Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Gang Loyalty

Jennospot 101  Gang Loyalty

Peter St John's 'as written an 'istorical book wot is called "Gang Loyalty" (well, it's jus' a bit 'istorical) an' it were published on 1st July by SilverWood Books in paperback. Actually, Oi reckon as 'ow it ought ter be called Gang Disloyalty, 'cos ter moi moind it's more about bein' betrayed than about anyfink else.

Any'ow, it's the 'istory of wot 'appened in our village when Oi set up a gang wot were jus' fer girls. There's several gangs in Widdlin'ton, an' they 'ave likely been around ever since Widdlin'ton were first started by the Normans a long toime ago, only nobody don't remember that no more, 'cos that sort o' fing ain't never written down, 'cept by Peter St John, an' 'ee's only done the last recent bit.

The fing is, most of the gangs don't let girls in, or even if'n they do, loike moi Pepper Mill Lane Mob, the girls are only sort o’ second class, if'n yew see wot Oi mean. That means the girls 'ave ter keep quiet when the boys are decidin' fings. Well, after a while that really got on moi wick, 'cos girls ain't never second class no'ow, no matter wot the boys moight fink. So Oi got tergevver wiv Winnifred an' some o' the ovver girls in the village, 'specially them from up The Street wot don't let girls in at all, ter set up a gang fer girls only.

We called it the "Go-Getter Girls", or GGG. fer short, wot Molly painted on 'er soapbox cart, an' we set out ter beat the boys at ev'ryfink wot they do loike cricket, an' marbles, an' soapbox cart racin' an' all stuff loike that. Well, nobody can't expect ter be world champion at nuffink straight off, so it took a little while an' a lot of 'ard practicin' afore we was able ter do much good against the boys. Not only that, we 'ad some no-'opers in the GGG (Oi won't mention no names) as well as some real champions. So we 'ad jus' a few little problems getting' fings goin' well, ter say nuffink of that tough Heebie Jeebie Jackson, but then me an' Heebie Jeebie didn't never get on tergevver even before the girls' gang were set up.

Any'ow, moi racin' cart ain't called "Emmeline P." fer nuffink, 'cos Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst were a real determined lady, an' we was real determined too. Still an all, fings don't 'ardly never turn out the way yew expect do they? An' so no more didn't the GGG…

Oi ain't a-goin' ter tell yew no more 'ere, but if'n yew'd loike a bit more, yew c'd do worse'n take a look at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1781321132 or even http://www.peterstjohn.net/index_5.htm

Luv from Jenno.

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