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’ – Continuing the Process of Modernising our House in Gipton Wood Crescent in the 1950s and 1960s.

As I mentioned before my father was a man on a mission to bring whichever house we lived in into the modern world during the 1960s. He did this first … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Continuing the Process of Modernising our House in Gipton Wood Crescent in the 1950s and 1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Wandering in Wharfedale and then Back Again! How Lucky to Have a Backyard Like That!

I spent a great deal of time in Wharfedale in the 1960s and as the nearest beautiful part of Yorkshire, it became very familiar to me. The Cow and Calf, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Wandering in Wharfedale and then Back Again! How Lucky to Have a Backyard Like That!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Loafing Around in the 1960s and 70s. The Art that I Have Lost Over Time.

I was trying to think back to the late 1960s and early 1970s and what I used to do with my time. The truth is that it was probably the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Loafing Around in the 1960s and 70s. The Art that I Have Lost Over Time.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Bit of Biffo! Playground fights, Cock of the School and Some Scary, Boy Things that Happened at Roundhay School and Lidgett Lane Youth Club!

I was thinking about this subject for a while, as here in Australia the status of women is a hot topic, but the way that boys deal with boys is … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Bit of Biffo! Playground fights, Cock of the School and Some Scary, Boy Things that Happened at Roundhay School and Lidgett Lane Youth Club!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Real food, Picked by Your Own Hands. Harvesting the Wild World and the Mushroom Embarrassment! Some Memories of Leeds.

Now this sounds more dramatic than it really is, but I learnt as a teacher that children don’t know anything apart from what they pick up through experience or are … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Real food, Picked by Your Own Hands. Harvesting the Wild World and the Mushroom Embarrassment! Some Memories of Leeds.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Passing the Test was only part of the saga of driving in Leeds from 1971 onwards. Getting further afield to the Fox and Hounds, Bramhope and a few hiccups along the way.

I have told the tale of learning to drive when I was 17 years old and I suppose we were the lucky ones as we only had a few lessons … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Passing the Test was only part of the saga of driving in Leeds from 1971 onwards. Getting further afield to the Fox and Hounds, Bramhope and a few hiccups along the way.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Science and Technology. The Changing Face of Life and Playing. Computers and Games, Ping Pong and Space Invaders to PlayStation 5.

I suppose that I have always been interested in technology and I guess that part of that, was me being a child of the 1950s and 60s. This was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Science and Technology. The Changing Face of Life and Playing. Computers and Games, Ping Pong and Space Invaders to PlayStation 5.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Unnatural or Natural Fears? Fortune? Coincidence? Some of the Strange Things that Happened!

I cannot speak for other people, but my life has been a very happy and fortunate one and every day I am very grateful for it. I am not someone … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Unnatural or Natural Fears? Fortune? Coincidence? Some of the Strange Things that Happened!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

As a teenager, my first introduction to home brewing and winemaking came from the parents of some of my friends. When I was around at their houses there would be … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

As a teenager, my first introduction to home brewing and winemaking came from the parents of some of my friends. When I was around at their houses there would be … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Home Brewing and Wine Making! The Hobby that Delivers the Morning After!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Running the World and Never Stopping! Roundhay, Wakefield, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

I have mentioned in a past blog the joys of cross-country running at Roundhay School. I can’t say that it was ever something I looked forward to. As a teenage … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Running the World and Never Stopping! Roundhay, Wakefield, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Golf – Spoiling a Good Walk. Temple Newsham, Middleton, Roundhay, Barnsley and Garforth Golf Courses. Plus Some Exotic Golf in the Highlands and Coast of Papua New Guinea.

As a child, there was one activity I was occasionally allowed to do with my dad. I don’t think that my brother, Andrew, was part of this due to the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Golf – Spoiling a Good Walk. Temple Newsham, Middleton, Roundhay, Barnsley and Garforth Golf Courses. Plus Some Exotic Golf in the Highlands and Coast of Papua New Guinea.