No 61 – Misc – The Liebster Award

NOTE: This post is a departure from the language theme running through my blog


The Liebster Award

 I am delighted and honoured to have been nominated for the Liebster award by the talented Sean at Sean had himself been nominated by Fourth Generation Farm Girl. The nomination came as a wonderful surprise, and I accept it with gratitude.

Although I have been blogging for a relatively short period, I have already established a rapport with some lovely people. I would now like to draw others’ attention to some blogs which I have found engaging by nominating them for the Liebster Award; those blogs are listed below.

My nominees for the Liebster Award


 What of was thought

 Jennie’s Journals

 Proofreading London

 Hablando Sola/ Talking to Myself

 Dark Office Humour

What the nominees have to do if they accept the Liebster Award

The main rules associated with the Liebster Award are as follows:

1: Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated;

2: Copy the Liebster logo and paste it onto your own blog;

3: Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their respective blogs;

4: In your blog post about the Liebster Award:

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you

  • Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you

  • List 11 random facts about yourself

  • Nominate, and link to, three–11 other blogs which you enjoy and which have fewer than 3,000 followers

  • List 11 questions for your nominees.

Below are the answers to the 11 questions I was asked

1. Why did you start to blog?

To share with others both my all-consuming passion for the English language and my exasperation whenever I see it mugged. And, of course, to reach out to other bloggers – whether they share my passion or not. Sincere thanks to all who have taken the time to visit my blog!

2. What is your earliest memory?

Clutching a large (well, most things seemed large to me then) live fish, dripping wet, at the fishmonger’s. In Poland in those days, shops would take delivery of live fish, and one of the delivery guys thrust this slippery specimen at me – probably for fun. I can’t remember my Mum’s reaction, but we can safely guess what it was.

3. Who has been your greatest influence?

My fabulous Mum – with her great love of English, which I have inherited from her. My posthumous tribute to her has been translating, editing and publishing her war-time memoir, Between Black Death and Red Plague.

4. What is your favourite film?

Some Like it Hot

5. Which phrase do you most overuse?

‘Millions of thanks’

6. What makes you happy?

People close to me, mountains, English, reading, writing and, generally, being alive

7. What disturbs you?

Hatred, violence and conflict

8. Who would you most like to come to dinner?

Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series – provided he doesn’t mind eating ready-made meals (I have no interest in cooking and simply steam everything)

9. What is your favourite book?

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Professors Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik

10. What is your most treasured possession?

The 20 volumes of my Oxford English Dictionary

11. What would most improve the quality of your life?

Not hankering after what is unlikely to happen

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1. I am a Pole married to an Irishman and completely mad about English.

  2. I am an extroverted introvert: while I’m effervescent around (nice) people, I need quite a bit of personal space and value solitude.

  3. I have NEVER bothered to learn to drive.

  4. I have NEVER cooked a turkey (well, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, and traditional Polish Christmas fare is carp; plus, I hate cooking – as per no 8 above).

  5. I have climbed all of the Lakeland fells (both the main and the outlying ones) – mostly relying on public transport (which, out in the sticks, is no mean feat).

  6. In January 2009, I had to call Mountain Rescue to rescue me from Skiddaw (one of England’s highest mountains)

  7. I am addicted to apples, of which I consume industrial quantities. (By the way, don’t let anybody tell you that you may eat limitless fruit with impunity – you may not, not if you want to lose weight!)

  8. My extremities are always cold (but my heart is warm).

  9. I love animals and used to have three pussy-cats (with hubby).

  10. I am a digital immigrant desperately struggling to keep up with modern technology.

  11. I have been cutting my own hair for over 30 years (and it shows, but I don’t care).

Below are the 11 questions to my nominees

  1. What would you like to get out of blogging?

  2. What is your claim to fame?

  3. What matters to you most?

  4. What is your guilty pleasure?

  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  6. How do you like spending your free time?

  7. What is your most abiding memory?

  8. Who is your favourite writer?

  9. What type of music do you like?

  10. What tends to annoy you?

  11. What quality do you most admire in people?

If you accept the nomination, I hope that complying with the conditions above won’t be too onerous; if you are too busy, I apologise for having bothered you.

Millions of thanks (oops, I mean thank you very much) for the nomination, Sean.



12 thoughts on “No 61 – Misc – The Liebster Award

  1. Anna, I am amazed and delighted to have been nominated for the Liebster award and have decided, since you have been so very kind to nominate me, to bashfully accept instead of insisting that I am totally unworthy, as I spend most of my blogging energy posting on my other blogs.

    Before I continue complying with the rest of the nomination rules, I must mention that I was tickled to see that you, too, have cut your own hair for the past 30 years and don’t care that it shows. Actually, I had been wondering who your fabulous hairdresser was, so it doesn’t show or, at least, not in the way you think it does. We also share common ground in being extroverted introverts and loving mountains, apples and animals. Oh, and another thing. We both hail from other parts of the world yet revere English and live in England.

    I have procrastinated long enough, so now I shall comply with the rest of the rules. Thank you once again, and please do continue with your thoroughly entertaining and enlightening posts.

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    • I am so pleased that you have accepted the nomination, which you richly deserve, Jennie. Isn’t it just amazing how many things we have in common? Unbelievable! Needless to say, I’m exceedingly grateful for your fabulous support, which is greatly appreciated. As for cutting my own hair, I’ve had my fair share of disasters, but at least the hair always grows back and I can put things right (or at least try to). And thank you for encouraging me to keep going, which I will do – but NOT every day; that was insanity! Very best wishes. Anna

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  2. Thank you for the nomination, Anna! I will try to find time to check out the other blogs that are mentioned in your post. It might be January before I have time to properly accept, but that might be a good way to ring in the new year. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you (through our common friend, Deborah) and reading your blog. 🙂

    There are some tantalizing tidbits in your answers to the excellent questions that Sean asked. I’m especially curious about #6, but I suspect that was one of those experiences that makes a good story but was not fun to experience.

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    • I’m delighted that you have accepted the nomination, Sandi. Of course you must take your time: you are an extremely busy lady. And thank you again for your kind comments; I, too, have greatly enjoyed meeting you. As for my mountain rescue, I was supremely reckless to set out alone in winter and in bad weather and then press on regardless in atrocious conditions. But it has taught me that, sometimes, it is necessary to turn back. Better late than never! Very best wishes. Anna


  3. What a wonderful surprise to be nominated for an award! I am honored to accept and I am happy to work on the process that the reward requires. I’m really excited about all the links to other great blogs–I’m not very good at unearthing them myself, so thanks, Anna!

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    • I’m delighted that you are pleased, Diana. I’m not very good at finding other blogs either and like the idea behind this friendly award. Please take your time complying; we tend to be so busy these days. And I look forward to reading the rest of Barbara’s story – while it’s tragic, you cannot undo what has happened. and, by writing about Barbara, you are paying a lovely tribute to her. Warm wishes.


  4. Anna, I am honoured that you considered me. However, without meaning any disrespect, I have to request to be de-considered as I am not in a position to fulfil the requirements of the nomination. I will, in any case, go over and look at the other sites nominated. Thank you once again.
    I must say that your readers know you better thanks to the award and its requirements. And each one will find some common ground. Like hair-cutting. I have been cutting my own which, considering the volume, is a much easier exercise than it would be for you, for almost fourteen years now.

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    • As I’ve already said on your own blog, that’s absolutely fine, Ankur. Thank you so much for your comments about some of my posts, comments which are greatly appreciated. This hair-cutting business is a bit of a bind, but I’m getting the hang of it; your take on the issue has certainly made me smile! All the best, Anna

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  5. Anna, I love these random facts about you! You don’t drive, you cut your own hair, you do so many things I never would’ve attributed to you! Thanks so much for posting this…I very much enjoyed it! (Thank you again for the nomination!)

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    • Aw – you are so lovely, Torrie; thank you kindly (I nearly wrote ‘millions of thanks’, but I do know I overdo this phrase). Yep, I do all sorts of weird things, including getting lost in the mountains! Warm wishes. xxx 🙂


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