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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November 30, 2005



Which songs did you join in with then?

The one about using hammers and knives to sort out the Glazers or the one praising their player because he hits scousers.

Not very joyful or hooligan free. In fact it Sounds just like the 80's to me.


I didn't hear either of those ones John and I wouldn't have joined in with either if I did. Like I say there were plenty of others to choose from.

And I'm sorry, but I still think you're missing the point. Aye I'm sure there were some hotheads in there- this is a football terrace after all, and I don't suppose the home support took too kindly to being referred to as 'Cheadle Rentboys'- but the mood was one of celebration and communal, peaceful purpose. It was really quite different from the 80s in that there were no monkey chants or knives, and you didn't feel in constant fear for your life. I think sometimes we forget quite how awful it was back then..

Above all the point I want to make is that this is not just about Glazer- and certainly not about Reds versus Blues. If I as a Newcastle fan am embracing FC it is because this is about working class football fans uniting against the corporate stranglehold being exerted on our game. As a good socialist you should understand that, regardless of your footballing allegiance!


Well said, wor Jonathan! I think it's about the life and the spontaneous creativity being sucked out of things. It's just like people not riding the bus so much any more -- we are collecting songs people write about their bus for the Bonkworld website, by the way. I believe you might have one or two to contribute.

Nexus John

A joyful piece of writing. Get it published before the Glazers see their lawyers.
Brilliant !!


I think this needs to be discussed at length (again) over a Guiness or two.


Consider it a date John (one of my many commenting Johns- perhaps we should arrange a mini-blogmeet for Johns only, and thrash this thing out for once and for all).


//punk football- and some rather uncomplimentary songs about Rio Ferdinand- are coming your way soon//

Can't wait!!

Since 'Iain' is just another form of 'John', do I qualify for an invitation to the mini-blogmeet? ;-)


Well you know if I start letting in Iains I'm going to have Ewans, Shauns, Sians and Giovannis knocking on the door and then where will we be? This could be the thin end of a very long wedge. But since it's you Iain (and since you have made the extra effort to insert that extra 'i' in your name thereby making it slightly more picturesque and mysterious), fair enough.

Nexus John

Too many Johns?
I claim the high ground.
Nexus John is the man.


I am a fc fan and have been since the first game a Leigh RMI. I am really glad you enjoyed you first FC experience. Hope you manage to get to more in the near future. personnal i feel your article has captured so much of what FC is about. I love watching 22 lads playing for their shirts and not 100k a week as we find in the premiership. One other thing I love about FC nad their fans is that no matter what the results both sets of players get applauded of the pitch.

Thanks again for so a positive write up


Punk football rules. I spent boxing day (and probably will spend monday) watching FC. They are quite possibly the best thing to happen to football in Manchester since Alan Shearer decided to waste his career away in Newcastle.

The man with no shame,
The man with no shame,
Rio Ferdinand,
The man with no shame.


John can you get in touch
with me...As was the the 1st
part of your story(Leve st)
leave me e-mail


Hiya Korky from Platform 2... have just this minute written to you...

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