Musings From The Padded Cell


You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. Edwin Louis Cole

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“It has been a long road. From a mountain coolie, a bearer of loads, to a wearer of a coat with rows of medals who is carried about in planes and worries about income tax.” Sherpa Tenzing.

Choices, Choices.

When England cricketer Jonathon Trott left the 2013-14 Ashes series early to fly home from Australia, the official explanation blaming a stress related condition prompted several instant – and largely ignorant – media responses, as is common in this Twitter age.

Bradford – One Last Shot at Redemption?

Next year is a defining year for the City of Bradford; can it reinvent itself as a modern and vibrant city centre or will it be consigned to decades of terminal decline? This week the local comic – Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus – re-hashed for the umpteenth time the “story” that developers Westfield will finally […]

One Dunk or Two?

Into the Corridors of Power I did something the other day I swore I would never repeat after my first soul destroying experience many years ago; I went to view a local Council meeting at City Hall, the purpose being to follow the latest developments in the long running saga concerning the fate of the […]

A Phoenix from the Ashes?

In June I stumbled across the Piloti column in Private Eye, which keeps a watchful eye on buildings of interest under threat of demolition; regularly I shake my head in disbelief at the constant and wanton destruction of much of this nation’s heritage in the name, allegedly, of progress. In most cases if you substituted […]

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 […]