Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 11-20)

by Stephen Tall on August 15, 2008

‘Tis the season for lists… All this week we are publishing the top 100 posts by Lib Dem bloggers, in descending order of popularity, for the last year – August 2007 to July 2008, inclusive, according to click-throughs from the Aggregator.

(Profuse thanks to techno-wizard and stat-monkey Ryan Cullen, who runs the Aggregator, for compiling this table.)

In today’s fifth instalment we run through 11-20:

11. Take it down, Chris (UPDATE) (Quaequam Blog!)
12. Nick Clegg up close (Paul Walter)
13. A new banner for Team Huhne (Norfolk Blogger)
14. Shock candidate for Lib Dem leader (Liberal England)
15. The canard of Rennard (Quaequam Blog!)
16. EXCLUSIVE: London LibDem Leadership Hustings Report and my Voting Intentions (The Whiskey Priest)
17. Huhne’s campaign turns negative (Anders Hanson)
18. Don’t help the campaign in Crewe and Nantwich (A Radical Writes)
19. Huhne – I’m happy to jump into bed with Cameron (Lindyloo’s Muze)
20. The final Liberal Democrats Leadership Hustings, and a decis… (Colin Ross)

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 81-100)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 61-80)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 41-60)
Top of the Blogs: The Golden Ton (Nos. 21-40)

Tomorrow: the top 10!

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I think next year LDV ought to see if Channel 4 would be interested in doing one of their two-night Top 100 extravaganzas for these blog posts.

The prospect of major celebrities such as that-bloke-what-edits-Heat-magazine and that-woman-what-presents-Scrapheap-Challenge doing talking head accounts of where they were when Paul Walter blogged about Nick Clegg’s trousers is almost too exciting to mention.

by James Graham on August 15, 2008 at 11:32 am. Reply #

If only we have a category for “best comment on a blog”, you’d be a surefire winner 🙂

by Mark Pack on August 15, 2008 at 11:38 am. Reply #

I used to drink in the same pub as Lisa Rogers, vaguely met her a couple of times.

That would make a great anecdote.

by Julian H on August 15, 2008 at 11:55 am. Reply #

Maybe we should do a list of the top 100 minor celebs that Lib Dems have vaguely met in pubs? I’m sure the Cowley Street video camera could be utilised for the neccesary vox pops.

I seem to recall that one of our PPCs was a school friend of Dermot O’Leary. You could have a bit of me, vaguely recalling that fact, in a nutty-bonkers, down-with-the-kids way.

by James Graham on August 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm. Reply #

Can I tell the story about how I and Blue Peter’s Shep both tried to dig up the same bone once?

by Pink Dog on August 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm. Reply #

Is that a euphemism for something that just flew over my head?

by James Graham on August 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm. Reply #

Julian – I think she likes her men just out of college doesn’t she?

by Jo on August 15, 2008 at 6:01 pm. Reply #

Not if you’re using me as a sample.

(by which I mean I was just out of colleage at the time, not that … yuh, you get the idea)

by Julian H on August 15, 2008 at 6:02 pm. Reply #

“just out of colleage [sic]”

Aha! And what an education it was…

by Julian H on August 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm. Reply #

So do you ‘vaguely meet’ women a lot Julian?

Hang on, where am I again? Oh, yeah, Lib Dem Voice…

by Jo on August 15, 2008 at 6:07 pm. Reply #

Oh very rarely.

Why do you think I’m coming to Conference?

by Julian H on August 15, 2008 at 6:09 pm. Reply #

Why does anyone go to conference?

by Jo on August 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm. Reply #

Presumably these are rhetorical questions.

by Julian H on August 15, 2008 at 6:15 pm. Reply #

I’m sure everyone goes to work very hard and prepare lots of speeches…:)

by Jo on August 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm. Reply #

My ex looks a bit like Lisa Rogers.

I once saw Paul Whitehouse (of Fast Show fame) outside a guitar shop while I was waiting for a job interview in the office opposite and I swear a few months back I walked past Kirsten Dunst down Oxford Street.

Oh, and I went to the same school as Jim Callaghan.

by James Shaddock on August 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm. Reply #

On a topical note my ex gym instructor was Bradley Wiggins brother

by Hywel Morgan on August 16, 2008 at 12:55 pm. Reply #

My Mother never tires of telling (amongst many stories against me) that, aged about nine, I rounded a street corner and shot Peter Cook with a pop-gun. He growled horribly.

by Alex Wilcock on August 16, 2008 at 1:02 pm. Reply #

In my first year of Grammar School Alex Cox started a film club and ran regular showings of films. Cannot say that I ever met him though as he was in the sixth form at the time.

by Peter Black on August 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm. Reply #

My grandad used to have a drinking partner back in the 50s/60s whose father had been a valet to one of the men who murdered Rasputin.

Hm. Bit dark?

by Alix on August 16, 2008 at 5:45 pm. Reply #

I was in the same class at primary school/secondary school as Liberty X’s Jessica Taylor.

by Grammar Police on August 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm. Reply #

Most mine involve more than one degree of seperation. Though my favourite is that my Gran used to clean for Nye Bevan’s Mum. Particularly good when student socialists challenge my proletarian credentials 🙂

by Hywel Morgan on August 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm. Reply #

Brilliant story, Hywel, though it’s probably still just beaten as best-ever Lib Dem name-drop by Conrad’s Russell’s famous speech introduction “The point at which my father finally parted company with Lenin…”

I once met Brian Blessed and mentioned my Dad’s job to him, which got an unexpected (and loud) reaction: Brian excitedly remembered my Dad presenting the Planetarium show at Jodrell Bank, and told everyone (within several miles) so. I was so proud! My Dad is slightly extrovert, and has a beard, though not dialled up to 11 like Brian 😉

by Alex Wilcock on August 16, 2008 at 8:53 pm. Reply #

“I once met Brian Blessed and mentioned my Dad’s job to him, which got an unexpected (and loud) reaction:”

I don’t think a loud and excited reaction from Brian Blessed can class as unexpected 🙂

Check out

And successor parts 🙂

by Hywel Morgan on August 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm. Reply #

Well, I lived with a girl at uni whose great grandfather climbed a mountain with Brian Blessed…it was one of her claims to fame…along with her University Challenge appearance where she answered all of one question…:)

by Jo on August 17, 2008 at 11:16 am. Reply #

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