Black Cat Blue Sea Award, thanks Kamalini Govender!


Black Cat Blue Sea Award

My dear blogging friend Kamalini Govender, of the blog Of Tales & Dreams, has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.
Notify your nominees on their blogs.

Kamalini Govender’s three questions, and my answers, are:

1. What are your all time 5 favourite quotes?

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

The trouble with liquor is that one drink makes a new man out of you, and then the new man has to have another drink! Alvy Moore

“The great appear great to us, only because we are on our knees: LET US RISE.” By James Connolly. Written in 1897, but still very fitting now.

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. Rosa Parks

2. If you had a different name, would you be a different person?

I don’t know. I can’t compare my life with the name I do have with a fictional other life with a name I never had.

3. What is your favourite music/song? Please give me a link! Would love to listen to your favs!

This music video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

16 April 2013

The Members singing Offshore Banking Business [Is International Crime] live, possibly at the Santa Monica Civic Center in Los Angeles.

This clip was taken from the movie “Urgh A Music War”.

The lyrics of the song are here.

A difficult question. I have many favourites, and they change from day to day.

Here is my favourite of today:

My questions are the same as Kamalini Govender’s.

My eight nominees are:

1. Style over coffee

2. Life lessons with Lucy

3. Klarinet

4. The BRENT & Naomi blog – Creativity meets fashion & technology

5. Krótkie metraze

6. wwwpalfitness

7. vengodalmare

8. Eyes on Europe & Middle East

Sunshine Blogger Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer!


Sunshine Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture! This is a new award for me.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers.

For all the nominees for this award, here are the rules, if you choose to accept: please write a post to share the award, answering the following set of questions and nominate any number of bloggers you feel deserve the award.

Here are Cosmic Explorer’s questions, and my answers. For my nominees, the questions are the same.

1. What is your idea on true love?

Two people holding hands, listening together to a beautiful bird singing.

2. What is easier? To love or to be loved?

That totally depends on the persons involved.

3. Do you believe that we only have one life or do you believe in reincarnation?

One life.

4. What do you think is the meaning of life?

Trying to have a better world when one dies than when one was born.

5. Are you the same person you were five years ago?

Basically, yes. Some things are better for me than five years ago.

6. How do you know you are not dreaming right now?

I have a little silver statue of a blackbird in front of me; and I never dream about it. So, I must be awake.

7. What is the best dream you had that you want to come true?

About a beautiful area with much wildlife, which was saved from threats.

8. If you could time travel, where would you go? To the future or to the past?

To the White House of United States President George W Bush early in 2003, to stop him from starting the Iraq war.

9. If you could be any super hero or any famous person dead or alive for a day, who would you choose?

Albert Einstein. And I hope that I would not, after that one day, forget Einstein’s sometimes very complex ideas, once I would no longer be Einstein🙂

10. If you could choose to change something about this world, what would it be?

Stop all wars.

My nominees are:

1. On art and aesthetics

2. Building The Love Shack

3. The poor side of life

4. The Lady Confidential Blog

5. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

6. What’s Wild in Cornwall

7. Rafael Prado Velasco Architect

8. Virginia Duran

9. Thom van Dooren

10. Tales With Light – Photography, Travel, Life

11. Reticent Mental Property

12. Life With Catnip

13. Mariam Sodawater

14. Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

15. paintdigi

16. myreadonlymemories

17. natycalinescu

18. My Passport

19. oaklandsocialist

20. Just Bliss

21. Flower in rainy day

22. artmark.me

23. Lori Greer in Portland

Black Cat Blue Sea Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer!


Black Cat Blue Sea Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award.

This award is new for me. Thank you so much for this generous gesture! Though the Black Cat Blue Sea Award is the first time, you have been so kind to nominate my blog various times.

What is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award, according to its maker?

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.” – Ella

The rules of this award are:

Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.
[And I would add: notify your nominees about their nominations at their blogs].

Cosmic Explorer’s three questions, and my answers, are:

1. What are your all time 5 favourite quotes?

A. “The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.”
Dorothy Parker

B. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain

C. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein

D. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Albert Einstein

E. My final  quote is long. It is the final part of a favourite film of mine.

This video is called The Great Dictator (1940) – Charlie Chaplin – Final Speech.

The text of that final speech is here.

Here is a video version of the speech with sound.

2. If you had a different name, would you be a different person?

I don’t know. I can’t compare my life with the name I do have with a fictional other life with a name I never had.

3. What is your favourite music/song? Please give me a link! Would love to listen to your favs!

A difficult question, as I have so many favourites. I would probably name three different songs on three consecutive days🙂

My favourite of today is:

This is a video of X-Ray Spex live at the Roxy in London, playing Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

I am asking my nominees the same questions as Cosmic Explorer🙂

My eight nominees are:

1. Joy’s Travel

2. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

3. It Is What It Is

4. Joshi Daniel Photography

5. sdbast

6. Greek Canadian Literature

7. Erika Kind

8. Travel with Mukul

Blogger Recognition Award, thank you Cosmic Explorer!


Blogger Recognition Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award for the second time.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

For all the nominees for this award, here are the rules, if you choose to accept:

Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

My blog started in January 2005, then still at ModBlog. At first, my blog posts were text only. Gradually I learned to insert pictures. Still later, to embed videos.

My advice for new bloggers is:

1. Add images or videos to your blog posts to make them more attractive.

2. Use Zemanta to find more hyperlinks and/or images for your blog posts.

My nominees are:

1. World of wings

2. Azyre Daily

3. Sableyes

4. Where Monica goes

5. Spicy Road

6. A.J. Sefton

7. Recipe in a Bottle

8. Aspiring Thoughts

9. Eye-Dancers

10. Dragos Calinescu

11. Animalcouriers

12. nightwithdeer

13. Kintal

14. Micheline’s Blog

15. Maria Luisa Marcelino

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer!


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My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Thank the person who nominated you
Share the award on your blog
Share seven random facts about yourself
Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated

Seven random facts about me are:

1. Most visits to my blog this week came from:

Top Views by Country for 7 days ending 2016-09-17 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 1,296
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 236
Canada FlagCanada 147
India FlagIndia 125
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 90
France FlagFrance 84
Romania FlagRomania 68
Australia FlagAustralia 65
Spain FlagSpain 64
Curaçao FlagCuraçao 63
Germany FlagGermany 50
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 49
Philippines FlagPhilippines 37
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 31

2. Most visits to my blog this year came from:

Top Views by Country for 365 days ending 2016-09-17 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 83,116
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 20,563
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 6,448
Canada FlagCanada 5,294
Australia FlagAustralia 4,067
Germany FlagGermany 3,775
India FlagIndia 3,430
France FlagFrance 3,099
Romania FlagRomania 2,191
Jamaica FlagJamaica 2,102
Spain FlagSpain 2,081

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2016-09-17 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 1,123
Wildlife in spring in Belarus 138
British political prisoner’s life threatened by Ethiopian dictatorship 121
Curaçao strike is really general 85
After Iraq, will Bush destroy archaeological treasures of Iran? 69
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 60
Dutch soldiers against striking Curaçao workers today? 60
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 51
Awards 48
Real Neat Blog Award, thank you so much Cosmic Explorer! 38
Colonia Dignidad, Pinochet’s nazi cult torture camp, on film 38
Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, nominees! 37
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 36
About 36
Blogger Recognition Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer! 36
Most hated animals top 50 35
Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations to you! 34

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2016-09-17 (Summarized)

5. Which of my tags and categories attracted most visits recently?

Topic Views
Human rights 513
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 471
Environment 362
Birds 306
Peace and war 279
Curaçao 202
Netherlands 138
Crime 116
Mammals 110

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

6. Who commented most on my blog recently?

* Based on the 1000 most recent comments.

7. Which referrers referred most to my blog this month?

2016-08-18 to Today

Referrer Views
Search Engines 5,497
WordPress.com Reader 1,709
mail.yahoo.com 226
Facebook 108
dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/2016/jul/1007.html 76
widgets.wp.com 53
Twitter 34
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox 28
WordPress Dashboard 28
mereja.com/news/1297923 20
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 15
topix.com 15
lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com 12
theobamacrat.com 11
search.daum.net 7
pinterest.com 6
liveleak.com/view?i=7a0_1344977056 5

My ten nominees are (I am not sure how many followers they have):

1. Talains Photography Blog

2. Actualités de la Faune Sauvage Africaine (AFSA)

3. Shilpa Mary Cherian

4. Shifa Naseer

5. THE BIRDS OF ABACO

6. Between Two Seas

7. The Empire of Carane

8. KC Books and Music

9. zindagieksafar

10. BOOKS AND HOT TEA

Real Neat Blog Award, thank you so much Cosmic Explorer!


Real Neat Blog award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer of the blog Universe Unexplored has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

(Feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time or if you don’t accept awards).

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are the seven questions with my answers:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

This month, the visits to my blog came mainly from:

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2016-09-14 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 5,901
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,284
India FlagIndia 402
Canada FlagCanada 369
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 284
Australia FlagAustralia 276
Romania FlagRomania 261
Germany FlagGermany 234
France FlagFrance 231
Jamaica FlagJamaica 203
Spain FlagSpain 186
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 135
Philippines FlagPhilippines 118
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 63
Italy FlagItaly 63
Sweden FlagSweden 51
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 50
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 46
Ireland FlagIreland 44
Norway FlagNorway 43
Belgium FlagBelgium 43
Pakistan FlagPakistan 41
Brazil FlagBrazil 39
Greece FlagGreece 37
Singapore FlagSingapore 36
South Korea FlagSouth Korea 34
Turkey FlagTurkey 33
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 32
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 31
Bahrain FlagBahrain 29
Poland FlagPoland 27
Cyprus FlagCyprus 25
Israel FlagIsrael 25
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 24
Kenya FlagKenya 24
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 24
Denmark FlagDenmark 23
Austria FlagAustria 22
Croatia FlagCroatia 20

2. What is your favourite sport?

Football.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

My stay on Texel island.

4. What is your favourite quote?

‘Nothing is completely true; and not even this’. A quote by Dutch nineteenth century author Multatuli.

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

Biology.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

Computer skills.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

Recorder. Keyboard.

My nominees are:

1. Wings Of Poetry

2. Unveiling the Incogitable

3. Uphill Battle with Kim

4. Tookii

5. Sharks Parasite and Zoology

6. Las crónicas del Otro Mundo

7. Denisa Aricescu

8. Genie Poetess

9. Art, animals, and the earth

10. “Art Gowns”

Blogger Recognition Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer!


Blogger Recognition Award

My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

For all the nominees for this award, here are the rules, if you choose to accept:

Write a post to show your award.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to them.

My blog started in January 2005, then on ModBlog. ModBlog, however, was sold to a big corporation which killed it. So, I had to move to Blogsome. When Blogsome stopped, I moved to WordPress in December 2011.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers are:

1. Especially in older blog posts, you may check whether links have become broken, and repair them. There is a tool for that, Xenu’s Link Sleuth, downloadable here.

2. Use categories and tags for your blog posts, making it easier for yourself, visitors, search engines etc. to find related posts. Not too many categories and tags, though; it seems that for WordPress over 12 for one blog post is too many.

My 15 nominees are:

1. G R E T A ‘s

2. simple Ula

3. Sentinel Of Phantasm

4.mysuccessisyoursuccess

5. Mihran Kalaydjian

6. Miss Ayo Délé

7. Miscellanea

8. Of Tales & Dreams

9. Karmic Reaction Blog

10. The Travelling Ecologist

11. P e d r o L

12. Sharmishtha Basu

13. The free online

14. O at the Edges

15. Enchanted Forests