Liebster Award


Thank you to Eclectic Blogaloo for nominating me. She’s on that link back there.

The Rules

  1.  Post the award on your blog.
  2.  Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  3.  Write 5 random facts about yourself.
  4.  Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 3000 followers)
  5.  Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.

5 Blog Nominees 

  1. Connor –
  2. Damien –
  3. Louise –
  4. Emily –
  5. Jennifer –

5 Random Facts About Myself

  1. I have never read a Stephen King book.
  2. I have been to Iceland, and lived in Norway.
  3. I have sleep apnoea – caffeine is my best friend.
  4. I know Irish Sign Language.
  5. I went to every lecture in university. Every lecture.

5 Questions my Nominator asked me

1) Why did you start your blog?

Shameless self-promotion. I write. You can read about it here. You can buy it here.

2) Do you have any goals for 2015?

To expand my knowledge of music. I’m percolating on a 52 week challenge …

3) Where in the world would you like to visit?

Well … I’ve been to a good few places, I took the Trans-Siberian on my own in 2010. I’d really like to go to South America, namely Peru (Hi Fiorella) and The Galápagos Islands, or Antartica.

4) Have you ever met anyone famous? Who?

Yes, quite a few through helping out with Adelaide Writers’ Week. Claim to fame: I used to drink in the same bar as Kevin Spacey when I lived in London. 

5) Your guilty pleasure?

CHEESE and I’m not that guilty.

5 Questions for my Nominees

  1. The best book you’ve ever read and why?
  2. Pick an author, you’ve read all their books, rank them.
  3. What’s your favourite word in a language other than your 1st language?
  4. A poem you think should be set to music. Which style?
  5. If you could be a painting which one would you be and why?

Explanatory notes and rhyming answers welcome 😉

9 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. That’s so cool that you know sign language! I went to a class for it once (not the Irish version) but I haven’t practiced since then because I’m trying to focus on learning Spanish and French. After I’ve got to know them sufficiently I might consider picking up a type of sign language. I also want to learn to speak Irish at some point 🙂

    What music have you been listening to as part of your challenge?

    Jamila x


    • Thanks. I love Spanish and French – not very accomplished at them though 😉

      When I was a child I used to visit my cousin every summer for a ‘holiday’; and she me. Her neighbour, a girl, younger than us, was profoundly deaf and had Spina Bifida; but she was always smiling. I grew up thinking this amazing, brave, clever, gorgeous, funny little girl, Danielle, was the best thing since sliced bread. I learned Irish Sign Language because of her. Her family moved away, but when my cousin got married I got to chat with Danielle in Sign at the wedding reception which was great. When I moved to the UK I tried learning British Sign Language but it was very different and I got so confused I gave up. It’s a pity because I don’t get to use Irish Sign Language at all in Oz. Learning Sign opens your mind up exponentially, I think it should be on all national curricula. My ex-teacher told me when you are fluent in one Sign Language you can be understood by people who are fluent in another Sign which I think might be like talking to a non-native English speaker someone in broken English … anyway it’s completely fascinating altogether. There is a Sign they use for babies and children, which is also regionally specific, I’d recommend that one because medicos and teachers seem to be learning that one nowadays. Ah, I miss it actually. Sometimes I have conversations with myself in Sign in my head – which makes me sound quite mad.

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      • Your sign language story is fascinating! Thank you for telling me about how you came to learn it. The woman who taught me at the one class I went to (I have now forgotten everything from that class!) said that she started learning sign when she was very depressed and that she picked it up in two weeks because of that. She said she had a neighbor who taught her, and every day for two weeks she’d go to that neighbor’s house to learn – and they would talk for hours in sign language. She said her focus came from being depressed and not wanting to do anything else. And now she is fluent!

        That is cool that you got to chat with Danielle at the wedding. Can your cousin sign? You’ve now made me want to learn the language even more 🙂 The problem is that I have just added Polish to my list of languages to learn and I have to master Polish basics by May because that’s when I’m going to a wedding in Poland. (I’m excited!!) So Spanish and French are being put on hold, which means sign is as well! But I would like to learn it at some point because I think it would strengthen the connections in my brain and my capacity to memorise things which is always cool.

        Haha, that does not make you sound mad at all… It is great practice, and I have conversations in my head ALL the time as if I’m talking to someone else (though not in sign.)


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