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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 : Stan and Reggie Dares & Dispensation, Part 1

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The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 9, Part 1 — Edgbaston, mid-March 1962: Stan and Reggie Dares & Dispensation, Part 1 The featured pic is your first view of the interior of Ian’s house: The dining hall (where Stan and Reggie try to talk Ian into recanting his confession) as seen from the main staircase. Thursday […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Monkeys on the Knees (Section 4 of 4)

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston – Monkeys on the Knees (Section 4 of 4) [Note: Since the story in this post ends at Reggie’s house, rather than at Ian’s, and since we’ve never really seen Reggie’s (or Stan’s) home, it seemed better to show that, rather than depict any portion of Ian’s house (we’ll return later). […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 3 of 4)

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 3 of 4) [The featured pic is of Carpenter Road, in Edgbaston, near its junction with Wellington Road — Ian’s neighbourhood. Photograph by Stephen McKay, used under license.] Stan and I were mildly concerned, though not particularly worried, when Ian failed to show up at school […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4)

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The Bluebottle Boys: Edgbaston: Monkeys on the Knees (Section 2 of 4) [Notes: (1) The featured picture is of the side staircase, 50 meters from the entrance to the Main Hall, where Rufus and Quentin trap and bully Ian (before Reggie and Stan intervene). (2) At this point, I’m going to stop representing the way […]

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Edgbaston, Early March 1962: Celebration & Reflection (reprise)

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Edgbaston,  Early March 1962:  Celebration & Reflection (reprise) The Screen reconsidered sometime after New Year’s, stopped playing critic, and graciously, for the first anniversary celebration, provided Stan and me with a tack piano and snare drum backing, as he and I played sitar and guitar, in our only performance ever of “Take Me Out to […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham & Edgbaston, The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 5 – Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: The Seventh Seal [Notes: (1) Featured pix are: Antonius (the knight) playing chess with Death (upper left), Jof the Juggler having a heavenly vision with his wife (Mia) and child on the lower left. Both were pix from The Seventh Seal. […]

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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: Birmingham & Edgbaston: February

February

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 6, Part 3 — Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: February (section 1 of 3) On 11 February, “Ring-a-Ding Girl” won the audition to be the UK’s entry to 1962’s Eurovision Song Contest. The song got stuck in my head the way difficult food particles get stuck between the teeth, impervious to […]

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The Bluebottle Boys: Birmingham & Edgbaston: January

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The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 6, Part 2 – Birmingham & Edgbaston, Winter 1961-1962: January [Note: The featured picture is a triptych consisting of (left to right) a UK pressing of “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan & the Beatles, Alex’s Pie Stand (after hours mecca for the Birmingham rock scene in the early to mid […]

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