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 confidently up the street then turned onto West Percy Road. Men were giving her a look as they were out cutting their lawns. Cars tooted as well as she smiled and made her way to the bus stop at Chirton.

Jennifer looked over the road and saw that Paul was already in the shop and she wondered if he just came later for her benefit.

She didn’t have long to wait until the bus turned up and she paid her fare and took a seat. Every man on the bus could not keep their eyes off her and she felt her cheeks redden with embarrassment.’

“She felt like a piece of meat in a butcher shop window as the men were almost salivating and undressing her with their eyes.

She turned towards the window and looked out; she ignored the staring eyes. Jenny placed the bag on her knees to stop the staring eyes that were looking at her legs.

 She was pleased when some of them got off so she could relax.’

When she reached the Haymarket Jenny got off and waited. She checked her watch for the umpteenth time. Tim was late. Looking up and down the street she couldn’t see him. Then running to cross the road she saw him. He was dressed in a way that surprised her. Gone was the smart suit and tie and polished shoes. He wore a pair of jeans, a AC/DC tee shirt and a pair of Adidas training shoes.’

“Sorry I’m late I got a call and I had to take it.’

“It’s alright she lied.’

“Tim made no mention of her appearance and what made matters worse was when he said that some friends of his were also coming.

“She paid for her own ticket then walked to the seat where she was shown to by an elderly woman. Five minutes later three males came and joined them.

Tim introduced them to Jenny and he made a point of telling them that she ironed his shirts at the launderette.

The News reel came on and Tim was in conversation with these three men the whole time; it was as if she wasn’t there.’

Then the first feature came on and she sat through it annoyed for accepting the offer of the date. Why ask her out on a date then invite friends to come along as well.’

As the night wore on Tim made no attempt to kiss her. In fact there was no contact between them at all. He was very tactile with his friends she noticed.’

She sat through the second feature and was not impressed as the junior doctor discussed the medical aspects of the film with his friends and she could not pass comment because she knew nothing about the brain and how it worked.

She actually enjoyed the film which was a very thought provoking film.’

The classical music by Beethoven and Rossini was different to any music that she had listened to but these lads raved on about Beethoven’s ninth symphony. They talked about theatre and going to orchestral recitals. She felt like a fish out of water.’

When the film finished Tim asked the lads if they were going clubbing then said that Jenny could come along if she wished.

It was at this point that Jenny lost it.’

“Why did you ask me to come on a date with you tonight Tim; did you plan to humiliate me with your friends; alright you have proved a point. I am just a laundry girl just fit to iron your shirts.

“Well in future get some other lackey to do them because I won’t.’

“You are a very rude man and I pity the woman or should I say man who gets you.’


The men began to laugh until she turned back towards them and slapped Tim across the face and knocked him down to the ground.

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