Many moons ago I declared this blog to be an award-free zone. It was at a time when awards seemed to appear every week on every blog. Some of the awards were well thought out and given with thought too. My brother CJ (Scriptor Senex just in case there is anyone left out there who doesn't know our relationship) did just such an award. So far as I can gather the main purpose of the award system was to get like-blog-minded bloggers to read each other's blogs with a view to getting more readers and followers. There is nothing wrong with that. At that time, however, my blog world was very small and I really wanted to keep it that way.
Many of the awards had conditions which basically were designed to get people to tell other bloggers something about themselves. I found that interesting but, on the whole, I prefer to be the decider of what information I give out publicly.
YP at the blog Yorkshire Pudding has, apparently, been giving the Laughing Horse award for whatever reasons he happens to think up for some years. I have no idea how many. Although I've 'known' him though Katherine's Blog for several years I've only actually been following his blog for a few months. Now I wonder what took me so long. An interesting set of bloggers received awards at a ceremony at Chatsworth House (the Duke of Devonshire's stately pile in Derbyshire - not Devonshire which doesn't exist) yesterday. As an itinerant blogger (in that I blog from Scotland and New Zealand) I was duly given the Laughing Horse Award for the best Itinerant Blogger. The only other contender for that category so far as I am aware was Adrian but he was entered in so many categories I was, effectively, unopposed.
So thank you YP. Despite the scurrilous tabloid description of the Award Ceremony.