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The Last Gig

Post by 936trt » Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:44 am

Barry and Naomi are relaxing in Kenny Ames’ mountain lodge, and Barry has decided to make a jug of mojito’s as “it would save time.”

Naomi :” So Kenny reckons this place is as safe as anywhere?”

Barry :”Absolutely.He has a reasoned basis for this. One, the young computer nerd in the village said the terms and conditions for contract work as laid down in the Dark Web clearly state upon the demise of one or both of the partners said contract is null and void. Secondly Fredo told him the camper van incident had gone viral and even if the contractor has no access to the net he or she will have been informed within minutes of the emergency services arriving at the scene.”

Naomi :” Is Fredo implying there are leaks from the police department?”

Barry :” In a word ,yes. The news of her death will have reached the contractor sooner rather than later we would hope.”

Naomi :”What will your friends do now ,have you any idea?”

Barry :”My feeling is now the threat has gone they will want to move on. I couldn’t swear to Moxey’s course of action, he has a new lady friend ,but he is integral to Chris’s plan . He has unique hands- on knowledge of the process used for the extraction and concentration of the material” Naomi had been watching Barry intently while he explained his ideas.

Naomi :”Do you miss not being part of the team Barry. I remember when we first met ,you guys were ,well close mates ,I guess?” He was surprised at the question and had to think quickly for a response to avoid revealing his embarrassment.

Barry :”I have a successful business Naomi.You of all people should know that it takes up most of my time.” He looked down at his feet.” But I have to tell you, I had some of the happiest times of my life when I worked with those lads. Dusseldorf, Middlesbrough, Arizona. I could go on. But yes, from time to time I do miss the craic.” She could see her question had hit a nerve.

Naomi :” Barry, do you know what you really want from life right now?” He turned to look directly at her, put down his drink and gazed at the view through the trees.

Barry :”A glass of wine ,a slice of bread and you.” They both laughed.

Sara is talking to Oz.

Sara :” Well pet are you enjoying your holiday?” Oz snorted down the ‘phone.

Oz :”Some bloody holiday. Mind I haven’t been to Druridge Bay since I was at school!”

Sara :” Before the Norman Conquest?”

Oz :”Don’t give up the day job petal, you’re no comedian.We’re on Frasers boat at the minute, the Nomad. I think the plan is to make our way back.It’s Chris who is behind the logistics.”

Sara :” You mean back here?”

Oz :” Yes. Big Baz has been getting updates from him since Wooler, mind things have quietened down since we heard about the camper van.”

Sara :”Kenny thinks it’s all over now she’s out of the picture.”

Oz :”Aye that’s the feeling here as well.Time to be thinking about our next step.”

Sara :” Barry and Naomi are staying up at Kenny’s lodge .You know they do make a nice couple.”

Oz :”There you go again ,playing happy families .”

Sara :’What’s wrong with that,Barry could certainly do with a bit of happiness after all the trouble he’s had.You may have forgotten he has a daughter to think about as well.” She ended the call abruptly.

Oz :” Dear oh dear. I think I said the wrong thing.”

Back on the Nomad the conversation is about to trying to understand Chris’s motives.

Dennis :” I’m sure he’s nothing if not a businessman and he must have this Cuban mining thing top of his list right now.”

Neville :” I’m sure you’re right Den.It would be a neat solution for him to have a team he knows and can trust ,bearing in mind the hassle there’s been since Jamaica.”

Dennis :” Moxey’s the answer of course.He’s done this before, he knows the process inside out.”

Moxey :”Chris told me you lot had agreed to head up a training programme for the Cuban locals.”

Dennis :” I think agreed is a bit strong Moxey. We did talk about it ,I do remember that.”

Neville :”It was a bit more than just talk about it Den. I’d come to the conclusion it was inevitable we’d do it.”Dennis looked at Nev in astonishment.

Dennis :”You’re definitely up for it Nev?”

Neville :” Aye, I reckon so. Pru and I had some really happy times in Cuba.”

Dennis :” What about you Moxey?” Moxey looked across to Morag and she smiled back at him.

Moxey :” Do you fancy a trip to Cuba pet?”Morag laughed.

Morag :” I’m sure I heard Oz say that making someones bait every day was a salaried position?” They both laughed.

Dennis was looking at Oz who had been very quiet during these last exchanges.

Dennis :” So Oz, how will Sara deal with you being away for so long?”

Oz :” I don’t think she’d be very happy at all Den.In fact I don’t think she wants me to go away at all at least while the bairn is so young.” The cabin was suddenly very quiet until the twins started fighting over some life jackets.

Pru :” Come on you two, let’s go and see what’s on deck.” Nev and Den were looking from one to the other and across to Moxey who was equally dumbfounded.

Dennis :” And then there were three!”

Neville :”It won’t be the same without you Oz.You’ve been on board since day one!”

Oz :’ I have to think about the bairn see. Sara reminded me ,like Barry has to think about Anna. I missed out on Rod growing up and I’d thought I’d missed out on Sara Vic. I can’t take the risk. I might lose Sara as well.” Baz had been watching this in silence.

Baz :” I had another message from mister Norris.He believes it’s best we make for Spain then he’ll contact us again ,personally.”

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mmm :|

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Post by 936trt » Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:11 am

Chris learns from Solly that Klaus and Jurgen Stille have returned to their hotel on Isla Victoria.

Solly :” I believe you will be relieved to hear they are unharmed?”

Chris :” Frankly I’m at a loss to understand. We all assumed…........well that’s the mistake we all made, making assumptions.Why did they allow us to buy into the idea of their Nazi sympathies over the years?”

Solly :”The deception was useful in the beginning under certain circumstances but eventually proved self defeating.”

Chris :” How so?”

Solly :”Commercially and politically it is better not to deal with people of a fascist persuasion. You are a business man ,no?”

Chris :” I see. You're saying there may be an advantage working deposits within a fascist dictatorship but you get no invites to lucrative deals in democracies?”

Solly :” Young Wyman crossed the line doing a deal with those locals and unfortunately paid the price. Barbara Hunt acted for a certain disgruntled faction who were worried similar arrangements could spring up all over that part of the Andes.”Chris was gazing into the middle distance.

Chris :”As you know Solly I have an interest in Wyman’s friends ,and some of them attracted Barbara’s attention.”

Solly :” Your point Chris?”

Chris :” I’m trying to understand the why’s and wherefores. When she wasn’t working for the Stilles what was the motivation behind the attacks ,we know about Wyman and his mother Chrissy, but the attempts on Barry and Naomi, then Dennis ,and before there were those mafiosa in the Caribbean .In all my time spent with Barbara I clearly never had a glimpse of her real persona.”

Solly :” We did have stroke of luck with the records her tutor kept otherwise we would never have discovered her involvement with the Chinese.”

Chris :”Indeed ,all the time she was with Amesec and then the Stilles she always played her own hand ,to use Sara Osborne’s expression .”

Solly :”Never motivated by money it seems ?”

Chris :” No ,purely ideological.It’s frightening to think how well she was indoctrinated , her tutor said it was a really bad bunch she joined up with.” Solly looked at Chris and shook his head.

Solly :” You realise you are one of the lucky ones my boy?” Chris sighed.

Chris :” Small mercies Solly, small mercies.”

Klaus and Jurgen are comfortably seated in the hotel’s music room ,a bottle of single malt on the table between them, a modern jazz quartet recording playing in the background.

Klaus :” Strange times my brother wouldn’t you say?”

Jurgen :”Indeed. Yet Haifa is a very pleasant place.”

Klaus :”Full of surprises.”

Jurgen :” I think our hosts were pleased to meet with us?”

Klaus :”Indeed. All in all, a satisfactory exchange of information.”

Jurgen :”Remarkably well informed about our late brother?”

Klaus :”More surprised by their assessment of our enterprise?”

Jurgen :” You mean the accounts list from Buenos Aires?”

Klaus :” Don’t forget the intel from central and south america .” Jurgen nodded , tapping his foot in time to the music .

Jurgen :” So, CWN goes from strength to strength.”

Klaus :” We must continue to keep an eye on young Christian .He nearly slipped up with that Hunt girl.”

Jurgen :” He expressed an interest in spending time at the Amesec offices in Europe.”

Klaus :”And he’s made arrangements for Wyman’s friends to go to Cuba?”

Jurgen :”Yes. It’s a shame about young Wyman.”

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Post by 936trt » Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:00 pm

Moxey has been talking with someone from the CWN office in Havana. Call over, he pockets his ‘phone and sees Dennis ,complete with hard hat heading toward the storage silos. Den turns as he hears Moxey approach.

Dennis :” Warm enough for you Moxey ?”

Moxey :”Aye ,better than the rain eh Den.” Den paused, took off his hat to scratch his head and gave Moxey a quizzical look.

Dennis :”Are you worried about something kiddah?” Moxey sighed and looked heavenward.

Moxey :” I’ve just had a call from head office in Havana ,chasing us again .”

Dennis :” It wasn’t Chris was it ,he’s still over in Spain isn’t he?”

Moxey :”Nah it wasn’t Chris ,it was that new fella ,the one that came over from Florida ,thin guy ,nervous looking.”

Dennis :” So what’s his problem?”

Moxey :” Why can’t we speed things up, production is too slow he said ,and not for the first time. I told him we can’t make the bugs go any faster. He wasn’t happy when I said this batch would still only be ready at the end of the week.”

Dennis :”He sounds a right pain in the arse.” Moxey looked tired and rubbed his eyes .

Moxey :”You know Den, for the first few weeks it was great here.Lots to do ,getting things set up and running, it was just like the old days all pulling together.”

Dennis :” Nev was saying the same thing the other night.He’d just come back from a weekend in the camper van with their lass and the kids .Things are starting to get y’kna heavy like with people chasing us since the training was stopped.”

Moxey :”Stopped ,why was that?”

Dennis :” It was finished because your thin nervous guy says he needs every spare body on production, Nev and me are down at the silos filling dumper trucks and whatever else he wants.Do you know his name?”

Moxey :” Come to think of it I don’t. There’s nowt on his office door and we haven’t had paperwork for weeks. This morning they sent me three guys to learn the ropes on the reactors.I said it’ll take a couple of weeks to cover all the stages ,you know mixing ratios ,different filling rates ,temperature control.He went very quiet then said he’d send someone over from head office. I asked if he was an engineer and that’s when the bugger rang off.”Den laughed.

Dennis :”So that was your attempt at being sarcastic was it?” Moxey snorted. “ Oh aye Dagmar told me this morning she heard from Sara , Chris is supposed to be coming here in the next few days.”

Moxey :” Maybe I’ll get a chance to tell him what’s been happening with this thin fella.”

Dennis :”I think this is more likely to be a holiday than work, he’s bringing his girl friend and her brother y’kna the lass from San Pedro, Carla.” Moxey’s ‘phone rang.He rolled his eyes, and took the call waving goodbye to Den.

Moxey :”See ya Den, it’s the site office ,thin man wants to see me.”

Pru has just got the twins to bed and joined Nev on the verandah for a well earned drink.

Pru :” You know, I never get tired of mojitos.”

Neville :” Unless you’re offered a big gin and tonic?”

Pru :” This is grand Neville.Just as we expected, warm days ,leisurely drinks.”

Neville :”Long may it continue, though things are hotting up down at the site.Den says Moxey is having a hard time.”

Pru :” How so?” Her furrowed brow and grim expression were out of character.

Neville :” Well it's this new guy ,thin fella ,came across from Florida to speed up production, apparently. We reckon he’s just out to impress Chris.”

Pru :” But everybody says Moxey knows the process inside out, doesn’t this chap know that?”

Neville :”I’d be surprised if he didn’t ,but he doesn’t seem to care, he’s a numbers man and this is just another process to him. Mind ,if he pushes Moxey too far he might just get filled in. Moxey’s changed a lot since Jamaica.”

Pru :” Oh dear, if Moxey puts one on him that wouldn’t go down well would it. Oh by the way did Den say anything about the invitation from Detlef and Debbie?” Nev looked puzzled.

Neville :”No?”

Pru :”Well Dagmar had an invite ,well more of a promise of an invite .They’re having an extension built on to their house and thought it would be a good idea to have a party to celebrate the completion.”

Across in Florida Debbie has decided to finish for the week and closed up her office. She is making plans for the weekend with Detlef.

Debbie :”Did you get a reply from the builders pet?”

Detlef :” They’re sending someone over to have a look at it tomorrow.”

Debbie :” I had an email from dad ,he said they’ll let us know ,they’re having some problems at the site.”

Detlef :”Did I tell you that Chris is going down there with Carla?”

Debbie :” What’s that about ,a holiday?”

Detlef :” Got it in one .He told me yesterday when he was letting us know about the changes he’s going to make at Amesec.” Debbie was looking into the middle distance and didn’t comment immediately.

Debbie :”Is he really serious about going to live over there?”

Detlef :” You’re not the only one to wonder. I can’t see it myself ,especially when his girl friend lives in South America.”

Debbie :”Won’t it be crowded now that Barry has moved his business there?”

Detlef :” I’m not sure how many staff Fantasy films have but that’s a good point , Amesec have several floors to themselves and of course Sara ,Oz and Kenny Ames and Vicky live there too.”

Debbie “ Will the builders be finished in time ?”

Detlef :” In time for what ?”

Debbie :” In time for our visitors from Cuba .Keep up pet!”

Moxey is not happy. His meeting at the site office did not go well. He was explaining to Morag later that day.

Moxey :”I gave him a detailed description of the process and as much of the science behind the extraction as Robert gave me. I told him the bugs work at a certain speed and you can’t make them go any faster. I said if you don’t believe me talk to professor Martinez at the university, or give Chris a bell.That’s when he got snotty. It took me back to that time in Jamaica ,but I remembered what you said.If I’d stayed I might have decked him ,so I left.”

Morag :” I’m so sorry.We thought things were going really well it’s such a shame Mox.”

Dagmar is in her office having finished her reply to a worrying email from Amesec. She picks up her ‘phone to speak to Pru.

Dagmar :”Hi Pru, I hope everything’s ok with you,I’m wondering if you have heard from Chris recently?”

Pru :” We’re fine Dagmar.To answer your next question no I haven’t ,the last time was an email asking if we were all settling in.Why?”

Dagmar :”Someone from Amesec, someone new, at least to me, has forewarned me that Chris is on the warpath.”

Pru :” That doesn’t sound like Chris to me.”

Dagmar :”Exactly what I thought ,and anyway why would he delegate something like this .He always contacts us directly ,more so since we came here.”

Pru :” So why is he on the warpath?”

Dagmar :”Apparently the training programme is unsatisfactory, not on time ,and OED have also expressed dissatisfaction .”

Pru :” Where on earth did they get that from?”
Dagmar :’ I have no idea. It’s the first I’ve heard. In fact was OED who told us how pleased everyone was ,including Luis Sandoro and the other Cuban bigwigs .They want to see it extended outside of the private sector, we guess to take the place of the old Outreach programme.”

Pru :” Have you spoken to Dennis?”

Dagmar :”No, I wanted to check it out first.Has Nev said anything to you?”

Pru :” Not about that but he has said he’s sick to death of people checking up on him every five minutes. I put it down to his poor attitude.” They both had a good laugh.

Dagmar :” I know exactly what you mean.When you’ve been your own boss for as long as they have any comments come over like insults .”

Pru :”Might be worth talking to Chris?”

Dagmar :” I understand he is coming here with Carla tomorrow?”

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Post by Tracy » Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:21 am

This thin bloke. Moxey needs to lock him in his office and set fire to the bastard ! But make sure there are no chickens :twisted: :lol:

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Post by 936trt » Thu Oct 07, 2021 12:13 pm

There were a few dozen people waiting when Chris arrived at the site. He was clearly uneasy at this unexpected crowd and suggested Carla stay in the car until he was sure it was safe. He was very relieved to see a friendly face when Dennis walked over.

Dennis :” Now then Chris, I bet you didn’t expect a reception committee?”

Chris :”Hello Dennis, I’m not sure ,what is all this about . Is there a problem should I tell Carla to join Pru and Dagmar at the holiday home?”

Dennis :” Yes there is a problem and no these guys are our labour force, they’re ok. None of us can understand what’s happening Chris, to be precise we can’t understand what you’re doing. We’ve been given instructions by your new people ….” Chris stopped Dennis in mid sentence.

Chris :” Sorry Dennis , but what new people do you mean?”

Dennis :” Well there’s this thin guy who came from your Florida office who stopped the training programme and is chasing Moxey.” Chris was shaking his head.

Chris :” I’ve not sent any new people here Dennis.This makes no sense. Where is this thin chap?” Dennis nodded in the direction of the site office.

Dennis :”Let’s go see him.” As they approached the freshly painted wooden cabin the door opened and the thin chap appeared and spoke.

“ What’s this Patterson ,a delegation?”

Chris :” Excuse me , can you tell me who you are?”

“ My name is McDonald and who might you be?”

Chris :” My name is Norris and I also work for CWN.”

McDonald :” Mister Norris ,I’m very busy can you tell me what you want?”

Chris :”I should explain I’m the CEO and I want to know who sent you here?”

McDonald :” Yes I’m sure you are ,now if you don’t mind please leave or I’ll have to call security.”

Dennis :” Mister McDonald I can vouch for him, he really is the big boss, can you just answer the question?”

McDonald :” I’m ringing security.” He went back into the office and they heard him on the ‘phone.

Back at the New Castle Oz and Sara are deep in conversation ,not for the first time that morning.

Oz :” Look pet I’ve apologised for what I said. There’s nowt wrong with happy families ,it’s just I was a bit stressed at the time.” She wasn’t smiling.

Sara :” I know you Leonard.Tell me what is going on in your head.Are you wanting to be away with the lads. Again?” Oz sighed and looked up at her.

Oz :” I told the lads I needed to be around for young Brian because there were times in the past when I wasn’t ,and I didn’t want to screw things up with you.” Sara’s expression softened but no smile appeared.

Sara :” So this is about your feelings of responsibility?”

Oz :’ Yes.” She frowned ,looking thoughtful.

Sara :’ Without this ,all of this , Kenny Ames’s largesse.” She waved her arms around.” We have no regular source of income, apart from the Chocanaw casino. Without your colleagues the businesses gifted by Kenny are very difficult if not impossible to administer as evidenced over recent months .Do you even want to contemplate that ,on your own?” Oz noted her emphasis on the last three words. He looked at her open mouthed, his face the proverbial picture.

Oz :” What’s brought this on?” Sara shook her head once and looked heavenward.

Sara :” It’s creasing you that you’re not in Cuba right now. I know you Oz.Tell me I’m wrong?” Oz looked at his feet.

Oz :”I can’t lie pet.You’re not wrong.It’s always been like this since I got to know the lads ,we’re like a family, it filled that space y’kna, after Marjorie ,especially after Cuba.” Sara took a deep breath.

Sara :”I was so sure everything would be fine after Kenny did what he did.But it is obviously not just about financial security is it?” She was smiling now.” You know I’ve heard you singing in the shower.” He glanced up quickly to see if she was making fun of him.

Oz :” So?”

Sara :” You sing like there’s an audience ,and you’re very good.But then you know that don’t you ,you’ve known for a long time. Admit it pet, you’re a performing artist and music is your thing?”

Neville and Moxey both got a call from Dennis with instructions to come to the site office as soon as possible. Nev arrived just as a van marked Site Security pulled up in front of the cabin.A very fat man heaved himself out of the drivers seat and McDonald appeared at the door .

McDonald :” I will ask you mister Norris ,once again to leave this site or mister Suarez will escort you personally.” At this point they heard another vehicle arrive .It was a very rusty pickup driven by Moxey. He got out and walked over to join them.

Moxey :” Hiyah Den, what’s up?”

Dennis :” This wanker doesn’t believe Chris is the head honcho and he wants security to escort him off the site.”

Moxey :” Didn’t he check Chris’s ID?”

Chris :” I don’t believe mister McDonald is interested in my identity, he never asked for any proof.”He turned to the security guard.” Mister Suarez who employed you ?” Suarez looked to McDonald.” Don’t look at him mister Suarez.He has no authority here. He is an imposter. Tell me ,who is your line manager mister McDonald?” McDonald made to reach inside his jacket when Moxey shouted.They all turned to see Moxey holding a pistol.

Moxey:”Don’t make things any worse for yourself . Captain Delgado is on his way. He’s known us all for years so when I told him I was worried something wasn’t quite right over here he said he’d come and take a look.”

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"Do you mind telling me who you are ?!" :lol:

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When Delgado arrived on site he was not alone. An attractive brunette in plain clothes was in the car .

Delgado :” Hello everyone ,my colleague is on a short term posting and asked to attend. I assume there are no objections?” There was a collective shaking of heads.

Dennis :” The only problem we have here Carlos is with mister McDonald.”

Delgado :”Mister Moxey didn’t go into detail in his ‘phone call ,can you explain?”

Dennis :”Our friend here mister Norris the CEO ,asked mister McDonald to identify his line manager. In response he brought site security to shift him off the site.”He nodded in the direction of Suarez.

Delgado :”This is very strange behaviour for an employee wouldn’t you say Dennis?”

Dennis :” We all thought so captain.” Attention was now focussed on McDonald

McDonald :” I don’t have to justify my actions to you. I’m telling you all, clear off. Get off the site NOW.”

Delgado :” This gets stranger .I find your behaviour most disturbing mister McDonald. I suggest we take this problem down to my office and…….” He never finished his sentence. McDonald had tried to reach inside his jacket then found himself propelled to the ground by Delgado’s colleague .Moxey later remarked she was better than a ninja.

With McDonald safely tucked away in a holding cell, minus his Norinko pistol apparently standard Chinese issue, they were able to begin trying to understand the situation.

Chris was amused by Dagmar’s description of him being on the warpath.

Chris :”I can’t remember ever being on the warpath, who told you that?”

Dagmar :” It was one of the Amesec staff.The last one I think to be recruited before Barbara Hunt left.” Pru was looking thoughtful.

Pru :”Was she on the foreign desk, the same department as La Hunt?”

Dagmar :”What are you thinking ,that she might be connected in some way?” Carlos Delgado cleared his throat very noisily.

Delgado :”Ladies, ladies ,it’s clear to me there could be a simple explanation for all this confusion.” Everyone turned to look at him.” Since mister Moxey called me ,everything that has happened could be described like the death throes of a headless animal.”

Chris :” You mean with her gone the network is falling apart?”

Delgado :”Just think about it, I don’t believe she would have had a contingency plan. Why would she think she ever needed one.” There seemed to be a consensus by the number of nodding heads .” Moving on however, I think there is some value in questioning this McDonald fellow.He may know others in the gang.We have to try.”

Chris :” So, all over bar the shouting Carlos?” Delgado laughed.

Delgado :” You may be premature mister Norris ,by a few hours.”

Dennis and Neville were having a beer while waiting for their flight to Miami.

Dennis :” Looks like we might have our time mapped out for us Nev?”

Neville :” Aye. From what Debbie said it sounds like the wall may have to rebuilt.”

Dennis :” Detlef said the builder told him he had to subcontract the brickwork .”

Neville :” Debbie thought it was hilarious ,he’d told them it was specialised .”

Dennis :” Aye well ,it’ll keep us out of trouble for a while kiddah.”

Neville :”I’ll drink to that Den.It seems we’ve had ton of bother this year.”

Dennis :” We can blame it all on Chris, he’s been like a magnet for trouble ,all the time I’ve known him.”

Neville :” Oz had the right idea ,to just keep out of it.” Dennis took another pull at his beer and sighed.

Dennis :” Won’t be the same without the lads, Barry over in Australia, Moxey up in Scotland ,and Oz back in Spain.”

Neville :”Mind it’ll be warmer than Dusseldorf where we’re going.” They both laughed.

Dennis :” Remember Moxey saying how he won us over with his charm ?”

Neville :” And you said it was down to his dartboard.”

Dennis :” It was along time ago Nev. Who got the darts anyway?”

Dagmar and Pru are helping Debbie get a meal ready for the three brickies.

Neville :” Dear me , Detlef lad where did you learn to mix sand and cement like that?” Detlef looked up in embarrassment.

Detlef :” I’d like to say me dad showed us but I’d be lying.”They all laughed at Detlef’s attempt at a north east accent.Dennis walked over to where Nev was laying his last course shaking his head.

Neville :” What’s up with you?” Dennis waved his spirit level.

Dennis :” Nev lad ,yer wall’s not plumb.”

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Post by Tracy » Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:04 am

This McDonald fellow. If it turns out to be Ronald, can you ask him if I can get a pay rise ? :P

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Post by Londongal1983 » Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:54 pm

Tracy wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:21 am
This thin bloke. Moxey needs to lock him in his office and set fire to the bastard ! But make sure there are no chickens :twisted: :lol:
Did you do that?

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Post by 936trt » Fri Feb 18, 2022 1:25 pm

Dennis and Neville were advised to take a stroll after their meal so they wouldn’t ,in Dagmar’s words ,“be under our feet”.

Dennis :” It’s not too bad here Nev, the climate like?”

Neville :”Aye. I can see why they like it you know, all the old folks that come to retire ,there's loads around here though.I still cannot get used to that accent all the time and every where you go.”

Dennis :”You need to get acclimatised ,eh Nev?” Dennis laughed as he saw Nev’s expression.

Neville :” You mean the climate or all the pensioners?” They both laughed at this.

Dennis :” Anyway it won’t be long before we’re back on more familiar turf.” Both nodded and continued looking at the view.

Neville :” So you reckon it was Delgado’s totty that got McDonald to spill his guts ?”

Dennis :”Aye. Delgado said she’s got hidden talents.” Den sniggered and Nev looked at him and shook his head.

Neville :”So what did he tell her?”

Dennis :” You were right all along Nev. He was working for a Chinese guy somewhere in Florida. Knew nowt about mining but was an expert at screwing things up to bring the operation to a standstill.”

Neville :”Y’kna I was thinking about that, the site at a standstill, and us with nowt to do.”

Dennis :”Eh, what are you on about Nev?”

Neville :” I was thinking that there’s really nothing for us there. The only gainful employment for us would have been the training programme for the Cubans except some clever bugger stopped it.”

Dennis :” Does it really matter Nev?”

Neville :” Yes it does Den.It matters to me ‘cos I reckon once I stop the graft I might as well hang up me boots.” Den couldn’t believe his ears.

Dennis :”Nev lad.What’s brought this on, we’re at an age where we can pick and choose what we want to do?”Nev looked at Den and nodded.

Neville :” Do you remember the Middlesbrough job when you told me how upset Bomber was when he thought he couldn’t pull his weight?”

Dennis :”Yes ,but what’s that got to do with anything?”

Neville :” Den mate ,I think I can see what’s in wait for us just over the horizon .What will I do when I can’t even lay a few bricks.” Den was stunned .He’d never heard Nev talk like this.

Dennis :”Nev lad ,what’s got into you, is it something to do with your knee?”

Neville :”Well that’s part of it Den.It’s just now, that things have kind of slowed down and I’ve had chance to think.Yes I know, thinking’s a big mistake, ha ha , but most of what’s been happening to us in recent times is down to Chris’s problems and we just get caught up in them.Ever since your Detlef found out about him he’s been part of our lives.”

Dennis :” Aye but you can’t say it’s all been bad, we owe the lad a lot.”

Neville :”I’m not denying that Den, but look at the downside over the years.”

Dennis :”Nev, what is it you want to do, ‘cos if you do we can make it happen?”

Neville :”I know what I don’t want to do and that’s racing around like a blue arsed fly like when Brenda was running things.” They both had a chuckle at this remark.

Dennis :” No chance of that with your Pru “

Neville :” That’s right Den .I just want everything to be okay for her and the twins.You know they’re four now. It does make me wonder though but. When Barry found out Tatiana was pregnant he worried himself sick that the other kids would see him as Anna’s grandad.”

Dennis :” I remember it was you who told him not to be so daft.” Nev nodded and looked off into the distance.

Neville :” Oz seems to be playing the part well since young Brian came on the scene.” Den could see Nev was miles away.

Dennis :”I wonder if Oz can see the same horizon you’ve been looking at?”

Neville :”Maybe. I don’t know Den. Maybe I’ve spent too much of my life waiting for bad things to happen ,instead of grabbing life with both hands and giving it a good shake.” Nev almost shouted the last words and Dennis was left open mouthed ,unable to make an immediate response.

Dennis :”Steady on mate, it’s not like you’re having to go after a job in an Indian restaurant.” Nev attempted a withering look in Den’s direction.

Neville :”Bollocks! Anyway smart arse, what plans have you made for the future, you won’t be laying bricks for ever?” Dennis was frowning as he considered Nev’s question.

Dennis :” As a matter of fact I did make plans a few years back, after I saw that fella for the IV treatment, y’kna the guy that fettled Kenny Ames?”Nev nodded.” We agreed when the time came we would move to a warm climate, live near the sea miles from building sites and take leisurely holidays if we felt like it.” It was Nev’s turn to look bemused.

Neville :” I had no idea Den.You never said anything.”

Dennis :”I didn’t say anything because you know we’d always been a team, and I didn’t want to be the one that buggered things up between us.” Nev looked at Den and held his gaze for a few moments before looking away.” See ,when we all moved to the New Castle it felt like we were half way there.Tell you what kiddah, I’d rather be there right now.We both like Cuba and come to think Jamaica wasn’t half bad, but……see Nev neither of us need to work any more, it’s more habit than owt else.It’s an illusion. I once tried to convince Bomber about it. You can guess what he said ,it’s not the money my boy it’s the craic, the company, being part of something.” Nev was nodding in agreement and smiling.

Neville :”Aye, the team’s got smaller since those days mate.”

Dennis :”You’re not wrong Nev, and this could be our last job, and maybe the last time we get paid for grafting.”

Neville :”Dear me ,are we getting paid as well?” Dennis had a good laugh at that coming as it did from such a straight faced Nev .

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Re: The Last Gig

Post by Tracy » Sat Feb 19, 2022 1:39 am

Florida ? Don't forget ya keys ! :P

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Post by 936trt » Mon Mar 14, 2022 11:14 am

Nev stopped ,looked at his watch and said they should return.

Neville :” Best not to be away too long, the girls might start to worry.” Dennis looked at Nev, shaking his head in disbelief

Dennis :” Dear me Nev, you’re getting worse.” Nev frowned at Dennis .

Neville :” What do you mean, getting worse?”

Dennis :”I think you look for things to worry about , the girls won’t be worrying about us, it’s you that’s worrying.Like the other day you went on and on about the accents we could hear.”

Neville :” Well ,it’s a good point .It’s either Spanish all day over there or it’s that annoying American accent all bloody day over here.”

Dennis :” Bollocks man ,it’s only if you’re listening it becomes a problem.”

Neville :” Howay Den these yanks are really in your face.” Den chuckled.

Dennis :” You really don’t like them do you?”

Neville :” Nah, not really.It started with me dad I suppose.He didn’t like them ,he told me he could remember folks saying the yanks were over paid ,over dressed and over here.” They both laughed

Dennis :” Mind the Americans we met were fine .”

Neville :” Aye but they were the original the native Americans ,the Chocanaw.”

Dennis :”I was just thinking the other day I wonder how Chip was getting along.The casino must still be doing well, our percentage came through as usual.”

Neville :”Aye Pru said something similar ,she was very happy when she saw our bank statement.”

Later that day Dennis took a call from Chris.

Chris :” Dennis, we haven’t seen much of you guys here at the Castle recently. Have I done something to offend you?”

Dennis :”Not really Chris ,we’re just ,y’kna chillin’ as they say.”

Chris :” That’s fine but, I have to tell you about a brilliant idea I’ve had and I desperately want to run it by you, all of you that is. Can you come over ,I will be contacting Barry and Moxey, I’ll get Kurt to organise transport?” Dennis agreed they would be interested in hearing about his idea and gave Nev a big grin when he asked about Chris’s idea.

Dennis explained that Chris was missing their scintillating conversation so much that he was flying them over to the New Castle as a special treat.

Neville :” I think we should be prepared for the worst.He obviously has something planned.It must be this brilliant idea he’s had.”

Dennis :” So kiddah have you any idea what it's about?”

Neville :”Not really but I did hear from Pru he’s been leaning very heavily on Barry recently ,well actually Fantasy Films ,to give their undivided attention to a project involving a photograph and video collection he put together and I quote, from everything he could lay his hands on ,not just what Barry had but stuff that belonged to Wyman which also included photos that Bomber had given him. He told Pru he didn’t realise how much he’d collected particularly from our time in Middlesbrough especially some camcorder tapes belonging to Barry .”

A few days later they got to learn exactly what Chris had in mind. He outlined his plan for a film he called Transported in Time.

Chris :”So chaps do you like the idea?”

Dennis :” Let me get this straight ,you think there will be an appetite for a story about us bringing the bridge to Arizona?”

Chris :” I do ,in fact I’m sure of it. Let me explain, you have to see it as I do fellas. Come with me I’ve made arrangements for us to view the finished article in the Fantasy Film studios.” They followed Chris and took their seats for what proved to be an absorbing half hour.When the film ended there was absolute silence when the lights came back on.Chris looked at each of the lads in turn, every one had a serious expression, in fact he thought Nev looked close to tears.

Chris :”Well lads, what do you think?”At that point Oz stood up to leave, and spoke to Chris.

Oz :” I’m not sure exactly how I feel about this Chris.” Chris was crestfallen.

Chris :” Have I got something wrong, I thought we’d done a good job especially with the timeline up to where Chip and his guys arrive on the scene?”

Dennis : You’re missing the point Chris.It’s very true to life and that’s the problem. I’ll never forget that letter with black around the edges, so I don’t really want to be reminded. I remember everything Chris, including poor Bomber. Literally it’s our lives on there from twenty years ago.”

Oz :” Aye ,and as much as I didn’t like the guy it’s awful to see just how full of life Wyman was back then.”

Neville :”Our lives were changed by that bridge Chris including two of the team who are no longer with us ,and worst of all it reminds me of a part of my life I’d rather forget.”

Barry :”I’m with Nev on this Chris.Unlike you ,through no fault of your own, we lived and breathed it. This film is unfortunately a very personal thing for me in particular, and for all of us in general.”

Moxey :”It’s not that we can’t see what you’re trying to do Chris but it would be better if our personal involvement is not seen.”

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Post by Tracy » Thu Mar 17, 2022 6:44 pm

Nev doesn't want Kelly-Anne seeing it. She may even own the Chicken Ranch by now ! :? 8-) :lol:

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Post by 936trt » Tue Apr 05, 2022 1:54 pm

Oz has just received a very rare and unexpected telephone call from Barry Taylor.

Oz :” Well well ,that’s two surprises in the same day. How are ye doing Bazza?”

Barry :”Hi Oz . It’s good to hear your dulcet tones mate. I take it your other surprise is a message about our Neville?”

Oz :” Spot on kiddah, it’s been a long time since I heard from anyone .”

Barry :” Indeed. Anyway Oz I’ll cut to the chase ,in the email from Pru did you get the impression all is not well with Nev?”

Oz :” I did . In fact it came today and when I showed it to our lass she said the same as me it sounds like he’s got some kind of dementia.”

Barry :”I tried to get hold of Moxey to see if he could shed any light but he’s not answering. Naomi says there are all sorts of treatments for it these days .”

Oz :” I didn’t know he was is in such a bad way, but then we haven’t been in regular touch for years, the last I heard he’d had a knee replacement not long after he and Den moved their families to that gated community near their Debbie’s.”

Barry :” You hear from Den?”

Oz :” Nah, I know they were living in the same area for a long time but Sara reckoned there was a major falling out between Dagmar and Pru, mind that was a while ago.”

Barry :” In her email she implies that Nev would be very pleased if paid him a visit, what do you think?”

Oz :” Well I’m up for it if you are. I expect you’re used to getting out and about a lot ,travelling for the business?” Barry laughed.

Barry :” Not as much these days, my business trips are more a series of short holidays ,bearing in mind my advancing years.”

Oz :” I’m not so sure Sara would want to be away from Brian for too long. You know his problems have got worse recently. “

Barry :”Sorry about that mate .However I expect you might like a break from the endless touring and recording sessions ,the country music star life?” It was Oz’s turn to laugh.

Oz :” Those days are long gone ,but not forgotten mate. On the other hand this would be a journey to comfort an old friend.Let’s pick a date?”

Barry :”Absolutely. I’ll try Moxey again and email Pru to let her know what we’re planning. By the by Oz have you heard anything from Chris, is he still in South America ?”

Oz ;” Sara had an email some months back from Carla.She said they were still hiking around ancient Inca sites, it’s been his all consuming passion since he went back .”

Barry :” Well that’s a lot more than I heard.He’s never responded to any of my emails.Mind we didn’t part on the best of terms.” Oz laughed like a drain.

Oz :”In fairness Barry we all told him at one time or another he’d dropped an enormous bollock and his second mistake was moving to the New Castle ,the first being Barbara Hunt and the last was letting Heather Lane into the sheep fold.”

Barry :”By the same token Oz he did get rid, eventually.”

Oz :” Not without a bit of help from Colin Vanes and good old Fredo.”

Barry :” Anyway it seems we were all in the dark about poor Nev?”

Oz :”I guess Pru is wanting to keep it under the radar ,she’s probably got her hands full on her own with the twins still at home I think. Is your Anna giving you a hard time these days Barry?”

Barry :” Ever since she took that job with the computer company we see very little of her and we think it won’t be long before she gets married.”

Oz :” Dear me, time does march on does it not?”

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