This morning it was my honour to open my emails and discover that a dear friend, Katkasia has nominated me for this award – describing me as “A sci-fi fan with guts”. By way of a thank you, I would like for all my followers to pay her blog a visit; not only is she fun to read but you are also treated to her beautiful smile!
Now I’m supposed to tell you seven things about myself, so here goes:
1: When I was eleven years old my class spent a week in North Wales. We visited Gelert’s Grave, Fisherman’s Walk, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (yes, that is a real place name and I was taught how to say it!) and had a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway. Our greatest achievement was being the first fourth year class in our school ever to reach the summit of Snowdon. For previous fourth years the snow had been too thick.
2: I have been told on several occasions that I bear a striking resemblance to actress Katy Manning, who played ditsy, loveable Jo Grant in Doctor Who. I play up to this as much as possible, because I have quite low self-esteem and take these comparisons as a true compliment:
3: I once met Robert Llewellyn (Kryten of Red Dwarf) at a petrol station in Cheltenham, my hometown. He was quite pleasant and we speak on various social media on occasion.
4: I once stepped out into the middle of a busy main road to save the life of an elderly gentleman with severe dementia – he didn’t want to return to the nursing home and his friend was too weak to get him to safety. Since I knew him and was a care assistant at the same home, I considered this to be a part of my job, even though I was off duty at the time. His wife and son sought me out to thank me, declaring me a “hero”. I still believe that any decent person would have done exactly the same.
5: On the day I was born in 1973 the song Killing Me Softly was at number one in what was then the Top Twenty. By a quirk of fate, Killing Me Softly (The Fugees version) was also at number one on the night that my son was born in 1996!
6: I am the only true blonde in my family, and nobody knows why. On both sides of my family everybody else has dark hair. My mother’s is closest to blonde, being a medium brown, but I have red, gold, white and silver ash all over.
7: I am very at one with nature and feel out of place in urban towns and cities. I need trees and fields around me to feel content. My main wishes before I die are to swim with Dolphins, see a wild Golden Eagle and touch a Whale. Sadly I shall probably never have the opportunity to even see these amazing creatures, but I live in hope!
And now come the nominations from me. Please check these fabulous bloggers out!
1: Henchman-4-Hire. A mild-mannered journalist by day and a sci-fi geek and critic by night.
2: Aspie In The Family. One Mum’s crusade to educate on Aspergers and Autism. A strong, feisty, spirited lady who has a strong voice on this very important subject.
3: Inmyinternest. An insightful, well thought out blog concerning feminism, which manages not to be all stompy and aggressive.
4: Angela Shella. Strong in opinion and self, Angela is a wise, kind lady and an incredible jazz artist.
5: Marc Schuster. Novelist, Doctor Who Fan and all round nice bloke with a sense of humour.
6: elaine4queen. Long-time friend, lover of Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Sweet, adorable lunatic.
7: WordsFallFromMyEyes. Possibly the most powerful, emotional journey through self-awareness and life as a single mother that you will ever read. Noeleen is definitely spellbinding and will hook you from the first sentence of any blog entry.
8: littlesundog. Life as a Deer mummy and other stories from the countryside.
9: Thingsmybellylikes. A colourful, unique approach to food. Gorgeous pictures, concise recipes and fun to boot!
10: willowdot21. A poet of the deep and meaningful variety, her latest poem brought tears to my eyes.
Please check all of these amazing blogs out – each and every one deserves every award it recieves.