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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Choir and Harmony

Choir

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe From Soggyhall, Chapter 4, Edgbaston, November & Early December 1960: “Choir, Harmony, and the Coming of Stan’s ‘Didis’” Aside from allowing us to finagle Saturday mornings at the ABC Minors Club, our additional swotting paid off in that we did well in our academic studies. But as […]

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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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“Walking Backwards for Christmas: Chapter 3: Harborne, Diwali, Part 3

Diwali

“Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall,” Chapter 3: Harborne, October 1960: Diwali, Part 3 [the featured picture is one of Lakshmi; I found the stormy background particularly apropos] But to our surprise, shock and horror, the wind quickly rose again. Slowly lifting the fountain up from the yard like a rocket […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Diwali, Part 2

Diwali

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Harborne, October 1960: Diwali, Part 2 We arrived early, Mum, Dad and me. Dr. Gupta had acquired several small black lights, and throughout the floors in the house, even on the walls occasionally, we saw a woman’s fluorescent footprint: Lakshmi, Facilitator of Prosperity and Good […]

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“Walking Backwards for Christmas: Diwali, Part 1

Diwali

“Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall,” Chapter 3: Harborne,  October 1960:  Diwali, Part 1 [Note: The featured picture is an early sketch of Stan, done during a brief period when we considered having the characters look like cartoons] Diwali, the Hindu autumnal celebration of light, love and family — some said […]

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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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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Edgbaston Stan

Stan

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 2, Edgbaston,  September 1960,  “Stan” [Notes: (1) The featured picture is an early version of Reggie. We thought it looked too serious at the time, but as the story gets darker in later books we may well return to him, aging him a bit […]

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