The 2014 1980’s Blog Awards Are Here! Wait. That’s not right

Irish Blog Awards 2014

The 1980s Blog Awards 2014 are here! Hang on, that still doesn’t sound…

Oh yes. It’s the Blog Awards Ireland 2014, and on Saturday night, it’s the 1980s!

This Supreme Do takes place this Saturday night, and the theme this year is the 1980s. In two day’s time, I will be dressed in what I thought was the HEIGHT of fashion when I was in national school, aroundabout 1985. I will be a terrifying vision of pastel hideousness, but seeing as I will be finally fulfilling a childhood fantasy of ideal womanhood, I can’t wait to look awful.

Love the SuitThe fact that I managed to find everything I needed for my chosen outfit either in my own wardrobe, or well-known shops just 10 feet from my office, says either something about me, something about fashion, or something about Dublin; but let’s make it all about me for today.

Because on Saturday night, there will be seriously stiff competition for all the awards, and unfortunately for me, particularly so in the 2 categories in which I’m nominated – Best Newcomer, and Best Humour Blog. Which is the reason I’m so happy to have got this far. This blog is but a fledgling, and still reeling from having got a few more hits than expected, let alone making the finals of this competition.

I am therefore content enough to make the solemn promise here that if I win, I will do penance for the privilege, by posting a photograph of me here in full rig-out. If I don’t win, I won’t. (Yes. I am mean and horrid.)

Timeless Overloading Of AccessoriesAnyhoo, on Saturday, I’m going to party like it’s 1999 (which makes no sense, because 1999 was not in the 80s, and neither am I); I’m going to Push It, for The Politics Of Dancing; and I’m going to Fight For my Right To Party… All Night Long (All Night).

And there is just a teeny chance I just might do the Wham! dance.
See you next week, after the glitter settles.

* Update: In a bizarre, unprecedented and in no way hyperbolic twist, this also appears to be my ceremonially questionable 100th post! Woo-hoo! Double celebrations and libations for me!

  33 comments for “The 2014 1980’s Blog Awards Are Here! Wait. That’s not right

  1. davidpenny13
    October 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Frankie says Relax. Enjoy it. And good luck.


    • October 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks David! I will try, even though I’m So Excited…


  2. Sally
    October 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Good luck, Tara. And ENJOY the evening. I am so looking forward to that photo 🙂


    • October 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Sally – and as this country as a whole was disappointed in the 1980s, I should be mentally prepared for it on Saturday 😉


  3. October 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Best of 🙂 xx


  4. October 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Go for it, Tara. Tara in a ra ra, ha!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Pure poetry, Elaine. And a powerful representation of the industrial meltdown of the early 1980s, in only six words. Masterful…


      • October 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        Poetry schmoetry. I don’t know what’s wrong with me today. I feel positively giddy. I feel like picketing your evening with a placard saying, ‘Sparling is our Darling’ or ‘We’ll give Notes for Votes!’ (Or possibly,going on past form in your case, IOUs) But then, that wouldn’t rhyme…wait…I’ll go and chew on a pencil…I’ll be back!


  5. Ali Isaac
    October 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Good luck Tara! have a fabulous time, then come back and tell us all about it… I’m dying to see a photo of you in your 80s get-up… don’t forget the panstick foundation and hair gel!


    • October 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Mmmmm…. BIIIIGG Haaaairrrrr…… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ali Isaac
        October 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        Yep, the bigger the better, and don’t forget to spray it with glitter… oh you’re going to look Gorge! to think we actually walked around like that… and thought we looked cool!!!


        • October 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

          God I remember desperately wanting braces for my trousers so that I could wear them down around my non-existent hips… and that’s the least of the fashion crimes…


          • Ali Isaac
            October 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

            😁 What an image!

            Liked by 1 person

  6. October 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    The Winner Takes It All, Tara. Keeping everything crossed and hoping that it’s you! 😉


    • October 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      I’m going to call myself a winner anyway, Book Nanny. I’m contrary like that.


      • Sally
        October 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Excellent. So we definitely get to see the photo?


        • October 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

          Oooh caught rotten! I think you’ll find in the small print that it has to be announced from a podium to count 🙂


  7. October 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    “Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
    Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more
    Ain’t got time to fix the shingles…”
    Sing it loud, Tara and swing that bottle of wine HIIGHHHH.
    BTW you write great blogs – I’ve voted 4u.


    • October 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      OOOOH, SHAKEY! There’s a welcome earworm I haven’t had in a while! Thank you double, Tom, for that, and your kind words, which are bound to fuel inebriation and tales of embarrassment!


  8. October 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    The 80s was a favorite era of mine (did the big hair, the band, the belts, the whole thing) so I’m delighted for you, not only that you’ve been nominated, but that you get to deck out in said sartorial wonder. Good luck. You ARE very funny so it’s well deserved!


    • October 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks, so much, Lorraine! Your version of the 80s sounds an awful lot cooler than what I’ll be donning Saturday night. But that’s because I have learned in my life that when it comes to dressing badly, I am a veritable queen of bad taste.


  9. October 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Sadly, I spent a lot of the 80s in the pub. I look forward to seeing you on the night and then in the photo.


    • October 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

      In the pub? But weren’t you on the streets, queueing for a job in Abrakebabra, as those of us waiting to emigrate in the ’90s were told at length? Good God, Conor, I’m going to have to rethink my entire philosophy now.

      I too am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night. But I see what you did there. And I won’t be fooled into optimism, no Siree.


  10. johanna buchanan
    October 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Good luck with the eighties vibe – Careless Whisper is what’s coming to me! Hope it’s a brill night


    • October 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Johanna! Just starting to raise the hair now 🙂


  11. October 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I do so hope you win… so we get the photo!

    Liked by 1 person

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