Liebster Award

I would like to thank the wonderful Nyctophile who nominated This Door is Alarmed for this award. Nyctophile is a dear friend and a beautiful person. She is also an incredibly talented artist, writer and poet with a sweet and tender heart that oozes through into her creative wonderings. Her blog is a delightful perusal for any and all. She is the bravest person I know, for those who know her, will know she has been through so very much, but remains strong and incredible. I have awe and respect for her, so very much awe and respect.

The GUIDELINES for the 2018 award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
    • Display the award on your post
    • Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging
    • Provide 10 random facts about yourself
    • Answer the questions given to you
    • Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
    • Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
    • List the rules and inform your nominees of the award

What makes me passionate about blogging: You lovely people! I have never met a nicer, or more entertaining bunch. You can always guarantee Ward Clever or The Britchy One will get you chuckling. You can be sure to enjoy Nyctophile’s beautiful poetry and artwork, or MatthewRichardson’s exciting stories, and a hundred other blogs that tickle a fabulous little chord. Thank you!

Ten random facts:

  1. Very few people know my actual name. Most people call me by an abbreviation of my first ever language.
  2. I have an identity clash with my birth name, so I have soared through life on a variety of nicknames. The curious outcome of this is that people from different times of my life know me by different appellations.
  3. Wednesdays are fat and orange.
  4. I have a giant fluffy sloth (a big stuffed toy) who gives superb cuppa soup-style hugs.
  5. I have never understood olives or bell peppers, their taste, shape and colours all feel deceptively misleading.
  6. I was a teacher of Linguistics/ English Language and Literature for 5 years.
  7. Sometimes I sit and think for twenty for minutes of more, it is a defrag for the mind, and I recommend it.
  8. I never learned to play chess.
  9. I have created my own shorthand writing system that I use day to day.
  10. I am transfixed by planes and rockets.

Nyctophile’s Questions are:

  1. Why did you start blogging? The idea of starting a blog discovered me. I needed somewhere to gain feedback from my writing, to gauge whether I had any potential as a writer when it comes to publishing. A blog seemed like the perfect medium. An idea sprang to mind one morning, and without thinking into it too much, I began. I thank you all for your beautiful and honest feedback, you as readers make the journey so very worthwhile!
  2. Which blog post is your absolute best? Please explain! I have no idea. Some that I think are my worst are considered the best by my readers and probably vice versa. I am probably most concerned by chapter twenty. He is Dangerous, He is Fire. I wasn’t sure whether Andrew should be seen as so violent. I notice I have entirely evaded the question, in good political style, in fact written the opposite. Sorry, I guess that says more about me than anything else!
  3. Who inspires you? Impossible to answer, as there must be a hundred thousand answers to this. Perhaps I might mention Chum Mey who I met and shook hands with, one of seven survivors of the Khmer Rouge S-21 prison during the Cambodian genocide, who speaks to tourists passing through every day about the terrible crimes that took place. Perhaps I might mention Margaret Atwood, whose writing titillates my inspiration bones, perhaps I might mention my father, with his ever ready wisdom and witty tongue. On the other hand, stalagmites also make great in-spires.
  4. What three things would you put in a time capsule to show people 1,000 years from now what life was like in 2018? A diary, a smartphone with memory full of apps, pictures, and emails, and a national newspaper dated on the day it was buried.
  5. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? This depends on a number of things. Firstly, I am basing this on the assumption it will not cost me money.

If I could go anywhere and in any form, I would take the form of sentient data and live in the infinite matrixes of the internet, spending my life absorbing and imparting knowledge.

If I was solely corporeal and I had to live there, I would choose Scandinavia, and hope I could keep up with the cost of living.

If I was solely corporeal and I could go home afterwards, I would choose the most expensive place on my travel list—Antarctica—and delight in meeting the wobblesome and superb Emperor Penguins in their natural habitat.

  1. What’s one thing you’re looking forward to completing? The story of Andrew. I hope I can smile at it. Christen it with its title. You, my readers have given me so much confidence that I could, perhaps publish this one day!
  2. Do you have a pet? Yes, she likes to walk on a lead, she chirrups, she greets me at the door when I come home from work, takes a lap as soon as your bottom hits a seat, and then dribble kneads your tummy. She has a hundred-and-one names, one seamlessly evolved from the last (and some, admittedly, are pure nonsense). Her names have evolved to the point that I am convinced she no longer knows what her name is. She is Amanita, Amie, Jammie, Jam Jar, Jamboline, Jam Bug, Am Boleyn, The Onion, Little Miss Toots-a-lot, Tooty-fruity, Cutie-McTootie (When she was little, her toots could clear the room!), Jammy-Fantastic, The Jaminator, Pudding, Sir Puds-a-lot, and the list goes on. Did you guess what creature she is? Yes, she is a fish! Only kidding, she is a cat 🙂
  3. Where is your best writing spot? Another delightful lexical ambiguity here, leading to two answers:
    1. On my chin, darn that T-zone. It is the most creative, but in all honesty, how creative can a zit be?
    2. At a computer, with a large space around me, and I like to keep trinkets about for inspiration, which is why I like the study and my lounge, or the large space in a library with the words of books for comfort.
  4. What’s your greatest success to date? Either receiving my First Class Degree or completing my first year of teaching; I walked into the profession blind, having carried out no training whatsoever. It was a ‘fun’ year.
  5. What advice would you give a brand-new blogger? Don’t chew your pencil—a teacher I know used to dip the ends in super-hot chilli paste so the children at her school wouldn’t chew them. I suspect that bled a few tears and  caused some spectacular faces. I am not sure if you could get away with that today, health and safety and all that! 🙂

My Questions for Nominees:

  1. How straight is straight?
  2. What would you think I was referring to if I told you to ‘put it down’?
  3. Why are swans graceful?
  4. Would you be a superhero or a sidekick, and what would your name be?
  5. If you could remove one letter from the English alphabet, what would it be, and what consequences do you see coming from it?
  6. What was the last thing you lost and never found? What do you imagine has happened to it?
  7. What significance does the number seven have to you? What memories do you associate with it?
  8. Young and completely broke or old and disgustingly rich?
  9. If a giant squirrel had commandeered your mode of transportation, whether car, moped, bike etc., and seemed to know how to make it work, what would you do to stop him?
  10. If you had your own coat of arms, what would I expect to find on them to describe you/ your family?



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Pia Majumdar,

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51 thoughts on “Liebster Award”

  1. As a lover of stalagmites and stalactites your inspirational answer was a delight! I should have known you were an English teacher, it was always my very favorite subject – even with American spelling! I shall look forward to answering your questions 😊

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    1. It must have been a pain having to learn to spell certain words all over again! I wonder, which do you consider correct now–American or English?

      Yes, a nice bit of spelunking is right down my narrow but curious street as well! 🙂

      I cannot wait to read your answers!

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      1. Yey! They can’t wash the Brit out of you!! 🙂 🙂 How long have you been living in America? I am guessing quite a long time, to have received citizenship and have a family. It must be nice to be part of two worlds.

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      2. I’ve been here six years. My kids are English too but very happily settled here thank goodness! Because I married anAmerican I was able to take citizenship after 3 years instead of the usual 5 so I became a Citizen in 2015 – three years this October 8th 😊

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      3. Many congratulations on achieving your citizenship! I wonder, have your children kept their English accents or adopted American (or Americanisms)?

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      4. Yes, I understand the age of 7 is key, but you may be surprised how much you will take on the accent over the years , even after the age of 7. You may become an American – English hybrid. How wonderful!

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      5. Haha. You are lovely! As long as we can all understand one another then that is great. It also doesn’t go down so well if you start correcting people😂🤣😂😆 there is absolutely no need to call me maam😊😊 we are good friends! 🤗🤗If you feel you want any help with anything specific with English I would be happy to help, but your English is very good, especially as you speak more than one language!

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      6. You don’t have to be tense around me at all! I am so not scary. I am a tiny blonde woman🤣😂🤣😀 but happy to help, if you have questions😀😀😀 lovely Pia, you are so sweet! You make me smile very much, and I do love to smile! 😀😀

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  2. Woman!!! Thank you! I WILL respond! Thank you for thinking of me. You know I’m crazy about you! 😉


    Love!!! Your answers. Ever so witty… so charming. I love your blog mentions at the beginning. I know at least one clever mind there will never disappoint. I look forward to reading new friends you mentioned.

    So cool of you to include me in this. Thank you so much darlin! 💕

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  3. I’m so honored!! Thank you!! I loved reading your answers and am a little intimidated by your skill in using words!! It’s like the perfect dark chocolate – smooth, sweet, challenges your senses, and leaves you wanting more! Bravo to you and your wonderful blog!! I am getting started ASAP!! Thanks again!!!

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    1. Goodness, you are so kind, that is such an enormous compliment. Well, it seems I am lost for words. Thank you. I am gushing toothy. Isn’t a smile a wonderful thing! 🙂 I love your simile, especially as dark chocolate is my favourite. Uh oh, hungry now!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on recieving this award. Yay.

    I do accept your nomination, but can’t act on it for 3 or 4 days as I have an assignment to finish. Thankyou for nominating me. Richard – photosociology

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  5. I learned a lot about you, and I will be reading this again and again, my lovely friend. Your stalagmite joke made me laugh out loud!

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      1. Yeah!! English teachers have always been very friendly and supportive…. all my teachers were so sweet!!!! And you too prove to be the same!! 🙂 as sweet as honey!!!

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      2. You are so lovely! What a beautiful compliment, thank you. Well, you must have liked them and learned well because your grammar and spelling looks top notch 🙂

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  6. Okay cutie! I am about to do this here! I apologize to you for taking so long to respond. I really appreciate your friendship. I’m so far behind on all your posts. I think you’ve gone on your travels. Not sure but… I hope this finds you well. Much love and hugs to you!

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    1. Awww! You are very sweet! Don’t worry. Real life is real and has to take priority over blogs. Take your time 😊

      I depart at the end of this week. I will post a reminder before I leave 😊 always love to hear from you, but only if you have time💜

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