This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Wednesday 1 January 2014

New Year Honours

Following my nomination for a Liebster award, I have been nominated for a Sunshine Award by the wonderful Jessica Hof, chatelaine of All Along the Watchtower.

Sunshine Award

Now, I have to do one or two things, so please excuse me for being boring:

Write 10 pieces of information about yourself.

Well, luckily these don't all have to be strictly true.

1. I now live in a dog kennel in Croydon with rather dodgy Wi-Fi.

2. My favourite Christmas Carol is probably "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing".

3. Yes, I really do like eating Eccles cakes with custard.

Eccles cake and custard


4. I do not speak Catalan, Samoan or Swahili. I prefer Masses in Latin.

5. I have just changed the name of my blog to "Eccles is saved" as a result of certain doubts about brother Bosco.

6. Unlike Nicholas Parsons, I was not awarded an OBE. But I do have a Sunshine Award.

Nicholas Parsons

An OBE won't save you if you're being followed by two unsaved persons.

7. Father Zuhlsdorf is thinking of renaming his blog "Reading Francis through Eccles".

8. My Auntie Moly hasn't quite got the idea of carol services: you are supposed to sing the same as everyone else sings. No wonder they chucked her out.

possum song

Probably not a Christmas carol.

9. Paul Inwood invited us round for Christmas. "Have you got a turkey for us?" we asked.
"No, but I can write another one in the next 10 minutes or so," he replied.

10. I do not play the trombone, but I wish I could.

Erasmus Darwin and his trombone

Scientific research.

Nominate ten fellow bloggers "who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

Well, I'll avoid the well-known blogs with millions of followers, and go for the following:

Meadowsweet. Poems and paintings.

Ragazzagallese. The great Rhoslyn Thomas.

Linen on the hedgerow.. Catholicism and wit.

Mulier Fortis. Cats and Catholics.

Countercultural Father. Ben Trovato.

Men are like Wine. Traditional Catholic.

Battlements of Rubies. Catholic Midwife.

De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. Erudite.

The Catachesis of Caroline. By a star of TV and the press.

Catholic Lisa. Weird and wonderful. And the blog is too.

Brother Lapin's Pilgrimage. Catholic donkeys.

Yes, that's eleven, but I was one short last time I had to do this sort of thing.

Leave a comment on the nominees' blogs to tell them of the award.

Will do, if I can ever read those captchas. Or I'll contact them some other way, e.g. Twitter.

Dancing Men

A particularly difficult captcha to solve.


  1. Darling eccles, well-deserved - and some great blogs to seek out. Bosco will not be too upset at the name change - I hope. All best wishes for 2014 Jess :) xx

  2. Congrats - you can't hear me clapping with three fingers on the sole of my palm. Thank God I majored in captcha at seminary, but what a weird one: eccles is not the anti-christ but all those who say eccles is is the anti-christ. I wonder if it means anything? My faith - that thing that Pope Francisco in a chinese whispers sort of way doesn't want to address - was, I have an inkling, improperly formed, since during the three weeks I was in seminary before becoming a Bishop, my tutors were all from the local seminary of satan on loan as an ecumenical swap teach. I heard three of the Fathers at the SoS disappeared after their first lecture. Sigh. Maybe they've lost the faith.

    God Bless you Eccles. Unless I trip over the stumbling block of ecumenical swap stumbling blocks, I do believe I is saved; at least until the next homily obtusossimy. and the next Massical abuse, and the next sneezy peeze beez.

  3. In recognition of your mature and thoughtful contribution to debate I have decided to give you a Sunshine Award.

  4. Thank you, dear Bruvver. I have,actually, nominated you back....GBU

  5. "A particularly difficult captcha to solve" Sherlock Holmes, perchance?