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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“Hamed brought them apple flavoured tea which Des liked.

Hamed has a lot of friends that he will tell about you and you will get lots of work.’

“Its good to be in the know isn’t it laughed Des.’

“How long have you been a mechanic?

“Since I left school really; but I would help my dad with his car when I was about ten years old.’

I wanted a motor bike so that I could take it out on the long country roads and ride at speed.’

“Why have you not got one?’

“Always something took precedence, house hold goods, Christmas, you know.’

“Yes, I saved up a lot of money to buy my first car. My father paid for my lessons even though he could have done so for himself.’

“It was very unselfish of him.’

“Yes my father is a good man.’

They waited thirty minutes and then this banquet arrived and was placed on the table before them. There was Shish Kebabs of lamb and chicken, chicken Guvec, liver and onions, two different kinds of couscous, aubergines, mixed peppers, mushrooms, and onions. There’s enough food to feed a street here said Des as he filled his plate with the various delicacies on offer.’

They chatted away for almost an hour then Hamed came out and asked them if they would like to take any food home.’

“Yes thank you said Des as the platters were taken away.

“The food was delicious Paul thank you said Jenny and her mother.’

“You are most welcome, now we shall go and sit by the sea and relax for a while.

Hamed brought out two cartons of food for them; Paul paid him and then they left.

Paul drove them down to Tynemouth where they got out and then walked along the promenade and found a seat. I like to come here as I did when I was a boy. We used to go to the beach a lot in the summer with my father and mother. My father taught me to swim down there. I taught our Jennifer there too.’

I so like Jennifer better than Jenny; as in my father’s country a Jenny is a female donkey.’ May I call you Jennifer?’

Des began to laugh and his daughter punched him in the arm playfully.’

“Of course; my donkey answers to anything don’t you love.’

“Dad,’ you are rotten to the core.’

“I’ve called you a lot worse at times he laughed but I love you all the same.’

Des threw his arm around his wife and then said you know I never knew how much I missed this place until now.

“You know Paul you can get so wrapped up in your own little world that you forget about the people that matter most to you.’

“Yes I can understand that; you must never lose sight of your family.’

“For us family means everything.’

“I should go and visit my mother and father.’ It’s really only at Christmas that I visit them.

“Do they live a long way away?’

“No not really Paul they live only a few streets away but I’m so wrapped up in my work I never seem to have the time or a make some excuse for not going. My father is in his seventies now and my mother her late sixties.’

“You should always make time for your family.’

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