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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January 18, 2006



Good to have you back Jonathan.

Re Frankie's present preferences - at least you should be thankful he didn't prefer the box the ELC fire engine came in rather than the fire engine itself. Or did he?


Oh, the packaging is always infinitely more interesting than the contents, Ben- that's a given. In fact if your average toddler notices the contents at all you can count yourself lucky, and congratulate yourself on money well-spent.

On a similar note tiny little things are more worthy of notice than great big massive shiny ones. Up at his grandma's in Newcastle Frankie was absolutely fascinated by a box of battered old matchbox cars that had once belonged to me. He would spend hours just lining them up, opening and closing the tiny doors, or stuffing even tinier scraps of paper in through the windows. It seems to be the intricacy of such objects that is so fascinating to the developing infant mind.


My boy Ben, well on his way to being a three year old, has shunned his miriad presents for a fridge magnet happened upon in a christmas cracker. it's not even a nice fridge magnet to my untrained eye, just a blue plastic circle. I've clearly a lot to learn.


Ah, I'm glad to see you back! I'd go right to our local video store and ask to rent this Italian for Beginners business but unfortunately the place is run by an ex-military bald Puerto Rican with a photographic memory, and he might not take kindly to that bit about the organist.


Ah, I'm glad to see you back! I'd go right to our local video store and ask to rent this Italian for Beginners business but unfortunately the place is run by an ex-military bald Puerto Rican with a photographic memory, and he might not take kindly to that bit about the organist.


Hey, it's the return of the Bee! I was just thinking they have very long holidays in Stockport :)

I saw that film a few years ago and really liked it. It's so un-Hollywoody. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'd forgotten I'd even seen it (ooer, old age!)

I liked the bit about the drinks cabinet. Part of me aspires to making a dramatic yet unsderstated flourish when people come round, as I open the fake teak cabinet to reveal a bottle of every known drink in the world, but the better part of me knows that we'd drink all the decent stuff, then there'd be several episodes of sitting up late at night in front of a computer drinking some throat-scraping Slovenian Cherry Syrup, which would just be wrong.

Isabelle Baker

That's what we all needed - a good 'talking to'. Now we can all dust ourselves down and stride into the New Year with confidence and enthusiasm....STOP LAUGHING !!!!
Maybe I'll just see if I can get my hands on that Italian film thingy first.

Nexus John

As a lifelong angler and a former employee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,(now known as Defra) I am interested in your veiled suggestion that there is no difference between Haddock(Mellanogramus Aeglefinus) and Cod(Gadus Morhua).
Both are pelagic members of the Gadidae, but that is where the resemblance ends.
Just ask Harry Ramsden why he prefers Mellanogramus Aeglefinus.


Haha, I particularly like the title for this post.

I hear a rumour you may be attending the Mcr blogmeet - is this true? Hope so!


Aye, I think the title reflects the fact that I started writing without really having the faintest idea what I was going to write about (I was just thinking, come on now Jonathan write something for God's sake). Italian for Beginners just happened along half-way through and seemed like entertaining enough company for a few paragraphs...

As for the blogmeet- yes the rumours are true! In fact have just emailed you... and will be sure to advertise the event over here as well in due course!


A blogmeet, eh? You've been bitten by the bug of meeting bloggers in the flesh, haven't you, Jonathan? ;) Hope it goes well.

Martin Q

He certainly has. And very good it has been for all concerned. Nice to meet you last week, Jonathan! And I am impressed that you appear to have acted on my suggestion already... Wow, I am so influential. *falls over under weight of suddenly inflated head*

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