I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!

I mean it’s not really an award as such, more like a chain of lovely people promoting other lovely people.  There is no prize other than the fact that someone thought enough of you to want to try and get you to join in.  And that is what makes it so awesome!

So I am massively late in joining in, but I needed a little bit of Sunshine today.

“The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.”

My nominations are:

Thanks very much to Sahara over at the Formidable Endeavour Blog

1. What is you favorite book and why? Did it influence the way you live your life?

I love the Dune series by Frank Herbert.  It is a series of books that I can read each time and gain a deeper understanding.  I love what Frank Herbert has to say about humanity, and consciousness as well, and although I don’t think it has influenced my life overtly, it certainly has prompted me to think more deeply.

2. How have you improved with age?

I think I have become more aware of myself.  I also like to think that I have gotten better at being kind to other too.  Other than that on most days I feel like I did at 10, confused, distracted by bright colours, and kind of wishing dungarees were appropriate for more occasions.

3. If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing, what would it be?

Reign it in.  Just because you are feeling insecure, doesn’t mean that you need to take it out on others in order to keep them at arms length.  Also life gets better the more comfortable you are with being vulnerable, and so do your friends.

Also don’t stress so much about your grades, try and have a little bit more fun.  No one is going to be impressed by you GCSE and A level scores.  Literally no one, and it won’t even take that long for them to become insignificant.

4. Can you define ‘love’?

What is love?  Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, at any point in history, where and when would you choose to live?

America in the 1930’s.  While it was a difficult time across the western world in general it was a particularly turbulent time in America with the Great Depression.  It shattered what it meant to be an American and left behind a generation of people who would reach maturity of thought in the 50’s and 60’s who would go on to question and shake up the identity of the America.  I often wonder if it was the extreme stresses of the 1930’s which lead to the irreverence needed to allow for a blossoming of human nature in the youth focus 50’s and open hearted 60’s.  I feel like the 1930’s defined generations to come, particularly when looking at the art and literature that was produced by people who were born during this period.

6. If you could sit down to dinner with anyone in the world (famous or not-so-famous), who would you choose?

I would really like to have dinner with Lee Mack.  I feel like he could hold his drink and would be thoroughly entertaining dinner guest.

7. What is your favourite food and/or wine?

My favourite wine is white, and my favourite food is nice and spice nic nacs.  you know, the ones in the orange packets?  Man they are so good.

8. How long do you really think Donald Trump is gunna last as president of the U.S.A?

Well that’s hard to say, although I have heard the word watergate be thrown around by someone who was once his doctor, so who knows.  I think however long he lasts, it doesn’t really matter because the damage has been done.

9. Are you are feminist- why or why not?

Yes, in so much as I am also a socialist and a pacifist and a humanist.  I think that all equality is the result of a misuse of power.  Often this is by men, but more often then not, it is the systems we all exist in which facilitate abusive expressions of power.

10. Do you feel optimistic about the future of the planet?

The planet is the planet, it will continue to exist no matter what we do.  Life will also prevail, because it has done for centuries.  However humans may be the first creatures to negatively impact their environment to such an extent that they are no longer able to inhabit it.  If that happens, then quite frankly we deserve what’s coming because we saw it coming and didn’t act.

11. Would you rather be trapped on a remote tropical island with an unlimited supply of books and C.D’s or an unlimited supply of yummy food? (The island does have bananas, coconuts, fresh water and the possibility of catching fish. You might also enjoy eating the kelp.)

I think I would prefer the food.  I get super hangry when not satisfied and if I am hungry no amount of books or CD’s are going to be enough to keep me entertained.

The rules are important!
1. You have to use the Sunshine Blogger Award logo and the rules in your acceptance post.
2. You also have to post a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
3. And… you have answer 11 very important questions and then…
4. Nominate a few others for this award, and give them 11 questions to answer.

Questions for the Award Nominees..

1. First things first, how are you feeling?

2. What does your inner child tell you?

3. What never fails to move you to tears?

4. That’s enough tears, now tell me what is your favourite joke?

5. Who is your role model and why?

6. If you could live inside a book for a year, what book would you choose?

7. What is the one thing you would grab from your house in a fire?

8. Who would you say is your political hero?

9. In this crazy, mixed up world, what keeps you sane?

10. Would you rather know how you are going to die, or know when you are going to die?

11. Have you ever been surprised or amazed by an animal?  If so what was it?


Have fun!