Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – December 5th -11th 2021 -Chart hits 1984, Wales, Brussel Sprouts, Christmas Book Fair, Bloggers and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

It seems that the word of the week is Omicron with increasing cases each day as this new variant makes its presence felt. The governments are teetering on the brink of public popularity by promising that Christmas can still be celebrated by family, but here I think that there will be a lockdown from the first week in January as the results of the get togethers hit home.  We shall see what the next week brings but one thing is for sure I am not leaving home without my mask for some considerable time to come.

Whilst I am not convinced that the majority of scientists actually know what is fact and what is fiction, as they don’t seem to be able to agree on much. What I am sure of is that wearing a mask cuts your risk of catching covid, colds and flu, as does washing your hands regularly. Two very simple precautions that some feel is trampling all over their ‘rights’. Unfortunately, not wearing masks tramples all over the rights of those that they come into contact with.

On a lighter note…

We are half way through the Christmas Fair and I hope that it has tempted you to fatten up your TBRs… I plan on taking most of the holidays off with a podcast short story, the Breakfast Show, news of upcoming features in 2022, and of course videos and funnies.

I am going to be reading the books stockpiled on my reader and looking forward to enjoying some great books.

The Twelve Days of Christmas begins on Monday... with a compilation of post of three series from 2018 including the original series with guests who shared their most favourite Christmas Gifts.. I have updated their bios and links and hope they don’t mind me sharing their features again… the guests on Monday are Mary Smith and Jacquie Biggar with food from Carol Taylor.

As always I am grateful to William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Malcolm Allen for sharing music and humour this week. And to you for your support, your visits are very much appreciated.

On with the show….

Chart Hits 1984 Part One – Prince and The Revolution, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Van Halen

Memories, Music and Movies – 1980 – Driving Test, Whirlwind Romance, Barbra Streisand and Fame by Sally Cronin

#Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Brussel Sprouts spicy and fried, Risotto Cakes and Au Gratin

#Potluck – #WritingGroups The Power of Collaboration by Pete Springer

#Dogs – A Lucky Lurcher finds his Forever Home by Annabelle Franklin

Book Review by Joan Hall: The Curse of Deadhorse Canyon Marcha Fox and Pete Risingsun

December 10th 2021 – #familyparties Jim Borden, #Newblog D.G. Kaye, #Cookies Staci Troilo, #Interview Mae Clair, #Christmas Debbie the Doglady

New Book on the Shelves – #Mystery – Sleigh Bell Tower: Murder at the Campus Holiday Gala (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 8) by James J. Cudney

New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy – Wreck of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack

New Book on the Shelves – #Psychological #Mystery – When Polly Won The Lottery by Lucinda E. Clarke

#Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Historical 1970s Jane Buckley, #WWII Paulette Mahurin, #18th Centuary Ailish Sinclair, #WWI Judith Barrow

#Poetry Part Two – Bette A. Stevens, Elizabeth Merry, Mary Clark, Anita Dawes, Victoria Zigler

#Romance Staci Troilo, Jacquie Biggar, Jan Sikes, #Shortstories Mae Clair, #Family #LGBTQ Stevie Turner

#Children’s – #Wombat Norah Colvin, #Bullying Eloise de Sousa, #Success J.Q. Rose, #PuppyTails Patty Fletcher, #Oceans Annabelle Franklin

#YA – #Fantasy M. J. Mallon, #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #Paranormal Teri Polen, #Historical V.M. Sang

#Memoirs – #Teaching Pete Springer, #Travel Liesbet Collaert, #Fibromyalgia Brigid P. Gallagher, #Portugal Karen Telling

#Afghanistan Mary Smith, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton #Family Christa Polkinhorn,#Pilgrims Noelle Granger, #Stardom Roz Morris

December 7th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin- Santa Stand in and Weird Facts

Compilaton – December 9th 2021 – Malcolm Allen Rewind – Live streaming and Big Words

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week….Sally.

52 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – December 5th -11th 2021 -Chart hits 1984, Wales, Brussel Sprouts, Christmas Book Fair, Bloggers and Funnies

  1. Sal, thank you for another wonderfully informative and entertaining week. I always look forward to your Christmas blog season! And I’m with you on all you said about the danged virus I have to think the numbers will be terrible by two weeks after Christmas. I can only hope I can get out of here later in January. ❤ xx

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  2. Thanks for another super week, Sally. I don’t think I’ll ever do NaNoWriMo, but I seem to be having my own writing fest lately. The downside is it keeps me away from the blogs a little more.

    I’m afraid we’re stuck with Covid (perhaps forever). I read an interesting stat about our county yesterday. Since the pandemic began, there have been 120 Covid deaths (one was my next-door neighbor) and 0 flu deaths. There is no comparison for those who want to say it’s no riskier than the flu.

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  3. A beautiful round-up, Sally! Lots of variety, colors, humor, and interesting picks.

    I’m an open-minded and flexible person, but I’m not doing well with that these last two years of Covid. I value common sense, selflessness, care, and alertness. People not wearing their masks (or not getting vaccinated) do not fall into those categories. Thing is, I don’t understand! Common sense… Sigh!

    Here in Arizona about 10% of people wears masks indoors, like in stores, common areas at campgrounds, post offices. Masks are “strongly recommended” – at least that’s what the sign on the door says. But, nobody seems to care. Mark and I wear masks indoors. Always. Yet, we are in the minority. And, the thing is, we have been triple vaccinated, so we wear them for others…

    Anyway, wishing you a happy holiday season!

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    • I agree Liesbet entirely. In 1967 15 million people caught smallpox.with a approximate mortality rate of 65%. they estimate that 100 million died of it in the 20th century which is within living memory. I doubt we would all still be here without vaccines..And perhaps an overhaul of our lifestyle choices which are key elements in the transmission rates would be a good start… Stay safe…♥

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  4. I just wish that everyone would realise mask and handwashing plus social distancing works and is the only way plus getting vaccinated to get rid of or control this virus.I am seeing all the pictures on FB of Christmas festivities and its spot the mask…if I went out without a mask here I would be the only one and probably someone would be telling me to mask up…Shared Hugs xx

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