The Bluebottle Boys (Volume Two) Chapter 32 — Birmingham (UK) & Edgbaston, 17 April 1962: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Bombed Out Cinema (Part 4)

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After three hours we’d had all we could take of such intense rehearsal. Our former favorite bombed-out cinema – whatever it had become – had apparently also wearied of us, for the candles were burning low without any new ones being lit. A bright light with a bit of fog appeared at the far end, […]

The Bluebottle Boys (Volume Two) Chapter 32 — Birmingham (UK) & Edgbaston, 17 April 1962: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Bombed Out Cinema (Part 3)

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I produced The Screen and set it up in a corner, alongside the harpsichord’s soundboard, explaining that it would provide instrumental accompaniment, as long as someone provided chords and rhythm (though the more human input it received from the accompaniment, the more it could do in return). Skeptical, Jenny played a continuo-like set of arpeggios, […]

The Bluebottle Boys (Volume Two) Chapter 32 — Birmingham (UK) & Edgbaston, 17 April 1962: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Bombed Out Cinema (Part 1)

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“This is a joke, right?” “We both know this address, Stan,” I replied, “So this key you picked up last Sunday . …” “Which was given to me last Sunday – with a note attached . .. .:” “Where said attached note now has the address of a bombed-out cinema – our favourite bombed-out cinema […]

The Bluebottle Boys — Chapter 30 — The Paganini Demon (Part 2)

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We crossed the dining room and entered the lounge; Uncle Roddy and Auntie Gene were waiting, sitting in two comfy chairs. Auntie Gene stood and we ran to her. The demon saw her and transformed into his Paganini-vampire form, radiating the most charming visage of which he was likely capable; Auntie Gene responded with a […]