Versatile? Me?

AwardsMy Sunday morning got off to a good start with the presentation of the Highly Esteemed Versatile Blogger Award. So I must be doing SOMETHING right! Thanks and much appreciation to Sean over at Censorship In America for his excellent choice of reading material. His site is dedicated to promoting intellectual freedom without censorship in any form and is definitely worth a read.

So, according to the rules, to accept this award, I must mention Sean (done), pass this award on to 15 other bloggers (don’t think so…there’s paying it forward and there’s taking the p***) and list 7 things about myself….hmmmm (drums fingers on table and stares vacantly into space….)

Right, blogs I follow:

Khadija Teri – writes about life in Libya. This satisfies my desire for information about how life is since we were last connected with Libya back in 2009. Yallah Lions of Libya!
Libyan Street Art – if anyone has any doubt about the repression suffered by the Libyan people, they need only see the explosion of feeling manifested in the street art of Tripoli to understand what freedom means to those in Libya.
CheetahsInMyShoes – is a blog written by a spectacularly versatile person who has to juggle life, work and motherhood with the added strain of coping with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
The Unexpected Traveller – always elicits a smile with his quirky observations of everyday stuff in Belgium, Malta and the UK. His tag-line, Odd People Are Everywhere, has become my mantra.
Writerhead –  an inspirational site that explores and encourages that state of creativity where words just flow from your fingertips like unswitch-off-able, magical powers
Not From Around Here  – a blog about being a stranger in a strange land, only in this case it’s an American in London. This blog delivers on two levels, giving me my “London” hit and a mirror on my situation (both a reflection and a reversal).
Culturally Discombobulated – a “Brit in the US” blog that gives a real flavour of what it feels like to be Sting an Englishman in New York.
Culture Happens – for expats living and working abroad who have a strong desire to connect with their local community rather than remaining “cultural outsiders”. Explains how culture is the lens through which we evaluate and experience our environment, and how changing our perception of what is “normal” can open up a whole new world.
Kathryn Allison – She makes me laugh, I like her style, it’s like having an irreverent chat with a girlfriend. Plus I am hooked on Libby’s Life! (I seem to have had a vacuüm left by a lack of Eastenders and Libby’s Life has slotted in there quite nicely)
This last one is special because although he probably has no need of a mention from my small fry blog, he was part of the catalyst that started me writing and has been a source of information and encouragement ever since. Can we get a “Whoot Whoot!” for Russell at In Search Of A Life Less Ordinary. And, just between you and me, if you check out NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches from Russell’s site, you’ll find entertaining and informative missives from three other great bloggers, Linda, Erica and Maria.Versatile Blogger Award

Jeez! No wonder I don’t get anything done…that list was longer than I realised. I’m starting to see a screaming need for some self-discipline, it’s not good enough just to say “It’s research” and make another cup of tea…

So, 7 things about me…

  1. I wanted to be a cow-boy when I grew up.
  2. I was once homeless.
  3. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 28 (I was waiting for horses to make a comeback as the most popular form of personal transport)
  4. Considering the above, I acclimatised to cars quickly and was once caught speeding in a Mercedes-AMG.
  5. I then went on to speed in the Speed Awareness course I was sent on as a result of no. 4.
  6. I was diagnosed with depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s been a hard slog but I have learnt to deal with things better. CBT and therapy were a big help, but my husband was the greatest.
  7. You might be familiar with the phrase “Bob’s yer uncle”. Well, Bob IS my uncle.


  1. Wa-Hey, I’m mentioned in the blog too! Seriously, I’m chuffed that I’ve given you a mantra. Be sure to use it wisely.

    • Haha! I do…I say it three times under my breath when an odd person approaches and it seems to ward them off! Quite possibly because I then look marginally odd-er than them, on the Odd People Spectrum!

  2. LOL My niece started calling my hubby Bob. She had/has no clue LOL. You are very interesting by the way.


    • Haha! Thankyou Cat! Interesting is not the word believe me! But thanks for the compliment. And here’s to Uncle Bob’s everywhere 😉

  3. Thank you so much! I’m so chuffed that you found my site and liked it – it’s very much overshadowed by Displaced Nation now, but nonetheless, it’s where Libby started Life.

    From now on I will be visualising Oliver as Dirty Den. (Look, it’s a long time since I watched EastEnders!)

    • Hmmm, not sure about the Dirty Den visual, but I suppose it’s better than Nick Cotton!

      • He was the only other male character I could think of, yes!

  4. Aisha! Thanks for including my blog in your list! And I am very honored by your comment on my recent post about FAMILY. Thanks so much! -Ron

  5. Thanks! Will work on this as soon as I can. Internet connection is sooo slow here at the moment. And I am busy celebrating!

    • I am so happy for Libya. Congratulations, and here’s to a bright future! You must feel like anything is possible right now :-)

  6. My young Jedi warrior, I am lost for words. The force is most definitely with this one. I can hear the ‘whoot whoots’ from all the way over here! You are very welcome with regard to any small morsel of support I have given you and I do love watching the development of your blog, which is NO SMALL FRY blog. I have big plans for you, Luke, so continue your training and one day we shall meet and truly test your powers. Until then, keep doing what you’re doing because it is ALL GOOD. And, by the way, CBT rocks 😉

    • Hahaha! Thank you Obi Wan! I am grinning from ear to ear!….Speechless! 😮

  7. Great list, lots of fun, quirky, talented bloggers. Can you hear the whoot whooting for Russell over here in The Netherlands? Many thanks for including NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches on such an auspicious list!

  8. I finally posted the versatile blogger award on my blog – internet is still very slow in my neck of the woods. :)

    • I had a look at your post, lots of Libyan blogs to explore! 😉



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