Some blogs I know

  • Freckles and Doubt
    Considering her mastery of narrative structure etc. (insert narrative structure here.....)
  • Trailer Park Refugee | just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight….
    Just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight...
  • Exile on Pain Street | Straddling the Hudson River. One foot in NYC, the other in suburban New Jersey.
    One man's story, etc.....
  • 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...'
  • New York Bike Blog
  • 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.
  • Razorblade of life
    'Not so much cutting-edge as half-cut and still sliding'...
  • 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.
  • Bushra
    Bushra's blog/ homepage/ call it what you want
  • 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...
  • Private Secret Diary
    Dispatches from deepest Norfolk. Not that private and not that secret. Just consistently hilarious.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.

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February 17, 2005



// I certainly don't want margarine that has been on an assertiveness course chipping in with snack-improvement suggestions:

'How about sticking another slice of ham in here, mate?'//

Classic - actually made me laugh out loud in the office!

Pro-Activ Margarine Tub

This is your margarine. Put your hands up where I can see them and kick that slice of ham across the floor over towards me. That's good...reeeeaaaaal good. OK, Sunny Jim, thought you'd got rid of me that easy, eh? Suuuure, nice and easy, that's how you'd like it, wouldn't you? Well think again, pally, think again. I'm not one of your cheap floozies you can pick up in a Sainsbury's and then toss away like yesterday's pork drippings. Oh no, not this ol' tub, not this time pally. You and I are going to have a niiiiiice long talk about your diet. Sit down! You're not going anywhere.


Best blog post I've ever read about margarine. Effing marvellous.


Blimey! Not one, but several comments- and on various posts. Well you all deserve replies (because- and I don't believe I have said this before- it really makes all the difference that people take the time even to leave a brief few words on here- these signs of recognition are what make this whole exercise worthwhile, if you really want to know...). So:

1-Mr Tub, I am coming out with my hands in the air. Please don't shoot.

2- Iain- thanks for your comment (and your email!). Like I was saying to you, making people laugh out loud in offices is very much what we are about round here.

3- Dave- I'm glad you found the chip shop story. It is one of my own favourites of everything I've written on here, and it is a shame to have it languishing in the archives unseen by more recent readers. One of these days I intend, in a show of unsurpassed hubris no doubt, to place some kind of 'best of Crinklybee' list in my sidebar, for everyone's elucidation. I may even make the process partially democratic, by inviting suggestions from yourselves, my loyal brigade of commentistas. On the other hand, I may not. Or I may wait until there is a good round number of posts to choose from, like 100 (we are up to 58 and counting so far). We shall see. Anyway Dave, you should go away to university immediately, if Mo says so. He doesn't get much wrong, you know.

4, and 5: Finally, 'Grandad' and Looby (it is actually quite appropriate that I address you simultaneously as you are both real ale fans who spend a lot of time on trains): thank you for your congratulations. As for the tale of the Great Derby Day Levenshulme Pub Brawl- well I have written exactly one paragraph so far- and then the margarine thing happened, so I had to drop everything and tell you about that instead. Expect a frank and graphic account some time soon, with full round-by-round scoring.


Hello Ben! You must have posted while I was composing my lengthy reply above. Well, everything I said in the first paragraph there applies to you also- and even a bit more, as you were one of the first ever to comment/ link! So fair play to you!


Re 'best of Crinklybee' list - well, I guess some people might see it as "unsurpassed hubris". I'm sure that some people visit SWSL and think it's incredibly arrogant and self-aggrandising to have links to a whole host of previous posts down the side. I justified doing it by saying that it's primarily for my benefit - it's handy to be able to find old posts easily, particularly when I want to be reminded what I said about a certain album / book / film. It's also handy when you want to put in a link to something you've written earlier.

So, I'd say - don't feel it's hubristic, just go for it.


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