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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“Look I will order us a sandwich, if I don’t eat soon I will pass out.’ I’ve been in surgery for twelve hours, would you like another coffee too.’

“Yes please.’

“So do you work in the hospital?’

“Yes, I’m an orthopaedic specialist.’ 

“Wow! You have gone up in the world David.’

So where did you study medicine?’

“The waitress came over and David gave her the order.’

“David continued after the waitress had taken his order. “I went to Cambridge for my sins then onto St Bartholomew’s where I did my training for five years before returning here.’

“Are you married?’

“Divorced I’m afraid; married too young to a girl called Angela Williamson who took me for everything.’ We were only married nine months. It wasn’t going anywhere Cassie, she wanted different things to me.’ I mean she liked expensive cars and holidays. “I was working in Africa during the famine and was being well paid. Angela had access to my account and just went crazy spending the money I made.’ Then I found out she was seeing this drug dealer. I paid for a private detective to have her followed because when I asked her questions she became very evasive.’ She had mood swings and could become very violent. She tried to stab me once with a kitchen knife. David held up his arm and showed Cassie the four inch scar on his arm.

“Had I not put up my arm to protect myself I would have had a knife in my chest.’

“I settled on a quickie divorce, and she kept the house. I believe she sold it soon after we divorced and moved back to Stepney in London with the drug dealer. I haven’t seen or heard from her since.’

“So have you been on your own since your divorce David?’

Yes I’m afraid, I’m just a lonely stupid fool.’

“Have you not considered another relationship?’ I’m sure they’d be plenty of women out there who would make you happy, especially in the hospital.’ You do know nurses fall for charming handsome surgeons like you.’

“At work we have to keep a professional distance from other staff members.’

The waitress brought over David’s order and then went to get the coffee.

“Well bon appetite said David as he tucked into his sandwich.’

Cassie took a bite of her sandwich and declared that it was delicious.

“I’m not surprised that you come here; I would pile on the pounds if I came here every day. Have you seen those cakes?’

“I try and avoid them at all costs David smiled.’

“You know I haven’t laughed in a long time David thank you; we must do this again sometime but next time I’m paying.’

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