Musings From The Padded Cell

A Critics’s Corner – Chs 31 & 32 – The End

31 – When You're Alone In Critic's Corner I have often wondered how you feel when finally you have to admit it’s all over and pack that bag away for the very last time. When it’s my turn, will there be a Critics’ Corner to still sit down in and … [Continue reading]

A Wasted Youth – Yorkshire Post 23/7/12


The Big Idea Across Europe there is a shameful waste of young lives as the Eurozone economies and those aligned to them suffer whilst politicians ponder and prevaricate over that once Big Idea: the Euro. Admittedly the consequences from this … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch 30 – When the Boots are Finally Hung Up

30 – Kingdom of Days … [Continue reading]

Only One More Hill…

There was an interesting piece on the news the other day suggesting that cycling is the new craze, especially for middle-aged blokes all seemingly desperate to emulate Bradley Wiggins’ exploits on the current Tour de France. Having just returned from … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch 29 – Champions!

Champions 2009

29 – Eyes on the Prize When you finish at the bottom of any league, no matter how badly you may feel the roll of the dice went, no matter you did not think you were that bad, it is often said that the league table never lies.  So it is fair to … [Continue reading]

The ECB Fast Bowling Directives – Fair or Farce? – – February 2013

PUBLISHED ON - February 2013 The Law Of Unintended Consequences There is an example of interference from the very top of the game of cricket which is having an entirely opposite effect to what was originally intended, … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch 28 – How Not to Build a New Clubhouse

28 – Working on a Dream> In truth, we ended the 1990s not that much further ahead than when this story really began some twenty years ago...which is not the date of the picture here although some believe that Haighy and Browny were both … [Continue reading]

The Boss – Jack of All Trades

Bruce Springsteen on stage in Sunderland

June 21st - The Stadium Of Light, Sunderland Have you ever been to a concert and subsequently read the review out of curiosity only to shake your head in disbelief at the pretentious rubbish before you? Many times I guess, for it seems it is the … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch 27 – The Joy of Coaching

Early Days

27 – My Beautiful Reward It was dark, my hands were trembling, I was clueless as to what I should do and I still had no idea how I had got into such a compromised position; had I been drugged, kidnapped and dropped off in this bleak outpost? … [Continue reading]

My Local “The Scruffy” – How Do Issue 8 August 2012

White Bear

Where Everybody Knows Your Name I’d always viewed The White Bear, this charming if scruffy little pub perched on top of the hill overlooking Idle Village as the sort of place my dad and his dad would have gone to drink; inhabited by coffin … [Continue reading]