The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 17, Part 6 — Edgbaston, late March 1962: The Rise of the Bluebottle Boys [section 3 of 3]

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The ubiquitous books and folders left no doubt as to the room’s function. In the days before everything was done in earth tones, the room’s combination of leather and dark wood, the banker’s lamp and adjacent heavy semi-functional brass ornaments on the desk collectively left no doubt about the masculinity of the room. But as […]

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 17, Part 4, Edgbaston, late March 1962: The Rise of the Bluebottle Boys [section 1 of 3]

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“It’s Friday,” I said happily.”It’s five minutes to five.” “It’s Crackerjack!” Stan rejoined, invoking one of our favorite television shows. “Crack-er-Jack!” we all ritually refrained. “No it isn’t,” Ian continued, “but it is time for all three of us to get out and away from this stupid school for two whole days.” He tossed back […]