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Walking Backwards for Christmas: In a Time Warp, Dark & Empty

Time Warp

Walking Backwards for Christmas: Chapter 7, Part 2 — Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: In a Time Warp, Dark & Empty I’d expected Mum, Grammer, and maybe even Uncle Roddy to have returned, waiting for me, ready to cut me a new eye socket for being out so long when they’d had no idea where I […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: Loss

Christmas

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Solihull, Chapter 7, Part 1 — Solihull, Christmas Eve Day 1960: Loss [Note: the featured picture is a very early postcard of High Street in Solihull (you can see St. Alphege’s Church at upper right). Except for an absence of horses and presence of cars, the […]

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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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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Bethany and The Hollow Tree

Bethany

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 7: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Bethany and The Hollow Tree [note: Just to remind everyone where we were three weeks ago, Reggie and Stan followed Bethany’s ghost past the Ravenshaw Ford bridge, along the River Blythe, when they become enveloped […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Serenading the Ghost

Walking backwards for Christmas

Walking Backwards for Christmas : A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 6: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Serenading the Ghost The wind suddenly picked up, making a noise vaguely like the eerie “angelic” chorus in the middle of The Goon Show song “I’m Walking Backwards for Christmas” that we’d sung during […]

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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

Ghost

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: The Reign of Queen Anne

Reign of Queen Anne

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 3: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : The Reign of Queen Anne [the featured picture is of Stan, a detail from the book cover] Luckily, Grammer and I wouldn’t quite be alone—Stan would be there too. After the meeting at university, Dr. […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Some Christmas

Christmas

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 2: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : Some Christmas [The featured picture is another of Robbin’s early studies of Reggie. We set him aside for this book. We came back to him as a prototype for the 10-year-old Reggie in the upcoming sequel, […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: Solihull: At the Worst Possible Time

Worst Possible Time

Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall. Chapter 5, Part 1: Solihull,  Christmas Eve Day 1960 : At the Worst Possible Time [the featured picture is of a 1960 Ford Anglia. A staple of transportation for middle class families in the UK at the time; with two cars. OK, one car and […]

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