Some blogs I know

  • Freckles and Doubt
    Considering her mastery of narrative structure etc. (insert narrative structure here.....)
  • Trailer Park Refugee | just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight….
    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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May 17, 2006


Ma Baker

What a gripping first chapter. I can't wait for the next bit...keep writing.


It's not the most picturesque of places, is it? And I say that as someone who eventually took Brum to his heart...

Part of the reason is probably football. I can recall being in Wolverhampton on no fewer than four occasions for football matches about which I cared passionately. First of all I watched on the telly as we lost at home to Arsenal in 2001/2002, blowing our title chances. Then I was in the ground when Wolves beat us 3-2 in the FA Cup - and in the Wolves end too. Then I was there before seeing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on the day we were thrashed 4-1 at home by Fulham. And last but not least, Varsity was the pub where I watched England get humbled 1-0 by Northern Ireland (it's your common-or-garden studenty pub, incidentally - characterless). All of which means I'm rather reluctant to look favourably on the place...

That said, Nick Cave was tremendous, and we also saw Low on superb form there last February.

I guess it's just one of those formative years things, isn't it? Nottingham isn't the most immediately attractive of cities, but I'll always visit my alma mater with fond memories and feel a little bristle of irritation if anyone has the temerity to slag it off.

Look forward to the next installment...


I knew about your Brum connections of course Ben, but had no idea you were so familiar with my alma mater... as for that Varsity pub, I'm surprised to learn I had remembered the name right- I really just picked something likely-sounding out of the air there. Seems the sun and nostalgia hadn't gotten to me quite as much as I thought...

Second instalment of this Black Country tale (it might be the final one, or I might divide the story into three parts) next week.

Nexus John

I remember going there once or twice.
Nostalgia is not the same as it used to be.


ooooh, next installment please! I suspect this tale is going to take a spiky and ill-mannered turn...


quite right Abby- go to the top of the class! Second instalment up as we speak...

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