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Thursday, 24 July 2008

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I have been tagged twice recently by the wonderful and clearly very sensible Ernest de Cugnac and DJ Kirby.
Because it’s sort of the same kind of thing, one of those memes where you just select absolutely the best blog you can think of ever in the whole wide world (or words to that intent), I’m going to merge them and select my new top five.
I have an old five, my favourite bloggers whom I’ve been reading, and who’ve been reading me, for over a year now. You know who you are. You know I love you. But life's cruel, and I'm ditching you lot for this one and moving on, although I will just thank Jane for getting me into blogging, consider yourself awarded something or other. Oh, the graciousness.

In spreading the net wider rather, will just point you in the direction of:

First, obviously Rottie, a most under-visited blogger, fierce but fair and with a worrisomely good grip on grammar, vocab and current affairs. I don’t always agree with him, I do always feel a bit dim reading him. Imagine what it’s like being married to him.

Then, in no particular order:
memsahibwordpress who writes like a dream and makes me feel gauche and awkward in comparison.
Mud in the City because I can live vicariously through those long-ago years of Will He? Won’t He? Very Jane Austen's texted for a date.
Eve, because I love child #4. For comparative purposes.
Karen, because she’s always very good, darn her.
the lovely NuttyCow who is far too young for me and I was scared to mention her first time round, but having just gone and read her estate agent one, I realise how very necessary it is that she is listed. Plus there's an ancient one about manners which is well worth a read.

In addition (blessikins) I’ve been swamped rather with a little rush of awards recently (Jane, MOB, Meanie, Elizabeth, Mud, fine people all). How very pleasant, astutely judged and thoroughly well deserved. Although .... the dusting opportunity! My shelf swelleth over.
Am generally rubbish at acknowledging these here, since I tend to snatch them up greedily, and just shuffle over to the giver’s site where I gush my thanks there, but thank you very much to all award-givers, and to all who’ve ever bestowed, and to anyone who reads this, feel free to nick one, but tell me which one and why! Anyone meme'd can take two. The generosity.

Finally Blossom tagged me wanting to know six random things.
Since I’ve already done seven (which includes this, too), and eight, my mind's gone blank. A depressingly frequent state of affairs.
I got as far as 1 and then stopped.
Over the days I've sneaked in from time to time and upped this to 4. By Monday, who knows, I might have creaked out the full 7.

1. I was born with a hole in my heart
2. I used to garden for a criminal. He would try to put his tongue down my throat and tottered, fat and oily, dapper and suited, across the grass, with glasses of champagne for me. This sort of softened the blow, but really, even I have standards. I saw too much.
3. I was asked to be a graveyard judge once. Said no. Vaguely regret it now.
4. I studied Greek at school. My mother had done it a couple of years before me, so I could cheat and copy her homework. My vicious trout of a Greek teacher said that I'd fail my 'O' Level. I got an A. Yah Boo to her.
5. ah, there was a five, and then the phone went, a person from Porlock, and I forgot it
and so then ... I ran out of steam.

So, Blossom, forgive me for having nothing of interest left in the pot.

29 comments:

Exmoorjane said...

Oh mwah mwah darling.....I have a paucity of awards (and do so feel the lack - the unlovedness if that is a word)...so thank you darlink, I'll snaffle one - which do you reckon? Not sure I can award myself wit or telling a good tale or chatting well - so maybe the I gave myself this award would do the trick - or indeed, simply mwah.
Soooooo glad I got you blogging - at least my life is worth something!

Elizabethd said...

Well, I think your two random things are worth at least seven, esp. the criminal!
Your awards are well deserved!

Blossomcottage said...

I agree with elizabethd, you have done more than enough. thank you for joining in.
Blossom

Eve said...

Hi, Thanks for mentioning me. It is my theory that #4 has been offered up to the planet for comparative purposes. We kept having more children trying to get a good one and then we realised what we'd done and stopped.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Jolly nice of you for the mention! Spiffing old girl and thank you.

nuttycow said...

http://reluctantmemsahib.wordpress.com/ - that might work.

and I'll try not to be upset that you didn't mention me. Is it because I scoffed at your choice of wine and haven't sent you your "thank you for guest blogging" present yet?

Edward said...

Dear one, you're far too kind and obviously biased.

nuttycow said...

*mollified*

Fennie said...

I've just arrived here needing to be cheered up by some light and waspish reading for a minute or two, though I don't know why I bother to read anything new: I am still giggling over the meat and blackberry pie, of a couple of blogs ago, which, though and very sadly, my printer won't print in full - that is including the handwritten pie recipe, without which the pie becomes all pastry and no filling, if you see what I mean.

Congrats on the awards. The first generous person to offer me one (I think it was UPL) I turned down, not really understanding what such awards were supposed to be and having embarked on the turning down road it became very hard to do a U turn.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

I am reeling. First at your very kind words, but second at the thought of said criminal putting his tongue down your throat - fishing for the hole in your heart through which he would ingratiate himself perhaps?

Ernest de Cugnac said...

Hmmm, now that I've had a chance to reflect and sweep aside my more damaged neurons, I think that should be "insinuate".

ChrisH said...

Come on - full story please, you tease. In fact, let's have an autobiography.

KittyB said...

Oh, darling, all the awards. They confuse me and the putting up of little pictures even more so. Too dim. But well done you, good for you, etc. Now, about that crim...

KAREN said...

Thanks Milla - if I had half your (and Rottie's) talent I'd be a happy woman indeed!

I'm trying to imagine under what circumstances you'd end up gardening for a criminal. Shame he wasn't the dashing sort, with steely blue eyes and a large, um, weapon.

Maggie May said...

I thought that was very interesting! The oily criminal with the tongue made me flinch a bit! Grave yard judge..... strange! Pity about four........... was just getting into it!

Mean Mom said...

A surfeit of awards! Well deserved, of course!

OK, the bit about the criminal made me reach for a bucket. It's just too descriptive!

http://reluctantmemsahib.wordpress.com said...

thank you country lite; you are too kind. i am the most gauche and awkward person i know so your words were especially heartening.

Pipany said...

Oh Milla, now I have guilt as I keep forgetting to acknowledge when I am given awards too. Grr, will have to DO something now! Of course the dusting takes one so long that there is scarcely time for blogging! xx

Faith said...

Revolting criminal but we've all met guys like him - the graveyard judge thing interests me. Why are graveyards judged anyway? Why were you considered to be suitable to be a judge? You could write a blog on that if you lack ideas.

Mud in the City said...

Thanks Milla - You've just introduced me to more ways to avoid work....!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Ah Milla only you could work for a criminal . . . the employer that tried to molest me was an art shop owner with horrid slack wet lips - no champagne - I had to make the coffee . . . and his wife was a real dragon. I worked in the art shop on Saturday until I got fed up with slack lips 'squeezing' past me behind the counter . . .

blogthatmama said...

Well done Milla. What crime had the fat oily one committed and had he done bird for it? I'm very curious.

DJ Kirkby said...

Could of sworn I'd left a comment on here already. Great post, some of your facts made me cringe a bit but I sitll laughed...you are so funny.

Casdok said...

Yes i cringed too!
Congrats on the awards!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

The Graveyard...funny...graveyards or the mention of them always remind me of Magwitch from Great Expectations! There are some fantastic graveyards around and about. I always get carried away imagining the lives and stories contained therein...ah well...maybe after you've blogged about it...you'll get asked to judge again!

Sally's Chateau said...

Now sitting here massively guilty of not responding to being tagged, I thought I'd mentioned 7 random things months ago ....they must have been random I can't remember them.

LittleBrownDog said...

Ooh - new blogs to read! Shall go off and do so immediately, if not sooner.

(By the way - what did the person from Porlock want? You can't leave us dangling like this...)

xx

CAMILLA said...

Congratulations on the Awards Milla, must say they are very well deserved. As for that criminal....yukety yuk.!!

xxx

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