Musings From The Padded Cell

The Good Old Days

4- The Good Old Days “Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems” Billy Joel I have no idea exactly when it all started with my association with Bolton Villas CC … [Continue reading]

I want to be a polar bear

I have a fancy HTC Desire on loan from a business I do some part time work for which, as anybody knows me, is a total waste of technology as the only constructive thing I have been able to do with it so far is take a picture of my first beetroot of … [Continue reading]

Small Step For Mankind?

After one and a half packs I sit flushed with success today having mastered the instructions on the Oats So Simple - porridge to you and me - packet. If it were "so simple" why is it that all previous extracts from my microwave have resembled either … [Continue reading]

Eurozone Crisis

In keeping with the theme of village idiot Ed Balls I too have a Five Point Plan this time for the whole of Europe. In return for bailing everybody out Germany gets first dibs on all sun-beds for the next ten years in Greece, Spain and Italy. … [Continue reading]

Its Only A Game – Foreword

Foreword There I was, 30 years of age, drunk mid afternoon sat in Sports Bar on the “strip” in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote having had two of the best weeks of my life on a lads holiday we had called, with almost prophetic accuracy, The Desperate … [Continue reading]

A Critics Corner – Foreword

Foreword In the blood – Brent Shackleton My parents moved home in 1960, not far, in fact it was only 500 yards as the crow flies, nobody could really have known what effect moving those 500 yards would have on my life. We moved from Kingsway … [Continue reading]

The Jolly Boys Ride Again

THE JOLLY BOYS RIDE AGAIN – OLDER, SLOWER AND SADLY NONE THE WISER SUNDAY - WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN? It had been three long years since I had last sat at Shipley train station ahead of a four day cycling adventure with my old mates and Villas … [Continue reading]