Musings From The Padded Cell

Don’t Leave Me This Way.

The Carnegie Library, Shipley.

The Carnegie Library, Shipley.

Down in the valley at the entrance to Shipley from these parts sits a neglected and sadly abandoned building, the Carnegie Library.

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Blow And Go.

Big Al's new sofa.

It's been a while and my apologies to regular followers of the low-lifes and miscreants that populate the wonderful world of The Scruffy. … [Continue reading]

Hi De Hi!

"For God's sake don't run out of Twizzlers!"

It must have been the intense English summer heat that made me think that running a summer camp for kids at the Villas was a good idea as I've never ever taken LSD. … [Continue reading]

Shirley Bassey Saved My Life.

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With inimitable timing we approached last Saturday's crunch arse-end of the table game with seven regular picks missing from our First Team. … [Continue reading]

Dyed In The Wool.

James Rebanks

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but building the new." Socrates I've just finished a marvellous book called The Shepherd's Life - A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks. Switch off now if your … [Continue reading]

Beldon Sports AFC – Reunited Once Again.

6 – BELDON SPORTS AFC Ahead of a reunion of the good, bad and downright ugly here is a re-hashed chapter from Fifty Not Out. … [Continue reading]

So Lonely.

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One of the many quirks of the game of cricket is that the game is often at the mercy of the weather. … [Continue reading]

People And Places.

BVCC - Clubhouse-1983

Way back in a time almost forgotten, when England could play football and we were but pimply young kids trying to begin to master the vagaries of bat and ball, Dandelion & Burdock and girls, there cut a patriarchal figure at the Villas who was … [Continue reading]

Weaner Comes Of Age.

Not sure the wicket-keeper has been on many ECB keeping courses.

Occasionally during the school coaching sessions I run, one or two kids stand out as clearly head and shoulders above the rest. As a coach, your duty is clearly to the group but we all like working with talented kids, every bit as those just full … [Continue reading]

Eminent Doctor Votes Exit!

Old Feisty chats up a local celebrity as Dr David looks for more wine.

Not long left now till the country collapses one way or another, the saving grace being that the barrage of self-interest driven drivel coming from politicians of all parties may finally abate. … [Continue reading]