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 15, 2005



Good stuff on sorting out a 'best of' section - it means I can catch up on one or two posts I've missed. Shame about Pie Club missing out, though!

It's really hard not to feel defeatist after last night's match and in advance of Sunday, isn't it? Let's just hope and pray half the Man Utd team are struck down with a mystery illness. Actually, you're in Manchester - can you not nip out to the training ground and slip something dodgy in their food in the cafeteria? Arsenic would do nicely.

Not John

Is Man United not human? If you prick them, do they not bleed? And didn't they just lose to a relegation candidate, or was that just a dirty rumor I heard, or did they somehow come back and win after being down 2 nil? I get my football news randomly and through dubious channels.

In any case, congrats on the fab new features. Just as a point of interest, you might wish to know that no little yellow box appears when you hover over the "best of" choices when the viewer is using Safari on a Mac. However, there are probably only about 14 of us in the world, and we do get a little notice in the gray bar at the bottom of our screen, up to a certain number of characters.

I must say I had hoped when I clicked on the little picture, that a bigger version of the picture would appear, but instead I got the same little picture on a page all its own, making it look, if anything, even smaller. I may be the man on the bike, but I'm not sure. I can't see the man. Hell, I can't see the bike. I'm not entirely sure I can make out the street. Still, art is art, and a man shouldn't complain.


If you had seen the embarrasing ease with which the skimpy Magpie resistance was brushed aside in Lisbon last night, NotJohn, then you would understand better our gloomy outlook. Mind you our opponents did resort to underhand foreign tactics such as fancy footwork, passing the ball among themselves in neat triangles (triangles must always be described as 'neat' where passes are concerned, it is the law), and, most underhand of all, striking the ball accurately into the corner of Shay Given's net, four times. Faced with such a cynical display of dastardly gamesmanship our honest-to-goodness British approach, relying on manly scurrying and hopeful sixty yard punts towards the head of a burly, talismanic target man, could not hope to prevail.

Sixty yard punts, by the way, should always be described as 'hopeful' when they are directed towards a target man- who in turn must be described as 'talismanic', if he happens to be Alan Shearer. It's the law.

Meanwhile the two of you appear to have found some way of evading my new comment filter. Damn it- those people at Goodfellas/DonnyBrasco Novelty Web Tools Inc must have bleedin' well seen me coming.


Oh and by the way I can't help you with your hoverboxes young man, but if you click on the little photo once it appears on the big page all on its own, then it appears again, only bigger! And there's a man on a bike, look!

Axwell Frank

Agree with everything you say and applaud your intricate scheme to prevent the jurns getting through.

John Jon Jonathan Johnson

Saw the man on the bike and I think he looks like that dodgy skinhead out of the old Guardian advert on the television. Very nice picture. Very Urban. The lack of other photos reminds me of Yves Klein's famous 1953 exhibition, "La Vide," which featured an empty gallery painted pure white:

"Klein decided to exhibit nothing -- at least nothing that was immediately visible or tangible...Others spoke of a complete break with conventional humanism, and Albert Camus reacted with a poetic entry in the visitors' album, "Avec le vide, les plein pouvoirs," (with the void, full powers)."
Oh, and just so you know, today is WORLD FLEEING DAY!

Mutha Baker

What about the pie club, my all-time favourite. Surely it should be in the top 10.

Mutha Baker


'Avec le vide, les pleins pouvoirs'. Exactly. A woman at the bus stop was saying precisely the same thing to me just yesterday.

Meanwhile I am heartened by the groundswell of support being shown here for that classic revolutionary tract the Pastry-Fanciers Charter, and may well reconsider the top 10 on the strength of it, quite possibly over a Ginsters steak and onion trellis.

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