To say that I have spent the whole of my adult life in education, I was far from a model student at Roundhay School. I entered the school in 1966, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – O’ Levels and my total lack of preparedness – Latin, French, Chemistry and other disasters – Exams and the Dreaded Results!
I seem to remember clearly that the year before I left Leeds to go to Borough Road College in Isleworth, London, the summer was long, hot and dry. I am … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –Holiday Jobs at WASS Hunslet Road, Budget Rent a Car, Smokey and Spaghetti – the Gift that Keeps Giving!
Now I am sure that many looking at this will have shared similar experiences, whether male or female, as sport seemed to hold a special place in a good education … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rugby – The only thing that truly mattered in a Boys’ School. The Good and Bad of Adolescent Boys!
It must have been in the late 1950s when I was first taken to what we called Bardsey Woods. My younger brother wasn’t born when we first went and it … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Hetchell Woods (Bardsey) and Crags – A Special Piece of God’s Own Country!
I don’t know if my friends and I were particularly unusual or not, and I suspect you will let me know, but being a teenager for me was an opportunity … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ink Drinking, Ouija Boards, Knock Out Tricks and Gravity Defying. – What Strange Creatures We Were and What Peculiar Things Teenagers Got Up To in the 1960s and 70s!
Looking back the idea of a Tuckshop seems almost Dickensian, but Roundhay School really was clinging on to its traditions and harking back to days of Public Schools. At Harehills … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Tuckshop Trouble, Tastes and Teasers of the Tastebuds and the Onset of Courting.
I awoke this morning at about 5am and I began to think about what I should write for my upcoming Cup of Tea Tale and, whilst doing so, I began … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Memories – The Perils and Pitfalls of Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary.
Cars were relatively few at the end of the 50s and early sixties, but I can still remember several incidents that have stuck with me all these years. Some of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.
My tale this week is a one-off. It was a night that I didn’t expect a great deal from, but was one I will never forget. Whilst in the sixth … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Batley Variety Club, Freddie Starr. Oh, what a Night!
As a child in the late 1950s shopping was a task that my mother did on an almost daily basis. At this time we, and probably most families, didn’t have … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Shopping – Grocers, Greengrocers, Bakeries, Butchers and Other Speciality Shops. Shopping in Leeds, the Leeds Market and the Advent of the Supermarket and Shopping Centre.
I guess that one of life’s greatest pleasures was the ability to get around your world without having to be reliant on your parents. This hasn’t changed as we got … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Scooters, Tricycles, Bikes and Bogeys, Getting Mobile and Staying There.
Somewhere in the mist of time there was a boy with a love of holidays and adventures based on the world that Enid Blyton created. I know that her work … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Secret Coves, Caves, Smugglers, Boat Trips and Lighthouses. Childhood on the Yorkshire Coast.