New Year Awards

Well last year was pretty good all round, and finished up with my blogging friend and colleague Michael from It Rains…You Get Wet bestowing two awards on me. Not only does Michael run a terrific site, but his support for my own efforts over the years has been immense – for that I thank him unreservedly.

Well, let’s get on with the awards and the attached rules:

Versatile Blogger

The rules for accepting are as follows:

  •  Display the award certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award. 
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. 
  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

Blog of the Year 2012

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

This is an excellent chance for me to pass on my thanks to all my readers and to link to and pass on these awards to some most deserving people.

1 The Stalking Moon

2 50 Westerns from the 50s

3 Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings

4 100 Films in a Year

5 Films on the Box

6 Westerns Reboot

7 Tipping My Fedora

8 Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

9 Not The Baseball Pitcher

10 Speakeasy

11 Movie Classics

12 The Grim Cellar

13 Just a Cineast

14 Classic Movie Ramblings

15 Lasso the Movies

Seven interesting facts about me? The interesting bit is the difficulty here. Let’s see then:

1 I’m able to hold a conversation in four languages (obviously not simultaneously) – English, Irish, Greek & French.

2 My grandfather taught me to ride a pony when I was just four years old.

3 To date, I’ve owned four dogs.

4 The number four seems to have some significance for me!

5 I love rainbows yet dislike rain – go figure.

6 I didn’t learn how to swim until I was 28 years old but moving to Greece and being surrounded by the Mediterranean and Aegean seas took care of that.

7 I’m left-handed. I know, but I’m running out of stuff here!

So that’s that. I hope all those worthy bloggers I’ve nominated get some little cheer from this and that it sets 2013 off to a good start for them.

22 thoughts on “New Year Awards

  1. First, your blog is certainly deserving of such things. It’s always insightful, and your taste in films is impeccable. But the consistency — each and every post has that taste and insight — is what makes it so special.

    Next, thanks for putting me among your honorees. I’m, well, honored.


  2. Many thanks for including me . Such a lovely surprise .
    I only started my blog in Sept.2012, and will continue to enjoy your writings in 2013 while I find my feet .


  3. Thanks for the mention, Colin, I certainly most appreciate it. I’ll have a think about the blogs I like and post something similar very soon over at Grim Cellar. Your passion for film generally is something I share entirely of course, and the fact that you appreciate and acknowledge my own writings warrants my gratitude. Long live Riding The High Country! Hope Xmas and NY has been good for you, Colin.


  4. Thanks very much for including me, Colin, very kind. I always enjoy reading your postings and am also enjoying exploring the other blogs that you have given links to here.


  5. Thank you very much for the award, Colin! Much appreciated, mate…it was a nice surprise to see at the dawn of the new year, and couldn’t have come from a better source! Looking forward to a lot more terrific, in-depth film analysis from you in 2013.


  6. Thank you for the inclusion of westernsreboot in your list, Colin – it is very much appreciated. I am grateful for the opportunity to share ideas and posts with you and your own site, which offers such well-written film reviews. Riding the High Country sets a high standard for film writing and reflection, no doubt in my mind about that! 🙂

    Take care,


    • Very kind of you to say Chad. I’m fond of the way you try to emphasize the relevance of the western in today’s world, and it’s representation in current media. The genre needs as many people as possible discussing, analyzing and celebrating it.


  7. Thanks for the inclusion Colin – I haven’t been online much over the last couple of days so just caught your mention and really appreciate it, especially as it comes from one of the bloggers I respect most highly, after all you’ve done more than most to get me into exploring the Western genre, and for that I should be really grateful.

    Watching something like The Tin Star, for instance, which I did the other day, and then finding a quality, reflective piece on Ride the High Country has been a treat for me, and highlights the depth of the site. Well done on everything, and thanks again.


    • You’re welcome Mike, I have a lot of time for your site and your approach to movies generally. If I’ve encouraged you to try out some films then that’s both incredibly flattering and reward enough in itself.


  8. hi! and thanks ever so much! Just getting caught up with last week’s happenings, and this was such a fun surprise. You know I love your blog and writing and taste in movies, so this is high praise indeed, coming from you! Honored to be included in your esteem and among those other bloggers- Hope your New Year is wonderful, you already helped start mine in the best way. cheers !!


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