Liebster Award Passed on by Private English Tutor in Stoke on Trent
It seems an age since I passed on a blog award. That means that this is the first one I have received in an age.
Why is that? Probably because I haven’t acquired any/many new followers for the past six months or so.
Why is that? I haven’t really had time to ferret around WordPress and entice new bloggers into my lair.
Why is that? My time has been spent on my first novel. Never did I expect such a project to voraciously nibble + grab + gobble my Time. Be warned you ‘Novel Dreamers’ out there. Be prepared to give your soul if want to travel down the path to being an ‘author’.
However, all that changed a few days ago when The Emporium of Lost Thoughts handed me the Liebster Award baton. Being brought in from the cold and allowed to thaw out in the warmth of a peer-awarded honour is extremely gratifying. I would like to thank The Emporium of Lost Thoughts and highly recommend the blog to you. Go on, you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare, take a peep. Who knows, you may be tempted to click the ‘Follow’ button.
All honours come with responsibilities and these are as follows: [although I do always bend rules, so I may not quite walk the straight line specified - :-)]
- Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
- Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them
1. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? (Bonus follow-up question for the truly keen: where did you eat said meal?)
Way back in 1977 I made my first trip to the USA. I was taken to McDonald’s. I had never been to one before - not sure if we had them in England. I had the most humoungous burger filled with everything. I had never tasted anything quite like it. My friend, seeing my obvious enjoyment, brought me a second one. I was only a skinny, weedy fellow and not used to piggin’ out on food. The second one didn’t taste quite so good! This is not an advert or recommendation for that well-known fast-food chain but merely one example of things I got up to in my mis-spent youth.
2. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go.
Having achieved my dream of going to Antarctica, I am tempted to say I would go there again but how can you better a dream? Going twice would be greedy – a bit like that second burger above! It would have to be the Galapagos Islands this time.
3. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given and/or received?
This has to be two I have given recently. I adopted both a tiger and a snow leopard with the World WildLife Fund and have given them as birthday presents.
4. What ability or skill do you wish you had (that you don’t have already?)
My novel will soon be put in the hands of a professional editor – being able to do that myself would save me lots of pennies.
5. What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now? (Bonus follow-up question for those so inclined: If you alone could solve it, how would you do it?)
This is tied-in with Q.3 above. How to save our wild creatures of the earth from extinction. To solve it is easy – get rid of the people; we’ve been given our chance and squandered it. . .
6. Aside from food, water and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without.
I do use my computer a lot. . .
7. In everyday life, what is your number one pet peeve?
Being of a certain age I have become very grouchy, so the difficulty here is choosing just one from many that I grumble about daily.
How about other drivers? Speeding/not indicating/tail-gating/loud music – why should I want to listen to their choice when I have my own in-car sound system/lack of courtesy on the road – you get the idea?
8. What’s your happy song? (eg You can’t help smiling when you hear it)
‘Don’t Worry be Happy‘ by Bobby McFerrin. With over 22,000,000 hits on YouTube I’m obviously not on my own.
9. How do you want people to remember you when you’re gone?
To be remembered fondly by friends. I can picture them now at my funeral:
Friend 1: He owed me a fifty quid/bucks
Friend 2: And me
Friend 3: Me too
Friend 4: Bastard!
10. If you could spend a day with 1 person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
William Shakespeare on performance day at The Globe. I can’t think of anything more awesome than to witness one of his plays, at his theatre, in his time.
Why these nominations? I mentioned earlier that I haven’t had so many followers lately, so being the good egg that I am it seemed right and proper to thank my last five followers. I haven’t had much time to ‘get to know’ these fellow bloggers but what I have seen I highly recommend to you.
This is where I bend the rules again (note only 5 above instead of 10?). I have enjoyed answering my questions so I thought it only right to pass them on to you.
- What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? (Bonus follow-up question for the truly keen: where did you eat said meal?)
- If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What’s the best gift you’ve ever given and/or received?
- What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
- What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now? (Bonus follow-up question for those so inclined: If you alone could solve it, how would you do it?)
- Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?
- In everyday life, what is your number one pet peeve?
- What’s your happy song? (eg. You can’t help smiling when you hear it)
- How do you want people to remember you when you’re gone?
- If you could spend a day with 1 person, living, or dead, who would it be and why?