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The birth of the Dog's Bollocks award

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 in Awards!, Little known facts

Have you ever had somebody remind you of something you’d long forgotten about, asking you about a specific detail that escapes you and annoys the hell out of you for hours afterwards?

For example:  What was the name of the giants that lived above the hill in ‘Fraggle Rock’?

It happened to me this morning, and it must be fixed or I’ll go insane.

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This month’s Dog’s Bollox is Grandad, as you’ll see from my last post.  He wrote his acceptance speech this morning, asking me who the previous winners were, so I listed off his four predecessors, starting with Jennifer Farley over at Laughing Lion designs.

Jennifer was first to comment, claiming that she wasn’t aware of such a thing!  Horrified, I frantically began searching ‘Dog’s bollocks, photoshop guru, Farley, award… etc’, then gave up and began to trawl through my entire blog looking for the mention.

(It was in the re-reading of the content of this blog that I realised how inane the posts are – what a wakeup call!  Cringeworthy stuff indeed!  Oh well.)

Then it clicked.

Back in July this year, I’d decided that my blogroll was too long, that it needed categories to break it up a bit.  So, I invented some idiotic temporary categories that sort of… stuck.  One of these was the category ‘Dog’s Bollocks of the month’.

This category was originally designed to show my favourite blog of the moment, it wasn’t an award at all, just a link meant to stick out a bit.  The first name to appear there was Laughing Lion Designs, a website I trawl around regularly for Photoshop ideas.  It’s class, very user friendly and extremely educational if you’re into that sort of thing.   Therefore Jennifer Farley and her associated blog is the founding mother of the Dog’s Bollocks award… but she only found out today!

When the next month arrived, I replaced her name with Kirk M’s, at Just Thinkin’, but mentioned nothing to him until a later post, to which he replied;

I get a Dog’s Bollocks award? Cool! What is it? Does it have a logo? I hope so, I want to stick in my sidebar for all to see.

So how does this award refer to me exactly?

1. (UK, vulgar) The testicles (sometimes used in the singular)
2. (UK, vulgar) Nonsense or information deliberately intended to mislead.
3. (Ireland, vulgar) An idiot, an ignorant or disagreeable person.
Don’t mind him; he’s only an oul’ bollocks!

Perhaps I shouldn’t ask? :P

This was the birth of the official Dog’s Bollocks award, a whole lot of nonsense that has no real definition at all… other than to tell people that I think their blog is the Dog’s Bollocks, the Cat’s Pyjamas, the Bees Knees… and that being the Dog’s Bollocks is most definitely a good thing.

This award doesn’t mean you’re the best, or any worse than the winner before you, it just that I found your blog particularly ticklish that month.  Gettit?

The only catch is that you won’t ever find the Dog’s Bollocks award on this here sight.  If you’d like to see it, you’ll have to visit the sites it has been awarded to and you might be lucky enough to find it somewhere in their side-bar territory.

Here is the list of winners, which will be updated every month from here on in:

Bring on the comments

  1. Ah, odd terms. I once spent some time explaining to a turkish colleague that cheesy is bad (sort of) whereas The Cheese is good (similar to the dogs bollox).

  2. K8 says:

    EXACTLY!! Only put more politely…

  3. Maxi Cane says:

    I’m confused.

    When is my next award coming?

  4. K8 says:

    Earn it, bitch! :)

  5. Weren’t they called Gorgs?

    I loved Fraggle Rock. I wanted to call our dog Sprocket but my Mum wouldn’t let me.

  6. TheChrisD says:

    This is making me wonder whether my ideas for the “Baby Bear Award” mean I’m putting too much thought and effort into it…

  7. Kirk M says:

    I’m so proud! :P

  8. Jennifer says:

    “You like me, you really like me”!

    Thank you very much K8. I am blushing.

  9. K8 says:

    English Mum; I named my virtual facebuke puppy Sprocket – it’s such an excellent name, but not as nice as Bert :)

    TheChrisD; I find the thought and effort always comes AFTER the plan has started, but I’m scatty that way. Go for it, I say. Can I’ve one?

    Kirk; And well ya should be!!!

    Jennifer; I really really do!! I’m on the ‘Light effects’ tutorial at the moment… for something that’s very complicated, you explain it so well, I’m having a ball :)

  10. Kitty says:

    My mate Paul rang me at 3 in the morning once to ask that very same Fraggle Rock question. Clearly it’s a common one!

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