BOXING DAY BONANZA: Awards by the Don Charisma

Vijay Shah

Just as Christmas Day 2013 breezes past in a flurry of rain, dodgy jokes from Xmas crackers and homemade onion gravy (no white Christmas that’s for sure), the Half-Eaten Mind is pleased to announce that we have received a very cool gift sort of via the tubby geezer with the sled and red coat. HEM has been nominated for the last two remaining stars of the Blog of the Year award plus a new award “The Inventive Blogger Award” which has been created by the person who nominated it to the blog.

Our latest awards come courtesy of Don Charisma at The Don is based in Thailand and is an accomplished photographer and writer. On his blog, he describes himself as “a bit of a phoenix” always observant and conversing with change, travelling wherever the wind blows. As life changes and makes its customary twists and turns, so he does, continually refining the things he focuses on and creates, which is like a lot of people.

(c) Don Charisma/

Practically, the Don of Charm has worked as a tradesman/engineer, fixing boilers as well as designing central heating systems for clients. In the world of thought, he has repaired computing systems owned by some of Thailand’s major banks. He enjoys tinkering with and being creative using technological applications. In his own words, he likes “to fiddle, play, hack, build, create or what-ever-you-like, with software and hardware, DIY in the world of technology”.

On top of that, he works as a scuba-diving instructor, meditation expert, has invested in property and built from scratch a website which was once of the top-performing sites on Google in its category. A jack-of-all-trades in the truest sense of the phrase, Don Charisma’s most well-known venture is of course his blog. This is where the Don shows to the world things that interest him, from the mundane and commonplace to the very exciting and fun.

As stated before, Don has awarded me the last two stars needed to complete the total set for BOTY 2013. In fact I received six total nominations for this award, but as I have already collected four stars, I have accepted two of the nominations which means I have cleared the board, got all the stars, done everything and got the t-shirt (Blog of the Year T-Shirt, would love to see one of those hehehehe). Don’s awards have been given to a dizzying array of bloggers as part of his “Christmas Awards” festive giveaway. These bloggers have all been chosen for being memorable in one way or another. They have been positive and inspiring people and many are good friends in the WordPress community.

(c) A. Sheldrake/The Thought Palette
(c) A. Sheldrake/The Thought Palette
(c) A. Sheldrake/The Thought Palette
(c) A. Sheldrake/The Thought Palette

Our ‘Don-tastic’ awards haul also sees HEM getting a very unique award. It has only just been released by Don Charisma this month, and HEM is one of the very first recipients to get its hands on it. Here comes the Inventive Blogger Award.

(c) Don Charisma/

Exclusive to, the IBA features a bridge seemingly made of giant Lego pieces and is found in Wuppertal, Germany. In German it is known as the “Legobrücke Wuppertal”. Running over the Schwesterstraße it is not actually made of plastic at all, but was painted convincingly that way by graffiti artist Martin Heuwold after being inspired by his daughter’s Lego bricks at home. Using an old bridge once occupied by the Wuppertal Northern Railway and decommissioned in 1991, Heuwold’s work won him national and international acclaim. He went on to win the Deutscher Fassadenpreis Advancement Prize in 2012, a year after he created the piece.

The rules for the IBA are as follows (reproduced from

Section 1: Directions for you to accept the The Inventive Blogger Award

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link:

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.


1. Since an early age I have enjoyed writing. In my school days I was commended by teachers and classmates for my writing skills, such as report writing and short stories. In later years, I opted to choose journalism as a career path and studied the craft, along with media studies, at university. Although I do not yet work as a reporter, I enjoy creating articles, features, and news stories to keep my writing skills fresh and show my talent to the world.

2. I enjoy communicating with and reading other bloggers’ work. It is really fascinating to see things from other bloggers’ viewpoints. What inspires them, what motivates, their talents, their ups and downs, their opinions, their beliefs. Seeing all this makes me appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of all my blogging friends and the world out there.

3. Thanks to the Half-Eaten Mind, I have developed a side talent in graphic design, helped by my sister Anjali who introduced me to a great easy-to-use site called piZap. Since then I have created a number of images and photos for the blog using piZap, and I am now expanding further into trying out other similar websites and have recently stumbled upon a lite version of Adobe Photoshop.

4. I find blogging therapeutic and relaxing, and it keeps me occupied on otherwise boring days.

5. I enjoy the sense of community that being a blogger brings. I have made some great friends here, both from the UK and further afield and they have taught me a lot, not to mention offering tonnes of direct and indirect inspiration for when I make my next visit to the WP HTML new post page.

I would first like to thank Don Charisma for his award nominations and wish him even more success in both his blog and his many external talents. You’re really going places, man!!

I have nominated 10 other bloggers for both these awards. The lucky nominees will get 1 x IBA and 2 x stars (nominations) for BOTY 2013 technically. However as Don Charisma nominated me six times, you can accept as many stars as you need to complete the tally for the Blog of the Year. For those needing a reminder of the rules established for BOTY, please refer to my previous articles for earlier stars. Congratulations to all nominees and wishing everyone a peaceful Boxing Day and Happy Holidays.

1. Alex

2. Sawa

3. Ann

4. Jessie

5. Patty

6. Francisco

7. Greg

8. Maureen

9. ‘KN’

10. Ruben



“About Don Charisma” – Don Charisma, LINK
“About” – Vijay Shah, The Half-Eaten Mind LINK
“Christmas Awards – The Blog Of The Year 2013 Award #1” – Don Charisma, (23 December 2013) LINK
“Christmas Awards – The Inventive Blogger Award” – Don Charisma, (24 December 2013) LINK
“Lego-Brücke” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. LINK
“About Don Charisma” – Don Charisma, LINK
“Blog of the Year 2013 Award” – Alyson Sheldrake, The Thought Palette LINK
“Christmas Awards – The Inventive Blogger Award” – Don Charisma, (24 December 2013) LINK


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