April 29th, 2009


Posted in Blogging by 200

Just taking a few minutes to welcome new readers.

There have been quite a few new readers in the last week. It’s usually nothing that I’ve done, but someone, somewhere links to me & I get an upgraded hit rate on the back of someone else’s popularity.

This week I’ve done well on the back of some literary success for Nightjack. He won something called the Orwell Prize. I don’t follow the Orwell Prize so don’t know too much about it but congratulations to Nightjack for winning it. My hit rate doubled overnight as a result of people checking out his site (or Googling it – I come second for the term ‘Nightjack‘).

For those who don’t know me, I’m a recently retired police officer. I did my 30 years, most of which were on the front-line doing full shifts. I ended my career in the relative comfort of the control room, where I returned to life as a civvy just a few weeks ago.

The 200 weeks of the title is in reference to how long I had to go until retirement when I started the blog, so whilst I might not be the most popular police blogger, I’m certainly one of the oldest (in terms of life of the blog, not my age. Although, thinking about it, I’m probably one of the oldest police bloggers age-wise too).

I don’t have the literary prowess of Nightjack nor the popularity of Inspector Gadget, but I was quoted in the Guardian two weeks ago! And whilst the majority of my posts are police-related, I do wander off into political & social comment, together with a little humour & satire from time to time.

For the last 18 months or more I’ve had a little project to make a blog entry every day. Come September I’ll have blogged every single day for two years. Not easy, I can tell you. You won’t find a more productive police blog than 200weeks.

I like to think my blog is a triumph of content over quality. If you’re a new reader, welcome, I hope you might stick around; company is so important when you get old and grey.

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  1. R/T says:

    I think that I clocked onto you early on. Glad I did. Some of your vids are priceless and it’s refreshing that you’re not plagued by too many “anons” and the Melvyn T G’s of this world. You keep writing and I’ll keep reading. BTW – I’m down to about 2,000 days now!

    April 29th, 2009 at 17:56

  2. Fee says:

    Since I’m (getting) old and (getting) grey myself, I’ll continue to pop by each day and keep you company.

    April 29th, 2009 at 18:07

  3. stressedoutcop says:

    How is the retirement going?. Is it less grief? Still waiting for you on that horse

    April 29th, 2009 at 19:14

  4. Tony F says:

    Keep it going! Sometimes, eloquent and popular are not needed.Just straight, honest and funny will do! Pity our ‘leaders’ don’t know that.

    April 29th, 2009 at 20:01

  5. PC Michael Pinkstone says:

    Hear, hear. Your posts are a very enjoyable read, especially when you go off on one. Nothing wrong with that! And a post a day for 2 years is deserving of its own award. Keep it up.

    April 29th, 2009 at 21:02

  6. Dr Melvin T Gray says:

    I can only admire your presumptive confidence to ‘serve’ us another 2000 days, R/T. A wild guess here – it will surprise you the most to discover no future place for the likes of you in uniform.

    Dr M T Gray

    April 29th, 2009 at 21:23

  7. 200 says:

    Dr M,
    “serve another 2,000 days” – what the bloody hell are you talking about, and while you’re there, weren’t you suggesting staying away from this blog in your last effort? I’m surprised you’re still here.

    do you know, I was in the loft a few weeks ago trying to find the old pictures, when I locate them I’ll let you know.

    R/T, Fee, TonyF & PC MP,
    thanks for your continued support

    April 30th, 2009 at 06:25

  8. Alpha Tango says:

    Keep going 200 always an enjoyable read

    April 30th, 2009 at 06:52

  9. Been there says:

    I’ve been reading your blog since I saw it mentioned in the Independent during the G20 coverage. Like you I’m retired and do control room work on a part time, ad-hoc basis when required.. Keep writing 200, sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking but always worth a read.

    April 30th, 2009 at 07:55

  10. Dr Melvin T Gray says:

    Whilst you elect to use this medium for a minor readership, I reserve the right to monitor references made here, including any attempt to impugn me. My preference is that neither you, nor any of your alter egos refer to me by name or character. I must also remind you that abusive comment is contrary to the standard expected from the code of professional conduct. In addition, a spurious claim of a simple posting being incomprehensible is regrettable when clarity and simplicity were reflected in my reply to ‘R/T’.

    Finally, I hope this exchange will be sufficient to conclude dialogue between us.

    April 30th, 2009 at 09:24

  11. Reactively proactive says:


    April 30th, 2009 at 14:47

  12. 200 says:

    Dr Melvin T Gray,
    Now here Dr Melvin T Gray, I must confess, I misread your post about 2000 days; I thought you were referring to my original post, but I see you were referring to RT, apologies for that.

    But I must correct you Dr Melvin T Gray; you have precisely no right to monitor my blog, in fact, I have the right to decide whether you can even access it or not by dint of being able to ban you/your ID & your IP address from accessing it.

    Furthermore, Dr Melvin T Gray, I reserve the right to respond to anything you post on this blog as well as the right to delete it, amend it, or block it.

    And lastly, Dr Melvin T Gray, a spurious threat to take some kind of action under a code of professional conduct is regrettable, if you think anyone has breached that code & think you can do something about it, please do. I’ve never had any respect for petty, veiled, meaningless threats.

    I hope this exchange will be sufficient for you to spend more time on the other websites you love to post shite on & less on here; after all, very few people read your drivel here & even less take any note of it.

    Dr 200 W Weeks, GLF, PQMS, PCSO & Bar (and no ‘alter egos’)

    April 30th, 2009 at 15:17

  13. Alpha Tango says:

    Sounds like good news re 0924 hours!

    No name or character used!

    April 30th, 2009 at 15:50

  14. tango says:

    Dr M. T. Gray,
    I am intrigued. Your phraseology and vocabulary are quite clearly designed to show (off) your IQ. You mock 200 weeks “minor” readership (despite having no blog of your own) and claim that his misunderstanding of your over complicated posting was “spurious”. You post on the internet – an anonymous and international format and then whine if your character is attacked.
    I fear you are not as far removed from the resource hungry “threats by facebook” wasters as you might like to imagine.

    April 30th, 2009 at 17:28

  15. 200 says:

    Dr Melvin T Gray,

    sorry, just had to post a follow-up regarding your comments.

    I’ve just googled “melvin t gray” & I come up second in the list, ahead of The Policeman’s Blog (Copperfield), Nightjack, Inspector Gadget, Twining, PC Pinkstone etc etc.

    Even your own sorry excuse for a blog (one entry in 2007) doesn’t feature.

    Oh the irony……(pissing myself laughing)

    April 30th, 2009 at 17:44

  16. Andy W says:

    Congratulations 200 on an excellent blog. Long may you continue.
    Congratulations also on the remarkable restraint you have shown in your response to the clearly seriuously challenged Dr. Melvin Tosser Gray.I was thinking that if he were polluting my blog with his puerile drivel I might starve him of the publicity he obviously needs by either ignoring him or ‘deleting’ him.
    On refelection however I might be inclined just to tell him to simply ‘FUCK OFF’. …….Just a thought.

    April 30th, 2009 at 22:06

  17. R/T says:

    Was it something I said?! :o )

    April 30th, 2009 at 23:30

  18. Linda Baki says:

    Just found your blog very enjoyable.

    July 5th, 2009 at 20:30

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