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.
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.
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.
Sometimes it is good to take another look at the things that made us what we are. Being born in the mid-1950s means that we are creations of both the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Things That I loved About Growing up in Leeds and Yorkshire.
My last tale took music up to the end of the progressive era dinosaurs and the start of punk and new wave. The change in music saw a major change … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- The New Wave and What Came Afterwards. Musical Adventures in the 1970s. My Bedsitter Images – Mice, Fleas and My Wet Stereo.
A few years ago I bought a book, 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die and I have just got it out to look and realised that it was from … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ The Music of a Generation 1960s and 70s. Revolution, the Rise and Fall of Album Music and What Followed After.
After my first go at making a guitar, which was the Telecaster style, from Pitbull Guitars, here in Perth, I couldn’t resist having another go and I wanted to try … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Guitar Building, Strandberg Style Headless Guitar Kit
I suppose that one thing that I particularly remember as a child was a sense of optimism. The world seemed such a positive place and science was going to lead … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Bright New Future, Slightly Tarnished? Taking Chances!
As we get older, there are people that we come across and form friendships with. For me, they have been many and I treasure the time that we have spent … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Leeds Friendships, The People and Years that Made Us What We Are!
“You are old, Father William,” the young man said; and yes, I know that I am, but my mind hasn’t quite caught up with it. In my head, I am … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Ageing Badly, Hair Problems and the Dead Hamster.
I am not sure if I attract incidents or whether it is just that the longer that you live, the more things that happen. When I was young, probably like … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Evacuations, Fires, Disasters, and Airplane and Airport Incidents. Growing up in Leeds and Realising I was Mortal.
This is my story, but it may be that some of you will have done similar things when you were young, or this may come as a complete surprise and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Play, Some Silly Things We Did as Children and as Adults.
If I have learnt anything from the feedback to my tales, it is that many of things that I remember having done, have been experienced by others. I know that … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ Generation Gap – What Baby Boomers Enjoyed? Education for All, Free Love, Open University, Social Change and Growing Affluence.