A brief item from me today, just to let you know that my scribblings have been recognised by this year's Jasmine Award judges. Three of my articles have been shortlisted for the 'Bloggers Award': Kicking Up A Stink (my definitive guide to the best oud perfumes), my review of Jacques Fath's Iris Gris and, last but not least, Guardians Of The Past, a piece I wrote for Basenotes about my visit to the Osmothèque, which, appropriately enough, is where I first encountered Iris Gris. Click on the links if you'd like to read the pieces. I'd like to express warm thanks to the judges and heartfelt congratulations to the other shortlisted writers, across all of the other categories. It's gratifying to be in the company of some excellent wordsmiths. The winners will be announced on 18th March. I expect the full list of nominees will be published on the Jasmine website in due course.