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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His name is Paul dad please don’t call him A-rab.’

“Alright Paul then.’

“There you are that wasn’t hard was it now when he comes I want you to meet him.’

But I’m dressed for work Jennifer.’

“Good Paul appreciates a hard working man.’

“I better go and fix my hair said Liz.

“Put a bit of make up on as well mam.’ and change that top that you are wearing it’s like a dish rag.’

“I happen to like this top.’

“Mother it is older than Methuselah.’

“Who?’

“Never mind mother, just change it.’

Liz went to her room and looked into her wardrobe and picked out a nice pair of black slacks and a purple flowered top. Then she set about combing her sixties short hair that was cut with a fringe. She applied some foundation cream then a little rouge, some eye liner, and blue eye shadow; with a silver colour above then she put on a light purple coloured lipstick and some lip gloss.

“That’s better mam you look much better.’

“Now put the kettle on and make a pot of tea as Paul will be here any minute.’

When Paul arrived Des was under the bonnet as Paul approached.’

“Can I help Paul offered.’

Des stood up then said Hi you must be Paul pleased to meet you.’

Paul stood out his hand and shook Des’s even though it had some oil on it,’

Sorry I forgot about the oil.’

It is no problem Mr Baldwin; you work very hard; your daughter tells me that you are never away from fixing someone’s car.

Yes if ever you want any work done come and see me first.’

“Thank you, I will remember that.’

“Come into my humble home said Des.’

Paul followed Des down the passage and into the kitchen where Liz was making the tea. Please sit Paul; this is my wife Liz; immediately Paul stood back up and embraced his wife three times which was the custom in his culture.

Liz couldn’t believe how handsome he was.’

“I thought Omar Sharif was good looking but you knock spots off him.’

“Do you take sugar and milk in your tea said Liz,’

“I do not take milk but a little sugar will be fine.’

Jenny came into the kitchen and Paul stood up and embraced her.’

“I see you’ve met my mam and dad then.’

“Yes and I must say it is a pleasure to meet such nice people.’

I wonder if you both would care to join us as we are going for a drive. I would like to take you all for lunch in a friend’s restaurant that I know.’

“Would we be eating what we had the other night?’

Did you like that?’

“It was bloody lovely said Des.’

Yes Mr Baldwin I can arrange that you can have that again if you so wish.’

“Give me a few minutes and I will wash and change and by the way please call me Des.’

Thirty minutes passed before Des came out wearing a white shirt and a pair of Black trousers and polished shoes.

He’d had a shave and even trimmed his moustache.

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