Versatile Blogger Award Nomination


After 6 months of somewhat sporadic blogging and very little actual woodwork I’ve been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award (VBA) by Olly Parry-Jones. Thanks Olly! :)

According to the VBA rules I must now nominate 15 bloggers and tell the person that nominated me 7 things about myself, so here goes:

(I don’t follow a massive number of woodwork related blogs, so to make numbers up I’ll also nominate some blogs related to some of my other interests)

  1. – a recent find, John has reopened an old boat yard on the Thames at Lot’s Ait
  2. – another recent find, well written with a good mix of text and photos and interesting content
  3. – I found this after stumbling across the Wadkin Timewarp thread on UKWorkshop
  4. – lovely looking kit and nice photography make this a favourite of mine
  5. – whilst I admire Tom’s dedication to only using hand tools, I don’t think I’ll be joining him any time soon!
  6. – occasional glimpses of jigs and projects
  7. – my favourite F1 related blogger by a country mile
  8. – another F1 blog
  9. – the things David can do with digital camera and a couple of speedlights never ceases to amaze me
  10. – hopefully self explanatory!
  11. – blog by the author of – “a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language”
  12. – excellent security blog
  13. – the Arbor Networks security blog
  14. – the SANS Internet Storm Center diary
  15. – a less well known tech blog

And now 7 things about me:

  1. My grandfather was evacuated from London to Devon during WW1. After being orphaned he stayed in Devon and trained as a carpenter & joiner
  2. I grew up at the edge of the Somerset Levels, in a tiny Hamlet consisting of about 26 houses and a post box. My primary school only had about 50 children attending when I was there (it’s apparently up nearer 150 nowadays!)
  3. I was the only person in my year to get an A in GCSE CDT Realisation at secondary school (I think the next closest person got a C)
  4. I went to University in London and stayed there for about 10 years in total, before getting fed up and moving to Sussex for some fresh air
  5. I gave up smoking when I moved out of London and haven’t had a cigarette since (about 8 years now)
  6. I’m married with 2 young daughters
  7. I’d consider myself a dog person but we currently have 2 rescue cats (at one point we had 4!)
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