‘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’ – Let the Music Play Live. Hot Snot Disco, Snooker, Discos and Concerts. (Leeds Poly, Thomas Danby College 1960s-70s)

Whilst still attending Roundhay School, I started going to Leeds Poly at weekends. I managed to get in originally by looking older than I was, a skill that is only … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the Music Play Live. Hot Snot Disco, Snooker, Discos and Concerts. (Leeds Poly, Thomas Danby College 1960s-70s)

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Making a Band. The Attitude! The Look! The Confidence! Just One Thing Missing!

After my initial love of music, there was one thing I wanted to do, and that was be in a band. There were only two things that I needed to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Making a Band. The Attitude! The Look! The Confidence! Just One Thing Missing!

‘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’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen, or a Great Place to Challenge Yourself!

One of the major changes from the childhood I experienced and that my grandchildren have, is playgrounds. Modern playgrounds are colourful, well built, architecturally designed and, above all, safe, whereas … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen, or a Great Place to Challenge Yourself!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – It Seems So Old Fashioned Now! School Life in the 1960s.

As I have said before, I was in Mr Kelly’s Year 4 class and I am sure the class size was well into the forties. He was a middle-aged man, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – It Seems So Old Fashioned Now! School Life in the 1960s.

‘Cup Of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of Primary Schooling – ‘Triers’ Badges’, Six of the Best, Recorders, Choir, Craft, Art and Country Dancing – Harehills C.P. School in the 1960s.

As I have said before, I loved Harehills C.P. School, and I think it was my experience there that set me on the road to becoming a teacher and spending … Continue reading ‘Cup Of Tea Tales’ – All the Fun of Primary Schooling – ‘Triers’ Badges’, Six of the Best, Recorders, Choir, Craft, Art and Country Dancing – Harehills C.P. School in the 1960s.

‘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’ – The Arrival of Cars, Day Trips and the Opening up of the Yorkshire Countryside.

It seems strange nowadays, but when I was born in the 1950s, most families did not own cars. Transport was public, and it meant utilising trains, trams, buses and coaches … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Arrival of Cars, Day Trips and the Opening up of the Yorkshire Countryside.

Cup of Tea Tales – Harehills County Primary School in the Early 1960s. Milk, School Dinners, Marbles, Gym and the School Song!

Childhood is an interesting period and often we think that we have no memories of those early years, but I think with the right prodding, the memories pour back from … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Harehills County Primary School in the Early 1960s. Milk, School Dinners, Marbles, Gym and the School Song!