Born in Leeds in Yorkshire, England, I have worked in education in the UK, Papua New Guinea and in Perth Western Australia, where I currently live. I have two creative loves writing and rock music.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Dentist in Leeds and Papua New Guinea. Not for the Squeamish!

I cannot say what age I was when I started to go to the dentist, but I remember my first one well. Mr Gosling had his surgery on Easterly Road … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Dentist in Leeds and Papua New Guinea. Not for the Squeamish!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Testing My Mother’s Resilience! The Scrapes and Near Scrapes from Playing in the Garden, Street and the Local Area of Gipton.

Our first house as a family was in Lawrence Avenue, on the edge of the Gipton estate. It was a small, semi-detached two-bedroom house. This was fine until my mother … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Testing My Mother’s Resilience! The Scrapes and Near Scrapes from Playing in the Garden, Street and the Local Area of Gipton.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House – Two-Up, Two-Down. Guzunders, Ranges, Coal Men, Cellars and Outside Privies! Seems so Old Fashioned Now.

I have many memories of my childhood, as I suppose most other people do of their own. In my case, the memories are all good and it truly was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House – Two-Up, Two-Down. Guzunders, Ranges, Coal Men, Cellars and Outside Privies! Seems so Old Fashioned Now.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.

We have just had Halloween, but when I was growing up in Leeds, it was never much of a thing. Bonfire Night was the major event and there was always … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was very young, it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay where there was a helter-skelter, some swing boats … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Freedom! Playing in the Little Woods and Gipton Wood. Wild Childhood Antics that Today’s Children Would Envy.

My family moved from Lawrence Avenue to Gipton Wood Crescent when my brothers and I had reached an age where playing out was what you did. When not at school, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Freedom! Playing in the Little Woods and Gipton Wood. Wild Childhood Antics that Today’s Children Would Envy.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

When I was young, we used to enjoy specific seasons where we would play games. Today children have access to so much materially, that unless parents and grandparents choose toys … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

Cup of Tea Tales – Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Adventures at Sewerby, Bridlington, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough Head. Knitted Trunks, Sand Blasted and Scoured, Sunburn and the Flying Socks Caper!

When I was young, and probably like most people in the late 1950s and 1960s, one of the greatest joys was a trip to the seaside. The concept of going … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Adventures at Sewerby, Bridlington, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough Head. Knitted Trunks, Sand Blasted and Scoured, Sunburn and the Flying Socks Caper!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Country Dancing, Nursery Rhymes, Singing Lessons, Assemblies.  The Music of Childhood That Stays With Us Forever!

It appears that our brains and memory work in mysterious ways. When I often wander into a room and wonder why I am there and what I was going to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Country Dancing, Nursery Rhymes, Singing Lessons, Assemblies.  The Music of Childhood That Stays With Us Forever!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Change! Some Things That Have Disappeared and Some that Have Come and Gone Since the 1950s.

You know you are getting old when museums start having displays of everyday items that you knew as a child. This has become much more common in recent years and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Change! Some Things That Have Disappeared and Some that Have Come and Gone Since the 1950s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Face of Being A Yorkshire Man or Woman.

The Yorkshire community has changed during my lifetime. As a child at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s, it was an almost exclusively white cohort. The school was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Face of Being A Yorkshire Man or Woman.