The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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o’clock and stood supping ale until closing. The next day they were down at an old woman’s house in Pottery Bank part of her chimney pot had fallen in the garden and broke so it had to be replaced. The old woman had some broth on the go and the smell of it set both the lads mouths watering.

“That broth you’re making sure smells good Mrs Carson.’ Said Willick as he asked for some water to mix up some compo.

“Give me a knock when you’re finished and I will put you both a bowl out.’

“Thanks very much you’re too kind.’

The woman had a huge caldron on the gas and it was filled to capacity. She’d gone to her local butcher Hughie Wallace and got a big wrapping of bacon bones and a few bits of lap. She let them boil away until all the meat had dropped of them before removing the bones. There was a nice stock before adding all the vegetables and pulses. She also had made a nice leek pudding to go with the broth. It was as big as an old leather size five case football. Wrapped in muslin cloth it was boiled for an hour then cut into generous portions.

The broth was served to them in big bowls and she gave them some leek pudding as well.

Both Les and Willick had not tasted broth as nice since their grandmothers were alive.’



The Fulmar Oilfield out in the North Sea was producing close to a million barrels of oil per day. Sandy Longmuir’s job was to ensure the safe delivery of the pipe work and drill bits needed to drill for oil.

He oversaw the 90 feet sections of 30 inch pipe that were screwed together then lifted into place on the oil derek. A pipe called a conductor would be put in place on the sea floor and hammered down using a hydraulic system before any drilling could take place. This could take up to 22 hours to complete as it was hammered down 130 ft. Then the drill bit would go down inside the conductor tube. A cement pump would pump cement down the tube as the drilling commenced to hold the conductor in place. Holes could be plugged if no oil was found or left until an analysis of the sediment rock showed whether or not oil was present. Drilling down over a thousand feet; seawater and mud were used to cool the diamond studded coring bit. This could again send samples of rock to the surface for analysis. Much of which is recycled back down the holes made. A blow out preventer was used to cap the well. Many rigs could store oil and gas until it was taken ashore by giant tankers to the refinery. It was long hard and sometimes a lonely job.  Close to 500 men lived and worked on the Fulmar Oil Platform. The men could be on the rig for up to a month without a day off. The platform had its own gym and games room. Most of the lads had a portable television and a music tape recorder where they could listen to their favourite singing artists. There was no alcohol allowed on board the rig and anyone caught in possession of any was instantly dismissed. The men were on very good wages even the roustabouts were on over a five hundred pounds per week. Sandy was on six times that amount because he had a lot more responsibility. The Talisman Energy Company (TEC) expected results. They had deadlines to meet because the American market bought nearly all the oil produced there. The gas was sold to the British consumer. Fulmar was just one of three rigs that (TEC) had out there in the North Sea. There was reputed to be enough oil and gas out there to last until 2020. That was more than enough time for Sandy to make enough money and retire when he was fifty. That was the plan anyway. He had used a lot of his money from his off shore accounts and 

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