russell higgs

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I believe it was my brother's birthday today.

His bio-dad was my mum's first husband, and then my dad officially adopted him aged around 3.

My brother used to be 8 years older than me.
But after he overdosed on heroin (in his dealer's bathroom) in 1985, I am subsequently now 15 years older than he ever was.

I guess that generally the topic of "crime" is something I associate strongly with my brother.
Stocking masked robberies and vehicle thefts etc.
He was in and out of borstals and prisons much of when I was growing up, sometimes he was an escaped prisoner on the run , I remember, or he was often in hospitals.

However, criminality is a prominant narrative woven throughout my family, it wasn't just my brother, the list also includes my mum, my mum's sister-in-law, my uncle, my cousins, my cousins kids, etc etc.

....oh and me of course.

So I was planning to write a bigger post about criminality in my family. But I haven't finished writing it yet, and I'm tired this evening, so it'll wait until my mum's birthday in a few days time.

But then that is also especially appropriate, because the remaining little bit of swag from my mum's last robbery (bless her) manifested an interesting rift in the remaining family after she died......

monday 16072007



I believe it was my brother's birthday today.

His bio-dad was my mum's first husband, and then my dad officially adopted him aged around 3.

My brother used to be 8 years older than me.
But after he overdosed on heroin (in his dealer's bathroom) in 1985, I am subsequently now 15 years older than he ever was.

I guess that generally the topic of "crime" is something I associate strongly with my brother.
Stocking masked robberies and vehicle thefts etc.
He was in and out of borstals and prisons much of when I was growing up, sometimes he was an escaped prisoner on the run , I remember, or he was often in hospitals.

However, criminality is a prominant narrative woven throughout my family, it wasn't just my brother, the list also includes my mum, my mum's sister-in-law, my uncle, my cousins, my cousins kids, etc etc.

....oh and me of course.

So I was planning to write a bigger post about criminality in my family. But I haven't finished writing it yet, and I'm tired this evening, so it'll wait until my mum's birthday in a few days time.

But then that is also especially appropriate, because the remaining little bit of swag from my mum's last robbery (bless her) manifested an interesting rift in the remaining family after she died......

comments (6)

Very nice picture. Beautiful flowers. I will read your post on your mum's birthday.
russell higgs: Thanks Frank

and I'm looking forward to composing my post for my mum's birthday too.
  • mal
  • 17 Jul 2007, 06:47
I'm glad that you are sharing these things with us Russell.

The image is fantastic and it should be a criminal offence to not see it! Love this one. mal
russell higgs: thanks Mal, its always lovely to hear from you.

Thinking about my brother again, this morning:
he seemed to shag like a rabbit,
he loved his fashion in the 60s and 70s,
he adored his motor bikes
he sometimes had epileptic fits and fell over.
He was on prescriptions like phenabarbitone etc (aswell as heroin and the other drugs that he liked)
and his favourite bands were The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and ........oh, the other name will come to me later, a name like The incredible string orchestra?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Jul 2007, 12:01
This is a wonderful blog post Russell.
Gorgeously exuberant head gear, combined with highly candid, colourful, nostalgic writing.
Ohhh...and a confession thrown in!

Is it possible your brother's fav band was "Electric Light Orchestra"?
russell higgs: no not ELO, but thanks for the suggestion Ray.

I think they might have been called The Incredible String Band. I'll google them in a mo.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 17 Jul 2007, 13:11
You've found that wonderful afternoon light again russell. right in time for your brothers birthday. The snippets you are sharing are wonderful.
was thinking about my brother's personal background narrative, some more recently......

his bio-dad, who divorced from our mum when my brother was about 18 months, never kept in contact with his son, for some reason that I don't know and theres probably no one left to ask.

I do remember that round the time that my brother had his first epileptic fits, when he was a teen and he was inside some borstal at the time, playing a game of snooker I think, then my mum contacted his bio-dad to see if there was epilepsy on his side.

and my mum said his bio-dad told her not to contact him again. no idea why.
my brother had the words LOvE" and "HATE" tatooed on his fingers

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