I’ve Been Nominated!

I’ve Been Nominated!

I’m in The Final!

No, not Miss Universe, silly!

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Much more important than that – J U S T

The Funniest Blogger Category in The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards


L  O  N  D  O  N

The last time I’ve been this thrilled was back in the 1970s, when I was runner-up in the Butlins Funny Face Competition.

It’s still a few weeks away but I’ve picked out my outfit – Floor Length Gold Lame with Matching Heels and Clutch. I’ve also booked my flight, my hotel and packed my bag. I’ve been thinking about making a sandwich and freezing it but I’ve decided to splash out on a Pret A Manger Ready to Eat sandwich at the Airport.

I’ve also been working hard on my Acceptance Speech and got it down to a mere 47 minutes. Without giving too much away, I’ve modeled it on Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Oscar speech. I’ll be thanking lots and lots of people (unlike Gwyneth, NOT Harvey Weinstein)…and there will be tears.

The Bash is on Saturday, May 19 – the same day as MegHar get hitched – but don’t even think about tuning in to The Royal Wedding.  Instead, stand by your computer and wait for news all the way from L  O  N  D  O  N.  I plan to do a live Facetime, YouTube-y, Unboxing, Webcam, Webinar, Live Broadcast, Periscope Thingy of my Acceptance Speech – if I can figure out how the video on my iPhone works.

So now all I need to do now is win.

Whoever said, it’s not the winning but the taking part lied.  It’s the winning.


I am beyond thrilled to have been nominated in the Funniest Blogger category and looking forward to meeting up with a big bunch of uber-talented bloggers at The Bash.

If you enjoy a good read then do yourself a favour, and click…

 H E R E

…to check out some of the nominated blogs and VOTE for your favourites (ME! ME! ME!). Voting closes on April 30 –  so don’t dilly dally.

The standard of blogs in all 9 categories is outstanding and unfortunately, the competition in the Funniest Blogger category is particularly stiff.   Those pesky bloggers are a seriously funny bunch and, despite myself, I couldn’t help but LAUGH and LAUGH and LAUGH when I checked out the competition. Bastards!

Being a Scottish lass I’m a bit nervous heading for Big, Bad  L  O  N  D O  N   but I’ve been psyching myself up by listening to Paolo Nutini’s soulful These Streets. Paolo’s got me worried that might get homesick for the Auld Country, but, och, it’s only 36 hours.


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  1. 14 April 2018 / 8:14 am

    Congrats Jill! Best of luck.

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 8:17 am

      Thanks Pete.

  2. Stuart C
    14 April 2018 / 8:16 am

    Good luck, Jill. Got my fingers crossed for you.

  3. 14 April 2018 / 8:56 am

    Very well deserved! I love your posts. My dogs don’t though – I continue to wake them up laughing out loud each weekend as I catch up on your blog. Good luck in the Awards. I look forward to seeing the results (I too have been nominated – in a different category) but can’t make it to the event. And no I’m not attending the MagHar event instead) 😄

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 8:59 am

      Haha thanks Alice. What category are you in? Shame you won’t make it along. I am so looking forward to putting faces to all the names. Maybe next year. Good luck X

      • 14 April 2018 / 9:04 am

        I’m in the Most Informative (Original Content) Blogger category (Notebooks and Glasses). Hopefully I can attend one year. I’ll struggle with my chronic pain though 🙁 x

        • Jill
          14 April 2018 / 9:12 am

          Oh good luck. I’ll be voting this weekend. And yes it would be great if you could make it along sometime Jill

  4. 14 April 2018 / 8:57 am

    Congratulations! (and I’ve voted). I’m kinda gutted – but I’ll be more gutted if it doesn’t happen – I should be in Grenada on the 19th or I’d suggest we met up and I’d definitely make my way to the blogger bash

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 9:00 am

      Hey Fiona, thanks for that. Shame you won’t be at the Bash. Maybe next year or if you’re up in Sunny Scotland. I am going to vote this weekend. Jx

  5. 14 April 2018 / 9:01 am

    Very well deserved. I’ve already voted for you 😃 I love your posts. My dogs don’t though – I still continue to wake them up on a weekend morning laughing out loud catching up on your blog.
    Good luck with the Award and I look forward to seeing the results. I too have been nominated (but in a different category) but I can’t attend unfortunately. And no I’m not attending the MegHar event 😄

  6. 14 April 2018 / 9:04 am

    Jill, I’m thrilled for you and I’m gutted that I’m not going to the bash. It would be so great to meet people in real life!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thanks so much Noelle. Yes shame you won’t be there. I am really looking forward to meeting in the real world. Jill x

  7. Lorna
    14 April 2018 / 9:06 am

    Good luck Jill, our Saturday morning smiles depend on you !! Xx

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 9:15 am

      Thanks Lorna 🙂

  8. 14 April 2018 / 9:10 am

    So well deserved! You might need to work on that speech though… a paltry 47 minutes? I think you need to pad it out to at least an hour 🤣 Looking forward to meeting you, you shouldn’t be hard to spot in that dress 😁

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 9:16 am

      Hahaha. Yet at least and hour – with a slide-show of photographs from my youth 🙂 Looking forward to meeting up with you in
      L O N D O N x

  9. 14 April 2018 / 9:26 am

    Congrats Jill! And good luck!!!! See you there!

  10. 14 April 2018 / 9:40 am

    I’ll look out for you in your floor length gold dress 😀 See you there!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:22 am

      Fantastic Lauren – look forward to meeting you at the Bash !

  11. 14 April 2018 / 9:56 am

    Congrats again Jill! I can’t wait to meet you at the bash. We’re leaving Aus for London in a mere three weeks time 😮 and I’m nowhere near ready! All the best, can’t wait to hear your speech 😊

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thanks you! And that’s great you’re coming all the way from Ozland. Looking forward to meeting you. JIll

  12. 14 April 2018 / 10:12 am

    Congrats on the nod! I am so jealous of those that get to go to the Bash. It sounds like it will be a great time! I am hoping to convince someone to Face Time me so I can “meet” everyone too!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:24 am

      Hey Cherie, That’s a great idea. I am sure one of the techie people will be up to the challenge. Shame you can’t be there Jill

  13. 14 April 2018 / 10:54 am

    See you there! I don’t plan to fight you for the Funniest Blogger trophy!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:25 am

      Oh you’re going along too – that’s great. Now I am sure you can pull together a killer awards outfit to step on that stage! Jill

  14. 14 April 2018 / 10:58 am

    Just voted for you…get that acceptance speech ready!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:26 am

      Hahaha. Thanx Candi x

  15. 14 April 2018 / 11:32 am

    Well deserved. Congratulations and good luck! ✨

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thank you so much Carmen

  16. 14 April 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Nomination is well deserved. I always look forward to visiting and having a laugh. Sitting in Canada and jealous you will all be meeting and celebrating!

    • Jill
      14 April 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks Brenda, that’s great to hear. Hope you make it along one of these years Jillx

    • Jill
      15 April 2018 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so much. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

  17. 14 April 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Hooray and good luck! So awesome that you’ll be there live and in person. Totally jealous.

    • Jill
      15 April 2018 / 9:30 am

      Hi Angela Shame you wont make it along. I am looking forward to it. It’s just an hour’s flight for me – so not too bad. I haven’t been to London for ages – love it and looking forward to meeting everyone. Jillx

  18. 15 April 2018 / 11:55 am

    Fingers crossed for you Jill. I hope your acceptance speech is as amazing as this sounds haha!!

    • Jill
      15 April 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Haha. Thanks Rachael. I am sure any non-blogger readers will think I am off The Ritz for some huge ceremony, and not a pub in Chiswick 🙂 Are you going down to the Bash? Would be great to meet u. JIll

  19. 15 April 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Congratulations Jill, your nomination is very well deserved, even if you are in competition with me! I am sad that I can’t make it to gthe Bash this year as I would have loved to have met you sand some of the other BuYB ers!
    Good luck with the vote, I shall be watching your acceptance speech through gritted teeth!! 😁😁🤪

    • Jill
      15 April 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Hey Judy thanks you for that. Shame you can’t be there – would be lovely to meet. The competition is pretty stiff! I am hoping to spend some time tonight voting. Good luck to you too. Jill x

  20. 16 April 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Well you have got me rethinking my outfit for the Bash now, Jill!! Not sure I can match a gold floor length number though….congrats on your nomination and look forward to meeting you in person! Claire x

    • Jill
      16 April 2018 / 12:16 pm

      Hahaha! Not sure Gold Lame is quite right for a pub in Chiswick 🙂 It’ll be great to meet everyone. I am so looking forward to it. Jill x

  21. Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas
    16 April 2018 / 4:47 pm

    WOOHOO! Well done Jill, that’s amazing and very well deserved. I’ll keep everything crossed for you xx

    • Jill
      16 April 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Thanx so much that’s so lovely to hear Jill x

    • Jill
      16 April 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Thank u so much. Jill

  22. 17 April 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Good luck Jill!

    You really do deserve this nomination, thank you for making me giggle so often! Although I think you might be in one of the toughest categories! There are sooo many good funny bloggers to vote for!

    • Jill
      17 April 2018 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you so much Jose, that’s lovely to hear. Yes the Funnny Bloggers are VERY funny. I’ve had a look through lots of the bloggers in all the categories and it’s a real bunch of talented buch. Are you up for an award? Jill

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