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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April 26, 2007



I like it! And I'm off out to get myself a top hat straight away. Or I would, but for the fact that I'm probably more at the flat cap end of the class spectrum, so whatever headgear I choose I'd spend more time doffing it and tugging the forelock than actually wearing the darn thing.

Joking apart though, the British people have started wearing hats again in recent years, inspired by that very same US of A what you have just visited. Think about it - seen any baseball caps lately? Maybe you're right: a return to trilbies would improve Britain. At least you can't wear 'em back to front!


I wear hats! I had a trilby of my very own circa 1986 (inspired by Madonna, I think) but it was always a bit small. However I have been known to go out and about in various bobble hats, a cowboy hat, and a floppy straw hat. People laugh, but let them. You're making the world a happier place. And I've never had my head kicked in yet, maybe it's like hitting someone with glasses?

Nexus John

Brilliant. I've thought of a slogan for the campaign already.
'If you wan't to get ahead get a hat!'


Ah Nexus John but you see that's where we went wrong in the first place- by trying to get ahead of each other by lavish displays of plumage. Come the revolution all citizens will be viewed equally, whether attired in flat caps or in those fantastic knickerbockergloryesque creations you used to see the Queen Mother in at Ascot... and as a result forelock tugging, doffing, and other servile behaviour will be consignned to the hatbox of history and our man Chris up there will be able to hold his head high in public once again, Gawd bless him...

And Joella- hat's off to you (and, indeed, hats on) for leading the way with your undersized pop-diva inspired headwear of yesteryear... I think I may have seen that floppy straw hat thanks to that clever feature you have where every time you visit your site a new picture of you appears top right... I have often wished I could work out how to do something similar on Crinklybee, if only to give everyone something to look at during any more unforeseen three-week dissappearing acts on my part...


The hat sounds great, but I think we need a picture.


No sooner said Looby, no sooner said...


Great! It really suits you. You look like a record producer with part-time interests in horse racing.


As a man with a rapidly disappearing hairline I would strongly suggest you hang up that hat for now. You've still got a good mop on you (well suited to your love of Jangly 80's indie-pop music). Don't hide it away, let it live and fly while you still can.

PS- tell us more about your clandesite trip to the local cornflake factory.


Is that baby Oscar being introduced to Elvis Costello in the bottom photo??


You look like a dick.


Following up on that charming comment from StylePolice, I just wanted to give you the quote that might have been swirling in the back of your head somewhere when you bought your magnificent trilby. It's from Bob Reid, a Railway man from back in the day, and his hopes for resurrecting the railways and getting rid of silly old cars:

"My mind goes to another picture, a mural that adorns the wall of the foyer of the Shell cinema at Waterloo. This mural is all about Londoners and the war. Buses, planes, and people scurrying everywhere. What strikes you when you look carefully is that all of the many people that make up the mural are wearing hats. Draw that mural today and you would be lucky to find ten hats. Fashions change and times change. In symbolic terms, the problem of the railways is to put the hats back on their public. Not to take them back in time but to rekindle the idea that rail travel is the natural and most congenial choice for many of their journeys."

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