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To be absolutely honest, I’m not really a fan of awards of any type. To see rock stars, sports stars or film stars slapping themselves on the back while spurting crocodile tears has me yelling for the sick bucket normally, but I’m making an exception here, partly because I doubt whether there’s going to be a globally televised ceremony, where I will be expected to give a speech thanking all my dear old friends for back-stabbing me at every opportunity over all the years, and partly because Barry O’Leary put me down as his tenth most versatile blog. I’ve never been tenth in anything before except competitions and races with only ten people in them. Still, obviously I’m not nearly so versatile as I thought I was.
So let me first hand a warm hand of thanks to Barry for submitting me to this ordeal. Don’t you worry, Barry, I’ll get my own back one day. Just be a bit more careful when walking down deserted streets late at night.
Barry’s blog A Novel Spain – Spain through the eyes of a novelist gives many British ex-pats a look at the country they have adopted – and has adopted them – through the eyes of someone who has married into a Spanish family, and is worth reading just for that. I don’t envy him living in Seville, not because I don’t like the city, it’s a must, as far as visiting goes. But I put it in the Turkish bath category of cities, nice to visit for a couple of hours, but I couldn’t stand working in one because of the heat. Barry’s blog is very honest and to the point.
I live with a German in Conil de la Frontera, which is not quite the same as marrying into a Spanish family and experiencing all the fiestas and customs first hand.
Neither Angelica’s or my family are on our doorstep, so our experiences of Spain are very different, even though most of our friends and acquaintances here are Spanish.
Angelica wouldn’t ever speak to me again if I didn’t put her at the top of my list. And that was a great temptation, I have to admit, but in the end, I had to include her for her wonderful protraits, and to keep the peace. But her versatile side comes through her drawing blog, not her portrait site, which is here.
Well, that’s that done. I’m sorry to say, having come to the end, I don’t really have time for this, and am not interested in getting an award. I hope I haven’t pushed other people in to doing things they don’t want to. But if by any chance you do want to take part you have to post a list of fifteen other blogs you think are versatile. I really think the word versatile inappropriate as it asks far too much. Most of the blogs I’ve recommended, though I enjoy, do not fit into that category. I sort of feel as though I’ve been dragged into some sort of mutual appreciation society. So I will not be taking part in any future award schemes. Oh, it’s not quite done, now I have to write seven lies about myself, which all other nominees have to do. It’s almost like being nominated to face a firing squad.
Sorry, Barry, I couldn’t resist it. Nevertheless, I wish you the best of luck, mate. Oh my God! It’s only now I see that one of the people I nominated for the award is the same Sandra Danby who set it up. Thanks a lot, Sandra, I didn’t know it was you. Anyway, I hope you win. Here’s where Sandra hides: Notes on a Spanish Valley. Just joking, honest, but not about the you winning bit.
Une fois. Encore.
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