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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Dares & Dispensation

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 9, Part 2 – Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Dares & Dispensation, Part 2 [The featured picture is the school library where Reggie finds Ian (and where Reggie and Stan had earlier learned the identity of Bethany’s “Uncle Henry”).] Mum had the old ’38 Minx, and not the Anglia, when we took […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 1: Celebration & Reflection

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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

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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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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 4: A Place You Could Belong

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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 4: A Place You Could Belong The Minors Club did give you a membership card when you joined.  You can see (a very old) one on my Facebook page. It assured you of a seat, over non-members, if it turned out there weren’t enough seats to go […]

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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 1: Sometimes it’s little things

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The ABC Minors Club: A 60’s Experience Part 1: Sometimes it’s little things Sometimes it’s little things – the details from the distant past, or sometimes even the near past, that you forget about, until someone draws your attention to them – that bring back a time and/or place again. They can take so many […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: The Bluebottle Boys

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: (Part 4): Impressions of Moseley Bog from Sarehole Mill — as reflected in The Bluebottle Boys [This is the second part of the excerpt from The Bluebottle Boys, relating to Moseley Bog. At the point where it ends, Reggie is headed into the Bog, but it will be an “alternative” sort of Bog, […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Impressions of Moseley Bog

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: (Part 4): Impressions of Moseley Bog from Sarehole Mill — as reflected in The Bluebottle Boys [The featured picture is no fantasy painting but an actual photograph, shot shortly after sunrise, of Moseley Bog. This post and the one that will follow Thursday are truncated excerpts from my upcoming novel The Bluebottle Boys, […]

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