Musings From The Padded Cell

Bradford – A Complex Problem

“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.” Gore Vidal We’ve not had one for a while so, just to keep the local printers busy, here’s another grand plan from the author of numerous similar acts of fantasy and fiction […]

Bradford Born, Bred And Still Here!

“A city at the end of one kind of life, waiting for another to begin.” Biographer Andrew Motion referring to Hull poet Phillip Larkin’s description of his home town. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Fake News Bradford Style

“False, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.” Collins English Dictionary.

My Idle – Updated

“Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.” Robert Baden-Powell

The Eccleshill Mechanics Institute – An Inspired Community

“When the lion sleeps, if you have a stick in your hand and stick it up the lion’s arse, never let go of the stick.” Anon

You’re Nicked!

“Power is okay, and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous”.” Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind Or Bradford Council’s new motto? More of them later…

Waiting For An Alibi.

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” Charlie Chaplin I kept closing my eyes thinking that I would wake up and it would all have been a fanciful dream. Yet each time my eyes opened again this place did exist and I really was in Bradford!

Bradford – This Is My Hometown.

“Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out Packing up our bags maybe heading south I’m thirty-five we got a boy of our own now Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and said son take a good look around This is your hometown” Bruce Springsteen

It’s Behind You!

“Poor man want to be rich, Rich man want to be king, And a king ain’t satisfied, ‘Til he rules everything” Bruce Springsteen – Badlands Bit of a seasonal rant coming up; get your tin hats on.

One More Bounce For Bradford?

It was another rough week for my home town with Bradford afforded the dubious title of the worst place in Britain to live. Time to make a case for the defence then.