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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“This is splendid said Jenny; can I wash my hands in the bathroom. ‘

“Would you like some Lemon tea?’

“Yes please shouted Jenny from the bathroom as she washed her hands.’

Paul turned off the oven that was keeping the food warm and he served it up onto the plates. He threw the cushions on the floor before setting the plates of food on the carpet. Then he brought in the lemon tea and two glasses.

Jenny and Paul had removed their shoes at the door and jenny had washed her feet as well before sitting on the carpeted area that both Jenny and Paul had become accustomed to.

“This looks really nice you have been busy.’

“Actually it didn’t take that long because my mother got everything ready for me so all I had to do was cook it.’

Jenny dipped her chips into the curry sauce as the two of them shared the meal together. Paul had put on some light music which just made the evening perfect.

“I almost forgot said Paul as he jumped up then went into the kitchen then came out again with some sheets of paper.

After supper I will help you fill these out and then you can enrol for college.

The college is only up the road so you can have the time off that you need to complete each course. I will fill in at the laundrette and I will be able to take you then pick you up afterwards; how’s that?’

“You are marvellous Paul,’

“Tomorrow night I want you to come and meet my mother and father. “ I will pick you up from the laundrette at seven o’clock.’

“But I will be in my work cloths Paul and what about the shop.’

“I will bring someone to fill in for you.’

She will fill in for you whilst you attend college as well so there is no need to worry.’

“You think of everything.’

Jenny poured them some lemon tea and they sat drinking it and eating the food.’

Your mother prepared enough here to feed an army.

We will take some for you mother and father to heat up tomorrow for lunch.

“I have learned never to waste good food especially where there are hungry mouths’

“I will help you clear away then.’

Paul found the Tupperware cartons and Jenny helped him place the remainder of the food into it.

They sat together on the floor just holding hands and kissing each other then at twelve o’clock he told Jenny that he would drive her home.

“Do I have to go?’

“Yes Jenny you must; your father and mother will be waiting up for you.’

“When will I begin College then?

“In two weeks.’

That is the 2nd of September.’

“Yes it is.’ I have a gift for you.’

“A gift, what kind of gift?’

“You will see,’

They went outside and Paul went into the boot and came out with a leather brief case. Inside were note pads, pens, pencils, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser.

Now you will look like a proper student.’

Oh thank you Paul, it is lovely.’ There was even a brass tag on the front of the brief case which had her name engraved on it.

She placed it onto her knee along with the Tupperware cartons as the car pulled away.

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