While often labelled as one of the poorest areas of London, the east London borough of Newham is also a place where people aim to rise above the difficulties of deprivation, and one way where it is obvious is within the Newham business community. Newham is home to hundreds of small and medium-size businesses, ranging from decorators with white vans through independently owned boutiques and restaurants, through to major national businesses such as Tesco and the Wetherspoons gastropub chain. The borough is home to a long tradition of independent entrepreneurship stretching from the ‘rag-and-bone’ men of days gone past to modern web designers and consultants operating out of their bedrooms, providing services to thousands of people and companies inside and outside the London region.
Now Newham businesses have a chance to place themselves on the local stage and show that Newham is a great place to trade and reach out to customers with the help of the Newham Business Awards, happening this October. The Awards, which aim to recognise the achievements of local businesses, and are being sponsored by the borough’s council, will take place at the Old Town Hall in Stratford on the 13th October 2015. Stratford is one of east London’s modern business success stories. The district is home to two shopping centres, the Stratford Shopping Centre, and the newer Westfield Stratford City, which formed part of the Olympic legacy regeneration bequeathed to Newham after the London Games of 2012. Stratford is also home to hundreds of companies mainly involved in the retail and services sectors.
The Newham Business Awards are taking on nominations in ten categories, including business and business person of the year, innovation, e-commerce, new business, green business, sole trader and micro-business, training ad education, and community involvement.
The awards are being organised by the Newham Chamber of Commerce, which is located at the Stratford Town Hall, a Victorian historical building close to the district’s retail area, and are receiving heavy backing from businesses such as Asper’s, the operator of the wildly popular Asper’s Casino in Westfield, London City Airport, local newspaper the Newham Recorder, Tate and Lyle, a sugar and sweetener manufacturer who maintain a factory in the Silvertown area of southern Newham, alongside the local government representation.
Speaking with council publication the Newham Mag, the borough’s chamber secretary John James said “With 7,500 new businesses established here during the past five years, there are pearls of excellence worthy of the community’s attention.”
Councillor Joy Laguda, who met recently with members of the Chamber of Commerce, added: “We are pleased to be able to recognise businesses and especially the efforts of young entrepreneurs”
The Newham Chamber of Commerce was established in 1967, shortly after the borough was created from the merger of two earlier areas, West Ham and East Ham. As the official business voice of the new borough, the NCC sought to give a voice to local businesses and traders and strengthen their cause through support and representation. The NCC has close links with local government and regularly campaigns on local and city-wide issues affecting business, such as increased Thames crossings and a possible Crossrail 2 train link through Newham to neighbouring Barking. The chamber now has 200 members with 800 business people receiving its news via email.
“Awards are just the business” – The Newham Mag, Newham Council [Issue 345] (15 July 2016)
EHealth Media, a division of the conferences and training brand Informa, is hosting a special event for national specialists in healthcare ICT this October.
The EHI Awards is a flagship awards event within the healthcare IT calendar. This unique and well-subscribed event will bring together more than 700 information technology and clinical professionals from the National Health Service (NHS) along with suppliers of health ICT engaging their customers for a night of celebration, fun and networking.
The evening will be a celebration of the important work that people in IT and informatics help contribute to the running of British healthcare services and the vital role they maintain in enabling services and adding benefit to the NHS in particular. As the 21st century progresses, ICT and technology in general is playing an increasingly essential role to the day-to-day running of NHS front-line and administration services.
The awards will be hosted at a glamorous ballroom at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, in the centre of London on the 1st October, 2015. There will be live entertainment from a big name comedian, plus a pre-dinner drinks reception on arrival, a three course dinner, a half a bottle of wine per person, mineral water, coffee, petit fours and late evening entertainment. Attendees can reach the Park Plaza very easily from Waterloo Station and Underground, a five-minute walk away, plus easy access to local buses and taxicabs. There will also be a dinner and music as part of the entertainment.
The categories under which awards will be handed over by a celebrity host are:
Interested parties should send in their entries by Friday 15 May at 4:00 pm at the latest. The event organiser also asks that potential awards nominees attend a judging day on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, in order to present to the awards judges there. The event nominations are open to any healthcare IT organisation of any size based in the UK. Entry to the competition is free but tickets for the night are to be paid for.
The EHI Awards 2015 are being organised by EHealth Media in conjunction with Informa Life Sciences, a fellow division of Informa plc engaged in the provision of events and training for experts in the fields of pharmaceutics, biomedicine, and other scientific industries. Category sponsors include Dell, CGI, Lexmark Healthcare, Intersystems, IMS Maxims and General Dynamics Health Solutions.
Mr. Satya Veyash Faugoo, the Mauritian Minister for Agriculture (Agro-Industry portfolio) receives the GOSK civil award as part of the National Day awards ceremony at the State House in Reduit, near Port Louis, the island’s capital. Faugoo is the man with the cream scarf on the left.
Faugoo serves in the cabinet of current prime minister and political stalwart Navin Chandra Ramgoolam, whose father, Seewoosagur, was the country’s first prime minister. A recipient of the GOSK as well, the late elder Ramgoolam is widely respected for leading Mauritius through self-government from the U.K. As well as being agriculture minister, Faugoo also represents the constituency of Triolet and Pamplemousses, in the north of Mauritius. He belongs to the Mauritian Labour Party (Parti Travayis Morisyen/Parti Travailliste).
The GOSK, or to give its full official name, The Most Distinguished Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean, is the highest order of merit awarded by the Mauritian government. It was established in 1992, the same year Mauritius became a republic to honour personalities who have made contributions to social progress in both Mauritius and other Indian Ocean islands. Unlike many other civic awards, recipients of the GOSK do not need to be citizens to be awarded.
Unexpectedly, this weekend has seen a deluge of awards flying in from members of the HEM Community. While going through the blog emails that have been flooding in over this past week, I have gotten wind of award nominations from three fellow bloggers. For convenience’s sake I have combined everything into one article.
Mayday…Mayday!!….we’ve got so many awards, I think we’re gonna burst and splatter bits of grey matter all over the bloggy-verse.
Woop, woop…that’s another lot of awards for us….okay, now I’ve calmed down, let’s get down to business….
Our first award is the Sunshine Award, and this one comes courtesy of Joelle and Vickie, co-writers of the blog “Two on a Rant“. They originally received this babe from Tom at http://catsatthebar.org and soon started dishing out the prizes.
Tom VK, Buffalo Tom, Melinda DLS, Granny K, MarDrag, Himani, Christopher DV, Vijay, Dennis the Vizsla, and someone from Nudge/Wink, please pay very close attention to the following because I’m dragging you into this with me:
The award comes with a few rules.
1. Create 10 questions to ask
2. Nominate 10 bloggers and ask them to answer your questions.
These are the questions that our two wonderful ranters have asked of all the nominees. Here’s what I had to say.
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a means of keeping my news and article writing skills fresh and to show my work with an audience of thousands from the comfort of my home. I left university with a good degree in journalism and media but found it hard to secure a reporting gig as the industry has fierce competition for vacancies between would-be journos. This was especially grave considering I was (and still) living in London, which is the throbbing heart of the UK’s media industry. After graduation, I drifted in and out of jobs, before settling on a database admin position for a multinational conferencing and publications firm. Fearful of forgetting my journalistic knowledge and just the nuance of writing a compelling story, I finally got round to setting up this blog. Also I’m hoping that keeping a news blog in my spare time might motivate an editor or HR manager to consider me experienced enough for that dream job. Fingers crossed.
2. What is your favorite memory in life?
One that’s just sprung to mind was my eighth birthday. I and my family had settled in a battered women’s refuge in east London, after fleeing an abusive husband/father and I don’t recall my father ever organising any birthday celebration in our house. So on my eighth birthday I was blindfolded and led into the living room, where all my little friends and their parents, plus my family were waiting for me. Surprise!!!. I was dumbfounded and elated. All this..for me. I had simple, but lovely presents, and it was nice being the centre of attention instead of crying in pain in my bedroom. To this day, this is one of my happiest memories.
3. Who is your favorite author?
My favourite all time author would have to be Roald Dahl because his witty and playful means of expression pretty much defined my childhood. Nowadays though I don’t have much time to delve into a book so my reading diet mostly consists of newspapers and pizza delivery menus. There is one journalist who works for the London Evening Standard. His name is Nimrod Kamer. He just has this way of writing which is left-field and playful with puns galore. He really has a literary finger on the pulse of young hip London. If you go to their website, I strongly urge you to check out Kamer’s articles. He’s an Israeli satirist and journalist and here’s his Tumblr blog – http://nnimrodd.tumblr.com/articles
4. Are you presently on a diet and if so, why?
Well, I don’t know if you can call it a diet per se, but for the past few months I have radically changed the way I eat, as I badly need to shed some weight. I am trying to ditch the chocolates and biscuits and eating more healthily, especially at lunch. Pitta bread with humus, fruits, salad…you get my drift. Also I’ve become a fan of the smaller portion meal.
5. Which do you prefer–Turkey or steak?
I would have to say turkey as I don’t eat (beef) steak for religious reasons. I only ever normally eat proper turkey (i.e. chopping up a bird carcass) at Christmas time, and we all know it’s banging with a bit of cranberry sauce. Dry as the Sahara though texture wise. And health freaks, school headteachers and Jamie Oliver devotees in Britain pour scorn on ‘Turkey Twizzlers’ like they were the breadcrumbed droppings of the Antichrist.
6. What is the link the blog entry you wrote that you consider your favorite?
Oh wow…I have so many favourites. Where do I start?. Umm, here’s one!
Practically zilch. I really need to sit down with a good book though, I do miss that.
8. Which famous person do you admire most, living or dead?
I am not one to idolise people, but anyone who has made a positive difference to others’ lives and has left a sizeable impact on our society can count. So for example, Swami Vivekanand, Princess Diana, Florence Nightingale, the boxer Muhammad Ali etc.
9. If you could sum up your philosophy on life in 10 words, what would it be?
“Whatever life throws your way, don’t let it faze you”.
10. What is the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten?
As a half-Mauritian, exotic foods come as a default setting. I’ve done Caribbean fish head curry, son papdi, sugared rose petals, a three-layed chicken burger from a McDonald’s restaurant in India and drank out of , then hollowed green coconuts in Mauritius.
Noelle and Vickie nominated us in the last week of April (27th). Just three days later, one of their nominees, Melinda de los Santos of Fido ‘n Fluffy’s Blog also nominated us for this award, and we rewarded Melinda by making her the latest-ish entrant into the Hall of Fame known as the HEM Community. Welcome, Mel!
Melinda also asked ten questions for the Sunshine Award. Here are my answers. You saw it here first.
1. What do you find most relaxing?
Just lying down in a park or field, on a breezy and slightly warm spring day, listening to the birdsong.
2. Who are three of your favorite celebrities?
Number one is the British comedian Russell Howard…he’s as funny as duck, in second place is the Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal, a true rags-to-riches story. I want her to be my wife and have pretty singing babies with me. Thirdly it would be the journalist Jon Simpson as he epitomises the very concept of a professional and sophisticated media personality, not given to feeble posturing and obsessions with fame.
3. What is your ‘pet peeve’?
People who have annoying laughs or who speak too loudly like everyone within striking distance has to hear their entire life story and what colour their kaka was after gym and lunch. Put a lid on it, baas!
4. What is the most challenging and/or best thing about being a parent?
I am not currently a parent myself (still a work in progress), but from observing my mother and sisters it would be handling toddlers’ volcanic temper tantrums, especially when you come from a family of Krakatoas. I guess for me now with my siblings, nephews and nieces and of course, with my future children, it would be watching them grow up, pass through all those special milestones and growing into their own personalities.
5. What talent or skill would you like to possess that you don’t think you have?
I have always desired to be a polyglot, a person with mastery of several languages. I can currently only speak English to native fluency and would find it useful to be able to visit another country and be able to communicate effortlessly with locals and read their media.
6. What was your most awkward or embarrassing situation?
Going to a job interview for a computer admin position in central London and suddenly realising that my belt had broke causing my trousers to behave loosely. Thankfully they didn’t taking advantage of by gravity, but the laugh of the interviewing panel as I left and tried to save face haunts me to this day.
7. What’s it like riding a roller coaster?
Your guts are inches away from exiting your mouth and the adrenaline rush makes you feel immortal. I never actually rode a rollercoaster until I visited the Winter Wonderland fair in Hyde Park, London about three years ago. I avoid the high ones though.
8. What do you think of ‘motivational speakers’?
I think some speakers can really put across a message that can radically change your life and inspire you in a way that you wouldn’t normally give credence. Some are very expressive and are masters of the oral word. However that doesn’t exclude the numerous faddy ones out there, who are little more than money-grabbing quacks preying on people’s sensitivities for a quick buck.
9. If you could have any part or role in a movie or play, what would it be?
I know I am going to sound like a typical man here, but an action role, where I pack serious heat, roll up into a hive of badly dressed baddies, drop a one-line catchphrase and then machine-gun the lot of them sounds really down my street…past the newsagents. Or I can play a newsagent. Less eventful.
10. What subject in school did you find the most uninteresting?
Maths, as I had no head for numbers and found it boring. That didn’t stop me getting a B grade in my secondary school examinations though. Also add to that physical education (we call it P.E. in British schools). I was a rubbish athlete/sportsperson and the teachers were sadomasochistic thugs. Armed with stopwatches.
And now for my 10 questions:
1. If you could introduce one new thing (design, widget, story idea, new page) to your blog, what would it be and why?
2. What is your favourite television programme?
3. What do you think is the biggest crisis affecting humanity (or other animal species) in 2014?
4. Who is your favourite reporter or media personality and what is it that you like about them?
5. If you were marooned on a desert island for a week, Castaway style, what five objects from your home would you pack with you?
6. Do you collect anything as a hobby?
7. What was the last thing you remember reading in the newspaper or watching on TV news or heard on a radio news bulletin?
8. What do you normally eat for breakfast?
9. Which blogger in your follower’s list has inspired or helped you the most?
10. What’s your favourite aspect of using WordPress (or other blogging platform) when updating your blog?
Another HEM Community member, Diana of the “Part-Time Monster” blog has nominated us for the WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award as part of a special giveaway commemorating the six month anniversary (or in her words, “blogiversary” – nice portmanteau, BTW) of the founding of her blog.
The nominees listed below will receive all the awards featured on this page, but can accept or decline all or some. In the spirit of the Beautiful Blogger award I have selected 10, based on recent likes/comments for this weekend. Well done to all of you!
To Joelle, Vickie, Diana and Melinda, I humbly appreciate these awards and for your kind consideration and respect for the work I do here on the Half-Eaten Mind. To Melinda, especially a big warm welcome to the blog and a massive congrats to Diana on reaching the sixth month of glorious blogging for PTM.
Thanks to all of you!!!
SOURCES & IMAGE CREDITS:
“Sunshine award.” – Vickie & Noelle (Floridaborne), Two on a Rant (27 April 2014) LINK
“SUNSHINE AWARD” – Melinda de los Santos, Fido ‘n Fluffy’s Blog (30 April 2014) LINK
“6 MONTH BLOGIVERSARY–AWARDS EDITION!” – Diana Gordon, Part Time Monster (2 May 2014) LINK
“Top Ten of 2013” – Ashtyn, Wonderland’s Reader (30 December 2013) LINK
The Half-Eaten Mind is pleased to announce that, now with April having drawn to a close and the warmer days of May upon us, our good friend Sage Doyle has kindly gifted us with four awards, including one never before received accolade.
Sage himself had picked up a spate of blogging awards recently, partly due to the concerted efforts of an Anglo-Mauritian guy in London with a virtual green-and-brown owl and a news blog or something along those lines. He had received multiple awards over the past couple of months, and on the 27th April (last weekend) he was able to express via his blog just how amazed he was. In return he has passed on these awards to around a hundred bloggers, including the Half-Eaten Mind.
Sage’s hefty awards packages, while not having the monetary clout of a Barclays banker’s bonus, is certainly a more enriching gift. One package consists of around six awards which Sage has offered rule and obligation-free to all of his blogging comrades. Out of this generous package, I have accepted the Angel Award (original version). This award traditionally has one requirement – that the recipient write an appropriate acceptance post, which I think this article will more than adequately cover.
Sage’s second package consists of awards that are being handed to particular bloggers, and the three awards further down the page you’re reading are the ones that Sage has nominated this blog for. Some we have already accepted, one however is a totally new addition to the HEM awards cabinet. Here we go!!!
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
3. Write seven interesting things about you
4. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award
5. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
Seven “interesting” things about me:
1. When I was younger, I had two dogs in my family, both German Shepherd Dogs, also known as Alsatians. Their names were Leo and Jake. I also had three rabbits, Snowy, Whitie and Brownie.
2. The last film I watched was the remake of the movie Robocop. I did not feel it was as good as the original although it had a nice storyline with a positive message about family.
3. I currently live in a two-floor terraced house in Plaistow, east London, where I have been residing since March 2013. It is a shared house with other tenants (housemates) and our landlord is this rather scatterbrained Bangladeshi man who is a non-practising barrister. Two of my housemates have recently left. One moved to Brighton to live with her partner and one was a Hungarian guy who liked cooking chicken and onions and was apparently allowed to take his room without having to pay a deposit first. He left recently for what was assumed to be a two-month holiday to visit his girlfriend in Hungary but never bothered to stump up the deposit. He ended up losing the room. The last housemate, a systems analyst from India, is currently away back home for two weeks.
4. My last major shopping purchase was a Archos Cobalt 80 tablet which I bought from the Tesco Outlet on eBay for just under £50.00 about a month or so back. I was so happy to have bought it. Even though it was a refurbished model, the tablet is fast, has good resolution and I even treated it to its own faux-leather case to keep it safe from bumps and scratches.
5. I bear an uncanny resemblance to Jon Tickle, a presenter of the hilarious Brainiacs: Science Abuse series that explores science in a funny, informal and laddish way. Ironically the term Brainiac is also an unofficial term I use to describe my readers.
6. I once rode a horse called Stranger. I believe he was coloured brown or black if my memory serves me well. I was about five at the time, and despite the presence of a horsehand and safety apparatus, I was scared fartless.
7. I have never understood the trend of some men in wearing pink garments (shirts, t-shirts etc). Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for freedom of choice in the sartorial department, but I don’t think any man could seriously pull off that look. It just looks too girly (apologies if I sound somewhat sexist here). I personally would not be seen dead in a pink shirt.
The essence and strapline of this award, which the Half-Eaten Mind has been nominated for the first time ever is “All you need to start a forest is one seed”. I suppose this can mean that it just takes one small idea or step or a single word on the laptop screen to start something much bigger and influential. You have to begin somewhere.
This is an award especially for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communications and beauty. I certainly have let my creative side rampage throughout the Half-Eaten Mind and I appeal to people’s natures with much of what I write. And I do try to make the blog look nice, I hope so.
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.
3. Notify each of their nominations.
To make things easy for myself, I am going to nominate a set number of bloggers and will pass this award onto them along with the other zingers featured here. Hopefully the Seed of Light Award Integrity Authority won’t set their heavies down to my house to break my legs or violently disturb my cutlery. In any case, it wasn’t me, it was Shaggy!.
Beautiful Blogger Award
Now this one is special. Special not because I hadn’t received it before, because that is not the case, but for how Sage himself presented it on his blog after I awarded it to him in April. On Twitter, I operate a special retweeting policy for this blog’s account, where I retweet or share every blogpost I like from the HEM Community, and occasionally for blogs and sites beyond ‘the pale’. Sage is one of the bloggers who I regularly retweet, and which he always thanks me for. I suppose some of you might be wondering that my constant re-distribution of Sage’s novel chapters on the adventures of Amon-Re might make me a prime candidate for a harassment lawsuit, but in reality, it’s far from that. In fact me and Sage have an inside joke that I should be his press agent, which is no surprise given my promotional skills and experience in press activities (i.e this blog you’re reading). Even in his awards article for which he re-nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger, he mentions that I really should be a literary agent. Now there’s an extra career I could look into.
Just to prove my point, here’s what Sage wrote in his nomination:
https://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com/ – Now this one here, I seriously want to be my agent, or press agent or something. This is the blogger who has re-tweeted more of my tweets than anyone else, including myself. He has given me most of the awards that I’ve posted today. I can tell that in real life, if he’s your friend, then you’ve got the most loyal friend you could ask for. I honestly have no idea how to fully express my appreciation for the support he has given me. So far, this is the best way. Thank you.
Thanks so much for these kind words. I am truly honoured to be your friend and to share and witness your outstanding literary talents. I don’t even have much space for books in my room here but I would honestly go out of my way to get Sage’s book when it hits the shelves of London’s bibliotheques sometime in the future.
1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back.
3. Nominate 7 (yes only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.
As mentioned before, I am going to nominate a set bunch of lucky bloggers to receive all the awards mentioned in this article. As always, you do not have to accept if you do not want to, but this is just a way of communicating across my appreciation of your work and of the support you have given me over the past few months. If you accept, you can choose to accept all or some of the prizes. In support of this aim, I have selected nominees from recent likes and comments on the Half-Eaten Mind towards the end of April.
A very big congratulations to all the nominees. I hope I have given your weekend…the first one of May…just that little extra sweetness.
The Big Thank You
To Sage Doyle, I just want to wholeheartedly thank you for your kindness in nominating me these lovely awards, for all of your entertaining reads and for of course rating me as your number one unofficial press agent.
“Humbled by All These Awards!” – Sage Doyle, “The Journal of Wall Grimm” (27 April 2014) LINK
“Humbled by All These Awards!” – Sage Doyle, “The Journal of Wall Grimm” (27 April 2014) LINK
“animated-thank-you-image-0019” – animatedimages.org LINK
Our awards season continues relentlessly as the Half-Eaten Mind scoops another three awards to cram onto our mantelpiece.
Firstly our new friend Mahesh Nair of the blog “Write Might” who only last week presented to us the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, has now sent the Versatile Blogger Award our way. This blog’s rules stipulate that only one award per badge can be accepted to prevent duplication, however I have made a one-off exception for Mahesh and will include this award in my own nominations.
Mahesh announced the nomination of my mind half-eaten with this comment left on one of our articles:
“It’s awards season, Vijay, and I’m pleased to be nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award.”
His ‘Awards Season’ seemed to go into full swing after receiving a nomination for the Versatile Blogger from someone named ‘Tangerine Dreams’. He created an article in honour of this blessing on the 6th April, 2014 (this past Sunday) and we received confirmation of our nomination on the same day.
As always there are rules, blogging rules (and etiquette) and there are award rules. As I have received three awards, I am going to be a bit flexible rule-wise. You will soon find out what I mean later on in this article.
The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award require me to give away seven interesting facts about myself. So as per these rules, prepare to have your mind blown. Sort of.
1. On Saturday while at my sister’s flat, I tried hula-hooping with my niece’s plastic hula hoop. Honest to God I looked so stupid, although it did make me happy that my dismal circle-spinning made my niece smile…and my sister now has a video to blackmail me with. Jinkies!!
2. I really like cream soda. It’s got a not particularly overpowering sweet taste and it looks like a more vivacious and fun version of mineral water.
3. At work I am the go-to expert on SIC codes. For those of you (and that’s most of you) who are outside the realm of database administration, SIC codes are special codes used for designating business types in database systems. So for example, ‘BN24’ is for legal firms and ‘TD12’ is for retail businesses.
4. I can just about touch the tip of my nose with the tip of my tongue. Pointless exercise really.
5. I am currently looking for a one-bedroom flat or studio in the London area. My search so far has been fruitless. They go like hot cakes around here.
6. I am 6 feet 5 inches tall. In metric measurements for all you non-Brits, that’s around 1.96 metres tall. While being tall has its advantages, like for example not getting mugged on the street and giving your niece the Mount Everest of piggybacks, I do genuinely wish I was a few inches shorter. Being a tall man in a normal-sized world isn’t really child’s play.
7. I have a very loud sneeze that makes people jump out of their skins. AAAAAATCHOOOO!!!
Our second award is also the Half-Eaten Mind’s very first non-English language award. Say hi to the Premio Dardos (Dart Award) from Tomas Morales of the blog “Los Sentidos De La Vida“, which as you might have guessed is a site in the Spanish language. Los Sentidos De La Vida translates as “The Senses Of Life” and is a blog dedicated to film, fine wines and music in approximately seventy-five words per article. It has a great selection of film reviews and Tomas’ perceptions of various wines from some of Spain’s renowned and lesser-known viticulturists.
The Half-Eaten Mind retains a number of bloggers in our community who express themselves in the Spanish tongue, and I am proud to accept the Premio Dardo in honour of them. I can speak some basic Spanish, having learnt it in secondary school and can appreciate the beauty and power of ‘la lengua Espanola‘. I also like a hefty glass of good Spanish wine (such as Rioja) from time to time.
The Premio Dardo is an honour for bloggers who transmit core human values through their post, pictures and other work. Indeed, this is a very special award because it recognises personal, ethical, cultural and literary values transmitted through writing. Tomas nominated us on the 1st April, but we received confirmation via comment message a few days later.
Tomas recieved this award from two other bloggers in the Iberian blogosphere – “traficodeletras” and “perdriel27”.
The rules of the Dart Award are as follows (translated from Spanish):
1. Place the image of the award (badge) on your blog.
2. Thank the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 other blogs.
As Tomas was nominated twice, he ended up with a list of thirty blogs. However I am bending the rules a bit and only nominating ten as I have been getting so many these past few months.
To Mr. Morales, I would like to say this:-
Gracias, Tomás, por este maravilloso premio. Estoy muy agradecido a aceptarlo y le deseo todo lo mejor!!
Then, thirdly on the 7th April, 2014, just a day after Mahesh started off the week with a good vibe, another new member of the HEM crew, Yazmin a.k.a The Reading Girl, nominated us for the Beautiful Blogger Award. As the title of the blog suggests, Yazmin is a girl who loves to read. She in facts describes herself as a ‘book nerd’. She regularly publishes reviews of books she has thumbed through and puts out personal articles and motivational pieces. Sometimes she even gets inspired further and writes her own poetry, posts pictures she takes and lets you know about anything interesting in the reading world.
Two days earlier, the Reading Girl was nominated for the BBA by two bloggers named Frankie and Edward. In her special article on the BBA, she mentions that she was very surprised and happy with the nominations.
Essentially, the BBA is an honour bestowed by fellow bloggers to show how much they love reading your blog and appreciate the beauty in your words.
Here are the BBA rules:
1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back.
3. Nominate 7 (yes only seven) other bloggers and say a little something about them.
So, of course in the spirit of the BBA, I would like to thank Yazmin for being so beautiful in her consideration for choosing the Half-Eaten Mind as one of the lucky recipients. I am also grateful for her unwavering support of HEM and the undeniable pleasure I have felt from reading her posts. Well done and congrats for being nominated yourself.
I really enjoy his posts. Very different from what I used to but very informative and entertaining.
– Yazmin on the Half-Eaten Mind.
This is the part where I am going to bend the award rules a little bit. I am going to nominate ten bloggers, randomly chosen from previous likes (to make it fair). All ten nominees will receive the three awards I mentioned in this blogpost. You can accept all, some or none of them, but never forget you deserve them all.
On the 17th March, 2014, the Half-Eaten Mind received another two awards – this time from author and blogger Sage Doyle. These are the The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Awardand the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.
Sage Doyle is an American-based author who writes stories and poetry on his blogs and via the fictional journal “The Journal of Wall Grimm“. The Wall Grimm in the title is a 24-year-old man who lives in the United States but traces his family’s origins from a clan of Sicilian Romani (Gypsies) who came to America to start a new life and dream. To make sense of his life, its twists and its turns, he began penning a journal. He is a multi-faceted character with a multitudinous personality, loving vices and hobbies in equal measure. In between his convoluted journey of self-discovery, Wall has seemingly found his niche as a diarist of sorts. Not quite Anne Frank or Samuel Pepys, but many leagues above the self-absorbed status hogs running riot on social media networks these days.
I’m the guy in the kilt, the kilted cowboy gunslinger, an unpredictable, sometimes dangerous guy, usually reckless, but quiet and antisocial. I’m the go-to reliable guy, a loser, a gypsy pagan great guy to have around for Beltane. And though I’m cool, I’m the guy who farts noxious fumes in class. I’m the hot older guy, a lost cause, and I’m sometimes liked. I am Grimm. I am Wall Grimm.
(reproduced from The Journal of Wall Grimm by Sage Doyle)
In addition to Wall’s musings, the Journal includes the novel of Amon-Re, which was originally created by Doyle but now currently ascribed to Wall. The novel details the life of a man with an Ancient Egyptian name,carrying a sharp mind but albeit one addled by a debilitating drug addiction. He keeps his sanity through prose and poetry while passing time between two cities in an age before mobile phones and computers but also an age which is never formally stated. The blog also features an alphabetical set of lists of other important characters in Grimm’s life and a special page dedicated to his best friend and perhaps soulmate Emma.
Sage also maintains another blog, named after himself. “SageDoyle ~ Fiction & Poetry” where he produces his own contemporary fiction and poetry and the birthplace of the character of Wall Grimm. For younger readers, please note that the Journal does have R-rated language and content which may be explicit and therefore not suitable for children.
Normally these awards come with rules. However as I have previously accepted both these awards before, but as separate versions, I will suspend the rules this time round as I have already followed them previously too. I will however nominate seven lucky bloggers to receive nominations as of course the spirit of sharing is of paramount importance to the very nature of these beauties. So without further ado, I hereby name the special winners!!
We are only into our first few days of March and spring has sprung, but the awards avalanche will not let longer days and brighter sunshine cut short its rampage through the chewed synapses of the Half-Eaten Mind. Yours truly has just received a full blast of accolade-ey goodness from Irene A Waters of the blog Reflections and Nightmares.
It is not the first time HEM has been nominated by Irene. In mid-February, she sent us the Field of Flowers Award, one of the more pretty and colourful awards we have pinned to our puffed-out and proud chests. This is one is exceptional however, because it is seven awards in one.
On the 2nd of March, 2014, Irene was herself nominated for the 7-in-1 bumper pack by another blogger, known as Sherri. The awards pack consists of the following…
1. Reader Appreciation Award
2. Cracking Chrispymouse Bloggywog Award
3. Shine On Award
4. Versatile Blogger Award
5. Dragon’s Loyalty Award
6. Most Influential Blogger Award
7. Most Creative Blogger Award
Here are these awards in pictorial format:
Many of these awards have been awarded to the Half-Eaten Mind for the first time and will be featured on our Awards Page. Irene has kindly created a special all-in-one badge which names all the awards. You could say this is the wrapping that goes around our Mad March Awards Hamper 🙂 . Though she admits she is not the most creative at badge design, she has done a very good job here as far as I am concerned. Pretty good for a first try.
According to Irene, the seven-in-one award may be influenced by the significance of the number seven in films like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and the awards these films collect when they storm the box office. Additionally I should mention that in Western cultures, seven is often associated with good luck i.e. ‘lucky number seven’ and is a favourite number of career gamblers, at least according to popular perception.
The significance of receiving this award is that it recognises the influence a blogger has on their readers either by engineering an emotional response in their blogposts or by getting your readers to think, according to Irene. You can be seen to be shining a light on your readers’ worlds and it is also a reward for being steadfastly loyal to your blogging friends by regularly visiting their blogs, commenting, putting up likes and these sort of activities, all of which sustain and strengthen the bonds formed between bloggers.
1. I am definitely most not a morning person. I find my mind works fastest and my most profound ideas come about in the lat e evening and at night.
2. I really want to get into photography again, more deeply. As summer is on its way, hopefully I will be going out more and getting some ‘great shots’.
3. My star sign is Libra. Librans are famed for being good negotiators. I always like to help people sort out their problems and try to resolve arguments. I often give advice to people, usually only if they ask for it first. I cannot stand arguments or fights, especially with people close to me. But at the same time if a fight/argument/dispute breaks out in a public place, I’m down watching that s*** like it is a WWE wrestling match.
4. My housemate Donald makes the most awesome Bangalorean fish and chicken curries, which I am an avowed fan of. It’s all in the way he blends the spices, my friends.
5. In an effort to lose weight, I have taken to running up and down the stairs at work, plus eating healthy lunches three days out of five. It is a small step but a helpful one as I have already shed a few of the spare pounds. I am hoping to be a slim as an urban fox by the end of this year.
6. I have hazel eyes. Usually an rare thing among people of south Asian heritage. But you would not notice them due to the thick-lensed specs I have to wear owing to my extreme-shortsightedness.
7. I have recently developed an attraction towards cute ladies who are wearing raincoats. I always think they look smart and sophisticated yet so lovable and cute. Being a single guy is tough la!
In 1987, the TV weather forecaster Michael Fish, a normally well-regarded personality on British screens until recently, famously failed to warn viewers of a massive hurricane which caused million of pounds of damage when it did hit our shores. The poor Mr. Fish soon became the butt of many jokes and comments from bemused (and roofless) members of the public. I would not have been surprised if he actually wished he was the animal that sounds like his surname and jumped into an ocean big enough to lay low in until the furore died down.
Unlike Mikey, the man behind HEM never misses a shower. And by showers, I mean showers of awards, not that clear rainy stuff that catches you unawares, minus umbrella, leaving you a rather pitiful soaked combination of your mother’s trusty cleaning sponge and a sewer rat that had just done ten laps of the English Channel. And unlike the showers that accompanied the Great Hurricane of ’87, these are loved, adored and gratefully received.
Just like former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and those crazy dancers in her hit single “It’s Raining Men”, the Half-Eaten Mind is in an all-singing, all-dancing, sequin-popping mood as we take receipt of our latest haul of multiple awards courtesy of the amazing Patty of the Petite Magique blog. The blog was awarded on the 17th February, 2014. So yes, it’s time to celebrate and hand out some goodies in the forms of nominations. Bust out any move you feel like…and don’t worry, you don’t need to pour yourself into a vile yellow Lycra leotard. Unless that’s your kind of thing. Besides, it’s too cold.
The latest Bouquet of Kindness from dearest Patty consists of a medley of awards. These are:
Some of these awards have been received for the very first time by the Half-Eaten Mind. I am incredibly thankful to Patty for nominating me for this spectacular show-stopping bouquet.
On the 6th February 2014, the Half-Eaten Mind was nominated for four blogging awards by photographer and poetess Patty from the blog ‘Petite Magique’. She has been a keen follower and friend for many months and has nominated the Half-Eaten Mind a few times previously. She has kindly stretched out her love all the way from the Netherlands, across the North Sea to London to rain down a few awards to add to the typhoon of gongs tearing a blingy path our way since the end of last year. Patty herself has also been very much caught up in the awards shower. In fact so many have come her way, that she has had to split them into two delightful batches or ‘bouquets’, christened the Bouquet of Inspiration and the Bouquet of Kindness.
The Half-Eaten Mind is one of twelve blogs to pick up the Kindness Bouquet, which comes with this snazzy picture of one of the Netherlands’ most attractive and renowned exports: tulips
Patty’s bouquet consists of the following treats:
I would like to humbly thank dearest Patty for these beautiful awards, two of which are first time badges for this blog. These two new badges will soon be displayed on our ‘Directories and Awards’ page as per our unwritten rules on new award nominations and award badges. Patty has not specified any award acceptance rules for the Bouquet of Kindness, and as I have a lot to do this weekend I will keep things simple. As always if you would like to accept one, two or all of these dazzling jewels, just leave a comment and consider yourself henceforth nominated. A bouquet of flowers it may not be, but at least you won’t need to a) be female b) gatecrash a church wedding and c) pray to your lucky stars that you have a good catch when the bride flings the flowers…or tosses the tulips.
FUN FACTS about Tulips:
1. Tulips belong to the same botanical family as lilies and are distantly related to onions.
2. Although the Netherlands is probably the world’s largest net exporter of this flower, the Dutch were not the first to cultivate them. They were first grown in Central Asia and then spread to Europe with Ottoman traders. The Turkish tourist board uses the tulip as a symbol of the country, where the Ottomans themselves originated from.
3. The English word ‘tulip’ is said to come from the Persian word ‘dulbend’. The Turks turned this into ‘tuelbent’ (literally ‘turban’) and was adopted into neo-Latin as ‘tulipa’.
4. Tulips arrived in the European continent in the 1550’s.
5. The Dutch passion for tulips was said to have begun with a botanist named Carolus Clusius who fell in love with the Central Asian beauties and evangelised other scientists and ordinary people to share his passion.
6. Clusius was also responsible for developing the many colours tulips are now sold in.
7. Indeed Clusius’ efforts were so good, that a ‘tulip mania’ occurred in the Netherlands in 1637. The trend snowballed, and many varieties and their bulbs soon changed hands for thousands of guilders, more than was needed to purchase a piece of land to build a house. Many tulip collectors sold their possessions and ran up debts to acquire rare examples.
8. Carolus Clusius was allegedly so disgusted with the hype surrounding his flowers that he refused to sell them to investment speculators. Some were so desperate they stole them.
9. The mania was commented on at the time. A 1641 book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, was published as an account of the mass hysteria, at a time when our modern attitudes of mass consumerism were almost non-existent. However it is said today, that the tulip mania was itself blown out of proportion by commentators of the time.
10. There are said to be 3,000 varieties of tulips, records of which are painstakingly kept by a Dutch horticultural body. The red coloured ones considered to be most popular.
11. Tulips are edible to an extent. Although care should be taken as part of the bulb contains toxins, they can be made into appetisers, additions to tuna and even brewed into wine. During World War II, food ran out in the Netherlands under Nazi occupation and people ate tulips to avoid starvation. One person at the time, described making and eating tulip bread. He recollected it as tasting like ‘wet sawdust’.
If you want to see the ‘Magique-al’ place where this beautiful bouquet was tenderly and lovingly grown, then your journey of discoevery starts here: