"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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The divers stood on the precipice and launched themselves into the water twisting and doing summersaults through the air; then with legs and feet locked together entered the water barely making a splash.

The people on board clapped as they dived and they scampered up the rocks to the top again. There was a collection taken at the end and it was given to the divers in a plastic bag where they thanked everyone before waiting for the next boat which would come along in about an hour. The boat carried on its journey as it turned left. In the distance about ten miles out they could see the island of Calpe. The Hotels and restaurants built into the rocks were much like where they had just left. There were two large ferries moored there as the boat got ever closer to the shore. The rich holidaymakers moored their five million pound yachts in the harbour as they sat drinking coffee in the cafes nearby. After they disembarked Shirley and Alison got their eye on the market and wondered off to have a look. Mickey and Tom walked leisurely through the small town where everyone was trying to sell you something you didn’t want or need.’

The lucky, lucky men as they were called tried to sell you watches, beads, sunglasses, and hats even though you were already wearing them. Mickey waved them off with his hand as they went past.

Mickey found a cheap tobacconists he bought several cartons of cigarettes as did Tom. They were a fraction of the price you would pay in the shops at home. Mickey figured they could make enough to cover the cost of their holiday if they sold enough.

Twenty cartons each would cover the cost of their holiday. They would sell them for two pounds per sleeve and there was always plenty in the bars around Shields willing to buy them.

Even the Newsagents would buy them off you and resell them on to make a small profit. It would be easier to sell them in one go rather then go from bar to bar.

He would give half of them to Alison to bring home in her case as he wouldn’t get twenty cartons in one suitcase without dumping all of his clothes first.

Cigarette smuggling was a crime but the airports turned a blind eye to it because everyone did it and it was good for tourism.

They stopped off at a tapas bar and met up with the girls who had bought some souvenirs to bring back for family members. They sat outside De Marco’s where they ate the packed lunch and drank a few pints of San Miguel before walking along the promenade to the beach where they sat relaxing until it was time to walk back to the harbour to pick up the boat to return to their resort. Mickey and Tom went paragliding they were strapped into a harness then the parachute was pulled along until they were airborne. They were about a hundred feet above the ground. Looking down Mickey waved down at where the girls were sitting as the boat pulled them along. Then after half an hour the boat reduced speed and the parachute drifted slowly down until they ended up in the water. Again the lads had put on bathing trunks under their shorts so that they would be kept dry.

They were picked up by the boat and then brought back to shore.

“That was fantastic; do you girls not want to have a go said Mickey as he dried himself off with a towel that they had brought.’

“No way said both the girls, we are keeping our feet firmly on the ground.’

They headed back and once on board Shirley asked if they could go in the aqua scope.

She was surprised at how clear the water was. She watched the small shoals of sardines and other marine life through the window in the submersible. Shirley got into a conversation with the captain of the vessel who told her about the many wrecks there were and how they took out small groups of divers each day.’

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