Back in July, I was nominated for THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD by our wonderful Kristian, the creator of , as you can see from his post below:
- Use the sunshine blogger award logo
- Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you – THANK YOU KRISTIAN
- Answer the 11 questions given to you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
Question From Kristian
What is your theory on the point of existence?
Hmm. Why do a couple who are in love decide to have a baby and start a family? Why does someone decide to share the gift of life? I guess some may have their own reasons, but surely a father who wants to start a family is thinking of how wonderful life is and how much he wants to share of all it’s wonder with his child. How much beauty and delight there is. Surely he wants his child to enjoy being alive and to love our beautiful home planet.
If you have been blessed to have been immersed in an upbringing marked by unselfish love and happiness, and are used to thriving and feeling satisfied and purposeful and secure, the point of existence is not a troubling question. Life should be many many shades of wonderful. It is a beautiful gift. We have been given the perfect home. There is a huge array of satisfying purpose and exciting adventure available. There is endless opportunity to grow inside and develop beautiful qualities. There are beautiful people to forge friendships with and share all the pleasures of life with. That’s what we and our planet were designed for.
I am very well aware that many are deprived of what they should have – an upbringing within a safe and secure family life. It hurts to think how many may feel alone and lost and abandoned and let down. Too many are used and abused and robbed of their dignity and of their ability to enjoy life. It just breaks my heart.
But I look forward with eager expectation to major changes so that humans, animals and our planet cannot be devastated – healing on a major scale. Frankly, I feel there are a lot of aspects of the way the world operates today that are not just unacceptable, they are monstrously, grossly inadequate. I saw a news report the other day about “the mental health crises” in primary schools, with an alarming number of young children feeling depressed and despairing.
For many today – life is just an existence. That has to change. Life will be exquisite and enthralling for everyone breathing. That is what the Giver had in mind – and I am sure he cares diddlysquat for those who have developed a system that crushes people’s sense of hope and enjoyment of the real life He had in mind for us.
But in the future life will be extremely satisfying and rewarding – full or purpose, interesting work, accomplishment, adventure and lots of fun! And that is for everyone – not just those who happened to be born within certain post codes and to have attended private schools.
Do you have a favourite film? What is it?
I have a few favourites, but to be fair, the one that has always held the top spot throughout my life is “The Sound Of Music”.
If you could travel to any place, where would you go?
Adelaide, Australia – I want to be with Goldfinch always. It was very hard to get on a plane and come back to London. I love him. Enough said.
I have found it really tough since I came back to England. But I am just concentrating on saving money again so I can go back to visit him…maybe in a year’s time. Unless something has changed. Maybe he will have a partner or wife by then. Maybe he will not want me visiting again.
If you could do any job what would it be?
Besides being a live-in housekeeper with my principle being Goldfinch? I really working on construction sites.
But I would like to learn more about gardening and caring for crops. I have earned money as a gardener, but it’s the labour I am being paid for. I have very little knowledge. But I mow lawns, weed flower beds, trim bushes and hoe edges.
My dream would be to research marine creatures, especially whales. But at the moment, gardening is more accessible.
What character trait do you find unattractive?
Arrogance / belligerence / haughtiness / selfish pride – there are many traits that I have a lot of empathy with because we are all imperfect, we all have weaknesses, we all make mistakes. It’s important to have a reasonable amount of self-esteem, but when somebody shows a disgusting self-pride…I want to run a mile from them!
When reading fiction, do you prefer reality or fantasy?
I think reality. Yes, very much so.
Even as a child I was more drawn to stories that felt real, and were not set in a mystical fantasy land with imaginary creatures. I read an enormous amount as a child, a lot of which was not fiction at all. I loved reading encyclopedias. But when it came to fiction, I think I mostly opted for Enid Blyton’s “The Famous Five”, “The Secret Seven”, “Mallory Towers” etc
What would you like to see on tomorrow mornings newspaper headlines?
All weapons have vanished. No guns, knives, nuclear weapons, military forces can be found. They have all disappeared into thin air without a trace.
In addition, disease and old age have ended, people have woken up without aches and pains and without any wrinkles.
The air is clean, waterways are pure, all evidence of pollution has faded. The whole planet and it’s creatures are thriving.
An announcement has been made that now that all the corrupt and unjust elements of the world have disappeared, it is time for the event we have been longing for since Adam condemned the human race: tomorrow morning, the Resurrection will commence. You will be contacted with the date that your loved ones will be raised to life and invited to one of the newly constructed centres to welcome back and orientate your loved ones, and help to settle them into this wonderful world, where wickedness is a distant memory and we cannot remember the pain of the past.
What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?
- Always listen to your Mum and Dad, they are two of the wisest and loveliest people on the planet
- Do not try to cut your own hair
- School will end eventually – you are just going to have to endure it
- You should not spend all your pocket money on sweets
- Ask your parents if there is anything you can do besides your usual chores to help out around the house
What song always makes you smile?
Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl
What television programme would you love to see back on the airwaves?
I am not particularly fussed about television…but I don’t think I would ever tire of seeing more and more episodes of the BBC’s The Blue Planet. As far as I concerned it should just keep on running all year round. The more we learn about and love our gorgeous planet and it’s creatures, the better. We should be doing a better job of caring for it.
I am fascinated by the ocean and would love to see more and more and more footage of it’s inhabitants – especially blue whales.
Have you ever played a practical joke on someone?
Perhaps. I am a very caring person, so I would be very reluctant to risk harming or upsetting anyone. But I think I was probably involved in some tame practical jokes years ago. They would not have been my idea because I don’t have those ideas, but I probably did the deed.
I remember the fun we had as eleven year olds on a school trip to Conway Castle near Colwyn Bay in North Wales with a whoopee cushion.
The only thing I can remember right now is making a drink for a woman who came to visit my mum (she was up to no good I sensed – the woman, not my mum). I was very young, around four or five. That woman was saying nasty things about people. My mum is exquisitely lovely and mild and there was no nastiness about other people in our house. I knew there was something not nice about that woman. I could hear bad words and a meanness in her tone. I put milk, orange juice, tomato ketchup, butter, mouldy cheese I had found in my toy kitchen set, sugar, salt and mixed it all together and gave her the cup to drink. Mum was surprised when I remembered that visit many years later, and she explained who that woman was and why she was complaining about people.
Questions For My Nominees
- What do you do when the sunshine is out?
- Did you or do you still have a favourite cartoon character?
- So do you have a crush on someone right now?
- What did you do over the weekend (or your days off work)?
- What was the biggest surprise you ever experienced?
- What will you be eating for dinner tonight?
- What makes you frightened or anxious?
- What’s the last event you dressed up for?
- When you gaze up at the stars, what kind of thoughts run through your mind?
- What kind of music do you listen to?
- Do you find that blogging sometimes distracts from things you ought to be doing – housework, exercise etc? Or do you have a lot of discipline and self-control when it comes to time?