Another Day Another Liebster

Lydia Devadason – go follow her wordpress this instant:  http://lydiadevadason.wordpress.com/ – nominated me for the Liebster Award. Some time ago I was already nominated, but Lydia said,’ You can never have too many Liebsters’. I decided to answer her questions, because that’s the least I could do for being nominated by such a wonderful person. Here’s to you, dear Lydia.’

1. What inspired you to start a blog?

‘It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life.’* At the end of 2013 I decided it was time for a big change in my life. Well, actually, Grandma decided it was time for a big change in my life. She told me to get a Facebook account even though she had no idea what it was. I was – and still am – socially awkward (I write a lot, but I don’t really say a lot in real life) and I didn’t have a lot of friends, we kind of figured this could help me. I think it is helping me a lot, though I still don’t have a lot of friends at school, I have made a lot of friends here.

2. Do any of your close ‘real’ friends blog?

Actually, I don’t know if my classmates are bloggers, though I don’t think they are. Most of them are too preoccupied with having ‘swag’ or leading the ‘thug-life’. I think that I can safely say that I have talked about more interesting things and more personal things to some of my fellow bloggers here than to most of my so-called friends at school. To that respect you are my real friends and I can say that all of my ‘real’ friends are bloggers.

3. Have you any strange, embarrassing, or frightening blogging experiences?
No, and let’s keep it that way. 

4. If eating at a restaurant what would be your favourite meal –with or without dessert?
You are right; my favourite meal would be dessert. I’d prefer eating it at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

5. If money were not an issue, what would be your perfect holiday destination?
Well, I have met some great people here on the blogosphere and I’d love to meet all of them in person. If money were not an issue, I’d travel the world to meet up with all those lovely people and shake them warmly by the hand in person.

6. If money were no an issue, what would be your perfect evening’s entertainment?
Cirque du Soleil. I have always wanted to see one of their shows. Twould be a dream come true. 

7. What’s your favourite word?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNrx2jq184

8. What quality do you think friends appreciate most in you?
Well, I do know which things irritate the hell out of most people. I could name those qualities quite easily. I think my honesty is much appreciated, though maybe not always at the time of speaking. That’s why I often say,’ Hate me now, love me later’ when I am being a little too honest again. It’s just that so many ask me to give me an honest opinion when they actually just want you to say what they want to hear. I am not very good at understanding those subtle differences in meaning.

9. What personality characteristic do you find the most off-putting or irritating in others?
Yes

10. How would you like to be remembered by those you care about.
Alive and kicking. Who would want to be remembered as a corpse!? But I guess I’ll be remembered mostly by my writings. I still hope to become a successful writer one day.

11. What is your favourite holiday destination?
Let me repeat that partially – I have noticed that this is what a lot of people do when you ask them a question – my favourite holiday destination? ‘Yes, your favourite holiday destination’. Well, I haven’t been to many places and most of what I know from the world I know from books and pictures and stories. India sounds nice, so does Japan or China. One of those countries I guess. But it will have to wait till I’m older and richer.

Dear Lydia, thank you for nominating me for this award. I hope this answers your questions. Keep on blogging in a free world, because I like your style. 

Kindest of regards,

Arthur

 

*Nina Simone (gotta love her)

What Have I Won?

I’m A Liebster Blog Nominee!

Glad to see you. My name is Arthur Didyus – but you are allowed to call me ‘sir’ Arthur, if you want to – and I am about to hit it big time. For the first time in my life I have been nominated for something (fact 1). And although I haven’t even won anything yet and I have no idea if there’s a prize to win, I feel delighted to have been nominated for something at all. All my efforts have not been in vain and I think being nominated is already a victory onto itself – which is not really a fact and is also not really about me.
There are a couple of rules I have to follow and one of them is that I have to list 11 – not 10, not 12, but 11 – facts about me. I am not the listing kind of person; I am more the story type of guy (fact 2), so I’m going to just write this whole thing as if it were a blog about my everyday life. For those of you who have been reading my posts regularly, you know that the only thing I really do is just tell you about what my silly little life with the odd semi-philosophical frustration about things like ‘best’ and ‘genuine’ (fact 3).
Is there anybody who doesn’t know yet that my name is Arthur? Well, there you have it and although it is a fact, I’m not putting it on the list. Most kids my age already look quite manly, except for me; I have this boy-ish look that I would like to get rid of. My spots have nearly all gone, just the odd spot every now and again, which has actually only made me look younger. It’s the special soap I used a to achieve this result (fact 4). And with results I am talking about the spots, for I don’t think that soap can make you look younger. If that were true, there should also be soaps that can make you look older. Do you think they sell soaps to get rid of that schoolboy look?
No, I didn’t think so. I’ll be turning 15 in a week and a half (fact 5) and for my birthday I don’t want a lot of presents – just one or two will do – most of all I would like to look more of a man. I guess it would be hard for somebody to wrap that up. Looking more like a man is not very easy, I can tell you that. It is especially difficult for somebody without any facial hair, whatsoever. I don’t even have that fluffy hair yet (fact 6). You know, that facial hair that some kids think makes them look cool, but just makes them look stupid.
One day I want to be a rich and famous author (fact 7) and travel the world to thank all the people personally who’ve been supporting me writing this blog. I think I would really like that. Not only are they supportive, I also learn an awful lot from them. As I am more or less stuck under ‘the rock’ – that’s what I call my house (fact 8) – I don’t get to see an awful lot more than this part of London. I can dream my way to school (which I sometimes do) and I can also dream on my way to school (which I also do sometimes).
Like my neighbour – Mr Bent – I am socially awkward in real life (fact 9), but I have gotten quite good at being very sociable over the Internet. I have problems reading people’s body language and facial expressions (fact 10), which makes it hard for me to survive a conversation out there in the 3D world. But, here on the vast and endless fields of the 2D Internet, I don’t have to read people’s body language or smell their bodily odours. I haven’t thanked Grandma enough for pushing me. That woman deserves a medal, too.
Nat Andrea, I would like to thank you very much for nominating me for this Liebster Award. To show my gratitude, please read the first word of each paragraph. All that’s left for me to do is to answer your question, to come up with a couple of questions of myself for the people that I have to nominate for this award. Before I do that, though, I would just like to say that I have the feeling at this moment that this award is more or less a chain mail without the promises of money and the dead threats.
Thanks for the incredibly difficult question. For a 14-year old boy who gets 2 pounds of pocket money a week imagining what life would be like if money was no object is quite the task (fact 11). Although I guess my classmates would surely know what to say to this within a split second. My dream is to see the world and to travel to far and distant places not worrying about a job, a house, kids, obligations. Just travelling from place to place with a knapsack on my back and an endless flow of loose change in my pocket to give to weary travellers. And I hope that answers your question.
For my own nominees I have got this question: Who would you rather bring to a deserted Island: your best friend or your biggest enemy and why? I am very curious to your answers. Unfortunately, Nat has already been nominated; otherwise I’d nominate her just because I’d like to see her answer. Nat, if you’re reading this, you are allowed to answer it anyways. You can also do it personally through a Facebook message, if you want to.
The end is nigh. I’m not talking about the end of the world, but the end of this blog. I believe that all that is left for me to do is nominate a couple of other people for this Liebster Award. I’d like to nominate AB http://abozdar.wordpress.com; Gluestickmum http://gluestickmum.wordpress.com; Yoshinky http://yoshinky.wordpress.com; Ron Lewis http://ronlewisinsurance.wordpress.com; Maggie Wilson http://mcwilson1956.wordpress.com; Katie Morningstar http://katiemorningstar.wordpress.com; and last but certainly not least, the one and only Stephanie http://thequotegal.wordpress.com.
Love their blogs! Follow them and also follow Nat, because she’s got a fabulous blog, too. Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. It only cost me four hours of my life. If I fail school, I’ll just put the blame on Nat. Although I don’t think Mum would accept that for an excuse. My Saturday is about to start … finally. See me later.

Arthur