One of the major differences between the United Kingdom and here in Perth, Western Australia, is that houses in Leeds and most of Britain are expected to last, whereas here … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Face of Kitchens, Meals and Shopping in Leeds from the 1950s.
I have mentioned, my family, on my mother’s side were linked to the Workmens’ Institute in Chapel Allerton. This was basically a snooker and whist club, and I imagine it … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Games We Played in the 1970s: Snooker, Billiards, Bar Billiards and Darts. Pubs and Venues in Leeds, and The Crucible Theatre.
I am aware that there are no touchier subjects than religion, but I have to frame the context of my tale this week. I am not a religious man these … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coincidences – Luck or Ill-Luck – Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield.
I started to go on buses from the age of four with my brother who was four years older than me. We used to go from Arlington Road junction with … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Last Bus Home. Using Public Transport to Get Around Leeds in the 1960s and 1970s.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.