Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Hamster has chosen...

...the winner of my giveaway! To start with he wasn't sure if he wanted to help, but when I suggested that The Stick Insect might be willing instead he had a sudden change of heart and agreed to help me pick a winner. (The sad truth is that The Stick Insect died a few days ago, but The Hamster doesn't know that...)

So, there were 23 entries. I arranged 23 videos in an upright position in a large circle on the floor. (Yes, we still own videos. We rarely watch them, but can't quite bring ourselves to get rid of some of our old favourites.) The Hamster, inside his ball, began in the middle of the circle. I gave him the challenge of seeing how many videos he could knock down in 2 minutes.


For the first 30 seconds or so the answer looked like it was going to be 'none'. (I guess in that case I'd have kept the prize!!) The Hamster trundled around, snuffling interestedly at some of the videos, especially the Doctor Who episodes and The Doctor's Southampton Football Club collection. (I thought The Hamster would have better taste in football teams. *sigh*...)

But then he went for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, followed by both Southampton vids in quick succession (perhaps he was just sizing them up?) and a music video by The Mission. Then just as the last seconds ticked away and I lifted the camera for the 'after' shot, he took out Johnny English and Les Miserables, too.


So in 2 minutes, The Hamster knocked down 6 videos. The 6th entry to the giveaway came from Rachel, who shared the lovely quotation
"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart "(by Elizabeth Foley)
Congratulations Rachel! I'll put together a little goodie bag for you and I hope you have lots of fun with it :-)

And thanks so much to everyone who suggested quotations for me! I shall spend this evening writing them on cards to go inside my tin, ready to send off to my friend for her birthday on Thursday (Happy Birthday C! x)

21 comments:

mise said...

We at random.org would like to headhunt your hamster for a lucrative consultancy role. What sort of salary would he be looking for?

humel said...

Dear random.org c/o Mise, The Hamster is generally happy to be paid peanuts (with a few sunflower seeds thrown in now and then.)

Jane said...

Hahaha thats hilarious!! Congrats to your winner... Hhhmm maybe I should consider checking out Petsmart for hamster bribes.... ;)

Rachel said...

Yeah! I think your hamster is brilliant. Thank you xx

Deb said...

OMG, Mel, that is too cute! LOL.

Congrats, Rachel!

Scrappi Sandi said...

This is just too lovely!! Do you think the Hamster knows he's now a celebrity? Maybe you should check out 'Pets At Home' for some cool Hamster shades...we wouldn't want him to be mobbed now would we?!!!

Anonymous said...

A word of warning for random.org. Although the hamster might work for peanuts, his agent (aka Mel) will probably expect a hefty introduction fee. Don't fall into her innocent looking trap!

The Mother

Rhona said...

Well I can see the hamster will now be in great demand, he might have to up his fee a bit! Love how you got your winner ;o)
Congrats Rachel!!

furrypig said...

congrats Rachel xxx loving the hamster action!

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like The Mother may know you too well!!!!

Cheryl said...

oh Mel you and your Hamster are stars now, well done Rachel enjoy your prize, ps, always said that hamster had taste I mean DR WHO who else lol xx

Amy said...

I hope the RSPCA isn't watching .... actually, perhaps Rinda could check that his conditions are all above board??? ;-)
Congratulations to Rachel!

sharyncarlson said...

So funny! What a clever way to select a winner; I had to show my husband this post!

Sian said...

Brilliant! It really gave me a smile this morning :) And congrats to Rachel. A lovely quote indeed.

Liberty :) said...

haha what a great way of choosing!!

Lizzie said...

Well done to Rachel on winning the giveaway.
And Well done to The Hamster for choosing the winner so carefully!

That was just so funny, Mel! I've been in stitches. I see Horsey of High in the Sky has a rival in the Giveaway Prize Picker stakes.

SarahLP said...

too funny!!! an ingenious selection process! :D

debs14 said...

If the machines for the National Lottery ever break down and they need an alternative way of choosing the lucky numbers, I hope they have Hamster on speed dial to take over!

Clair said...

For some reason this reminds me of Gladiators. Hmm. Fantastic way to choose winners though!

Dawn said...

Aww bless his furry cotton sox!!
Well he certainly got on a roll!!

Dawn

The Scrappy Tree said...

Laughed out loud at this post!!