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‘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 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.

‘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.