"An invasion of Privacy" tells the story of two boys Tom Taylor and Mickey Binks growing up in the middle 1950's. Mickey is the Elvis fan Tom is into James Dean. Tom is not interested in school and plays the wag most days. Mickey and Tom are inseparable and live in the same street. they leave school and Mickey takes on various labouring jobs, Works down on the quay; then as a coalman before getting a job on the Grainger market in Newcastle selling fruit and vegetables. Tom loves cooking and has helped his gran make bread, tarts and scones. he gets a job as an apprentice Baker and confectioner for Archer's bakery. read about their exploits as the two boys grow into men. If you remember what it was like growing up in the fifties then this is definitely one for you to read.


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His eyes were still blue like his he noticed but he definitely looked more like his mother than him.

He had to put Jeffery down on the living room rug whilst he cleaned his plate and then put it on the draining board to dry. He heard the knock on the door soon after and went to answer it. Come in quick I’ve left Jeffery on the floor. Tom hurried down the passage and into the living room but Jeffery was fine playing with his little teddy bear.

“I thought he’d be asleep.’

“I will put him in his cot soon.’

They pulled the table over then Mickey tipped out the dominoes and shuffled them.

Tom put down his money as Mickey handed him a can of McEwan’s best scotch.’

He opened it and took a mouthful before selecting his tiles. Turning the dominoes so his friend could not see he placed a double six down.’


Alison and Shirley paid their money and got their tickets they were shown to their seats and they watched the news reels before the film started.

Alison relayed the plot to her friend before the film started which was about a mission to recover two atomic bombs. SPECTRE stole the bombs and was holding the world to ransom for 100 million in diamonds. Sean Connery (James Bond) is sent to the Bahamas to infiltrate the group and disarm the bombs. The film lasted over two hours and was the first bond film to be screened in widescreen format. It was shot with over a quarter of it filmed underwater as 007 tackles Emilio Largo’s henchmen.

Bond is mixed up with some beautiful woman as usual.

Shirley thoroughly enjoyed the film and couldn’t wait to tell Tom about it when she got home.  



Mickey left Tom’s house with a big smile on his face he had taken four pounds of his money off him in winnings. Alison and Shirley had bought them a fish and chip supper to eat and Tom shared it with Shirley. She went on to tell him all about the movie as they were eating.

“Was Jeffery a good little boy for his daddy then?’

“Aye, he woke as soon as I put my dinner out but I just sat him on my knee and bounced him gently. He was trying to grab the fork from my hand.’

“Do you know he actually smiled at me?’

“That was just wind silly.’

“Was it; here’s me thinking he was smiling at me.’

“Maybe he was; what time did he go back to sleep?’

“He went back down about eight thirty after I fed and changed him.’

“He should sleep right through now then said Shirley.’

“I hope so; I didn’t get much sleep last night.’

“It will get better you know Tom.’

“I know; maybe I just want Jeff to grow up too fast.’

“They are not babies long; so enjoy them when you can. Before you know it he will be starting his first day at school.’

Tom crumpled up the paper then went to wash his hands after finishing his supper.’

“Guess what?’


The club are screening the film Giant with James Dean on Friday night I haven’t seen it; I was too young to get in to see it when it was first shown. “Do you fancy going?’

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