By Mike Pannett
For a tender lad like Mike Pannett, becoming up within the North Yorkshire geographical region within the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early '70s was once a dream come actual. The solar continually looked to be shining, the summer season vacations lasted perpetually, and for those who have been despatched to shop for a fish supper for the relations there has been swap on hand from that crumpled pound observe. they honestly have been the great previous days.
Given a fishing rod, a bottle of dad and a jam sandwich, a lad might wander so far as his motorcycle might take him, and the geographical region used to be one great experience playground peopled via larger-than-life characters and unending possibilities for laughs and larks.
Like many a boy, besides the fact that, Mike learns issues the difficult approach. He is going on a motorcycle journey and winds up in A&E. He attempts to be beneficial round the home—and approximately burns where down. And while he is going on a fishing journey it nearly ends with a shipwreck.
He's a probable lad, is Mike, and those are his most probably stories.
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Extra resources for A Likely Tale, Lad: Laughs & Larks Growing Up in the 1970's
His head was tilted to the side. His eyes were squinting. The sunlight there was direct. His shadow fell in line directly behind him. The children stood up to his thighs that were thicker than their stomachs. Nine Vietnamese boys stood. There were more than nine. The tenth boy was cut in half by the edge of the photo. Ravioli, Homing Pigeons, and Teletype Machines T he women gathered on a mission to make ravioli and mail them to CarKey. My mother and I walked up to Ralph’s Butcher shop in The BRONX TOMBOY 29 Square, and she asked for ground sirloin and some pork.
It’s that Puerto Rican kid who dares ride down our block. I launch a twig at the spokes of his wheel, it gets caught in the spokes, locks the wheel, and flips him over the handlebars. I run up the stoop and into the house as if the maple tree had done this all on its own. The Return of the Rust R achel comes out on the stoop to check on me. She eyes something off to the side. She wrings her hands on a striped dishtowel. I look down at the stoop. Nothing is unusual or out of place. Rachel is a hawk, eyes something that needs to be cleaned.
This was the BRONX TOMBOY 17 first time I heard the word cancer. Then I didn’t see Santo around anymore and we never played catch again. Heart of gold and cancer. Junkies were more gentle than marines. My brothers were very different from one another, and so were their friends. The one thing they had in common is that a lot of them died as teenagers. My brothers shared a room. Ant’ny had a mirror on his dresser covered in matchbooks from different clubs, and a poster of Jimmy Hendrix. I looked through his record collection: Jimmy Hendrix, Ten Years After, Joe Cocker.
A Likely Tale, Lad: Laughs & Larks Growing Up in the 1970's by Mike Pannett