Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might have missed. All then new promotional series are doing well and you will find a link at the bottom of the post that gives you details of the ways you can promote your blog, books, art, photography and any other creative endeavour.
It was my husband’s birthday this week so I planned a surprise trip down memory lane. David moved from Wateford to Wexford when he was about 11 to Wexford and one of the beaches that they used to visit every summer was Curracloe Strand. Apart from enjoying this sandy beach that stretches seemingly for miles; it was a chance to take a look at what is locally known as Omaha Beach. This was the beach used in the incredible opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan.
Here is part of an article in The Journal with a link at the bottom to read the full piece.
IN THE SUMMER of 1997, a massive Hollywood film crew headed up by director Stephen Spielberg landed on a Wexford beach.
They were there to film what would become one of the best known World War II movies and for many Irish men, it is their claim to fame, as hundreds featured as extras in the epic D-Day scenes.
As with Braveheart a few years before, the young army reserves of the FCA were asked to take part. Their reputation as a reliable and well disciplined band of extras on Mel Gibson’s film was the reason Spielberg decided to film those iconic scenes in this country.
Colonel Pearse McCorley told us previously it was Gibson who recommended them, despite the fact he thought they were a bunch of smartasses.
For now Captain Peter Kelleher, who was then just 17 years old, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and he said he “jumped at the chance” to be involved in the scenes filmed on Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand.
On Wednesday Ireland was enjoying the backlash from the blizzards raging in the UK and it was very, very cold and windy.. However it was great to bring back memories of warmer days and visit the beach used in the film.
We did enjoy a great lunch in the Curracloe Hotel.. a plateful and a half to be honest and the best onion rings I have ever tasted. So if you are coming over to Ireland and planning a road trip down the south east coast perhaps you can add Curracloe to your plans.
Apart from that it has been a week of getting some writing projects re-started after the holidays and enjoying getting back into the swing of reading othe people’s posts and planning new promotions.
My thanks as always to William Price King for his continued presence here on the blog as both friend and contributor. This week too, a welcome to Paul Andruss who will be writing a post for Smorgasbord the first Friday of each month.. His first post is below.
And of course I am very grateful for your generosity as you leave comments, share across your own networks and keep me motivated.
Classical Music with William Price King
Find the previous classical posts in this directory. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/
Guest Writer – Paul Andruss
Delighted that Paul Andruss is joining the blog as a regular contributor on the first Friday of each month, and if you missed his two posts before Christmas you can find them in this directory in the menu. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/guest-writer-paul-andruss/
The myths and legends of Ionia.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves.
Smorgasbord Meet and Greet
This series if for writers, photographers, poets, artists, musicians who have never been promoted on the blog before. Have a look at this first post by Robbie Cheadle and then contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can talk about your promotion.
This week 30 outstanding bloggers and their posts featured every evening. My intention this year is to devote as much time to bloggers as to authors when promoting and whilst I go on a hunt everyday… please feel free to leave a link to your latest blog post in the comments to make sure that I don’t miss.. It gives me an opportunity to share across my networks and I will also inlcude in one of the Blogger Daily posts in the next few days.
This year’s weight reduction programme continues with posts on boosting willpower, the benefits of food diaries, the small elements of your diet that may be sabotaging your weight reduction and some alternative rewards that do not contain chocolate!
A-Z of Common Conditions.
Afternoon video – Equine Therapy
An extraordinary retreat where horses who have been born and trained to interact with humans, bring healing to the people that they come into contact with.
The lighter side of life.
Chapter Thirteen of my book.. The R’s of Life….Retail Therapy – The Real Cost.
Weekly Image and Haiku
Thank you very much for all your support this week and in particular for your generous sharing of the posts featuring bloggers and authors. It does make a huge difference.
Look forward to seeing you in the week and don’t forget there are a number of promotional opportunities to showcase your work. Thanks Sally