, Timothy Bottom’s and Jeff Bridges. It says it’s about a group of 1950’s scholars who come of age in a bleak, isolated Texas town.’

“Well I liked Jeff’s father Lloyd; he was a handsome man.

 “The other is “A clockwork Orange” It says that it is a futuristic film based on Anthony Burgess classic novel.

“It could be a science fiction film; I don’t know.’

Malcolm McDowell and Patrick Magee are in it.’

“I’m not into science fiction films.’

“Neither am I mam but that’s what is on tonight so I will have to sit through it.’

“I had better start to get my make up done mam said Jenny as she went disappointingly to her bedroom and sat at her dressing table. She took out the things that she would need and began to apply the eye liner and mascara and a little eye shadow.

Jenny didn’t overdo her make up and kept it fresh. She changed her underwear but left her bra off and tried on the dress. It was certainly flattering she thought as she turned sideways then looked at her bottom from behind. She hoped that it didn’t look too big in this dress. She tied the halter at her neck which pulled the satin material tighter over her rounded breasts because the fabric was pleated it didn’t show her nipples underneath.

“She didn’t want to look like a tart.’

Jenny was lucky to be dark skinned and he body had a natural tan so there was no need to wear tights which she hated wearing anyway.’

She put on her mules and stood up to her full height she was already five feet ten inches tall and in three inch heels she looked like a giant. The skirt had an inner lining which would stop the thin material blowing in the breeze. She brushed her hair again an applied a little hairspray. Then took out a soft peach coloured lipstick and applied it to her lips. She moved her lips together so that the colour was evenly spread and now she was ready. Looking in the wardrobe she found a light cardigan that she could wear if it got cold. She had a clutch bag that was a similar colour to her dress where she could store some money and lipstick in case she had to reapply it.

“She walked out of her room and her mother told her that she looked amazing.’

“If that doctor doesn’t fall for you tonight then there is something wrong with him.’

“I must go mam or I’m going to be late.’

She told her father that she was away and he nearly hugged her with his oily hands

Wow, my God you are beautiful Jennifer.’

“Thanks’ dad; see you later.’

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