Sometimes I’d like to pretend just for a moment that there was some faceless administrator running this website rather than me. Then I could post some third person news story about being nominated for an award and then quote myself giving an endearingly surprised statement about what an unexpected honour it is (and it is both unexpected and an honour).

But everyone knows it’s me because this is clearly a wordpress do-it-yourself site and any suggestions to the contrary would be preposterous. And besides, I’m supposed to be DIY anyway.

I have never been overly fond of awards ceremonies as a phenomenon or the associated back-patting that goes with them but I am pretty thrilled to be part of this one. Why have I suddenly changed my tune? Why am I getting my suit dry cleaned? Why am I polishing up my wedding shoes? Is it just a simple case of hypocrisy?