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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Solihull: Sweet Sunday

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Sweet Sunday: The Bluebottle Boys: Chapter 5, Part 6 – Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961 Note: A fairly typical English Sunday (except for lack of a Sunday tea) in the early 1960s. Rosenbaum’s Deli would still have been a bit exotic back then, but places like it were available enough, at least within Edgbaston, with […]

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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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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston, Summer 1961 – New Coifs & My Music

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 2 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: New Coifs & My Music [Note: The featured pic is an early sketch of Reggie that Robbin did. It was passed over for the cover of Walking Backwards for Christmas, and initially passed over for the cover of Bluebottle Boys (which will now […]

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

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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 & Birmingham – Winter Into Spring

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The Bluebottle Boys -Chapter 3, Part 1 — Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Winter Into Spring [Note: You alumnae of the Walking Backwards for Christmas posts will recognise the featured picture. For you newcomers, this is the castle-like toposcope (or at least the current version of it) standing at the top of Beacon Hill, south […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Choir & the Peace Corps

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 2, Part 3 – Winter 1961: The Choir & the Peace Corps Stan and I found an arrangement of Antonio Salieri’s “Concerto in C for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra,” in the library. An arrangement for two recorders and piano. Alternating checkouts of the score between us, and making creative use […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Bertie & My Birthday

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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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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: The Tale of Gramfer: Auntie Evvie

Auntie Evvie

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 8 – Between the Walls: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 2): Auntie Evvie [Note: The featured photo is a rare colour news shot from 20 November 1940 of the aftermath of the Nazi bombing of Solihull in the evening of 19 November 1940.] Gramfer looked wistful a moment, […]

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