Blog Awards

I've been away all weekend at a marking standardisation meeting (which meant I spent the hottest day of the year in a windowless room, shivering in the air conditioning - typical!). I got back late because when I tried to return to Oxford from Cambridge, I accidentally headed for Ipswich - for those unfamiliar with the geography, This Was Not Right (thank you to the nice hotel receptionist who pointed me back in the right direction!).

Anyway, the point is, I didn't even have time to finish the Asterix the Gaul comic I was reading, so a proper blog post will follow next week. In the meantime, however, the lovely Ali B from Fantastic Reads has kindly given me an award!

Thank you Ali!

The award comes with some rules:
1. Send a thank you to the person who nominated you and include their link. 
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to at least 8 deserving bloggers.
4. Contact those bloggers to congratulate them.

I'm going to list my eight deserving bloggers first:

Cris at Here, There and Everywhere (general awesomeness, travel, marine biology)
Hasan at Three Pipe Problem (art history)
Billygean at Billygean (life in general, sometimes CFS) 
Billie Doux at Billie Doux (TV and film reviews)
Elizabeth Spann Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder, author of various southern-set mysteries
Amalia at Good to Begin Well, Better to End Well (writing and myth)
Terri Windling at The Drawing Board (art, myth and folklore)

Also, it brings it up to more than eight, but Vicky Alvear Shectar's Friday Funnies are always entertaining.

This whole thing is creepily like a chain letter really, but a nice one!

Anyway, seven facts about me:
1. I have attended a Star Trek convention, in costume. It was a very cheap costume though. No uniform.
2. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a priest, and the only reason I didn't was that I'm the wrong gender. Maybe someday.
3. I love single malt whisky, peaty, like Laphroig - neat. There will be no polluting my whisky. Also mugs.
4. Until I was about 13, I thought the Romans were really boring. I refused to take Latin in school because, as I told my mother, it's a dead language and would never be any use to me whatsoever (this was before the priest thing).
5. I love to watch Sex and the City in French. It sounds good in French. (And in English as well, of course).
6. I have slept in a school library.
7. I have eaten dinner in Liverpool Cathedral.

I shall return with Asterix as soon as I've had time to read it!


  1. Thanks so much, Juliette! I appreciate it.

    I took 2 years of Latin in high school. I'm pretty sure that all I remember (and I think I may be writing it wrong) is "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres." :)

  2. That's the bit my Dad remembers best too! One of these days I will read it all - at one point I was really keen to read Caesar in his own words, but having had a look at some of his words, he's quite dull...

  3. I would laugh, but I have got lost on the LU Northern Line before! Your (mis)adventure reminds me of a stroy I read about the wonderful G. K. Chesterton once: he was on the train to a speaking engagement when he realised that he had no idea where exactly he was supposed to be going. He had to get off the train, telephone his wife and say, "I'm in such an such a place, where ought I to be?"

    Congratulations on the award!


  4. That's what I do - I phone my Dad! He's going to get me a sat nav...


  5. Thank you so much for my award, Juliette! I am honored. :)

  6. Billie and Elizabeth, you'e both very welcome, both your blogs have brought me hours of reading pleasure!

  7. Gratulor tibi! You have good taste in Scotch too. Now I'm trying to imagine you as a priest....

  8. When I was very small I wanted to be a nun, but Mum informed me that nuns have to do what they're told and I went off the idea ;)

  9. Thank you so much for thinking of me!!

    I didn't take Latin until college-- and I only took it then because I thought it would help with scientific naming for Biology. Then I remembered how much I loved Classical history and went all-in for Classics! I do not regret it one bit. I do, however, regret taking Organic Chemistry. Ew.

  10. You're welcome!

    I spent two days when I was 16 thinking maybe I should take physics, which I hated, purely because I enjoyed astrophysics - so glad I didn't! (No disrespect to physicists, it's just not my thing).

  11. Yes! I used to sit through physics classes wondering when we would be getting to the interesting stuff like astronomy and cosmology.

    Congratulations on the award.

    If you get a satnav, keep something handy to break the windows in case it decides you are a danger to the Sontarans and drives you into a river.

  12. Many thanks Juliette - that's a tasty looking award :)

    Physics was the only discrete science subject I did not study in my final years at high school. I did do an extra maths subject which made me more familiar with statistical processes and took up Renaissance history for fun. Looking back on it now, these choices seemed to have heavily influenced other things I ended up doing..including starting my blog - which led to getting this delicious award :)


  13. @RWMG Good advice - will keep the shovel handy!

    @H I gave up science at 16, and didn't really miss it except maybe biology, but I did miss Geography, which I had to give up at 14 - I like Earth Sciences, but geography comes under Humanities and I chose History :)


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