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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Aston Kids

Aston Kids

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 4: Edgbaston, November & Early December 1960: The Aston Kids [the featured picture is a photo of some children at play (see lower right-hand corner) outside a block of “back-to-backs” in Birmingham, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s, most likely in Aston, but […]

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“Walking Backwards for Christmas: Chapter 3: Harborne, Diwali, Part 3

Diwali

“Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall,” Chapter 3: Harborne, October 1960: Diwali, Part 3 [the featured picture is one of Lakshmi; I found the stormy background particularly apropos] But to our surprise, shock and horror, the wind quickly rose again. Slowly lifting the fountain up from the yard like a rocket […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Diwali, Part 2

Diwali

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Harborne, October 1960: Diwali, Part 2 We arrived early, Mum, Dad and me. Dr. Gupta had acquired several small black lights, and throughout the floors in the house, even on the walls occasionally, we saw a woman’s fluorescent footprint: Lakshmi, Facilitator of Prosperity and Good […]

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“Walking Backwards for Christmas: Diwali, Part 1

Diwali

“Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall,” Chapter 3: Harborne,  October 1960:  Diwali, Part 1 [Note: The featured picture is an early sketch of Stan, done during a brief period when we considered having the characters look like cartoons] Diwali, the Hindu autumnal celebration of light, love and family — some said […]

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A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall: “Beacon Hill and Bad Omens”

Beacon Hill

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston, September 1960, “Beacon Hill and Bad Omens” [Note: The featured picture is of the toposcope at the top of Beacon Hill] Now and then, we’d take a bus away from town, to Beacon Hill and the castle-like toposcope at its crest. It […]

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A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall: “Coventry & Cressida”

Coventry & Cressida

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston,  September 1960,  “Coventry & Cressida, Rockers & Wreckage” [Notes: (1) The featured picture is of a bombed-out theatre, similar to that played in by Stan and Reggie; (2) To be “sent to Coventry” is to be ostracized.] Rehearsal proceeded with no further […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Edgbaston Stan

Stan

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston,  September 1960,  “Stan” [Notes: (1) The featured picture is an early version of Reggie. We thought it looked too serious at the time, but as the story gets darker in later books we may well return to him, aging him a bit […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: As at Ravenshaw Ford

Ravenshaw Ford

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1, Solihull,  August 1960,  “As at Ravenshaw Ford” [Note: The featured picture is a picture of Reg/Reggie’s maternal grandfather, aka “Gramfer,” aka “Fen,” as he appeared in the penultimate version of the cover. With tears in our eyes, we decided he was cluttering the […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall

Soggyhall

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1, Solihull,  August 1960,  “Along Our Merry Way” [Note: The featured picture is a map of Warwickshire as it existed in the 1960s, indicating the locations of the significant places mentioned in the story] I’d been born in Grammer and Gramfer’s house, as had […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall “Gramfer”

Gramfer

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1: Solihull,  August 1960,  “Gramfer” Note: The featured picture is a detail from the book cover. It’s of Reg/Reggie’s maternal grandmother, aka “Grammer,” aka “Angharad.”] “C’mon, Reggie, you’ll hafta buck up and walk the rest of the way.” Uncle Roddy took me down from […]

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