The Liebster Award

liebsterI’ve been extremely lucky! First Memoirs of a Metro Girl kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you, Metro Girl! Then Opalla on Trails nominated me as well, so a big thank you to her as well.

Then Lily King Taylor of King Lilith gave me another nomination! Thank you so much, Lily.

Then Lisa of Cocktails and Country Tails nominated me too. Thanks Lisa!

My latest nomination is from Sophie of Sophie’s Japan Blog. Thanks, Sophie!

I have to post eleven facts about myself and answer the questions put by each of the nominators and then nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and ask them eleven questions.

Eleven Facts about me

1. The place I’ve visited that I’d most like to go back to is Singapore. 2. I have a short Achilles tendon which is a real drawback for a dancer. Oh, and hardly any turnout. Good thing it’s not my career. 3. I love Wagner’s operas – I’ve been to his opera house on a hill in Bayreuth twice to hear them. (Nowadays it’s so popular you can’t get tickets). 4. Despite my deep respect for the Tchaikovsky/Petipa big three, my favourite ballet is Balanchine’s Jewels. 5. I eat an apple a day. 6. I once ate live fish (in Japan). They were quite small and swimming about in water so I drank them rather than ate them. 7. I can’t abide beetroot, ever since I had a horrific experience with it at primary school. 8. I’d like to turn Alexandra Palace into the biggest dance centre in the world. 9. I’m very tidy. 10. I have an M.Phil in Philosophy. 11. I have a robot vacuum cleaner.

Eleven questions from metro girl and my answers

1. What’s your favourite (non-blog) website? Royal Opera House
2. Given the choice, what holiday would you prefer – city break, beach break or adventure holiday? City Break
3. Is there any world city you found disappointing or underwhelming when you visited it? Brasilia
4. What’s your favourite book? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5. What epitaph would you have written on your gravestone? No gravestone, no epitaph
6. What is your favourite dessert? Fruit
7. What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show or film? Escape to the Country
8. If you could time travel to any decade in the 20th century, what would it be? 1950’s
9. If any Hollywood star, dead or alive, could play you in a movie of your life, who would it be? Ginger Rogers
10. First record/cassette/CD/download single you ever bought [depending on your age ]? Please Please Me – The Beatles
11. Favourite colour? Green

Seven questions from Opalla and my answers

1. If you were to invite five celebrities to your home for dinner, who would they be? Fred Astaire, Anthony Dowell, Agatha Christie, Yo Yo Ma, Mary Seacole
2. What would you serve them for dinner? Poached salmon, salad, new potatoes
3. If you had to travel to an isolated location far from civilization to live for three months without the support of the internet, name three books that you would bring with you to read. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Eustace Diamonds – Anthony Trollope, What Ho Jeeves – P.G Wodehouse
4. You would be allowed to bring three musical compositions to listen to in #3, what would they be? Bluebeard’s Castle – Bartok, Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky, Die Meistersingers – Wagner
5. You are writing your memoir. Show us the first paragraph of your first chapter It’s too soon to write my memoirs
6. Do you have a favourite computer game? No
7. What do you use to take pictures for your blog? An iPhone

Eight questions from King Lilith and my answers

1. Why did you start blogging? To give myself something interesting to do
2. How do you keep your content original and interesting? I work hard at it!
3. What/who inspires you? Twitter friends and fellow bloggers
4. Would you still blog if you knew nobody was going to read it? Tough one, but actually I think the answer is no – I blog to communicate.
5. Blogging – the future or a fad? Both
6. What are the best things about your blog? (Go on, let’s have some shameless self promotion!) It’s very visual. It’s varied – the basic idea of London/Japan gives me lots of scope to cover a wide range of topics. And you can go and do and see the things I blog about if you want (assuming you’re in London).
7. Have you learned anything from blogging? If so, what? Social media is social – you can’t blog in isolation, you’ve got to interact with other bloggers too.
7. If you were going to be an animal, what sort of animal would you be and why? I’d be a water vole and live on the riverbank.

ten questions from lisa and my answers

1. What are your five favourite novels? Rivers of London, The Secret Garden, The Eustace Diamonds, Botchan, Right Ho Jeeves.
2. What’s the best lie/ tall tale your parents ever told you as a child? I don’t remember them lying.
3. What one object would you save from your house in a fire? (Assume anything alive is already saved) Laptop of course!
4.  Do you remember the first ever fancy-dress party you went to? What did you go as and why? Aladdin – Mum repurposed my sister’s costume from the year before
5. What would plan B have been, career-wise? Web designer
6. What one garment or item of clothing that you own could you not live without? A thick pair of boots
7. What’s the best mistake you’ve ever made? Getting married
8.Do you have any phobias, and what do you think caused them? No phobias
9.What is your most common typo? (Mine is Englihs . Yes, I know. ‘I am an Englihs teacher’. Sigh.) Though and through
10. Why did you first start your blog, and is it the same thing that keeps you writing it now? To be social – and yes.

Eleven questions from sophie and my answers

1.Why did you take up blogging? To be social
2.Do you have a set number of posts per week or month that you aim for? I post twice a week
3.Where do you get your inspiration to write? From going out and doing interesting things
4.What would your top tip be to anyone thinking about starting up a blog? Use your own name for the blog title
5.Have you ever/would you ever consider having other writers or guest posts on your blog? No, I write it all myself
6.Does your work or study match your blogging topics? Yes – I write murder mysteries set in Japan
7.What gaming devices do you own? None
8.What is your favourite game of all time? Grandmother’s footsteps
9.Do you have a partner and is he/she into gaming? Yes, but he’s not into gaming
10.If you had to cosplay, what character would you pick? Totoro
11.What is your all time favourite type of cake? I don’t eat cake

And my nominees are:

All Wrongs Reversed
Cycling with Heels
Glad all Over
How to in London
London-ID Me
Paris Nippon
Past in the Present
Time Spent Watching
The Londonite

Dear Nominees

Congratulations! The Liebster Award is a fun way to recognise and promote new up and coming blogs of a good standard with less than 200 followers (on WordPress).

To accept your award you should thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog. Then post eleven facts about yourself, answer the eleven questions below, nominate eleven bloggers for the award and ask them eleven questions of your own.

Then you can display the Liebster Award logo (that’s it at the top of the page) on your website.



Eleven questions for my nominees

1. What’s your favourite city?
2. Where did you last go on holiday?
3. Where would you like to go on holiday next?
4. What do you have for breakfast?
5. What was the last film you saw?
6. What is your favourite fruit?
7. What is your best feature?
8. If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you’d buy?
9. If you could meet any historical figure you liked, who would it be?
10. What childhood toy do you still keep?
11. What time do you go to bed?

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