Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Blogging Award of Excellence

The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humour, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance.

Today I was nominated to receive an Excessively Diverting Blog Award by Hels at ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly. Thanks Helen, I've found your posts entertaining and informative.

My nominations are ...

1) In Lost City, Brooks of Sheffield documents the remnants of old New York that are disappearing under the never-ending rush of progress or hang on through good luck or good judgement despite the odds.

2) Richard Nickel jr subtitles the The Kingston Lounge as Guerrilla preservation and urban archaeology. Brooklyn and beyond. He shows once wonderful buildings that are under threat of demolition or suffering demolition by neglect ie left to rot.

3) The Mindful Walker, Susan DeMark, urges us to take our time and explore and enjoy the buildings and streets of our neighbourhoods in this fabulous blog. Susan concentrates on New York City but also looks at the hudson Valley and places further afield.

4) Mo has been bringing Fresh eyes on London since mid 2007 showing London from the point of view of someone new to the city.

5) In a similar way to Lost City, Adam writes about the parts of Paris that others ignore in Invisible Paris.

6) I love the name and I love the attitude. In sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy, Owen Hatherley has an opinion on many things and he is not afraid to let you know where he stands. I await his reaction to this nomination with some dread.

7) My final nomination is Chris Boyd's The Morning After: Performing Arts in Australia. Chris brings his personal, yet professional reviews, of drama, dance, opera and music from around Australia all with a wicked sense of humour. Another reaction to this nomination that I approach with some dread.

Recipients, please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven (7) other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.

Thanks to all my nominations. I have enjoyed reading your work and thansk again to Helen for nominating me in the first place.


  1. Thanks for that David. I won't continue the chain because it would be hard for me to pick 7, but anybody can see the list of blogs I follow if they're interested.
    Thanks as well though for the links to your other nominated sites, a couple of which I have now started following. There's some great stuff there!

  2. Thanks for the comment Adam. It is a bit of fun and I agree that looking at the blogs you re following is a good way of finding related blogs.