‘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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Further Heights in Rock Climbing Escapades. Almscliffe Crag and the Roundhay School Snowdonia Climbing Trip. Memories to Last a Lifetime!

After my initial ventures into rock climbing, courtesy of borrowed equipment from my older brother, at the Cow and Calf and Hetchell Crags, I began to venture further afield. One … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Further Heights in Rock Climbing Escapades. Almscliffe Crag and the Roundhay School Snowdonia Climbing Trip. Memories to Last a Lifetime!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers and for Us. We were so Bad!

There appeared to be two types of people at Roundhay School and they can be split into those who would cause their parents concern and those who wouldn’t. When adolescence … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –The Serious End of High School, the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms, Going Co-Ed, a Shock for the Teachers and for Us. We were so Bad!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – That Time of Year Again and Still Dreaming of a White Christmas. Are Your Memories of Family Madness, Like Mine?

This has been the most globally traumatic year that I have ever experienced and I suppose it is a reminder of how fragile peace and tranquility is. For some reason … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – That Time of Year Again and Still Dreaming of a White Christmas. Are Your Memories of Family Madness, Like Mine?

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll – Or at Least the Rock and Roll. The changing face of Youth Culture from the 1950s to 1970s and How it Affected a Local Leeds Boy.

At first sight this seems a rather tall order to cover such a subject in two thousand words, but maybe I can give you my personal views and I hope … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll – Or at Least the Rock and Roll. The changing face of Youth Culture from the 1950s to 1970s and How it Affected a Local Leeds Boy.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing World of Work. The Wray and Cameron Experience in 20th Century Leeds and Australia.

My first knowledge of work comes from my mother’s accounts of her school days and moving into employment. My mother had an older sister, Joan, and she was a clever … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing World of Work. The Wray and Cameron Experience in 20th Century Leeds and Australia.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – How Did We Survive? Radium, Mercury, Lead, Asbestos, Sawdust, DDT – Things We Had That Aren’t Allowed Nowadays.

Last week’s blog about smog got me thinking about other changes since the 1950s in the way that people live and there are many things that we were allowed to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – How Did We Survive? Radium, Mercury, Lead, Asbestos, Sawdust, DDT – Things We Had That Aren’t Allowed Nowadays.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Fog and Smog the Curse of the Winter Months in Northern Cities and a Blight for Travellers. From the 1950s to 2000s and Still Causing Havoc.

As a young boy in Leeds I found fog rather exciting. In the 1950s coal was the main source of heating in houses and in Harehills and local areas the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Fog and Smog the Curse of the Winter Months in Northern Cities and a Blight for Travellers. From the 1950s to 2000s and Still Causing Havoc.