The Sunshine Award – aussie style

I love the idea of these awards because they allow us netizens to show appreciation for each other, and like the ripples in a pond, that little bit of love can have wide-reaching effects. I, personally, have met some very interesting people via awards.

So I do like awards, especially when they’re given by good friends like Candy Korman – that was a back-handed thank you Candy! – but when I looked at the list of questions that go with the Sunshine Award I literally came up blank:

What is your passion?
Favorite time of the year?
Favorite book?
Favorite movie?
Favorite animal?
Favorite time of the day?
Favorite Flower
Favorite nonalcoholic beverage?
Favorite physical activity?
Favorite vacation?

I could literally name at least 10 things for each and every question. 😦

I was just starting to panic when I remembered I’m an aussie. We live upside down to the rest of the world, and we tend to do some other things backwards as well, so why not this?

So instead of telling you about my favourite things I’m going to tell you all the things I absolutely hate!Β  -evil chuckle-

Pet hate?

For those of us DownUnder, September is Aussie Rules Football Month. You can’t get away from it. Blah blah about the footy is on the news, current affairs, panel shows, radio… ad nauseum. Great for those who live and breathe sport in general and footy in particular. Not so great for people like me. 40 years ago I was dragged to a couple of matches by my then boyfriend and his family, and I’ve hated the sport ever since. So my pet hate at the moment is footy. [I’m bracing for the backlash].

Least favourite time of year?

Summer, hands down. Living on the fringe of Melbourne as I do, summer equates to fire season, and a low grade fear from October to March.

Least favourite book?

Even in reverse, this question is impossible. I have read books I hated, but I can’t remember them precisely because they were so emminently forgetable. Pass.

Least favourite movie?

Easy – Starship Troupers. This was a movie that was just one long gore-fest. Sadly the special effects were so bad, I couldn’t even feel horrified. I only remember it because I couldn’t believe anyone could make such a movie with a straight face.

Least favourite animal?

Another easy one – spiders. -shudder-

Least favourite time of day?

3 – 4:00 pm when your brain tries to tell you it’s nap time. 😦

Least favourite flower?

Wattle. I know, I’ve just committed Aussie sacrilege, but wattle causes the most exquisite hay fever imaginable. Sorry.

Least favourite non-alcoholic beverage?

Coca Cola? I don’t mind the taste, but I do hate the whole empty calories thing. Plus I hate the brainwashing that goes with the advertising. When I absolutely have to have a cola drink I’ll buy a chinotto. It’s the Italian version of cola and has a slightly bitter after taste. Real grown-up cola. πŸ˜‰

Least favourite physical activity?

Vacuuming. Okay, I know vacuum hurling hasn’t made it onto the official list of Olympic sports yet, but honestly, don’t you wish it had?

Least favourite vacation?

Camping. I suspect I’ve just burnt all my bridges with this last answer. Any moment now, our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is going to knock on my door to hand deliver my expulsion order, and I’ll probably be banned from all bbq’s for life, but… dammit! I do hate camping. I hate having to squat over a log in the dark, I hate sleeping on groundsheets that feel as if they’re laid on top of boulders, I hate not being able to stand upright in a freakin’ tent, I hate the flies, the mosquitoes, all the other assorted bugs. And I hate not being able to have a shower when I need one.

Now before everyone jumps down my throat, I know you can camp in a camping ground with toilets and showers, but what’s the point of being utterly uncomfortable just so you can be squashed in with hundreds of other, uncomfortable people? ‘Ah, the serenity’ -snort-

Anyway, apologies if I’ve offended anyone, but there you Β have it, I’m a failure as an aussie. -glum- I do like the odd bbq-d snag though. Does that count?

Now to nominate my vicΒ other bloggers for this award!

Chazz Writes – for the best zombie story I’ve ever read

EllaDee – because she’s just married, and an aussie, and may not kill me if I’m nice to her… -runs-

Chris James – because he’s a sci-fi writer and NOT an aussie so I’m pretty sure he won’t kill me. πŸ™‚

Christie Meierz – because she’s a writer of SFR – science fiction romance – and not a camper as far as I know.;)

Pinky [aka The PinkAgendist] – because he writes a fun blog, shares my love of food and speaks French.

Kathryn Chastain Treat – a powerful writer, a generous friend and an incredibly gutsy lady who battles life threatening allergic reactions every day.

Right. I’m done. Now I just have to let all my nominees know that I’ve, um, nominated them.

Anyone seen my hardhat?


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10 responses to “The Sunshine Award – aussie style

  • chrisjames282

    Thanks for the nomination, Meeks πŸ™‚ I like what you’ve done by going the other way πŸ™‚

    But, I’m going to explain why the film Starship Troopers is in fact a lot cleverer than people give it credit for. From the first scene in the classroom, it’s explained that democracy was a massive, stupid mistake, and the only way “forward” is military dictatorship. This flies in the face of everything we believe in today. Now, there’s a war going on with these giant bugs, and the future society portrayed is so advanced that they have big, powerful spaceships and all the tech that goes with it. However, the leaders of this technologically advanced military dictatorship are so incredibly incompetent, they send thousands of ground troops to almost certain death, without air support, without artillery support, and without land-based vehicle support. They just drop them down from the spaceship to die.
    On the surface, Starship Troopers is exactly what right-wing nut-jobs today would love to see our world become, and doubtless they love all the hapless characters who get killed, and they love all the hammy gore in the film.
    But whoever wrote that screenplay was making a very clever point indeed: what they created was a technologically advanced dystopia to warn educated viewers of the danger of western military suffocation of our democratic rights, which would begin to happen just a few years later, following 9/11, and which continues today, as western government pass more “terror” laws which strip us of our freedom.
    The film laughs its head off at the right-wing nut-jobs, by giving them exactly what they want, but actually it’s a very clever warning to those of us who value democracy.


    • acflory

      -blinks- Um, there was actually all that in the film???? I’ll be honest, I didn’t finish the movie – one severed arm too many – so I’ll have to take your word on the deeper meaning. Are you /sure/ we’re talking about the same movie?


      • chrisjames282

        Definitely the same film. While I was enjoying this B-movie gore fest, a voice in the back of my head was saying “Someone’s having a laugh with you”. Being a bit of a fan of military history, the tactics employed in the battle scenes /could/ have simply been thoughtless writing/plotting. But, you know, who likes to admit they wasted 2 hours of their life watching a terrible film? When I thought about it, I came up with my own explanation – and I’m sticking to it! πŸ™‚


  • davidprosser

    I don’t know what the average memory span is over there but I wouldn’t go our for at least a few days and if you must, keep an eye open for low flying footballs.
    I’m not sure about Starship Troopers as I once started to watch the first ‘Arnie’ film I’d ever sen which I think was called Hercules. It needed sub titles for his accent and the acting was so wooden they wouldn’t let anyone smoke on set. I lasted no more than 5 mins and that included the terrible zither music intro..
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • acflory

      -grin- I shall stay safely indoors for at least 2 days! And I am so glad I missed Hercules. That must have been right after his Mr Universe win or something. I imagine he must have had lock jaw from all the chin ups. πŸ˜€


  • Candy Korman

    This is great!
    We have more in common on the “hate” front than I would have imagined. “Starship Troupers” was indeed a fiasco of a film. Coca Cola is a commercially-induced sugar coma/diabetes/obesity cause. I really dislike American Football. I’m NOT a camper. And I really dislike vacuuming. Bugs love to bite me more than I love indoor plumping β€” and I LOVE nice bathrooms. 4pm is my doldrums time…
    LOL… the negative list was very revealing!


  • EllaDee

    Thank you for the nomination. In similar vein, I’ll endeavour to incorporate it into a post, so it doesn’t contravene my self-imposed award exile.
    If there was Olympic vacuum hurling, I’d step up as I don’t mind vacuuming but hate nothing so much as a deficient vacuum cleaner, and have been known to hurl such into the backyard accompanied by a torrent of bad language…
    And, whenever possible 3 – 4 pm is nap time…


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