The Liebster Blog Award
Thanks to the fabulous Bev Spicer for the invitation to join in the Liebster Blog Award.
Bev is the author of
‘My Grandfathers Eyes‘, which I’ve read, reviewed and recommended to all.
Check out her blog at
Check Bev on Twitter
The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognize blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve a look.
My job is to list 11 random facts about me, answer the 11 questions Bev has set me, then to nominate 11 new bloggers, who should bask in the Liebster glow – which means doing the same as I am doing here! ie, post a blog linking back here, with 11 random facts about you, answer my 11 questions and nominate 11 new bloggers (and think of 11 questions to ask them – can be anything!).
Off we go then…
11 Random Facts about me
1 I don’t know what I want to be IF I grow up.
2 I started smoking the odd cigar AFTER I beat cancer.
3 I try to never judge people until I know them. I think that everybody is a genius and a fool. We’re all great at something and really bad at other things. I learned a lesson when I was around 16 when I watched a long haired, badly dressed, ‘looser’ walking down the street and then watched him getting into his Ferrari. A definite case of ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, and it’s been my motto ever since.
4 I have great ideas but I’m really bad at putting them into practice. I’m a butterfly. I go from flower to flower and rarely finish anything.
5 I eat out every lunchtime. 7 days a week. We have tables at various restaurants just for us and we can order meals in advance. So if we want Lobster Thermidor, they make it for us. Can’t beat that.
6 I always remember that throughout my life I’ve been supported and been given chances by loads of people, so I always try to pay-it-forward. If I can help, I will. Doesn’t matter who it is.
7 I have a Porsche and drive it like it should be driven. Can’t keep tyres on it. I was a mechanic so always drove too fast and used to do AutoCross – reverse 180s, 360s, hand braking into parking spaces, etc. Real driving. I hate to see accountants/bankers (people with money who feel they should drive a fast/fancy car) in Mercs, BMWs, Porsches, etc., when they clearly can’t drive them. Love to see a girl or woman driving a big car when she can handle it.
8 I’ve had cancer on 5 different occasions. I was given until the end of the week to live at one point, but here I am. I can’t get in up above, and the verdict is that I’d be a bad influence down below. Seem to have the luck of the Irish. Rolled a car and had to crawl out of the back window – not even a scratch. Had a bomb in my garage, guns pointed at me, but walked away every time. I went over then handlebars on the mountain bike once and flew trough the air directly at a tree. The guys who were at the bottom of the hill said that it was like the hand of God pushed me out of the way. I fell into some bushes. Again, not a scrape. One of the other bikers had actually pulled his mobile out to ring an ambulance. Spooky. I guess I’m here for a reason – I just don’t know what it is yet.
9 I’m a sucker for stray pets. I feed them and if they want to stay, I adopt them. I saw what I thought was a red coat lying at the side of the road one night and it was a dog covered in blood. I took him to the vet and he had to cut the collar off him, it was that tight. I’ve had him now 12 years. I called him rascal and you can see him at http://www.dumdumdedum.co.uk/rascal.
10 I’m not the jealous type. I love cars and watches. If I see someone with a Rolex, Brietling, Cartier, I ask to see it. If I see a Bentley, Rolls, Ferrari, etc., I always peek in the window and admire it. My thought is that if he/she got it, then if I don’t get myself one, then I’ve only myself to blame. I don’t understand the mentality of putting a nail down the side of a car???
11 I always chased money and it’s only now when I’m in my fifties that I understand that it’s so overrated. My dad had a number of businesses and one of them was a bus company. Even though he had employees, his favourite thing was driving handicapped kids home from the special care school. Some of them had never spoke a word in their lives and my dad always sang to them. One day, one of them who had never spoken a word started to sing with my dad. Now that really is something to aspire to.
Okay, below are the 11 questions that Bev asked me to answer.
1. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited and why?
CransMontana in Switzerland. Christmas day and it just started to snow and me and the wife hired a sleigh to take us around instead of skiing. Did it again in the evening. Bliss. Skied a lot all over the world and never had an experience like it. The snow was just floating down and the whole town was lit up.
2. Do you ever read (or write) poetry. Why/Why not?
Read Poetry? Very seldom. Now limerics, that’s another matter.
Write Poetry? Just once and it was rubbish. I just don’t get it. I’m not wired that way. My dad was excellent at making up poems, but it must have skipped a generation.
3. Who would be the perfect dinner date and why?
Female would have to be Dr Kyle who was my haematologist when I had cancer. She’s retired now, but a very, very nice lady, plus, she saved my life 4 times.
Male would be Bill Clinton as he made it really big then made mistakes like the rest of us. I just think that he must have some really interesting stories to tell.
4. If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be and why?
Bill Gates. I’d blow all his money sorting out the world and then leave him to it. Too much money just isn’t healthy. (I wouldn’t clean him out completely)
5. Would you prefer to go into space or explore the ocean floor (safely) and why?
Ocean floor. Did some diving and it’s another world down there. You can hear your own breathing and it’s just you; even with others beside you. Space doesn’t interest me as I possibly misinterpret it as a vacuum. Possibly once, if it was free, but I wouldn’t pay for it. Now jumping out of a plane, that’s an experience.
6. Describe the view from one of the windows in your house/apartment.
Belfast Lough. Brilliant view from high up. Watching the boats come and go. On the 1 or 2 days of sunshine Northern Ireland gets, it’s beautiful.
7. Can you remember your first kiss? Keep it clean!
Yes, but it never went anywhere. She went off with my best friend. I see her occasionally and think of the Garth Brooks song ‘Unanswered Prayers’.
8. Do you do anything to keep fit? What or why not?
Okay, I know I should, but I’m self employed and just haven’t the time. Walking the dog occasionally, but I used to jog and mountain bike a lot. Hell, I used to do everything a lot. Golf, skiing, riding horses, water skiing, diving, jet skiing. Need to sell up, retire, relax and write. (actually, just have a life outside business)
9. Describe yourself when you were around eighteen.
Thick, shy, stupid, impulsive. An embarrassing excuse for a human. Ambitions of making millions, which I did and then went bankrupt, then made more. Either rich or poor for me – no in-between. New Porsche 911 and Merc S class at one time and no money to put petrol in either of them. Sold – obviously.
10. Where do you stand on football? (Try not to be silly, now)
My idea of hell (if I’m sent there – which I probably will be) is sitting in a room full of liquid poo with a big screen in front of me with football on it. I guess you could say – I hate it with a passion.
11. What kind of music do you listen to?
Classical at night and to write to, but I’ll listen to anything. Debussy, Lang Lang, Chopin, Catherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli.
I play piano so Professor Longhair, Hugh Laurie, Rick Wakeman, etc.
Country: Charlie Lansborough, Garth Brooks, George Hamilton IV.
Metal: Rush, Led Zeppelin, Queen.
Jazz: Louis Armstrong, Scott Joplin.
Popular: Adele, Beyonce, Pink, Lady GaGa.
Rap: Eminem, Dizzie Rascal.
Traditional: Irish and Scottish music.
Basically, you name it and I’ll have a favourite there.
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
I’ve nominated 11 other people for The Liebster Award and will list them as they upload their pages.
First blog just in is from Saoirse O’Mara and you can see it at: http://saoirseomara.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/the-liebster-blog-award/ Wow does this girl speak a lot of languages. Very interesting.
Now, all you have to do is tell us 11 things about yourself, and then… Answer the 11 questions below.
Here are the 11 questions I am asking the people I’ve tagged – yes, you must answer these!
1 What is the worst thing about you?
2 What is the best thing about you?
3 What is your biggest extravagance?
4 If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be and why?
5 What is your greatest achievement?
6 Are you organised or disorganised and explain?
7 If you were stranded on a desert island for 7 days, who would you want to be with and why? (It must be somebody you don’t know)
8 What is the thing you most regret not doing?
9 If you had your life to live over again, what would you change?
10 If you could have written a best selling book, what would it have been and why?
11 You find yourself on death row for something you haven’t done. What would be your last meal?
Last but not least, nominate 11 other blogs and get them to take part.
If you want to do it but the thought of finding 11 other bloggers to tag & thinking up questions puts you off, just do the 11 random facts about yourself, and answer my questions!
OTHER LIEBSTER BLOGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Saoirse O’Mara http://saoirseomara.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/the-liebster-blog-award/
Wow, this girl speaks a lot of languages. Very interesting.
Check her out on FB http://www.facebook.com/ExpresstoInsanity or Twitter @saoirseomara
Victoria Bennett http://www.guardianssaga.com/blog.html
Victoria is only 20, but have a look and if you’re an author, start to worry. Seriously talented.
Check her out on Twitter @GuardiansBook
Tara Ford http://taraford.weebly.com/blog.html
Tara cries when she’s sad and cries when she’s happy. Go figure. Guess we’re the same;]
Check her out on FB at http://www.facebook.com/callingallservices or Twitter @rata2e