Liebster Award

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The very brilliant i luv cinema has been ever so kind and has awarded me with this nifty little award! Thank you so much for choosing me for this little honour. Hope it justice!

I’ve now got some things to do for this award. Here’s a breakdown:

Liebster Award

  1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
  4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
  5. Go to their page and tell them.

Shall I make a start?

11 Things About Me

1. At school when I was about 5 years old we had birds of prey, a hawk and a barn owl, in to take photos with. I was desperate to have a photo taken with the hawk – it was massive and beautiful. But sadly, only boys were allowed the hawk and girls the barn owl. I was one disappointed girl. I’ll have to dig out the photo one day.

2. With the London 2012 Olympics coming to a close, it has reminded me how much I love sport. When I was very young I was in my school’s hockey team. Later on I was in the tennis, lacrosse and rounders team. I was team captain for our rounders team for a couple of years and won a county championship! Oh and I was also a javelin thrower – I could throw a tennis ball the longest distance in my school. Was also in a swimming club for a good long while. Speed training, stamina, bricks off the bottom of the swimming pool floor in my pyjamas. You name it. I did 5K in the pool when I was about 11. I could NOT do that now!

3. At one point in time I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon. It was all I thought I ever wanted to be when I grew up. That moved on to wanting to become a doctor. Do I regret not going to do medicine at university? God no. I have huge amounts of respect for all of those who do, but I really kinda like my life right now. I don’t envy those young doctors and their crazy shift work and life or death craziness.

4. I used to play the violin and the bassoon when I was younger. Loved both of them. More so the bassoon. Lovely wood wind instrument that I sometimes I still wish I played.

5. I’m a cryer when it comes to film or TV. Whether it’s for happy or sad reasons, chances are, I’ll have tears streaming down my face. The first film I ever cried in was Short Circuit 2.

6. I can remember the night of the great hurricane of 1987 that hit the south of the UK. Well, great storm/hurricane. Yes, I was only 3 years old at the time, but I remember it so vividly. I do remember being pretty inconsolable that night. The sound of the wind completely freaked me out! The next day I remember driving over to family’s houses to see if everyone was ok – there were trees in the road and my gran’s greenhouse had imploded.

7. The day of my birth was a Friday. The date? 13th. Yep, I’m a Friday 13th baby.

8. I honestly can’t remember when or why I got into photography. I know it happened in the last 10 years, but I can’t remember what spurred me on with it. Though, I’m glad I did get into it.

9. Linked in with #2 – when I was a child, I hated water. Swimming was my arch nemesis. I did not want to know about it at all. My main fear came from the fact that in the swimming club I was the only one who couldn’t touch the floor! Turns out, that was just the driving force to get me into swimming.

10. I love to garden. If I don’t have any work to do and it’s a nice day, I find gardening incredibly relaxing. I think it’s something I’ve got from my mum.

11. Apparently Sean Connery once laughed at my at a pizza restaurant in Notting Hill when I was very little. This is a story my parents told me. I was adamant in cutting my own pizza despite having a track record of making crockery crash in public places. I did just that, but managed to keep the pizza on the table. Sean Connery laughed from a corner of the restaurant.

Now for i luv cinema‘s questions:

LOTR or Harry Potter?

Lord of the Rings

Seeing as I’ve only seen 1.5 Harry potter films, I’m going with LOTR. I never got into Harry Potter, the books or the films. Nothing about them ever appealed. LOTR on the other hand – LOVE the whole trilogy. Up there as one of my favourite all time trilogies. One of!

Whatโ€™s the longest you have waited in line for a movie?

DuckTales. Before the days of Internet booking, my brother, uncle and myself queued up for the film when I was just a little person. I can’t remember how long. But our queueing failed as we didn’t get tickets for the first screening and ended up going in the afternoon.

Have you ever fallen asleep in a film? If so, which one?

Never. I might have done that head nod thing a couple of times during Haywire, but never fallen asleep properly. Well, I’m only thinking about cinema visits.

What was your first concert experience?

Something my parents took me to when I was little. Classical music something or another. It clearly left a mark on my memory!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Currently it’s Hawaii. I am ITCHING to go to Kauai. I love tropical islands. I’ve never been to any of the Pacific islands and would love to go to that side of the world.

Any hidden talent(s)?

I don’t think so. I can’t roll my tongue. Barely roll my r’s. My elbow is slightly double jointed, but not really. I can’t sing. Really can’t dance. I just am what I am.

Subtitles: Yea or Nay?

In terms of foreign films and TV – yay. One of my favourite TV shows of this year has been The Bridge and one of my favourite films – Headhunters. Funnily enough, they’re both from roughly the same area. Roughly. Though subtitles just for the hell of it? Nahhh.

What book would you like to be seen made into a movie?

It’s a graphic novel – We3. Think Homeward Bound with the animals being armed like tanks. I adore that graphic novel so very much. I remember there were rumours of that film being made, but they were just rumours.

What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Scream at the top of my lungs. Probably throw a profanity or two in there. That would be the very first thing I would do if I won the lottery.

Have you ever snuck into a film without paying for it?

Nope. I’m just too good. I have contemplated it a couple of times. When I was a wannabe unruly teen.

What is your favorite silent film?

I’ve only seen one – The Artist. So, I will have to say that. Hmm, maybe this is a genre I need to educate myself with…

Here are my questions

  1. If you could live in another country, where would you live?
  2. Cats or dogs?
  3. What’s your all time favourite food?
  4. If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, which would it be?
  5. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
  6. What were you doing, this time last year?
  7. Comic book films – they’re not going away any time soon. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
  8. What is your most cherished childhood memory?
  9. Have you got sucked into the Olympics? Will you be watching the closing ceremony?
  10. What’s the one book you would recommend everyone to read?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

And Finally the 11 I’m passing this award on to

  1. jenkakio
  2. Expandng
  3. Kid in the Front Row
  4. All Eyes On Screen
  5. FilmsrRuss
  6. The Warning Sign
  7. Awesomely Shitty
  8. Front Room Cinema
  9. Movies And Songs 365
  10. Flickers
  11. Morgan on Media

I’m not sure who’s already been bestowed one of these, here’s hoping you haven’t already!


  1. Think I’m with you on the crier part. Born on Friday the 13th, actually a nice opportunity to name a child a horror character. But fortunately, you weren’t ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you still played those instruments now?

    • Yes, glad my parents decided not to call me something Damien-esque!

      I don’t play the instruments anymore. I sort of wished I still played the bassoon.

  2. Kind of you to pass the award over to me, I already wrote a liebster award post the other day on my site, but thanks anyway for thinking of me!

    We had stick insects at my school, that we were responsible for feeding. People look kind of funny when they play the bassoon : ) I have tons of respect for those who have the ability to play musical instruments. I was 6 during ’87 hurricane, I remember my dad had to run down the road to chase down our rolling rubbish can! I fell asleep for 10 minutes or so during Avatar ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll answer question 10: The Magus by John Fowles. It’s pretty long (600 pages), so not for everyone, but as you are into tropical islands and such it might suit you. A great summer read I thought for a 20something! Here’s my review, if it has any interest:

    • I’ll put that on my to-read list. I’m constantly looking for books to read since getting my Kindle and more so since there’s no definite date on when the next Game of Thrones book will be out! Cheers for that one Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. HAHA. I feel like I got to know you EVEN more now! If you do go to Kaua’i (which is a BEAUTIFUL island with tons of rain and traffic), let me know, I’ll fly over. It’s only like 30 mins away. I have tons of places we NEED to eat at. Cheap, of course. That’s the only way I roll. LOL

    Since, we nominated each other in this weird cosmic ways, I’m going to answer your questions here. I hope that okay.

    If you could live in another country, where would you live? OOH, that’s a toughie. I can’t narrow it to one, but three. UK, Amsterdam, and Japan.

    Cats or dogs? BOTH! I’m like you…I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, until I realized how long I had to be in school.

    Whatโ€™s your all time favourite food? I can never turn down fries.

    If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, which would it be? This question is SO hard! Parks and Recreation or Arrested Development. I, at least, watch one episode every night.

    What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Dark Knight Rise.

    What were you doing, this time last year? Hummm…I think I was on vacation in the Big Island (another great island with less traffic).

    Comic book films โ€“ theyโ€™re not going away any time soon. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Good! I grew up with comic books and comic cartoons like X-men. I say bring it on. I mean, if Edgar Wright can pull off Ant-Man, then why stop the comic book films gravy train?

    What is your most cherished childhood memory? My first trip to Disneyland with my dad was awesome.

    Have you got sucked into the Olympics? Yes. I think 1996 Atlanta was my favorite, because of The Magnificent Seven and The Dream Team. Sorry all USA teams, I know. This year was awesome too with Usain Bolt, The Fab Five, Michael Phelps (who I find obnoxious and overplayed, but I still watched. I’m a sucker) and Tom Daley.

    Will you be watching the closing ceremony? Sorta. I kinda just want to watch the Spice Girls reunion. Is that weird?

    Whatโ€™s the one book you would recommend everyone to read? I don’t really read that much. I always loved “To Kill a Mocking bird” and “Night” by Elie Wiesel.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Well, graduated (finally) and maybe onto a Graduates program. Hopefully, settled down in some way. Um…happy, blogging, and travelling. That sounds like fun.

    Thanks for the nomination. I truly value you as a blogging friend. I would love to meet the person behind the blog one day.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time and answering all the questions ๐Ÿ˜€

      I got totally sucked into the Olympics. Much more than I was expecting. It was just the random sports I loved watching, like a bit of clay pigeon shooting, or equestrian stuff! The field athletics didn’t get enough attention in my POV here. I love watching pole vaulting and the sort!

      Did you see the closing ceremony? Can’t say I was too blown away, compared to the opening.

      Am hoping, one of these days, we will eventually meet!

  4. Thanks for passing this on to me, Jaina. I’ll try to get a post up sometime this week — I think you’re the eighth person to send this award my way! That’s a lot of questions to answer. ๐Ÿ˜€

    We3 sounds pretty awesome. Never heard of it, but I’ll see if I can find it at the library. That’s funny about Friday the 13th. I’m a “Tax Day baby” myself, which also just so happens to be the day the Titanic sank and Lincoln was shot. Seems like we both have ominous birthdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That IS a lot of questions. Don’t envy that task ๐Ÿ˜‰

      We3’s a great short graphic novel. How I like them. All self contained.

      Let’s hope that one day no one uses our birthdays in a list of ominous events which occurred on their birthday!

  5. Hi Jaina! Tks for tagging me! I’d LOVE to put together my answers for you later this week! I’m upset that the girls didn’t get a picture with the hawk too. That’s sexist!

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    You gave Brik a Liebster award? LOL!!! That is AWESOME. I cant wait to see what he does with it!! LOLOLOLLLOL.

    I hope he does a piece on it, I’m laughing already!

    • Yes I gave Brik the award for the exact reason that I want something damn amusing out of him! It’s a purely selfish reason for giving him this award.

  7. Thanks for the shout out here, but don’t be offended if I don’t get around to re-posting with my answers. I appreciate your thinking of me.

    And I loved your answers here. You are just an all around interesting person! Thanks, as always, for sharing!

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