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The Bluebottle Boys: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 2)

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The Bluebottle Boys: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 2) [\The featured pic is a mildly psychedelic — or maybe “Holi – fied” — rendition of the pub Reggie and Stan attack. For a while it was fun, and we got away with it. We even managed to prevent a fight between two […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 1)

Holika

The Bluebottle Boys: Holi, Holika, St. Patrick’s Day… and Trouble (Part 1) Perhaps Mum, Dad and I should have all gone off to Solihull, instead. Auntie Gene’s birthday was 17 March. We all could have celebrated and I well might have avoided all the problems that followed. But, Auntie Gene’s “special fella,” had taken her […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Monkeys on the Knees (Section 4 of 4)

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Monkeys on the Knees (Section 4 of 4) [Note: Since the story in this post ends at Reggie’s house, rather than at Ian’s, and since we’ve never really seen Reggie’s (or Stan’s) home, it seemed better to show that, rather than depict any portion of Ian’s house (we’ll return later). […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 3 of 4)

Monkeys on the knees

The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 3 of 4) [The featured pic is of Carpenter Road, in Edgbaston, near its junction with Wellington Road — Ian’s neighbourhood. Photograph by Stephen McKay, used under license.] Stan and I were mildly concerned, though not particularly worried, when Ian failed to show up at school […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4)

Monkeys

The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4) [Notes: (1) The featured picture is of the side staircase, 50 meters from the entrance to the Main Hall, where Rufus and Quentin trap and bully Ian (before Reggie and Stan intervene). (2) At this point, I’m going to stop representing the way […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston-Moonkeys on the Knees

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The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 7, Part 2 — Edgbaston, early March 1962: Moonkeys on the Knees (Section 1 of 4) The incident with Ian happened nine days later, on 13 March 1962 – ironically etched in my mind as “Lucky13.” He, Stan, Jenny and I were well into the lunch hour, in the midst […]

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Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961: Drusilla

Drusilla

Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  Drusilla Tiny and Doof were in our class by virtue of having been held back a year. Rufus said he didn’t care. He was already a model, after all, well on his way to stardom in the cinema. His mother had arranged for him to […]

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Edgbaston & Solihull – Autumn 1961: Rufus the Doofus

Doofus

Chapter 5, Part 2 – Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  Rufus the Doofus Perhaps, if we’d faced the other problem earlier – nipped it in the bud – it’s possible matters could’ve gone differently. Possible, mind you, but unlikely. It entailed a trio of upper-class legacy students whose ancestors had attended the school for generations […]

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Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961: School is In

School is In

Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  School is In Summer ended, not literally, but essentially. It wasn’t really the fault of Gary US Bonds, although he had turned out another record jubilantly announcing School Is In – the fink. School would certainly have reconvened in any event, but it was hardly anything to be jubilant about […]

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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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