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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He got one of the maids to wrap up the package in some birthday paper it had balloons and different coloured boxes on it.

“What are you going to tell Tanya?’

That it is a special type of Belgian chocolate for my mother that has to be kept in a heavy box to stop it from melting in the heat.’

“You are a sly one Darren.’

“Yes the stupid bitch will believe me as well. That’s why I keep her because she is so bloody stupid the customs would believe her. I mean she has a body to die for but the brains of a Dodo bird.

“No wonders they got wiped out.’

“Darren laughed Just as Tanya walked in from the pool.’

“What’s funny?’

“I was just telling Colin here about the present I have for my mother I want you to bring back, you know me I always over pack.’

“You’re too kind do you know that; what have you bought her this time.

“Well she loves Belgian chocolate and Colin here has found a heavy box that stops the heat from melting it.’

That’s ingenious isn’t it, can I see it.’

“No honey it’s already been wrapped up,’

“I got you some nice perfume that you like though; I will show you when we get back.’

“You spoil me Darren; but that’s why I love you so much.’

She bent down and kissed him and Colin looked at her arse and said your right about the Dodo bird.’

“What’s a Dodo bird?

“It was a beautiful bird of Mauritius in the Indian ocean who lost its ability to fly.’

“What happened to it?’

“It became extinct.’

“Why did it become extinct?’

“Because of mans own greed, the bird was so big and tasty that it was easy to catch and kill because it trusted everyone.’

“Well that’s nothing to laugh about I think its very sad, poor Dodo bird.’

“It is come to think of it.’ I guess some birds are not meant to fly.’

“You mean like the kiwi and the ostrich.’

Yes, like them.’

“Why aren’t the extinct then?

“Because man learned a valuable lesson.’

“What was that?

“Well Tanya if you go on killing all the creatures on this earth then there will be no earth because each animal on this planet plays a vital part in the eco- system.

That is why we breed cattle and chickens, lambs, and other edible things so that man can sustain his greed without destroying the balance.’

“What about the fish?’

“Well man hasn’t thought that far ahead yet; in a hundred years from now they will say that we will have to farm the seas and oceans or there will be no more fish and chips.’

“Colin you are such a clever man.’ Isn’t he Darren?’

“Yes he is darling; let’s get back and pack we’re leaving tomorrow.’

It’s been really nice here Colin thank you for your hospitality.’

“You are most welcome my dear.’

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