All Posts by G. H. McCallum

The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfields World of Wonder (Section 3 of 3)

Whitfield's World of Wonder

The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfields World of Wonder (Section 3 of 3) I bolted out of the shop, with my guitar in one hand and my newly acquired purchases in the other, making it to Grammer’s house just as the last glimmers of twilight faded away. It didn’t occur to me until later on, as Grammer […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfield’s World of Wonder

world of wonder

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 6 – Solihull, late March 1962: Whitfield’s World of Wonder (Section 2 of 3) “You spoke of marking a presence at Warstone Lane Cemetry,” the strange Shopkeeper began. “Officially that is the purpose of these mirrors.” “And unofficially?” “You think quickly, boy. Unofficially, the mirrors – that you […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull: Whitfield’s World of Wonder

Whitfield's World of Wonder

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 11, Part 5 — Solihull, late March 1962: Whitfield’s World of Wonder (Section 1 of 3) It would have been rather difficult for me to have missed Whitfield’s World of Wonder. Not that it was an amusement park, despite its name. It was a shop – not a particularly large […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Between the Walls: Bethany

Between the walls

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 4 — Between the Walls, late March 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4) The cottage was shadowy inside, and my eyes took a minute or two to fully adjust to the darkness. A windowless corridor leading to the back of the house continued in a straight […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4)

Bethany

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 3 – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4) [The featured picture is of a portion of the trail leading to/away from Ravenshaw Ford.] “But how now, where might Stan be?” Bethany said, anxious to change the subject. “Not permitted t’ be near me,” […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany

Bethany

The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany [The featured picture is of a portion the area of Ravenshaw Ford that Bethany is said to haunt. This photo was shot in early spring; add a bit of snow, and it would be just about right for the setting depicted in this chapter. By summer, […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 1 of 4)

Bethany

The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 1 of 4) [The featured picture is of the bridge over Ravenshaw Ford] I was no longer grounded; neither was Ian. Our parents lifted the sentence Friday evening. On Saturday morning, after I’d stashed my guitar in the boot of the Tippins’ Bentley, the driver […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Birmingham: Penance (Section 2 of 3)

Bluebottle Boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Birmingham: Penance (Section 2 of 3) [The featured photograph is of the kind of meeting room larger churches tended to have in the 1860s-70s.] D.S. Higgins met us at the gate. With him was a tall, gangling priest with lank, straw-colored, somewhat thinning hair and an open, friendly countenance. He looked […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance and Father Fitzgerald

Father Fitzgerald

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 10, Part 3 – Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance and Father Fitzgerald (Section 2 of 3) [The featured picture is of a rectory parlour much like the one Father Fitzgerald would have had.] “At the end of the hallway to the left is a small parlour,” Father Fitzgerald said. ” […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance (Section 1 of 3)

Penance

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 10, Part 1 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance (Section 1 of 3) [The featured photograph is of a church and rectory much like St. Ita’s.] “I can’t believe you said that,” Ian said. “Warstone Lane Cemetery – are you nuts?” We were outside hearing range of anyone […]

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