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The Bluebottle Boys – Between the Walls: Bethany

Between the walls

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)

Bethany

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, 1962: Bethany, Part 1 (Section 1 of 4)

Bethany

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 – Birmingham: Penance (Section 2 of 3)

Bluebottle Boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Birmingham: Penance (Section 2 of 3) [The featured photograph is of the kind of meeting room larger churches tended to have in the 1860s-70s.] D.S. Higgins met us at the gate. With him was a tall, gangling priest with lank, straw-colored, somewhat thinning hair and an open, friendly countenance. He looked […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance and Father Fitzgerald

Father Fitzgerald

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 10, Part 3 – Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance and Father Fitzgerald (Section 2 of 3) [The featured picture is of a rectory parlour much like the one Father Fitzgerald would have had.] “At the end of the hallway to the left is a small parlour,” Father Fitzgerald said. ” […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance (Section 1 of 3)

Penance

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 10, Part 1 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, 23 March 1962: Penance (Section 1 of 3) [The featured photograph is of a church and rectory much like St. Ita’s.] “I can’t believe you said that,” Ian said. “Warstone Lane Cemetery – are you nuts?” We were outside hearing range of anyone […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston: Dares & Dispensation, Part 4

Bluebottle boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 9, Part 4 – Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Dares & Dispensation [The featured pic is of the corridor outside the Headmaster’s office.] The Headmaster had barely managed to extend greetings, seat us in his office and shut the door before Drusilla began trying to hijack the narrative. She claimed to have […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston: Dares & Dispensation, Part 3

Bluebottle boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 9 – Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Dares & Dispensation, Part 3 [The featured pic is of the common room, as seen from the fireplace] Meanwhile, Doof and Tiny must have seen me making a run to the front of the school. Even they could deduce Ian would be alone and unattended; […]

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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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The Bluebottle Boys : Stan and Reggie Dares & Dispensation, Part 1

Stan

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 9, Part 1 — Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Stan and Reggie Dares & Dispensation, Part 1 The featured pic is your first view of the interior of Ian’s house: The dining hall (where Stan and Reggie try to talk Ian into recanting his confession) as seen from the main staircase. Thursday […]

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