Having come all that way, Steve and me decided to stick around for a while although the state of the houses were often in a terrible state as were the people living in them who were mainly people with drug and alcohol or mental health problems or all three. One of the squatters was an ex-Hell's Angel called Big Mick. I mention him now because he comes into the story later on.
Mick was a very big guy and taller than me and looked tough. He had tattoos and stubble and muscly arms and if there was any trouble he was someone who was called on to sort it out.
Steve and I were told the house we were in was haunted and a few days later we were to find out this was true. We had gone to the local pub and afterwards went back to the squat but on the way in through the door both of us felt very cold even though it was a hot end of summer's night. We made our way upstairs though and found the floor we were staying on.
The houses were old terraces and basically people just dossed down on the floor in sleeping bags. There were always several people sleeping in the same room. There was no electricity and people used torches or candles.
The place was really squalid and people threw rubbish out the window into the stinking pile of garbage below. Floorboards and doors were missing and had been used as firewood. The basic rules of possession were if you valued something you kept it with you otherwise it was up for grabs.
As Steve and me entered the room we both could see a green glow on a dark figure lying over the one side of the room. We edged over just to see what it was and saw that it was in fact Mick totally oblivious to everything but with a weird luminous green glow across his neck!
We left him sleeping and went over the side of the room and got in our doss-bags. Next thing I knew I woke to a familiar noise, which sounded like a loud humming or droning noise.
It was something that had plagued me as a child when I had been awoken by it on many occasions but I was the only person in my family that could hear it.
My mother used to get fed up of me waking her and my father and sister up to go on about it. "You have been having a nightmare, that's all, " she would say.
"No, Mum," I'd answer. "I am fully awake and it's really loud. Surely you can hear it?"
She never did, and neither did my father or sister. It had always left me with the mystery of not knowing what it was or even where it came from! I never could find its source and never understood why no one else could hear it.