"An invasion of Privacy" tells the story of two boys Tom Taylor and Mickey Binks growing up in the middle 1950's. Mickey is the Elvis fan Tom is into James Dean. Tom is not interested in school and plays the wag most days. Mickey and Tom are inseparable and live in the same street. they leave school and Mickey takes on various labouring jobs, Works down on the quay; then as a coalman before getting a job on the Grainger market in Newcastle selling fruit and vegetables. Tom loves cooking and has helped his gran make bread, tarts and scones. he gets a job as an apprentice Baker and confectioner for Archer's bakery. read about their exploits as the two boys grow into men. If you remember what it was like growing up in the fifties then this is definitely one for you to read.


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“You really are a bastard at times; did anyone ever tell you.’

“Aye your father told me about you.’ he couldn’t make his mind up if you were the coalman’s or the rent man’s. He had to ask your mother who got paid that week.

“Cheeky sod; go on take your shot. Mickey took a drink of the coffee and then said “Did you not put any sugar in it?’

“Aye, but not a shovel full like you like to drink it.’

Mickey walked back over to the café and asked Betty to top it up with hot water and then added more sugar.

Tom was on another break when he returned.’

“You in again.’

“Well you keep leavin’ them up so I keep potting them.’

He knocked in red then blue and another red before missing the green in the top pocket.

Seven to me I think.’

There’s plenty of balls left on the table; more than enough to beat you.’

“Hey,’ I’m not the one nineteen points adrift here.’

“Not for long watch this. Mickey went for a red over the bottom pocket and it thumped into the pocket. “Well there’s one of them.’

“Aye but now what are you on; fat bugger shit?’

Alright smart arse watch this. Mickey went for the long blue and it rattled the pocket.

“Hard lines; close but no coconut as the man at the hoppin’s used to say. You’ve let me in again though Mickey.’


Tom potted another red and was bang on the black again, he carried on until he’d made twenty two.’ Forty points adrift now kidda.’

“I’m not bothered.’

Mickey made a small run of sixteen but Tom got in again and this time he made thirty points and the game was over.

“Jammy bugger said Mickey as he shook Tom by the hand.

Tom sat down and ate his Mars Bar and sipped on his coffee that was still hot with the boiled milk. Mickey was still sulking having been beaten again by his friend.’

“Mickey’s mood lightened when Tom asked what the decorating was like.

“Its brilliant Tom, it really is.’ Alison is over the moon with it.’

“I still can’t believe how quick he was finished.’

“It doesn’t take long when you know what you are doing mate.’

Tomorrow Alison is going to bring a few odds and sods over then on Saturday we can bring the other stuff over on the barrow.’ We will have to bring it over early mind Micky as I’m leaving young Rob to cover for me whilst I help you.

Well I have to set up at eight o’clock so I don’t want to be hanging around either.

“Why don’t we bring some stuff over tomorrow night then there won’t be as much to take on Saturday.’

“That’s a good idea mate.’ We can bring the bed and the wardrobe last.’

Okay as soon as I finish work I will come over to your mother’s house.

Aye it’s covered up in her yard and I don’t want to be leaving it there in case it bloody rains.

“Come on then let’s have another game I might even let you win.’

That’ll be the day.’

“Yeah when I die said Tom finishing off the song by Buddy Holly.’



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