Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Devil abroad

Posted by Devil's Kitchen at 8/03/2008 07:20:00 am

The Standon Festival was most entertaining: I bumped into a lot of people who I've not seen since I left the Old Coll in '95, and the Souls played a great gig. In fact, the atmosphere was really rather nice. I then got back to London, took a large amount of various drugs—including one I've never tried before: not all it's cracked up to be, if you ask me—and then stayed up, 'round my brother's place, so that I could ensure that he left in time to catch his 10.30am flight to the US.

I got back to the Foremost Tower of Hell at about 8 in the morning and spent most of Saturday sleeping. On awakening early this morning, I had received a couple of congratulatory emails. What? Why? Oh...

That's right, the results of the 2008 Witanagemot Awards has been published, and The Kitchen has picked up one or two awards. So, here are the categories in which your humble Devil got a mention...
  • Best minor party blog (UKIP, nationalists, Green, BNP, etc.)
    Devil's Kitchen
    Wonko's World

  • Best right-wing blog
    Devil's Kitchen
    Iain Dale
    Guido Fawkes

  • Best English political blog
    Iain Dale
    Devil's Kitchen
    Little Man in a Toque

  • Best Human Rights / Civil Liberties Blog
    Devil's Kitchen
    Liberal Conspiracy

  • Best Foreign Affairs (including Iraq and Afghan wars)
    Harry's Place
    Devil's Kitchen

  • Best Libertarian Blog
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes
    Last Ditch

  • Best anti-EU blog
    EU Referendum
    Devil's Kitchen
    England Expects & Eurealist

  • Best discussion / Community (which blog generates the best comment threads)
    Political Betting
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes

  • Best multiple author / group blog
    Harry's Place
    Devil's Kitchen
    Spectator Coffee House

  • Most vindictive political blogger
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes
    Tim Ireland

  • Blogger most deserving of a book deal
    Mr Eugenides
    Dizzy Thinks
    Devil's Kitchen

  • Best Blog design
    Devil's Kitchen
    Dodgeblogium [which your humble Devil had a hand in]
    Iain Dale

  • Blogger you would most like to share a pint with
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes
    Linford / Worstall

  • Blogger you would most like to shag
    Bethan Jenkins
    Iain Dale / Devil's Kitchen

  • Blogger with the best sense of humour
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes
    Mr Eugenides

  • Blogger most likely to be suffering from Tourette's syndrome
    Devil's Kitchen
    Terry Kelly
    Old Holborn

  • Blogger most likely to have bi-polar disorder
    Devil's Kitchen
    Tim Ireland
    Nadine Dorries

  • The British Isles' best political blog
    Iain Dale
    Devil's Kitchen
    Guido Fawkes

  • Which is your favourite Witanagemot Club blog?
    Iain Dale
    Devil's Kitchen
    Wonko's World

Thanks to everyone who voted and thanks to all the readers and commentators at The Kitchen. Finally, a massive thank you—and congratulations—to the other contributors at The Kitchen.

UPDATE: some new blog aggregator,, has given your humble Devil a score of 8.5 out of 10. Whoop.

UPDATE 2: Iain Dale has posted a compare and contrast.
We were pipped to this most prestigious of awards by Trixy and Bethan Jenkins AM.

So I guess this mans Chris Mounsey and I can lay claim (titter) to the title of Most Shaggable Male Bloggers. It does make one wonder how partially sited the electorate were in this competition, doesn't it?

I'm the one who doesn't look like a young Peter Mandelson... Whoops! Sorry, a young John Kettley...

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Posted by Devil's Kitchen at 8/03/2008 07:20:00 am

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Blogger Longrider said...

UPDATE: some new blog aggregator,, has given your humble Devil a score of 8.5 out of 10. Whoop.

Didn't you get an email from them congratulating you and asking you to put a button on your sidebar?

8/03/2008 10:07:00 pm  

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