There were several occasions when I got in trouble at school, but luckily for me, they were not very serious, or my crimes weren’t discovered. I started Harehills the very … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Trouble at School! He’s just a very naughty boy! Harehills County Primary, Stainbeck Preparatory, Roundhay School, and the Astoria Nightmare.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
My usual go-to place for concerts in Leeds was Leeds Poly and there I saw some fabulous acts at very reasonable prices. I seem to remember it was only about … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Some Lesser Music Venues and Concerts in Leeds in the 1970s, and Some of the Acts – Leeds Polytechnic, Thomas Danby College, Fforde Grene, Allerton Grange School and Youth Club.
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!
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!