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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 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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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

Birmingham

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 & 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, Winter 1961: Auntie Gene

Auntie Gene

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 2, Part 1 — Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Auntie Gene The driving downpours and snow in the many weeks prior to Christmas 1960 worsened as the winter progressed into early 1961. Dad had turned 45 on 22 January. He and Mum had used the occasion, and a lull in the storms, […]

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