Colours of the Underground

By John Barber

Copyright 2013 John Barber

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Chapter 1 – The Green Man

Anyone who has travelled around England would recognise Rutherford as a traditional market town. It’s buildings that were virtually unspoilt on the outside had all but lost their heritage inside to modern commercial development

One such example was the Corn Exchange, an eighteenth century Georgian building. This is now home to the Head Office of the Rutherford Echo Group of Newspapers which shared desks, a computer network and occasionally journalists.

At the end of the morning’s editorial briefing two staff remained; Brian Bennett the editor-in-chief and Tony Meehan the chief reporter for the Rutherford area. They sat opposite each other across Brian’s cluttered desk.

The two sat swilling warm coffee around the bottom of their mugs. Brian was by far the larger of the two. He insisted that this sudden explosion in weight was due to being tied to an office desk. Others recognised it as past years of heavy drinking finally catching up with him. The tiny scratches and abrasions on his face caused by a blunt razor were left untreated and his chin rested on a comfortable layer of fat around his shirt collar.

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