Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Some of you may have seen an earlier version of this post, relating to the CFJ/CNN European award for the best student news blog.
Suffice to say, though, that I am nominated for the award, where I will have to fight off tough competition from France and Serbia.
(Even that) is something of a shock really, given that I mostly specialise in strained metaphors and the kind of news most people wouldn't touch with a bargepole covered in their own faeces.
Thank you all for contributing not just to this blog but to the emerging Welsh blogosphere in general, which was virtually non-existent (with some notable and excellent exceptions) when I started back in October.
As I sit and watch assembly members coax each other into a deep and intensely boring slumber in the Senedd, it's good to know that there's a potentially unlimited space online for lively political debate. The medium has certainly proved itself in recent months and long may it continue.
On another note, Rosemary Butler is chairing her first session in the chamber. Pink jacket, red hair - is that wise?
posted by Blamerbell @ 3:12 pm,
- At 3:48 pm, Valleys Mam said...
well done you
Something to be very proud about.
You deserve it too - despite the ummmm strained metaphors.
- At 3:58 pm, said...
Gwil ap Tomos
- At 4:01 pm, Mike said...
now all you need is a proper job!
- At 4:05 pm, said...
Pretty cool. CNN too. Well done. Did they say anything about your contributors?
- At 4:06 pm, ianjamesjohnson said...
Congrats. - well worth it.
- At 4:19 pm, Mr Gasyth said...
Congrats - not sure if the Welsh blogosphere was non-existant until last year though!
- At 4:19 pm, gwe said...
Llongyfarchiadau mawr, Mr C!
Indeed. A political blog. About Wales. Who'd have thought?
Must be down to the comments section :)
Long may you continue...
- At 4:28 pm, Ordovicius said...
Thank you all for contributing not just to this blog but to the emerging Welsh blogosphere in general, which was virtually non-existent when I started back in October.
Ive heard this before, but what is meant here is "English language Welsh political blogosphere". There's been a vibrant blog community in both English and Welsh since at least 2004, when I entered it.
- At 4:31 pm, said...
This award, it's got to be a hoax! The Serbian was better.
- At 4:36 pm, Blamerbell said...
Many thanks, all.
I knew that "virtually non-existent" comment would rattle some of you.
However, I do think it's fair to say that we've come an awful long way. That's because blogs in general are now an accepted (and widely-read) branch of political news and commentary whereas in 2004 they were still a niche pursuit.
Iolo, they didn't say anything much because for some reason they all seem to be French. No doubt I'll hear more later in the week.
I will of course have a drink on your behalf:)
- At 4:40 pm, bethan said...
well done ciaran. I think its very positive for Welsh politics that you've won the award.
- At 4:53 pm, Chris Doidge said...
Congratulations - fully deserved.
- At 5:18 pm, Penddu said...
Well done - looks like drinks are on you.....
- At 5:22 pm, Mike said...
Fingers crossed for Friday.
Will you be on the telly?
What will you wear?
- At 5:40 pm, said...
Pob Lwc Blamerbell
- At 6:07 pm, said...
"What will you wear?
A scarf? "
And his briefs? lol
- At 6:37 pm, Christopher Glamorgan said...
Well done that man, you'll be snapped up by the BBC soon as it's amazing what you'll discover on their pages these days:
The 'Master' and the 'Apprentice' - a race for First Minister
'The Apprentice' final that is showing this week is hotting up and the two contestants have battled it out while living together in their luxury pad in Cardiff Bay.
- At 6:43 pm, Ordovicius said...
That's because blogs in general are now an accepted (and widely-read) branch of political news and commentary whereas in 2004 they were still a niche pursuit
Again, only in politics. The Blogosphere in Wales is more than just political blogs, and have had a wide readership for some time. In fact the most read blog in Wales (2nd most read in the UK according to technoranki) doesn't cover politics at all.
- At 7:45 pm, said...
"Wales (2nd most read in the UK according to technoranki) doesn't cover politics at all. "
And it is?
Link please Sanddef so I can have a look..getting bored with all this politics now
Gwil ap Tomos
- At 7:47 pm, said...
Plus I'm not with-it enough to work the Technorakithingie
Gwil ap Tomos
- At 8:32 pm, said...
Well done Blamer. Congratulations on your nomination.
I note that bethan says that you have won the award already. Is this correct? I do hope so, or could it be some mysterious foresight and power of prophecy that she possesses?
If she's correct I may have to watch my step around here. OOoohh Spooky.
Nevertheless, thank you for the blog and the opportunity to engage in both civilised and uncivilised intercourse with you and my fellow guests.
Although you have deleted some of my postings I naturally bow to your magnanimity in permitting my postings at all.
I believe that this blog has emerged and matured as a significant place of political discourse here in Wales.
"Ive heard this before, but what is meant here is "English language Welsh political blogosphere". There's been a vibrant blog community in both English and Welsh since at least 2004, when I entered it."
Absolutely spot-on ordo. I agree wholeheartedly with you.
I have noted that since my first postings on this blog asking for translations of Welsh language postings......and having suffered the slings and arrows of some of the more swivel-eyed among us for my effrontary, that most postings are now made in English.
I do hope that this pattern continues and I am sure that my fellow monoglots thank you and appreciate your consideration.
Of course, I have now tempted fate and fully expect the unintelligible backlash.
Nonetheless, this blog's nomination is well deserved and I hope that the Judges' recognise the blog as a winner as we surely do.
Your patrial pal.
- At 9:57 pm, Daran said...
"I believe that this blog has emerged and matured as a significant place of political discourse here in Wales."
Couldn't agree more. Well done.
Will there be a live blog of the adjudicatory deliberations?
- At 10:18 pm, dewi_o said...
Wales has never beaten Serbia or the former Yugoslavia in football, I'm sure you'll beat them it'll be a first.
- At 10:44 pm, said...
"As I sit and watch assembly members coax each other into a deep and intensely boring slumber in the Senedd,.."
Is there something about the Senedd that sends them to sleep? The best thing that happened in the HoC was putting in tv cameras. The MPs got cleaned up, haircuts, makeovers and they tried not to have hangovers during important debates.
If they still doze off with tv cameras then we should dock their pay.....
- At 11:56 pm, Ordovicius said...
- At 12:48 am, Ordovicius said...
Talking of awards...Any ideas for the Welsh Blog Awards 2007?
- At 2:05 am, said...
So you haven't won the award at all?
- At 10:06 am, said...
Let's hear it for the Senedd cafe as well. The tea & scone combo is outstanding, not to mention the chocolate cake. It gives you spots just looking at it.
- At 1:48 pm, ryan said...
Llongyfarchiadau! This blog always gives an interesting and slightly humourous insight into the workings of the Welsh political scence.
- At 4:25 pm, said...
Impressed...the first post I looked at had a semi naked sussie clad....matron, matron, my oxygen please...
Gwil ap Tomos
- At 1:19 am, Alun Cairns said...
Great News. Hope all goes well. Thoroughly deserved for an excellent blog.
- At 12:58 am, said...
Blamerbell won first prize in the CNN blog awards!
- At 11:17 am, Penddu said...
See he won E2,500 and six months 'training' with CNN.
I think that means he gets the chance to work for them for nothing.........
Doesnt sound so good now does it!!!