December 19, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

As a Nobel Prize winner recently said, “Prizes are always a nice thing. It doesn’t change the research per se, of course, but it’s lovely to have the recognition.” Well, er, mutatis mutandis, this could apply to me, too… In fact last Thursday, a talented young lady from India—a country I deeply love and which has always inspired me—was kind enough to nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Of course it’s an honor for which I am truly grateful. But mostly I like the idea that this recognition comes from a young blogger from the other side of the world. It just shows how small this world has become…

Yet, as the old saying goes, “there is no rose without a thorn,” that is, in this case, since life is full of rules and regulations—and the Versatile Blogger Award is no exception—there is no prize without rules. And since I wouldn’t disappoint my kind and generous friend for anything in the world, I’ll take upon myself the burden of the rules (even though only in part, as I will explain later), which are the following:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Now, since I already thanked my friend, and since the rule number 4 is my own business, only the rules number 2 and 3 are left:

7 Things about myself

  1. The first thing I think of when I wake up is listening to radio and tv news reports.
  2. My favorite smell is that of bread baking, which, as I once heard, “like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” A reminder of my childhood, and, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest aromas on earth.
  3. My favorite place to relax is along the seaside, watching sea-gulls and listening to the sound of waves washing up the shore.
  4. The animal I would most like to be is a seagull. I like the way seagulls fly as much as I love some of their typical habitats - such as, for instance, the Cliff of Moher in Ireland and the Côte Sauvage in Brittany. Moreover I love the sea, any time, in any season, in any latitude, as every seagull is supposed to do.
  5. I have always been a strong believer in the Power of Words. They can build up and just as quickly tear down. How we speak says libraries about who we are and what we believe.
  6. My most beloved movie is Howard Hawks’ 1959 Rio Bravo, with John Wayne and Dean Martin
  7. The last thing I do before falling asleep is read at least a page of the Bible.

Passing this along to other bloggers

This is the most difficult part of the task… You know, how to make a choice between dozens of bloggers I am dealing with everyday? How to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, or annoying someone else? Because bloggers sometimes are such touchy and/or lazy people! That’s why I decided to limit the range to just two categories of bloggers: the most frequent commentators and contributors on WRH, and some  recently discovered bloggers I like very much. But they (unfortunately or fortunately, it depends on the point of view) are not 15 but only 6. Here they are:


  1. My congrats, Rob!
    P.S. Caught infringing the rules! ;-)

  2. Congrats Rob and thanks for passing this onto me. Yes I agree, 15 is a lot - I'm still catching up on 15 from a previous award. But I do appreciate this. Interesting facts about you. Nice to learn. India is a place also very dear to my heart.

  3. Versatile Blogger! I'd say that's a match.

  4. Congratulations to you! Very deserved!

  5. Congratulations, Rob! You certainly deserved to receive this award as you are truly versatile in you skill, talent and type of writing that you do.

  6. Congratulations on your nomination! Very well deserved! I like the way you write Rob and I enjoyed knowing things about you.

  7. Hi Rob,

    First of all heartiest CONGRATULATIONS to you for receiveing this very deserving 'Versatile Blogger Award' !
    Thank you so much for nominating me one of the 6 charming bloggers for this award. I'm humbly accepting this. Allow me to say, I'm not versatile enough but being nominated is an honor indeed. This is the third time I get it. I don't mind getting it over and over again ! :) The more, the merrier ! :)
    A BIG thanks to you for your generosity and kindness ! :)

  8. Congratulations Rob! And many thanks for thinking of me. I'm honoured!

  9. congrats rob , i must say you
    rightly said that bloggers can be very sensitive at times,i realised that when one of a fellow blogger unfollowed my blog after i announced the list for Versatile blogger award .....and also its a small world yet its our world politicians will come and go but we as human beings shall always be there for each other....

  10. First, congratulations to do in fact have one of the best blogs; combining knowledge, insight and wisdom. Second, thank you for recognizing my humble blog and allowing me to contribute to yours.