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Good Lord, I've been nominated for Best Arts and Culture Blog in the Irish Blog Awards, under my LJ's official Hogarthian name, The Harlot's Progress! Who knew that waffling on about hoovers and a mutant cat counted as culture? I suppose I do rant about artsy stuff as well, though, from time to time. So thank you very, very much to all the mysterious people (whoever they are) who voted to nominate me! Now the rest of you, do please go here and vote for me, because being an egomaniac, I would like all the awards I can get (I don't have even a vague chance of winning, but come on, you might as well vote for me just for a laugh). And vote for some of my RL friends and aquaintances in their categories (apart from the one in which they overlap with me, heh heh), like Back Seat Drivers, Beaut.ie, Empire State View and Sinéad Gleeson and anyone else I may have forgotten to mention. Good luck to you all!

Um, I suppose I should have something about the arts now. Or culture. Um. Patsington and I watched Primeval tonight and it was ridiculously silly but quite entertaining. And then we watched Ant and Dec's quiz show Poker Face and to our immense surprise it was actually really good! I thought (when I thought about it at all, which was for a split second when I looked at the telly schedule on Saturdays, noticed it was on, and instantly dismissed any thought of watching ITV that night) that it was actually about poker, but actually it is all about keeping a poker face so the other contestants would overestimate your mad quiz skillz and fold themselves out of the game rather than compete with your genius self and lose all the cash. All the contestants were trying to bluff their way through and pretend they weren't nervous, and they all lied away like anything about the reasons why they knew the answers to really tough questions. It was hugely entertaining.

Oh dear, that's still not very cultural, is it? I watched three House of Eliott episodes this afternoon, but I don't think that counts. Um, I'm still reading Adam Gopnik's Through the Children's Gate, which is quite respectable (although, I really like him, but he really does live in a posh literary New York bubble, doesn't he?). And this afternoon I was listening to Michael Nyman's brilliant Draftsman's Contract soundtrack, but I was reading a Chalet School book at the same time, which sort of cancels it out. Oh God, I don't deserve the nomination at all! But vote for me anyway.


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Feb. 10th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, congratulations! Of course we like you!

you might as well vote for me just for a laugh

I'd vote for you anyway!

Umm, though does this mean that your comments pages should also be artsy and cultural? Oops.
Feb. 11th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks.
Feb. 11th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Hooray for the nomination but, like glitterboy1, I'm now feeling the pressure of being an arts'n'culture commenter!
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hee, I think the tone here is sufficiently cultured, is it not?
Feb. 11th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
Very well deserved on your nomination, this is one of my favourite Arts & Culture blogs, among other things. So now you'll have to come along and drink minerals with me on the night. :) Kirstie and her sis have also received a few nominations.

I LOVE Poker Face, it's a new addition to my guilty pleasure list (post coming soon). Himself hates quizzes, table quizzes, trivia - I love them - but he actually likes it. Can't wait for the final.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks, same to you! And I will definitely be there, although I'd be pretty amazed if I was shortlisted. I think only about five people outside my LJ f-list read this, so I can't imagine many people will be sufficiently moved to vote for me.

And isn't Poker Face great? I've liked Ant and Dec since their SMTV days (the fabulousness of both Wonky Donkey and Challenge Ant!) but I had no interest in this as I thought it was some cheesy poker thing.
Feb. 11th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
Awww, go you! And DOUBLE go you, because did you see the article in the IT yesterday about a family with an autistic child, who saw your article on guide dogs for autistic children and went and got their own dog? It's revolutionised their lives. All thanks to YOUR campaigning journalism! You're brilliant!
Feb. 11th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Oh my God, no, I didn't! I just went and looked at it on the site now. Oh my goodness, that made me cry.
Feb. 11th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Me too! You're amazing. I remember how important you thought it was to publicise the cause, and you were absolutely right.

Sorry I'm not around much this weekend - but I'll be back next one, I hope, and we should meet then!
Feb. 11th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Huzzah, we definitely must.

And I'm now wondering if the Times could have done another article on the subject - mine wasn't all about the assistance dogs, so it may not have been mine at all and I may be giving myself too much credit. But even if this woman didn't read my one, other people with autistic children must have, so I suppose this shows that there's always a point in bringing these things to a wide audience.
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Have popped in a vote for you :)

Just to add to the international flavour of your arty, cultural blog... Here in Oz we've got a similar show to Poker Face, except that it's called ConTest. But I think it's more or less the same thing. Our hosts are Andrew G (Australian Idol host) and an ex-newsreader.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vote!

And ooh, it looks like literally everyone in the world knows about the Poker Face phenomenon except me!
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