Musings From The Padded Cell

Archives for August 2014

The Death of Political Correctness

If the scandal of child abuse in Rotherham leads to one thing it should be an end to the corrosive forces of political correctness which has infected so many elements of our society, blurring the lines between right and wrong.

How The Banks Even Destroyed Your Local

Over two years ago I wrote about the destruction inflicted on the great British pub by what are known as “Pubcos”, the two largest in the UK being Punch Taverns and Enterprise Inns – see The Pub and the £3 Pint.

“Growin’ Up” {Ch4 Critics’ Corner) – Adi Walton’s Great Escape!

As we almost lived on the cricket field as kids during the summers of our youth, evicting us for the winter was harder than a bunch of travellers. It was our turf and this was where we hung out although the Committee never had to resort to bailiffs. Only Jack Frost would eventually persuade us […]

The Fickle Beauty of Cricket {Adapted from “Learning To Lose” Ch 5 Fifty Not Out}.

“Success consists in going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Sir Winston Churchill.

Down Memory Lane – {Ch15 Critics’ Corner – The Legend of Dirty Den}.

Cricket clubs across the land perform a hugely valuable service to their communities for a large part of the year by taking otherwise dangerous and unhinged people off the streets, at least for the summer months. We offer them something to do in a secure environment with fencing and often a large gate. At the […]

Down Memory Lane – “It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City” {Ch22 Critics’ Corner}.

Cricket is rarely described as a sexy game; even with the introduction of coloured clothing, fireworks, cheerleaders and all the other 20/20 razzmatazz groupies at a club cricket match are about as likely as the proverbial flying pig.

Eastbourne Pier Remembered – “A Long Walk Home” – Ch21 Critics’ Corner.

The news that Eastbourne Pier had been all but destroyed by fire brought back memories of some of the best weeks of my life “working” for Barclays Bank.

Down Memory Lane – The Great Milk Crate Test Matches (Ch2 – Fifty Not Out).

“I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth – certainly greater than sex, although sex isn’t too bad either.” Harold Pinter. As a child growing up in the Seventies, the summer holidays were greeted with relish and anticipation. The smelly and worn school uniform was unceremoniously dumped […]