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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Liam picked out his red checked Ben Sherman to go with his Cream coloured Levi Sta- pressed trousers He wore his red Dr Martens boots that were highly polished with Tuxtan red boot polish. The boots added two inches to his height which he liked. His red socks were pulled up then he clipped on his braces; he put on his black Crombie coat and made sure the red hankie was in the pocket with a stud. Liam wasn’t what you would call a skinhead; he was more of a sued head. His hair came to the edge of his collar at the back but was cut short at the front. His sideburns came down past his ears and he was the envy of all his class mates because he was shaving. Even Danny his best mate couldn’t grow sideburns. He did have a longer hairstyle than him though; he looked more like a seventies pop idol than a kid from St Anslems though. Everyone said Liam looked like a younger version of David Essex. He had these piercing blue eyes and wore a sleeper in his left ear. Danny’s father forbid him to wear an earring but Danny disobeyed his father and had it pierced like his friend. He kept it in a box so that when he got to Liam’s house he could just slip it in. He was wearing his white Fred Perry shirt Levi jeans that had been taken up by his Auntie Margaret for him there was a one inch turn up on them and they came two inches above his Red Dr Martens; he wore his red braces and had a red Harrington Jacket on with a Dr Marten boot badge on the lapel.

“Ready then said Liam as they strutted down the road as if they owned it.

“Where are we going to get a pint I’m gagging. “ There’s a shop along Whitley Road we can buy some from there and swag them off before we get in.

“You think of everything you do.’

“How much money have you got?’

“I got a fiver off my dad; pocket money what about you?’

“Well with my paper round money I have seven quid.’

“Right rule one said Liam; if we get into some girls tonight don’t buy them drinks; let  the daft ones do that; play it cool and we will walk out of that dance hall tonight with two of the best looking girls there. And remember when a girl says no it doesn’t mean no get it.’

Liam went into his pocket and pulled out a packet of condoms; here you will be needing one of these.’

“Where did you get them from?’

“From Blake’s barber shop, where do you think stupid?’

Danny took the condom and felt the rubber ring and the jellylike feel of it between finger and thumb. Some lucky girls are going to get a piece of our choppers tonight.

They came to the shop that said Ali’s on the sign outside.

“I’ll go in; you wait outside right.’

Liam pushed open the door and walked inside and picked up eight cans of Carlsberg lager from the back of the shop then set them down on the counter then gave the man five pounds.

The man looked up at Liam briefly then rang in the money for the beer then gave him his change.

“Would you like a bag for those said the Asian?’

“Why not said Liam; as the man bent down below the counter to get one Liam helped himself to two packets of Wrigley’s chewing gum? He pushed them into his pocket as the man loaded his beer into the bags then handed them over.

Cheers said Liam as he left the shop.

Once outside Liam gave Danny a beer from the four pack and they walked slowly down the pathway. 

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