A Liebster Award

Liebster award

my good blogging buddy Madd nominated me for this wonderful award via his blog here and as it has been a while since I have been nominated for anything other than “sexiest depressed moose” (ok I nominated myself), I thought I should accept.

Madd nominated me because, in his words “(I know he likes an award)” but hopefully the real reason was because he thought I deserved it LOL


  1. Post 11 things about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator.
  3. Choose 11 blogs and link them in your post.  Don’t forget to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  4. Create 11 questions for them to answer.
  5. No tag backs!  We wouldn’t want people to get double nominations.  Too much work for them anyways.

so here goes as I try to find 11 interesting things about me that I havent already shared with you

  1. I like to argue with traffic wardens, even though I no longer have a car! Just the other day I kicked off outside Tesco as they happily slapped tickets on cars parked illegally outside the shop even though they were themselves parked illegally! said the moose to the traffic wardens “I hope you intend to ticket this shit bucket of a car as its parked illegally like all the others” its amazing how quick they can get into a car when they are being confronted! bastards!
  2. I own more pink clothing than Sheryl! yep its true I do love a pink T-shirt despite the fact it makes me look like Mr Blobby when wearing it!
  3. I love 80s movies and can happily sit and watch Karate Kid and Back to the Future trilogies all day long! wax on wax off and all that 😀
  4. I secretly watch Disney films on Disney Cinemagic when the flat is empty – what can I say I’m a big kid at heart!
  5. When I was a child my nan would not let me watch “Masters of the Universe”, the film with Dolph “Ivan Drago” Lundgren in it as she thought I would get nightmares!
  6. I set fire to an abandoned car when I was 8 years old! bad moose bad bad!!
  7. my favourite sandwich as a child was marmite and beetroot! mmmm
  8. I once got my twin brother sent off in a football match as the referee thought he was me 😀
  9. my favourite drink is jack daniels and coke
  10. If I could meet any famous person it would be Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, both amazing actors and real idols to me.
  11. I can fit a whole donut in my mouth and eat it without licking my lips! hey that should be my next vlog post 😀

Here are the 11 questions madd come up with for me to answer

  1. How are you right now?pretty damn good! feeling positive and, despite the IBS playing up, the good cycle is in full swing!
  2. What’s your favourite song/piece of music?  (If you have one)music plays a huge part in my life. There are too many songs to list that I could mention. When I am in a good cycle then I can sing along to anything!
  3. Do you have a favourite country? (Outside of your own)for me I would love to visit America, especially new york for all the mafia sights but all over the states I have friends I would love to visit!
  4. What do you enjoy doing the most?writing this blog, and helping other people
  5. I’m finding this difficult to think of questions, are you?im actually impressed you found as many as this to ask!
  6. Do you prefer inner cities/countryside/beaches/other?as a london boy i am used to inner city life but as I have got older I do wish for a place not so hectic! I would say the beach but with my current weight I would worry about being harpooned if I bent over!
  7. Can you speak another language?when i left school i was fluent in french but that was many moons ago
  8. Are you relieved there are only 3 questions to go?very relieved
  9. Can you think of 3 words (any words) to sum you up?

    amazing super moose!

  10. Would you prefer fame or obscurity?  Or somewhere in between?

    I would love to famous weird huh? or maybe i just want the money and not the fame

  11. Woohoo!  Last question.  Isn’t that great?

    it sure is although you did come up with some good ones!

it says I have to nominate 11 blogs but to be honest I think every single blogger who reads my posts deserves an award!

but a special mention to my twin brother David who started a blog about his stammer which can be found here, i am very proud of him for doing this as it was a huge step for him.

I will revive my moose seal of approval award later this week for some deserving folk! keep an eye it for it!

Thank you again Madd for my award!

Blog of The Year Award 2012



The delightful Rory has kindly nominated me for the Blog of the Year award and being the needy person I am it is an honour to accept this!

As you can see I have one star filled out of 6. If you think I should have more stars please say so below. Obviously I think I should have 7 because I am super special and wonderfully delusional.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   

My nominees are






Moose Award Time

I haven’t done this for a while now but I am pleased to announce the Moose Seal of Approval Award has been dusted off and is ready for a new ceremony.

Moose Seal of Approval

Moose Seal of Approval

I just love the awards on wordpress, especially giving them out to people whose blog inspires me. They are after all a bit of fun but good for recognising a job well done!

I have 1 nominee today, I have only recently connected with this person as their blog is brand new but really enjoy reading it! A fellow sufferer of depression who writes from the heart and I really relate to his words.

The rules for accepting the award

1. Thank the person who nominated you

2. Link back to this page on your acceptance post

3. Reveal 10 interesting things about yourself

The award goes to Maddsuspicions who I hope will accept it with pride! You’re doing a great job Madd and this is my way of showing you some recognition. Keep up the good work!


Brotherhood of World Bloggers Award

I feel very proud of myself this afternoon as I have been kindly nominated as one of the first recipients of a brand new award created by Kevin at voiceofglass. This is a wonderful award and I am delighted that Kevin has seen fit to award this to me!

On accepting the award, recipients are asked too…

  1. Thank the blogger who awarded them with the award.
  2. Link back to that bloggers blog post in which the award was given.
  3. State what receiving the award means to them.
  4. Say why they starting and/or continue blogging.
  5. Make a statement as to why they feel men blogging is important.

In following the requests from Kevin here are my responses.

State what receiving the award means to them.

Receiving this award makes me very proud because it has come from such an esteemed blogger who has recognised something in my blog that he feels inspires other people.  Recognition from your peers is always an honour because there are so many people out there writing blogs so being chosen gives me that nice warm happy feeling inside!

Say why they starting and/or continue blogging.

I started blogging because I was in a bad state of mind mentally and wanted to document my daily thoughts and feelings as a way of therapy to help me get to the root of my depression. Originally I did not expect anyone to read it and then suddenly I was getting messages from people who said they were surprised about how honest and open I was about my issues and that they recognised a lot of me in them! Especially men which gave me the inspiration to carry on blogging with the aim of helping others, men in particular, and of course myself.

Make a statement as to why they feel men blogging is important.

It is nice to know that other men are going through the same battles that you are and without other male bloggers I would still be sitting in a dark room and a dark place.

Blogging from a male perspective shows other men that it is ok to talk about depression and that it is not a sign of weakness to have it.  We need more male bloggers talking about mental health issues to show the world that we will not be held back by the stigmas that surround mental illnesses and the more we talk about these things, the better understanding from our peers and society in general, we can generate.

Thank you Kevin for creating this award and for choosing me as a recipient!

Award? For Moi? What a Good Way to Start The Day

Very Inspiring Blogger Award


I love getting these! Not only does it show mutual respect towards me, it is also a great way for new people to find my little blog and enjoy my journey!

Even better is when you wake up and find someone has given you the award which is what happened today.

Kevin at Voicesofglass has given me this award and made my day! Thank you Kevin!



So the hard part…..Trying to find 7 more facts about me that I haven’t already shared so here we go again. For the record I will never get bored of writing about myself 🙂


  1. On a first date I was so nervous I did not see the steps in the pub garden and proceeded to fall down them and spill the drinks I was carrying all over myself! Luckily she didn’t notice this but was concerned at the 20 minutes I spent in the toilets trying to dry myself with the hand dryer.
  2. On a tour of Wembley stadium (the old one) I took a tile out of the England dressing room.
  3. I was heading for a walk along the Strand in Central London when a bus was blown up by the IRA. I was 5 minutes away from it and it was one the scariest days of my life.
  4. I once had two grey kittens called Ronnie and Reggie Grey. A fox got them 😦
  5. I sent wedding invitations to Al Pacino and Robert De Niro! Needless to say they did not come or reply LOL
  6. If I could change one thing about my life I would go back in time and kick that first cigarette out of my mouth and beat the 10 year old me all over the park where it started!
  7. I always thought I should have been in a boy band despite not being able to sing, or dance and not having the looks! I did however once find the perfect band for me but didn’t get in.

Photo Credit: wikipedia


I hope Kevin does not mind me not giving this award to others as I have my own special award and gave it out to my latest winners yesterday.



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New Moose Award Ceremony

The Moose Seal Of Approval

My First Award

Another Award

Its Raining Awards


New Moose Award Ceremony

I am in a good frame of mind today, seems my 3 day rut is over thankfully so, that being said I wanted to nominate some more people for the Moose Seal of Approval Award.

Moose Seal of Approval

Moose Seal of Approval

“The rules of the award”

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the following questions
  1. If a film was made about your life what would the title be?
  2. Who would play you? (Can be an actor/actress that is dead or alive)
  3. What genre would the film be?
  4. Who would direct the film?
  5. Who would play the love interest in the film?
  6. Which song would feature most heavily in the film?
  7. If you could have played a part from any film what would that be?



The recipients are blogger who write from the heart, sharing their stories with honesty, sincerity and inspire me and a whole lot of their readers. Each blog needs to be visited and tell them the moose sent you!

First Award is given to Roxy for her blog AdverseUniverse. A lovely person who is quick to comment on my blog with words of support, advice and the odd virtual hug! And we all know how much I like my hugs!

The second person is Bourbon over at crazyinthecoconut. It takes a lot of courage to write so openly about such difficult issues and I admire her so much for this. Besides that her blog photo always makes me laugh!

If you get the chance please give them a visit! When you are sitting at the feeder waiting for new posts from people you know they are doing a good thing.

Previous winners can be found here


Congratulations Roxy and Bourbon keep doing what you do best!!



My Month in Blogville – A Bad Poem to Celebrate

There is more to this “poem” than meets the eye. I think it is very clever but I may be slightly (VERY VERY VERY!) biased. Amazing the difference a nice power nap can make in your mood! Anyhoo I hope you like the subtle hints (links).


A month already it’s sure gone fast,

48 posts its been a blast!

4 pages, countless hours spent writing,

Expressing my thoughts sure has been exciting.



Sharing up days and down,

The tears of a clown,

Semi naked pics,

For the good of the chicks.



From zero to Hero,

With the words of Robert De Niro,

Improving my life,

With the help of my wife!



Each step shared side by side,

You have come along for the ride,

I had a shave ,of sorts, to impress,

The moose even spoke to the press.



Knowing people are reading,

Giving me the support I am needing,

I am proud I haven’t lied,

Even when wanting to hide.



I have made some new friends,

I hope this blog never ends!

It almost made me cry,

When an elephant gave me some pie.



Depression and me,

The occasional poetry,

Please remind all your friends to look,

At this moose’s virtual book!



Sometimes battling depression,

Is like chasing a wild goose!,

But together we are learning,

A lot more about the moose.



When I struggle for sleep

I count my viewers like sheep,

Having readers by the hoards,

As I am accepting awards.



But enough with the links

As this poem now stinks!

What more can you do?

Easy, Contribute towards my next tattoo!



This has been such a fun post to write I don’t care how bad the poem is look at all the links I have added to my other posts. Genius I tell you!!! Well maybe not but as I just told someone on Facebook it is “genius in its childishness”

Photo Credit: Google Images

It’s Raining Awards…And I’m Loving it

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

You all know by now how much getting these awards means to me. Coming from your peers makes them the more special because it shows your on the right track, that your writing is getting across in the way you hoped it would when you started. Now after only one month of blogging I have been kindly given my 3rd award.

I have been nominated by Justathought who has a blog that is well worth a view!

Again the process involves revealing 7 facts about myself and as we know I like to make them a little bit more interesting than you would expect.

Here we go again

  1. I once bought the record Stutter Rap for my twin brother who has a bad stutter
  2. When I was 10/11 I had a car washing “business” with regular customers on a Sunday
  3. I like to have a “messy” corner in the flat. This has turned into 4 messy corners LOL
  4. I once had a road rage incident on my way to work which involved me chasing after a car who cut me up, calling the driver every name under the sun. Imagine my shock when the car turned into my works car park and it was the MD!
  5. I once won a competition in the Daily Mirror. The prize was a football. When it arrived it was punctured! I have never bought the paper since!
  6. I was on live radio once (Kiss 100 FM) and was cycling at the same time. I proceeded to pretend to the presenters that I had just been knocked off my bike by a car and ended the call in dramatic fashion. They then called me back panicking before I told them I was joking and they were crying with laughter over it and sent me a CD as a result.
  7. I once wrote to Jim’ll Fix It asking to dance with the band Five Star – he did not reply!

So there you have it another 7 facts about me I hope your learning more about me!

I would like to nominate CrazyIntheCoconut for this award even though it’s already showing on her page. Just looking at her image on the blog makes me laugh and her writing is very good and I learn a lot from her posts.

And for those still wondering who the hell five star are



Related Posts

My first award

Another Award

The Moose Seal Of Approval

Another Award! (Happy Dance!)

2012 Inspiration Award

I am honored and humbled again to have been given this award by a fellow blogger! This one was given to me by the wonderful nothinginmynoggin who has a very good blog of her own about her struggles with mental health illnesses and it really is a candid and inspirational read.

She also called me “awesome” which always gets brownie points!

See her original post here

One thing I love about these awards is the questions that follow after as they are, for me at least, a great way of finding out interesting snippets of information that would not be found out in normal circumstances.

So here are the questions asked and my responses to them (I have missed out a question from the original post as it is about immigration in the US)

1. If you were a Disney character, who would you be?

I would say Woody from Toy Story as I am a leader of others, with a strong sense of loyalty to my friends. Like Woody I also have my insecurities about being replaced and forgotten.


From an entirely visual perspective I can’t help but notice the likeness between the real me and Milo Thatch from Atlantis have a look and see if you agree, It makes me laugh at least!

Milo Thatch picture taken from disneyexperience.com

2. What was your 1st job?

My first paid job was working for waitrose supermarket in one of their stores. I was 15 doing my GCSE’s between shifts and it was one of the best jobs I have had. It was basically a social club with so many students working there.

3. If you had to live in a so called “3rd world country,” which would it be?

I currently live in a “3rd World Country” The way the UK is falling apart we will soon be described as one!

To be honest I couldn’t see myself living in a 3rd world country but I would like to visit the places in Africa where events like Comic Relief have worked to see how it has benefited from aid given by so many people or whether it has gone to waste.

4. Coen or Farrelly Brothers?

Farrelly Brothers every time! Well apart from Miller’s crossing which I love but for me slap stick, gross, close to bone humour is the best kind! I could watch “silly” films by the Farrelly’s all day long! There’s Something about Mary and Dumb and Dumber in particular!

It’s exactly my humour although I rein it in when the need suits of course 🙂

5. Favorite baby/child’s book?

As a kid I was not much of a reader I was always outside playing football from dawn till dusk but I loved any books by Roald Dahl the escapism of them all taking you away into another world so different from you own. Getting lost in the books I can say now that my love of books in adulthood stems from reading his books although my reading material of choice is a million miles away! The Twits was one of my all time favourites as I could imaging my own parents pulling the same tricks on each other LOL

6. Favorite non-existent punishment (well, non-existent in “1st world countries”) for monsters who harm the defenseless?

This will not sit well with others I’m sure but here is what I would do if I could

I would put these monsters in a sound proof room with the relatives of their victims for 1 hour and lock the door.

It would certainly save a lot of tax payers money keeping these “people” in prison.

7. What’s your favorite thing to do that is not strictly legal?

Hmmmm this is kinda tricky in it definitions because the way I dance should be illegal but I enjoy it anyway! Especially when no one is around to see me “move like Jagger!”

8. What’s an image that depicts how you feel right now?

Photo taken from uncommonhelp.me

This fits in nicely I think, questions about how I feel, where I am going, where I want to be with just a hint of a ray of sunshine on the horizon offering some hope.

9. What’s your favorite ridiculous video?

I don’t have a favourite ridiculous video it is not something I spend time searching the internet for. Here is a video I do like though it’s a music video taken from “Music and Lyrics” and it just makes me laugh out loud when I see it. Hugh Grant is brilliant in this video

Hope you enjoyed this! What question or questions would you ask me to find out something unusual? you can comment and ask me or use the Contact page and contact me via Facebook or email.

The Moose Seal of Approval Award

Moose Seal of Approval

Moose Seal of Approval

The giving and receiving of awards is a great part of the wordpress community with that in mind I have created the “Moose Seal of Approval” award for blogs that inspire me, make me laugh, make me cry and generally make me want to read them!

“The rules of the award”

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the following questions
  1. If a film was made about your life what would the title be?
  2. Who would play you? (Can be an actor/actress that is dead or alive)
  3. What genre would the film be?
  4. Who would direct the film?
  5. Who would play the love interest in the film?
  6. Which song would feature most heavily in the film?
  7. If you could have played a part from any film what would that be?

My first recipients of the award are 2 bloggers who have helped me grow as a blogger especially as a newbie but just reading their blogs have taught me so much!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you…………..

Weegee – who you can read here

DottyHeadbanger – who you can view here

Both of the ladies are mental and loving it with fantastic blogs to the extent that I sit around waiting for their next post!  Posts that interest me, put a smile on my face and sometimes even make me think!
They are also lovely people who take the time to help me be it just replying to a comment or a message I have sent!

I hope you take the time to visit their pages one day I hope to be in the same league as them!

Congratulations on your well deserved awards I for one cannot wait to read your answers to the questions…..


Before I forget a massive THANK YOU for Sharon who did the image for the award based on my suggestions she came up with exactly what it looked like in my head, and also created the image on my background!  I really appreciate you doing this for me!