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Archive for October, 2007

Hey….It’s Spooky Time

Posted by cotojo on October 30, 2007

Halloween Is upon us….and I’m sure the witches have their broomsticks ready for their midnight flight.

I wish I had a bit more time to post more today but the clock has beaten me and I have a few things that I really must attend to.

I’ve given up trick or treat as I think I’m getting a bit old for knocking on peoples doors and scaring the living daylights out of them and that’s without the mask  LOL

Have a Happy Halloween everyone….go and enjoy 🙂

Colin

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Santa recommends: Santa’s Elf’s Club, Santa Mail, Santa’s Wish Tree, Write to Santa, Everyday Should Be Christmas, Santa’s Link Love, Santa’s Community Blog, Book Project, Your Wisdom of Total Happiness, Zubli Zainordin, Hall of Fame, NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection), Marketing•Review, OgenDicht/EyesClosed, The Blog Elf, PurpleFrogCat Blog, PurpleFrogCat StumbleUpon, Polliwog’s Pond, Carnival of Good Stuff, Polliwog’s Stumbles, April Decheine 2006, I could write a book, April Decheine Wife and Mother, Santa’s Magical Golden Cat, Comedy Plus, Perkahwinan, Usahawan Maya, Catatan Sekilas, The Painted Veil,

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More Awards

Posted by cotojo on October 29, 2007

Not one….not two….not three….not four….not five….not six….but SEVEN awards!!  Wow, what can I say?  This has left me somewhat speechless. 

There is something very humbling when receiving awards, and it is nice to be recognised by others for what we do with our blogs and how we interact with others, regardless of who they are or where they are from.

As bloggers we have no barriers and we build wonderful communities around the globe. 

Politicians and Google take note: WE are a presence to be reckoned with. 

We accept people for who they are, read their blogs which cover a diversity of topics and forge great friendships.  We also aren’t afraid to help others and in the long term we help each other, promote goodwill and take a very active role in the world of blogging.

Jesse from Jesse Blogs It All has given me three awards. Stunned is a word that comes to mind.  Then I found out that young Winston from Eat Your Maths  had also given me an award, Aryst from NimrodJo gave me an award and then Lisa from Life is Just Around the Corner had given me two awards!!

Thank you all so much for visiting my humble blog and for such wonderful awards.

Now my sidebar will be akin to a bottomless pit, so I am grateful that I created an Awards page to accomodate them all. 

Blogging That Hits the MarkThe first award from Jesse is the ‘Blogging That Hits the Mark’ award.

This is an awesome award for bloggers who are outstanding in their field and I am amazed and delighted to receive this award.

As always, I shall pass this award on with great delight to the following bloggers:  Homeless Family – A Copywriters Blues –  My Life Antioxidants – Translator Power – It’s About Cash – Santa’s Elf’s Club – Santa Mail – Santa’s Wish Tree –  Write to Santa – Everyday Should Be Christmas – Santa’s Link Love – Your Wisdom of Total Happiness – Zubli Zainordin – Hall of Fame – NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection) – Marketing•Review – OgenDicht/EyesClosed – The Blog Elf – PurpleFrogCat Blog – Polliwog’s Pond – Carnival of Good Stuff –  April Decheine 2006 – I could write a book – April Decheine Wife and Mother – Santa’s Magical Golden Cat – Comedy Plus – Perkahwinan – Usahawan Maya – Catatan Sekilas – The Painted Veil – NDP The Poetress

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Break Out Blogger AwardThe second award from Jesse is the ‘BreakOut Blogger Award’. This award was created by Bob from Bobbarama for bloggers who are making some noise. This awesome graphic was designed by Mike of Ordinary Folk.
On his
blog Bobbarama states, “This award casts a spotlight on bloggers who are just beginning to draw lotsa attention — the equivalent of a song with a bullet on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. Lotsa good posts. Lotsa good buzz. These bloggers are going places in a hurry.”

It is with great pleasure that I pass this award on to the following Bloggers who are making some noise:

My Blog brother Zubli author of the Book Project – Jos of NoDirectOn (NotNoDirection) – Eric of Speedcat Hollydale – Diane of Much of a Muchness – Dana of The Process of a Miracle and Morgan of The Process of a Miracle

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Shibumi AwardThe third award from Jesse is the ‘shibumi’ award which was originally created by Hawk and has a deep and profound meaning:

‘Shibumi is a Japanese term which used in the following context is a noun. Its meaning refers to a ‘particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty” which can be applied to almost anything.’

Wow….it is a beautiful award and very stylish.  After careful consideration I pass it on to the following bloggers:

Deborah of Life in the Fast Lane – Kim of Laketrees – Pearl of Interesting Observations – Sue of Sueblimely Discovering Blogging and Tagging – Jackie of The Painted Veil – Sandy of Writing in Faith

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Blogging Star AwardWinston, author of Eat Your Maths has awarded me the ‘Blogging Star’ Award.  I pass this award on to the following awesome bloggers:

Jesse of Jesse Blogs It All – Ev of My Life is Murphy’s Law – Maartje of Disabled Not Mislabeled and Behind the Page – Marzie of Mariuca – Jan Pieter Marbun of Only God Keeps Me Going – Lisa of Life is Just around the Corner

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Blog Hatched Award‘Your blog has been hatched’ award from Lisa, author of Life is Just Around the Corner I pass this on to the following growing bloggers:

Rudy of Disability Resource Directory – Christina of The Beatles & Everyone That Loves Them – Norie of Life is Too Short – Chris of The Dog Log – Kim of PurpleFrogCat.

 

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Totally Fabulous AwardThe ‘Totally Fabulous’ award from Lisa author of Life is Just Around the Corner.   Please also link your post back to the original post on Totally Fabulous, so that there’s an original point of reference.

I pass this award on to the following fabulous bloggers: Bob of Money Blog – Kuanyin of Blog Blond – Brent of Ominous Comma – Christy of Christy’s Coffee Break – Polli of Polliwog’s Pond 

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Sweet Treat AwardThe ‘Sweet Treat’ Award from Aryst author of NimrodJoThis award originates from Anni, author of Hootin’ Anni’s, so to those who receive it please pay her a visit.

I pass this award to the following sweet bloggers: Lynda of Lynda’s Loft – NAFASG TeamSanta of Santa’s Community Sandy of At Your ServiceLynn of Recipes – MaryAnn of Maryannaville

That’s it….I’m all worn out and my fingers are down to the bone 🙂

Congratulations all you deserve these awards and much more.

PS: It seems that I have now been given some more awards, so keep your eyes open for the next round 🙂

Santa recommends: Santa’s Elf’s Club, Santa Mail, Santa’s Wish Tree, Write to Santa, Everyday Should Be Christmas, Santa’s Link Love, Santa’s Community Blog, Book Project, Your Wisdom of Total Happiness, Zubli Zainordin, Hall of Fame, NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection), Marketing•Review, OgenDicht/EyesClosed, The Blog Elf, PurpleFrogCat Blog, PurpleFrogCat StumbleUpon, Polliwog’s Pond, Carnival of Good Stuff, Polliwog’s Stumbles, April Decheine 2006, I could write a book, April Decheine Wife and Mother, Santa’s Magical Golden Cat, Comedy Plus, Perkahwinan, Usahawan Maya, Catatan Sekilas, The Painted Veil,

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Missing Maddie – Latest News October 29th

Posted by cotojo on October 29, 2007

It has been reported that DNA tests on hair samples taken from missing Madeleine McCann’s twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, show no signs of any form of sedative having been used.  This gives added strength to the denial of sedatives having been given to the children by Kate and Gerry McCann.

Last week the McCann’s set up a new hotline staffed by private detectives in a new bid to help find missing Maddie.  The new appeal is concentrating on Portugal, Spain and north Africa as they believe that these are the most likely locations where Maddie may be.  In the first 3 days the hotline received 400 calls.

The new appeal has the full backing of the Portuguese and UK investigators.  The McCann’s have also welcomed the fresh approach taken by Paulo Rebelo, who is now heading the investigation in Portugal. 

However, the Portuguese press launched yet another scathing attack on the McCann’s stating that the whole appearance on Spanish TV was staged.  The newspaper involved employed a psychiatrist to analyse the recording who stated that the whole episode was staged and there was no sign of any emotion.

A new picture was released last week, drawn by a British forensic artist and based on evidence given by Jane Tanner, who has said that she saw a man carrying a child.  Although she told Portuguese police at the time, no e-fit was ever issued and it was never followed up properly.

The FBI trained expert spent several hours with Jane Tanner to ensure that the description was correct.  Jane is reported as having seen a man hurrying away from the holiday complex carrying a child.  The man is described as approx. 5ft 6in tall, aged about 35, of slim build and with dark hair curling around his collar.  He was wearing a maroon shirt, camel coloured trousers and black or brown shoes. 

There is no facial detail as Jane Tanner did not get a clear view of the man’s face as he hurried away.  Again, this is something that was done with the approval of the Portuguese investigators. 

It has also emerged that Kate and Gerry McCann’s interviews carried out by the Policia Judiciaria were not recorded.  In Portugal this is not something that is done as a matter of routine as it is in the UK, and it also adds to fears that written records could be manipulated. 

It appears that statements given were written down, then translated, typed and then re-translated, so it is also possible that because of differences in languages that interpretations could also vary.

A team of private detectives who are also investigating Maddie’s disappearance, believe that maddie was abducted ‘to order’ by pedophiles and then taken to Morocco.

The private detectives have a vast amount of information at their disposal and are working from Barcelona.   They are believed to be creating a list of Portuguese pedophiles and then sending agents to track their movements before and after Maddies disappearance.

This has been regarded as the first credible theory of what happened on the night of May 3rd, by one of Europe’s leading private investigation companies.

Portuguese investigators are still planning on re-interviewing all of the McCann’s friends who were at the holiday complex in Praia da Luz, and are still waiting on further DNA test results from UK scientists.

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Santa recommends: Santa’s Elf’s Club, Santa Mail, Santa’s Wish Tree, Write to Santa, Everyday Should Be Christmas, Santa’s Link Love, Santa’s Community Blog, Book Project, Your Wisdom of Total Happiness, Zubli Zainordin, Hall of Fame, NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection), Marketing•Review, OgenDicht/EyesClosed, The Blog Elf, PurpleFrogCat Blog, PurpleFrogCat StumbleUpon, Polliwog’s Pond, Carnival of Good Stuff, Polliwog’s Stumbles, April Decheine 2006, I could write a book, April Decheine Wife and Mother, Comedy Plus,

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Halloween Sweet Treat

Posted by cotojo on October 25, 2007

Sandy who authors Writing in Faith and Writing in Faith:Thoughts has awarded me this really sweet treat for Halloween….isn’t it wonderful?

Thank you so very much Sandy, I am honored to be thought of and love it!! Sandy was awarded this by Julie author of Teacher Julie and the award originates from Anni author of Hootin’ Anni’s.

So now I shall pass it on in the spirit of Halloween to the following:

Lisa author of Life is Just Around the Corner

Jackie author of The Painted Veil

Morgan author of The Process of A Miracle

Jesse author of Jesse Blogs It All

Blog Elf, the Phantom Flasher who authors Blog Elf

Santa recommends: Santa’s Elf’s Club, Santa Mail, Santa’s Wish Tree, Write to Santa, Everyday Should Be Christmas, Santa’s Link Love, Santa’s Community Blog, Book Project, Your Wisdom of Total Happiness, Zubli Zainordin, Hall of Fame, NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection), Marketing•Review, OgenDicht/EyesClosed, The Blog Elf, PurpleFrogCat Blog, PurpleFrogCat StumbleUpon, Polliwog’s Pond, Carnival of Good Stuff, Polliwog’s Stumbles, April Decheine 2006, I could write a book, April Decheine Wife and Mother, Comedy Plus,

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Kim’s Christmas Competition

Posted by cotojo on October 25, 2007

Kim the award winning portrait artist from laketrees is holding another Win a Free Portrait for Christmas.

Now this is an awesome opportunity to win a free portrait of your choosing and the competition runs until 21st November when the winners will be announced.

This competition is run in conjunction with Santa and Santa’s Community blog

You can find out how to enter by clicking here, and you can see my entry here…. any votes would be appreciated you can do this by commenting here 🙂

Would I want a portrait of me? No, not really, but should I win I would prefer a portrait of my daughter pictured here, she’s much prettier than I am lol

Santa recommends: Santa’s Elf’s Club, Santa Mail, Santa’s Wish Tree, Write to Santa, Everyday Should Be Christmas, Santa’s Link Love, Santa’s Community Blog, Book Project, Your Wisdom of Total Happiness, Zubli Zainordin, Hall of Fame, NoDirectOn (not:NoDirection), Marketing•Review, OgenDicht/EyesClosed, The Blog Elf, PurpleFrogCat Blog, PurpleFrogCat StumbleUpon, Polliwog’s Pond, Carnival of Good Stuff, Polliwog’s Stumbles, April Decheine 2006, I could write a book, April Decheine Wife and Mother, Comedy Plus,

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