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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Isobel tried to straighten her hair as they walked to another room. Gillian Grant was only twenty six years old she had short blond hair that was styled in the way that Purdy the character from the TV series the Avengers had popularised.

She was only around five feet six in height, very slim and very pretty. All The boys had a crush on her as she wore all the latest fashions. For such a small woman she had a very ample bosom. Her tee shirts that she wore placed them on display and the boys were drooling over her at every opportunity. One thing that they hadn’t counted on was her sexuality. Gillian was a lesbian; she discovered this when she was only thirteen but it could have been sooner as she had always found herself drawn to girls not boys. “Through college she had many male friends who she went out with but one sexual encounter confirmed what she’d always known. She was (gay) the new word used to describe someone with a different sexual preference.

It was when she was twenty two that she plucked up the courage to tell her best friend Monica Legg who told her that it made no difference to her that she was gay and that it would not stop their friendship. It took her another four years to tell he parents. She sat Isobel down and explained the turmoil that she had gone through to be accepted for what she was. “It is better to get it out into the open Isobel, don’t lock it up inside like I did, it can destroy you mentally having to live with it, trying to hide what you are and will always be.’

“I want to tell my parents but I’m afraid of what they might say or do to me.’

“You don’t know the answer to that unless you talk with them.’ “I can come with you to see your parents if you are worried.’

“Would you Miss.’

“Yes, of course I would.’

  “Isobel there is nothing wrong with being different from others.’ “Inside you are the same as any other.’

“Do you think any less of me because I am gay?’

“No Miss.’

“Well neither do my colleagues and I work along side them every day. They all know because I have made no secret of it.’ “I am not ashamed by my sexuality Isobel; be proud of who you are. “Now let’s comb your hair and get you back to your class.’

Isobel took out her bush and gave it to Miss Grant who combed it back into place.

“There you look beautiful again.’ now you just come to me when you are ready to tell your parents.’ “Don’t put it off because the longer you leave it Isobel the harder it becomes.’

“Walking back to the classroom Isobel thanked Miss Grant she never knew that one of her favourite teachers was like herself, it made her feel a whole lot better knowing it.’ She walked into Mr Wilkinson’s class room and stood at the front of the class.

The rest of the children stopped what they were doing and looked up as Isobel spoke.’

“I just want to say that I don’t have a contagious disease; you cannot catch anything from me.’ “I am gay and for those who don’t know what that means. “ It means that I’m a lesbian.’ “I like girlfriends rather than boyfriends; “I still like boys as friends and I hope that now that you know about me you won’t judge me or treat me any differently.’ “I am no different to you just because I am gay.’

With that Isobel walked back to her seat and it was Liam who clapped his hands, this was followed by Mr Wilkinson and then the rest of the class.’

Isobel smiled; she finally felt better than she ever felt knowing she had told them all herself and would never again be afraid to tell people that she was a gay person.

Later that night as promised Gillian Grant drove Isobel home where she told her parents.

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