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The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfields World of Wonder (Section 3 of 3)

Whitfield's World of Wonder

The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfields World of Wonder (Section 3 of 3) I bolted out of the shop, with my guitar in one hand and my newly acquired purchases in the other, making it to Grammer’s house just as the last glimmers of twilight faded away. It didn’t occur to me until later on, as Grammer […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Whitfield’s World of Wonder

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 6 – Solihull, late March 1962: Whitfield’s World of Wonder (Section 2 of 3) “You spoke of marking a presence at Warstone Lane Cemetry,” the strange Shopkeeper began. “Officially that is the purpose of these mirrors.” “And unofficially?” “You think quickly, boy. Unofficially, the mirrors – that you […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Between the Walls: Bethany

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 4 — Between the Walls, late March 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4) The cottage was shadowy inside, and my eyes took a minute or two to fully adjust to the darkness. A windowless corridor leading to the back of the house continued in a straight […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4)

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 11, Part 3 – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4) [The featured picture is of a portion of the trail leading to/away from Ravenshaw Ford.] “But how now, where might Stan be?” Bethany said, anxious to change the subject. “Not permitted t’ be near me,” […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany

Bethany

The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany [The featured picture is of a portion the area of Ravenshaw Ford that Bethany is said to haunt. This photo was shot in early spring; add a bit of snow, and it would be just about right for the setting depicted in this chapter. By summer, […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 1 of 4)

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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: Edgbaston – Dares & Dispensation

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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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