Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


34. 34

The croupier took the bets and then spun the wheel.

“No more bets.’

The wheel went around and the ball the other as it slowed down the marble bounced from number to number, before landing in 35 Black.

“Place your bets ladies and gentlemen asked the croupier and this time they doubled up on 15 black 21 red 17 black and 27 red. There was a lot of money going on number 8 black so Barry placed an extra forty pounds down on it.

“No more bets. The wheel was spun and the marble sent in the opposite direction.’

“Come on number 17 said Mickey as the wheel slowed and the ball bounced around.’

Then it settled in number eight.’

The different coloured chips distinguished whose money was whose and because Barry had gone for a straight up bet the odds were 35-1 he had won £1440 pounds.

Then he played a split bet on two numbers 28 black and 7 red.

Mickey went for a straight bet on 26 black whilst Rob went for a street bet which paid out 11-1 Brian Napier went for a corner bet which paid out odds of 8-1.

“No more bets.’

The wheel went around and the ivory ball was sent the opposite way again.’ Barry noticed that the female croupier set the ball in the same position every time which increased his odds he thought.’

This time it was Brian who won.

Mickey got annoyed because he hadn’t won anything and whacked fifty quid down on number 1 red. Barry went for a six line bet on odd at 5-1 Brian and Rob followed the rest and went for a split bet on 32 Red and 15 black at 17-1 they would get half of the odds if either number won.

“No more bets.’

Once again the wheel went around and everyone waited in anticipation.

Again the ball bounced around but this time it settled on number one and Mickey had won.

He held his fist up in the air as the croupier pushed his winning towards him.

“That’s my lot said Mickey as he gathered his winning and left a ten pound tip for the croupier.

They all had had a good night and had won something. Not bad when it had cost them nothing in the first place.’

Ray came down and asked them if they had enjoyed their night. I will sort you out a car for later this morning.

“Better make that nine o’clock mate the jet lag is hitting all of us.’

“No problem, there is a taxi paid for and waiting outside.

“Hasta la vista.’

“Yeah you too Ray said Rob as he climbed into the back of the cab.

“Hotel Mediterranean Palace please senor.’

The driver took off at speed and drove around the streets that were now deserted; it was 2.45am and all of them were ready for bed now.

They passed the familiar restaurants and the residential houses with the pink and purple flowered hedges and the driver carried on towards the hotel.

“Thank you said Barry as they all scrambled out of the cab then went to the hotel lobby and this time found the lift to their floor. They said goodnight and placed the key card in the door to open it.

Neither of them could be bothered to fold their clothes and they were just slung onto a chair then they got into bed and were asleep in minutes.


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