Meanwhile, the Sibley blog has been awarded a Premio Dardos Award by Irascible Ian. "A What?" I hear you asking, well, here's the citation...
The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.
These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.
Premio Dardos is, apparently, Italian for Prize Darts (hence the use of the, presumably, oddly-translated word 'stamps') but whatever it is and however it started, I am - obviously - overwhelmed!
In fact, I cannot adequately express how I feel at this moment - but suffice it to say that I'm sufficiently choked up that if I were allowed anywhere near a microphone I'd make Gwyneth and Kate look like rank amateurs...
Actually, I'm very flattered to have been tapped by Ian who is not only an excellent blogger, but a discerning follower of blogs...
Premio Dardos seems to be a kind of blog tag since Google lists hundreds of recipients and one of the obligations of winning is to pass it on to five other blogs, so here goes...
Michael Sporn's Animation Splog is an endlessly diverting blog (or 'splog'!) devoted to animation, illustration and film by a man who is both an animator and a tireless enthusiast with a vast knowledge of the medium and the ability to make it exciting and inspiring for others.
And make sure you also check out Michael's Films.
Petrona is (thanks to the indefatigable Maxine) definitely one of the best reader's and writer's sites, full of news and views on books as well as challenging ideas and provocative thoughts on so many diverse topics that there's always something of interest.
Ian Culbard's Strange Planet Stories is a visually exciting blog devoted to comics, graphic novels and animation with regular sketches and working drawings from an superbly gifted artist.
He is also a regular contributor to the on-going comic adventure story published on another fun blogsite, HUZZAH!!
Phil Beard unceasingly garners a veritable treasure-trove of curiosities, old photographs, postcards, maps, advertising art, postcards...
...and just about everything and anything you can think of that might have found it's way into a couple of hundred years of pop culture.
Abecedarian is an eclectic potpourri of words, games, puzzles, illusions and allusions created by Craig Conley (below) acclaimed as "America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation".
Enjoy your awards, Premio Dardos winners (not forgetting to pass them on to five other recipients) and enjoy their work the rest of you...