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  • Freckles and Doubt
    Considering her mastery of narrative structure etc. (insert narrative structure here.....)
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    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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September 28, 2005




This is, indeed, odd.

Maybe one might suspect some coat company promotion. But seems to defeat the object, now they've sent you a coat. You're unlikely to buy another one.

You didn't once go out with a wierd stalky woman who wore a parka...?

Martin Q

Well then. I wondered if I'd get a mention having, after you spotted me at the station yesterday (thanks for having the guts to shout across the tracks at a total stranger by the way!)... but I guess this weird occurrence rather overshadows that one which was altogether rather more predictable. So I'll let you off not mentioning me!

Now then, as it happens, I have a parka, and live in M13, so perhaps I should join this club of yours. (I've checked, and mine is still there, so you haven't been sent mine!) What did you say the email address was?


It's like Mr Benn meets The Twilight Zone...


Well I wondered also if this could be a promotion thing, especially with winter coming on... maybe the Parka people reckon on sending out a handful of coats to people who will then wear the garment around the streets, and some of those who see will go out and buy Parkas themselves, without even realising why... in which case I suppose I should feel flattered at being considered such an opinion-former...

On the other hand it could be that, like Mr Benn, I have a parallel existence which this version of me knows nothing about in which things like this happen all the time. That would be much more exciting...

And Martin, yes I probably would have written about our chance meeting had even more bizarre events not intervened. And I don't think I should tell anyone the email address until I have written to it myself- it might be a secret only divulgeable within the ticket pocket of a classic cut blue parka coat on pain of some terrible retribution...


How strange. Googling for "Parka Club" doesn't really throw up much either, apart from some Parka enthusiasts sites [sic!].

Maybe it for one of your neighbours?


No it's not for one of the neighbours... it is addressed to me by name- and the message says 'Jonathan, welcome to the club!'


Oh and I tried Google as well- and before you try, googling for 'I have been sent a parka coat in the post' brings up nothing either... these parka club people know how to cover their tracks...


Eeeee, Jonathan, this is the best crinklybee posting ever -- is it possible that the parka has special powers?


How bizarre. Perhaps it calls for a private investigator - I hear Ray Winstone's moving in those circles these days. Just don't call in Scooby Doo et al - they'll just pin it on Old Man Withers down at the amusement park, as always.

Look forward to further developments...


A BLUE parka you say. I always thought Parkas were green. Are you sure it isn't a snorkel jacket as worn by all boys during the 70's.

Perhaps this is some fundamentalist (with the emphasis on mentalist)breakaway group from Pie-club. They probably hold meetings in bike sheds and everyone has to have a sticky paperbag in their pockets containing congealed pineapple chunks and fluff.


This could be your invitation to join the world of MI5/MI6/MI7/Spectre/Spectrum/The Persuaders, etc.
If you do join Spectrum, try to become Captain Turquoise. They haven't got one of them yet.


Spectrum? The Persuaders?? ..seems there is more to this Parka Club business than meets the eye, I am going to have to learn the language if I am going to fit in...

Meanwhile I have emailed the address out of the sleeve ticket pocket to thank them for their mysterious package, and to let them know the new coat is settling in well into its new home in between the retro duffel coat and the brown suede £30 TK Max jacket. You will all be the first to know if there is any response from Captain Turquoise and his Parka Club henchmen...

Nexus John

An old pal of mine called Harry Kirsop wore one of these all the time. They were navy blue in colour and with a fir trimmed hood.There was a bit of red somewhere as well.Harry Kirsop,worked with me with Everest Double Glazing for many years before his untimely death in 1999.
These 'parkas' were until recently quite common as standard issue in the ship building industry on the Tyne in the 80's and are still to be seen in ever decreasing numbers on Shields Road in Byker.

Isabelle Baker

I remember sometime in the eighties or nineties there was a big strike that dragged on for a long time with workers on picket lines. It might have been the firemen's strike or the miners - I forget which. Anyway, it was in the old days before Thatcher decimated the power of the unions. Someone took pity on the pickets and issued every one of them throughout the country with a brand new parka. They appeared night after night on the News standing there in the bitter winter weather wearing their parkas with pride. I don't know what the outcome of that stike was - it seems like a different world. Now, they just give you 90 days notice, garden leave and Goodbye!
Maybe, over the next few weeks we're all going to receive parkas in the post in readiness for the Revolution - Yes, come the Revolution we'll all be wearing parkas with pride.

Ma Baker


I knew it! It has to be! The revolution! Venceremos! I wonder if Ma Baker is any relation to that old union rabblerouser Mother Jones? Those were the days!

Martin Q

So... any response from the club yet?


Not only have I had a response from Parka Club, but in a possibly related incident I found an apple in the street with a message written on it. Full details to follow.. I'm not making any of this up, honestly.

Nexus John

Come on then,what's the story? Who? What? Where? Why? And the apple??

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