Smorgasbord Round Up – Dame Shirley Bassey, Easter Treats, Music Memories

Welcome to the round up and a Happy Easter Sunday. Easter for me holds a special significance as my father died on Good Friday 21 years ago. Although the date moves every year it is Good Friday when I think of him although not in religious terms as he was not a man who went to church. He had a very strict religious childhood but I believe he saw too much during the war to sustain his faith. For some people experiences that bring you close to death will turn towards God for others it can erode their beliefs.

He might have been a tad old fashioned as far as this wild child of the 1960s was concerned, but he was honest, fair, hard-working, took care of his family, tried to keep us on the straight and narrow (tough one that), told slightly smutty jokes and loved Morecombe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Shirley Bassey, steamed treacle puddings, experimenting in the kitchen.

It is hard to believe that he has been gone 21 years and would now be 101. Of course it is not only at Easter that I think of him. He was a pudding man and everytime we are out for a meal and have a particularly good dessert I will think to myself ‘Eric would have liked this one.’  I hope that wherever he is that they serve good puds.

Anyway enough of the reminisces – time to get on with this week’s posts and as always my thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. My blog is a collaborative effort and liking, sharing and commenting is a huge part of that. Thank you.

William Price King Meets Dame Shirley Bassey

The start of the new series and this time a powerhouse of a voice and a woman who significant challenges to overcome to become the worldwide star she is today. Dame Shirley Bassey has elegantly wowed generations of fans and in this first post William Price King explores her early years.

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir set in Waterford Ireland from the 1930s through to the 1940s.

Guest Post Robbie Cheadle – recipe for Lemon Flavoured Cake and Homemade Lemon Curd.

Short Stories for Easter.

A story from Geoff Cronin’s second book The Black Bitch and Other Stories which I will be serialising after The Colour of Life.

And one from me…

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

My first guest this week for the book reading was Paul Andruss our very own Writer in Residence.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

And the second guest for yesterday’s post was the lovely D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) non-fiction and memoir author.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

A selection of posts from exceptional bloggers..

Five Day Music Challenge – Music that means something.

My thanks to Sue Vincent for nominating me for this challenge.. I certainly had a lot of fun and the tracks brought back some great memories..


Smorgasbord Health 2017


Weekly Image and Thoughts

Harbingers of Spring

Blossoms cluster for safety

From angry March winds.

Hope you are having an amazing Easter.. Thanks for taking the time to pop in… Sally


20 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Round Up – Dame Shirley Bassey, Easter Treats, Music Memories

  1. Pingback: Smorgasbord Round Up – Dame Shirley Bassey, Easter Treats, Music Memories | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  2. Sally you have out done yourself with this one (and not just coz I’m included- even I’m not that big headed): Debby and Robbie, the great selection of reviewed authors and featured posts, your week of music choices and that brilliant remembrance of about your father… and to top it off the Pharaoh Rocher joke!

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  3. So lovely that you wrote about your father, Sally. I completely adore mine. I remember one of my old boyfriends telling me that he would never measure up to my Dad. A wonderful selection of posts. I missed your Easter Story – so glad I found it here, it was wonderful and I would have hated to have missed it entirely.

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