Thursday 10 April 2014

I've won a Liebster award

Jordan of The Crazy Life of J has nominated me for a Liebster Award.

There are some rules:

1. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person that nominated you.
2. Pick an additional 11 people to nominate with under 200 followers.
3. Create a list of 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
4. Inform your nominees of the award!
Jordan consciously broke the 200 followers rule and I'm going to ignore it too. None of my nominations will be anything other than small blogs, but the followers count seems arbitrary.
Anyway to start, here are the questions from Jordan along with my answers:
1. Pick your poison: beer, wine, liquor (or none of the above)?
None of the above. I don’t drink alcohol. Diet Coke is good, as are tea and coffee. Having eliminated sugar from my drinks ten years ago I’m now doing the same with milk, and coming to appreciate the different pleasures of black coffee and black/green tea.

2. What is your proudest moment?
I have three great children, so I regularly enjoy proud moments. But if we’re talking about personal achievements then seeing a book with my name on the cover was pretty good.

3. If you could pick a spirit/totem animal, what would it be?
People who know me will be rolling their eyes, because I’m known for my scorn of spiritual and new age guff. But then, of course, I’m a Leo.

4. What is your one tip for staying organized?
Write things down. Always. Straight away.

5. Pick your theme song
My son used to watch TV wrestling and I always thought the theme tunes those chaps had were quite fun. The trouble was, you knew that one of them was going to leave the ring defeated, and the brash music would at that point sound fairly hollow. So I think I’d go for something a little more modest that doesn’t create an unreasonable expectation. On the other hand, stuff it. I want Morrissey’s Last of the Famous International Playboys.

6. If you could build your dream house tomorrow, would it be in the mountains or by the ocean?
It would be in the mountains. It would have an indoor monorail system and I’d have a uniformed staff. There would be chrome and leather and natural stone everywhere. Oh, and a really big opening roof so I could launch missiles look at the stars. A volcano is basically a mountain, right?

7. What is one food you absolutely detest?
It’s not so much that I detest it, but I just don’t see the point of cucumber. I mean, really, it’s just little slices of off-tasting nothing, isn’t it?

8. You are handed one million dollars cash. What is the FIRST thing you do with the money?
Convert it into Pounds. But the SECOND thing I would do with it is invest it all in residential property. It’s the last decent investment left, and the only realistic way that my generation will be able to afford to retire. And yes, I’d want to be buying cars and fancy dinners, just like anyone else, but I’ll buy those when the rent starts coming in.

9. If you could instantly know any language without having to learn it, what would it be?
Urdu. Because then I could understand what my wife’s saying to her mother that she doesn’t want me to hear.

10. What does your perfect day look like?
It’s a Friday in December. I finish work early. I have tickets for a winnable Arsenal match at the weekend. We’re having fish and chips for dinner. Simple pleasures.

11. You enter a team triathlon. Which activity do you sign up for?
What, you mean voluntarily? Wouldn’t happen. My motto when it comes to physical exercise is, “No pain - great.” I suppose if I had to choose one of the three activities it would be cycling, because that involves sitting down.  

I'm nominating these blogs:

  1. Planet Millie
  2. Thoughts & Exploration
  3. Rhomany's Realm
  4. Paper Lovestory
  5. Cloudberry Musings
  6. Filofancy
  7. Notes in a Book
  8. Fennell Books
  9. Filofax Filosophy
  10. Onigiri Sama & her 21Kittens
  11. The Life of the Perpetual Student

And here are their questions:

  1. What do you think is the best thing about blogging?
  2. You can have a ticket for any organised event this evening – sport, comedy, theatre, music, whatever. What will you go to see?
  3. What were you best at when you were at school?
  4. If you could have the life of any movie character, whose would you have and why?
  5. Cats, kids or gadgets?
  6. What new skill would you love to learn?
  7. What is your favourite breakfast?
  8. You have the power to commission more episodes of one cancelled TV series. Which would you choose? (Hint: the correct answer is, of course, Firefly.)
  9. Swimming with dolphins, running with wolves or swinging with apes?
  10. If you could edit yesterday, what would you cut?
  11. You can have any fictional character from a book as your best friend. Who would you select?  

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