July 24, 2009





Two of the statements below are FALSE! One is absolutely TRUE! The question, then, is which? The correct one drawn (see below!) will get the greatly coveted LOLA AWARD! After all, everyone gets an Oscar these days. But who do you know has a LOLA? You’ll be the envy of all your friends, neighbours, blogpals!! Here, then, are the three statements:

1. When she lived in LA, Nora met and chatted with Paul Newman who told her he preferred eating incognito in small, unassuming restaurants to avoid the paparazzi and hangers-on waiting outside to pounce...

2. Nora is related, albeit very distantly, to London Mayor, Boris Johnson (below). Both are fair-haired and prone to waffling and bumbling ineptitude. Both studied Latin! But while Boris’ side of the family has Turkish forebears, Nora’s is totally British born and bred. Here's Boris:

Oops! Grrh!! Wrong pic again, Nora !! Grrh...Grrh...!!! True both gents have fair hair and first names beginning with "B" but that's probably where most similarity ends, don't you agree?!! Anyway, here's our one and only Boris:

3. Early in her career as a would-be writer, Nora did a trainee stint at one of the UK’s tabloid newspapers. It was there she developed the habit of alliterative allusion (“sliding down the slippery slope of sloppiness... beacon of beauty in a desert of deficient desolation”); bombastic hyperbole (“Stop Press! Your Lola Lifeline!”) and over-use of exclamation marks!!!!


Remember, only ONE of the above statements is TRUE! It’s up to YOU to decide which!

To ensure the judging is as fair and impartial as the recent Iranian elections (No! Seriously! Just joking!), I have asked P (who’s extremely independently minded) to conduct the task: the winner will be randomly drawn from all the correct answers after the DEADLINE OF MIDNIGHT (BST), JULY 31. (Can’t entrust Nora with such an important task - too useless for words!) And I will announce the winner ASAP after the final deadline!

1.You are a follower of The Lola (oops!) Johnson Diaries! Already one? Thank you! If not, just be sure to click on the followers link (right) before entering!
2. Leave your answer in the comment box below.
3. Accept the LOLA AWARD
, post it on your blog together with my name and blog link.
4. Pass on the Lola Award plus mini meme.

And remember, this may be a Once-In-A-Lifetime-Offer! So hurry! Enter now!

Buche de Noel, Fauchon

And now, after all this Christmas excitement, I’m going to creep back to my basket for my beauty sleep (yawn), but do help yourselves, my dear readers, to some pistachio bûche de Noël (above) and egg nog (below) on your way out! Oh, and do please close the door firmly as you leave... don’t want to be woken up by the merry clinking of all those glasses (snore)!!!

And a huge thank you to our divine hostess, my dear friend, Maggi, at Just Add Glitter and Stir for hosting this great event!



Tracey said...

Merriest of Holiday Lola!! I think Nora actually met Paul Newman and chatted with him..just a guess. The eggnog was great and love the cake! Have a wonderful sleep and talk to you soon!!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Happy Christmas in July my dear.

I'm with Tracey I think you chatted with blue eyes Paul Newman. What a honey.

Loving the food, mmmm see you soon.xxx

Anonymous said...

Joyeux juillet! (Sounds way better than "Merry July", I think.)

I am also voting for #1 as the truth and #2 and #3 as lies, lies, lies.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Hi there, They are back now, I had them out for over a day last week
:( xxx

Hope you had a bit of a snooze.

JamaGenie said...

Although I never met Paul Newman, I knew many people who did - at an out-of-the-way bar in the Midwest that he frequented during racing season. The place was most definitely under paparazzi radar. (Other celebrities liked it for the same reason.) PN insisted on being treated like a nobody, and he was. So I say #1 is true.

The eggnog was heavenly! Merry Christmas!

Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

Happy Holidays! I think #1 (Paul Newman) is true....Have a wonderful weekend! Take care, Caroline

Nora Johnson said...

Happy Holidays to all my lovely readers! However, unfortunately there seems to be a problem with ALL our sidebar followers links! They seem to be MISSING!! Check yours!! Maybe Mr Blogger’s stolen them!! He’s already caused enough problems with site blocks...

Looking forward to seeing you all at your place for more Xmas in July Blog Party fun!


P.S. In case of any unintended ambiguity, the post above should have read “The correct answer DRAWN will receive the Lola Award”, not “the FIRST correct answer...” I have amended this to give all my dear, esteemed readers equal opportunity to enter given all the unequal time zones!! Good luck!! xx

Jocelyn said...

Merry Christmas......Love your blog and have so enjoyed spending some time with you!!!! :)

French Fancy said...

I reckon you worked for a uk tabloid paper - mind you they all could be likely - you little bichon-loving tease, you.

I won't pass on the tag because I don't do that any more but I might just pinch the meme - if that's ok

BananaStamper said...

UMMMM, those refreshments were delish! happy Holidays!


Kara said...

I'm going with Paul Newman as the truth.

Merry Christmas in July!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Hope you got some rest, thanks for the fun party! Give Lola a Christmas kiss for me.

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Merry Christmas in July Sweet Nora and Lola!

I'm hoping and praying that you got to chat a bit with Paul Newman and stare into the most beautiful blue eyes God ever gave to a man!


laterg8r said...

i say chatting with paul is the truth! merry christmas in july!

Anonymous said...

Great post, I'm sure it's chatting with paul :)

That's Who I Am said...

I think you chatted with Paul:) Have a Merry Christmas in July!!

Maggi said...


I came in from the warm and sun,
To find that Christmas has begun!

Oh Lola, you do know how to party! I'm going to say that the second fact is the true one?! Thank you for the refreshments, you are a lovely hostess!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Rest of Your Year!

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas in July Nora and Lola!! Hmmm..I am going to guess Nora chatted with Paul Newman. I have no clue but that just stood out at me. :)

I'll take some of that eggnog in the beautiful glass, if you don't mind. :)


Hugs and kisses to you both!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas in July! Just stopping by from Maggi's. :)

<3 Gina

jordiegirl said...

Happy Christmas In July.

I'm going with the majority, number 1 is true, Lola met Paul Newman.

Anonymous said...

well my goodness spill it! did you see paul newman and chat him up once? Oh my goodness. I would have become a moronic swoonish girlie girl. But somehow i think nora handled it well.....

merry eggnog! xoxoxoxox Rhodna roo

MissMatilda said...

I've asked the bichons fuzzies and they say you are related to Boris :-)

But what do they knoe, they don't half tell some lies...

Much love xxx

PS: Happy July Yule

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling, hope you are having a great weekend. I am sitting at home suffering from a nasty migraine!! Darling, I have had the follower problem for over a week now. Hope they fix it soon, if not what will all those handsome guys do that want to follow us, better yet what will we do?
Duchess xx

HiHo said...

too much party for me, a long day at work has me overwhelmed with this party....late too, sorry. I have been having follower problems too. I will be sure to double back.
the pistaschio log looks amazing and PINK!I'm guessing Paul.Where did that mistletoe go...LOL. Heidi

Molly said...

Merry Christmas in July! I did enjoy your photo of the phony Boris. :)

Those last cups of eggnog look divine!

Danielle said...

Merry Christmas!! It is far too late for me to guess, I think it may be 2. I have been leaving comments all day and my eyes are blurry!!!

Hayley G said...

I'm going to go for Truth #1.

Merry Christmas in July to you! Love your sense of humour and will be back for sure!!! Thank god for follower buttons!

Nora Johnson said...

Phew! What a day, what a party! But I believe (though I admit I'm still a bit blurry-eyed!) I visited all on Maggi's party list.

Thanks so much everyone for taking part in the giveaway - hope you enjoyed the fun & treats - and be sure to check back here next SATURDAY to find out if you've won the draw & are the lucky WINNER!

xxx LOLA:)

Jessica Cangiano said...

Lola darrrrrrling, no one's paw print covered posts make me smile quite like yours do! I must say, I read them each over three times and cannot tell which yarns are lies and which one is the truth.

If I had to pick just one that's true, I feel inclined to say the first one, that Mr. Newman favoured eating at small haunts to avoid the press (though given that his picture is plastered all over salad dressing bottles the world over, I'd imagine it would have been tricky to go unrecognized for very long!). Whichever is the true one, know that I got a total kick out of reading them all! :)

Scores of hugs to you both!!!
♥ Jessica

My Big Mouth said...

What a cute blog post!
Good luck to the winners
Merry Christmas!

Holly Loves Art said...

What a fun party. Lola is the best hostess! I saw Paul Newman at the Golden Globes in 98' but did not talk to him. I am pretty sure that you met and talked to him. He seemed like a nice fellow.

Merry Christmas from Holly and Albie!

PS - I never thought Boris looked better than in that first photo!

ModernMom said...

I'm voting number 3!! The tabloid writer:)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I vote for number 3 also! Hope u had a fabulous weekend and managed to get your beauty sleep (not that u need to get any more gorgeous daaaahling-- poor tara, you probably make her so jealous as it is)!

Scrappy Girl said...

I think it was the first one! Happy CIJ!

Shopaholic said...

happy christmas in july!!!

i would love to think it is the meeting paul newman one, but I'm going for distant relative of Boris Johnson.

They are all random, but this one is just too random for words!!!

Good luck me! x

Duchess of Tea said...

Dearest Nora, I do indeed, that is taking my crown off!! As for the migraine, it is much better, so nice of you to remember and inquire about, much appreciated, you are kind. Nora darling do you still have the problem with the follower widget? Mine simply disappeared after I posted a complaint with Google help!! This is the second problem of mine that corrects itself after I leave a rather long and nasty complaint on the help section of Google, worth a try if you are still experiencing it. No sexy hunks have realized it yet, what a shame!!

Duchess xx

trishiekoh said...

My guess is # 3!!!

Nora Johnson said...

Thanks so much everyone for your great comments! I've left a message on all your blogs.

And be sure to stop by here again THIS SATURDAY to check if you're the WINNER!! LOLAxx

Dustjacket Attic said...

Just dropped by to say hello, hope you are sorting out your computor prob's. Thanks for always dropping by and commenting too, really appreciate it. Love Lola's friends pictures on the sidebar. Tara and Alfie crack me up.

Have a great day,

Heavenly Housewife said...

Dearest Lola,
How are you daaahling. No, I dont sleep in my tiara either, a girl has to take of her encumbrances before she goes to bed-besides my head probably gets so swolen with smugness that it gets a bit tight lol. Being fabulous in my sleep is just too much, you know?
Please keep an eye on Nora, I think you may be right about the book. Its a good thing she is a live in. Ah, if life doesnt come with enough problems, now we got to keep close tabs on the help too.
Funny thing happened yesterday. I was in liberty and co. department store and saw something which reminded me of you. I will be posting it soon.
have a lovely day daaaahling

Beth said...

Haha good choice of photo of Brad! :)
And I think that the last non eis ture and the other ones are false...
Not sure though!
Beth xx

daylily777 said...

I think #1 is true.I'm still visiting parties and you are invited to visit mine . Merry Christmas in July!

Duchess of Tea said...

Nora darling thanks so much for visiting me today and sorry I wasn’t here yesterday when you dropped by for tea. How is my favorite Damette doing this fine day? Darling, it is always so nice to hear from you and to read your kind kind words, you are a good friend.

Huge Hugs
Duchess xx

Heavenly Housewife said...

I just noticed that adorable picture of Lola taking a siesta on the sidebar. :D How sweet!
Getting ready to turn in myself. Goodnight sleeping beauty.
*kisses* HH

Michelle said...

Hi Lola and Nora...

Thank you for your well wishes about my migraines. I am feeling much better but still afraid to go outside in that scorching heat! :)



Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Finally! I've had a blogger bug and finally I can open your blog.!! Just popping over to say hello! Hope all is well.


Laila Of Course! said...

Oh, I just wanted to let you know that I'm having my very very first giveaway, and would love for you to enter. :) And please do pop by & leave a comment.


JennyMac said...

Happy Christmas in July. Gorgeous pic of Paul.

david mcmahon said...

Someone I used to work with (a fair bit older than I am) actually had the front page with that headline!

Anonymous said...

fun competition

BINKSY said...

thank you for your kind comment on my blog...i love your little dog she is so sweet...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment ..yes he was Sir Charles Chaplin...well deserved too....

Marie Antionette said...

Testing,I'm having difficaulties,Like spelling difficaulties.Let me see if this goes though.Marie

Marie Antionette said...

Ok,my first post did not go though,so delete the last one if this goes.I choose # 1 as being the correct answer.And I also thanked you for stopping by and latting me know about the contest and comments you left about the dolls I inherited.Thanks Hon.Hugs Marie Antionette

Henrietta Bird said...

Morning Lola

Poo and wee I must apologise for being too late for the competition on account of being traumatised by low cost travel for the past weeks.

However, just wanted to call in to say I love your site and the pictures especially Tara the It Girl who looks more furious than any other dog I have ever seen and makes me LOL every time I look at the picture. I mean that in a good way.

For the record, I don't think you could have met Paul Newman as surely he would have married you Miss Lola and we would have seen The Lovely Event in OK?

I think Boris is trying to have your hair but this isn't enough to claim blood relations so I'm going with the tabloid one.

I can hear Nurse calling. Let's hope it doesn't mean a bedbath.


Clarity said...

Hello Dolly,

Thank you for stopping by my wonderland, I am tempted by all scenarios but I think it has to be Paul N. as the truth, that's it, 1 is true.