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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: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 1)

Holika

The Bluebottle Boys: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 1) Perhaps Mum, Dad and I should have all gone off to Solihull, instead. Auntie Gene’s birthday was 17 March. We all could have celebrated and I well might have avoided all the problems that followed. But, Auntie Gene’s “special fella,” had taken her […]

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

Edgbaston

The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Monkeys on the Knees (Section 4 of 4) [Note: Since the story in this post ends at Reggie’s house, rather than at Ian’s, and since we’ve never really seen Reggie’s (or Stan’s) home, it seemed better to show that, rather than depict any portion of Ian’s house (we’ll return later). […]

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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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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Bertie & My Birthday

Edgbaston

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 2, Part 2 — Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Bertie & My Birthday [Note: The featured pic is of Bertrand Russell and his wife Edith (center) leading the demonstration mentioned in this post (photograph by Tony French, used by permission)] On 18 February, Bertrand Russell led a march of 20,000 protesters seeking […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Choir and Harmony

Choir

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe From Soggyhall, Chapter 4, Edgbaston, November & Early December 1960: “Choir, Harmony, and the Coming of Stan’s ‘Didis’” Aside from allowing us to finagle Saturday mornings at the ABC Minors Club, our additional swotting paid off in that we did well in our academic studies. But as […]

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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: “The ABC Minors Club”

The ABC Minors Club

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 4, Edgbaston, November & early December: “The ABC Minors Club” [Note: You “old timers” to the post will recognise the featured picture. For you more recent arrivals, it’s the ABC Edgbaston cinema (1928-1968). The home of the ABC Minors Club where Reggie and Stan […]

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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience: The Monitors

The Monitors

The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 6: The Monitors The featured picture – that’s an ABC Minors Club Monitors badge. I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get any photographs of the glow-in-the-dark ones. (Yes, we could sometimes see where they were too), Monitors were older kids, sometimes 10 or 11, usually 12, 13 […]

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The ABC Minors Club: On Saturday Mornings

ABC Minors Club

The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 5: On Saturday Mornings, Long Ago Eventually, the programme at the ABC Minors Club would begin. Usually with the sing-along (although some cinemas saved it until the end, a way to wind the kids down, I suppose, before sending them on their way). Which songs would vary […]

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