"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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“That’s what he tells me.’

“It will be better if you can both go out somewhere tomorrow then I can just crack on undisturbed. I work faster that way.’

“What time would you like us to come back?’

 “Well if I can start at say eight in the morning I will be finished by nine o’clock that night.’

“How much is this going to cost us?’

“Nothing at all, it has been taken care of by your friend here.’

“Tom thanks; come in the paint has dried now. You want to see the state of the doors; the paint has ran and it looks a right sight.’

“Don’t worry Alison, Colin will burn it off and repaint them for you.’

“Will you Colin, oh that’s marvellous; thank you so much.’

Mickey and Alison showed him around and asked about the type of wallpaper and they just said that they would leave it up to him as they trusted him after seeing the job that he’d done in Tom’s house.

“Right then I will see you at eight tomorrow morning. Don’t worry I have plenty of dust sheets and I will clean up as I go.’

Mickey thanked both Colin and his friend.

“Come around to my house in the morning; we will be up Mickey.’

“Cheers Tom are you sure it will be alright?’


“We will be going to my fathers for dinner so we won’t impose on you too long.’

Tom knew that Mickey had told Alison what they had discussed earlier.

Tom walked back along to his own house then asked Colin if he would like to come in for supper.’

“No man, you get home and see to your wife she will be wondering where you have been.’

Tom shook Colin by the hand and embraced him; something he’d never done before.’

See you tomorrow my friend said Colin as he walked home.

Tom went in and told Shirley where he’d been and that Mickey and Alison would be coming for breakfast whilst their house was being decorated.

He also said that he was sorry and that he would stay in until eight each night with her and the baby before going along to see his friend. This seemed to please Shirley who smiled and the kissed her husband.

Packing everything he would need into his little trailer. Colin Moses set off for Charlotte Street, he rode carefully as the roads were quite bumpy in places. He didn’t want to overturn the trailer as there would be paint all over the road.

It was a cold morning as the November frost of 1961 bit into his fingers as he held onto the handle bars of his bicycle. He reached his destination at two minutes to eight and knocked on the door. Alison let him in.

Good morning Colin; what’s it like out there?’

Its pretty cold Alison but I will soon warm up with a hot cup of tea.’

“The kettle is on Colin if you can bring your bike into the passage I will close the door. Colin’s breath was coming out in steam clouds from his mouth as he wheeled the bike slowly into the passage and began to lay down sheets so he could start the ceilings. He covered the little furniture that they had. Mickey said it was best not to bring everything over until it as all decorated. Colin’s work boots reverberated off the wooden floor boards of the living room where he would start.’

He fired up his torch to burn the paint off the doors that Mickey had made a mess

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