"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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fish and chip shop and bought themselves a bag of chips with some batter on and plenty of salt and vinegar and then walked back home.

 It was just after ten o’clock when they got back and Mickey said that he would see him on Friday.

“Aye right O’

Tom walked towards his own door then let himself in.’

“Did you win then son asked his father as he sat by the fireside doing the crossword?’

“Aye I scored the winner; we won 2-1.

“Harry Snudge had to stop a fight on the pitch; he ended up reffing the first half.’

“That bloody policeman thinks he’s a law unto himself; he’s always’ snooping about lookin’ to nick someone.’

He threatened to stop us from playin’ on the field if we didn’t stop fighting.’

The man is an arsehole and he cannot stop you playin’ football it’s a public place.’

“The coppers never get involved at St James Park when there’s some Argy bargee goin’ on.

“If they did you wouldn’t see any football at all.’

Have you had some supper son?

“Yes mam, we called in at Tom Hadaway’s on the way home.’

I had a shower at the YMCA mam so I’m going to bed for work in the morning.’

“Goodnight then son both his parents voiced.’




18th October 1955 saw the council coming around to repaint the doors and windows.

Colin Moses knocked on Agnes door in a pair of white overalls, a petrol burning torch in his hand, and a triangular scraper. “Hello Mrs Taylor I’ve come to scrape the windows and doors for you. Now you can change the colours in you wish or keep them the same as they were.

“Well I never liked the dark green colour so I think we will go with a nice red for the front and back doors and the privy as well. Now if you’ve got any white gloss going I will buy some off you she winked.’

“That depends.’

“Depends on what?’

“Whether or not you make me a nice cup of tea.’

I can do better than that do you want a bacon sandwich as well.’

“Now you are talkin’ Mrs T’

“Brown sauce or red?’

“Brown every time for me.’

“Do you take sugar in your tea as well?

“Yes thanks just the one.’

“I will get the washin’ in first before you start Colin said Agnes; who had known Colin since he was a boy because his mother would call in from time to time when they went to the Borough Picture house together.’

How’s your mother Colin said Agnes as she filled the kettle then placed a frying pan on the stove with a pat of lard in it.

She placed four rashers of bacon on it then left it whilst she went out the back to get the washing in off the line. Her wash basket was full when she returned and the bacon began to sizzle away. The smell of it cooking set Colin’s taste buds dancing.’

Lighting the torch on the petrol powered paint stripper, he began to burn the old gloss paint off the door. The paint bubbled and then was ready to be removed with the 

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