Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Real Neat Blog Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has got a second Real Neat Blog Award from Mark at markanthonysblog. Thanks so much Mark. ๐Ÿ™‚





1. Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hanks?

Both great actors but I have a bit of a crush on Benedict so I’m going to say him! ๐Ÿ™‚


2. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The 60s because it was a time of so much social change beginning and I love the music and the clothes.


3. Hot or cold weather?

Cold weather, not freezing but cooler weather. I’m Irish, I’m not used to the sun! ๐Ÿ™‚


4. Things that remind you of your childhood?

Furbies, tamagotchis, Pokemon, Rugrats, troll dolls, Toy Story, Tellytubbies, Cindy doll, Barbie, Polly Pocket.


5. What show are you currently watching?

I’m catching up on the Rupaul’s Drag Race seasons gradually. I hadn’t watched the show and then I started watching season 6 because I became a fan of Courtney Act in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and I got hooked and now I’m going through the seasons.


6. Favourite blogger(s)? and why.

Everyone’s blog that I follow because you’re all amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚


7. What subjects are your most and least favourite?

Well when I was at school my favourite was English because I always loved reading and writing. My least favourite was Maths. I was never any good at them and a close second for least would have been PE. I quite liked hockey and tennis but the rest especially the fitness tests, no.


Feel free to use the same questions and comment below if you would like to be a nominee and take part. ๐Ÿ™‚




Culture Vulture Express Wins Another Sunshine Blogger Award!


Culture Vulture Express was nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award by James from the wonderful blog This Is My Truth Now. Be sure to check out his blog and his brilliant book Watching Glass Shatter which has previously been reviewed here on Culture Vulture Express and thank you once again James for this kind award. ๐Ÿ™‚



Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


My Answers

Which Disney princess do you relate yourself with?ย 

Belle. She was gentle and she fell in love with the heart of the person. A part of me relates Belle’s experiences to pansexuality whether she is or isn’t.

What would the world be like if you are leader? (Be as detailed as you like)

It would be more kinder and compassionate and every single person would have the exact same rights in every way.

You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone.

When would you say you became a reader?

My family encouraged me to read as a child and I fell in love with it. After that, I kept with it and the love of it has never went away.

What is your favourite genre?

Mysteries and romance.

What is your dream vacation location?

San Francisco and Brighton.

What are 5 ways to win your heart?

  • Compassion
  • Open-mindedness
  • Gentleness
  • Sense of humour
  • Ambition (in moderation!)

What are 5 of your pet peeves?

  • People being hurt
  • Prejudice
  • Bullying
  • Cricket
  • The Rodent Family

Who is your favourite author?

Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Brendan Behan.

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Yes, I’ve written and published 13 books, currently writing my 14th.

And lastly the most important question: cats, dogs, both, or neither?

Cats are sweethearts but my heart is with dogs.


My Questions

What reason did you have for starting your blog?

What always manages to cheer you up?

What is your favourite food?

What is your favourite part of history?

What song would you sing at karaoke?

What piece of advice that you’ve received would you like to pass on?

If you wrote a book, what genre would it be in?

What is your dream job?

If you won the lotto what is the first thing you would do?

How do other people describe your personality and does it differ from how you feel about yourself?

What is your hopes for the future of your blog?


My Nominations






Culture Vulture Express Wins The Sunshine Blogger Award!


Culture Vulture Express was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Nicole from the wonderfully interesting blog Barrier Island Blues. Make sure to check out their blog and once again thank you Nicole for this kind award. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


My Answers

What is your blog about?

Culture Vulture Express is basically about a bit of everything from the cultural spectrum. There is a lot of fiction and poetry on it and quite a lot about social issues. It’s really a mixture of a lot of things.

If you could have an answer to just one universal question, what would you want to know?

I think I’d want to know why there is still so much prejudice in the world. Part of me thinks I know the answer to that. Power. And when I look at the history of prejudice that seems to be the answer. But as I’m a good person, not perfect but good nonetheless, I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand why it exists and what people actually get barย  hardness of heart from wanting to have power over other people.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

My favourite thing would be to keep warm on the sofa with a hot waterbottle in my Pjs while either watching TV, reading or writing. Yes, I love my comforts!

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring. It was my late father’s favourite season too. I love seeing all the newborn lambs running around. My birthday also falls in Spring too so I’ve got to stay loyal.

What frightens you?

Prejudice frightens me just because of the evilness of it. The idea of me not doing enough against it frightens me too. I’m also frightened of rats or the rodent family in general, snakes and any kind of daredevil performance act like knife throwing even though I can appreciate the skill involved in such acts. I’m also both frightened and excited at the same time by the future because I don’t know what lies ahead.

If you could recommend just one book for your fellow bloggers to read, what would it be?

My favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Though as of yet I haven’t did a review of it on my blog here, I did review it for the LGBT Irish magazine Eile Magazine that I write for. The book is a classic with so much depth and humour too. I think people think Oscar Wilde and think high-brow but his writing is actually very accessible.

What animal fascinates you the most, and why?

Dogs. I adore them. They are my favourite animals. I had a dog called Cookie who sadly died in 2010 and he was so bright. My Mum always used to wonder what was in his head because he always seemed so alert to everything. So it fascinates me what goes on in their heads and what they think of all us crazy humans!

What is your earliest memory?

I can sort of remember memories from when I was six of drinking 7Up and of also rummaging through stuff in the house like a nosy, sorry curious, little child. My earliest fuller memories come from when I was eight. The first was when I was reading books on the floor and Cookie came to join the family residence. He walked all over the books and I instantly adored him. He had a gentleness and a mischief about him. There was some sad memories from that year too as my Granny on my Mum’s side, my Grandad on my Dad’s side and my Granny on my Mum’s side’s sister all died within a short period of each other. I had never met my Grandad on my Dad’s side but the three deaths were a very sad time.

Though I’m an Atheist now, I was raised Catholic so another of my earliest clearer memories are of the run-up to and the day of my Communion. Me, my Dad, my Mum and my Sister had a lovely meal in a local chipper in Oldcastle where I originally come from called The Windmill that day. Later that night, we had a house party at home while watching the Eurovision which Dana International won with her song Diva.

What do you usually think about first when you wake up in the morning?

Probably my books most mornings. My mind is on the alert most of the time for ideas for my books. My Mum and Sister always know when I’m thinking of my stories as I momentarily go into the world of the story. My characters actually have conversations with each other in my head. If I was in any other profession someone would probably lock me up!

Where is your favorite place to be?

Any time I spend with my family is fantastic or typing or writing my stories and pieces. Wherever I’m doing either of those things I’m happy.

If you could spend one day with a person from history who would it be?

There’s so many people! Writers like Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie, Brendan Behan, Truman Capote, Harper Lee and Tennessee Williams. Or activists like Emily Pankhurst, Harvey Milk and Rosa Parks. Or people in music like Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Marc Bolan. And in fashion I love Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. Sorry, slight dodge of the question with so many but I suppose I’d have to get a lot of trips to meet people sorted if it was possible. There’s actually so many more I can think of too but I’ll stop there. ๐Ÿ™‚


My Nominations


My Questions


What is your blog about?

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

What is the thing you are most passionate about?

What is your favourite TV show?

Who do you admire most and why?

If you could take three things to a desert island, what would you take?

Which character in a book, TV show, film, play, etc … do you relate to most?

What is the first thing on your bucket list?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Love or money?

What is your hopes for the future?




Culture Vulture Express Wins Awesome Blogger Award!

Whatโ€™s a guilty pleasure of yours?

Reality TV. I grew up watching it from I was about 10 and I watch lots of shows like The X Factor, Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing With The Stars, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! etc … so yeah, that would be my guilty pleasure.

Last series you found yourself addicted to?

It was the last series’ of X Factor, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing. Now it’s Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars in Ireland and Dancing On Ice. It’s the Reality TV seasons at the mo. I do watch other types of show during the year though! ๐Ÿ™‚


What is one thing you donโ€™t think you could live without?


My family who I love to bits and would be lost without.


If you could travel to the past, what would be an era you would like to live in?

The 60s or 70s because I love the music from those decades and the clothes and the way freedom was beginning in those times. I would probably have been involved in protests! ๐Ÿ™‚

iPhone, Samsung,ย  Android, or something else?

Probably just a phone and a computer. I’m not technologically savvy outside of that.

First album/CD you remember owning/buying?

The first single I had was Westlife’s version of Uptown Girl which my Dad purchased for me when I was a kid. Soon after the first single I purchased myself was Shakira’s Whenever, Wherever.

What was your day like?

I’ve had the flu so it’s been up and down! But I did win 25 Euros in the bookies so that was good.

If today was your last day, how would you live it?

I’d spend it with my family. And I’d probably spend it not caring too much. I think we all care more than we should about the future and stuff at times and if it was the last day I’d probably not worry about anything.

Out of all 50 states, pick one you would travel to and a reason why you picked it.

California, San Francisco particularly. I think it’s known as a place of freedom and has a lot of history.

Fantasy or Sci-Fi? What would you rather watch/read?

I recently started reading the Damon Snow series and other fantasy books by Olivia Helling. But I also was a huge Torchwood fan when I was younger. But in general my favourite genres are mysteries and romance.


I am nominating the following blogs because I want to show that I appreciate their work but they are under no obligation to accept and/or complete the questions.

My nominees:



  1. What is the latest book you’re reading and are you enjoying it?
  2. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Other?
  3. What is your favourite word and why?
  4. Dogs or Cats?
  5. Is there any song that holds any special meaning to you?
  6. What do you feel strongly about?
  7. If you could grant one person in your life one wish, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite film?
  9. What is your favourite book?
  10. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?


Thank you so much to Dazed and Still Dreamingย for nominating me for the Awesome Blogger Award. Make sure to check out her amazing blog at the above link. And congratulations everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚





Culture Vulture Express Wins Real Neat Blog Award!


Real Neat Blog Award


I was recently nominated by petrel41 from the blog Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. I accept the award and would to thank petrel41 for this wonderful award and for taking the time to read my blog. It’s all very much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure to check out their blog too which is wonderful.

In accepting the award seven questions were put forward to answer which I have done so below:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Most views come from the United States but I also get a lot of visits from the United Kingdom as well.

2. What is your favourite sport?

My three favourite sports are football, tennis and hockey. I always grew up supporting Liverpool from when I was 3 and I used to play tennis with my sister a lot when I was younger on the tennis court in Oldcastle which was where I grew up. I also used to enjoy playing hockey in school. But all in all I watch a lot of sport but I don’t really play sports. The fitness tests in school I found a nightmare.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

I was very proud of my article being featured on the Bi+ Ireland website. Being both pansexual and Irish, it was nice to be featured. We still live in a time where many people who fall in the middle of the sexuality spectrum face a lot of prejudice from both straight and gay people so it was an honour to be part of a project where I could be so open as an Irish pansexual person and so many other Irish bi+ people could be too. It made me feel less alone.

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

I adore writing and literature so English was my favourite. But I find in schools, writing and literature is made quite uninteresting. Maybe that’s why so many people think it is boring. But despite all that I love any opportunity to read and write pieces. I also loved history as it was mini stories of non-fiction and I had a teacher who made it feel like a continuing story. And I also liked CSPE as it was all about social issues and politics. We only were able to do it up to Junior Cert and it’s the only A I ever got between the Junior and Leaving Certificates which probably says a lot about how passionate I am about equality. My mum was absolutely chuffed with the A.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

I think to worry less about the future. When I was younger, I didn’t know where I was going in life. I still don’t but I don’t worry about it as much anymore. Everything tends to work out in the end not too badly.

7. What musical instrumentย have you tried to play?

I would love to be able to play a musical instrument. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to play guitar, drums and keyboard. I’m not giving up but I don’t think my mind is wired to play musical instruments. I have a lot of respect for musicians. They make it look so easy and it really isn’t.


The rules of the award are as follows:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

  1. What is your favourite type/genre of book to read and do you have a favourite book?
  2. If you ruled your country for the day, what law would you bring in?
  3. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  4. What made you want to start a blog?
  5. Who is your favourite music artist/band?
  6. What is the thing you’d most like to do in 2018?
  7. What is your plans for your blog?

I am nominating the following blogs because I want to show that I appreciate their work but they are under no obligation to accept and/or complete the questions.


My nominees are:

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap


Dazed and Still Dreaming

Carries Book Reviews

Moody here

Roth Poetry

The Tony Burgess Blog


Ricardo Sexton


Percolating Poetry

Bedtime Stories

The Militant Negro

Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung

Shehanne Moore


Congratulations everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Culture Vulture Is 4!


Today Culture Vulture Express turns 4!ย I feel like a proud Mama, my baby’s turned 4.

I’ll keep this brief but thank you everyone for all the support over these past four years for Culture Vulture. I can’t actually believe it’s been 4 years. Pretty cool. I’m looking forward to writing more posts which I hope you will all enjoy.

Thanks again everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Years Lovelies!



Culture Vulture Express turns 3 today! ๐Ÿ™‚

The last three years have been absolutely amazing. There is so much said about blogging much in a snobby way that “everyone who has a blog is a writer” and all that jazz but I think blogging is great. It takes away that elite vibe that is sometimes associated with writing and opens up channels of communication for people to express themselves through what they love doing. What could be better than that?

Us bloggers write because it’s a need, a passion, a love. We can’t imagine not having somewhere to create pieces. It isn’t about the money, the fame, the prestige. It’s about something so much more than that. It’s an opportunity to create pieces like we did when we were kids, only this time someone might actually read them. So in a way everyone who has a blog is a writer because that’s the true essence of been a writer.

As always I would of course like to thank my readers for sticking with me and to all new readers you are very welcome to the blog. I hope you find something of interest here. I hope the blog continues to be as wonderful an experience as it has been so far and I’m sure it will be. I do a lot of writing but this blog is my baby because I set it up myself and that’s very rewarding. And there is so many amazing blogs around that it is wonderful to be one tiny drop in the blogging ocean. And I’m looking forward to continuing to be. ๐Ÿ™‚