‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Home – Years of Modernisation, Technological Advances and Some Truly Dreadful Decorating Fads.

In a surprisingly short period of time the homes that we live in have undergone quite major changes. My parents’ first house was in Lawrence Avenue and I imagine it … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Home – Years of Modernisation, Technological Advances and Some Truly Dreadful Decorating Fads.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adolescence, Freedom, Cinemas, Courting and Snogging -1960s and 1970s. The Clock Cinema – What a Place to Watch and Not Watch Films.

As a youngster I had gone with my older brother to watch the matinees at the Clock Cinema. The cinema was an impressive building and had an art deco feel … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adolescence, Freedom, Cinemas, Courting and Snogging -1960s and 1970s. The Clock Cinema – What a Place to Watch and Not Watch Films.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park, Leeds – Part of My History and a Glorious Gem of a Place!

I am never sure what I am going to write about until I have actually started and often the tale ends up very different from the one that I intended. … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park, Leeds – Part of My History and a Glorious Gem of a Place!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ –Holiday Jobs at WASS Hunslet Road, Budget Rent a Car, Smokey and Spaghetti – the Gift that Keeps Giving!

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!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rugby – The only thing that truly mattered in a Boys’ School. The Good and Bad of Adolescent Boys!

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!

‘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!

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!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Memories – The Perils and Pitfalls of Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.

When I was little in the late 1950s and 60s eating out was a very rare treat. The usual locations were fish and chips shops when on holiday at Bridlington, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.

‘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.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Scooters, Tricycles, Bikes and Bogeys, Getting Mobile and Staying There.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Secret Coves, Caves, Smugglers, Boat Trips and Lighthouses. Childhood on the Yorkshire Coast.

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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Stainbeck Preparatory School, Harehills County Primary School, Dip Pens, Inkwells, Pea Shooters, Learning to Write. Happy Times!

I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy my time at Harehills CP School. Apart from the caretaker sending me to see Mr Wilson for chasing around the cloakroom, they were … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Stainbeck Preparatory School, Harehills County Primary School, Dip Pens, Inkwells, Pea Shooters, Learning to Write. Happy Times!