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Blog 69

Poor old blog 68.  Surely the most unloved blog of all time.  Fair enough its not the most scintillating piece of writing I've ever produced but there's worse even on this very website. First of all for the longest period there were no comments posted at all and like the comment that finally appeared suggested I would check each day and still nothing. 

Since obviously my sense of self is intimately connected with how many comments I get that was a difficult time for the whole family.  Then there was just the one snarkey comment and there was a certain arid beauty about that.  Afterwards like some wounded stragglers from a war a few more comments limped painfully in but like survivors of a war many of them were bitter and unpleasant, lashing out in their anger, rage and  hatred.

As the year died so did blog 68, unmourned and unloved.

Now its onwards to blog 70.  What a cracker that's going to be, I personally can't wait.

p.s.  Book your tickets for Soho they're going quick.

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Reader Comments (40)

Alexi Tut tut over the years you really have become quite a little capitalist haven't you £25k bikes indeed.Mind I too at 62 a a little redder than when I was 19 so I cannot knock you too much.Having seen you at Herne Hill during the 70s even before your fame I know that you are a proper cyclist and your piece in the Telegraph as it was more to do with money than cycling has left me wondering what the bike was like to ride.I am never ever being a pensioner and all that going to be able to afford to buy one but I would still like to know whether its worth the extra money in comparison to a cheaper cough cough £9k Colnago etc.
If only Marx had come up with an alternative to Capitalism a.



January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterted edwards

Hey Mr Sayle, hope you're well. I'm a fan of your singing. Would you consider recording a song with my band The Values for a compilation album that raises money for the Teenage Cancer Trust? Our band features former members of both Dexys and The Specials. We've been asked to record a cover version of a song written by The Beat and we're looking for a special guest singer. Drop me a line if you'd like more info.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Hi Alexei..

I just watched (without wanting to) the "Thatch" movie, it was on ITV last night...

Was it you or JSadowitz that had that idea for a TV show called "Not that clever now" where people who were gits in their younger years would be brought out of their old-people's home and taken the piss out of?

It was kind of like that...

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark G

You do well to try and keep your fans happy Alexei. Happy new year.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel_Solaar

Please call it a day at the Telegraph.Your contributions without merit .Alan Titchmarsh is sadly vastly superior

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFred Ashton

Hi Fred,
Welcome to Alexei's Red Army style web-site. Personally I enjoy his stuff in the Telegraph. I think they're funny and interesting...
Do you notice how I use terminology like 'Personally' and 'I think'? Polite, isn't it. For you to say they [are] without merit suggests that you are a) an outrageous egotist, b) God or c) Alan Titchmarsh.
But that's just my opinion.
All the best!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

There's a weird, spammy type of reference related to this article.
Hi Alexei, any thoughts on removal men in Mumbai?

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

"First of all for the longest period there were no comments posted at all and like the comment that finally appeared suggested I would check each day and still nothing."

I would write more but it feels a bit rude to write more than the blog owner. So this comment is only 30% as long as blog 69.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Hi Anthony Miller! How's it going?
Nice to see someone (you) has (have) written a comment that relates directly to the blog.
Makes it feel more like a community, doesn't it.

Confused to see the 'reference' section has disappeared... unless it was never there and none of this exists and I am insane.

Perhaps this is more like Care in the Community...

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Russell, erm ... it is going fine. I'm sort of plodding through the Weeping Woman Hotel at the moment between other things . Only managed 20 pages so far though which I think is a bit pathetic even for me ... still as Rod King would say "Twenty is Plenty". My reply to you is now almost as long as my reply to Alexei so I had better stop in case I cause anybody any jealousy.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Hello fellow Blog-lovers! Not commented myself in quite a while as I have nothing relevant to add to the thread. And that has not changed, so I'll, uhm, be off!


January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Nice to see that Ben Williams of Time Out magazine picked Lexy In Soho as number one in his Top 5 Critic's Choices of the week.
"He's back! The godfather of alternative comedy performs his first solo stand up show in more than 16 years."
Are there any tickets left?

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Gosh darn it Jay! You are missed! By me, anyway. And where is Evelyn?
Good to see you back :o)
Do you have any insight as to what the contents of Blog 70 might be? I guess it's something to do with pencils and/or bags of balloons... or perhaps a small, chicken-salad sandwich...?

They certainly aren't regular blog posts, are they.

I'd've thought Guns in America would have been an interesting and provocative subject for Alexei to cover, what with his fascination with them.

Hello again Anthony! I only know Rodney King, the man beaten up by LA police in 1991. Guessing you didn't mean him I turned to Google and learnt something. So, thanks!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell


I was able to see you at the gig you did early in your tour at Swansea and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the night, one of the highlights of the year. No dilution of the legacy as far as I'm concerned.
I was the fella who came and talked bicycles with you after the show, Pete Matthews seems to be still going and still building wheels http://petematthews.com/home/ and I wish I'd asked you to sign my copy of Train to Hell. Hopefully you'll be back down this neck of the woods again this year...
Mike OWen

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owen

I'm a big fan from way back and listened to you yesterday on 5 Live and really enjoyed the rant you had even though I disagreed with a lot!
I am an ex punk maoist lefty who now votes Tory and feel very comfortable about rejecting the Labour party. As you pointed out they have to a large extent abandonded the working class and appeal more to trendy liberal middle class types.
I believe that most 'actual' working people rather than those parked on benefits are aspiring and want to do well for themselves and their children. Things like mass immigration and expansion of the welfare state past safety net levels have badly effected them in the past 20 years.
You will probably go back to Thatcher but it was the fools who ran our unions and tried to run the country in the 70s who provided the excuse and I beieve the need to reform them.
Labour take for granted that big areas of our country will vote for them regardless. This is summed up by the way Gordon Brown treated that woman during the election who had the nerve to compain about how immigration was effecting wages and job prospects in her area.
I also think the way in which they impose middle class liberals into safe working class seats is disgusting. Surely in Stoke for example they can find a local candidate to represent them rather than that fluffed up Tristan somebody from Islington. No doubt the same thing will happen to Blair's son.
Anyway keep going strong and sticking up for the working class because its badly needed. But remember real working class people want opportunities to get on, they don't want to be contained in ghettos.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWayne R

Wayne, Erm... while there are dark arts to finding one's self a safe Labour seat and some deviousness can be conducted with regards to making the various shortlists (ask Labourlist) all internal Labour Party elections do at least pay lip service to the concept of One Member One Vote. Which is more than you can say for the Conservative party which simply imposes candidates from its Central Office. Even if you're lucky enough to be in a Conservative Association that's left to its own devices ...ordinary activists do not get a meaningful vote for their MP ... it is left down to a small handful of "Officers of the Federation". It's worth being a member of your local CLP (if you ask me) as you do get a meaningful vote in the process of selecting the candidate but then I’m in a marginal. There is some competition for safe seats: Steve Reed won the incredibly safe Croydon North candidacy by a margin of only one vote. Trouble with marginals is we get the dud candidates. Geraint "someone had to spend the most money I'm proud it was me" Davies for Labour or Andrew "I divorced my wife as soon as was elected and then split so acrimoniously with my 2nd wife that they withdrew the whip-" Pelling for the Conservatives …a choice? Still should probably bother to take an interest. Sorry this answer is almost as long as your original comment (94%). I guess you have the Tristram Hunt debacle in mind. Cant blame you for that... the old last minute candidate wheeze. Disgraceful - but not actually impossible to deselect him for next time...?

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Dear Mr Sayle

Would you be available during Martober to skin a squirrel with one hand in aid of our local Romany gypsy trombone band?

Thank you

Colin Popshed

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershiveringgoat

Bless ya' Russell!

Good point, where is Evelyn? I was working over Christmas and trying to make plans for the future, but seeing as that's all gone to cobblers, I might has well come back here and make inane and very pointless comments!

Nice to be back :)


January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

At some point AS became one of those smug people that gave him an act in the !980s.
How can you do a tour and only tour London. We northerners are used to being looked down at but prefer it if you get within 100 miles to do it.
Im guessing that you couldn't bear the thought of being more than ten minutes away from a three star Michelin trough.
I would fee a lot better if you told me that you are ripping off gulable Londoners with a rubbish act.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterminimoke

I refer the honourable Minimoke to blog 65A

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

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