I am blogging to you live from The Virgin Airlines Laughing Horse World Superjet. For the past twenty four hours, it has been circling the planet picking up bloggers and blog visitors from across the globe. Thanks so much to Sir Richard Branson.
There has been no need for the huge aeroplane (American: airplane) to land. Heralding a new era in aviation, Laughing Horse Awards guests have been ferried up to the huge superjet on smaller planes. A big corrugated tube has been repeatedly attached between the two aircraft and guests have been suctioned down into our midst. They arrive unceremoniously with legs akimbo in a foam rubber landing box at the back of the VALHWS before the corrugated tube is then retracted.
All has been going well though we did lose a bunch of Californian bloggers over Los Angeles. Ah well! With innovation in flight technology there are always going to be a few casualties. I hope they were insured.
The lower deck of the fuselage looks more like a concert venue. It does not contain any regular aircraft seats - just bistro tables with bamboo chairs and a small glittery stage with a microphone and a massive robotic model of this year's laughing horse.
Over the sound system, The Beatles' greatest hits are playing on a loop and the champagne is already flowing as grinning bunny girls bring round hors d'oeuvres - including ricotta and roasted grape crostini.
"Got any Newky Brown Ale?" yells Dave from "Northsider".
"A small dry sherry for me please," says JayCee from "Diary of a Nobody".
It seems that everybody is now assembled and it will soon be time to move on with the subsidiary awards - known as the special awards.
RICKY GERVAIS Order! Order! SHUT UP AT THE BACK! Welcome! Welcome everyone to the fifteenth annual Laughing Horse Blog Awards!
(Whistling. Whooping & Wild Applause)