Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.


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brutality that has been displayed is reminiscent of a Latin American State.’ The knock on effect of the strike was the fiscal squeeze along with North Sea Oil prices. It meant the increase of interest rates. This was meant to slow the growth money supply to try and lower the rate of inflation and also meant increases to indirect taxes such as VAT. The manufacturing industry was also being affected by the miners strike with over 2 million jobs lost. The government stated that there were now 3. 6 million unemployed when in reality there was 5 million.

“I could be out of work again if this continues Liz; a lot of the lads aren’t happy with their wages and to be honest I have to agree with them. The money just isn’t enough even with the two of us working we are barely surviving. This is not a life Liz; this is just an existence. “It annoys me when these people in government give themselves a massive pay increase and then charge us for their expenses. Most have second homes and holiday lets abroad for tax dodging purposes and here’s us living from hand to mouth, whilst Thatcher tells us to eat cake. Years ago she would have been burnt at the stake.’

“I tell you something; this country will never trust another woman to run this country.’

“What even a Labour party one?’

“Any bloody woman.’

“Hey that’s a bit sexist isn’t it Michael?’

“You cannot blame men for thinking this way after the total cock up that’s she’s making love.’

“What’s Da on about now Mam?’

He’s on his high horse about Margaret Thatcher again; just ignore him. “I made you some Spag Bol that you like.’

Thanks’ mam, I’m starving.’

“Keep away from your father; I think he’s got the flu.’

“How did your night class go?’

“Yes its good mam; got some homework already though.’

“What lessons have you enrolled for?’

Sport science, history, English/ literature, sociology, and psychology.’

That’s a lot of subjects isn’t it?’

“Yes, but we will cope.’


“Ronnie and I.’ He’s coming over in a minute as we have to crack on with a psychology assignment. “ Is there any spare Spaghetti Bolognese mam?’

“Yes,’ there’s plenty son.’

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