Musings From The Padded Cell

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Shameless in Stuttgart

Stutt Mimi

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 … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

The Pub and the £3 Pint – Yorkshire Post 23/8/12

{Previously published on here several months ago...any small typos due to child minding my Godson who wants me to watch Scooby Do!} Sat in my local the other night, I wondered why one of man’s few comforts is now so expensive that pubs are closing … [Continue reading]

Banking – View From the Bottom of the Pile – How Do Issue 8 August 2012

Olden Times The banking crisis may be several years old now but this year it seems that there is no end of bad news leaking from a once so highly regarded sector. Having worked for a division of Barclays Bank for twenty five years until recently, … [Continue reading]