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The Bluebottle Boys – Bethany, Part 1 (Section 3 of 4)

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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, late March 1962: Bethany

Bethany

The Bluebottle Boys – Solihull, late March 1962: Bethany [The featured picture is of a portion the area of Ravenshaw Ford that Bethany is said to haunt. This photo was shot in early spring; add a bit of snow, and it would be just about right for the setting depicted in this chapter. By summer, […]

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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 – 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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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Bethany Appears

Bethany

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 5: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Bethany Appears   [the featured picture is of the bridge over Ravenshaw Ford] Bolting into the woods over mud and extremely slippery grasses in dress oxfords wasn’t only risky but only marginally even manageable. We […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: On the Trail of the Ghost

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 4: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : On the Trail of the Ghost [the featured picture is of St. Aphege’s church, Solihull, where Bethany was flogged before being drowned, and in whose churchyard Gramfer is buried] Now it was my turn to […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: As at Ravenshaw Ford

Ravenshaw Ford

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1, Solihull,  August 1960,  “As at Ravenshaw Ford” [Note: The featured picture is a picture of Reg/Reggie’s maternal grandfather, aka “Gramfer,” aka “Fen,” as he appeared in the penultimate version of the cover. With tears in our eyes, we decided he was cluttering the […]

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