Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week.
A strange bitty week with weather… a bit of sun, a bit of snow, a bit of wind… but a great deal of rain. We are lucky, as I know large parts of Europe and North America have been getting frozen blasts and metres of snow.
The first week of 2022 and some milestone birthdays in the family with David’s 70th next Tuesday and my sister’s 80th in February. We were laughing the other day about how we never thought one day we would be talking about events and people from over 60 years ago. Also how many iconic events have taken place in our lifetimes, and what amazing inventions we have incorporated into our everyday lives in the last century. Here are just a few that gives us reason to be grateful to be born in this day and age…. despite the current covid pandemic, which could be a great deal worse if not for the medical knowledge and scientific breakthroughs of the last 50 years in particular.
- Clearly space travel and landing on the moon was monumental.
- Listening to music moving through cassette tapes, CDs to digital downloads.
- Mobile phones – smart phones
- Computers – laptops – notebooks
- Microwave ovens
- Worldwide web
- Digital cameras
- 3D printers
- Sliced bread (1928)
- Advanced anaesthetics
- The first transplants of heart, liver and kidneys
- Development of the artificial heart
- Vaccines that have virtually eradicated smallpox, polio, TB, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Scarlet Fever, Maleria and Diptheria.
I choose to be positive about the coming year with this very small selection of brilliant innovations from the last century behind us, and far more to come I am sure.
Tomorrow sees the start of the first feature from the new Smorgasbord Bookshelf where you will find all the authors and their books that I personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books. Click the link to discover the authors currently on the shelves.
My intention is to read some of the older books of these authors in the coming year, as well as new releases, and I will change the reviews out as I post them.
I have some new authors that I am also planning to read and I will add those to the shelves too.
In this first feature I will be sharing bios, book covers and my review for all the authors presently on the shelves. There will be more regular features during the year including a Summer and Christmas Book Fair.
New book releases.
If you have a new book being released in the next few weeks please let me know the date if on pre-order or available so that I can create a promotion for you.
There are two links for new books released this week further down in the post to give you an idea of how they would look. One is for a new author to the bookshelf and the other for a resident author Email me on email@example.com so we can chat about what I need and dates etc.
As always my thanks to William Price King, who as well as joining me on The Breakfast Show, joins us on Fridays with his series Meet the Music Greats and Jazz Icons. To D.G Kaye whose Travel Column I am resharing through the first half of the year and to Carol Taylor with our joint series Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency.
Time to get on with the show….
Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.