Liebster Award

Thank you to aguycalledbloke for the Liebster Award nomination. He’s set some top questions.

The Rules

Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award

Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you

Give 8 random thoughts about yourself

Nominate 8 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination

Ask your nominees 8 questions

The Questions

If vampires can’t see their reflections, why is their hair always so neat? 

Because they would be very cross if it was messy. Have you ever seen a bat with a bad hairdo, I think not.

If a kid refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest? 

How many years has A Guy Called Bloke been waiting to squeeze that joke into his blog. The kid could apply for Legal Sleep Aid in the U.K.

If they weren’t called grapes and you had the opportunity to rename them, what would you call them?

Has to be five. Going into a shop and asking for a bunch of fives might liven up the weekly shopping trip.

If the grass wasn’t green what colour would you make it?

Need to keep Tom Jones happy by not ruining the ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ too much. So what rhymes with Green.

Caffeine, Gangrene, Aquamarine, Tangerine.

Probably Tangerine.

Has your imaginary friend ever had an imaginary friend, or just you?

I have always loved the old James Stewart movie, Harvey. I remember one night dreaming that I had 2 imaginary Harvey rabbits. But they couldn’t see each other. Bizarre…

So, dance in the rain, wallow in the mud or naked angel in the snow?

Has to be naked angel in the snow. Several years ago I was climbing with a few college friends in a very snowy Torridon. On the way down (and heading to the pub) we decided to make snow angels in a virgin bit of snow. Being a bit of a prat I decided to take it one stage further and go for the full NAKED naked snow angel. Unfortunately because of the laughter we didn’t hear the climbing group coming in the other direction. I had to just lie down and think of England as a group of about 15 climbers walked slowly past. Given how cold it was – I suspect they didn’t see much.

Can you describe your blog to me without using the letters i and e?

*ts a b*t sh*t*

What are you afraid of becoming?

Petrified of turning into either Michael Gove or Jacob Rees-Mogg. Two beautiful and completely selfless U.K. Politicians. They are just loathsome….

8 Random Thoughts About Myself

I once got sent off in a football match for throwing a snowball at the referee

Once in Germany I ordered a green salad and beer in perfect German. Maybe not perfect. Had to eat a meat platter and green tea.

Years ago I was driving back from a days climbing. It was midnight and I pulled over to take a pee. Parked up in the middle of nowhere. Halfway through my pee a huge convoy of huge vehicles drove past with an army escort. No lights on the vehicles. I think it was a convoy of Cruise Nuclear Missiles. Or a late night emergency delivery of pizzas to a secret army camp.

Once got a smile from the tennis star Ana Ivanovic in Gstaad. It might have in practice been a bit of indigestion on Ana’s part.

Once tried to eat the worlds hottest curry and failed badly.

I can’t count past 7


Not wanting to put any pressure on anyone so I will open this up to anybody who fancies having a go. If you do then use the questions Aguycalledbloke set.

Be safe out there, it’s a crazy old world

Liebster the sequel – The Esterhaus role call.

Thank you to FortySomethingHeyHey and The Best Indian Food Blog for the Liebster Award nomination.

The Rules

  • Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Going to break the rules a bit and pick 6 questions from each blog.

FortySomethingHeyHey Questions

How do you act if you see a big spider?

Beautiful creatures. An absolute delight to share this small planet with them. I would approach the big (bigger the better) spider and carefully allow the beauty to slowly crawl over my hands. Who am I kidding. Scared of the little blighters would run in the opposite

Are you content with your life?

No two years ago it changed. Contentment left my vocabulary then.

Do you have any hobbies?

Do we class blogging as a hobby? Don’t find time to do hobbies now. A few years back would have listed Astronomy and Climbing.

Do you like camping?

Love it. Not so good when you wake during the night to find you are sleeping in 2 inches of muddy water at Wasdale Head in the Lake District. Also not so much fun when you leave for a middle of the night toilet break and return to find a sheep happily pooping in the tent.

Do you believe that love conquers all?

I discovered that love can’t conquer time.

What change would you make if you could rewrite your past?

I would worry about the consequences in the future. Wouldn’t want to jeopardise having our beautiful son.

Best Indian Food Blog questions

Which is your favourite country for food?

Switzerland produces some beautiful food with great locally produced ingredients. Love Indian and Mongolian cuisine. I once shared a house with someone from Mongolia.

What is the taste of food you like the most?

Simple food. A bit spicy and a little bit salty.

What is your favourite dish to eat?

Having said all that it would have to be Apple Crumble and Custard.

Which Indian food do you like the most?


What is the best dish you have eaten till today?

Definitely mums Apple Crumble and Custard. But also remember a Fruit Curry from Switzerland. Also remember my house mate cooking a spectacular Khorkhog.

What dish do you want to see in the Best Indian Food Blog?

I remember really enjoying in one sitting a banana curry with some form of chutney(think it was apple) in a restaurant in Bradford a few years back. Never seen them since.

11 Random Facts about Myself

  1. When I was young my Dad took me to a charity cricket match. At the end of the match I was sent by my dad to go and get the cricket legend Fred Trumans autograph. So I went to the dressing room and asked a man (apparently he was a TV star Lesley Crowther) where Fred was. I was pointed towards the corner of the room where the cricket legend had just come out of the showers. So I got the autograph while poor Fred was still only in his pants.
  2. Never been very good at working out which is left or right. When we used to drive in Europe I would put a snoopy toy on one side of the dashboard and a mutley toy on the other side. Then my partner would navigate by saying take the next turn on the snoopy side. It worked
  3. I’ve have failed a number of our son’s Aspergers tests. Probably confirms a growing feeling that I have.
  4. I did love my country but I hate what it’s becoming.
  5. When I was young I broke my left arm. The day I got the plaster removed I tripped as soon as I got back home and broke my other arm.
  6. Was once asked to play in goal for a local hockey team. Never played hockey before but as a football goalkeeper – how difficult could it be. I particularly liked the fact that I got to wear battle armour. Started off really well. Saved two penalties – really like these small goals. Unfortunately no one told me that it wasn’t like football and I couldn’t crash into the striker. Still feel sorry for that poor striker who saw this crazed goalkeeper waving a stick like a weapon just a second before I crashed into him at full speed. A quite spectacular sending off and the end of my hockey career.
  7. Once had a Fiat UNO Champ car. Absolute rust bucket. It had Champ printed at the back. One of my so called friends scraped part of the A off. So for 2 years had to drive about in a car with CHUMP displayed at the back.
  8. I hate the worlds preoccupation with disproving every legend and myth. Like the X-Files used to say I want to believe.
  9. Apparently I have ladies eye lashes. Been told that a few times.
  10. In a university football match I got knocked out after 25 seconds.
  11. I loved Hill Street Blues, especially where Sergeant Esterhaus would complete the role call by saying “Let’s be careful out there”. If I was the sergeant I would say “Let’s be nice to everyone”.

Nominations again a naughty rule breaker, opening this up to everyone using the same great questions.

“Let’s be careful out there”


Thank you to Kristian for the Liebster nomination from his great site Tales from the mind of Kristian. Very kind of you.

The Rules

  • Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random thoughts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Because these are good questions, people are tending to stick with them.

The Questions:

11 questions

1)What is your biggest pet peeves?

Why do pets have to pull the Christmas tree down every two minutes. At least the dog hasn’t cocked his leg on it yet. The angel on top of the tree is genuinely looking like it needs to go into rehab after what the girl cat did to it this morning.

2)Where did you get the name for your blog?

I came up with the single most rubbish blog name ever. Can’t blame anybody else except me. It just sort of popped into my head.

3)If you could change your blogs name, what would it be?

The perfect family still together.


Whatever Will Smith calls his blog.

4)What was your favourite show as a kid?

Too many to mention. Captain Scarlet was number 1 ScoobyDoo was number 2.

5)Do you have any weird habits?

Too many. Won’t eat the ends of a banana. If I read a newspaper I read it Japanese Manga Comic style, back to front. Turn into a wolf every full moon. Always give my car a name then say hello and goodbye to it when I drive. If I’m concentrating I tend to stick my tongue out. Could go on for pages.

6)Do you like fall scents/tastes?

Yes favourite time of year.

7)What is your favourite holiday and why?

SWITZERLAND. 🇨🇭 Stunning scenery, beautiful food, lovely friendly people, worlds greatest public transport system, MEMORIES

8)Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

My handwriting is so bad it has to be typing. Having said that I still can only type with two fingers.

9)Netflix or cable?

Prefer to buy cheap DVDs than watch TV these days.

10)If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

Become the Yorkshire Batman. Would probably have to change my name to something like ‘Rhubarb Man’ or ‘The Yorkshire Pudding’.

11)What is your favourite thing about yourself?

Absolutely Nothing.

11 Things About Me

  1. As a kid I had a 3 legged tortoise called speedy who walked round in circles.
  2. A few years back I apparently looked like Harry Potters Dad. Not sure if that was before or after Voldermort made a mess of him.
  3. When I played football for the university my nickname was Bagpuss.
  4. I worked for a while at the Forensic Science Service. No idea why but one of the office sites was slap in the middle of the U.K.s atomic weapons research site. Many years ago. But then it was the U.K.s highest security site. Mad old place. Probably just broken the official secrets act – sorry Theresa
  5. I was born in Yorkshire but a couple of years later the government decided that my town couldn’t be in Yorkshire anymore. It’s the stuff of revolutions.
  6. I used to go fishing with some of my friends. I hated the thought of hurting a fish so I never put a hook on my line. Friends never found out.
  7. When I was a kid one of my favourite shows was ScoobyDoo. Back then I desperately wanted Velma to be my girlfriend.
  8. I’ve seen the following bands: Deep Purple, Motörhead, The Firm, Whitesnake, Tin Machine, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Rory Gallagher, Magnum, Gary Moore, Saxon, Mountain, Eric Clapton, Asia, Bad Company, Dio, Marillion, Runrig, Blackfoot, Kirsty Macoll, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Extreme, Tina Turner, Brian Adams, Al Stewart, Suzy Quattro, Roy Harper, Hollywood Vampires, The Darkness, The Dammed, Iron Maiden. Plus because of my partner I have seen Ronan Keaton twice…….
  9. I got my first name from a famous American actor, who did a lot of cowboy movies and it’s not John Wayne.
  10. I was privileged to be in a crowd which was addressed by Nelson Mandela.
  11. I once spent time on a climbing wall with a someone who later went on to climb Everest.


Open it up to anyone who fancies a crack at some of the same questions. It is ok to admit any lycanthropy tendencies – we are all friends here.