Sunshine Blogger Award * 2, Blogger Recognition * 1…what a 2021 start…

Wow…what a start to my 2021 Blogging Year…bam! not one but 2 Sunshine Blogger Awards together with a Blogger Recognition patiently waiting for me. The perfect motivation after my year-long absence in the Blogosphere.

Thank you so much for thinking of me dear Taking Up Room (Rebecca) and Realweegiemidget Reviews (Gill). The awards are appreciated. I’m going to combine my next round of questions into one post (hope you don’t mind).

So…of course, the required rules for the Blogger Recognition:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Post the award banner on your blog.
  3. Share the reason you started your blog.
  4. Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate a maximum of 15 other bloggers.
  6. Tell your nominees about the award post, so they can participate

and Rules for the Sunshine Blogger:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Taking up Room’s questions:

What’s your hope for 2021?

Well, this is very cliché but I hope that things will get back to some sort of normality, whatever that may be. And, of course the annual hope that they year will be a good, healthy and happy one for family, friends and the natural world we have around us.

What helped you stay sane in 2020?

Well, to be very honest, I was so busy in 2020 that I didn’t have time to think about staying sane. Although, I must say, 2020 was good in bringing me back down to earth…with forced reduced hours and working off of overtime hours, I could find myself again through hiking, reading, watching movies and just having down time in general. I guess that kept me sane…or at least stopped the “I can’t go further” I was inevitably heading for at work.

Are there any movies you’re looking forward to this year?

I really don’t know what is out there. I’ve totally lost touch with the movies to be expected (and even what’s current). I do vaguely know that there is a last Daniel Craig James Bond due to be released so that’s what I’m looking forward to.

You can visit any five celebrity homes from any era. Which ones would you pick?

Oh my…I’m really bad with these type of questions but I’ll give it a go…hmmm…let me think…whew…gosh…I’ll get back to this one…




…sorry, there really isn’t anyone that comes to mind who’s home I’m interested in seeing.

You’re about to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. What, if anything, would you take that the experts might frown on?

Ooooh…oooh…Rebecca, this looks absolutely awesome. Wow…one day I’d like to tackle just a small portion. Well, I’d obviously take whatever is required and maybe, just maybe, sneak in a hot water bottle…I hate cold toes 🙂

Who are your three favorite film critics and why?

I don’t have any here…sorry. I’ve never found (of the few I’ve seen/read) a critic who’s recommendations fit with me. Besides, I always feel we all have such different opinions and thoughts that I’d just prefer making up my own mind. Film critics (in my opinion) tend to overthink movies and often forget about “movies for the sake of movies” and escapism.

When you’re watching stuff other than movies, do you prefer YouTube and streaming services or traditional broadcast TV?

Absolutely…traditional broadcast TV. I don’t like YouTube at all…find the content very random and (sorry) pointless. The only things I do watch on traditional TV though is the odd show that I choose to watch and even then, I don’t watch much at all.

If you could adapt a TV show into a movie, which one would you pick and why?

I can’t really say because I rarely watch TV shows. And things like Graham Norton Show or Would I Lie to You or Strictly Come Dancing work perfectly just as they are.

Which film prop or costume would you most like to own?

No idea…maybe something from one of the classic westerns but even then…I can’t tell you what. It would sit forgotten in a box anyway…

Who is your favorite movie or TV couple? Your least favorite?

I absolutely love Arianne and Centurion Quintus Dias in Centurion as well as, of course you shouldn’t be surprised, Cora Munro and Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans. Really irritating, although, that’s part of the role are Johana and Jacques Mayol in The Big Blue. I guess they’re not really my least favourite but just the couple that don’t fit…that’s the movie though.

What was the last album you listened to?

No album…just a random selection of the music on my “Cat’s Mix” playlist. I haven’t listened to an album in years…although, was probably Human by band A Life Divided.


Now for Realweegiemidget’s questions:

Have you ever met a celebrity somewhere random?

Nope. I’ve never met any celebrity. Only seen Gerard Butler from a distance and then some cyclists up close…Jan Ullrich, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara and a few more over the years. None of them I’ve “met”.

Have you ever had a celebrity write to you in response to your fan letter?

I’ve never written a fan letter (I’m not that kind of person) but, I did once write to author Sue Grafton asking her if she knew how I could get hold of her very unheard of book The Lolly Madonna War (turned into a movie I quite like). She answered me with a wonderful letter including wondering why I would want to find a book that she herself doesn’t much like herself. She continued to tell me that she was busy with book S in her alphabet mystery series. I now have that letter tucked into the hard copy of S is for Silence.

What’s your favourite advert with an actor or actress.?

Ahm…I rarely watch TV and don’t noticed adverts.

If you could ghostwrite a celebrity’s autobiography with their permission who would it be?

Once again…I really don’t know. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis…but I’m really not that phased about celebrity lives.

Have you ever been on telly or in a movie?

Yes…when I was in primary school I was in a Winter Wonderland ballet production that was broadcast on TV. What a long day of takes and retakes and retakes. I also took part two years running in “The 24 Hour Film Project” where I had small role.

Who was your first film or TV love?

John Wayne! John Wayne! John Wayne!

You are allowed to snog, marry or avoid three movie or TV stars.. who are they?

Hahaha…just for fun I’ll go with this one…

Snog…ahm…a young Christian Slater (my film love after John Wayne once I’d discovered newer movies)

Marry…aw…hmmm…ok, Daniel Craig.

Avoid…absolutely wouldn’t go near many stars but for this one…let’s just say Jim Carrey.

If you could give out an Oscar which category would it be for..?

Most historically accurate picture (way too many are so horribly off)

Who would you like to accompany to the Oscars?

I’d rather watch it from home…but I’ll be some fun and say…Daniel Day-Lewis.

Which film would you watch again and again?

Would I? Rather do I…I watch The Last of the Mohicans, Yellow Sky and Catch and Release again and again and again and again and….you get my point 🙂

What’s your favourite TV Movie?

Hmmm…I don’t really know…hang on…let me go check in my collection what was a TV movie…so…The Legend of Butch and Sundance…yes, it doesn’t rate highly but I enjoy it. Actually…that’s an idea of what to watch this evening.


As for the questions required for this award…I find it really difficult coming up with questions I haven’t already asked…and nominating blogs that haven’t already been nominated by the person nominating me…so, I’ll park this part for now and make up for it on a rainy day. Promise.


Moving on to the Blogger Recognition award from Realweegiemidget:

Why did I start blogging? That was purely because I needed to write, to put my thoughts down. Never did I think of making them available to everyone out there in the blogosphere but only by doing so did I make a bigger effort to write. It was also at a time where I had a consulting drought and desperately needed to keep myself busy.

Advice to other bloggers…I always find this such a personal thing because everyone has their own thoughts and opinions so let me just say…write what you enjoy writing about and because you want to – blogging should be fun. And if you don’t want to or feel like it, leave it and write when it all feels right (no pun intended) again. Take a break if you need to…I’ve learnt that your blogging friends are still there when you get back.

And here too, I’m going to save posting it on to other blogs for now. I’ll save it for that rainy day.

Whew…that was quite a post…but I’ve so enjoyed writing it. Thanks Gill and Rebecca.

Sunshine Blogger Award…Thank You!

SunshineManiacs and Monsters (here) has nominated my for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much. For this round though, I’m going to be taken out of my comfort zone. Because, Maniacs and Monsters, I’m such a scaredy-cat when it comes to Horror. Yet, somehow this genre is coming to haunt me these days…recently I entered the Gothic Horror Blogathon where the banner tempted me to watch Crimson Peak (but am totally too scared to start it), I’ve had 28 Days Later on my To Watch list for ages (but am totally too scared to start it) and now, because things come in threes, you’ve given me some horror related questions. I think I need to stop being such a wuss and tackle a genre that, believe it or not, as a teen I had no problem watching (or reading).  (And I’ve just checked my watch list and seen that I’ve watched almost 40 horror movies in my time…so maybe it is simply a matter of getting back into it).

Here goes…

…starting with those rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers.
  4. Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer.

…and here we go:

Thanks Maniacs and Monsters. I appreciate the nomination but also for giving me a push to the horror genre. Here are the questions of yours:

  1. Do you consider yourself a fan of horror, adverse to horror, or a patron of any genre including horror if it is entertaining? Well, when I first started writing this post I was a “oh, I can’t watch horror these days. I won’t sleep at night” person, probably the “any genre…if it is entertaining” approach. But, the more I think back and see what I used to watch…I’m actually probably a fan. I just need to get back into it. To stop being scared. To just watch this stuff and enjoy like I used to! But, I just can’t watch those gruesome, blood and guts torture horror movies. That for me, is just sick.

  2. What is the first horror film you remember watching and what was your reaction? This is going to be a very strange answer…because I actually don’t know what it was and I’ve been trying to find recently (another sign that maybe I’m ready for horror again). So…let me explain: my parents had Super 8 movies salvaged back 220px-Candymanposterwhen Video came out. Amongst them was some black and white horror movie with, I think, a vampire. All I can remember is something moving under a floor of straw (later to have may parents say they must have pulled something underneath it to give the effect). Oh, and I’m sure there was a barn of sorts. Someone screaming? What can I say? A black and white movie that has the reels whirring in the background and creepy vampires biting people, that’s got to be scary. But, strangely enough, I’d watch it over and over.
    Then came Candyman…I remember being so damn scared and to this day won’t whisper the name five times while looking into a mirror (that was the summoning, wasn’t it? Or did I remember it incorrectly?). But as a teen, it was awesome!
  3. What is your opinion of real world paranormal activities such as ghosts, spiritualism, UFOs, cryptozoology, or extrasensory perception? I definitely think there is something out there, something we can’t explain, something that doesn’t necessarily conform to the “normal” world as science might try explain. I do also think that many stories and myths had some form of explanation behind them. Possibly many were not as outrageous as we think but there were probably some truths to them. As for spiritualism…yes, there are signs we get that can’t be logically explained and that come with a purpose. I’m not making any sense here…
  4. Have you ever had what you believe to be a paranormal experience or at least an experience you could not explain? As per point 3 above, I have experienced signs or happenings I couldn’t explain, well, the only thing it could possibly have been is something present that I couldn’t see that did whatever it was. Once again, I’m not making sense…but I can’t explain…
  5. If you were cast in a horror movie, which of the following roles would you want and why:
    – last girl/guy

    – killer/monster
    – fodder for the slaughter
    – evil genius/mad scientist/cult leader
    – tortured soul
    – kick-ass hero/military leader
    – creepy caretaker/gas station attendant/neighbour/sea captain
    – member of the faceless zombie/demon/alien horde
    – wise stranger that warned those reckless kids 

    Oh gosh, my imagination is running wild here. I’m going to be cheeky and do a few:
    I’d be the (supposed) last woman, doing my utmost to stay alive, to remain undetected, living mostly on the move while killing off those damn, un-killable monsters. But, I’d find an abandoned (off-course) gas station where I’d make my base. When a group of know-it-all kids (and supposed last people alive) come my way I’ve got to get rid of them, they need to move on, so I’m going to be creepy. But as they finally leave, I’ll whisper a wise warning…because where they are headed, they are doomed. But…I told them so…njahahahahaaaa….
    Abandoned gas station?  Take 2

  1. Horror films, much like comedies, have been historically ignored by the Oscars. What horror film or horror performance do you feel deserved, but did not receive, recognition by the Academy? Strangely enough, all the horror I was going to suggest actually did win Oscars (not for performances though) – Sleepy Hollow (1999) and  Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). The Others received a Golden Globe nomination for Nicole Kidman so that was probably overlooked. Sorry, I’m no help here but yes, performances should get more attention and not only effects, music etc.
  2. Which subgenre of horror is most appealing to you (noting that these subgenres often overlap):
    • action horror
    • ‘B’ movies/camp
    • body horror
    • comedy horror
    • disaster/natural horror
    • giallo – what is this? I’m so green when it comes to horror…
    • gothic horror – after the recent Gothic Horror Blogathon, I’m tempted by this.
    • horror thriller – sounds good but not sure my nerves will handle it…
    • kaiju
    • psychological horror – this was the last type of horror I watched because it usually all had some explanation to it. And with that, I could cope.
    • science fiction horror
    • slasher
    • splatter
    • supernatural horror
  1. Assuming you observe Halloween, describe a favourite costume (scary or otherwise) that you have worn. Oh, without a doubt my lovely Red Riding Hood Cape that I’ve made from a nice heavy material. It has a hood that covers the face so nicely:
  2. What is your greatest fear/phobia? That our future is going to be like all these dystopian movies (another genre I can’t watch).
  3. You die only to awaken as a ghost, vampire, or zombie. What do you do? I go feed…I’m a vampire after all…but a romantic gritty type take on the vampire. Like Lena in Wir Sind die Nacht (We are the night).
  4. Darkness falls across the land. The alien invasion has begun.  Civilization is collapsing.  The dead are returning from the grave.  Cthulhu is rising from his eternal slumber.  The Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on the ride.  It’s the end of the world.  You are among a small group boarding an experimental starship to escape to another galaxy.  You are allowed to bring any three items of your choosing.  What do you bring (and no fair bringing something ‘useful’)? You said Items…so I’ll stick with that…but hang on…everything cool is useful…that samurai sword, or the kick-butt knife I can gouge an alien’s eye out and watch it oozing gloop. Or that camera with flash that can take photos (and blind the invading alien that is about to bite my head off). I’m going to have to think this one over…

Now to the next bit…the following bloggers (not sure I’ll get 11) get my nomination. I wanted to nominate a few more but you already have the honours from Maniacs and Monsters:


Sam Simon of vengonofuoridallefottutepareti

Jay of Assholes Watching Movies

The Craggus

The Stop Button

The Ü

Caftan Woman

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies


Book Beach Bunny

Wolfmans Cult Film

Here are my 11 questions:

  1. The number of Western movies in my DVD collection far outnumber any other genre. What genre do you have most of in your collection and, well, why?
  2. Where movies are based on books, what is it for you: book before movie, only movie, only book or each is its own medium and not compare?
  3. You have to create a story using a mish-mash of your favourite existing book or movie characters – a good character (your protagonist), a villain, a superhero and a fantastical being, who would you bring together?
  4. Now, which actors would you cast in your story in 3 above?
  5. As this is a Sunshine Award, what is the movie or book that brings most Sunshine into your life?
  6. I’ve recently watched Rear Window and now have a different take on my neighbours. I’m sure you’ve all observed your own neighbours. What is the strangest or most interesting thing you have witnessed?
  7. Is there an actor or actress who’s movies you will watch regardless of the story, genre, content, reviews etc. and why?
  8. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  9. Favourite movie from your childhood? Does it still appeal today?
  10. Who is the most interesting villain (movie or book) you’ve encountered?
  11. It is a rainy, cold day (as today is)…what do you do…read or watch a movie?