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A Liebster Award Nomination

LiebsterI was thrilled to be nominated by Lizzy at The Ropes in London for a Liebster Award, so thank you!  I’ve been blogging for about nine months and it’s become my saviour. I work erratic shifts in my full-time job which leave me exhausted a lot of the time, so finding time to blog is hard, but I love it. The Liebster Award is a fun way to recognise and promote new up and coming blogs of a good standard with less than 200 followers (on WordPress). Liebster comes from the German word for ‘dearest’ or ‘favourite’, which is cute.

As a nominee, I’m required to:

1.  Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. Post 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions they’ve been asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3.  Nominate 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

4.  Display the Liebster Award logo (there’s two of ’em).

11 Random Facts About Myself

1) I was born, brought up and live in South London, went to university in North London, spent most of my working life based in West London and have often partied/ate/shopped in Central and East London so I like to think I have a good, balanced knowledge of the whole capital.

2) I’m an adrenalin junkie – I’ve done two skydives, a bunjee jump, a trapeze lesson, abseiling and a parachute jump off a mountain.

3) I have travelled to over 40 countries, although as I get older and obtain more financial responsibilities, my goal of visiting 100 before I die seems a bit optimistic.

4) I make a mean Mojito – taught myself the recipe after drinking a lot in Cuba. Do NOT grind up the mint leaves!

5) I hate winter and the cold, I was born in August so I would prefer to be in the warm all year round.

6) I was a camp counsellor in New Jersey when I was 19. It was quite possibly the hardest job I have ever done in my life. I didn’t sleep for the best part of three months while looking after seven seven-year-olds 24 hours a day.

7) I published a book in 2007 – a biography of a pop act. Not what I dreamt my first book would be, but I am proud of it.

8) I’ve been a pescatarian since I was eight.

9) Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day – the possibilities are endless: pancakes, waffles, English muffins, fry-ups, muesli…

10) If money was no object, I would love to buy National Trust ‘at risk’ properties and restore them.

11) I try to live by the slogan ‘Do it, move it, make it happen – no one ever sat their way to success’ – although I am guilty of not always applying it to my life.

Now, here’s my answers to my questions from Lizzy:

 1. Which is your favourite month and why?Liebster Award

August. It’s my birthday month and tends to be warm.

2. What is your single, most important possession?

My passport.

3. Describe your very first memory?

Sitting on Father Christmas’s lap at daycare when I was three. I was very self-conscious of being stared at.

4. Who is your favourite author?

Arthur Conan Doyle.

5. If you could only visit one city in the world, which would it be?

Hong Kong.

6. Facebook, Twitter or both?


7. What would you choose for your last meal?

Lobster with garlic butter with buttery mashed potatoes and spinach and sultanas on the side.

8. What made you decide to start your own blog?

After years of being the ‘go to’ girl for London information from friends and family, I thought it was time put it down in writing in the run-up to the Queen’s Jubilee.

9. What is your favourite film?

Back To The Future

10. Who do you think is the world’s most loved celeb?

Nelson Mandela (not technically a celeb, but he’s one person that doesn’t divide opinion)

11. What is the last song you listened to?

You’ve Got The Love – The Source and Candi Staton (the original and the best, sorry Florence And The Machine!)

And here’s 11 other blogs and 11 other questions.

Sequins and Cherry Blossom


A Spoonful of Sugar

Effra Blog

View From The Mirror

Organise A Hen

Out And About In The City

Rag-picking History

Mark Rowland’s London Rambles

Marlow Travels

The London Perspective

Here’s my questions for the nominees:

1) What’s your favourite (non-blog) website?

2) Given the choice, what holiday would you prefer – city break, beach break or adventure holiday?

3) Is there any world city you found disappointing or underwhelming when you visited it?

4) What’s your favourite book?

5) What epitaph would you have written on your gravestone?

6) What is your favourite dessert?

7) What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show or film?

8) If you could time travel to any decade in the 20th century, what would it be?

9) If any Hollywood star, dead or alive, could play you in a movie of your life, who would it be?

10) First record/cassette/CD/download single you ever bought [depending on your age ;-)]?

11) Favourite colour?

Happy New Year! Reflecting on MOAMG’s first year of blogging

Tower Bridge Olympic rings © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2012

Our favourite bridge – Tower Bridge all lit up

2012 has been an amazing year for London – the Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics, the opening of The Shard… While 2013 doesn’t have quite the same once-in-a-lifetime events scheduled, who knows what will happen!

Memoirs Of A Metro Girl was ‘born’ in May 2012. After thinking about starting a blog on and off for years, I finally took the plunge in the weeks leading up to the Queen’s Jubilee as there was so much buzz in the capital. I am so proud to be a Londoner and have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the capital with visiting friends and family from abroad.

As the blog grew in visitors, I was constantly seeking out new things to write about. The good thing about having a blog is it spurs you to make the most of London, instead of perhaps being lazy and think you’ll do it another day (I have been guilty of that!). As a Londoner, you can often take the city’s sights for granted because they’ll always be there.

So in eight months of blogging, I’ve posted on a range of subjects, including history, architecture, events, festivals and travel which has attracted very different visitors. In 2013, I hope to continue the way I go on, covering events and finding parts of secret London and continuing to grow the blog’s audience.

I would like to thank all the readers and Twitter/Facebook followers for their continued support of the blog and also ask to help spread the word to your friends and family if you like what you read.

Happy New Year for 2013!

© Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2012

A stunning September sunset over the river during the Thames Festival