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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February 01, 2006



You've been on my train!

Not my bit of the journey, and not on a day when I would've been there, but still - my train!


To get so much material from a postponed fixture is a very impressive feat. A handsome, vivid description of a Saturday wander, the pilgrimige to Peel Park being a particularly good way of dealing with an absent fixture.

"10 mins. Bloke in funny hat calls linesman 'poofter'".

Think we're working from the same notebook, my friendly. ;-)


It's probably the same bloke, Skif. And the same hat.

And Beth, I am thrilled- nay, honoured- to find out I have actually been on 'Girl On A Train's' train. To think those sticky sliding doors may have been the same ones that on Tuesday January 24th caused the 8:10 to be cancelled....


"But nobody was in the mood for discounted savouries."

Loved it. Every last word of it. Including all the pointless train details! And, for no obvious reason, the above sentence more than any other... Marvellous. Football's even enjoyable when you take out the football.


some might say football's *more* enjoyable when you take out the football....


Of course, what I meant was that it even *becomes* enjoyable when you take out the football. Difficult getting the intonation right when typing...


I agree. A triumph of football-writing, Jonathan!

I always get a bit foggy when your football reports have anything but the most poetic references to the game in. . Now, could you explain that offside rule to me one more time? I seem to remember that you once did an admirable job involving pepperpots, but it just hasn't stuck.


"It's probably the same bloke, Skif. And the same hat."

I really do hope so, Jonathan. No funny hats at my latest. There was a pitch invasion by a cat though.


Ooh, I feel a right nice warm local glow coming over me.


I'm loving this good-natured rivalry between you and Skif, each of you being driven to write better and better match reports! This is a gem, especially as no match took place. (Skif's cat-interrupted match comes close, mind.) He'll keep you on your toes.

Enjoy the Manchester blogmeet this weekend mate.


Wouldn't like to think of the bee as a rival, but certainly is, along with Gable End Graffiti (RIP) and Harry Pearson, inspiration to at least try and avoid laziness when doling out this guff.

It is comforting to know that I'm not the only one out there who enjoys documenting football's intriguing peripheries.


Can't say I'm familiar with Gable End Graffiti Skif... but to be mentioned in the same breath as Harry Pearson is praise indeed... if there is one overriding influence on my match reports it is probably his mazy 'Far Corner', which is described on the cover as 'a mazy dribble through North East football', and is high in the list of 'books I wish I had written... speaking of which, I've got this idea for a collection of reports of postponed football matches- I would get out of bed of a winter's morning, head for the part of the country with the best chance of snow, and hope to spend the afternoon drinking in small-town boozers with distressed, underemployed football supporters... maybe getting into the odd brawl or two, just to inject that dash of local colour. Yes, I think we're definitely on to a winner here..if Harry Pearson's publishers are reading, you can contact me at the email address above, with details of your four-figure advance...


Aye, it is for 'The Far Corner' that he gets his mention. Gable End is now sadly defunct Montrose FC blog. It were quality.

Liking the postponement pursuit idea!

john cougill

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