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 03, 2007



Y'know, Uni Challenge is the highlight of our week too. But weren't Bangor appalling this week? I mean, we wanted to like them, we really did; I even have some Welsh ancestry. But really, what a shower. Oxbridge for the top prize again this year, we reckon. Place your bets...


Eeeee, I love that cricket thing of Frank's -- and bowls is especially crickety once you get to thinking about it. The lad is clearly a supergenius and is even given to timely fevers. I was wondering if you'd ever post again!


Although the station is called Heaton chapel its really Heaton Moor once you get west of the train line. Its a great area - although i live in Levy now i lived there for a couple of years recently and loved the bars and deli's and tree lined etc etc. I know what you mean about the 1950's - Don't be fooled by the look of the place though - my flat was broken into a couple of times and there is a lot of car crime and regular armed robberies (true!) on the bars and shops. The fact that most people are white is more to do with it being in Stockport - for whatever reason stockport as a whole has never had much of a non white population - i think in the last census it was something like 98% white. Levy's great though - and yer blog's not bad either.


I'm 43 but I still struggle to read the phrase "cross-cum-shot" as referring to a non-league football match rather than a well-built German rogering a comely Swedish girl and saying "Zat is guuuut! But I mast slap yoo now!"

And yes, me too Chris - University Challenge is the only programme I'm bothered about missing. The mixture of self-validation as I get 1.3 answers correct a week and 30 minutes of staring at all those clever intellectual girls is a winner.


I also get very pleased with myself whenever I seem to be competing on an even footing with the University Challenge contestants... until of course I remember they're all at least twenty years younger than me and that when I was their age my general knowledge didn't extend much further than Newcastle United's FA Cup record and the Spanish Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy (actually that second subject is still worth a good three right answers per series, maybe one of the question compilers studied languages at Wolverhampton Poly in the dark dank distant past).

And welcome D- the complex nomenclature of the Heatons is a subject worthy of Mastermind never mind University Challenge. I've lived on the borders of SK4 for the best part of ten years and still never established to my satisfaction where exactly Heaton Norris might be, or indeed whether it really exists. Mrs Merton (the nineties spoof chatshow host) always said she came from there, which leads me to suspect the nameplace is merely a figment of Caroline Aherne's imagination...


I'm not sure about SK4 as postcodes aren't going to be introduced till the 1960s, but, being a resident myself, I can confirm that Heaton Moor indeed exists in the 1950s. As well as the haberdasher mentioned in Jon's article we also have tea rooms, an iron monger's and reading rooms where the parish council meet.
In addition I'm well known to all of the local residents who call me 'Mr' Skipsey.

And I don't lock me doors.

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