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‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Build-Up to Christmas. Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.

I enjoyed the wind-up to the end of the term and the Christmas holidays. The teachers always seemed in a good mood in the last few days and it was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Build-Up to Christmas. Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Hippy Attempt on the Summit of Mount Snowdon. What Foolish Things We Did as Students!

It was an earlier blog on the sartorial elegance of the 1970s that reminded me of an intrepid attempt to scale Mount Snowdon in North Wales. At the time, I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Hippy Attempt on the Summit of Mount Snowdon. What Foolish Things We Did as Students!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ashworth’s Sweet-Shop, Harehills. Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and Other Delights We Have Lost Over The Years. 

One of my earliest memories of my father is his returning home after work and producing what he called ‘magic’. That is, he would pull out some sweets or bars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ashworth’s Sweet-Shop, Harehills. Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and Other Delights We Have Lost Over The Years. 

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A’ Levels, the Final Year at High School, Planning to Leave Home, Getting into College and Growing Older if Not Wiser.

I have spoken in a previous tale about taking A Levels and I must admit that at the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to be, or do with … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A’ Levels, the Final Year at High School, Planning to Leave Home, Getting into College and Growing Older if Not Wiser.

‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans! Not Fun for Everyone!

As a child, there was always great excitement during the buildup to Bonfire Night. For one thing, my mother’s pet toy poodle, Sabeau, went hysterical at this time of year. For … Continue reading ‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans! Not Fun for Everyone!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – We were so Bad! Music, Hormones, Teacher Baiting, and the 1970s. The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers, but Heaven for Us.

There appeared to be two types of people at Roundhay School and they can be split into those who would cause their parents’ concern and those who wouldn’t. I was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – We were so Bad! Music, Hormones, Teacher Baiting, and the 1970s. The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers, but Heaven for Us.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – What Foolish Things We Do in Our Youth! Fancy Dress Jester Debacle, the Robin Caper, the Quink Ink Fiasco and the Shocking Experience!

I remember wondering, what is the point of living beyond nineteen as it was downhill all the way from there. I now realise the absolute folly of such a thought, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – What Foolish Things We Do in Our Youth! Fancy Dress Jester Debacle, the Robin Caper, the Quink Ink Fiasco and the Shocking Experience!

Cup of Tea Tales’ – I Dreaded Going! Oh, How Cold! Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary and Roundhay School.

Swimming! It is one of those things, like reading, riding a bike, or driving a car, that there is one moment when you realise that you can actually do it. … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales’ – I Dreaded Going! Oh, How Cold! Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary and Roundhay School.