Musings From The Padded Cell

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 3

3- My Father's House I have absolutely no idea how I became obsessed with the game of cricket but it has influenced my life massively from a very early age. It’s the sort of game you either love or hate with equal passion and as so much of it … [Continue reading]

The BBC – Waste of Money?

Saturday was one of those almost never-ending mid-winter, post holiday weekend afternoons that reminded me that I should keep playing cricket until they pop me in the coffin ideally carried straight from the field after one final flowing off-drive … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 2

2- Dancing in the Dark Thirty-five years; man and boy; secret sweet pilferer to frustrated fundraiser; obnoxious kid to junior coach; rebellious tyrant to long suffering committeeman; victorious and just as often vanquished on the field of play … [Continue reading]

A Trade – DIY?

Another windy night in Idle – okay not exactly the same as A Rainy Night in Georgia…cue Randy Crawford - and time again to roll back the curtains with trepidation in order to find out what was left standing of my flyaway greenhouse and to try track … [Continue reading]

A Critics Corner – Chapter 1

1 - Brilliant Disguise - Easily Distracted As a young lad I always enjoyed the power of the written word and loved writing short stories as an outlet for a somewhat vivid imagination albeit possibly the early signs of a decidedly limited attention … [Continue reading]

The Other Side of Christmas

Whether or not it was intended as a cryptic warning of things to come I am not sure but the other day I “volunteered” to help out for a lunchtime serving at the St George’s Crypt in Leeds, tucked away behind the Law Courts. The crypt is a temporary … [Continue reading]

One Foot in the Slippers

I always find Christmas Day challenging in many respects but never more so than who will come up with the quirkiest present of the festive season and just what this says about you the recipient of yet one more example of China's world domination. … [Continue reading]

Meatloaf at the Villas

All Alone with Meatloaf's Mum There's always an element of apprehension when we book a "turn" at the club as there is no way of predicting what we are going to get unless you are brave enough to conduct some serious market research amongst local … [Continue reading]

Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland Every year a few of us make a pilgrimage following the River Wharfe from the start of the Dalesway route in Ilkley to our eventual destination up stream. There is no science in that this is governed by the desire to … [Continue reading]

The Good Old Days

4- The Good Old Days “Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems” Billy Joel I have no idea exactly when it all started with my association with Bolton Villas CC … [Continue reading]