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’ – 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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Moving On, Moving Back! Playing On With ‘The Men From Planet X’. The Turncoat Saga!

After our success at the synagogue near Moortown Corner, whilst I was still in the Sixth Form at Roundhay, there was a major restructuring of the band and some tensions … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Moving On, Moving Back! Playing On With ‘The Men From Planet X’. The Turncoat Saga!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Soccer Mad! Two Jackets to Elland Road and Back.

I was wondering why soccer is such a popular game to play and I think it comes down to one thing. To play soccer you just need a ball and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Soccer Mad! Two Jackets to Elland Road and Back.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Puberty Blues – Hair, Voice, Muscle, Height and Spots. The Changes We Were Not Prepared for at High School, Nor At Home.

From the age of about thirteen I entered the most turbulent period of my life to the present date. Mid 1960s was a time of upheaval anyway. 1966 had just … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Puberty Blues – Hair, Voice, Muscle, Height and Spots. The Changes We Were Not Prepared for at High School, Nor At Home.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Amusement Arcades, Competitions, Cards, Horses and the Football Pools. The Grand National and the Melbourne Cup!

I have never been one to waste my money and that has had real benefits for my wife and me over the years. This was probably the Scottish side of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Amusement Arcades, Competitions, Cards, Horses and the Football Pools. The Grand National and the Melbourne Cup!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Yorkshire Dales, Getting Out and About, Camping and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

One of the great joys of living in Yorkshire is how close you are to some of the most spectacular and varied countryside in the world. Leeds is little more … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Yorkshire Dales, Getting Out and About, Camping and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.