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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May 23, 2006



Tattenhall? I have a couple of friends in Tettenhall. Or it might actually be Tattenhall. I dunno.


My, you people keep me right!..it seems I have a lot of eagle-eyed West Midlands readers... you were right the first time as it turns out Bushra- Tettenhall is where we lived, while Tattenhall is in Cheshire. Mind you Google also reveals the people of Wolverhampton do seem a little confused about the correct spelling of their one, so you can perhaps excuse me being unsure fifteen years down the line..


hey, so i was right! have you been back lately? they have a cool sweet shop there (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fudgeit/10076281/).


The link doesn't seem to work Bushra... I have even looked on your recent Flickr photos on fudgeit to no avail (saw some lovely snaps of lots of other stuff though..)

As for going back- that was what started me thinking about all this ancient history.. you have to start with Wolverhampton Part One!


eek! try this one https://www.flickr.com/photos/fudgeit/10076281


Oh now they look just delicious- I'm off now to look for some Vimto bonbons for my lunch..


What an interesting story! It's strange how friendships change like that. I bet you stil don't understand why he was such a taciturn pillock when he came up. Or maybe you do? Are we going to get an outline of the letter in part 3?

It's quite a comfort to me to know that other people seemed just as invisible to girls whilst at uni. It wasn't just me then - phew.

Does this scheme were you go drinking and being a groupie in Spain at the State's
expense still exist? Can I have an application form please?

And if anyone has a wedding further than Brighton then they can forget me going to it.


Ooh, I'm intrigued!

I used to know a woman who used to go out with Dave Gedge. Was he the lead singer? (I know, I know, I'm crap at this kind of general knowledge - all I know is that he was in the Wedding Present. I think. Wasn't he?)

Anyway, she's dead now. But she had bleached blonde hair and was called Debbie. Might that have been her?


Dave Gedge was the singer all right- or I should say is the singer, as the band are still going- although there have been so many changes in backing line-up since the heady days of the 80s that I'm not sure even Gedge himself is sure of all their names, so I wouldn't feel too bad about that particular gap in your general knowledge. As for his girlfriend well she didn't have bleached blonde hair when me and Anthony were talking to her, but then it was a dark room, and we were very, very drunk. If she was involved with the Wedding Present songsmith for for more than five minutes though then she probably had about twenty angst-ridden epics written about her. In indie-pop circles knowing David Gedge's girlfriend is akin to being on first-name terms with the Mona-Lisa herself.

Anyway that is all by the by. What I really wanted to say (to everyone) is thank you for being patient... the third and final part of the Wolverhampton trilogy will appear on these pages very soon- possibly even tonight although you will have learnt to take little notice of such time-specific promises by now.

Lord knows why it is taking so long. After all (as you will all have gathered from the end of part two) I essentially wrote the end of this story ten years ago... and it is now folded up on a piece of photocopied paper in my loft....


Ah good, part 3 is finally on the way! I have been holding my breath for a couple of weeks now and I'm getting a bit faint!

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