AN INVASION OF PRIVACY

"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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“Diven’t tell his mother aboot the sharks though.’

“Your not gannin’ doon there are yer?’

“Are you kiddin,’ you wouldn’t get me doon there for a bloody pension.’

“I did go paragliding though, Tom and I were a hundred feet up in these parachutes as a boat pulled us along.

“You be careful yer hear, I diven’t want you endin’ up in hospital over there.’

 “I will mam; anyway I better go. We are getting ready to go out. There’s plenty entertainment here every night.’

“I hope you are lookin after those girls mind.’

“We are mother said Mickey as he tried to get off the phone.’

“What time you getting back?’ 

“It should be around four on Sunday.’

“Alright then Mick, take care see you soon, love you.’

“I love you too mam, bye.’

“Bye Son.’

Mickey hung up then went to the bar and got himself a short and drank it down in one. He thought about another then changed his mind and headed back up stairs.’

Once inside the apartment Mickey told them that he had relayed his message.’

“We will have to ring our parents as well said Alison.’ Did you get through okay?

Aye but it eats the money so take plenty of pesetas with you.’

The two girls disappeared out of the door as Mickey sat back down.’

“What’s on the menu tonight do you know?’

“Mixed grill, with Chicken kebabs, Gammon steaks, sausage, and pork chops, chips,

rabbit food and Mediterranean vegetables.’

“That’ll do me said Tom.’

“I can’t believe it’s our last day tomorrow already.’

“Me an aal, it’s gone over quick.’

“Too bloody quick matey; we will have to make the most of our last two nights.’

 Aye we will.’ Do you know what the group is that’s on tonight?’

“I think they are called Twisted Wheel.’

“Well I hope that they are better than the shite that they had on last night. That cabaret was bad. I would rather watch a tap drip than watch them again.’

“The girls enjoyed it though.’

“Aye I suppose so.’ Got to keep them happy haven’t we.’

“I’m going in the shower then I’m going to get ready to go out.’

“Divent be long, I’m going in after you.’

Mickey went into his room and grabbed his toilet bag then went to the bathroom.’

“He turned on the shower and then stepped out of his shorts and dropped his bathing trunks.’

Stepping under the water he allowed the hot water to massage his skin that had now turned dark brown. He looked more like an Indian than an Englishman.’

He washed his hair with the shampoo he’d brought then quickly washed himself.

He came out of the shower then picked up a clean towel supplied by the hotel and dried himself. Feeling his chin he thought about a shave then changed his mind.

He put on his jeans and a clean tee shirt after spraying himself with some Brut then sat on the bed and put on some light sports socks and a pair of sneakers. Then he combed his hair and did his teeth.’

“He shouted to his friend when he was done.’

Tom reluctantly got up from the chair and then headed for the bathroom.

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