‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds. Rag-and-Bone Men, Knife Grinders and Peg Selling Gypsies.

We moved to 19 Gipton Wood Crescent when I was younger than seven. I can’t remember which year, but it was probably 1959 or 1960. The road was still cobbled … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds. Rag-and-Bone Men, Knife Grinders and Peg Selling Gypsies.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House – Two-Up, Two-Down. Guzunders, Ranges, Coal Men, Cellars and Outside Privies! Seems so Old Fashioned Now.

I have many memories of my childhood, as I suppose most other people do of their own. In my case, the memories are all good and it truly was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – My Grandmother’s House – Two-Up, Two-Down. Guzunders, Ranges, Coal Men, Cellars and Outside Privies! Seems so Old Fashioned Now.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Freedom! Playing in the Little Woods and Gipton Wood. Wild Childhood Antics that Today’s Children Would Envy.

My family moved from Lawrence Avenue to Gipton Wood Crescent when my brothers and I had reached an age where playing out was what you did. When not at school, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Freedom! Playing in the Little Woods and Gipton Wood. Wild Childhood Antics that Today’s Children Would Envy.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Country Dancing, Nursery Rhymes, Singing Lessons, Assemblies.  The Music of Childhood That Stays With Us Forever!

It appears that our brains and memory work in mysterious ways. When I often wander into a room and wonder why I am there and what I was going to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Country Dancing, Nursery Rhymes, Singing Lessons, Assemblies.  The Music of Childhood That Stays With Us Forever!

‘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 New Wave and What Came Afterwards. Musical Adventures in the 1970s. My Bedsitter Images – Mice, Fleas and My Wet Stereo.

My last tale took music up to the end of the progressive era dinosaurs and the start of punk and new wave. The change in music saw a major change … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- The New Wave and What Came Afterwards. Musical Adventures in the 1970s. My Bedsitter Images – Mice, Fleas and My Wet Stereo.

‘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.