Musings From The Padded Cell

Death of my Hometown

Springsteen's up and coming new album "The Wrecking Ball" features a track called "Death of my Hometown" which seven days ahead of Channel Four's "Make Bradford British" so called two-part documentary is nice timing. Perhaps the solution is all in … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 7

7 - The Rising By the early Eighties things were at last showing signs of progress off the pitch at the Villas; the catalyst without a doubt was the period of success on the field that began with the Club’s Under Eighteen team enjoying a period … [Continue reading]

About A Boy

"Be Ready for Eight!" Cometh the hour, cometh the man or so they say. Half-term week could only mean one thing; the Godfather duty rota beckoned again and as the chosen day approached for my day with the chosen one, I steeled myself for the … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 6

Girls in their Summer Clothes Growing up as a teenage boy there are few discoveries more exciting than girls; at that age they are blissfully free of any male-induced mental frailties, unattainable expectations about life, stretch marks and the … [Continue reading]

The Italian Job

HAUL BELIEVED TO BE OVER £20M…SNATCHED FROM UNDER EMPLOYER’S NOSE AFTER FOUR YEAR DECEPTION…BOSS CONFESSES “WE NEVER UNDERSTOOD HIM BECAUSE HE COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH!”...BELIEVED TO BE ON A BEACH SOMEWHERE IN ITALY! Oh what a tragedy! I sat down … [Continue reading]

A Beauty Therapist? (Rated PG!)

A beauty therapist friend of mine recently told me she was thinking of adding a new service called a vagacial to her range of exotic treatments. Strangely, I read about this new craze, with incredulity, about a year or so ago in the Sunday Times … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 5

5 - My Lucky Day The best of childhood friendships endure most things the ups and downs of adolescent life can throw at them; I was lucky enough to have the best mate a kid could have growing up at Villas in Duck and that remains the case all … [Continue reading]

The Great Property Panto

Like me, you probably watch far too much television in the dark winter months. Life was a whole lot simpler when we had the Test Card, three channels, a snooker cue for a remote control and the disappearing black spot at the end of the night’s … [Continue reading]

A Critics Corner – Chapter 4

4 - Growin' Up When I was a lad - here we go I hear you say - as far as a junior cricket structure went at Villas we had one team that was effectively “one size fits all” competing at the Under Eighteen age level. Coaches were indeed merely forms … [Continue reading]

A Pub Landlord? – Tyke Taverner March 2012

I was sat in The Scruffy the other night – my pet name for the local pub The White Bear in Idle – gently caressing my glass when I could not help but stop and wonder how it was that this weak pint of beer, one of the few regular comforts of everyday … [Continue reading]