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Sunshine Blogger

Hi there bloggies, I met a new blogger the other week by the name of Shalini and she’s a great bloggie, really friendly and fun. So the other day when I she nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award I found it to be a very nice surprise.

As with all awards there are some rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.



  • What do you do in real life? And do you love what you do?

I’m an engineer by trade, I design circuit boards but my real love is reading, writing, art, creating stuff.

  • What is your favorite song and why is it your favorite ?

The Telegraph Road by Dire Straits – I dunno why.

  • What is your favorite destination for a holiday and why?

I’ve never been but I want to go to Iceland!

  • Which do you prefer the real world or the blogging world and why?

I prefer blogging, hands down!

  • If you can change one event from your past, what would it be? You don’t have to reveal your dark secret, it can be a funny or embarrassing moment too.

I’m skipping this one.

  • Do you remember one moment of your life where life changed dramatically for you, what was it? Again this is not a trigger question, but a memory of happiness.

I don’t know.

  • Which part of the world do you stay and what do you like and dislike about that place? 1 each will do

I’m in the UK, I like the freshness of the UK, the greenness. I don’t like the cost of the UK or the way it’s run. I feel the system is very broken.

  • So you believe in astrology? Do you read the forecast? If you do, has that forecast ever come true?

I didn’t used to believe in it until recently but I don’t pour over every detail.

  • What is your favorite drink? One alcoholic, one non

India Pale Ale and Vimto.

  • What is your favorite color and why?

Purple. Just becasue.

  • Do you believe in love at first sight or attraction at first sight?

Nope, never seen that.

  • What is the most frequently used word in your conversation? It can be a swear word.

I have no idea!




My Questions

  • What in life makes you wonder or dream?
  • What is the 5th song in your current playlist?
  • Do you have a favourite Bloggie? Who are they?
  • Share a link to your favourite or most viewed post.
  • What’s the one thing you want to achieve this year that would make you fist pump?
  • Are you a bloggie that plans or kind of random and get the post out?
  • What kind of sense of humour do you have? What makes you laugh?
  • Did you have a new year’s’ resolution and did you keep it?
  • If you could be any animal – what would it be?
  • If you could visit any planet – which one would it be?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight or attraction at first sight?
  • What is the most frequently used word in your conversation? It can be a swear word



My nominations:






Hot Mess Memoir








I hope you can all take part but no pressure! Thank you again Shalini!

Simon 🙂



Mystery Blogger Award


I woke up this morning to a blog award nomination from MacKenzie. You really should go and have a look at her blog, she has a pretty long list of conditions she’s been diagnosed with but she refuses to let this get in the way and has some pretty inspiring posts so go and pay her a visit please as she’s great!



Mystery Blogger Award:

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Created by Okoto Enigma.

The rules are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).



Here are my answers from MacKenzie!

  • What’s your biggest goal for 2018?

To do what I do and have fun doing it.

  • What’s your favorite holiday?

A quiet one near the great outdoors.

  • If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would they be?

I thought about this and it drove me nuts. I would either have to be selfish or not and if I wanted to help others I couldn’t help everyone. So I gave up.

  • If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go?

The Lake District

  • If you could only have one type of sandwich the rest of your life what kind would it be?

Cheese and pickle! 😛


Three things about me are:

I always struggle to think of something new to put into these, but I’ll have a good go:

  1. I try to make sure I go for a walk everyday – I can’t stand sitting around.
  2. When I was at school I was really crap at Maths – so I went into engineering as a career. Nuts eh?
  3. I’ve recently been using step / sleep tracking in my everyday life. It’s funny the effect this has on you as I now try and take the long route when walking to get a few extra steps in.



My nominees:

Some questions I have for my nominees:

  1. What’s do you hope to better yourself in this year?
  2. What was your favourite Christmas yummy?
  3. What in the world now worries you most or would you like to see change?
  4. What’s your favourite biscuit?
  5. What is on Netflix right now that you can’t help watching?

I hope you can all join in – if not don’t worry but you it would be interesting!

Simon 🙂

The Christmas Tag

I got this tag from my lovely friend Tiffany and it was a really kind and loving gesture. Thank your Tiffany I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Here are the rules for this award:

    Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog 

    Add the picture in your blog 

    Copy these rules into your post 

    Add a link to this original post Original Christmas Tag

    Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas – related questions if you want) 

    Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs 

    Have fun! 
These are the questions Tiffany left me:

What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

It’s generally a cheerful time and people are nicer than normal.
What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

 When I was a kid way back when and the excitement of it all.
Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

Not really… I would like something less traditional myself.
What’s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

I wish Christmas was led commercial.
What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

Mice pies and brandy butter!
What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

Nice soft white lights.
What´s your favorite Christmas song?

The Greg Lake one.
Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

At home

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

Peace and goodwill to all.
Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?


Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 

Spend it at the beach.
And who are my nominees for Christmas Tag

There are always loads of people I could tag on these, but I’ll keep it to a few:




Here are the questions for my nominees, I’ve kept them the same as Tiffany’s as things are busy:
What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

What´s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

What´s your favorite Christmas song?

Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

 Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

  Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 
Happy Christmas to friends near and far. Tiffany and Family and thanks darling Ben for asking me to take part. Love to You and Yours!

Happy Christmas to all my bloggies! 

Simon ☺️

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks to Zoyie for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I was greanted the great honour of being Zoified a while back, which is a gesture a friendship I think. So go over to her blog and maybe you’ll like it too and who know’s maybe you’ll get Zoified too!


So, here comes the rules:

-Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
-Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
-Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
-Share 7 facts about yourself!

Facts about me:

1. I’m a red head – but beccause of grey and fading it’s not so clear.
2.I like cooking, especially making something from scratch and experimenting with new ingedients and flavours.
3. I have two dogs.
4. I don’t like mint ice cream.
5.I hate doing eyeliner too! lol
6.I’ve not been to university and yet have worked my way into becoming a professional engineer.
7. I’m a good problem solder (I think I am anyway)

The nominees:

8.Scotts Sky Watch
10.Samantha Alexi
12. themelodramaticconfessionsofcarlalouise
13. waywardscribblez
15. poeticparfait

I hope you like these little snippets about me. I hope all my nominee’s join in but there’s no pressure to. Just take the award as a gift if you like!

Simon 🙂

The black cat, blue sea award!


Thanks to Aditi for nominating me for the black Cat, blue sea award. I’ve not seen this one before, but it looks kinda cool! Aditi is a relatively new follower. She writes her thoughts and muses down a her own gentle and real fashion. Have a look at her blog – it’s a nice place to be!

Thanks again Aditi! 🙂



Here are the rules of this award:

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
(2) Anybody nominated can nominate up to seven other bloggers.
(3) Anybody nominated answers three questions.You further have to ask some other three questions from your selected nominees. If nominee doesn’t want to answer any of the asked questions, he or she does not have to answer it to earn the award.

3 questions that Aditi asked me are :

(1.) If given a chance to become a writer/author, who would you like to become like? (I mean kind of your inspiration)

If I was given the chance to be a writer I would follow firmly in the footsteps of Arthur C Clarke. The man was more than a writer, but a visionary that put his visions to print.

(2.) Your one decision, which you are still proud of?

I’m proud I’m an engineer, despite the trials it comes with I know it’s given me a positive role on this Earth.

(3.) Your favorite book and movie?

My favourite book and move are 2001 a Space Odyssey, from Arthur C Clarke himself. As a story and a film it’s not fast paced, but it captures wonderfully a journey surrounded by isolation, mystery and the unknown.



My nominations for this award are (again, list is in random order) –









3 questions I want you people to answer are –

(1.) If given a chance to become a writer/author, who would you like to become like? (I mean kind of your inspiration)

(2.) What is your greatest achievement to date?

You can answer either one or both of them, as per your comfort level.

(3.) Your favorite book and movie?


I would love it if you could all participate, but if not, no worries just take the nomination in the kind spirit it was given 🙂

Simon 🙂

The Unique Blogger Award

I got a nice little message from Colleen Ackerman yesterday, she had nominated me for the unique blogger award. Colleen is a very talented an poetic writer and all of you should really go over and have a look at what she’s up to! Thanks for nominating me Colleen – I really appreciate it and I also appreciate the sentiment of being unique!




The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Include one meme and one quote you really like.
  3. Nominate 8-13 bloggers to receive this award.
  4. Ask your nominees 3 UNIQUE questions.
  5. Add a link to the awards creator.



The Meme I Really Like


This is something I see every so often and seriously it brings me to tears every time!



After having been told my danglies looked like an elderly Rastafarian I decided to take the plunge and buy some of this as previous shaving attempts had only been mildly successful and I nearly put my back out trying to reach the more difficult bits. Being a bit of a romantic I thought I would do the deed on the missus’s birthday as a bit if a treat.

I ordered it well in advance and working in the North Sea I considered myself a bit above some of the characters writing the previous reviews and wrote them off as soft office types…Oh my fellow sufferers how wrong I was. I waited until the other half was tucked up in bed and after giving some vague hints about a special surprise I went down to the bathroom. Initially all went well and I applied the gel and stood waiting for something to happen. I didn’t have long to wait.

At first there was a gentle warmth which in a matter of seconds was replaced by an intense burning and a feeling I can only describe as like being given a barbed wire wedgie by two people intent on hitting the ceiling with my head. Religion hadn’t featured much in my life until that night but I suddenly became willing to convert to any religion to stop the violent burning around the turd tunnel and what seemed like the the destruction of the meat and two veg. Struggling not to bite through my bottom lip I tried to wash the gel off in the sink and only succeeded in blocking the plughole with a mat of hair. Through the haze of tears I struggled out of the bathroom across the hall into the kitchen, by this time walking was not really possible and I crawled the final yard to the fridge in the hope of some form of cold relief. I yanked the freezer drawer out and found a tub of ice cream, toe the lid off and positioned it under me. The relief was fantastic but only temporary as it melted fairly quickly and the fiery stabbing returned. Due to the shape of the ice cream tub I hadn’t managed to give the starfish any treatment and I groped around in the draw for something else as I was sure my vision was going to fail fairly soon. I grabbed a bag of what I later found out was frozen sprouts and tore it open trying to be quiet as I did so. I took a handful of them and an tried in vain to clench some between the cheeks of my arse. This was not doing the trick as some of the gel had found its way up the chutney channel and it felt like the space shuttle was running its engines behind me.

This was probably and hopefully the only time in my life I was going to wish there was a gay snowman in the kitchen which should give you some idea of the depths I was willing to sink to in order to ease the pain. The only solution my pain crazed mind could come up with was to gently ease one of the sprouts where no veg had gone before.

Unfortunately, alerted by the strange grunts coming from the kitchen the other half chose that moment to come and investigate and was greeted by the sight of me, arse in the air, strawberry ice cream dripping from my bell end pushing a sprout up my arse while muttering “ooooohhh that feels good” Understandably this was a shock to her and she let out a scream and as I hadn’t heard her come in it caused an involuntary spasm of shock in myself which resulted in the sprout being ejected at quite some speed in her direction. I can understand that having a sprout fired against your leg at 11 at night in the kitchen probably wasn’t the special surprise she was expecting and having to explain to the kids the next day what the strange hollow in the ice cream was didn’t improve my status…so to sum it up, VEET removes hair, dignity and self-respect.

Originally Shared by our friends GRUNTS 11 Bravo, U.S. Infantry Soldiers and Awesome Shit My Drill SGT. Said



The One Quote I Really Like



Enough said …


The Bloggers I Have Nominated













The 3 Unique Questions They Must Answer

  1. Use three words to describe you.
  2. If there was one job you could do for the rest of your life – what would it be?
  3. You’re going to be dumped on a desert island for a year and can take three things with you – what are they?


My Answers To The 3 Questions From Colleen

  1. If I was going to be re-incarnated as an animal I would come back as a cat – it seems like a nice life!
  2. I tend to find on the spot problem solving is a good skill of mine, but maybe more specifically is fixing electronic things, like phone, tablets, computers, cars etc.
  3. Success is something that’s achieve when someone keeps trying but doesn’t give up! It comes to some easier than others

I hope you enjoy this – nominees don’t have to take part, but it would be great if they did!

Simon 🙂


The Liebster Award



Thank you to the lovely Acire for nominating me for this amazing award! It’s the third time of getting this and I always like to participate in them as it keeps the whole thing going and spreads the good will around. Have a look at Acire’s blog, she’s got some great work going on and I found out only a couple of weeks ago is a Scifi fan – so naturally I’ve been begging her to read some of my work to see what she thinks!

Here are my answers to the questions that Tumbling Words asked me:

  • What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

I used to travel to work by train and I loved this as I could read or something while travelling. I can’t do this now and I really miss it. Sure I  like driving but it’s not the same.

  • What is your favorite foreign food?

Definitely Indian, you can’t beat it!

  • Are you a dog person or a cat person?

A cat person really, but I still love dogs.

  • What kind of music do you like?

All kinds, it’s random – see here: Music

  • Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog to be a voice into the world, it’s gone on to me so much more.

  • Have you ever flown a kite? And if so, where?

I have, I wasn’t very good, it was at a park.

  • Would you rather live in the city or country? Why?

I would, I think. Just to see what it’s like!

  • Have you written anything besides your blog?

Not really, although I’m trying to.

  • Would you rather go to an art museum or a soccer (football) match?

Not sure really – neither.

  • Do you speak more than one language (klingon counts)?

Nope, not even Klingon! 😛

  • You are happiest when you are wearing what on your feet?



I nominate the following amazing blogs for The Liebster Award:


Quirky Girl






Just Shizzle



What you need to do:

Make sure to answer the questions below, then nominate up to 11 other blogs. The idea is to nominate those with 500 followers or less. Ask those you’ve nominated 11 questions and make sure to add the Liebster Award sticker to your blog!

Questions for those who have been nominated:

  1. What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
  2. What if your favorite foreign food?
  3. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  4. What kind of music do you like?
  5. Why did you start your blog?
  6. Have you ever flown a kite? And if so, where?
  7. Would you rather live in the city or country? Why?
  8. Have you written anything besides your blog?
  9. Would you rather go to an art museum or a soccer (football) match?
  10. Do you speak more than one language (Klingon counts)?
  11. You are happiest when you are wearing what on your feet?

I would like to say thank you again to Acire for nominating me, it’s always great to get and blog an award. I’m not sure all my nominee’s have less than 500 followers, but neither did I and I hope you take part, it’s ok – the award was given with much blog love!


Simon 🙂


The Miranda Sings Award


Thanks to my good friend  Lennon for nominating me for this fun little award. Lennon is a friend more like a sister on here to me. I love all of her posts, much of it about how to get through your Monday on the joys of hump day. Along with this she’s led an interesting and amazing life, which has made her into the fabulous with glitches person she is today. She always knows how to bring on a smile whatever day of the week – so go and look at her blog!

The rules for this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Name seven things you love about yourself.
  • Nominate and notify seven bloggers about this award.
  • You can’t nominate the person who nominated you.
  • Don’t forget to display the award in your post.



Seven things I love about myself:

  • I love building or making things – I’m nor perfect at it but I’m not bad!
  • I love solving problems.
  • I love cooking and baking.
  • I looooove eating!!!! (Too much)
  • I love writing and of course blogging.
  • I love wearing jeans.
  • I love listening to music.

The hardest thing for many of us is to be positive about ourselves. We’re taught from a young age to not be too positive or to be negative so we can learn. This is a real mind trap so for me, this was harder than I thought writing these out.


Seven Bloggers I Nominate:

I hope you all participate – if not no worries. Just enjoy the fact that I nominated you!

Icy Sedgwick



Cheeky Column

Faceless Moon

Colleen Ackerman

Poetry of M

I’ve got a mix of new and old bloggies here. I always like to mix it up a bit. I hope you like it even if you don’t take part!

Simon 🙂


Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Dragon's Loyalty Award


There are some people you just it off with from the start, for me Lennon was one of those great people. It’s like we’ve been friends for years, so it brought a smile to my face when she nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

Lennon is one of those sassy and firey people in life that seems to always be up to things, she hates Mondays, but attackes them like a boss and this is what her blog is about. Go and have a look: Fabulous with Glitches.



Always rules ya know, so let me tell you what they are:

1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and link back to the nominator.
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link your awardees in the post.
5. Write 7 interesting things about you.

Now you all know I’m a rule breaker and cannot stand rules so I just want all of you know please feel free to participate in this award. Even if I didn’t nominate you, copy and paste and write my loves! This just gives all of us more information about each other so we can find our connections and learn more about each other.



Seven interesting things about me:

  • I love the sea. I grew up near it and hate that I moved away. But the sea, sailing and boating and generally messing about on the water is engrained in me.
  • I want to be bald, or at least have a shaven head – Hair on my head is such a pain!
  • I’m a problem solver and I can fix most things. Sometimes in the stragest of ways!
  • I love animals and particularly birds. Over my life a number feathered friends have crossed my path in need of help. Most have had a good ending.
  • I want to have a tattoo or two – I’m not sure about what, although recently I had the idea of using my Chinese zodiac sign which is the Tiger. But I also like the idea of the dragon…
  • I write stories and things. Mainly Sci Fi and fantasy. But anything which come into my head (of which there has been lots).
  • I need a new car… my poor faithful car has had a good, long but hard life and one day soon I fear it will die.



My nominee’s for the dragon’s loyalty award are:



Ellie Maloney





I hope you all want to join in – if not consider it a kind gesture that I’ve nominated you and smile!

Simon 🙂

Planet Simon – Weekly Roundup

It’s that time of week again when the week is almost over, we’re rushing out the door for the weekend and of course the Planet Simon weekly roundup is here. It’s the best part of it surely?

It’s been a busy week in many ways and things have not gone to plan blog wise. I’ve not had




Carrying on with my Solar Syatem exploration, the sun came out shining brightly. With a piece on the sun with some rather stunning facts that leaft my mind blown – I don’t know about yours!

Solar System Exploration – The Sun

Algone with the sun I poststed some of the best pics wchich came from ESA last week.

ESA – A Week in Images



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So, the explorer had launched! After a little more time than I expected my writing blog https://universeofpossibility.wordpress.com/ is hosting the voyages of the space ship Explorer, her mission and crew becoming legend I hope in the blogoshpere. Thee the first mission log here: The Explorer Voyages – The Cube



With this the 8th part of my ongoing fiction witht he crew of the Tycho up to their necks in somehting that are struggling to understand.

The Titan Mystery – Part 8




As always I like my Minion friends to insert some humour, this week also helped by Wally from Dilbert –  who would have thoguht he would be on Tinder?

Minion Thoughts – Want to be my friend?

Minion Thoughts -One of those days…

Friday Funny – Wally sees Tina on Tinder


Other stuff

Some pictures of Iceland from a friend and my feet at a skate park – I’m trying my best to fill this space with new and random stuff!

Where my feet have been – A BMX Park

Iceland Pictures


Other bloggies / posts

Kristen Lamb is an exceptional writer and blogger who spends a great deal of time trying to help us as writers achieve our best. Have a look at her blog in perticular this post on the hard truth’s about being a professional writer:

The hard truth about being a professional writer

Sacha Black really knows how to write a post that captivates me, this one on human aura certainly peeked my interest:

Impossibly connected auras energy and universal life forces

I also loved this post for Niki on synchons…syncho… synchronicities.  Jaut have a look:


Enjoy your weekends everyone!

Simon 🙂