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AN UNSUSPECTING SPY
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THE SCHOOLBOY MEMOIR OF AN UNSUSPECTING SPY
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By Geoffrey B.Lewis
In the 1950’s, as rubbled landscapes of Britain were cleared for new towns to grow out of the devastation, those post war years formed an exciting playground back drop where life for kids became a continuous adventure; free to roam and explore back lane alleyways, local woodland and the beckoning world as long as they were home before dark.
Bernard Andrew remembers the 1950's through a cavalcade of anecdotes and stories recounting some of his boyhood friedships, exploits and misadventures unaware of Swansea’ dirty secret.
It is the active operating base for a sinister programme of industrial sabotage and when a school chum unexpectedly disappears without trace after a night time prank on the beach, leaving an empty house behind, he doesn’t understand why and wonders if he will ever see him again.
Over fifty years are to pass before fate intervenes to help solve the riddle. But will he be able to live with the devastating answers when he discovers them?
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Early life and introduction to radio and schooldays
Playing in the park, climbing trees and rules of play
Cowboys and Indians, Robin Hood, King Arthur, cops and robbers
Lingering influence of the war years
Saturday morning cinema club and its heroes
Books, comics, collecting stuff and a reason to be Welsh
Six shooters from father Christmas and the pomegranate conspiracy
Meccano, model air-
The new house and district and the changing face of entertainment
Rogue preachers and the lady in red, kidnapped by ‘THE BAPTISTS’
Football and cricket, a pain in the neck and a visit to the dentist
James Bond’s bike shop, trolley building and scrap yards
Rags for bargain, any old rags and escape from the back-
Smokers club and first encounters with the boys in blue,
Secrets, sudden death and friends that go missing
Fishing in ponds and a “mentor” who says he battles with sea bass
The great clay worm dig and a heroic rescue
Smokey ‘le cat’ goes on rooftop walkabout and repays a debt of honour
Trouble with torches, church parade and painting the scout hut red
The teenage years of Rock and roll and driving dad nuts
Exploring dockland, all things mechanical and rebuilding the town
Diligent years at the Tech’, long suffering staff and School trips
Shakespeare and the fading Bunsen flame
Attention all shipping and a mission for ‘ALPHA ONE’
On the beach, discovery and pursuit
A relentless hunt and an empty house
Contact lost and the passing years
A foreign land, a crowded place and a brief encounter
Seek and ye shall find -
How could we have known? How could anyone have known?