Everything about my parents was ‘Opposite’
Class, Colour, Culture…………
Dad was from Barbados. He came from a highly respected Middle Class family. The Eldest of 7 Children. He was well educated. An Urbane, articulate sociable Man.
Mam was born and bred in Moston, Manchester. She came from a highly respectable Working Class family. An only child, she left School at 14 to work in a Factory. She was quiet and very shy.

So when they both got together. It was ‘Moider’…..Sorry… that’s been done, hasn’t it?
But hey! What’s life without a challenge….and them two could be very challenging. They then decided to have Children. Let’s just say there was some pretty unique mixing of genes there, and some time later, out pops me! Followed in quick succession (and I mean quick!) by Five more.

This is the story of our Life.
An Epic Tale of Love across the divides.
It’s got it ALL…….
Nostalgia. But not TOO MUCH nostalgia. It’s set in the past but not like the Victorian times or anything. That way. When they film the T.V. Adaption (always thinking ahead, me) The Black People in the cast won’t look daft. I mean, Come on, Channel 4. NO Black people died with Scott of the Antarctic!

It’s a Sweeping Tale of Love and Romance. OK! it’s not too heavy on the Love and romance. But there is Sweeping.

Step inside this Blog for a while and take a wander back. To a time when Mams and Dads RULED the Word, and Bigotry and Intolerance were Big words I couldn’t spell.


  1. I will look forward to hearing a lot more about growing up in a primarily white society …. with a father from a very different society …..It will be very interesting …..

  2. Such a touching and inspiring story of you and your family tree, I truly am honored for such a good read Amina! Congratulations!

    • Love it we lived in colly hurst for many years and also had 7children 6 of them bought up there we came to australia in 1966and often think of those happy days best wishes to you Amina May your books be a big success as I’m sure they will. Sincerely marjorie

  3. Enjoying your stories so much. Cracked up at seeing ‘ simmetry ‘ actually written down. All the older generation in my family from Collyhurst said it like that.

  4. I lived on Hinde Street, and I can vaguely recall your family, but my sister — who is 77, 12 years older than me – remembers a lot more. You tell your story really well –look forward to reading more.

  5. You know how much I love your writing from facebook and the Collyhurst Forver ‘gang’. I thing you should go on and have great recognition for your work. The fact that it’s your life just makes it even more amazing. You will I know keep going and make so many people smile, laugh and cry. I know I do. All the very best my lovely.

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