The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

How To Win An Award …
April 20, 2016, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude


We all pretend we don’t care about them, but if we enter them, we want to win.

Sometimes you realise you’ve been well beaten and the person who receives the accolades, genuinely deserves the accolades.

But that’s pretty rare.

Most of the time, you put on a fake smile and clap as someone saunters past you to get to the stage before you lean over to your colleagues and whisper – through gritted teeth – that you can’t believe those wankers have won and judges have just made a mockery of the whole competition.

Mind you, when you win, you’re just as duplicitous.

When you go to pick up your $2 trophy, you try and look humble while inside you want to run around screaming you’re the best before pointing at all the people who just lost to you and laughing loudly while trying to smack them around the head with your ‘prize’.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Which is why I like this video of someone picking up an award.

For those who aren’t British – or aren’t over the age of 40 – the winner is a guy called Spike Milligan.

He was a comedic genius. Seriously. He was also fearless and provocative.

While this video is from over 20 years ago, it is great advice on how to receive a reward – and judging by the audiences reaction – it seems they found the honesty of the recipient liberating and refreshing.

Shame I won’t have the chance to try it for myself, unless there is a ‘saddest man who loves Birkenstocks’ competition anyone knows about.

24 Comments so far
Leave a comment

fucking legend.

Comment by andy@cynic

spike not wossy though i have a soft spot for the lispy fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

Me as well. Lots of familiar television stars from my youth in England. The greatest blast from the past however was the small square that enters the top right hand of the screen towards the end of Spike’s speech. I remember that was a warning to the other regional channels the ad break would start in 1 minute.

Comment by George

You didn’t get out much as a kid did you George.

Comment by DH

I remember that square too. I also remember how smug I felt when I worked out what it was for. I remember it well … it was only last week.

Boom Tish.

Comment by Rob

and when the fuck did you start using words like duplicitous. wanker.

Comment by andy@cynic

Yes … I don’t know where that came from. I must have been talking to George or Lee moments before I wrote this post.

Comment by Rob

Definitely George.

Comment by DH

That’s the worst awards set ever made. You brits need us to save your ass again.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I concede that the set resembles a cross between a stately home and a brothel (hosting a freemasons gathering) but it was over 20 years ago.

Comment by George

Are you outing yourself as a freemason?

Comment by john

And a brothel connoisseur.

Comment by Bazza

I walked in to that didn’t I.
No, I am not a member of any organization that practices strange handshakes or has an abundance of red lights.

Comment by Geoege

Of course you’re not George. Definitely not.

Comment by DH

I’ve been to your apartment Billy. You have absolutely no right to criticise 1990’s British set design.

Comment by Rob

Clearly very effective at making people laugh which clearly accounts for why he hadn’t won any awards or been employed by TV companies for years. I wonder what agencies could learn from this?

Comment by john

Tell him to be bland and he’ll be employed in an agency for life?

Comment by Bazza

He might be fearless and provocative but he uses his hankerchief to wipe his eyes and blow his nose.

Comment by Bazza


Comment by Lee Hill

A post about an event that took place 20 years ago? I can tell you’re making an effort to make this blog more topical Rob. ; )

Comment by Pete

When did you become John Dodds?

Comment by Rob

He always had a hint of the Dodds about him. Even before I knew Dodds.

Comment by DH

[…] via How To Win An Award … — The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!] […]

Pingback by How To Win An Award … — The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!] – muddled musings of a mangled mind

Reblogged this on liverpoolgirlblog.

Comment by liverpoolgirl4711

Leave a Reply