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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: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema

Bombed Out Cinema

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 3, Part 3 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema Note: The featured pic is of the entrance to an abandoned, bombed out cinema, such as the one Reggie and Stan play in. The connection with our favorite abandoned, bombed out cinema was rather more complex. […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Bombsite Spinet

Bombsite

The Bluebottle Boys: Chapter 3, Part 2 Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: The Bombsite Spinet Except now, at least in our favorite bombsite by the Bull Ring, our exploits weren’t always pre-scripted. Maybe it was because, with all the work going on at or near the Bull Ring bleeding into greater Ladywood, we couldn’t be […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Some Christmas

Christmas

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 2: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Some Christmas [The featured picture is another of Robbin’s early studies of Reggie. We set him aside for this book. We came back to him as a prototype for the 10-year-old Reggie in the upcoming sequel, […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Solihull: At the Worst Possible Time

Worst Possible Time

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 1: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : At the Worst Possible Time [the featured picture is of a 1960 Ford Anglia. A staple of transportation for middle class families in the UK at the time; with two cars. OK, one car and […]

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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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A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall: “Coventry & Cressida”

Coventry & Cressida

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston,  September 1960,  “Coventry & Cressida, Rockers & Wreckage” [Notes: (1) The featured picture is of a bombed-out theatre, similar to that played in by Stan and Reggie; (2) To be “sent to Coventry” is to be ostracized.] Rehearsal proceeded with no further […]

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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience – American Cinemas

American cinemas

The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience – American Cinemas Yes, American cinemas had the better movies on Saturday morning. But ambience?, Unless you were in a pre-1940 theatre, the ambience in a typical American cinemas left much to be desired. In moments of exasperation, one could even say it was just cheesy. Cookie-cutter single-story […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Lickey Hills and Edith Bratt

Tolkien

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Lickey Hills, Minas Tirith, the Spired City — and Arwen Every summer, Fr Francis took the Tolkien brothers on holiday to Lyme Regis in Devon. Here he had several friends and Ronald was fascinated by the striking landscape. It was on one such holiday that Fr Francis discovered the true feelings of the […]

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