"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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Mickey came out when he saw Tom and the two of them lifted the furniture carefully onto to cart Tom and Mickey secured it with ropes then pushed it up the lane holding a handle each. Mickey was worried that they had piled too much on but it was fine.

It took them fifteen minutes to reach the house then they untied the barrow and carried the furniture carefully into the house.

Alison was there to direct them once she had decided when each item was going.

Then Tom and Mickey went to get the next load as Alison polished the furniture.

It took them three trips to bring the majority of the household things.’

It would only take one or two trips to bring the bed and the large solid oak wardrobe which was extremely heavy. It would have to be well covered in sacking cloth to prevent any scratches. Mavis Binks brought them a cup of tea out as Mickey pushed the cart back into the yard and chained it up.’

“Thanks’ Mrs Binks I needed that.’ Tom took a drink from the mug of tea as they sat on two crackets (wooden stools) in the back yard.

Mickey excused himself and went to the netty; the sound of him urinating could still be heard outside. He pulled the chain then came out again.’

“I suppose Alison told you that we’re baby sitting tonight?’

“Aye she did. I will bring my dominoes around and a couple of beers.’

“Sounds good; aye you may be able to beat me at snooker but I’m the wizard when it comes to playing the tiles.’

“We will see then won’t we?’

“Shillin’ a game then?

“Two bob if you like.’

“Right you’re on.’ 

“See you a half seven then.’

“What time is it now like?’

“Quarter to seven.’

“Just enough time to have my tea and to get changed.’

Come on then we had better shift.’

“Mam! shouted Mickey as they stood up.’

Mavis came to the back door and handed his mother the cups.

“Got to go mam Tom and me are baby sitting tonight.’

“See you tomorrow then son; bye Tom.’

“Tara for now Mrs Binks.’

 “The two young men got into the van and then drove off.’

The girls were waiting for them when they showed up and left soon after.

Mickey went home to change and Tom went inside and did the same.

In the oven Shirley had left a chicken breast in tomato and red pepper sauce and new potatoes with French beans.

He checked on his son before sitting down to his dinner. He had just eaten his first forkful when Jeffery started crying.’

His nappy was clean and he wondered what was wrong with him. Then Jeffery was sick all over his shoulder and then burped loudly.’

Ah; touch of wind eh son said Tom as he took off his shirt and changed it for a clean one. He sat his son on his knee as he ate his dinner his son watched intently as Tom placed the food into his mouth and chewed. Jeffery’s little hands reached out to try and grab the fork.

“Not yet little man another six months and we will have you on solid food.’

Jeffery’s hair was growing fast and it was thick too.’


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