Saturday, 29 May 2010

The Hopenfogels

My lil ol' blog is two years old today, and to celebrate, I have decided to create an award.

Every year on the 29th of May, we here at the Land of Meg will announce the winner of The Hopenfogel award. Hopenfogel means Hoopoe bird in German.

Hoopoes were considered sacred in Ancient Egypt, and symbols of virtue in Persia, but I have chosen them as the namesake for my annual award because Hopenfogel was my great grandmother Edith's maiden name, and it brings to mind all the impressive women in her lineage.

There are no criteria for the award. Some years there may be more than one winner, some years there may nominations in several categories, some years I may forget all together, but for this year's award, there is a single winner.

And it is Norrie.

From The Age, March 10, 2010:
This Mardi Gras, Norrie received a gift that no other androgynous person in NSW has had before.

The night before the parade, the postman brought a certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages that contained neither the dreaded ''M'' nor its equally despised cousin, ''F''.

Instead, it said ''sex not specified'', making the 48-year-old Sydneysider, who identifies as neuter and uses only a first name, the first in the state to be neither man nor woman in the eyes of the NSW government.
(Norrie has since had zie non-specified gender status withdrawn by the government who said that it is not permitted in law to state anything other than male or female on legal documents.)

But to us you are a winner. Congratulations Norrie! This inaugural Hopenfogel belongs to you.


Shirley Dockerill said...

oh those hoopee birds are quite beautiful. they seem to migrate through our garden (we're in Bahrain), so we only see them for about a week each year. but stunning and because the visits are so short, quite a treat. And what a sound they make; i'm presuming that's why they're called hoo-pee? a very good name for an award :-)

Jill Davis Doughtie said...

Happy blog birthday!

farmdoc said...

Yep - from me too. Happy, happy birthday, LOM. xxx

spender said...

hi meg.
I just dropped over for some inspiration.
I decided to get back on the blog horse, which jumped the fence a while back and joined the mustangs up in them hills.
thanks again for your wit and clarity.


yours in blogship


Cath @ chunkychooky said...

A win for equality and basic human right! three cheers for Norrie! and three cheers for you happy blog birthday! x