A big thank you to Steve Emmett and Shehanne Moore for presenting me with this prestigious award. There are conditions attached, so before I frame it and hang it over my mantelpiece, I must fulfill them.
Firstly, I must link back to the blog of the people who have awarded it to me. Just in case you missed the links in the first paragraph, here they are again: Shehanne Moore Steve Emmett. And fabulous blogs they are too, by the way.
Next I must reveal seven things about myself that you may not know. Now that's a little harder, but I'll give it a go.
My favourite wine is Chateau Margaux. I linger over each delicious mouthfull and savour its rich, full bodied velvet. It must be served in a crystal glass though because as you hold it up to the light, it gleams like a priceless ruby. Mmmm. Heavenly.
I used to work in advertising (more years ago than I care to remember) and still find the psychology of it fascinating. Some advertising copywriters have gone on to become some of our most celebrated authors. Fay Weldon, Dorothy L. Sayers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Salman Rushdie to name but four. Fay Weldon worked on the Egg Marketing Board's account at Ogilvy and Mather and came up with, 'Go to work on an egg'. She also came up with 'Guinness is good for you', and 'Sweet as the moment when the pod went "pop!"' for Bird's Eye.She has likened herself to the fictional character Peggy Olsen in the TV drama series Mad Men as she too started in the typing pool.
Legendary crime writer, Dorothy L. Sayers, was responsible for 'Think what Toucan do' at Ogilvy and Mather, when she worked on the Guinness account. Meanwhile, also at Ogilvy and Mather (what was it about that agency?), Salman Rushdie came up with 'Irresistibubble' for Aero and 'Naughty but nice' for cream cakes. I understand Scott Fitzgerald designed streetcar advertising signs among many other slogans.
Following on from number two, it will come as no surprise that one of my favourite TV shows is Mad Men. I love it!
My favourite Sunday lunch is Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, roast potatoes, parsnips and lashings of lovely thick beef gravy. Oh, and if a bottle of Margaux accompanies it, you won't find me complaining.
I never eat turkey. Not even on Christmas Day. I just don't like it.
I cannot watch films featuring animals, even animated ones. As a small child, I wept buckets at Bambi and nearly scared off half the audience who were waiting for the second house, when I left the cinema, bawling my head off at The Incredible Journey. And that had a happy ending! Needless to say, I gave Watership Down a very wide berth.
I've always wanted to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum and next year, my husband and I are doing just that. Can't wait!
Right, those are quite enough revelations from me, I shall now pass on this lovely award to some very fine bloggers indeed: