Friday, February 15, 2008

2008 iGene Awards - Academy of Genealogy and Family History - Carnival of Genealogy

It’s that time of year – well, yes, it is the first time - for The Best of The Best!

Academy awards time... time for the Academy of Genealogy and Family History aka AGFH (an esteemed organization that all genea-historian bloggers who participate in this edition of the COG will become founding members of) to honour the best blog posts of 2007 in 5 categories.

All my own awards this year go to posts in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.

Rereading these made me feel a little sad at first, but I soon found myself smiling, then grinning, then laughing out loud.

A heartfelt 'thank you' goes to the Carnival of Genealogy for sponsoring the Advent Calendar and, of course, this Award Ceremony.

And now, for the winners,

Best Picture – The winner for Best Picture is “Dave and Diane, ‘A Childhood Memory Photograph’, Xmas 1954, Woodwards Wonderful Toyland, Vancouver, B.C., Canada”. Posted 23 December, 2007 in ‘Christmas Eve’.

Doesn’t this photograph make you feel the thrill of anticipating a childhood Christmas? It’s not only that candy my brother and I are clutching that’s making us look so animated (although we were probably ‘hyper’, as we’d say now).

In accepting this award, I'd like to thank Gwynne, the photographer, wherever you are. I couldn't have achieved this without your help.

Best Screen Play – For Best Screen Play, the winner is ‘Christmas Gifts’, posted 18 December, 2007.

This film is guaranteed to be a smash hit. It’s all about giving, opening and enjoying presents, after all, and will make a great CBC 'short' (CBC - that's the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). I'm sure the Telefilm Canada funding will come through any day now. After all, Vancouver is Canada's biggest 'movie city'.

As for who will play Diane and Dave, any smart, really cute child actors will do. And, I still have many of the props!

The real problem will be to find a cat as sleek and as street (and Christmas tree) smart as Twink!

Best Documentary – For best documentary, the winner is ‘Holiday Foods’, posted 13 December, 2007.

This short piece preserves many long ago Rogers family traditions – flaming (or sputtering) Christmas pudding, for example, as well as some traditions best forgotten – pickled walnuts, yuck!

(Please do notice the pun. I don’t do that often, only for these very special occasions.)

Honourable Mention in this category is ‘Christmas Cookies’, posted 16 December, 2007.

This piece recognizes my Nana Burton’s contribution to our family, not only her cookies. When I am gone, the Rogers memory of her will be gone too.

Best Biography - Alas, no nominations were received for this category this year.

Best Comedy – For Best Comedy in 2007, the obvious choice is – fanfare - dah, dum, dah, dum, dah, dah, etc. – ‘Christmas Eve’, posted 23 December 2007.

My poor dad’s Christmas Eve predicaments now make us all chuckle.

That's it for 2007!

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