It really made my month when I saw that not only did I get my first ever reblog, but I have also been nominated for the Sunshine Award! It’s a chain that is used to promote blogs that are creative, positive and inspirational.
Shannon from Littleseabear very kindly nominated me. *feels all fuzzy*
The rules are as follows:
- List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award badge in your post.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 10 questions that the person who nominated you asked you.
- Nominate up to 12 other bloggers who you think should receive the award and ask them 10 new questions.
I was asked the following questions:
- What is the most inspiring thing you have seen or heard? Why and what was the effect of this?
Oooh, this is a hard one. I don’t know if ‘inspiring’ is the right word, but it’s something that made a deep impression on me and something that has stuck with me ever since.
I think what has stuck with me is the book Hiroshima, by John Hersey. It’s a great testament to human wickedness, but also to human survival. You can read it for free here through the New Yorker, where it was first published as a series of articles. One of the best pieces of investigative journalism of all time, in my view.
- What are you passionate about and why?
Food waste. The amount of food we throw away is disgusting and mind-boggling. We have the resources and space to grow enough food to feed everyone, but it’s just how it is distributed so unevenly that’s causing people to go hungry.
Disability rights. Being on the receiving end together with Husband regarding how disabled people are treated has made me keenly aware of how the most vulnerable people in our society are treated. It needs to change.
- Which fictional character has stuck with you the most and why. It doesn’t matter if the character is from a book, a comic or a film.
There are many characters which have stuck with me as I am an avid reader, but one quote which has really resonated with me recently is a comment made by a character called Krobus in a game called Stardew Valley. He is not human, and explains that he keeps himself hidden because ‘Humans destroy what they don’t understand.’ Given how we as a species behave most of the time, I can really identify and agree with this.
- What is the one thing you hope you do in your lifetime?
I’d like to see more of the United Kingdom. I have studied here, lived and worked here since 2006, but not seen that much of it from a tourist’s point of view. I am going to see Stonehenge in October so looking forward to that. It’s a start!
- Who is your favourite author and why?
Oh gosh, too many to say! I like so many, for different reasons!I will choose
34.The first I choose is C. S. Lewis. I read the Narnia books as a child and enjoyed immersing myself in the fantasy world of Narnia. I also listened to the audio books until they were worn out. Joint first place with Roald Dahl. His adventures were amazing and yet sensitive at the same time.
The second author I’ll choose is Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series. I read these as a teenager and young adult. For someone who did not have English as their first language, reading the Redwall series was an enlightening experience and it taught me a lot of very English phrases and words I wouldn’t have ever known if I hadn’t read his books. I also thoroughly enjoyed his books because of the songs and poems in them.
The final author I choose is S. D. Perry. She wrote the novelization of the Resident Evil franchise, one of my favorite game series of all time, and she stayed very faithful to the games. I have read those books, quite literally, to pieces.
- What was the last book you read. List the genre, author and your thoughts on the book.
The last book which I have just finished is a novel, by H. G. Wells, called In the Days of the Comet.
I had only heard of War of the Worlds (also read this summer) and The Time Machine, but I had not realised what a prolific writer he was!
At the time In the Days of the Comet was published it caused a scandal as it advocates for free love and for women to be able to love freely without the confines of having to be ‘respectable’ (read: married) all the time. It also comments on the fact that men seem to do whatever they want while women are expected to live their whole lives within the confines of what society deems acceptable.
I enjoyed reading it, as H. G. Wells has a lot of ideas that were very ahead of their time.
- What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
Again, only one?
There are many pet peeves. But I must say the one I have thought about a lot more recently, especially having worked in further education, is how people seem more aggressive and challenging these days, in terms of behaviour.
It’s not endearing or flattering, and doesn’t make you look better than others. It’s intimidating and makes you look stupid.
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up compared to now?
Again, ALL the things! Like many children, I aspired to be a paleontologist. Especially after watching Jurassic Park.
- What is something that you’ve never done but would like to try?
I would like to be able to bake something successfully.
Several rock hard scones and flat Victoria sponge cakes lie strewn along the path of my culinary life. Can’t seem to get baked goods to rise, ever. Even when following the recipe. So for now I stay with things that don’t have to. Like crumble.
- If you could try out any job for one week, what job would you choose to try?
Hmmm. I am very fond of animals, maybe working at a vet’s office or at a rescue?
I would like to nominate the following blogs:
My questions to you are, should you choose to accept them:
How’s your week been? (Genuinely)
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
If you won a life-changing amount of money, what would you do with it?
Best and worst thing about where you live?
Do you like cooking? If yes, do you have a signature dish?
If you had the chance to go back in time and change something in your life, would you? If not, why not?
Do you have any phobias?
What are your aspirations for the future?
Cats or dogs?
If you could learn a new skill or to learn how to do something, what would it be?
Over to you now ^_^