The red carpet is being cleaned, the old Tuxedo pressed, and the glittering stage is being set for the major event of the year. Yes, it's nearly time for the 2010 Herbie Awards. Each year excited virtual crowds gather round the blog, breathless in anticipation to see which bit of canal bank we most liked to stop at, and anxious publicans thrill at the thought of their establishment being nominated for best pub or best pint. It all gets very emotional, the winners' tearful speeches and the brave smiles hiding the anguish of disappointment for the runners up, but I try to keep my head. If you have missed them in the past you can always look back at last December's postings to get a flavour of the event.
The first task is in many ways the hardest, deciding what the categories should be. Best pub is always a favourite, so we'll keep that in. Most scary moment is another good 'un. Best bits of waterway cruised and overnight stops are always a favourite. But, we need to inject some drama into the affair, a new category or two.