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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 4 – Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962: February (section 2 of 3) I’d had my suspicions as far back as Christmas, when Auntie Gene’s “Jackie” doo had been longer. Hanging between the base of her neck and the top of her shoulder blades, so fouffed out it had almost resembled […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston & Birmingham: December

December

The Bluebottle Boys- Chapter 6, Part 1 — Edgbaston & Birmingham, Winter 1961-1962: December In mid December, Auntie Gene took me to see “The Young Ones,” with Robert Morley and Cliff Richard, the first of our monthly Friday night movie dates, where we went to “hipper” movies that Mum and Dad were willing to let […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: The Choir & the Peace Corps

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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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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: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1)

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Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 7 — Between the Walls: The Tale of Gramfer (Part 1) Stan and Bethany eventually grew engrossed in a conversation about India. Gramfer signaled me to tiptoe out of the dining room back to the lounge. He sat in one comfy chair, I in one across from him. […]

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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: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1, Solihull,  August 1960,  “Along Our Merry Way” [Note: The featured picture is a map of Warwickshire as it existed in the 1960s, indicating the locations of the significant places mentioned in the story] I’d been born in Grammer and Gramfer’s house, as had […]

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall “Gramfer”

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Walking Backwards for Christmas: A Tale of Woe from Soggyhall, Chapter 1: Solihull,  August 1960,  “Gramfer” Note: The featured picture is a detail from the book cover. It’s of Reg/Reggie’s maternal grandmother, aka “Grammer,” aka “Angharad.”] “C’mon, Reggie, you’ll hafta buck up and walk the rest of the way.” Uncle Roddy took me down from […]

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