I seem to have been nominated for a Thinking Blogger Award by the charming and oh so sophisticated Charles Dawson (who is going straight into my blogroll for this - I'm so fickle), and yes, I'm as surprised as you are about this. I would describe myself as many things; suave, witty, charming, eloquent, stunningly handsome, etc etc, but never thinking. I mean, I do obviously have the capacity for thought and by that rationale do think, but I would never, if asked, classify myself as a thinking blogger. Still, if I come across as such then that is a good thing, and who's to say, maybe underneath all the swearing and random stuff there are actually some cogs turning round, doing the hard work calculating things and getting me where I need to be. I'm just not particularly aware of them while they're doing this. Which could mean that I'm a genius. Yes, I'm sticking with that argument. The answer is good therefore Timbo is happy.
So because I've been nominated I a) have to display a lovely badge which as you will see has pride of place sort of near the bottom of my sidebar (it has to work with the design, baby) and b) I have to nominate five fellow bloggers who I would categorise as Thinking Bloggers. I've thought about this (see! I can think!) and have settled on the following five peeps; some lovely bloggers who without fail always manage to stimulate my cerebral cortex, give me a giggle or two, gaze in astonished wonderment at their words, or even just whip my dictionary out as I haven't a clue what they're on about and oh god I really should have paid more attention at school and that A grade in English Language really was probably a bit of a fluke. But anyway! On to The List:
Alda - The original Icelandic blog de rigueur (not sure what it means or if that is how you spell it but I know what I mean, I think), and always ALWAYS my first stop for great writing, opinion, deep personal analysis, bizarre Google-hit information, oh yeah, and weather forecasting.
Ariel - Quite frankly, Ariel's is the best new blog - from a writing purist's perspective - that I've read this year. She uses words I've never heard of so is obviously very clever as not many people are cleverer than me, and has a wonderful style which totally drags you in, shakes you around, puts your clothes on all back to front, and then spits you out with gusto. Possibly the most deserving of the title Thinking Blogger. In my opinion.
Jack - Winner of the Most Womanly Blog Swampy Award, most definitely a woman, a bloody intelligent, bloody funny, bloody ridiculously clever woman, and a producer of the kind of writing that makes me wonder what the hell she does for a living. Astrophysicist? Translator of dictionaries in to all the languages of the world for a laugh, or that bloke out of Good Will Hunting who is really amazingly clever yet still works on building sites and hits on girls in bars. I doubt I shall ever know. Sigh.
Morgan - Again, a wonderful writer, an opinionated writer, and so articulate for someone so young (compared to me anyway). Not posting as much as she should at the moment, which is a pity, cos hers is a must-read at all times. She makes me jealous and that is as good a reason as any to nominate her for this.
Overnight Editor - This chap writes like no-one else. He has a style and manner all of his own, doesn't bear classification, and always surprises me with whatever he writes. He also like cryptic crosswords and hides things in his posts. Now, I don't understand cryptic crosswords, and have a problem with most things other than the Daily Mirror's Spot The Ball competition, so Mr Editor is officially Very Clever Indeed. He's very amusing too, recently described hayfever as "herbaceous porn" (quite brilliant I'm sure you'll agree) and despite not reading preambles quite as often as he should, most certainly deserves to be in this list.
So there, do with that as you will.
I must also state that Ariel is the proud winner of April's Blog of the Month for all the reasons stated above. And because the words Ariel and April are quite similar. An added bonus! Your award is at this very moment winging it's way to your email address, and you must display it with pride for these things are like fucking gold dust and will be worth a fortune very soon if they aren't already.
Lastly, I've had the most long and drawn out food poisoning episode in the history of mankind in the last few days. It took half a day to kick in, lasted for the best part of a day (my vomit was a BAD colour and I did worry somewhat), and my tum still hasn't fully recovered a full two days later. That's three food poisoning episodes since January, so this is now officially The Year of the Painful Gut. Maybe I should design a badge for that?
Ps. Check out Cat's new sidebar badge on the right. Nice eh? This is what you get if you send me tea towels, pens and post-its. And Cat, I love the tea towels. Very, err, tea-towelly.
Pps. And also glance swiftly at Anna's new Timbo-designed sidebar thingy too. She sent me a magazine and some assorted bits and bobs, and for that she has earned pride of place in the bar. It's only fair. Especially so considering her blog is fucking hilarious.