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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston, Summer 1961 – New Coifs & My Music

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 2 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: New Coifs & My Music [Note: The featured pic is an early sketch of Reggie that Robbin did. It was passed over for the cover of Walking Backwards for Christmas, and initially passed over for the cover of Bluebottle Boys (which will now […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out

School

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 1 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out [Note: The featured pic is a triptic of places Reggie and Stan visit over the summer. Left to right (1) Perrot’s Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (inspirations for Tolkien’s “Two Towers”); (2) Sarehole Mill (inspiration for Tolkien’s The Shire […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema

Bombed Out Cinema

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 3, Part 3 – Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Our Abandoned, Bombed Out Cinema Note: The featured pic is of the entrance to an abandoned, bombed out cinema, such as the one Reggie and Stan play in. The connection with our favorite abandoned, bombed out cinema was rather more complex. […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Bombsite Spinet

Bombsite

The Bluebottle Boys: Chapter 3, Part 2 Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: The Bombsite Spinet Except now, at least in our favorite bombsite by the Bull Ring, our exploits weren’t always pre-scripted. Maybe it was because, with all the work going on at or near the Bull Ring bleeding into greater Ladywood, we couldn’t be […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston & Birmingham – Winter Into Spring

Winter

The Bluebottle Boys -Chapter 3, Part 1 — Edgbaston & Birmingham, Spring 1961: Winter Into Spring [Note: You alumnae of the Walking Backwards for Christmas posts will recognise the featured picture. For you newcomers, this is the castle-like toposcope (or at least the current version of it) standing at the top of Beacon Hill, south […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Choir & the Peace Corps

Peace Corps

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 2, Part 3 – Winter 1961: The Choir & the Peace Corps Stan and I found an arrangement of Antonio Salieri’s “Concerto in C for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra,” in the library. An arrangement for two recorders and piano. Alternating checkouts of the score between us, and making creative use […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Bertie & My Birthday

Edgbaston

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 2, Part 2 — Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Bertie & My Birthday [Note: The featured pic is of Bertrand Russell and his wife Edith (center) leading the demonstration mentioned in this post (photograph by Tony French, used by permission)] On 18 February, Bertrand Russell led a march of 20,000 protesters seeking […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Auntie Gene

Auntie Gene

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 2, Part 1 — Edgbaston, Winter 1961: Auntie Gene The driving downpours and snow in the many weeks prior to Christmas 1960 worsened as the winter progressed into early 1961. Dad had turned 45 on 22 January. He and Mum had used the occasion, and a lull in the storms, […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 1: Celebration & Reflection

The Bluebottle Boys

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 1: Celebration & Reflection Notes: Hello, and a belated Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of 2017, and to the start of Volume One of  The Bluebottle Boys. This is the sequel to Walking Backwards for Christmas. That is indeed the book cover you see as the featured picture. […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: The Holly & The Ivy

Holly

“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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