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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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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