One Lovely Blog Award

Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it isn’t lovely!

Lovely Blog Award The highly energetic Ally Shields is to thank for my prestigious award. Thanks, Ally! Please make sure you nip over to her website: http://www.allyshields.com

Along with this award, I’ve accepted three conditions. The first is link back to Ally – no problem there – and the second is to reveal seven things about myself. What, another seven? I seem to be doing this rather often these days. Okay, here we go…

Uno

I’m an obsessive checker. Before I leave the house I check all the appliances are turned off, windows and doors locked. Then I go round and check again. And again. Sometimes, after locking myself out, I let myself back in again to check one more time. Sometimes, I get as far as the car then go back for just a last check. Very occasionally I will drive away then just pop back to make absolutely sure.

Due

Bookstore Dalek

Bookstore Dalek (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think you all know about my Dalek suit, but my other treasure when I was a child was a shiny, black, plastic Beatles wig. I should have looked after it better actually as it would come in handy now.

BeatlesWig

Tre

chucky

Whilst I can’t say the film is among my favourites, CHUCKY will always be a part of me. Some of you know my nickname is Chukkie (usually mispelled as Chucky). It’s a term of endearment that my son lavished on me when he first learned to speak, and it’s stuck. According to my mood I can be Cheerful Chukkie, Cheeky Chukkie or Silly Chukkie. Not very PC, I know, but one Chinese New Year as I donned appropriate costume I was called Chinkee Chukkee.

Quattro

One thing I cannot be is Churchie Chukkie! I am a Humanist and am currently training to be a funeral celebrant. I love it, to be honest. If you want to know more about the subject, here’s a link to the British Humanist Assocation.

bhalogofullhttps://humanism.org.uk/

Cinque

I hate both broccoli and cauliflower. They make me heave.

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Sei

The film Mary Poppins is about the only movie guaranteed to make me cry. I know, pathetic, isn’t it? And me a horror writer.

Mary Poppins (film)

Mary Poppins (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sette

I once went round a revolving door the wrong way at the Waldorf Hotel in London’s Aldwych.

Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych

Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wondered why the bloody thing was so stiff, but only realised what I’d done as I fell into the foyer and heard some guy mutter, “What a twat.” Well, ’tis why my other nickname is Clouseau.

Clouseau

Now for the last condition, I’m passing the award to these worthy and distinguished authors/supporters:

Rupert Smith

Julia Kavan

Elin Gregory

Alexandra Weston

Susan Roebuck

Catherine Cavendish

Jan Marshall

They’re not all horror, but I recommend checking them out!

Thanks for dropping in.

Chukk

Exterminate…

I heard that Ray Cusick, the man who designed the Daleks, has passed away. It prompted me to post on Facebook that I had a Dalek play suit when I was little. Not the cheap and nasty one but the rare item from Skorpion Automotives. They were rare because Skorpion was exterminated by a fire. I managed to find a picture of the very suit I had, thanks to The Confessions of Who blogspot:

Dalek Suit

It was so cool. The gun arm had a flashing light and the eye also illuminated. The top was rigid, the skirt made of plastic which I can smell just looking at the picture. Did you have one? We could organise a reunion.

Now  back to Facebook. My re-post of the news item included this photo:

Dalek Westminster

And I commented: I had a Dalek suit when I was a kid. My friend Beejay Wells (he lives in Belgium, by the way) came up with this. Dontcha just love him?

Dalek Steve