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The "Inkyworld" Awards Ceremony (Or - Who Has Made My World Spin A Little Faster This Year?)
I thought that - seeing as everybody else seems to be handing out awards left, right and centre, I might as well join in the merriment.

My Awards are a little different to everybody else's - apart from the fact that there are no actual Awards to hand out.  (What did you expect though???)

These are just based on what I found funny, interesting, inspirational, educational, or just downright crazy in 2015.

First off - we have the Award for "Removing The Barriers And Letting People See Your Humanity Behind Your Uniform".

This Award goes to the Police Officers who use Social Media as a means to connect with the wider public - as well as metaphorically taking their uniform off and letting us see the men and women underneath.

Special mention goes to a bunch of Twittercops who I have learned a great deal from.  Starting with the three Police Officers I call the "OffBeat Musketeers" - Nathan Constable, Sgt TCS, and Constable Chaos - if there is something that these three humans do not know about how to use Social Media to engage with the public I very much doubt it is worth knowing.  Each of them has their own blog which I find very interesting and Educational.

Next - we have a Police Commander with a great sense of humour. Commander John Sutherland really has the ability to make you feel like you are with him when you read his blog posts about his rise through the ranks (detailing what he has faced on his way)/  Put it this way - I wish I could work for someone as human and humane as him.

Last (but by no means least) in the list of English Twittercops is someone who has in fact inspired one or two of my blog posts - Chief Inspector Phil Vickers.  The jury is out regarding what his role is but he has been very useful (and very open to a little education) on the subject of Police cars - particularly with reference to the various flashing lights on them.

However, I have to admit that the most inspirational Twittercop is a Dutch Police Officer who has made it his mission to break down the barriers between the Police and the public in any way he can.  I have never actually met him but I have spoken to him via Skype.  Wilco Berenschot is also available via Twitter, Periscope (among other Social Media channels).  If you are lucky enough to live in a certain part of Rotterdam he is also available for face to face discussions.

The next Award is for "Supporting New Music".

Stand up and take a bow - Mr Ian Rose of Radio Warwickshire.  Whenever I listen to one of his shows I am introduced to music I might never have heard of otherwise.

The Award for "Having The Patience of A Saint - And Letting Me Argue With Him If I Don't Agree With Him" goes to (and this is almost a permanent Award for him) - Dr Derek Lee.  The grounds for him getting this award this year can be summed up as "Frothy Filosofy" - the most surreal website which I actually like reading.  For a taste of what I am talking about visit frothyfilosofy.wordpress.com/.  A word of warning - prepare for a rather interesting experience which will leave you feeling like your mind has been expanded, twisted, and (possibly) tied into knots!!!

The next Award kind of leads on from that one - it is the Award For "The Most Confusing Sentence I Have Read".

This was found on a collar attached to a dog I stroked last Friday.  The sentence was "I Have Been Microchipped - Please Scan Me" - to which my immediate thought was - would a QR Reader Scanning App work???  Well, if they don't actually tell you what to use to scan the chip with you cannot really blame me for wondering.  (Just to put your mind at rest the battery of my mobile phone was flat so I couldn't try it.)

(I had visions of it turning into a kind of "There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza" scenario!)

The penultimate award is the "Award For Standing Up For What You Believe In And Trying To Make A Difference To Society".

This award is a three way split between three organisations who I am very proud to be associated with in different ways (one behind the scenes and the other two a little more "publicly").

The Winners are - The Real Junkfood Project (Leicester Division), LCiL, and Choice Unlimited.

If you know me you will know that I will support any venture which makes a real difference to people's lives without just throwing money at the situation and hoping for the best.  In fact, you could say I am almost evangelical about the aims of all three of the above ventures which I am happy to support in any way I am able to.

The final Award for this little session comes in the form of a round of applause, hugs, and pats on the back, for a crowd of people who have really made this blogging lark seem like more fun than I could have imagined.  Some of these people are personal (real life) friends of mine, some of them I have never met but I still appreciate their feedback.  Ladies and Gentlemen - the final Award is for you all.  You have inspired me, educated me, made me laugh, been a friend to me, and - most of all - stuck with me.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

There is only one thing left for me to say to you now (even though there may possibly be a blogging session between now and the New Year) - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - or Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar.

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