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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“Who will protect me and my family once this is over?’

 “We will apprehended them and get the IRA leaders into the bargain. We have agents in Belfast as we speak.’

“Well I hope that you are right because you are going to be responsible for a lot of dead people.’ and I could be one of them.’

“Ralph dropped Seamus beside the church then waited.’

He turned on the receiver so he could listen in as Seamus entered the house.’

“Where have you been asked Annie as Seamus took off his coat?’

 “Are the kids in?’

“Yes they are in their rooms.’

 “I’m going to be working late tonight so I don’t want to be disturbed.’

Seamus went into the back then into his shed where he kept all of his tools. He turned on the light inside the twenty feet by twelve feet cabin and pulled up the bag with all of the equipment to make the bombs with and set about the task he’d been ordered to do.




Using six large Tupperware sandwich boxes, Seamus fixed a transistor battery holder, two resistors (1M R1) some small brackets to hold the capacitors, a ceramic disc and an encoder chip the code he was using was 75-04682. Then he attached an LED in each box. Two pieces of copper wire were then fixed which would fit on the battery. Seamus would fix a mercury switch inside each of the boxes so if the box was tampered with the bombs would detonate. He had attached a small timing device that he could set in the event that they couldn’t detonate them themselves Seamus would adapt a small transistor radio’ which could be used to set off the bombs. If asked why they were carrying rucksacks they could tell whoever that they were just sandwich boxes and a flask of coffee. They would look just like any other. Inside Seamus inserted the putty like substance in thick layers and inserted ball bearings. The explosive material had a distinctive smell, Seamus was told to make home made grenades using a thermos flasks filled with car battery acid, bicarbonate soda, household bleach, saltpetre, and petrol. When thrown they would explode causing a massive fireball. All the detonators would be put in at the last moment.

It was way after three in the morning when Seamus got to bed. Annie was asleep as he slid between the sheets and dosed off within twenty minutes.




Brian Beanie the new head of St Anslems had brought in new rules for all the children in his school. There would be no chewing gum what so ever on the school premises. Anyone found with it in their possession was suspended for a month. Hooped earrings make up, and short skirts were all banned by the headmaster. Anyone not wearing a school uniform was to be excluded until they conformed. This caused tension with the girls. Then he brought in more rules for the boys. No long hair, No slogans, pop groups or pop singers painted on haversacks. No earrings or make up, some boys took to copying David Bowie hairstyles and make up like the character Ziggy Stardust. Others donned the hairstyle of Rod Stewart or Mark Bolan from the group T Rex.

All that morning the boys and girls got together and they staged a no work policy until the rules were changed.

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