30 December 2019

Bellagio

A lavish ceremony in The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas had been planned for this year's Laughing Horse Blog Awards ceremonies - with bloggers flying in from across the world. However, following heated debate within the organising committee, it was eventually decided to scrap the Las Vegas plan on environmental grounds. 

The carbon footprint for The Las Vegas event would have been as large as Liechtenstein or Luxembourg - especially when you factor in all the air miles. Most bloggers known to the Yorkshire Pudding organisation really care for our planet and demonstrate that care through recycling and energy reduction measures. So how could we in all honesty have gone ahead with the Bellagio event? It would not have made sense and we would have been pilloried by the tabloid press and Fox News as climate hypocrites.

In consequence, the organising committee have instructed me to apologise to all bloggers who were looking forward to an orgy of the senses in Nevada's Sin City. Any hotel fees that were paid in advance will of course be refunded just like the air tickets that were part sponsored by The Isle of Lewis Tourist Board in partnership with Ludwigsburg Rathaus.

You may recall that last year's overall "Blogger of the Year" was none other than Mary Moon, author of "Bless Our Hearts" out of Lloyd, Florida. It will soon be time for Mary to pass her cherished crown to someone else. Her amazing year will be over. The highlight was surely her June visit to The White House where she took tea with Melania, The First Lady. They spoke about many things, even comparing the merits of their respective husbands. There is no truth in the rumour that Mary was escorted from the premises yelling Anglo-Saxon epithets at the Slovenian ice maiden.

Can you wait for tomorrow? That is when The Laughing Horse Blog Awards for 2019 will be announced here on this most ancient blog. To whet your appetites, here's a list of previous  Bloggers of the Year:-

ROLL OF HONOUR

2008 – Arthur Clewley for “Arthur Clewley”

2009 – Daphne Franks for “My Dad’s a Communist”

2010 – John Gray for “Going Gently”

2011 – Ian Rhodes for “Shooting Parrots”

2012 – Kate Steeds for "The Last Visible Dog"

2013 – Tom Gowans for “A Hippo on the Lawn”

2014 – Meike Riley for “From My Mental Library”

2015 – Lee George for “Kitchen Connection”

2016 – Steve Reed for “Shadows and Light”

2017 - Keith Kline for "Hiawatha House"


2018 - Mary Moon for "Bless Our Hearts".

29 comments:

  1. I hate to tell you this, I am ASHAMED to tell you this but I have personally stayed in the Bellagio before. That was quite awhile ago. QUITE AWHILE!
    I have to tell you that I have worn my Laughing Horse crown with great pride and humbleness and it will be with a heavy but joyful heart that I pass it on.
    Quite seriously, Neal, you really made me proud and I appreciate what truly was (and is!) an honor!

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    1. It was richly deserved Ms. Moon. I am not the only one who recognises the special nature of your ongoing contribution to blogging.

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  2. I am suitably excited about the upcoming blog awards. I can go to Vegas when I want to!

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    1. I can imagine The Micro Manager throwing craps.

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  3. I commend you for scrapping such an environmentally-unfriendly event! Also, didn't too many bloggers end up with besmirched reputations last year? lol

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    1. Yes they did Jenny. Sad to say, booze and other mind-bending concoctions have often accompanied The Laughing Horse Awards.

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  4. I love the idea of Ms. Moon yelling epithets at Melania.

    So no party? No drinking? No hot tub? No nakedness? Sigh. I was so looking forward to it. I had hoped for a night like the night from "The Hangover", including a naked Asian man.

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    1. I am sure if you go online you will be able to order a naked Asian man in Canada's own "sin city"...Edmonton!

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  5. I've been wondering if we were going to have the awards this year! Yay!!!!! Can't wait. Mary Moon, let Melanoma have it!!!

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    1. How cruel to name Trump's long suffering trophy wife after a cancer! Shame on you Jennifer!

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  6. I've spent some time in Vegas and it's not all that great. I would rather see trees and mountains - or maybe pictures of such in blogs! Good luck to all the candidates!

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    1. I can imagine you gambling in The Venetian.

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  7. Interesting to see that 6 of the 11 award winners are still on your blog roll 'though not all blog regularly. Certainly since I started in 2007 I would guess that more than half have stopped blogging. One of the most prolific went over to Facebook and some others have also gone over to different platforms. On the other hand new readers appear all the time. Long may you continue.

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    1. I guess it's rather like life. Some endure. Some fall by the wayside. Some afre only here for a while.

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  8. Hmm... what do I do with my sequinned mini dress now? It was taylor-made for me with the Las Vegas party in mind. It will look very out of place if I wear it to my parents' tomorrow night to ring in the New Year.
    Ludwigsburg's new Mayor (he started in September) will be relieved to hear that there will be a refund for the plane tickets.

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    1. May I suggest that you wear the sequinned mini-dress next time you go rambling in in the countryside with Herr OK? He won't mind at all.

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  9. Any chance of you being awarded and placed in the Roll Of Honour award? Or maybe Ian Duncan Smith?

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    1. Ever heard of a technique called bribery North Cider?

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  10. Please make sure you do not release the residential addresses, email addresses, Blogger passwords, bank accounts or credit card PIN numbers of the recipients. If you need any admin help I can put you in touch with someone experienced in dealing with this kind of thing, who used to work at the Cabinet Office and is immediately available.

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    1. Thank you for the warning Lord Dunham of Howdenshire. However, this blog like The Laughing Horse Blog Awards, runs like clockwork and I guarantee that there will be no hiccups in the princess.

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    2. Thank you for the reinsurance.

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  11. I'm already here at the Bellagio partying up a storm...and shall continue to do so for the extent of my stay. I'm having a ball! Nothing can stop me now!

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    1. There are some very manipulative men in Las Vegas Lee - and you a shy and retiring wallflower! I am concerned for your safety.

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    2. You certainly do not know me, do you, Mr. Pud?

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  12. I still happily display my Laughing Horse award on my blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing who the next winner will be! Glad I don't have to travel to Vegas to do it -- although I'll miss the opportunity to try on Librarian's sequinned mini-dress.

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