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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“Let’s get a cab.’

Sofia walked to the end of the street where she knew where an old man who drove a yellow cab would be parked. His name was Otis K Harper. He was seventy two years old and still driving around New York City. She walked leisurely up to the cab and then tapped on the window. Otis took to taking a nap in his car from time to time he worked ridiculous hours but he loved his job.

Hi Missy, you want a ride?’

“Yes Otis, please drive us to the Hilton where I work,’

“Yes um right away Missy.’

The old man who wore a distinct woollen hat in all weathers pulled away slowly from the sidewalk.

“Is you goin’ into work now Missy?’

No Otis, I’m going back to this man’s apartment.’

“Can we stop off at my house first Otis so I can pick up my clean uniform so I can go straight into work in the morning?’

Yes um, no problem Missy.’

“Sofia tells me that you’ve been driving a long time.’

“Jus’ over fifty years now.’

“Yeah that is a long time.’  

“It jus’ seems like yesterday to me sonny.’ You see drivin’ a cab you is free, no one tellin’ you what to do. I work when I want’s to and I still makes a good livin.’

The old man never hurried; he drove carefully around the city until he came to a gentle halt.’

“Here you is Missy.’

“How much is that Otis?’

“Jus’ gi me five dollars Missy.’

Sofia went to pay him and Paul intervened and handed him $10 dollars and told him to keep the change.’

“Thanks sonny said Otis before driving off slowly.’

“A really nice man said Paul.’

“You should have let me pay?’

“Why, when I have a lot more money than you.’

“Because you made me look like a prostitute.’

“Oh God, I’m sorry Sofia, I never thought.’

“Come on let’s go to your room.’ I will make to go to work then I will come to your room.

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