All Posts by G. H. McCallum

The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4)

Monkeys

The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4) [Notes: (1) The featured picture is of the side staircase, 50 meters from the entrance to the Main Hall, where Rufus and Quentin trap and bully Ian (before Reggie and Stan intervene). (2) At this point, I’m going to stop representing the way […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston-Moonkeys on the Knees

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The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 7, Part 2 — Edgbaston, early March 1962: Moonkeys on the Knees (Section 1 of 4) The incident with Ian happened nine days later, on 13 March 1962 – ironically etched in my mind as “Lucky13.” He, Stan, Jenny and I were well into the lunch hour, in the midst […]

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Edgbaston, Early March 1962: Celebration & Reflection (reprise)

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Edgbaston,  Early March 1962:  Celebration & Reflection (reprise) The Screen reconsidered sometime after New Year’s, stopped playing critic, and graciously, for the first anniversary celebration, provided Stan and me with a tack piano and snare drum backing, as he and I played sitar and guitar, in our only performance ever of “Take Me Out to […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham & Edgbaston, The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 5 – Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: The Seventh Seal [Notes: (1) Featured pix are: Antonius (the knight) playing chess with Death (upper left), Jof the Juggler having a heavenly vision with his wife (Mia) and child on the lower left. Both were pix from The Seventh Seal. […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 4 – Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962: February (section 2 of 3) I’d had my suspicions as far back as Christmas, when Auntie Gene’s “Jackie” doo had been longer. Hanging between the base of her neck and the top of her shoulder blades, so fouffed out it had almost resembled […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham & Edgbaston: February

February

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 6, Part 3 — Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: February (section 1 of 3) On 11 February, “Ring-a-Ding Girl” won the audition to be the UK’s entry to 1962’s Eurovision Song Contest. The song got stuck in my head the way difficult food particles get stuck between the teeth, impervious to […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham & Edgbaston: January

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 2 – Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: January [Note: The featured picture is a triptych consisting of (left to right) a UK pressing of “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan & the Beatles, Alex’s Pie Stand (after hours mecca for the Birmingham rock scene in the early to mid […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston & Birmingham: December

December

The Bluebottle Boys- Chapter 6, Part 1 — Edgbaston & Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962: December In mid December, Auntie Gene took me to see “The Young Ones,” with Robert Morley and Cliff Richard, the first of our monthly Friday night movie dates, where we went to “hipper” movies that Mum and Dad were willing to let […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Solihull: Sweet Sunday

Sunday

Sweet Sunday: The Bluebottle Boys: Chapter 5, Part 6 – Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961 Note: A fairly typical English Sunday (except for lack of a Sunday tea) in the early 1960s. Rosenbaum’s Deli would still have been a bit exotic back then, but places like it were available enough, at least within Edgbaston, with […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Autumn 1961: Return to Choir & Grammer

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The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 5, Part 5 — Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961:  Return to Choir & Grammer Choir reconvened. The arrangements of David Willcocks seemed to have become an obsession with our director, after our success that Easter, as well as the previous Christmas. This autumn, he’d planned quite an ambitious program, including […]

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