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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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Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961: Drusilla

Drusilla

Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  Drusilla Tiny and Doof were in our class by virtue of having been held back a year. Rufus said he didn’t care. He was already a model, after all, well on his way to stardom in the cinema. His mother had arranged for him to […]

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The Acolytes of Rufus the Doof: Edgbaston & Solihull

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The Acolytes of Rufus the Doof – Chapter 5, Part 3 -Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961   The rest of this precious triumvirate was Doof’s acolytes: Quentin Farrington-Hyde and Drusilla Chase. Lady first (and I use the term loosely here), Drusilla Chase, aka, “Silla” or “Silly Silla,” was Rufus’ adoring sheep – Lucretia Borgia with […]

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Edgbaston & Solihull – Autumn 1961: Rufus the Doofus

Doofus

Chapter 5, Part 2 – Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  Rufus the Doofus Perhaps, if we’d faced the other problem earlier – nipped it in the bud – it’s possible matters could’ve gone differently. Possible, mind you, but unlikely. It entailed a trio of upper-class legacy students whose ancestors had attended the school for generations […]

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Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961: School is In

School is In

Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  School is In Summer ended, not literally, but essentially. It wasn’t really the fault of Gary US Bonds, although he had turned out another record jubilantly announcing School Is In – the fink. School would certainly have reconvened in any event, but it was hardly anything to be jubilant about […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston, Summer 1961 – New Coifs & My Music

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 2 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: New Coifs & My Music [Note: The featured pic is an early sketch of Reggie that Robbin did. It was passed over for the cover of Walking Backwards for Christmas, and initially passed over for the cover of Bluebottle Boys (which will now […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 1 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out [Note: The featured pic is a triptic of places Reggie and Stan visit over the summer. Left to right (1) Perrot’s Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (inspirations for Tolkien’s “Two Towers”); (2) Sarehole Mill (inspiration for Tolkien’s The Shire […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema

Bombed Out Cinema

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 3, Part 3 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema Note: The featured pic is of the entrance to an abandoned, bombed out cinema, such as the one Reggie and Stan play in. The connection with our favorite abandoned, bombed out cinema was rather more complex. […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Bombsite Spinet

Bombsite

The Bluebottle Boys: Chapter 3, Part 2 Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: The Bombsite Spinet Except now, at least in our favorite bombsite by the Bull Ring, our exploits weren’t always pre-scripted. Maybe it was because, with all the work going on at or near the Bull Ring bleeding into greater Ladywood, we couldn’t be […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Birmingham – Winter Into Spring

Winter

The Bluebottle Boys -Chapter 3, Part 1 — Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Winter Into Spring [Note: You alumnae of the Walking Backwards for Christmas posts will recognise the featured picture. For you newcomers, this is the castle-like toposcope (or at least the current version of it) standing at the top of Beacon Hill, south […]

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