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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 21, 2006

Comments

looby

Oh dear - that does sound a bit grim. I look forward to seeing a dramatic upturn in the Nuneaton area's flange exports as a result of your efforts. How long is this rather gruelling pattern set to continue?

I'm so glad you got "poring" right though; not many people can do that.

looby

I've just been asked to do one of those anti-robot things when posting. Have you had a lot of comment spam?

jonathan

Oh yes you'll get no 'pourings' instead of 'porings' around here, or any similar abominations- what do you think this is, The Guardian? I do think I might have misplaced an apostrophe a few months back, but you can be assured I took myself off to a back room here in Crinklybee Towers as soon as it was discovered and gave myself a damn good thrashing. It won't happen again.

As for comment spam I hardly ever get any as a matter of fact.. but I have noticed typepad will occasionally put up an anti-robot thing, just to keep us all on our toes. I think we're back to normal again now...

Tim

Only a complete idiot would get poring / pouring wrong. Not the sort of people who come here, that's for shore.

Sounds grim. I thought you were going to say they make stay down there all week. It does happen, you know. Even in Nuneaton. Probably.

Jonathan

A week? There are people in Nuneaton Asda who look like they have spent their whole life there. Not just in Nuneaton, but in the Asda. Mind you it is a very large and well-stocked Asda, I will give them that.

In the interests of balance I should point out the town boasts other attractions for any hardy souls prepared to venture beyond the immediate environs of the train station. For instance there is a statue to local figure George Eliot- who of course was born Mary Ann Evans, but pretended to be a man and wrote a series of novels including Mill On The Floss under her assumed name. Which may seem like a lot of work to go to just in order to escape from Nuneaton- but you have to remember it was the mid-nineteenth century and Virgin Pendolinos (or for that matter taxis driven by overweight Coventry City fans) had yet to be invented. I think she got as far as Bedworth befoe being discovered.

Martin Q

"poring/pouring" - maybe not, but we seem to have an incidence of "increasing/increasingly".

Shoddy.

But then again it does sound like there are extenuating circumstances. I'll let you off this time!

jonathan

Damn, you've got me there all right Martin. Rest assured I will haul myself into my office first thing tomorrow morning and give myself a stern dressing-down. Unless I get sent to Nuneaton again, of course.

Clare

Oh stoppit, I am Trying Very Hard not to be worried about my impending return to work in Nov, for which I appear to have agreed to work Stupid Hours to claw back some of the mony I've lost in the last six months.

It'll be all right, I keep telling yself. It'll be all right.

Oh, and I suppose you get some sympathy too. ;o)

beth

If it's the same meeting every time (and they usually are, aren't they?) could you not just pretend to have been?

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