- An oven ready chicken in return for telling a joke. The giblets were still inside, which made Polly next door drool with pleasure (she was a boxer dog).
- A case of lemonade as reward for dancing the can-can. I belched all week.
- Tickets to see England vs Cameroon via a phone-in when Zoe Ball did the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The phone call was more exciting than the match.
- A sailing jacket for 'living the team's values' oh yes. It makes people think I like sailing and cheats the wind like nothing on earth. Oooo,h taped seams!
You can check out all of the finalists here: http://www.the-mads.com/awards/ but my personal favourite is The Kraken Wakes; finalist in the Most Entertaining category. I will warn you in advance that it is extremely sweary - the strapline of 'Forming a black hole of fury so you don't have to' should be a good indicator to you of her take on the world.
But it's not the swearing that makes it stand out for me. What I love about this blog is that the author; Cath Janes, writes absolutely fearlessly and engagingly about her life whilst taking great big swipes at anyone who thinks it's alright to patronise other people - from card shops treating grown women like mindless Barbies to magazines printing salacious articles about celebrity mental health issues, she ploughs through them like a jacked-up Evel Knievel screaming along at 100mph whilst wielding a machete. When you read something like that, so exhilarating, refreshing, and just a little bit scary, it urges you to go on, find your voice, get on that motorcycle and write your heart out. I'm off to find my leathers....