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 07, 2006



Mmmmm...you can smell the flanges, sorry, onions, from here :-)


Hey Iain- I hope you appreciated what I think is my first-ever baseball reference there. Featuring, I am ashamed to admit, the only player whose name I can readily call to mind, and that's probably only because he used to go out with Marilyn Monroe. Now, if we are ever going to proceed to a second-ever baseball reference, then I am really going to have to start reading your blog more often.
So... Come on the Sox! (and, er, come on the New York Mets as well, who I have a certain familial loyalty towards- as well as a rather fetching blue and orange T-shirt- courtesy of another friend of Crinklybee and regular commenter).

Of course I will have upset both of you now won't I.. I suppose claiming to support both the Red Sox and the Mets is quite beyond the pail, like professing equal allegiance to Newcastle United and S**derland AFC. Someone help me out here, please...


You could conceivably support the Red Sox and the Mets, as they're not technically rivals (they play in different leagues: American / National).

The Yankees - now there's a team you don't want to mention around Red Sox fans. Definitely a Newcastle / S**derland thing going on there, as evidenced by the fact that they are often referred to as the MFY - Y being the Yankees and MF being...well, I'll leave you work that one out! ;-)


Sounds like an interesting article / book. I'm currently reading a compilation of "best bits" from the first 21 years of the literary(ish) magazine Granta, which early on features a Bill Buford piece grandly entitled "The End of the English Novel" or something like that. I kind of understand that feeling - at present, I want to be more mentally taxed by what I'm doing, but on the other hand it's often quite pleasant enjoying minimum responsibility and being able to completely switch off at work.


A fine piece of work here, wor Jonathan! I think you might want to throw about the phrase "in the weeds," a bit, which, according to John, who worked as a waiter for ten years or so, is what waiters say over here when they are run off their feet during the busy lunch period or whatever. I'm not sure what the office parallel would be, but it's a fine phrase nonetheless and I lay it at your disposal.

Nexus John

Well, I wouldn't say you'd bought your ticket yet, but you are definitely at the station looking at the departure boards.
Reminds me of "Wrapper", a chap I used to fish with. He was a welder on the North Sea rigs.. but that's another story.


I read that as well and I was gobsmacked at the totally dedicated way he approached it. It's such a change from all the people who "go to Inida to study music" for three weeks, or "downsize" from 38K to 29K a year. I was well impressed with the bloke.

I had a brief spell as a sous-chef, and although I soon decided that I wasn't working split shifts of 11.30-3 and 6-11 for 100 quid a week, I really learnt a lot and I enjoyed the actual work, and the way that there's a lot of very crude language and absolutely no bullshit or pretence.


Fantastic post. Top stuff.

I worked in a Kentucky Fried Chicken one summer. I lasted four weeks. The coleslaw got to me in the end.

Best job I ever had. Or rather, the only one I ever had where you got free coleslaw for lunch.


So does he now know all the different ways to do eggs?

"Two eggs, over easy!" etc.

Suze x

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