Musings From The Padded Cell

Archives for June 2012

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

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? No I was not in an Al […]

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

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 dodgers with no prospect of meeting women who owned their own […]

A Critics’s Corner – Ch 26 – Four Middle Aged Men Go Biking Again

26 – Wreck on the Highway Given our old mate Brent had nearly died on Day One of our first Jolly Boys outing the previous year, I thought it was a miracle we had persuaded him to do it one more time; it was a bit like coaxing another over from him as his career […]

Role Models – Yorkshire Post 13/6/12

In dark times we need heroes more than ever and it is tempting to ponder: where are the leaders of real stature? Yet it is not only at the very top of the tree that we need statesman like authority, clarity and decisiveness – we need it in everyday life, too. Curiously, this thought occurred […]

A Critics’s Corner – Chs 24 & 25: Born to Run (or Four Go Biking)

24 – The Ties That Bind – An intro to the Jolly Boys Apart from Duck, long since retired although cajoled since to turn out again for the Stiffs on the odd occasion, there are only a very few of us left still playing from the days when some of our team mates today were […]

A Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for spreading cheer and goodwill to all; I hate it. It has some positives though as you can get away with behaving like a demented halfwit and simply blame the festive beers.

A Critics’ Corner – Ch23 – When Sky Sports came to the Villas…honest!

The Scandal of the Bradford Odeon

My Home Town Whilst the Westfield debacle continues to attract most attention in the sorry saga of Bradford’s city centre, across town the iconic Odeon site refuses to lie down and die. A recent article in Private Eye (1314) suggested some very unsavoury goings on; this will come as no surprise to Bradfordians weary of […]

The End of the Line

As the Travelling Wilburys had warbled many years ago it was indeed The End of the Line; conscious of the mounting pressure on the world’s eco system and fearful in equal measure of a potential depletion in my own resources, I had decided that it was time for the dreaded “snip” so feared amongst modern […]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch 22 – It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City: Sex, drugs and Big Phil’s Sierra @ the Villas

22 – It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City As I’ve intimated earlier  cricket can hardly be described as a sexy game despite coloured clothing, Twenty Twenty, cheerleaders and all the other inane razzmatazz the ECB come up with after several bottles of Lord’s finest each year, desperate to appear progressive whilst at […]