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Alan Mills – Conscription – Palestine – Terrorism

Alan Mills – Conscription – Palestine – Terrorism

Terrorism at the Egged Bus Station One thing that always amazed me was the amount of noise on public transport in Haifa. I didn’t use buses that often but when I did, the argueing, chatter, joking and shouting was about […]

Lee Murtagh – Women’s Boxing Super Six

Lee Murtagh – Women’s Boxing Super Six

As many of you know, women’s boxing is something that’s close to my heart. I first became interested when I started to train Sam Smith around seven years ago. It was always difficult to get fights for her and though […]

Alan Mills – Twinkle Toes

Alan Mills – Twinkle Toes

Working the 6pm to midnight shift, we were often under the command of a staff sergeant who, unbeknownst to him, had the nick name Twinkle Toes. I didn’t see it at first but when I asked how the nickname came […]

Lee Murtagh – Films, Malta and Licenses

Lee Murtagh – Films, Malta and Licenses

A mixed bag this issue. I’ll start of with the ‘Boxing Down in Bethlehem’ film which is been made by local film maker Ronald J. Wright. Ron started this project about two years ago. At the time, he just wanted […]

Alan Mills – Weights and Measurements

Alan Mills – Weights and Measurements

Our instructions whilst in Palestine were not just to keep the peace but to ensure rules, regulations and laws were obeyed, sometimes this seemed petty and a little harsh on some of the locals who were struggling to eek out […]

Hot Knife by John Lake

Hot Knife by John Lake

Hot Knife The prequel to BlowbackbyJohn Lake East Leeds Magazine, November 2011 A quick look at Hot Knife the prequel to John Lakes excellent Blowback. A crime thriller and revenge tale set in the late 1990s in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, […]

Blowback by John Lake

Blowback by John Lake

Blowback  Ali Cogger has a chat with Blowback author John Lake East Leeds Magazine, October 2011 October sees the release of the latest book from Armley Press, “Blowback”, a thriller by John Anthony Lake. The novel is a sequel to […]

Speed Bomb – Part 3 of the Leeds 6 Trilogy

Speed Bomb – Part 3 of the Leeds 6 Trilogy

  Former Whitkirk resident John Lake is the author of the Leeds 6 trilogy. Following the novels Hot Knife & Blowback, the final instalment Speed Bomb is out now. We caught up with John a couple of weeks ago….. ELM: […]

Lee Murtagh – Billy’s a Hero…at last

Lee Murtagh – Billy’s a Hero…at last

There’s only one place to start this column, the recent show at Bramley Villagers Club which brought another EBF title to Bethlehem. The evening started well with Shabia making his debut as a white collar boxer followed by Dean Ash […]

Alan Mills – A Cushy Number

Alan Mills – A Cushy Number

Shortly after arriving in Haifa, I quickly learned about the ‘Happy Hour.’ This was a ritual observed by both young and older men who let their frustrations out by firing illegal weapons. There was a continous battle to get illegal […]

Alan Mills – Street Kids

Alan Mills – Street Kids

Alan Mills on his National Service in Haifa as a constable with the Palestine Police. Shortly after my trip to Rosh Pina, I was back in Haifa on the circle beats, this time patrolling with an Arab constable. One thing […]

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

I began to settle into my life in the Palestine Police. Four shifts, spanned over seven days a week. We rarely had a day off and often did two shifts in a day. Even if we did have a free […]

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Leeds writer Anthony Clavane on his play ‘Playing the Joker’ which is on at Leeds Playhouse between 19th-23rd November as part of the Play, Pint & a Pie season. At the end of 1977, whilst doing my A-Levels at Roundhay School, […]

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathen gave birth to her son Kieron in 1990. She put on a little weight during pregnancy and rather than opt for weightwatchers or the gym, decided to join the Royal Auxialliary Air Force (the airforce equivalent of the TA). […]

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Jerzy Sopiaski died peacefully at his home in Poland earlier this year. He had lived in East Leeds between 1946 and 2006. I was told his story by his great niece and nephew who came to Leeds to work four […]

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE, on his National Service and work with the Dunkirk Veterans Association. James H Else MBE has lived virtually all his life in Leeds apart from his Army service between 1939 and 1946. During his school days he […]

From Normandy to India

From Normandy to India

We go back a few years for this interview with a few veterans from World War Two. John Heald and Edward Armitage are both in their eighties and live at Woodview Sheltered Housing Complex in Whinmoor. They and a few […]

guy fawkes bonfire

Gun Powder, Treason, Treacle and Toffee Apples

It says something for the rebellious spirit of Yorkshire that a man who tried to blow up the houses of parliament is celebrated in pagan like fashion some 500 years after his demise. Guy Fawkes…it’s often said he was probably […]

Don’t Spray the Reaper

Don’t Spray the Reaper

Don’t Spray the Reaper  by John Was East Leeds Magazine, October 2011 This chest infection just won’t let me sleep. And when I don’t sleep, my wife doesn’t because I’m tossing and turning. I blame the weather it’s rained on […]

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Growing up in 1930’s Leeds, we had to make our own entertainment and usually Saturday mornings were the times me and my pals got together. We used to play Touch and Pass, a kind of rugby which was played with […]

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

As Britain and particularly Yorkshire bask in the glow of a successful Olympic Games, it made me think of the last time the games were held in London. Some people tried to call these (2012)  Olympic Games the austerity games […]

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

In the past few issues, I have endeavored to convey the achievements of some proud Yorkshire men. But what about the ladies? I hear you say. Well in this Olympic year, I’m proud to feature a couple of local sporting […]

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

I’m going to take you back to just before the war this issue, Saturday 28th August 1938, a day I will never forget. We were still living off Kirkstall Road at the time and I’d just celebrated my tenth birthday. […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Despite the country still in the grip of war, in some aspects we tried to tick along as normal as we could although it wasn’t always possible. The football league had to be suspended after three games, probably just as […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

About 1942-43, in wartime Britain, all lads as teenagers had to register and join a youth organization. We had a choice of Boys Brigade, Army, Air or Sea Cadets, the Boy Scouts or Messenger Cadets. If the war was to […]