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Good Grief! I’ve Been Nominated For A Liebster Award!

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It’s not every day that I get nominated for an award, so I was blown away to receive a nomination for The Liebster Award from the lovely Jenny, who’s the amazing blogger behind The World Of Jenny Pugh.

I know some people don’t like to receive nominations for a number of reasons but I absolutely love it! As these nominations come from fellow bloggers, it means a lot that one of my peers digs this blog and thinks it’s worthy of some kind of recognition. And as Nostalgia Pie is my very first blog and the one that kick started everything, I’m even more chuffed. Nice one, Jenny!

SO WHAT’S THIS LIEBSTER THING ALL ABOUT?

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For those of you who have never heard of The Liebster Award before, it’s an online award given to (usually new)bloggers  (generally with less than two hundred followers) by other bloggers. Accepting the award means adhering to a few rules which normally involve answering 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you, adding 11 facts about yourself, then nominating between 3-11 bloggers and asking them 11 questions of your own.

So I will gladly be following the above but before I do that I will be taking a little time out to thank the lovely blogger who nominated me.

THANKS JENNY!

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I was nominated by the fantastic Jenny whose blog The World Of Jenny Pugh is amazing and one of my favourite reads. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then get to it!

I’ve been following Jenny’s blog for two years and in that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the lady behind the blog. Jenny isn’t just a talented writer whose posts have inspired and motivated me, but she’s also something of a sweetie and I don’t know anyone who couldn’t like her. It’s just too bad we live at opposite ends of the country as she’s someone I’d definitely like to knock back a few cocktails with!

So Jenny, thank you so much for nominating me for The Liebster Award. You know I how much I think your blog rocks, so this is awesome. Oh and like you, I also love the eighties, was into Fimo clay big time, and can’t walk in heels to save my life – hence my collection of ballet pumps. However, unlike you, no one can ever and will ever get me on a bike!

ANSWERS TO JENNY’S 11 QUESTIONS

1. If money was no object, what job would you be doing (if any?)

There’s a very frustrated, big-haired, leather-clad rocker trapped in the body of this teeny, weeny little girl who’s struggling to get out, so that’s probably what I would be doing. And if money was no object, I’d perform for free (but then again it would probably have to be for free as I can’t see anyone paying to see me!)
2. What’s your favourite colour, and why?

I really love jewel tones in emerald, amethyst, and magenta. Otherwise I’ll go for black. That’s me – from one extreme to the other!
3. If I beemed down in an alien spaceship and wanted to be shown your favourite place, where would you take me, and why?

I seem to have fallen in love with most of the places I’ve visited so I don’t really have a particular favourite. But maybe my new alien friend would like to accompany somewhere I’ve never been before but have always wanted to visit? Top of the list would be Australia.

4. If you could meet one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Alfred Hitchcock. I’m a huge fan of his films and I’d love to know what goes on in that mind of his – but I reckon he’d be too shrewd to ever let me find out.
5. If you could ban one bad habit in people, what would it be and why?

Goodness – where do I begin??? I think I would start with people’s lack of gratitude. It drives me mad that people want. want, want all the time but never appreciate what they already have, or expect things from others and never express gratitude when they get what they want.
6. If you had to look like any celebrity, who would it be and why?

I’ve actually grown to (somewhat) like how I look and I’ve stopped wishing I could look like someone else (those were my teenage years for you!) But if I had to choose, I would be a darker version of French supermodel Laetitia Casta back in the 1990s.
7. What are your 5 favourite songs and why?

I have at least 500 favourite songs! But off the top of my head, I’d choose the following simply because they remind me of important moments in my life:

My Favourite Girl – New Kids On The Block

How Long – Hinder

Stranger Inside – Shinedown

Home – Alter Bridge

DJ Got Us Falling In Love – Usher
8. Do you have a signature dish that you are brilliant at making?

I have two. One is a seafood pasta dish which my sister said is restaurant quality – and my sis is notoriously difficult to please! The other is a grilled chicken dish made with coriander, chilli and lime, which I serve with couscous, salad and mango salsa.
9. Which fictional detective would you most like to be and why?

Nancy Drew without a shadow of a doubt. She was everything a young lady should be: strong; feisty; fearless, intelligent, and pretty with it but she was also very nice and treated people with respect. She could solve centuries-old cases that left even the local police baffled. Plus she got to go out with Ned Nickerson who we’re led to believe is quite hot!
10. What’s your favourite book and why?

Way too many to choose. I am a bookworm after all! But The Hypnotic World Of Paul McKenna has been pretty influential as it was the book that got me interested in hypnotherapy – which has been life changing in more ways than one!
11. What place most sticks in your mind and why?

I’ve been fortunate to visit many places around the world but I’m going to say that Euston, London is the place that sticks out in my mind the most. It may seem like an odd choice but when I was nearing the end of my twenties, I spent an awful lot of time in Euston and the surrounding areas: partying, getting sloshed, going to gigs, crashing in my sister’s room when she lived in halls; hanging out with mates and generally enjoying life. And when Hubby and I started going out, we tended to hang out around Euston a lot. But boy did I waste a lot of time there waiting for cabs in the freezing cold (yes Mum, I should have worn a jumper!)

The place brings back such good memories for me that I feel nostalgic every time I think about Euston, and I get goosebumps every time I go there.

11 FACTS ABOUT ME

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1. For some reason I feel very at home when I visit Canada. So if I would very much like to settle there if I could.

2. I absolutely love anything angel related.

3. I started celebrating Thanksgiving after I started going out with the Hubby and I now I love it as much as Christmas.

4. When it comes to mainstream music today, I am sooo clueless!

5. Despite having an interest in ballet, I have yet to go to a performance.

6. And despite being a die-hard rock chick, I have yet to go to a festival.

7. I once swore I would never in a billion years get a Facebook account. Well it looks as though a billion years has passed…

8. I’m a sucker for afternoon tea: a fantastic British tradition.

9. Scarves, along with shrugs, are pretty much my trademark.

10. My mum’s engagement ring and wedding gown was the inspiration for my own.

11. I used to be a soap opera fanatic when I was younger but sadly not so much now.

12. I spent a few months living in Bournemouth and to this day I miss living near the sea – despite being a die-hard Londoner!

13. I wish I could give up my caffeine addiction – but then there are worse addictions I could have had!

14. My husband and my job are the two things that happened to me completely by chance – and they’re the two best things that ever happened to me.

15. I am totally in love with Rodin’s The Kiss.

MY QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

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1. You’re president/prime minister of your country. What’s the first law you’d pass?

2. What would be your last meal?

3. What’s your favourite era?

4. If you could learn another language, what would it be and why?

5. What’s your favourite film genre?

6. Who would play you in a film about your life?

7. If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be?

8. Apart from your own, name a blog that you think is completely and utterly fantastic.

9. Which show were you addicted to as a kid?

10. You’re at a party. What song makes you head for the dance floor?

11. What’s your most overused phrase?

MY NOMINATIONS!

OK this bit is never easy because I am following some bloody amazing blogs and it’s so hard to choose. So I’ve had to narrow it down to those who – to the best of my knowledge – don’t seem to have been nominated for a Liebster before, don’t mind being nominated and have less than two hundred followers.

So here goes:

https://myberkeleybowl.wordpress.com

http://lifeofanelpasowoman.com

http://daniellajoe.com

https://chubbybiscuits.wordpress.com

http://splendidrecipesandmore.com

https://foodpassionandlove.wordpress.com

https://ganderpokeblog.wordpress.com

https://whatsonwhere.wordpress.com/

https://chocolatebottle.wordpress.com

https://sothisisforty.wordpress.com

https://candycrashtest.wordpress.com

Congrats to those who have been nominated – and thanks again, Jenny!

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Welcome 2014: The First Blog Post Of The Year

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Hope everybody’s had an amazing Christmas and New Year. I just can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Two weeks ago I was running around trying to do a whole bunch of last minute stuff – and now I’m sat here anticipating my return to work tomorrow and the only reminder of Christmas is the last remaining Christmas pudding in the cupboard!

2013 has been a very good year and I do hope that 2014 will be just as good. I don’t bother with new year’s resolutions – they’re pointless for someone like me – but I do have a list of things I would like to at least attempt this year so we’ll see how I get along with that.

I’ve also thought a great deal about Nostalgia Pie and my plans for the blog this year. All my blogs are very special to me but I love Nostalgia Pie just a little bit more because it’s the blog that kicked off everything. I’m still going to be looking at everything that’s associated with my childhood years but I’d also like to feature interview people who’d like to share childhood stories from their era. If I’m lucky I may even be able to get a well known face or two who used to be on screens ‘back in the day!’ But of course, all the usual favourites from Nostalgia Pie will still be here. Here’s hoping the blog will be bigger and better than last year!

 

Happy new year everyone!

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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in This, That and the Other!

 

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Versatile Blogger Award Nominee? Who Me???

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I was amazed, delighted, astounded and elated to have been nominated by the lovely Jenny Pugh for a Versatile Blogger Award. Now that I have had a little lie down and gotten over the shock I can write this post telling you all how thrilled I am.  I love working on Nostalgia Pie; I’m constantly trying to think of new ways to improve it and make it better and it seems that all the effort is paying off. Nostalgia Pie is one of my happy places so I’m thrilled that people – other than myself –  are enjoying this blog too. Although I started this blog more than a year ago, I’ve only really been working on it seriously since the beginning of this year so it’s still early days for me. I’ve already received lots of extremely nice comments so I know I must be doing something right!

OK, according to VBA nomination rules there are certain things I need to do, including:

1. Thank the person who nominated me.

Many, many thanks to the delightful Jenny Pugh. She is an extremely talented blogger and I enjoy her blog The World Of Jenny Pugh immensely. I’m glad that Jenny’s back and doing what she does best. Thanks a million Jenny. For me, this is the equivalent of a Grammy award – but for blogs!

2. Include a link to their blog.

Here it is:

The World Of Jenny Pugh http://littlemisschocchoc.wordpress.com/

3. Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:

It was hard to choose from as all the blogs I follow are very entertaining and informative. However, I selected these 15 because I think these blogs are totally awesome and also the bloggers are people who really seem to appreciate their followers. The nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

Yes, I know the last one has already nominated me but had she not beaten me to it, I would have nominated Jenny Pugh anyway!

4. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

OK, Jenny – and everyone else:

  • One of my fave drinks is Pimm’s and lemonade.
  • I love Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Italian and Caribbean cuisines.
  • I would love to visit Australia – a future ambition.
  • Marrying my husband and working at the English language college where I currently work are the best two things I ever did.
  • A few years ago, I had an obsession with Brazil.
  • My family are a mix of many different nationalities: British, American, Indian, Singaporean, Malaysian. Mexican, Hungarian, Scottish, Irish, Italian, Slovakian… I think I’ve covered everything. We are a mini UN and perhaps could even hold our own World Cup tournament!
  • Christmas and New year are my two fave times of the year.

I think that’s everything. So thanks Jenny and thanks everyone for following this blog. I hope you will continue to enjoy it! xx

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in This, That and the Other!

 

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Bloggers Rock Too!

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A comment that was made on morning television really annoyed me this week. A guest on a talk show – who I shall not name as I don’t want to give her any publicity on my blog – declared how she was a real writer and that that was what she was paid to do, while there are people out there who call themselves writers but really ‘they just have a blog’. I’m so incensed by this comment that I don’t know where to start!

Amy Adams plays writer Julie Powell in Julie and Julia

Amy Adams plays writer Julie Powell in Julie and Julia

Everyone writes blogs for different reasons and true there are some who start blogs and add a couple of posts before realising that they are just not dedicated enough to maintain their blog so simply abandon the idea. For the rest of us however, it’s the chance for us to write about something we’re passionate about; share our views, knowledge and ideas with the world, and exercise our writing muscle! Of course most bloggers would be lying if they said that they didn’t wish for their blog to lead to bigger things (paid writing jobs for a start!) and I for one must admit that the film Julie and Julia was more than a little inspirational for me ( incidentally the nostalgia theme runs deep throughout this fantastic film.) However if we’re not fortunate enough to go on to even greater things, we’ll be thrilled just writing for our blogs and keeping our readers happy.

The real Julie Powell, writer and blogger

The real Julie Powell, writer and blogger

Since childhood, it was obvious to my family that I would go on to achieve a career that involved writing as I was always writing stories and poems during my years at primary school before composing songs when I hit my teens. And when I wasn’t writing, I had my head stuck in a book, completely oblivious to what was going on around me. Sadly, after completing my MA degree, I saw just how thin on the ground writing jobs were. Actually that’s not totally true. writing jobs were abundant – if you were prepared to work for nothing at all! And in the early days, desperate to develop my portfolio, I did. I landed some great unpaid writing gigs from editors who claimed to really like my style of writing but unfortunately these obviously did not pay the bills. After being messed about by an editor, I reached the end of my tether and decided to pull the plug on the ‘working for free’ business and get a job where I would get paid for my efforts. So I now teach English which I absolutely love. And even though the pay isn’t great – the important thing is that there is a wage slip every month!

So true!

So true!

Have I given up on my dream of writing and having more than ‘just a blog’. Of course not but I’ve made a promise to myself not to work for absolutely nothing ever again. After all, a hairdresser, architect or accountant won’t work on an unpaid basis so why should I? And even though my blog is still in it’s infancy stage, I love writing for Nostalgia Pie. I’ve already had some great comments which is lovely to hear. I figured that if I have to write for free then I would do so on my own terms and most importantly for myself – not people who wish to gain from my efforts and not give anything back. Which is why, Ms. Snooty Writer, I ‘just have a blog.’ Though I’d like to think it’s a great one.

And to all my fellow bloggers out there, keep up the great work! I love reading your work.

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in I Don't Believe It!

 

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I’m Back!

I hate that I’ve been away from my beloved blog for longer than I care to think about but it’s all been for a good reason. I landed a great gig at an English language college and I’m loving it, loving it, loving it! The hours are longer than a pair of long-johns belonging to an NBA player; due to excessive tiredness, I’m constantly OD’ing on caffeine so much it would be cheaper to develop a crack addiction and I hate that I don’t get to spend enough time with my lovely fella and other equally loved ones but… I really LOVE  my job. I’m based in one of the best parts of central London; I get to work with a fantastic bunch of people everyday and I enjoy the work immensely. The hours may be crazy but they do fly by which goes to show that I’m definitely having fun; I can’t believe that I’m getting paid to socialize!

 

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However much I’m enjoying life at the moment (not to mention having regular money coming in. Go me!) I won’t be abandoning my blog any time soon and cannot wait to start reminiscing again. Remember when…

Watch this space…. I’m coming back real soon!

 

 

 
 

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