Musings From The Padded Cell

A Critics Corner – Chapter 4

4 - Growin' Up When I was a lad - here we go I hear you say - as far as a junior cricket structure went at Villas we had one team that was effectively “one size fits all” competing at the Under Eighteen age level. Coaches were indeed merely forms … [Continue reading]

A Pub Landlord? – Tyke Taverner March 2012

I was sat in The Scruffy the other night – my pet name for the local pub The White Bear in Idle – gently caressing my glass when I could not help but stop and wonder how it was that this weak pint of beer, one of the few regular comforts of everyday … [Continue reading]

A Survival Expert?

“Fancy a walk at the weekend?” said my mate Squire Patch lover of all things rural and ever keen to get outdoors to try his latest purchase from Go Outdoors having seemingly taken on the task as saviour of the UK Retail sector. I had to admit that … [Continue reading]

A Master Baker?

Given that I spent last Saturday afternoon cleaning the kitchen cupboards inside and out there were surprisingly few revelations and, thankfully, nothing dead and rotting behind the boards. Dear old Gladstone, my long deceased pussy, was fond of … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 3

3- My Father's House I have absolutely no idea how I became obsessed with the game of cricket but it has influenced my life massively from a very early age. It’s the sort of game you either love or hate with equal passion and as so much of it … [Continue reading]

The BBC – Waste of Money?

Saturday was one of those almost never-ending mid-winter, post holiday weekend afternoons that reminded me that I should keep playing cricket until they pop me in the coffin ideally carried straight from the field after one final flowing off-drive … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 2

2- Dancing in the Dark Thirty-five years; man and boy; secret sweet pilferer to frustrated fundraiser; obnoxious kid to junior coach; rebellious tyrant to long suffering committeeman; victorious and just as often vanquished on the field of play … [Continue reading]

A Trade – DIY?

Another windy night in Idle – okay not exactly the same as A Rainy Night in Georgia…cue Randy Crawford - and time again to roll back the curtains with trepidation in order to find out what was left standing of my flyaway greenhouse and to try track … [Continue reading]

A Critics Corner – Chapter 1

1 - Brilliant Disguise - Easily Distracted As a young lad I always enjoyed the power of the written word and loved writing short stories as an outlet for a somewhat vivid imagination albeit possibly the early signs of a decidedly limited attention … [Continue reading]

The Other Side of Christmas

Whether or not it was intended as a cryptic warning of things to come I am not sure but the other day I “volunteered” to help out for a lunchtime serving at the St George’s Crypt in Leeds, tucked away behind the Law Courts. The crypt is a temporary … [Continue reading]