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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.