"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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They looked in the window of the model shop before carrying on up the street and turning right. The YMCA was on the corner and they went in and showed their membership cards.

Inside there were three snooker tables, a sitting area and a cafeteria that sold burgers and hot drinks. There was a set of double doors where there was a huge fridge where they kept the food for the café.

A flight of stairs to the right led you to the gym where the judo and gymnastics took place. There was also a flight of stairs which led to the basement where the weights room and showers were located. On the left was a table tennis room. There was also a flight of stairs leading to the dorms where foreign students from around the world stayed. Many Norwegian, Dutch, and Swedish people came to stay during the summer months. They all dressed in Cagoules, hiking boots, or thick jumpers in various patterns. Some of the girls were very pretty with natural blonde hair. They spoke very little English and Tom and Mickey not a word of any of their languages but still they managed to communicate through a bit of sign language and lots of pointing.

Last year Tom and Mickey took two girls to the Spanish City in Whitley bay; then they went for a walk along the beach with them. Elsa Nilsson and Nellie Karlsson were from Uppsala near the capital both their fathers were fishermen and they had very little in the way of money.’

Tom liked Nellie but Mickey wasn’t getting on very well with the language barrier with Elsa.’ I think that Mickey was upset because he wanted a shag and that was not going to happen with these girls. They exchanged addresses but Mickey never wrote back to Elsa.

Tom did write a few letters but nothing was going to happen romantically between them so he stopped. Nellie told him that she had boyfriend and that was the cruncher.

Mickey still lived in hope that he could add a foreigners name on his bedpost.

They set the balls up for a game and Mickey broke off Tom walked around the table and saw nothing that he could pot and played a safety shot back into the baulk area.

Mickey hated all this tactical rubbish as he called it and he got down and blasted the remaining reds in the pack but in doing so give five points away for inadvertently knocking in the blue. Mickey cursed as Tom began to make a sizable break knocking in a nice 36 points to put him 41 points in front. Just then he was going to take a shot some French Students came in his eyes were now distracted and he caught the attention of a dark haired girl after he missed completely and she began to laugh. He laughed back then offered her the cue. She came over with her friend and took the cue from Mickey and leaned across the table. Mickey’s eyes were all over her as she steadied herself then knocked in ball after ball. It turned out that this girl was a billiards champion in Nice. The good thing about these girls was that they both spoke perfect English and Mickey was getting on famously with Angelique who Mickey shortened to Angel which she liked. Mickey bought them black coffee which they both drank and they sat around talking for most part of the evening Then Mickey said that he would show Angel around the town. They walked down to the fish quay Angel had linked in with Mickey straight away. She laughed at his jokes as he showed her the fishing boats and they walked towards Collingwood’s monument and explained how lord Collingwood was responsible for winning the battle of Trafalgar after Lord Nelson was fatally wounded. They all sat near the cannons looking out to sea and it wasn’t long before Mickey and Angelique were kissing the faces off each other. Tom made no attempt at kissing Colette her friend as he sensed that she did not fancy him. They did talk quite a lot and they walked up the bank to the fish and chip shop where Mickey bought them both a bag of chips which they loved.

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