‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Turbulent Years of Adolescence. Attempts at Finding a Girlfriend. What Did You Do With One When You Got One? What foolish things!

I suppose that the real awakening of adolescence was the realisation that you could find others attractive and that others could find you so. Up to this point in my … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Turbulent Years of Adolescence. Attempts at Finding a Girlfriend. What Did You Do With One When You Got One? What foolish things!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair, Roundhay Park Memories, Fairs in the Park and Woodhouse Feast.

As a child, I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was a little boy, it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay Park where there was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair, Roundhay Park Memories, Fairs in the Park and Woodhouse Feast.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the music play! How music became a part of my life. The 1960s and 1970s.

My first memory of listening to music was on our radio at home. This largish piece of furniture was wooden, had valves that glowed hot and dials that magically tuned … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the music play! How music became a part of my life. The 1960s and 1970s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Religion in the life of a boy in the 1950s and 1960s. – Ladywood Methodist Church, Oakwood and St. Wilfrid’s Harehills. Choirs and Youth Clubs until he was led astray!

I must start this by declaring that I haven’t any religious beliefs anymore and haven’t had any throughout my adult life, so it may seem a little strange that I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Religion in the life of a boy in the 1950s and 1960s. – Ladywood Methodist Church, Oakwood and St. Wilfrid’s Harehills. Choirs and Youth Clubs until he was led astray!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- My Adventures Learning to Drive, Taking the Driving Test and Working for WRAGGS Motorcycles. 1971 Leeds.

After about twelve lessons, Mr Waites, the driving instructor, told me he was putting me in for my test. I beamed with delight, but then the anxiety hit. How would … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- My Adventures Learning to Drive, Taking the Driving Test and Working for WRAGGS Motorcycles. 1971 Leeds.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Eleven Plus at Harehills County Primary School. Post War Family Life, and the Importance of Secondary Education.

When I have written about the Eleven Plus in the past, some people have been upset, as their experiences of the system were far from positive. However, it was a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Eleven Plus at Harehills County Primary School. Post War Family Life, and the Importance of Secondary Education.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. First Jobs in Leeds, 1960s. Weeding, Newspapers and the First Cigarette!

This morning I was trying to remember when the UK introduced the decimal currency and that got me thinking about my first job as a child. The currency changed on … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. First Jobs in Leeds, 1960s. Weeding, Newspapers and the First Cigarette!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.

We have just had Halloween, but when I was growing up in Leeds, it was never much of a thing. Bonfire Night was the major event and there was always … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was very young, it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay where there was a helter-skelter, some swing boats … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of the Fair! Woodhouse Feast, Roundhay Park Fair and Other Childhood Delights.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

When I was young, we used to enjoy specific seasons where we would play games. Today children have access to so much materially, that unless parents and grandparents choose toys … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Games at School in the 1960s. We Had Little, But We Were So Lucky!

‘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’ – 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.