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All links open in a new tab or window. Do blogrolls make any sense these days? When large they are tedious to maintain and most visitors here have their own favourites anyway.

Ah well, here goes. This list is in no particular order. It is reminiscent of the signposts you find in large zoos. For obvious reasons there are no links to major, high traffic sites. It has that chief characteristic of all good blogrolls: it's out of date.


  • Tim Blair (Daily Telegraph Australia) Current champion of laconic humour. Where others need a hundred words, Tim manages with five. World-class petrolhead who once ran a competition for best oilcan photo. The recent redesign of the Australian Telegraph sites has sabotaged his style by turning the blog into a revenue-driven clickfest.
  • Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun Australia) Trenchent political commentator. Eclectic and interesting musical tastes.
  • Tim Worstall An economist with a laconic style and a developed sense of humour. Obsessively tracks the words and wisdom of a certain tax accountant, which can be tedious for outsiders but which seemingly gives him hours of (probably solitary) pleasure. Occasional bad language when roused.
  • Steyn Online Steyn has recently rebranded himself as a chat show host on his own TV channel, which has led to an inevitable marginalisation of the website. Nevertheless, his one-man fight against the forces of darkness is admirable.
  • William Briggs, Statistician to the Stars! Statistician who writes amusingly, well and – good grief! – authoritatively in his subject. His frequent Aquinas posts are not to everyone's taste, but can be interesting.
  • Matt Ridley, the Rational Optimist Matt Ridley has fingers in many pies and is a busy contributor to numerous publications, most of them paywalled. Infrequent postings but always thought-provoking and well written.
  • John Redwood's Diary High quality, polite and thoughtful contributions from someone with great political and commercial experience, thus no mere opiner.
  • Nourishing Obscurity Contributions from multiple authors and a high posting frequency make this a busy and interesting site.
  • Spiked Online Good quality writing but heavily campus-flavoured content with some traces of – sometimes justifiable – intellectual hysteria.
  • Michael Kelly Well-written, humorous pieces on a website with a refreshingly different, punky garage-band design that rightly takes no prisoners. His analysis of the 'CRU files' in 'Climategate' is masterly and quite definitive.
  • Duff & Nonsense! Frequent, interesting posts and a set of good jokes on Monday mornings as a public service. Been blogging for over ten years and still sounds like someone with whom you could have a very enjoyable, boozy lunch.
  • The Reference Frame Luboš Motl, a physicist in Pilsen, Czech Republic, posts frequently and writes interestingly about a wide range of topics, among them CAGW. Very refreshing to have a view from that part of the world. Difficult to imagine sometimes that English is not his mother tongue.
  • Stroud Is All Over the Place An interesting personal blog by the author William Stroud, who takes us to a lot of interesting places, meets interesting people and eats interesting food. – all of which he photographs and writes well about with calm enthusiasm and humour. A good internet companion.


  • Watts Up With That? Almost too well-known to be listed here. Rational, fair and generally calm discussions of issues in climate and meteorology. The sheer volume of the commenting can be overwhelming.
  • Climate Audit Extremely high quality, usually technical contributions from the proprietor (Steve McIntyre) and occasionally others. Good quality, calm commenting by knowledgable people. Steady, unhurried posting that gives time for the consideration of complex subjects.
  • Bishop Hill Balanced, thoughtful contributions about climate and energy policy, particularly in the UK. Extremely well written with knowledgeable commentors. Has a flair for witty and allusive titles. The blog is currently paused: years of battling nonsense to no apparent effect does that to you.
  • Not a lot of people know that Paul Homewood posts very frequently on climate and energy subjects. He is extremely good at debunking outrageous claims with well-sourced facts and this dogged labourer in the vinyard has deservedly come to much greater prominence in recent times.
  • JoNova Australian climate sceptic site containing frequent, detailed and authoritative posts.
  • Climate Debate Daily Aggregator for a full (and huge) range of opinions from the climate debate. An antidote to the 'echo chamber effect'.
  • No Tricks Zone Pierre Gosselin's website forms an English-speaking bridge to the German world of CAGW (where he is totally outnumbered). We marvel at his endurance!
  • Ed Hoskins Thorough and well executed posts on climate research and energy topics (mainly UK).
  • National Grid: Live Status A very well-designed display of the current status of the UK National Grid. If you rely on the supply of UK electricity, probably best not to look at this site.
  • G.B. National Grid Status Does essentially the same thing as the site above, but with an interesting 'meter-look' design, which in our opinion is less easily comprehensible. Also available for the French power network.

Art and design

  • Art Contrarian Donald Pittenger comes up with usually interesting examples of art that the average surfer would not find easily.
  • Gurney Journey A blog by a professional artist, James Gurney, that gives a glimpse into the artistic process that is fascinating, even for non-artists.
  • Gandalf's Gallery Ellington Coltrane posts frequently and comes up with high-resolution examples of art that are almost always interesting and inspiring.