14 January 2018

Bragging

Boastful people are so annoying - I am sure you will agree.  Consequently, it is with some trepidation that in this post I have decided to join the ranks of braggers and boasters, displaying the self-satisfaction of an old windbag. After all, I don't want to put people off visiting Yorkshire Pudding.

Anyway. As some of you will recall, I regularly contribute pictures to the geograph website, It is a British mapping project in which contributors submit photographs taken within Ordnance Survey 1km squares. 

Each week there is a photo of the week competition which begins with the top fifty nominated pictures from the week before. In some weeks over 5,000 images are submitted so to even make the weekly shortlist of fifty is a great honour.

At the end of last year, one of the website's administrators counted up how many nominations each contributor had received in the course of 2017. Then he drew up a kind of league table. I was elated to discover that my name was top of the pile! In fifty two weeks I had had seventy five nominations - way out in front of my closest geograph rival. Here's the proof:-
Top section of the nominations list for 2017
Hip hip hooray! I think of all photo walks I undertook last year and the way my roving eye was constantly on the look out for great images. It's  very gratifying to have this year long enthusiasm recognised in this way. I guess that with every picture I take I learn a little more about what makes a good image.

More bragging from Mr Boasty McBoastface... On Saturday, our son Ian was interviewed in the business section of BBC TV World News with his Bosh! chum Henry. The interviewer was a jumpy Australian fellow called Aaron Heslehurst,  The interview lasted for over five minutes and a member of the production team told our son that it would be seen worldwide by at least 100 million people!
In other Bosh! news, the cover of the recipe book has been revealed. It is due out in April but it is possible to pre-order a copy via Amazon. I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing unpredictable interrupts the momentum of Bosh! Ian has been working so hard to make it successful...

40 comments:

  1. You have every reason to boast! You are a talented photographer! I would love to buy a copy of Bosh! and have it signed by your son...do you think that might be possible?

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    1. That will certainly be possible Jennifer. Thanks for your kind support.

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  2. Boast away. Many congratulations to you all. Thrilled for you. X

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    1. You are so kind Christina. I just tried to pay a visit to your own blog but I couldn't find one. Come on gal - get blogging!

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    2. Oh grief! No I couldn't blog. I'm far too sensitive a flower. I prefer to go through life "back stage". Haha. Love reading your blog and a few others too.
      Long may you continue!

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    3. You must have secrets to hide!

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  3. Of course you'd be the top choice. Your photographs contain all the knowledge and affection and pride you have for the land that you love, and it shows.

    Holy Moly, Pudding Jr. on the BBC World News! And he looks so fit and lean, he's a fabulous advertisement for his food. The book cover makes it easy to understand the mission of Bosh and that's awesome.

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    1. Your positive support is delicious Vivian! Thank you.

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  4. Well done Boasty McBoastface & Son, you have every right to brag.

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    1. Glad you don't mind too much Sue.

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  5. If you didn't tell us, how would we know?!

    Well done to you and to your son. Those wonderful accomplishments are the result of much hard work and perseverance, and you are both very deserving of accolades!

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    1. How about a free holiday in Nova Scotia my dear?

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  6. Amazing and no need to apologise for "boasting" - you have every right to be proud of yourself and your son.

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    1. Okay ADDY. Thanks. I may have to change the title of this blog to "The Boring Boaster".

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  7. Many congratulations to The Photographer and his Healthy Meals author son. Bosh! is bookmarked on my laptop and I'm eager to get tasting those recipes. Yay!!!!

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    1. There's more to life than meat isn't there Rambler?

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  8. I'm not fond of braggers, either.

    However, in your case, in these instance, you have every right to feel proud, of your achievements, and of Ian's achievements.

    It would be silly to act blasé, in my opinion.

    And, if you didn't tell us about the above, the majority of us, otherwise, would never be aware.

    There is nothing wrong with blowing your trumpet...it makes a pleasant sound. :)

    Being proud of the quality of your work, of your efforts, and of Ian's, is not bragging.

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    1. If it passed "The Lee Test" then I am happy. Thanks cobber!

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  9. (Congratulatory pat on the back) Question: Why Bosh? I looked it up and it seems to mean 'nonsense'. If your son & friend are touting health food, I'm confused as to why the book is called Bosh. Can you enlighten me?

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    1. Of course lots of words have multiple meanings. In England we have a kind of saying - "Bish! Bash! Bosh!". It can be applied, for example, to quick preparation of meals - implying that the process is swift and simple - till finally - "Bosh!" the dish is there in front of you. Enjoy!

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    2. "Bish! Bash!... Bosh! The dish is there in front of you. Enjoy!" - You should use it as a slogan or jingle to advertise the book!
      I love those three words. Something nrw I've learnt.
      X

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  10. Toot, Toot! your trumpet all you like. Well done to Pudding and Son

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    1. Thanks Helen. I am like Louis Armstrong tooting away.

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  11. You're rolling in it today! Seriously. Congratulations on you achievements with photos chosen for the journal. Congratulations to your son on his interview. See? I knew I was recommending and excellent blog last week.

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    1. You were recommending a boastful blog from a braggard!

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  12. Well done to the Pudding family, a little bit of self promotion now and then goes a long way and doesn't hurt anybody.

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    1. Thanks for the support Derek. I hope all was well at the reserve today.

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    2. It is blowing a gale and chucking it down with rain, I never went.

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    3. No I'm not, it was just a grotty day.

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  13. Lee's comment could be mine word for word. Keep "boasting", if that's what you call it!

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    1. I hope that boasting does not become a habit.

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  14. Congratulations to you and your son! I think I would brag as well if I had all this to brag about!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Now I feel better about bragging Maria. Thank you.

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  15. How could you not be proud of yourself. Now you know that a lot of people enjoy and treasure your beautiful walks and photographs, not just your readers of this awesome blog.

    I love Bosh! I am proud of Ian and I don't even know him. I am going to get the book when it comes out. Maybe two.

    When I have something to brag about, I will let you know. (But, please, don't hold your breath waiting!!!)

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    1. I remember you bragging about the awesome view from your kitchen window! It made me seethe with jealousy!

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  16. As you have been boasty today I'm going to be also.
    Our Grandson touched down in Ireland this morning to attend Sean McGowan's 60th Birthday party. As you may know he is in the music business. Wasn't going to mention it but thought as you were doing boasty I would as well, lol
    Briony
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    1. What a shame that your grandson didn't invite his groovy grandma along to boogie till dawn with Old Shane! Nice one Briony!

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  18. So one of the BOSH! boys is your son! I love BOSH! recipes and videos on Facebook and will definitely buy the hardback cookbook. You are fortunate to have such a talented, ethical, handsome, vegan chef for a son.

    I do enjoy your photographs and descriptions of the places you document, Mr. Pudding. I'm glad that you received recognition from the Geograph community.

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