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 04, 2020



You know i can't quite get the image of a human who looks like a combo Wayne Rooney-steak and kidney pudding out of my head.

Taking walks around my neighborhood has turned into that same tango of avoiding other walkers, dog walkers, joggers, and most of all, the filthy disease ridden specimens known as "other people's children", easily the most frightening thing i encounter. Of course know i may have to take notice of he manhole covers, i usually just watch the sewers and street drains as they are the favored paths of or brilliant and vicious raccoons. Those smart and evil bastards who look so cute but would just as soon eat your fingers and give you rabies. Though between Giggs and Rooney there may be too much United in this post, lol! Unless of course you count Wayne-O as DC United/Derby County guy and forget his sordid Mancunian past.


I know, it really needed balancing out with a bit of City- and I did seriously contemplate describing the hospital roadsign as 'Stockport County Blue' instead of Royal Blue, but decided that would be too obscure/self-indulgent for my national/international audience.

Raccoons though. I feel jealous at our lack of them, although clearly we should be relieved they're not biting at our ankles from the drains. And yes- you'll be starting to notice manhole covers now whether you like it or not. There may be previously unnoticed beauty in your ones too (and do tell me if they are made by Needhams of Stockport, that would really make my day!)


Hmmm...with my thieving magpie eye...

"Hove" -- must try to use that more often.
"Roman-straight" -- might pinch that for later use.

And yes, aren't manhole covers majestic items of street furniture! So bold and confident yet decorative too.


The first one I think is probably peppered across this place quite liberally Looby, I've always liked a bit of hoving. Into view, usually (I'm not sure if there is any other sort). The second one is making its debut right here. Well, possibly the Ancient Britons got there first, but their online presence was truly shocking.

Anyway- you're welcome to both of them and in fact I would consider it an honour. I'm sure I'll be returning the compliment soon enough with a phrase or two making the return journey, a few have before now.

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