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Five Very Cool Men’s Websites

IN the old days bloke’s publishing was largely all about thumbing your way through FHM, Maxim and Loaded. Not any more though. Over the years a couple of the high profile men’s magazines have gone to the wall, while some of the others are a shadow of their former selves possibly read only by the publisher’s immediate family.

Nope if you want to get your fix of sport, gadgets, clothes and good old fashioned blokey advice you are far better served on line.

Of course the best men’s website is Anorak, with its footy-obsessed sibling Pies a close second. But if you do fancy a trawl around the net for some other sites here a few that we rather like.

1 The Manifest

At the more metrosexual end of the blogosphere is this new website from a fella called James Poulter. It is a wonderfully eccletic mix mainly of stuff like cars, gadgets and stupidly exepensive furniture with a side order of the odd recipie. Looks promising.

Sample post – The ultimate BBQ table




2 Sabotage Times

Over the last couple of months Sabotage Times has gone from being a rather hit and miss Loaded clone to a wonderful cornucopia of blokey stuff. At the helm is James Brown, he of Loaded (and even better Jack) fame, so not surprisingly its irreverent, funny and sometimes a little intelligent too. There’s loads of football coverage, though they seem to have nicked The Bleacher Report (aka the most annoying sports website ever) approach of deliberately trying to wind fans up. Anyone can write for the site – provided their copy is good – just don’t expect to get paid.

Sample post – Why we aren’t going to the pub anymore

3 Jack The Lad

This website is a little bit more shall we say traditonal in delivering some very funny stories about explaining the offside rule to women, house parties that got out of hand and more. Think you get the idea. You can share your exploits too.

Sample post – Some quality Photoshopped pics



4 Asylum

This is just about the most popular men’s website in the UK now and it is easy to see why as it is utterly addictive. If you want stupid videos, quality interviews and bizarre photo galleries Asylum is the place to stop by.

Sample post – The origins of swear words



5 Brandish/His Knibs

Two very high quality fashion sites. His Knibs tends to focus on classic clobber from labels like Fred Perry, Clerks etc along with a lot of retro trainers, while Brandish is a little more high street – think Uniqlo. Both are darned good reads.

Sample posts Burberry Lockmead coat Avelon’s Winter collection

Posted: 5th, September 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment

Anorak Beats Loaded, Esquire, FHM, Stuff And Maxim In Website Traffic

THAT Anorak’s traffic surge in the last three months has
propelled it past Loaded, Esquire, Stuff and Maxim and we are now neck
and neck with FHM (that’ll be global brand FHM), who seem to have
sneaked ahead again in the last week or so (boo).

There’s still a way to go before Anorak can claim Nuts, to say nothing
of Digital Spy, but we are working on it.

When combined with – Anorak Publishing boasts over
1.5 million unique users and over 10 million page impressions.

See the Alexa chart with Anorak’s figures (compared with its rivals) here

Want to write for us?

Want to advertise with us?

Want us to work on your online brand?

Get in touch – ashleyatanorakdotcodotuk, or *.

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Posted: 6th, August 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment

London University to offer a degree in Twitter. Essays just 140 charactars long!

twitter-imageEveryone in Iran uses it, BBC radio presenters bang on about it incessantly and mega celebs use it to throw crumbs to their adoring fans. Yep there seems no stopping the rise of Twitter.

Well soon you’ll be able to get a degree based around the microblogging sensation (BA Hons Twit IIi?) as City University – a fairly decent academic establishment according to my old UCCA handbook, is going to offer students course in Twitter Studies.

Well, except that the course is called an Information, Communication and Society MSc and it focuses on teaching graduates to learn how to use digital materials such as social networking sites as effective comms tools.

According to PR Week – the course will begin in September and is aimed at political campaigners, PR ­professionals, marketers and tech analysts.

It’ll be the most popular course in history if each essay is limited to 140 charactars…

Posted: 18th, June 2009 | In: Technology | Comment

Introducing PopJunkie – a sister site for Anorak

We thought Anorak was a bit lonely, so our crack team of journos, bloggers, crack addicts and Latte drinkers have now started working on a few sisters sites for Anorak. They will keep all of Anorak’s values and be fearless, irreverent, annoyingly opinionated, cocky and sometimes laugh out loud funny, but will be focussed on other stuff people like – like music, cars and donuts.

Anyhow the first site has just launched and it is

Here you’ll find

Why Queen were a bit crap
The top 50 London songs
A 10 point campaign to save the gig world from ticket touts and dodgy beer
A load of great lost albums
Led Zep quiz
Britney and other popstars on Twitter

and loads more. Hope you enjoy it.

Posted: 28th, November 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

Anorak Is A Female Doer

WHAT type of person writes Anorak, then?

The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

Male of female:

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Posted: 25th, November 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Your Thoughts On And Ideas For The New Anorak

SPEAKING from Bangkok, where he is taking the ladies’ ping-pong team through their winter training camp, Old Mr Anorak welcomes you to the new Anorak – which will arrive sometime today.

Answering the brief to give OMA’s estranged great-nephew Rupert ‘Are we there yet?’ Murdoch a bloody good thrashing, Anorak will shine a light on the world’s media and study the words of the great and good.

All this for a full 20p less than the Daily Star, 30p less then the Sun, 50p less then the Mail and 40p less than the Express.

Yours in anticipation,


Image: Old Mr Anorak at the launch…

Posted: 16th, November 2008 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (145)

Hollywood Films London’s Hill Movies

GORDON Smart, the Sun’s estate-agent-showbiz-PR hybrid, says “Hollywood film-makers” have been scouting Primrose Hill.

Smart hears a source say the film could be the new “Notting Hill”.

Anorak foresees a whole series of London “Hill” films:

Parliament Hill – Jude Law and Rhys Ifans strap their feet to charity collection tins and climb the hill to strike a blow for due process

Dollis Hill: It’s 6:34 am and two men are trying to work out if it’s better to walk to Willesden Green Tube or cut through to Edgeware Road and take the bus

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Posted: 1st, October 2008 | In: Tabloids | Comments (6)

Madeleine McCann And The Polish Connection

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

The New (Poland): “Polish link in missing Madeleine McCann case”

Poland should not miss out…

Police in Poland have investigated whether a Polish couple from Warsaw were involved in the kidnapping of the four-year old British girl Madeleine McCann in May 2007.


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Posted: 1st, October 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (110)

Finding Little Miss Perfect And Master Right On Child Trader

BOY for sale. Girl for sale:

AS you may have heard on the news or read in one of our press releases, Child Trader is now the nations 4th largest child exchange network and as such, has brought happiness to more than 1623 American households who otherwise had very few options in creating a more loving family and home life when realizing their child wasn’t the right fit for them.

We’re Number 4!

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Posted: 30th, September 2008 | In: Strange But True | Comments (15)

MI6 Agent Sells Al Qaeda Data On EBay

IF the Government can be relied upon for anything it is to lose our confidential data.

With one in four of us working for the State, the Government has lots of data to lose.

The one hope is that whoever finds your child benefits history will be unable to make it tally with information they already have on your driving record, your time in prison, your work for national defence and more.

(Image: Beau Bo D’Or)

Today’s data disaster is that an MI6 agent left secrets about Al-Qaeda on the digital camera he sold on eBay.

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Posted: 30th, September 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (8)

New York Times Links Madeleine McCann To Murder Of Meredith Kercher

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

NEW YORK TIMES: “Details Only Add to Puzzle in Umbrian Murder Case”

In the coming weeks, a judge will decide whether to indict Amanda Knox, of Seattle, and her onetime Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the killing of Ms. Knox’s 21-year-old housemate, Meredith Kercher, last November.

It’s the law at work. It’s Tabloid Bingo!

A third suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was born in Ivory Coast and grew up in Italy, is undergoing a separate fast-track, closed-door trial for murder and sexual assault; a verdict in his case is expected by the end of October.

It’s Italian law at work.

And Madeleine McCann… How does she feature in this story?

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Posted: 30th, September 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (63)

Turner Prize 2008 Socks It To Art Buffs

WHAT’S the Turner Prize all about then? Are Cathy Wilkes, Goshka Macuga, Mark Leckey, and Runa Islam three women and a man trying to win a prize, or are they three women and man trying not to win a prize? Their surnames are listed in Reverse alphabetical order, which might mean something.

Anorak has once again entered Vomit In Sock, our installation that grows with the times and reflects the changing diet of the modern British palate: see Vomit In Leg Warmer (1983); Vomit In Leggings (1990); and Vomit In Crocs (work in progress).

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Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Broadsheets | Comments (6)

Anorak Scoops The, Er, Daily Star

ANORAK scoops the tabloids yet again:

Islamic Terrorists Audition For Dirty Dozen In British Jail…

HERE’S a little tale in Anorak’s occasional series on the life and times of long-term
sentence terrorists. (See Terrorist Attack{tics}).
It may make you feel proud to be British. I doubt it.

Following three separate incidents involving Muslim terrorist life sentence prisoners in Frankland High Security Prison on the outskirts of Durham City, weekend reports say the newly-formed Ministry of Justice is secretly considering a Muslim only prison.

It’s all there

Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (5)

Sock A Mum: Victoria Beckham Wears Gloves In Bed

VICTORIA Beckham goes to bed wearing socks and gloves.

This is not to best please Day-vid, who is building up to the day he gets his wife to wear a full balaclava and tuxedo in the bedroom, but to prevent her from ageing.

Says Vicky:

“I put really thick foot lotion on with socks before I go to sleep. I also use thick hand cream with gloves at the same time.”

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Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comments (6)

Nigel Lawson’s Law: All Fat Peopel Want To Look Rich

NIGELLA Lawson would like to tell Mail readers about her husband Charles Saatchi’s “nine eggs a day diet.”

In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, 48-year-old Ms Lawson says her husband’s ‘completely mad eggs, eggs and more eggs diet’ now means that he is thinner than her.

Anorak recalls how former chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, the masculine singular root of Nigella, also lost a shed load of weight.

It seems odd that the two males most associated with Nigella both now resemble the Christmas turkey that got away.

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Posted: 28th, September 2008 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comments (3)