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.


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“I’m happy with my Voddie said Abby and the others all nodded can you bring us another round and make them all doubles please.’

Do you plan to buy any property in Manchester?’

“No we just stopped off to meet up with a friend of mine.’

“It’s a kind of reunion you know; it’s a couple of my boxing pals from the past.’


The other girls were getting on famously with Mickey, Brian, and Rob who began telling dirty jokes and had the girls near wetting themselves.

When the food finally arrived Barry wasn’t happy; they had over cooked his steak so he called the waiter over to complain.’

“Sorry sir, I will have it replaced for you.’

“Is everyone else happy with their meal?’

“Actually mine is cold said Jane; and so is mine said Abby.’

“Mine too said someone further down the table.’

“Look waiter; we aren’t being funny here but you kept us waiting nearly three quarters of an hour and our food is not only over cooked; it has been left to stand too long and has gone cold too.’ I shall be writing my report to the Food Consumer’s Society when I get back. I’m sure the reputation of this establishment will go down some what after my report.’

I am very sorry sir I will have a word with my manager.’

“Shortly after the manager came over and was very apologetic; we pride ourselves here in our restaurant sir and as a way of apology you meals will be free of charge. “ “Now you can order what you had originally or you can have anything on the menu.’

Well in that case we shall have a starter, main course, and a dessert.’ We won’t have to wait half the evening I take it?’

No sir; I will attend to you personally.’

“Thank you,’

This time the girls ordered prawn salads as starters, lobster as a main course, and Barry and his friends the most expensive steaks on the menu.’

How would you like your steaks sir?’

Barry said two minutes on each side no more.’

“Could I have my steak well done said Mickey, and Brian said medium to well for me thanks.’

The manager left the table and went into the kitchen.’

“The Girls all burst out laughing; it’s a free night said Abby so lets make the most of it.’

Rob ordered more drinks whilst they waited and the young lad almost tripped as he rushed to get the order.’

The starters came out and they were generous portions and perfect.’

The steak and lobster were first class and Barry was more than happy with his.

The manager left three bottles of there finest wine on the table.’

They all ordered desert apart from Barry. They finished with a Brandy each.’

And the Manager returned to the table to ask if they had all enjoyed their meal.’

Barry offered to pay for the drinks that they had consumed but the manager held up his hands and said that the bill had been taken care of and asked that they come again.

Thank you Walter said Barry reading his name tag. I’m sure the Food Consumers Society will be most happy with the report that I am now going to give. I can honestly say that is one of the finest steaks that I’ve ever eaten.’

“Good night sir and thank you.’

“Thank you an good night Walter.’

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