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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January 15, 2021



I will never forget the panic I felt when after years of refusing to have anything to do with Facebook,in a moment of boredom or weakness or something I found I had clicked the button to join and I was assaulted with hundreds of people wanting to be my friend. I couldn't stop this avalanche of names and faces. In desperation I had to take advice from a teenager who rescued me from the onslaught. I have a horror of social media to this day.
As for the blokey conversation thing, I think you just need a few set blokey phrases and maybe some macho body language for use in garages, DIY shops, builders yards etc. Actually lying on the floor under the desk sounds like a great idea...l must try it.


The Rules are very difficult to use in a spontaneous way. I feel for you there. I've got myself locked into some kinf of horrid science-fiction film where I'm condemned to watching myself immobile with incompetence and indecision in slow motion.

I'm on farce book, but under a false name, so it sets the bar a bit higher. It is a pile of merde though. The signal to noise ratio is terrible.


Looby- slow motion science fiction quite captures the experience.. both as experienced and then when replaying it in my head (each time ever more excruciatingly) since. And you are right also in that the moment you rehearse your response- that is when, in the backstreet bloke-conversation environment, you are lost. Neither of us will ever properly learn, of course.

Izzy/Me Mam- I think you are right on the advisability of oven-ready stock phrases, and the challenge for me is to credibly insert the words 'a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse' right there and live, into the Stockport backstreet environment- what could possibly go wrong? We may find out.. in the meantime.. I am glad to know it is not just me, the Facebook/Farcebook dread thing. And I may have to consult this teenager of yours with a view to the most serviceable method of self-extrication from the grips of social media. I think I know which teenager you are referring to and from what I hear he comes with a fine reputation!


In a great minds think alike moment,i,like looby am on the fakebook under an assumed name, mainly i use it to keep up with me mates across the pond and the Palace and it comes in handy with following certain bands and of course the political non-sense of my country, i keep it on the down low and mainly post about nothing but weed and shrooms, lol!!

I find myself feeling the same way in conversation when trapped with the "business types" here in the burbs, when they begin to talk about golf and careers and precision autos i generally look for an exit, no blokes in boiler suits? i'm good with them, i can bullshit them, probably my lumpen-prole roots, lol!! Good to see you back after a hiatus there my friend!

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