Musings From The Padded Cell

Archives for September 2012

Gladstone – My Best Mate

Many, many moons ago when I was eleven, one summer’s day I was riding my bike up by the old farmyard now the site of several boxy, gated executive homes, when I came across a scruffy, stray ginger tom cat. As I stopped to stroke this forlorn looking thing it suddenly leapt onto my shoulder, […]

It’s Only A Game (Barclays: My Part in Their Downfall) – Ch 19-25

Part Four – Time to say goodbye…suicide via a conference call 19 – Wages Of Sin Bankers’ bonuses have been a hot topic in recent years and for good reasons too but before you all get hot under the collar reading this the vast majority of bank employees are outside looking in on the annual […]

It’s Only a Game (Barclays: My Part in Their Downfall) – Ch 7 -12

Part Two – Serious Business – Working For A Living? 7 – Across The Border Clarky had left for BMBF in Leeds the same week I joined Bradford so I missed out on learning with a top operator but we always kept in touch. I admired the way he went about his business, even if […]

It’s Only A Game (Barclays: My Part in Their Downfall) – Chapters 1 to 6

Part One – Early Days 1 – All Or Nothin’ At All “Bollocks!” There really was no other word for it as it dawned on me that on what was probably the most important day of my short and, until that point, utterly meaningless existence I had cocked up yet again, very badly, aged twenty […]

It’s Only A Game – Introduction (Foreword first published…ages ago!)

A short note and a slight apology. Over the next week or so I will be publishing my second book in four chunks simply to get it out on the web so I can work on usurping J K Rowling with other pieces. I do try to keep my regular posts “bitesize” but these four […]

It’s Only a Game (Barclays: My Part in Their Downfall) – Ch 13 – 18

Part Three – A Dirty Game 13 – Meeting Across The River Like some recently discovered long lost relative, it finally dawned on the Barclays hierarchy that our tiny little offshoot was indeed part of the Barclays brand and could actually generate some real value both internally and externally. Our attraction, in its most obvious […]

Shameless in Stuttgart

Aussies like to celebrate in style and my mate Paul is no exception. So it was no surprise that his choice of venue for his 40th in 2012 made little reference to either his birthday or the number of fine working men’s’ clubs around the villages of the Calder Valley where he now lives, a […]

Learning to Lose (Ch 5 from forthcoming “Fifty Not Out”)

I had written the attached chapter for my final (honest!) book due out to “celebrate” my 50th next year and raise a few more quid for junior cricket. After last Saturday it seemed a good time to preview it with the following foreword. Saturday, September 8th, 2012: BVCC – 197 all out, Rawdon – 198-9…2 balls to […]

Seven Go to the Seaside – The Scarborough Cricket (and Ale) Festival

“It’ll just be a gentle couple of days watching the cricket with the odd tipple” so Molly had promised several months ago as he signed me up for two days at the Scarborough Cricket Festival successfully adding another chapter to his upcoming book “Fifty Shades of How to Avoid the Wife”. On reflection, I had […]