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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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Walking Backwards for Christmas: On the Trail of the Ghost

Ghost

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 4: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : On the Trail of the Ghost [the featured picture is of St. Aphege’s church, Solihull, where Bethany was flogged before being drowned, and in whose churchyard Gramfer is buried] Now it was my turn to […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Reign of Queen Anne

Reign of Queen Anne

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 3: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : The Reign of Queen Anne [the featured picture is of Stan, a detail from the book cover] Luckily, Grammer and I wouldn’t quite be alone—Stan would be there too. After the meeting at university, Dr. […]

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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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