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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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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