Youth clubs became the centre of my social scene, and they were places to go during the week. I am sure that I should have been doing lots of homework … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Youth Club Circuit, Band Practice, ‘The Who’ Moment and Orienteering Adventures on Ilkley Moor. A Teenage Life in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s.
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.
Having two brothers and no sisters limits my memories of growing up in Leeds in the 1950s-60s and so I apologise for the one-sided view. However, we played with girls … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Modernising Houses, Crazes, Comics, Space Hoppers, Roller Skates. The Mad World of the late 1950s and1960s, but a Great Time to Grow Up
I suppose that the real awakening of adolescence was the realisation that you could find others attractive and that others could find you so. Up to this point in my … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Turbulent Years of Adolescence. Attempts at Finding a Girlfriend. What Did You Do With One When You Got One? What foolish things!
After reminiscing about the Fairs at Roundhay Park and Woodhouse Moor Feast, it brought to mind the attractions of the Yorkshire Coast. It is true that the East Coast has … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Amusement Arcades, Funfairs, and Circuses. All the Fun of The Seaside.
As a child, I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was a little boy, it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay Park where there was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair, Roundhay Park Memories, Fairs in the Park and Woodhouse Feast.
Whilst still attending Roundhay School, I started going to Leeds Poly at weekends. I managed to get in originally by looking older than I was, a skill that is only … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the Music Play Live. Hot Snot Disco, Snooker, Discos and Concerts. (Leeds Poly, Thomas Danby College 1960s-70s)
After my initial love of music, there was one thing I wanted to do, and that was be in a band. There were only two things that I needed to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Making a Band. The Attitude! The Look! The Confidence! Just One Thing Missing!
My first memory of listening to music was on our radio at home. This largish piece of furniture was wooden, had valves that glowed hot and dials that magically tuned … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the music play! How music became a part of my life. The 1960s and 1970s.
The teenage years for most people are turbulent and exciting times, a time when we want to be older and leave being a child behind, but are not quite sure … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Being a Teenager in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s. Coffee Bars, Juke Boxes and Pinball Machines.
I must start this by declaring that I haven’t any religious beliefs anymore and haven’t had any throughout my adult life, so it may seem a little strange that I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Religion in the life of a boy in the 1950s and 1960s. – Ladywood Methodist Church, Oakwood and St. Wilfrid’s Harehills. Choirs and Youth Clubs until he was led astray!
One of the major changes from the childhood I experienced and that my grandchildren have, is playgrounds. Modern playgrounds are colourful, well built, architecturally designed and, above all, safe, whereas … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen, or a Great Place to Challenge Yourself!
After his dangerous holiday in Calpe, Gordon Bennet takes Gabriela to visit his home city in England. The Spanish beauty is looking forward to learning more about her enigmatic lover. … Continue reading A Trembling of Finches – New Leeds Based Thriller