The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.

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about two sisters living in an old cottage near an army base. Soldiers on manoeuvres are murdered and a wild cat is blamed. The sisters however believe that it is their brother Steven who is to blame after their father who kept him locked up for over 30 years.  Jan held onto Liam’s arm all the way through the film. Brenda wasn’t the least bit frightened. Well that was until Steven Balentine came out of the cellar and Liam’s and came up behind her and grabbed her by the throat. She let out a mighty scream; the cinema erupted into laughter thinking it was the film that had made her scream.

She punched her brother on the arm for embarrassing her like that. When the film was over; the ugly woman and her husband left. They put on their coats and made for the exit. Excuse me said a man in a posh suit it has been brought to my attention that you upset a young lady.

“Young said Liam; she looked old to me.’

Never the less you spoiled her enjoyment of the films and I have had to give her a refund. “Please do not show your faces in this cinema again, do you understand.’

“Well if that’s the case me and my friends would like a refund too.

“Why should I give you a refund when it was you who upset the lady in question.’

“Ah but you see she upset me and my friends first.

“Alright here is your entry fee; don’t come back said the man who was clearly intimidated by the size of Liam.’

Liam took the money and said “we actually thought that woman was the beast in the cellar she was so ugly.’

“Look just leave my theatre before I call the police.’

“Please do call them; we have done nothing wrong.’ I know my rights and I think that you are discriminating against Irish people; I wonder what the police would say about that; especially when the Anglo- Irish peace process is going on.’

The man’s face was now going red and Liam knew he had him backed into a corner.’

“I’m sorry, maybe I was being a little hasty.’ “Look here are some free passes for our next feature. “We will ensure that you and your Irish friends are well taken care of.’ The seats are the very best in the house and all your food and drinks will be taken care of too. Now I cannot be fairer than that can I?’

“That is very generous of you er Mr.

“Wainwright, Joseph Wainwright at your service.’

“Well thank you Mr Wainwright I will refer you to my friends in Belfast.’

Wainwright’s hand shot out and he was ever so apologetic. Liam shook the hand that was like a wet fish then left the cinema.

 When they had got clear of the cinema they all burst out laughing.

“You had that man terrified; I bet he thought you were an IRA man.’

“Let him think that; next time he won’t be so quick to judge people.’

Meanwhile it has been a pleasant afternoon of free entertainment.

“So are we going around to your house tonight or what Jan asked Liam?’

“Do you want to?’

“There’s nothing else going on is there.’

“Alright see you around seven thirty; and bring your homework in case my Mother asks what we have all been doing.’

“I hope that he has some beer in the house said Danny.’

“You can get some from that shop we went to the last time.’

“Give me the money then tight arse I bought them last time.’

“Here there’s a fiver get what you can out of that. “ Do I buy the cheap stuff or go for the better stuff.’

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