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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June 17, 2007



Be careful Mr Bee! I think you will find (although it may all have changed since I was round that way) that the 53 is First magenta, rather than Stagecoach white. Don't let that fool you... As I recall, its reliability hasn't changed much.


It must be the number 53 that evokes such nice(?) memories. When I lived in Sheffield that was the number of the trusty steed that used to take me down to my favourite watering hole (and back).

But, the trusty 53 in Sheffield seemed a reliable beast...probably because Sheffield doesn't have the worst bus system in the world. Manchester does.

Hope the 1st day of your new job wasn't ruined by bus incompetence.


Ah, the 53 bus! I think you might have forgotten the ending, which goes "lalalalala lalala lalalalala lalala" accompanied by some frantic leaping, to keep the bone-chilling-bus-wait cold at bay and to stave off the dread of returning home to the sullen goth flatmates who had their horrible lead dungeons and dragons pieces arrayed in game-playing formation all over the cooker, and would grumble horribly if you moved a wizard out of the way in order to heat up some baked beans. One of them had a pregnant girlfriend who sat on the couch all day close to tears. But this was the old 53... ! I am feeling very confident about your triumphant return and it is all only slightly terrifying! Fortune favours the bold!


Slightly terrifying is right. However I can put all your minds at rest and assure you that the 53 bus (which was indeed in Firstbus Magenta) turned up only fifteen minutes late on Monday morning and transported me all the way West to the other side of the city. Fortunately I had taken account of its famed and quite unsheffieldlike tardiness so was still where I had to be a full hour early, as is the wont of people on their first days in new jobs. Since then I've been on a weeklong whistlestop tour of the entire borough, by a mixture of trains, buses, and cars, only very occasionally getting lost in backstreets, but that's another story...

OK no time to post properly back in a few days!


Hello Mr Bee,

The 53 is an institution and your song brought on a whole series of wing-collared seventies flashbacks - Ta. Glad to see that you are still using the word 'flange' - hope this continues.


Hi Jonathan

Stressqueen here - just wanted to say thanks for making the time to comment.

I also wanted to let you know that I am moving to a different url - http://classy-bird.blogspot.com/.
I decided not to stop after all but am starting afresh for reasons I won't bore you with here. I'm just setting it up now so my sidebar is looking very bare, but will be tidying it all up properly soon!

Maybe see you there.

Thanks again cb xx


Ah glad to hear it Stressqueen... I'll be sure to drop by. The new name suits you more than the old one I think...


So much more eloquent than the song I perpetually sing at my bus stop, with its gentle refrain of - "The thirty eight bus, the tardy bendy bastard".

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