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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Dares & Dispensation

The Bluebottle Boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 9, Part 2 – Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Dares & Dispensation, Part 2 [The featured picture is the school library where Reggie finds Ian (and where Reggie and Stan had earlier learned the identity of Bethany’s “Uncle Henry”).] Mum had the old ’38 Minx, and not the Anglia, when we took […]

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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 – 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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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Holly & The Ivy

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“Walking Backwards for Christmas”: Chapter 7, Part 3: “The Holly & the Ivy” [and a couple of previews] They’d stopped back in Edgbaston, picked up the Indian spices Mum and Cressida had used in the samosas, before returning to a butcher in Solihull for a bit of ground lamb and a grocer for some fresh […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: In a Time Warp, Dark & Empty

Time Warp

Walking Backwards for Christmas: Chapter 7, Part 2 — Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: In a Time Warp, Dark & Empty I’d expected Mum, Grammer, and maybe even Uncle Roddy to have returned, waiting for me, ready to cut me a new eye socket for being out so long when they’d had no idea where I […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: Loss

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Solihull, Chapter 7, Part 1 — Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: Loss [Note: the featured picture is a very early postcard of High Street in Solihull (you can see St. Alphege’s Church at upper right). Except for an absence of horses and presence of cars, the […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Bethany’s Carol

Bethany's Carol

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 11 — Between the Walls: Bethany’s Carol [Note: the letter yogh (“ȝ”) you see in the carol appeared extensively in Middle English, and was still in use in Bethany’s time. It usually (but not always) appears as a “gh” in Modern English and is silent, though originally it […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Between the Walls: Sing Gaudete

Sing Gaudete

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 10 — Between the Walls: Sing Gaudete Bethany and Stan wandered in from the dining area and were watching Gramfer and me as they each took a chair on either side of the roaring fire that now added light, as well as heat, to the lounge. Gramfer motioned […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1)

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Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 7 — Between the Walls: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1) Stan and Bethany eventually grew engrossed in a conversation about India. Gramfer signaled me to tiptoe out of the dining room back to the lounge. He sat in one comfy chair, I in one across from him. […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Why Do You Stay?

Why Do You Stay

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 6 — Between the Walls: “Why Do You Stay?” [Note: the featured picture is of Solihull monestary. The training ground, at the time, for, among others, many of the sort of (male) clerics that Bethany had encountered, and had judged her and put her to death. The sort […]

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