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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out

School

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 1 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out [Note: The featured pic is a triptic of places Reggie and Stan visit over the summer. Left to right (1) Perrot’s Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (inspirations for Tolkien’s “Two Towers”); (2) Sarehole Mill (inspiration for Tolkien’s The Shire […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Bertie & My Birthday

Edgbaston

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 2, Part 2 — Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Bertie & My Birthday [Note: The featured pic is of Bertrand Russell and his wife Edith (center) leading the demonstration mentioned in this post (photograph by Tony French, used by permission)] On 18 February, Bertrand Russell led a march of 20,000 protesters seeking […]

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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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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 1: Celebration & Reflection

The Bluebottle Boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 1: Celebration & Reflection Notes: Hello, and a belated Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of 2017, and to the start of Volume One of  The Bluebottle Boys. This is the sequel to Walking Backwards for Christmas. That is indeed the book cover you see as the featured picture. […]

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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: 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: “Beacon Hill and Bad Omens”

Beacon Hill

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston, September 1960, “Beacon Hill and Bad Omens” [Note: The featured picture is of the toposcope at the top of Beacon Hill] Now and then, we’d take a bus away from town, to Beacon Hill and the castle-like toposcope at its crest. It […]

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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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