‘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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Things That I loved About Growing up in Leeds and Yorkshire.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ The Music of a Generation 1960s and 70s. Revolution, the Rise and Fall of Album Music and What Followed After.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Bright New Future, Slightly Tarnished? Taking Chances!

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!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Leeds Friendships, The People and Years that Made Us What We Are!

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!

Cup of Tea Tales – Ageing Badly, Hair Problems and the Dead Hamster.

“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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Evacuations, Fires, Disasters, and Airplane and Airport Incidents. Growing up in Leeds and Realising I was Mortal.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Play, Some Silly Things We Did as Children and as Adults.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ Generation Gap – What Baby Boomers Enjoyed? Education for All, Free Love, Open University, Social Change and Growing Affluence.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Growing Up in the Harehills Area of Leeds with Brothers – Cricket Local Rules, Tomato Sauce-Gate and the Bedroom Door Handle Incident.

 My older brother was born four years before me and I can’t imagine what a shock to his system I must have been. December 1954 was obviously a good year … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Growing Up in the Harehills Area of Leeds with Brothers – Cricket Local Rules, Tomato Sauce-Gate and the Bedroom Door Handle Incident.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Creative Writing – From Stainbeck Preparatory, Harehills County Primary and Roundhay School, to a Lifetime of Creativity.

In hindsight, I believe that I probably got my desire to be creative from my mother. Apart from being a wonderful mum, complex, but inspiring, she was a source of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Creative Writing – From Stainbeck Preparatory, Harehills County Primary and Roundhay School, to a Lifetime of Creativity.