One of the nicest, and certainly quirkiest, bloggers I know, Jennifer Windram, has nominated me for the Sunshine Award, which is particularly pleasing, because the rain is battering my window at the moment. Thanks, Jennifer.
To accept the award I must list 10 things about myself and then nominate other bloggers for the award.
10 things? Really?
I went to Vienna once, just because I’d seen The Third Man, and on the way home I shared a train compartment with a coffee filter paper salesman who taught me how to sing The Chattanooga Choo Choo in Hungarian. I can still sing the first verse. I just tried.
My ambition is to write a radio play for BBC Radio 4. There, I’ve written it down now, so I’ll have to attempt it.
Two years ago my kids learnt how to sail, so I went along too, and I’ve got my RYA certificate, but I wouldn’t put me in charge of a boat where I had to change direction in a hurry.
I took redundancy in 2008 and I decided that, at last, I ought to get a college education. I signed up with the Open University and did course after course in a slightly mad, obsessive, no let-up way, and in a couple of weeks I go to Birmingham Symphony hall to collect my degree. I got a first in literature, and I still can’t believe I did it.
I also got a teaching certificate and now teach an evening class in creative writing, which I absolutely love. My students write the most amazing stuff. It really inspires me.
There was a point in my life when I couldn’t imagine doing anything but work on a newspaper. But if I were to do a pie chart of my life, journalism would only be a very small sliver. I think I just let life get in the way of pure ambition, and I’m glad I did.
And some really trivial things: I have a basket full of odd socks, in the hope that their partners will come back one day.
There are some books that I like to read over and over again, even when I know whole passages nearly off by heart.
I like making tea in a teapot.
And now I’d like an Oscar moment when I thank my family, without whom (from the sounds in the kitchen) I would probably be stacking the dishwasher and making tea instead of writing this.
Now I have to nominate up to ten fellow bloggers, “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. (If I’ve mentioned you, you now have to do the same with the 10 things and the nominations, and link back to me) So here goes:
8) linda vernon
10) Jane Risdon