About me

Dampsquid is routinely crapped out by Alex Manya, who lives behind a permanent scowl in West London.

You are very welcome to email him at alexjamesmanya@gmail.com

About dampsquid

Whenever I mention the blog, people immediately want to know what it’s about. Instead of beating them to death with a hammer, I simply ask them what they’re about. They say “what?”, I say “exactly” and they walk away that little bit wiser.
This obsession with assigning meaning to everything can’t be healthy. Until I decide what it’s about, can we please just call it a blog about etherial neurosurgery and sex?


68 responses to “About me”

  1. submeg says :

    So, what’s it about? Haha!

  2. makesomethingmondays says :

    I enjoy your blog very much. Mostly, I enjoy that it is about nothing and everything at the same time. You cannot narrow it down. Your posts are entertaining. Thank you for blogging! πŸ™‚

  3. clinock says :

    As a Bristol lad, serving his time in Canader, I like to keep abreast of what’s going on in West London. I see you’re going on in West London. I thought I recognized you from your header photo despite trying not to be seen behind that tree. You can’t hide forever from me Alex mate, I’d know that droll Scottish humour anywhere. Come out where I can see you.
    Goodbye, and thanks for all the jelly babies…

  4. artjen1971 says :

    I love your humor, but I really love your profile pic on the blog page–you look a little horny and maybe somewhat ornery.

  5. darcytown says :

    Your blog is quite amusing πŸ™‚

  6. pointsthruprose says :

    Your posts are full of satire yet informative and thought provoking.
    Simplicity and looking in the mirror – what more do we need. I hope you will be writing more.

  7. ablogaboutideas says :

    hey, cool blog, I especially like your post about movies you have not seen yet. Anyways keep it up.

  8. Cindy L Riemersma says :

    Hey, I really love your blog, so posted you in my blogroll. Thanks for the laughs!

  9. Debi says :

    heehee! Nice!!

  10. Sarah Forshaw says :

    I quite like the fact you do not keep to only one thing in your blog! Variety is the spice of life!

  11. Deb says :

    Great πŸ™‚

  12. halfcnote says :

    What the heck are jelly babies? Sounds a bit cannibalistic.

  13. ldsrr91 says :

    Thanks for stopping by my haunt. Just today someone asked me “So what is the point, I don’t get it?”

    I should have referred him here to this page, it just about sums it up, which is cool with me.


  14. joyannaadams says :

    Oh my…I have never gotten over my crush on Tom Baker….why IS that?

  15. mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins says :

    Nice I really like your blog! I feel we speak the same language aside πŸ™‚

  16. Derek says :

    Squid, thanks for taking a look at “fighting damien.” Continued good fortune with your blog

  17. dan4kent says :

    Mutant finges aside, your obtuse slant resonates with me. It takes one to know one. You’ve got a new fan in Chicago!

  18. Rebekah says :

    Gosh, I wish I’d thought of an opening line like that! Seriously…that made me laugh!

    “Rebekah, routinely crapped out by….” nah, that’d just be plagiarism but hey, great opening one liner!

  19. AlphaEN says :

    You had me ROFL from the first paragraph I read on your blog. Love it and now follow it. Next time you need help with eggs, don’t call me…

  20. Toni says :

    The about me leaves me intrigued enough to read the blog! Congrats. Now, I’m off to go look up a couple of those big words.

  21. Auntie N. says :

    Seems you’re a zen master. We like that sort of thing in in the United States, at least in the south, you should come do a workshop at the yoga studio where I teach. Love your blog.

  22. Erin says :

    This or a similar collection of posts from u would make a great book, have u written one before or plan 2? Theses days there is so much to read on the web but your posts are really consumable, brief (which is kinda important at times on the net) but touching at the same time, intimate, and optimistic in that self effacing, english way..thanks for ur words, -and Id read ur book!

  23. stephanie fitzpatrick says :

    Thanks for checking out my blog, Squid! I completely agree- assigning meaning to everything cannot be healthy. Best to you, Stephanie

  24. Mish says :

    Your blog is hilarious! I am completely honored that you visited mine. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  25. dysfunctional unit says :

    Hey Alex-Nice little post. Like yer style. Thanks for visiting my page, though If I could get just half yer comments I’d be happy and yea I guess I don’t want to attach meaning to that (lol maybe its yer bio pick, you do seem to have a lot of female attention) Anyway, this post if good, I’ll check out yer other stuff, thanks again fer stopping by my site.

  26. Hyouten says :

    Great blog! I love your sarcastic/satirical/[insert any other fitting word here] tone. I hope you keep on writing more. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for liking one of my posts, by the way.

  27. sweetsound says :

    I. Love. Your. Blog.

  28. madamfickle says :

    Wonderful. I look forward to reading more.

  29. russell5087 says :

    You should have a link to “What is the What” by Dave Eggers, say what?

  30. HaLin says :

    I have been reading your blog for a while and then discovered that MrTinney recommended you. More corroboration of a common language!

  31. themovieblogger says :

    Would your name happen to come from The IT Crowd?

  32. theressomethingaboutrachel says :

    I have very similar feelings on our tendencies to look for the “meaning” in everything. My very first blog (1 of 2) was about just that. πŸ™‚ Love your blog.

  33. Kitchen Slattern says :

    Hey Alex,
    I’ve passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to your site because both the content and the look of it make me envious, though in a purely professional, not in a stalking-you-while-you-sleep kind of way. For all the particulars, you can look at the original post on my site. I imagine you’ve already received this and others often enough that you’re paid forward through next life, so your participation is entirely optional.

    • Squid says :

      Keep up the stalking, Slattern. It feeds my gluttonous ego and prevents me from disappearing into one of those dank corners of the blogosphere where people write ten thousand word dissertations about toenail fungus.
      Thank you for awarding my versatility. Seriously.

  34. skippingstones says :

    I almost don’t want to mention mine anymore, because there are only two reactions: a blank look or The Question. As many times as I’ve been asked “What’s it about?”, I’m always stumped… “Ummm…” I love your answer! Mine used to have a theme, but then the blog kind of took itself over. I guess that happens.

  35. thesnideside says :

    ur a guy??? i’ve been reading this as if it were written by a female blogger…. i just assumed all the wit and twisted humour…. my bad!

  36. Birdie says :

    You are too “subarashii”!! (No, not a dirty word… just the Japanese word for wonderful!) πŸ™‚

    I immediately clicked on the “Follow” button after reading your intro. Looking forward to your words from here on out! πŸ™‚

  37. sandylikeabeach says :

    I nominated you for the Glitter E. Yaynus Award!! Yay!!

  38. jenmaaninamman says :

    Great blog..love the sarcasm!

  39. Patron Saint of Knives says :

    I noticed you are a guy too! It must be the leotards…

  40. AJ Rokin says :

    Hi dampsquid,

    I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for your wonderful blog. It keeps my sense of humor on its toes.


  41. naturessaltlamps says :

    I got kick out of how times you visited your own site.

  42. ilovesunsetsbythesea says :

    Love your blog! Had a good laugh reading your posts. Will definitely come back to laugh some more. Thanks for visiting my blog, too. Cheers!

  43. virtualmia says :

    brilliance… i have never met an etherial neurosurgeon. do you make housecalls?

    • Squid says :

      Sadly not. That would make me a corporeal neurosurgeon, which I’m not. The goal is to take the unhappy, spiky bits of your brain and make them a little bit fluffier, through the medium of bloggish drivel. Sort of like an e-lobotomy.

      • virtualmia says :

        CULPA MIA CULPA, i should have reviewed altered states before asking.

        Still, thank you for the brain fluff. In this day, it is beyond necessary. You should have a paypal link.

        I find your words both inspiring and chaotic, much like my sex life…. which leads me to my e-lobotomy house call request.

        Do I need to make an appointment? Is there a waiting list?

  44. ilovesunsetsbythesea says :

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog that’s why I’m nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it here: http://ilovesunsetsbythesea.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/my-first-versatile-blogger-award/.
    ~ ilovesunsetsbythesea

  45. California Kid says :

    Hey dampsquid, good to hear from you today. So glad you took the time to visit my blog and click on the “Like” button on my most recent post. You have quite a unique (and refreshing!) sense of humor. I’ll have to frequent your blog for a dose of West London wit. Hope to hear from you again soon. Cheers!

  46. sarsm says :

    I have no idea how you feel about tagging, as a new follower. Indeed, until today I didn’t even know what tagging was!

    I got tagged today (not electronically, bloggingly, you understand) and I decided I would pass on the baton to you. Well, an eleventh of the baton, to be precise:


  47. Ink. [Anette] says :

    Hi dampsquid, you have been nominated because you pick your eggs up from the floor, which possibly makes us two…

  48. knuggetsofknowledge says :

    Hey dampsquid, I have nominated you for the Creative Chaos Award. I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog!

  49. DandyLion says :


  50. paywindow7 says :

    What concerns me here is that you seem to have experienced an alarming bloodloss. Should I notify someone?

  51. waddswords says :

    Dampsquid, I get it – and I won’t ask you what you are about. Nice posts. As blunt as a hammer, yet strangely finessed like, in your own words, “the moist eyeball of a bison”. Am following you and looking forward to some more. If you like warped humour (Queen’s English, I am Australian) check out http://www.thedailyimpression.com – just another wordpress site, but not quite. Thanks again, Very funny.

  52. CaptKitty says :

    You are a righteous man Dampsquid. I shall worship you from now on and read your posts on a daily basis. Since I am Jewish, your blog has become the new Torah. Shall I start sacrificing penguins to honor your godly ways?

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