Society played a part in the death of my baby brother. The demand for perfection and what was deemed acceptable by our everyday standards helped mold a fragile frame in a young man's mind.
The security and resolution I needed was never to be found within the realms of the everyday working world. I learned to reconcile with what you may unfairly call the ""ills of society"".
I found not only resolve, but also harmony within the world, a world that all members of our populace are exposed to in their lives and is part of a culture, even if you chose to ignore it, is one we all live in. I'm not only lucky enough, but also privileged to have been welcomed and accepted in this world, and here their stories will show that this syndicate are of the same making of us all.
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"For me and my brothers none of our heroes wore capes." - J Allday
Jimmy Tippett Jnr & Snr
Joey Pyle Jnr
Roy & Tina Shaw
With the release of what I'd considered my one and only book, titled Junior, I was asked shortly after by my daughter, if my friends were dangerous or bad people? One promise I made to myself a long time ago, is I'd never lie to my children. "They always tried to do their best for people they cared for" was my reply. "But isn't that what the police do, dad?", was her next question. After some thought, I simply replied, "Think of my friends as angels". Knowing my sarcasm, my daughter replied with a chuckle, "Yeah, angels with dirty faces!"
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. Not everyone speaks the same language, nor do they interpret the lesson before the test, and sometimes the best advice can come from the most unlikeliest source.
Lessons are defined by experience and the willingness to accept you can't change your past. Some of the most impressionable experiences are lessons in disguise, and who better to learn from than those that have been there!
The contributors ...
The contributors to this book, have in some cases been exposed to hardships, that have allowed them to have a platform and a virtuous right to an opinion on what life gives us all on a consistent basis.
Hard work and effort isn't reserved for a lucky few. Remember, some of the most iconic people have come from nothing. You're not always going to get gold, there's silver and bronze for that reason - J Allday
Eric Mason/ Michael Mason
Dirty Babylon- James Allday/ Asher Senator/ Paul King/ Ian Tomlinson
Bunter Marks/ TBF
Foreword – Carlton Leach
Paul Ferris – Violence is never innocent
Mark C – Murder he wrote
John ‘Shotgun’ Shelly
Richie Reynolds – Old school, then and now
Bobby Cummines – Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Sam Dundas – An education passed down
Paul Harris – the truth, isn’t a game
Contract killer – You’re not a gangster
Kevin Sumer – Among the pack
Norman Buckland – Who’s the Guv’nor?
Joe Egan – Be your best
Linda & Fletcher Calvey – Thrown to the wolves
Eddie Blundell – Discipline in crime
Billy Blundell – Family & crime
Charlie Breaker – Angels with dirty faces
Ricky Grover – Gangster, guv’nor or gagster?
Vic Dark – The old guard
A tribute – gone but not forgotten. Danny Woollard. Terry Marley. Ray 'Dutchy' Peter. Howard Marks. Frank Fraser. Jimmy Tippett Snr.
Mark Phillips – Closing testimonial
I was once asked, "Why a second book?". For me, the answer was simple-
" A very powerful and respected man once said to me, "You can give the same lesson and story, over and over again, and if you're asked why are you're repeating it, tell them you're simply taking aim again as you think you missed the target"
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Since his young adult life, Jason has maintained friendships with some of the most talked and read about people. Ranging from villains, football hooligans and the heroes of the working class. The lessons and influence from the same circle of trusted friends, has allowed Jason to interpret life’s lessons and the effort required to simply stay ahead.
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