Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Leyton, Hollywood, #Trysts, Llandeilo and DNA

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the last Blogger Daily of the week and Monday’s will be the last until I return from my week away with my sisters.  So please help me out and leave the link to your latest post so that I can share…kicking off today’s episode is Jessica Norrie.

Jessica Norrie

Jessica Norrie had some technical issues with printers and cars this week that necessitated some free time spent in Leyton High Road.. a very multi-cultural part of London that demonstrates retail integration.

I lost two hours to a petulant printer which greeted the joyous news of my novel’s complete first draft grudgingly. It ground out crumpled disordered sheets and required intense therapy every ten pages. A charming (no, really: I asked for and value her knowledge) Gujarati speaking friend then pointed out everything that was wrong with the chapters featuring my Hindu family. Ten percent of the 300 hard won pages is effectively waste paper.”See?” crowed the printer.”I told you you should have waited.”

See some great photos of Leyton High Road and read the rest of the post:

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

A little detour from Leyton High Road to Hollywood as the fanfare and glitter that is the Oscars is nearly upon us.  I love to watch the awards.. but prefer to fast forward when I do get to see them passed the stuttering and the tears.. and the hurry up music.  But I do love to see the films I have enjoyed receiving their accolades.  Here is a guide to some of the main categories that might interest you if like me you love the movies.

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The Academy Awards, I don’t believe I’m typing this, are next weekend, if you can believe it, so I thought I’d take a minute and isolate the hardest categories to predict. The BAFTA’s were last weekend, and the results there have caused a couple of shake-ups in some categories. So here’s a rundown of what I think the hardest categories to predict are.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

This is a mano y mano between Casey Affleck, who swept the board until late January when competitor Denzel Washington won the SAG Award, which has correctly predicted Best Actor at the Oscars since 2003. One other thing to consider, Manchester by the Sea seems like a film that reached its high point in popularity when nominations were announced. Since then, Fences seems to be the more popular film between the two, and with Viola Davis guaranteed a win for her work in the film, it feels like you can’t award one performance with award the other, yet Casey won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, which has gotten 8 out of the last 10 Best Actors correct at the Oscars. Man, this one will come down to the wire, but I’m sticking with Denzel until I see some more evidence that Casey’s coming back out front.

Read about the other categories:

poetic-ritualsNow a response to one of Sue Vincent’s #WritePhoto.. This time by Poet Ritu Bhathal with #Tryst – Wartime and a young couple whose paths cross in a village….

Meet me!”

She looked at him, his eyes pleading with her as well as his words.

“Please, Rebecca, meet me tonight.”

It was Jake’s last night here before he left to join the rest of the local young men, joining up to fight for King and country.

For the last few months, their growing attraction to one another had been hard to control. She had fallen for his chocolate brown eyes, ever since she popped into Farmer Smith’s farm shop for her aunt to pick up any eggs he had available.

Even though she was not a child, her parents had sent her to the village where her aunt lived, as a precautionary measure, alongside her younger siblings.

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The Llandeilo Lit Fest organised by author Christoph Fischer begins on April 27th through to Sunday 30th April.. There is a packed calendar of literary events that I have included a link to.. Even if you do not live locally there is some stunning scenery in the area and some great places to stay.

The festival is a four day programme of literary events running from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April. During the festival readings, discussions, workshops and literary talks will take place across Llandeilo including at the Cawdor Hotel, Horeb Chapel, Eve’s Toy Shop, the Fountain Fine Art Gallery, the Civic Hall and the Angel Inn. A book hunt will also take place in the town. There are children’s competitions to enter and the Lit Fest will be hosting a two day book fair in the Civic Hall.

Festival in chronological order:

Thursday April 27th, 2pm at Llandeilo Library
William Williams Pantycelyn
Yr Athro Densil Morgan ac Elinor Jones yn trafod bywyd, gwaith a dylanwad William Williams Pantycelyn yn nodi 300 mlwyddiant yr emynydd a’r bardd o Lanfair ar y Bryn.
Prof. Densil Morgan and Elinor Jones explore the work and life of the world’s most prolific hymn writer and Llandovery’s most famous son, in the year of his 300th anniversary.

Tursday April 27th 7pm at the Angel Inn
Is romance dead? Bringing depth to romance novels – a discussion with Kate Glanville and Brenda Squires

Read the rest of the packed calendar:


Now for a very useful post by Noelle Granger on DNA.. fascinating stuff.. having traced my (maternal) mitochondrial DNA back 20,000 years, I gave my husband the gift of the ‘Y’ chromosome DNA test for his recent birthday..Looks like he walked more than a few thousand miles to get to me. Anyway Noelle has laid it all out for us.. do read you will find very interesting especially if you are an author and need to include in your stories.

It seems like you can’t read a newspaper or online news about anything related to medicine (not to mention some novels) without running into terms such as DNA, RNA and protein, all sorts. I thought maybe I could provide a primer, in bite-sized bits, which you could use to follow along. The information I will begin with DNA.

DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, the material that makes up our genes, and it is composed of nucleotides. Each nucleotide contains a phosphate group (phosphorus and oxygen), a sugar group and a nitrogen base. The four types of nitrogen bases are adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). They pair up with each other to make a single strand of nucleotides into double stranded DNA: cytosine with guanine, adenine with thymine.

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Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave the link to your most recent post in the comments.. thanks Sally


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