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Some blogs I know

  • Fat Man on a Keyboard
    'At first they came for the smokers but I did not speak out as I did not smoke. Then they came for the binge drinkers but I said nothing as I did not binge. Now they have an obesity strategy...'
  • My Shitty Twenties
  • Baroque in Hackney
    Any friend of JD Salinger is a friend of mine...
  • New York Bike Blog
  • Cocktails and Records
    ... what could be finer? A weekly tune from the record box, handpicked, dusted down, and lovingly described. Also the place to get answers to Major Questions Of The Day, such as 'is rollerskating the new trendy alternative to bicycles?'
  • Clutching the tea cup
    '... or staying afloat while monumentally out of my depth in foreign parts'
  • Belgian Waffle
    Prolific? Bien sur. Waffle? Not a bit of it. The best thing to come out of Belgium since Leffe Blonde, and that is saying something.
  • Non-working monkey
    'Why taking work seriously turns you into a cock', among other lifesavingly important career advice.
  • ishouldbeworking
    She should be working- somewhere near Brighton. But we are thankful that she is writing. Among other talents, an enviable ability to eavesdrop the choicest conversations...
  • Razorblade of life
    'Not so much cutting-edge as half-cut and still sliding'...
  • Nine foot Joe
    tall man
  • blue cat
    This blue cat fellow (he writes for the telly you know) issues forth an apparently effortless stream of grade-A funniness that has me overcome in turns by helpless laughter and shameful, powerful envy. There I've said it.
  • Joella
    Joella in Oxfordshire. Working for The Man while training to be a plumber (I think!). Loves gherkins, hates aubergines... and Fascists.
  • Jason Mulgrew
    Jason in his own words: 'I am from a blue-collar Irish Catholic family from Philly, complete with a chain-smoking tattooed dad, a short gregarious mother, a younger brother that despises me and a younger sister who’s pretty sure I’m gay'.
  • Clare Sudbery
    Another of Mancheter's finest... a textually loquacious word-freak, with quite a way with words.
  • Chocolate Sandwich
    Unusual delicacies from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
  • A Free Man in Preston
    Office life with unforgettable characters such as 'Stella, my eighties yuppie witch of a team leader', seasoned with occasional out-of-hours forays into the murky world of Lancastrian barbershop quartets. The writer is a very nice chap to boot.
  • Assistant
    another Jonathan! Sure there's a lot of it about...
  • what's new pussycat
    What can I say here? Just a very funny, engaging and captivating writer.
  • Bushra
    Bushra's blog/ homepage/ call it what you want
  • girl on a train
    ... and sometimes in an office and in some other places.
  • Dubsteps (formerly Hobo Tread)
    Thoughts of Skif, a Havant and Waterlooville fan exiled in Liverpool- possibly the most engaging non-league football writing to be found on the web- and with a little bit of politics, and plenty more beside!
  • Tired Dad
    The Man Who Very Nearly Fell Asleep
  • troubled diva.
    Mike, the self-styled 'Fairy Godmother of British Blogging'. He got us all published in a book, you know...
  • Glitter For Brains
    glitter! for brains!!
  • Rhodri
    Livejournal is much-maligned in some quarters which is perhaps why you haven't seen a link to Rhodri anywhere else. Be assured, though: this is a writer of rare poise, able to extract hilarity from the most humdrum of subject matter. Oh and as well as being a professional broadsheet journalist he's also the keyboard player with Scritti Politti (I swear I'm not making this up).
  • Private Secret Diary
    Dispatches from deepest Norfolk. Not that private and not that secret. Just consistently hilarious.
  • little.red.boat
    Cool name... really cool site!
  • 1000 Shades of Grey
    He's actually black and white.
  • Silent Words Speak Loudest: Unlicensed to thrill
    an exiled geordie in nottingham- no, in birmingham!
  • The man who fell asleep; Sadness and ecstasy in unequal measures
    The book inspired by this veteran site (A Year in the life of The Man Who Fell Asleep) features the 'sarcastic polar bears of north London' among other oddities that the author manages somehow to render absolutely plausible.
  • Emma Kennedy
    the daily weblog of BBCTV and radio's Emma Kennedy. The design and format (and the car number spotting thing!) may be copied from Richard Herring- but Emma has very much her own writing style. Consistently entertaining.
  • Pete Ashton's Internet Presence
    Birmingham's finest. Writing with enviable clarity on every subject under the sun since 2000 (a very long time indeed!). Now with added nice pictures of canals and stuff...
  • Tokyo Times
    Lee Chapman. Not the ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker (at least I don't think so) but an English bloke who lives in Tokyo. And tells interesting stories about it. Often accompanied by pictures.
  • Petite anglaise
    Petite, our very own 'cause celebre' (she was sacked for blogging back in the day, you know). The first novel now published, but she hasn't forgotten where she came from, oh no...
  • diamond geezer
    From London. And seems to have been around for about as long as the City itself. One of the 'Old School'.
  • Looby
    'An awkward, clumsy fellow; a lubber; a novice'....a venerated (if refreshingly irreverent) blogging institution. Lancaster's very finest!
  • RichardHerring.com
    The comedian Richard Herring's kind of online diary thing. Always worth a visit.

From the neighbourhood

  • Levenshulme Daily Photo
    We're a very photogenic little suburb, you know. The go-to place for arty shots of express trains speeding past sports centres, kids on scooters dissappearing up alleyways... and rain. Lots and lots of rain.
  • Love Levenshulme
    Handcrafted local blog taking admirably positive slant on all things M19. Equally delightful postcards available from libraries, butchers, and candlestickmakers the length and breadth of our part of the A6

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September 09, 2005

Comments

John

Me and our kid are planning to do the Manchester 10K fun next may. Why not join us.

p.s. How lucky were them red B***ards. Just come back from the pub watching the game
on some Norweigan channel.

abby

Ah yes! Jogging is an awful awful thing, especially when you see those ungainly types having a go at it. Right here in Central Park there is an emaciated woman with a bizarrely white-painted face who jogs assiduously around the famous "loop" in the wrong direction all day long. It's a bad sight, like something out of Shaun of the Dead.

Kenyans are another matter. They look good when they are jogging and have no ungainliness about them whatsoever. In spite of the lack of similarity between Kenyans and ordinary joggers, we have for some reason decided recently to call anyone who is running anywhere (e.g., after a bus or down the subway steps) a Kenyan, as in, "look at that Kenyan running after the number 6."

Anyway, I am glad you survived the Elswick Harriers and ahdn't realised that they were more scary than the fabled Elswick Mafia that were supposed to be lurking somewhere on the West Road near those horrible tower blocks ready to flush your head down the toilet.

Damo

I did the GNR a few years ago (yet another exiled Geordie) and injured myself during the training. So rather than actually not do it, I thought I would get better; then the night before the run went out with another runner and had 4 pints of Guiness. That is the best thing to prepare for 13.5 miles of death. In the end, I was being overtaken by 80 year old men while I looked like I was 100 years old and wheezed across the finish line. The thing that really killed me was limping to the Metro in South Shields to get back to my parents place - that was a nightmare.

Paul

As another Geordie living away, I did the Great North last year, and know how hard it is.

Wish your mate David all the best, metaphorically it's all downhill once yu cross the Tyne bridge. Physically it's a rather different story.

jonathan

Damo- you must be the exiled Geordie who posts sometimes on Blackandwhiteandreadallover- welcome to the site! I don't think I'll be joining you and Paul in slogging the 13.5 miles to South Shields any time soon, even though bonny David tells me there are lasses handing out ham and cheese stotties at strategic intervals along the route (can this really be true?). Maybe if they start serving pints of Guinness as well it will be a different story. Until then I think I will leave the road running to the Kenyans, and continue making my trips to the coast via the Tyne and Wear Metro- and I mean both there and back by the way..

Paul

I remember being offered a bacon sandwich, and a can of lager during the run last year.

Turned down both offers, although really fancied the bacon sarnie about 30 seconds after I'd made the decicion and run on.

Damo

I don't mind the running, it's the near-death experience I had afterwards.
And yes, thanks for the welcome.

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