One of the major differences between the United Kingdom and here in Perth, Western Australia, is that houses in Leeds and most of Britain are expected to last, whereas here … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Changing Face of Kitchens, Meals and Shopping in Leeds from the 1950s.
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.
For most young people it will strike them as hard to imagine, but in the 1960s and 70s music was a major part of a teenager’s life, in a way … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Piano Smashing, 78s, Singles, Vinyl LPs, Reel to Reel and the Cassette Tape – The Music Era.
Youth clubs were all so well and good, but eventually we progressed beyond them and one local attraction was North Leeds Cricket Club. Now I never played cricket there, but … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – High Ho Silver Lining Always Got Them on Their Feet. – Summer Nights and the Icy Kiss of Winter Frost. Discos at North Leeds Cricket Club!
For many this may seem to be a very dry topic for my latest tale, but in previous memories I have shared how cars changed the way we lived, how … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Telephones, Phone Boxes, Letter Writing and Postcards. Communication Changes over the 1950s to the 1970s.
Like most children my experience of hospitals was limited to being born in one and the little I had seen on television and that was based on two films: Carry … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- My Experience of Leeds Hospitals in the 1960s and 1970s and Being Run Over by a MG Midget. How Did I Survive?
As I have said before, there were certain advantages of me having an older brother, one of which was his being at university. My brother was at Durham University at … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Pop Culture, Pipers, Chablis, King Crimson and Yes, Wild Nights at Pete’s Cellar and Leeds Poly 1960s and 70s.
My memories of childhood are all good ones, with the odd bit of trouble thrown in, but my teenage years were a much more extreme time in my life. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Teenage Years, a Time of Passion, Extremes and Hair!
There were a number of occasions when I got in trouble at school, but luckily for me they were either not very serious or I just wasn’t found out. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – “He’s just a very naughty boy!” Trouble at Harehills C. P. School and Roundhay School, and the Astoria Nightmare.
My earliest memories of music were from the radio, Listen with Mother, nursery rhymes and at school. The songs were simple, had clear melodies and words that were easy to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Music in the 1950s and 60s. Pirate Radio, Singles, Transistor Radios. A Personal View.
Apart from the day trips to the coast we did start to stay for longer periods, but I don’t ever remember staying at a guest house or hotel in our … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Crows Nest Camp -Holidays on the East Coast. Smith’s Crisps with Blue Salt Bags, Mystery Tours, Rock, Fish and Chips and Electrocution.
Anyone young reading this will think we lived in the Stone Age, but it is only three quarters of a lifetime away that entertainment at home could be delivered in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Listen with Mother then Watch with Mother and other television delights in the 1950s and 60s.