Richard E Grant dropped the F-bomb. Air kisses were executed with a level of skill normally reserved for Olympic sports. And I finally got to meet Bois De Jasmin's charming Victoria Frolova, whose iris scent enveloped her petite frame with the same elegance she displays in her writing. In other words, this morning's Jasmine Awards ceremony was an event to remember... not least because I was fortunate enough to win, much to my amazement.
Even though I'm thrilled to have picked up another trophy, I do genuinely believe - and I hope Victoria and my other fellow nominee, Nick Gilbert, don't think it presumptuous of me to say this - that no matter which one of us had been selected, the real achievement had already been reached at the shortlisting stage. No so-called 'mainstream', establishment authors had been shortlisted in the Best Digital Feature category, and if that doesn't send a message about who's doing the best online perfume writing, I don't know what does. Thank goodness for the blogosphere!
I'd like to thank the Jasmine judges for the tremendous honour, Basenotes for continuing to publish my work, and all of you, for your support, encouragement and endless optimism. To see the full list of results, please click on this link. To read the winning article, please click here. And for a glimpse of the beautiful bouquet with which I was presented, please see below.