Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Big Reveal - A Blog Hop Before the A-Z Challenge

It's time to reveal my Big Reveal, co-hosted, and more effectively hosted by Mina Lobo at Some Dark Romantic. I was somewhat skeptical about this idea at first but it seems we have attracted 60 plus hoppers which is none too shabby, even if the A-Z Challenge has probably attracted a couple more.



A rather hectic workload and the fact I have mislaid my laptop power cord will make my big reveal short. Were I a stripper I would be booed off stage and pelted with rotten tomatoes. Fortunately for all concerned, I am not a stripper.

Last year my A-Z Challenge theme was music. The year before it was random stuff. This year it will be animals because - let's face it folks - there are lots of them and we can neglect some of the more obscure ones in the rush to see the tigers at the zoo. As my great uncle Albert always said (or would have said if I had one), never neglect the tapir in the rush to see the tiger, just because the poor boy has an unfortunate nose. I can't think of one beginning with X off the top of my head but maybe it will come. Have a great weekend fellow A-Z sufferers.

And while Brits in the US may appear at the top of this badge, this was mainly Mina's baby so do make sure to visit her blog to find out what it's really all about.

And visit all these great bloggers below now, as I surely will when I find that pesky power cord.


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87 comments:

  1. None too shabby indeed!

    I'm reading 'Life of Pi' at the moment, and it's made me rethink my attitude to zoos. Cool. :)

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    1. Cool Sarah - you have reminded me that I'd like to see the film..

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  2. Thanks for hosting the bloghop.

    The animals theme sounds fun-because really, how many times can we watch a baboon eat his own feces? More options for the zoo visits, please!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Robin - euwww this is true. I do hate baboons so maybe they will feature.

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  3. Working on my reveal post. Also my mind is working up lyrics to "Brits in the USA" to the tune of the Bruce Springsteen song "Born in the USA".

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    1. yay LuAnn - may catch on, ya never know.

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  4. Animals will be easy - I wonder if your facts will be quirky or bizarre!

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  5. Can't wait to see what animals you'll speak about and your take on it. I'm with C.M. Brown - quirky or bizzare?

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    1. well maybe a combo of both - thanks for the visit Adriana

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  6. Yeah, I can't think of an X animal either...so good luck with that. And should you never find your power cord, The Engineer has an eBay business and sells them dirt cheap, so give me a holler should you need assistance. Thanks for co-hosting this hop - it's a big boost for the A-Z to have you two so eager about The Challenge that you took this on. Kudos.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks so much Tina - oh had left it at work!

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  7. I think, for the pesky letters, made-up animals would do the trick. 'Cause, you know, it's your theme, you can fabricate if you want to.

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    1. Thanks Mina - didn't think re fabrication and thx re the whole big reveal gig

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  8. This sounds simple, yet great! I can't wait to see what info you'll be sharing!

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    1. Thx do hope I can come up with something out of the ordiniary - good luck

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  9. Animals are a great topic! There's got to be some exotic African animal that starts with X. Just can't think of it. You may have to pick something X-tinct.

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    1. I know Charity - there has hasn't there? Thanks for the visit.

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  10. That a good idea. A wide open theme works best. Mine is a little to specific and I will have an issue with a few letters.

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    1. yep was trying not to do over specific - good luck anyhow.

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  11. Great topic! And thank you so much for putting 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' in my head. :D

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  12. Fun! :) And I like tapirs. I know folktales about them.

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    1. Cool - people usually know very little about them...

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  13. Xenops!!!! Now you got your X! :D

    Good luck! and I just love your accen....er humor ;)

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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    1. thanks Jamie - does it come across in my writing?

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  14. I'm looking forward to reading all about the underdog/non-zoo animals in April. Good luck with that power cord- that can be quite the sticky wicket!
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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    1. Thanks Tracy - good luck with yours too.

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  15. Animals! I have to love that theme. Can we feed the animals?

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    1. by all means - good luck with yours Al.

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  16. My reveal post goes up Monday, but it won't be a huge surprise to most folks.

    And I vote that your K be for Kangaroo!!

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  17. What a great idea - so many wacky and wonderful animals out there, I am sure you will have no trouble filling your A to Z ark!

    I did random topics last year, and this year I am focused on music. I seem to have unknowingly followed in your footsteps.
    Cheers!

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    1. great - feel free to check my music stuff from last year :)

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  18. maybe some balloon animals would be nice... :0

    Jeremy [Retro] #66
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  19. This is a neat idea. I think you'll have all your letters covered. Ha!

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    1. yes hoping it should make both of them easier Elizabeth

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  20. Great theme! I love animals and used to want to be a vet.

    For your X day, I add the suggestions of xeme, xiphosuran, and xenurine.

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    1. Blimey thanks - never heard of them but will return to your suggestions when I come to x

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  21. Animals are always popular--hopefully some will be from popular children's books? Hmm... Thanks for hosting this.

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    1. Maybe so Sharon - oh no probs - thanks for visiting.

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  22. Animals, that's a great theme. I imagine that will make for some interesting posts :)

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    1. thx Laura, certainly hope so - also quick to do

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  23. Awesome!

    Looking forward to it.

    I have my post up now.

    Tim
    The Other Side

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  24. Nothing I love more than animals so I know I will enjoy your posts. Plus you cracked me up about the stripper LOL.

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    1. lol Julie - yep I recall you are an animal lover.

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  25. FAB!I love animals and I'm awfully excited to see what x is....Good luck David :)

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    1. thx Juliette - good luck with yours too, sounds intriguing...

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  26. Excellent choice. I'm an animal lover too. Thanks for co-hosting this awesome bloghop!

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    1. Glad you liked it Christine - attracted more interest than I imagined it would..

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  27. That should be fun. I'm a Brit in Canada and I have no theme but do post recipes.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. cool - looks good Jo. Brits get everywhere eh?

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  28. Animals! Animals are the best, and the weirder the better, so I hope you showcase some fun ones I've never heard of before. Best of luck with this!

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    1. Hi Jocelyn - I sure am aiming for weird, thanks for dropping by

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  29. I am going to have to keep an eye on your blog. I want to see what you have for Q and X. Plus, animals!

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    1. lol Patricia - has not thought re Q but that's not an easy one either.

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  30. Who doesn't love posts about animals? Especially if they're accompanied by cute pictures :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. sure I can find some cute pics Allison

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  32. Hi, Glad to see so many folks playing along with the big theme reveal you & Mina cooked up. Like you, I'm not sure what I'll be posting for a few of the more challenging letters. Either inspiration will strike or I will resort to a really tenous connection to the word Xylophone...

    ~Tui Snider, @mentalmosaic

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    1. hah - I did xylophone two years ago, unoriginal or what??

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  33. I look forward to reading your posts about animals. For the letter X, perhaps you can make up a fantasy creature that begins with that letter.

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    1. there are a few obscure ones, I believe - thx for dropping by.

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  34. Aww..can't wait for your T for Tapir post, they are my fave animal at the Singapore Night Safari!

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    1. cool does looke like I'm tied town to tapirs now doesn't it.

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  35. I love animals. I am a new follower. Thanks for hosting.

    Rhonda
    Laugh-Quotes.com

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    1. thanks for the follow Rhonda - the challenge should be fun.

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  36. I'm wondering what X will be.... good luck for the challenge!

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  37. Yaaaaaay!! ANIMALS! Like, RABBITS?!?!

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    1. tsk tsk - like ways of cookin bunnies Jen??

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  38. I know your animalistic posts will entertain, and I look forward to visiting in April.

    xoRobyn

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    1. thanks Robin - we do like a bit of animalistic lol

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  39. I don't know if you've managed to find an X animal, but here are a few http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_some_animals_that_begin_with_the_letter_X

    Good luck with the challenge :)
    http://rebeccahgiltrow.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-to-z.html

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    1. great Rebecca - I will be back here in the words of Arnie

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  40. Best of luck to you with the A-Z challenge. I'll look forward to reading all about the animals.

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    1. thanks Daisy - am trying to think ahead a bit.

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  41. Animals is a great choice. :-)

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    1. Thanks Stefani, thought it didn't tie me down tooo much.

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  42. As much as I love Tigers, it's nice to see someone bring attention to obscure animals. After all, Tigers aren't the only attraction in town. I especially like your theme because it reminds me of how much more I could stand to learn about animals, which after watching my 16 year-old cousin's school presentation on Sand Cats ( they arw endangered species, by the way.), turns out to be a lot.

    Bring on the Animals from A to Z, David!

    -Nicole

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    1. Thanks so much Nicole - looking forward to it. Never heard of sand tigers..

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  43. what a great theme! animals, and obscure ones =)
    looking forward to learning about them!

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  44. I've just downloaded iStripper, and now I enjoy having the hottest virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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