Sunday, January 21, 2007

Nominate posts for Blogger TV on 18 Doughty St

Iain Dale has invited me back tomorrow to appear on 18 Doughty Street. Blogger TV which can be found here 9-10pm. Afterwards I'll be co-presenting Vox Politics with Iain from 10pm -11pm. For the first hour ( 9pm-10pm on Blogger TV) we'll be talking about blog issues du jour, including 25 minutes on 'why do so few women blog', and looking at our best three blog posts of the week. Then at 10pm -11pm we'll look at topical news issues, and at 11pm check out Tuesday's papers and reveal the panels' best blog posts of the day. I'll let you know who the other guests are as soon as I know.

So if you have spotted any great posts this week from bloggers of either gender - please feel free to let me know in the comments, so I can big them up on 18 Doughty St tomorrow and link to them on this blog..

Next up...'women bloggers'.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This chap blogs about commuting in London, and I find it quite amusing.

He's not a woman, but does have long hair, so if you see him from the back and squint, you could be mistaken :-)

No post in particular.. all at

January 21, 2007 5:02 pm  
Blogger botogol said...

coincidently I wrote a post about women bloggers yesterday. Includes some quotes/opinions

Feel free to use/quote any of this, for the price of a link :-)

Women On-Line

January 21, 2007 5:29 pm  
Blogger kris said...

There seem to be more women bloggers in the states.

I think the dearth of women bloggers here is down to the "robustness" of "debate".

Let's put it this way: when I was kris sans Roy Keane photo, I had all sorts, men and women, piling in to give me a kicking. They still do from time to time, but I am sure that some people believe the pic is of me and accordingly, I believe I get less shit because of it. (even though that is not the reason I put it up.)

It is only because i have the capacity to give as good as I get and have a very thick skin that I enjoy it carry on.

Most of the time it is like shooting fish in a barrel, but there are a few bloggers of substance, like you, Dave Hill, That's so Pants and Ms Baroque that make you think- even if you disagree.

For me, that's what this is all about.

But I can see, if one was a lady who doesn't really like confrontation anyway, why you may rather just comment every once in a while than open yourself and your blog to abuse.

January 21, 2007 6:22 pm  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

How about this from Iain Dale plus a couple of comments?

Saturday, January 20, 2007
A Good Evening to Bury Bad News?

The BBC has just run a STORY about John Reid wanting to break up the Home Office. Surely this couldn't be a deflection tactic could it? I haven't seen the Sunday papers yet, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if there was another Cash for Honours revelation and the Labour spin doctors have thought to themselves: 'what shall we use to draw attention away from it'? Cynical, ain't I?

John Reid said...

As I am schizophrenic we will be in charge of both departments. Sorted.

11:40 PM

Iain Dale said...

John Reid, I enjoyed your comment so much I just read it out to David Davis on the phone, who, judging from the menacing chuckling, enjoyed it even more.

11:43 PM

January 21, 2007 9:15 pm  
Blogger BCB Webmaster said...

I would like to suggest a post by Fr. Tim Finigan who writes a blog called The Hermeneutic of Continuity. The post relates to a meeting that has taken place in Rome between various bishops of the Catholic Church on the subject of the Church in China. The Chinese Catholic Church has been persecuted since the 50s when the Communists came to power. In times past, the Vatican has taken a very cagey approach to China but now the Pope is set to write a formal letter to the Church there. It may not sound much, but I think this is a big move for a pope to make given how difficult China can be towards what it calls foreign 'interference'.

January 21, 2007 10:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see; certainly RabbitStrike on CBB, which you recommended on Saturday and, on the same topic, That's So Pants on Is Goody the Baddy?.
Changing the subject completely, Ms Melancholy on Therapy By Numbers..., Ms Baroque on the Friday resolution: recap about her resolutions to consume less and Liz, of Finding Life Hard, on I blame it on Valerie (Singleton).

January 22, 2007 7:58 am  
Blogger Sean said...

The Indy's Julie Welch having her arse kicked, Shahid busting several blood vessels over Celebrity Big Brother and Lenin on The Sun being forced to apologise for spreading more lies are all worth a read.

January 22, 2007 8:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came to your site via City Slicker's blog at As a Londoner I tend to really enjoy City Slicker's female take on the Big Smoke. She mixes the political and the personal with great wit. The site has great energy and she has spent much time in NYC so you get that NYLON slant as well. Oh and for posts this one on Carbon Emissions was one of my favourites of late: I definitely would recommend her as a fiesty female blogger that is inclusive rather than just ramblings about what she ate for dinner last night!

Like you site very much. Will check back!

January 22, 2007 10:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry the City Slicker link is here:

City Slicker.

January 22, 2007 10:46 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks everyone. I'll put links up and a post up later this afternoon.

January 22, 2007 12:10 pm  
Blogger Ms Melancholy said...

That's So Pants is a consistent and excellent writer with a razor sharp wit. I sound like her agent. Honestly, I'm not. But her post 'Is Goody the Baddy' is just about the most insightful I have read on this topic.

January 22, 2007 1:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This link works okay for me:

Not wishing to nitpick or anything...

January 22, 2007 2:02 pm  
Blogger Newmania said...


I this some kind of reverse discrimination then ? I suppose ID can do whatever he likes but something about this feels a bit wrong to me. Now then lets have a look at how feisty and witty this city slicker is ?She comes so highly recommended I`ll be disappointed if its the usual half baked pleasantries.

Off I pop.

January 22, 2007 4:24 pm  
Blogger jailhouselawyer said...


Further to my above post, check my blog out for what may well be my first scoop. Call it inside information, it may not be accurate, but it won't be far off the mark...

January 22, 2007 5:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to the game but it strikes me you have to be prepared to stick your neck out to blog and take the flak that comes your way. Readers can take you very literally and get very offended very fast by what you have blogged - judging by some of the comments I have had. Sometimes, I think women are reluctant to offend and too prepared to listen. They do not like the idea that what they say might prompt a personal and aggressive response. Instead of just thinking "Fine, if you don't like what I have got to say, find another blog to read mate."

January 22, 2007 8:58 pm  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

Do fewer women blog? Or do the commentators just not read so many women's blogs?

Perhaps some of us just choose not to participate in the Westminster-centric debates that rage in the UK blogosphere.


January 22, 2007 10:12 pm  
Blogger Gavin said...

Couldn't give a hoot whether a blog is by a man or a woman; if it's interesting I'll read it. I think some men may feel a little threatened by an articulate, intelligent woman, whether she be a blogger or journalist or whatever else. It's sexual jealousy, I think. Some men feel inadequate and need to express their supposed dominance over women. I hate that. Tell you what, in my working life I have found that there is far more unspoken "rivalry" that goes on between male employees and their male bosses, than between male employees and their female bosses. Give me a woman boss, every time. I've always felt more at ease working under a good female boss, than under a male boss.

Heck, I'm agreeing with you too much these days! Gotta find something to challenge you on! Got it: As a certified right-winger, I totally disagreed with you "bigging up" Magistrate's blog on 18DS earlier this evening. Sorry but I've been reading his blog off and on for more than a year now, and his liberal views (more concerned with the rights of criminals and prisoners than with those of their victims, so it seems to me) make me want to do something rather uncouth every time I read it. So there.

January 23, 2007 2:12 am  
Blogger ejh said...

more concerned with the rights of criminals and prisoners than with those of their victims, so it seems to me

It seems to me, often, that the main function of the internet has been to convince thoughtless loudmouths that what they would previously have said in a saloon bar is now somehow worthy of being committed to prose.

January 23, 2007 11:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel, It was fun meeting you last night, we certainly had lots of interesting topics to discuss. Hope your wedding plans are going well.

January 23, 2007 2:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel, It was fun meeting you last night, we certainly had lots of interesting topics to discuss. Hope your wedding plans are going well.

January 23, 2007 2:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, I live in paris and it seems that only women blog there. especially, have a look at

most of the links on your left are american or english women blogging in the city of lights.

you should give a go at "Petite anglaise" she's british, lives in paris and is - at least for a frenchman - the best description of what we labell "British sense of humour"


January 23, 2007 7:37 pm  
Blogger Newmania said...

SO when is this women Bloggers thing turning up then I have a few things to contribute on that score .

Have you read the Exploited Male yet by the way.. ?

I wouldn`t worry about getting married .I had a magical first wedding to an utter cow and a crappy second wedding to an angel in human form . Its the staying married thats difficult and you don`t know how its going to play until you are adhered to eachother.Still turned out nice again..

If you need help with cooking I`m quite good ..and remember to dust underneath as well as on top !! Glad you are giving up work . I think it works better that way. You may turn out not so bad after all

January 24, 2007 12:48 pm  

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