Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, thank you Afsheen!

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

My dear blogging friend Afsheen of the blog Dreams to Reality ! has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture; all the best for you and your blog!

The rules of this award are:

1-The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2-The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers they appreciate; linking to their blogs and telling them about it at their blogs.

My nominees are:

1. Mahitravel

2. GoodMorningGloucester

3. Sumeyya Ilanbey

4. Liberalfemocrat

5. Short Stories by Anon

6. Mad money

7. White Rabbit’s Gallery

8. D.D.S. Beauty Blog

9. jessasmiley

10. Goldie’s Garden

11. Duţa Daniel ~Jurnal de Vise

12. Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.

13. The Miserly Photographer

14. Ink, thoughts, coffee

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2,500 subscibers to my blog, welcome Audrey!

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Today, the number of people following my blog has passed the 2,500 milestone.

Welcome Audrey, of the blog Annotated Audrey Art! All the best for you, your blog and your art!

Apart from the over 2,500 subscribers to my whole blog, 168 people follow comments to one or more of my blog posts.

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Most Influential Blogger Award, thank you Sally!

Most Influential Blogger Award

Sally of the blog Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this wonderful gesture! All my best wishes for you and your blog!

Here are the guidelines for acceptance – really very straightforward.

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

1 Display the Award on your Blog.

2 Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc, I would rather you didn’t accept the award.

3 Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

4 Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).

5 Include an embedded video of your current favourite song (YouTube has virtually everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.

My music video is this one:

This video is called Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela.

My ten nominees are:


2. The Creative Bud

3. Travel Morgan Travel


5. Bespoke Traveler

6. live simple

7. Embakasi Reloaded

8. Forget the Viagra Pass me a Carrot

9. The Meta & The Porcupine

10. anarchoworld

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Over 100,000 comments on my blog, and other statistics

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According to WordPress, today the number of comments on my blog, ever since 2005 (when my blog was at Blogsome), passed the 100,000 mark. It stands at 100,032 now.

Some more statistics about my blog:

Where did visits to my blog come from today so far?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 122
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 51
Canada FlagCanada 30
France FlagFrance 27
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 18
Germany FlagGermany 17
Belgium FlagBelgium 15
Australia FlagAustralia 10
Sweden FlagSweden 7
India FlagIndia 6
Austria FlagAustria 5
Taiwan FlagTaiwan 4

Where did visits to my blog come from this quarter?

Top Views by Country for 90 days ending 2014-05-13 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 16,719
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 7,719
Canada FlagCanada 2,214
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 1,974
Jamaica FlagJamaica 1,713
Australia FlagAustralia 1,612
Sweden FlagSweden 1,535
Germany FlagGermany 1,445
France FlagFrance 1,326
India FlagIndia 902
Belgium FlagBelgium 537
Italy FlagItaly 512
Spain FlagSpain 502
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 471
Ireland FlagIreland 465
Greece FlagGreece 455
Romania FlagRomania 421
Bahrain FlagBahrain 404

Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 52
No free speech about UKIP in Britain? 12
New Ecuadorian wasp species named after Ellen Degeneres, Shakira 11
Burger King contaminated food scandal in Germany 9
Again, hundreds of refugees drowned near Lampedusa? 9
Hitler’s SS’ post-World War II secret army 7
Extinct great auk discovery in Scotland 6
Dutch nazis’ mass murder of Soviet Jews 5
Stolen Mongolian dinosaur’s head recovered, scientifically important 5
International fast-food workers actions, 15 May 5

Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this quarter?

Top Posts for 90 days ending 2014-05-13 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 8,044
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 1,010
About 365
Most hated animals top 50 354
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 351
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 288
Two lion cubs in Lady Liuwa’s pride in Zambia 285
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 278
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 277
Dutch poet Leo Vroman dies 260
German ultra-conservative bishop stole millions from poor people 234
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 227
Roman Catholic Church admits ultra-conservative bishop abused little boys 207
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 200
Stop ‘fox penning’ in North Carolina, USA 194
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 193
Awards 174
The Lighthouse Award, thank you, Horty! 165
Frequently asked questions 135
Dutch king’s pricey new car 134
European Union greenwash, cartoon 133
Ukrainian Jews threatened by anti-Semitic violence 130
Pre-Inca archaeological discoveries in Peru 124
Band plays YMCA at Sochi Olympic skating 118
Lioness, wounded by buffalo, saved 118
Bronzino painting restored after prude censorship 118
Georgian prison sexual abuse 113
Japanese forced prostitution women’s stories 104
Bahraini torture princes in Florida Ironman 101
Skunk Anansie singer Skin interviewed 101
Snowy owl’s escape from death 96
Male Mormons exclude women 91
Saudi princesses tortured for protesting regime’s anti-women policy 90
UK: cash for peerages police investigation may bring Blair to court 89
Miniskirt ban in Italy 88
More poison in fish than in snakes or other animals 88
Monsanto’s RoundUp banned in the Netherlands in 2015 86
Fossil snake had legs 86
Narwhal, beluga whale ancestor discovery 85
Arms dealers infect British health service 83
McDonald’s forced labour scandal in the USA 83
Brigitte Bardot’s Islamophobia and anti-Semitism 81
Decline of the Roman empire, gold found in the Netherlands 81
Costa Rican flowers, butterflies and bees 81
Common linnets, spoonbills and terns on Dutch desert island 80
CIA torture island Diego Garcia and the British government 80
British government hates scientific criticism of badger killing 77
Dutch war crimes in Indonesia, photos 75
Poas volcano in Costa Rica 74
Pompeii: ancient Roman brothel restored. Roman plants 72
Zambian lioness Lady Liuwa update 71
Dutch twentieth century landscape painters 71
Ambergris treasure found in dead Texel whale 71
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years 70
Capitoline she-wolf statue medieval, not from antiquity 70
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Saudi gets ten years prison, 1,000 whip lashes for blogging

This video is called Saudi Arabia – Oppression of Expression – Support Raif Badawi, Turki Al-Hamad and Hamza Kashgari.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

SAUDI ARABIA: A blogger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges that he insulted Islam in an online forum he created.

The Jiddah criminal court also ordered Raif Badawi to pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals.

Mr Badawi was previously sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes in relation to the charges, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.

The “insulting Islam” accusation is based on Badawi criticizing clerics linked to the Saudi absolute monarchy.

See also here.

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Lighthouse Award, thank you pastiva!

Lighthouse Award

My dear friend Pastiva of the blog Los Sentidos De La Vida has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Lighthouse Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules for the Lighthouse Award are:

1. Display the award certificate on your blog.

2. Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

3. Share three ways that you like to help other people.

4. There is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate.

5. Don’t forget to have fun!!

Helping people:

1. Inform then on issues often not found in the mainstream media.

2. Help them to think critically.

3. Point out where in the world there is beauty and hope.

My nominees are:

1. Bahrain Youth Society For Human Rights

2. Selina Todd

3. Refugee Archives @ UEL

4. Kaligrafi Nusantara

5. My Botanical Garden

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Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award, thanks Eye-Dancers!

Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award

The Eye-Dancers blog has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award.

Thank you ever so much for this kind gesture!

The Paragon of Fine Art Blogger Award celebrates bloggers who love art.

Rules for the acceptance of this award:

Along with the acceptance of the PFAB Award please post anything that would express your love for art, it may be in a form of a painting, a photograph, an illustration, a poem or essay, anything done for the love of art.

Choose 6 bloggers who should merit the said award.

Notify the deserving bloggers of the award, let them know the rules.

Acknowledge the presenter of this award by linking back.

Pin the Ajay-inspired badge on your blog.

I express my love of art with this video:

The video says about itself:

John Berger / Ways of Seeing, Episode 1 (1972)

A BAFTA award-winning BBC series with John Berger, which rapidly became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. In the first programme, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past.

Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger’s scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark‘s Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.

My nominees:

1. ChasingART

2. lekmann

3. Being Avril E Jean, Artist

4. evavanbeek

5. Arlen Shahverdyan. Author’s Blog


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Sunshine Award, thanks Eye-Dancers!

Sunshine Award

The Eye-Dancers blog has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sunshine Award.

Thank you so much for this wonderful gesture!

Here are the rules:

Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
Link to the person who nominated you.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Nominate 10 bloggers.
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

The 10 questions:

Favourite food: pineapple.

- Favourite actor: Melina Mercouri.

- Favourite TV show: I don’t watch much TV. Wildlife documentaries.

- Favourite tear-jerker: The Bear.

- Favourite sport: track and field.

- Lucky number: I don’t think a number has ever brought me luck; or misery :)

- Tea or coffee: tomato juice.

- Holidays – rest on the beach or active time: wildlife watching. Like here. Or here.

- Twitter or Facebook: Twitter, as Facebook has privacy issues. As also became apparent in the recent “Prism” governmental spying scandal.

- Favourite Christmas movie: this video:

My ten nominees are:

1. Paul Militaru

2. First Night Design

3. Peace, love and patchouli

4. sheetal sharma

5. writewireless

6. Football and Fauna

7. bunny slippers

8. Excuse My Truths


10. finnBlogs

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Peace and Justice Award, thanks pastiva!

Peace and Justice Award

My friend pastiva of the blog Los Sentidos De La Vida has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Peace and Justice Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture, dear pastiva!

According to idealisticrebel, founder of this award::

“I am creating this award to honor WordPress bloggers who support Peace and Justice throughout the world and who are against Racism, Bigotry, Anger and Hatred. It is for the Heroes and the Sheroes who believe in One World and All People of all Races, Sexes, Religions, Creeds and Cultures Living in Harmony.”

Here are the rules for the award:

Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.

Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.

Link back to whomever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.

Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!

My nominees are:

1. Pacific Land Girls

2. Moorbey’z Blog

3. Veterans for Peace UK

4. Veterans Speakers Alliance: Veterans For Peace

5. Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter

6. Making Peace Vigil

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