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The Bluebottle Boys – Autumn 1961: Return to Choir & Grammer

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The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 5, Part 5 — Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961:  Return to Choir & Grammer Choir reconvened. The arrangements of David Willcocks seemed to have become an obsession with our director, after our success that Easter, as well as the previous Christmas. This autumn, he’d planned quite an ambitious program, including […]

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Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull, Autumn 1961: Drusilla

Drusilla

Chapter 5, Part 4 — Edgbaston & Solihull,  Autumn 1961:  Drusilla Tiny and Doof were in our class by virtue of having been held back a year. Rufus said he didn’t care. He was already a model, after all, well on his way to stardom in the cinema. His mother had arranged for him to […]

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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

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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: Edgbaston & Birmingham – Winter Into Spring

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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

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

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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

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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: Between the Walls: Sing Gaudete

Sing Gaudete

Walking Backwards for Christmas, Chapter 6, Part 10 — Between the Walls: Sing Gaudete Bethany and Stan wandered in from the dining area and were watching Gramfer and me as they each took a chair on either side of the roaring fire that now added light, as well as heat, to the lounge. Gramfer motioned […]

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