Friday, 22 March 2013

All must have prizes!



Well, here's a turn up for the books. Ben Trovato of Counter Cultural Father has named me for a Liebster Award. Thanks very much! I have no idea what this means but it sounds fun and will cost no money, so what the heck?

Actually, as I understand it, Liebster Awards are given to those never likely to win one of your Bigger Blogger Vote-For-Me Awards, so I hope those I tag below don't get offended! Anyway, let's see if I can achieve the required conditions as set down by Ben:

1. to provide eleven facts about myself so readers can learn more about me (if, that is, they manage not to fall asleep before reading all eleven)

2. to answer all of Ben's questions (not under duress, I take it) and

3. to nominate other worthy recipients.

Let me direct serious-minded readers to some other place at this point in the proceedings and invite all others to step this way:


Eleven little-known facts about Ches

1. As a boy, Ches was taken to a barber called Harry who only knew how to cut hair so it looked like a German helmet (and there are photos to prove this fact).

2. Fact 1. explains his hostility to all things German, though not his hostility to the French.

3. Ches would gladly send all French people to the moon on a one-way ticket, no questions asked.

4. Ches's early musical career was brought to an abrupt end when John Williams told him his thumb technique was crap.

5. Despite his crap thumb technique, Ches has nevertheless been able to negotiate his way through adult life with some success.

6. Ches found it hard to be a cowboy in Rochdale, like the song said.

7. But since he never tried to be a cowboy elsewhere, Ches can provide no account of the difficulty of being a cowboy throughout the rest of Great Britain.

8. Ches grew up not far from Langley where Ttony originates.

9. Nevertheless, Ches would not know Ttony if - using the traditional Langley greeting - Ttony walked up to Ches and smacked him in the gob.

10. Ches is lucky to have found a woman who, for obscure reasons, loves him, in spite of the many more obvious reasons to avoid him as keenly as one avoids a Jehovah's Witness.

11. This fact, and Ches's beautiful children, account for the spring in his step noted by those who spy him on his rare sallies into the public eye.

I hope that was mildly enlightening.

Here we go with Ben's questions ...

Ben's questions and my replies ...



What inspired the title of your blog?

A letter of Count Joseph de Maistre in which he called the sacraments 'the sensible bond' between heaven and earth. It seemed to me to sum up the incarnational approach to life that ought to be the mark of a Catholic grounded in faith and not ideology.


Why should people read your blog?

Why should people read anything? We read to know we're not alone, as someone once said.


What is your personal favourite post on your blog?

Ricomythia


What has been the most popular (most viewed) post on your blog?

The Endgame of the SSPX


Which post on your blog has attracted most comments?

The Endgame of the SSPX


What other hobbies or interests (beyond blogging) are you prepared to admit to?

Cooking. Love it.

What are your hopes for the new pontificate?

I hope for nothing from Pope Francis, but everything from God. If I hope Pope Francis avoids one thing, it is all heterodoxy, heteropraxis and all narrowing of the Catholic sensibility. Er, I know that's three things, but so what?


Where is your favourite place of pilgrimage, and why?

The Holy Name Church in Manchester - not a traditional site of pilgrimage, but its importance to me cannot be put into words.


Who is your favourite spiritual author, and why?

Georges Bernanos - because he is not a spiritual writer! He's a spiritual realist - the best kind of spiritual writer.


Which of these questions did you find it most difficult to answer?

Why people should read my blog. Blimey, how can one answer that without sounding one's own trumpet?

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?

How very dare you!

Ten worthy recipients of the Liebster Award

I nominate the following for a Liebster Award, in the hope they have not already been nominated.

1. Thoughts from Banklands

2. The Path Less taken

3. Linen on the Hedgerow

4. On the Side of the Angels

5. Bridges and Tangents

6. In Hoc Signo Vinces

7. Humblepiety

8. LMS chairman

9. Tea at Trianon

10. A Reluctant Sinner


Ches's questions (largely pinched from Ben

What inspired the title of your blog?
Why should people read your blog?
What is your personal favourite post on your blog?
What has been the most popular (most viewed) post on your blog?
Which post on your blog has attracted most comments?
What other hobbies or interests (beyond blogging) are you prepared to admit to?
Where is your favourite place of pilgrimage, and why?
Who is your favourite theological writer, and why?
What would be your one piece of music in a desert island scenario?

3 comments:

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you for the nomination, Ches. You have a fascinating blog!!

Ben Trovato said...

I am glad I asked about the inspiration for your blog's name: fascinating source and meaning!

Mary O'Regan said...

Thanks so much for nominating me!