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‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen!

One of the major changes from the childhood I experienced and that my grandchildren have is that of playgrounds. Modern playgrounds are colourful, well built, architecturally designed and above all … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Crack of Leather on Willow, Zulu attack, Pole Vaulting and we are all in for the High Jump.

I don’t know if it is just my memory or whether it is a fact that we seemed to have some lovely summers whilst I was growing up in the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Crack of Leather on Willow, Zulu attack, Pole Vaulting and we are all in for the High Jump.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Unkempt Years! The Rising of the Band, Atlantis, and the first St Edmund’s Hall Gig.

You would have thought that after our experiences as a group, at Chapel Allerton’s Methodist Hall, we would have realised that maybe we weren’t going to make it, but we … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Unkempt Years! The Rising of the Band, Atlantis, and the first St Edmund’s Hall Gig.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Sport, Sport, Sport! The ghosts that haunt the PE department of Roundhay School. “Call That Running, Boy?”

I was speaking with my younger brother last evening and he was telling me that he had visited Roundhay School just before they rebuilt it. He went into the paved … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Sport, Sport, Sport! The ghosts that haunt the PE department of Roundhay School. “Call That Running, Boy?”

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Illicit Fags, Booze, the Finger Incident and a School Trip to Cromer.

Now Roundhay School did have a number of organised events for the boys and I know that the Girls’ School had many as well. Some were less educational than others … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Illicit Fags, Booze, the Finger Incident and a School Trip to Cromer.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

Apart from the delights mentioned previously, there were many others on offer if you had the odd penny, halfpenny, threepence or sixpence to spend at the local shop. The jars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – 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’ – Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and other delights we have lost over the years.

Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.

One of the new challenges of high school at Roundhay School was Chemistry. The thought of laboratories for a boy just leaving primary school was one of wonder and excitement. … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Parties, Parties, Parties! Wild Extravagant Youth. Your Mother Warned You about Boys Like Us.

I guess it was just the times, but there was an alignment of the stars and the swinging sixties met with adolescence and a society that hadn’t managed to get … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Parties, Parties, Parties! Wild Extravagant Youth. Your Mother Warned You about Boys Like Us.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Junior Rugby at Roundhay, Naked Baths, House Matches and Straight-Arm Tackles.

Roundhay School was nothing if not created as a Grammar School clone of the traditional public school. The buildings were imposing and its traditions were overbearing. The masters were still … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Junior Rugby at Roundhay, Naked Baths, House Matches and Straight-Arm Tackles.

‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans!

Fireworks were an annual occasion when I was a child in Harehills, and as I have mentioned before, there was the thrill of going to buy a box of Standard … Continue reading ‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

Our band was becoming more accomplished and we had settled on the name ‘Atlantis’. Somehow we were building a reputation and I am not sure whether it was for our … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.

Many of my teenage activities were both inspired by, and facilitated by my older brother, Andrew. I have no memory of how he got into rock climbing, but somehow he … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.