Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Stevie Wonder, Justice ‘East End’ Style, Skin and Bones


Welcome to the round up for the posts this week just in case you missed any. I feel a little guilty since I spent quite a bit of time off line and not spending time with your blogs but I promise that just another week to go and I will be more attentive.

The plan was to get the next volume of What’s in a Name finished.. I have two more stories to go Y and Z… already in my head and then I have some surprises to add that will be revealed when it is published.  A slightely different appoach to the names from K to Z with just ordinary people doing something they will be remembered for.. Even if it is only by those they love.

Some of you may remember that I wrote a story using an illustration by the very talented Donata Zawadzka.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-short-story-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

This story along with 24 more make up the sequel to Tales from the Garden but this time set in Ireland. Queen Filigree is forced to escape from the palace beneath the magnolia tree in Spain and to seek refuge with her Irish cousin.

I am working with Donata who is producing four central illustrations that head up the four seasons in the book and I am very excited by the project. And I have to thank Paul Andruss for introducing us. It will be in print as well as Ebook and is the first book of mine to be written in Ireland since 1999.

You can find out more about Donata at her website and her sales site:  http://dezawadzka.wix.com/donatasgallery
Buy her work on Redbubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donattien/works/7004053-the-birch-maiden?c=32080-ink-illustrations

I have managed to get some gardening done this week which has a duel purpose.. I pot plants and plot stories!  I am going to do the same this week whilst I finish the current projects but I will be in each day to check up on things and have a chat.

Thank you for all your wonderful support and wonderful comments… I am hugely grateful.

Now for a look at the posts from the week… with additional thanks to my two collaborators.. William Price King and Paul Andruss.

William Price meets the Legends

A brand new series and this time the artist is the amazingly talented Mr. Stevie Wonder who has entertained us for over 50 years. His first performances at age 11 propelled him to early stardom and some of his most iconic hits were written when he was a teenager.  To get you in the mood is one of my all time favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-stevie-wonder-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

Paul explores the origins of music and you might look at chimpanzees in a different light.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/writer-in-residence-extra-song-and-dance-man-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – by Geoff Cronin

Just a few more chapters to go in my father-in-law’s memoir but since so many of you have enjoyed I will also be serialising his second book of tall tales.. This week too I pay tribute to my mother-in-law Joan who would have been 97 yesterday. A lovely woman with the most infectious laugh you will ever hear.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-serialisation-the-rosary-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/the-colour-of-life-extra-behind-every-great-man-joan-cronin-1920-1994/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/the-colour-of-life-tommy-and-the-fish-and-the-power-of-prayer/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

Just  a reminder that if you are in the bookstore you are welcome to do a book reading and interview. The details of how to do that are in this post.  My guest this week was Richard Ankers and next week Sandra J. Jackson and C.S. Boyack.

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-richard-ankers/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not already on the shelves of the bookstore then please pop in and take a look at this post which has a link to what you need to send me.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-13-steps-to-evil-by-sacha-black/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

If you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates of new releases, great reviews or offers.. Just send me an email to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-angie-dokos/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deanie-humphrys-dunne-and-lesley-fletcher/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

This is open to all authors on the bookstore shelves or not… just send the link to your latest great review to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Jessica Norrie

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jessica-norrie-and-sue-coletta/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-and-hugh-w-roberts/

Smorgasbord Poetry

My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for her contribution to this post this week.. In a dilemma about which cake to bake for her husband’s birthday she took to verse…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/smorgasbord-poetry-which-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-poetry-dark-waters-by-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

The Sewing Circle is about a group of elderly residents of an East London estate whose lives are devastated by the actions of a family of thugs.  Here are all three episodes. More stories from this collection next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-novella-the-sewing-circle-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/flights-of-fancy-short-story-anthology-the-sewing-circle-part-three-by-sally-cronin/

Some personal stuff

I was delighted to be interviewed by two writers this week. The first was with Amy M. Reade.

https://amreade.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/sally-cronin-is-back/

And the second was with Lisa Burton.... courtesy of Craig Boyack.

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/odd-job-girl-on-lisa-burton-radio/

I was also very honoured to be nominated in the Most Informative Category for the #BloggersBash this year and voting is now open. There are ten categories and some wonderful nominees.. Please head over and vote for your favourites.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/smorgasbord-reblog-bloggerbash-2017-voting-is-now-open/

Smorgasbord Health – Let’s Walk a Marathon Challenge

This week.. how to burn extra fat…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/lets-walk-a-marathon-update-and-methods-to-burn-extra-fat/

Smorgasbord Health – Top to Toe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skeleton-the-progresson-of-osteoporosis-over-50-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-skin-the-largest-organ-of-the-human-body/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch

I would love to hear from you if you have a recipe made from fresh ingredients that is a favourite.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/cook-from-scratch-the-sandwich-that-packs-a-punch-with-link-to-140-fillings/

Humour

Put your troubles away for a little while and enjoy the outlook of a pug who has a neural problem but does not let it get him down..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/the-afternoon-video-when-adverts-are-better-than-the-television/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-joys-of-old-age-and-a-slice-of-scotland/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-agility-circuit-try-and-keep-up-with-this-jack-russell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem/

Thanks for showing up, commenting, sharing and being so supportive.. hugs Sally

Keep smiling

 

 

 

Writer in Residence Extra – Song and Dance Man by Paul Andruss


‘Music makes the people come together’ as the great songstress once said. And it certainly does. Whether listening to a festival or singing in a church choir or even at a football match, the effect is powerful; emotional; spiritual. But where does singing and dancing come from?
Songs punctuate our lives. There are songs we fell in love to; songs we broke up to. From the birth of children, to weddings and funerals; songs stir memories. Dance is powerful too, invoking the same ecstatic trance state in hundreds even thousands of strangers – and that’s without drugs.

But where did it all start? If we have Java Man, Rhodesian Man, Boxgrove Man and Neanderthal Man, are we Song and Dance Man?

The roots of music may lie with chimpanzees. When threatened a troop starts howling and rhythmically banging the ground or hollow logs. Before long the noises synchronise, becoming one; signalling togetherness: while also jacking up the adrenaline level. Chimps are our nearest relatives with about 96% of the same genes, but the last time chimpanzees and humans shared an ancestor was over 7 million years ago.

Mothers and babies hint that music is in the genes. Listen to yourself with an infant. Your voice becomes soft, melodic and rhythmic – in fact sing-song. And we instinctively echo the rhythm with gentle rocking motions. An unborn baby can hear 20 weeks before birth… long before other animals. It might help sensitise us to language.

Music may have developed by imitating natural sounds and rhythms. Shamans still do this when conjuring the spirit world. Apart from drumming on hollow logs, making stone tools produces distinctive sounds and rhythms. Perhaps the different noises were used to teach youngsters tool-making.

From deep history there are all sorts of possible musical instruments: from musical stones to hollow bones with holes in them. There are things that might be whistles; rasps; clappers; bull-roarers. But the first complete musical instrument we have is a 41,000 year old bone flute.

The first evidence of dancing comes from 9,000 year old rock paintings, but its origin may also lie in the mists of time. Chimpanzees balance themselves when walking upright with a delicate mincing gait. Perhaps it was the same for us. The more agile we were walking upright, the better we seemed as a mate. Whatever, we definitely have an instinctive sense of rhythm. And dancing is still a great way to show off.

Like singing, dancing cements groups together – producing a shared experience at a deep fundamental level. It releases endorphins; our bodies’ feel good chemicals. They not only make groups feel as one, but also play a part in sexual arousal.

In religious rituals, dancing puts people into trances that are seen as a gateway to the spirit world. When combined with drugs and alcohol (and there were always lots of psychoactive herbs and fungi around) sensory overload produces an ecstatic state – seen by the ancients as being possessed by a god.

The Maenads, women followers of the wine god Dionysus, worked themselves up so much they ripped small animals limb from limb and devoured them raw. I suppose after that, missing the toilet when you spew your guts is really quite forgivable.

Orpheus torn to pieces by the Maenads: Gregorio Lazzarini

I started off asking if Homo Sapiens was Song & Dance Man, but all things considered, singing and dancing started long before man.

©Paul Andruss 2017

About Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.

Thomas the Rhymer Finn Mac Cool

Paul has written four novels, Finn Mac Cool, and the (Harry-Potteresque) Jack Hughes Trilogy. ‘Finn Mac Cool’ and ‘Thomas the Rhymer’ are available for free download

Connect to Paul on social media.

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You can find all of Paul’s posts in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

Thank you for dropping by today and please feel free to share the post on your own blog and networks.

Smorgasbord Re-Blog – So, Did Those Feet? – By Paul Andruss


Last Friday Paul Andruss wrote his usual Friday post for the blog which was the story behind the legend, William Blake. Here is a follow up article on Paul’s blog.

With apologies to Terry Gilliam of Monty Python, Glastonbury Tor & of course God (Andruss)

This is a companion piece to the William Blake post written exclusively for Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/writer-in-residence-william-blake-a-man-born-before-his-time-by-paul-andruss/

It explores the legend behind the lines in Blake’s poem Jerusalem…

And did those feet in ancient time

Walk upon England’s mountains green?

And was the holy Lamb of God,

On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

In the Middle-Ages it was widely believed Jesus came to England with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea (who took his body from the cross).

Cornwall had been trading in tin for 2,000 years before Christ. In the story, Joseph was a wealthy merchant who came to buy tin. Jesus accompanied him on trips to Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire during the years not mentioned in the Gospels; those between Jesus visiting to the Temple aged 11 and beginning his ministry around the age of 30.

There are places named after Jesus in Cornwall, like Jesus Well. Jesus is also mentioned in local songs and stories, such as he taught miners how to smelt tin from ore. According to one tradition Jesus lived in the Mendip village of Priddy. In another, he built a wooden church where Glastonbury Abbey now stands. The same tradition has it Joseph of Arimathea and his followers fled to this church after the crucifixion.

Other tales claim Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary, was the daughter of a British chieftain. This is a variation of the legend told about Constantine the Great’s mother. (He was the 1st Christian Emperor.) Arthurian legend has it Arthur was related to Joseph and thus to the Virgin Mary and Jesus, as Joseph was Mary’s uncle.

More recent stories claim a link between the Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect from the Dead Sea, and the British Druids. They add Jesus came to Britain to study under them. This view seems based on Julius Caesar’s book the Gallic War where he says Britain was the centre of the druid religion and French druids came here to complete their education.

Read the rest of this thought provoking article: http://www.paul-andruss.com/so-did-those-feet/

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up… Music, Poetry, Book Promotions, Health and Humour


Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

We had a glorious run of good weather for about 6 days that came to a halt on Thursday with some rain (good for ducks and the garden). We managed to get lots done in the jungle and we now have much more light in the back of the house which is fantastic.

This next week I will be around but I have two books to finish and so have loaded the posts up in advance and will be in later in the day to check on them and to also visit the blogs that I follow. There is a slight change to the line-up with the Blogger Daily on hold until 22nd May.

I would like to remind you that there are two new ways you can get involved with the blog and promote your own posts or your books at the same time.

Cook from scratch

Darlene Foster provided a wonderful cake recipe this week and you will find the post below. It will show you what the finished post will look like and Darlene received 100 views so far  and so it is also a great way to promote your work.

I am looking for a recipe that uses mainly fresh ingredients and you cook from scratch. It can be an old family recipe or one you have used for years and is a favourite. If you have a picture of it that is great but I will find something to illustrate the post.  If we have not met before I will need your links to your work and social media and a photo of your would be good. If I have promoted your before I will have your links.  All I need is the recipe to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Poetry

If you would like to share your poetry then please send with your links etc if we have not already been in touch to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. Perhaps one from your archives on your blog or a new one you would like to share here first.

Thank you for all the wonderful support this week and I hope you will pop in next week to see what I have prepared for you.

William Price King

On this coming Wednesday we begin a brand new series with the star being Mr. Stevie Wonder. This week I reblogged William Price King’s last interview in the Creative Artist series along with the links to all his previous posts for Jazz and classical artists. I hope you will pop in and check those out if you are new to the blog.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-jazz-singer-musician-and-composer-william-price-king/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul revealed the story behind the poet William Blake.. An extraordinary man born before his time. Another fascinating look at the legends of the past.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/writer-in-residence-william-blake-a-man-born-before-his-time-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir The Colour of Life. This week his musical career and a fisherman’s tale.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/the-colour-of-life-the-dance-scene-1950-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-colour-of-life-the-haul-of-bass-1955-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Promotions

I have a number of recommendations for you form proofreading to full book design and if you are just finishing writing your book you might like to take a look at some options to take through to publication.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/author-services-and-promotion-sites-2/

Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

This series features authors already in the Cafe and Bookstore and I am just about to send another phase of interviews out for June and July. If you are interested please let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-jena-c-henry/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-john-w-howell/

Cafe and Bookstore Author update

New books, reviews or offers for authors in the bookstore. If you have news to share please send to me so that I can include in the Monday or Friday update.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bethea-jacquie-biggar-and-eloise-de-sousa/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-toni-pike-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sally-cronin/

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not in the bookstore then this is how you get your book or books on the shelves and please check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in the menu to find out what I need.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-miss-chevrolet-by-philippa-church/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-and-agnes-mae-graham/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paige-addams-and-linda-bradley/

Book Marketing and Promotion

When you have written ‘The End’ and your story is over… what follows that in your book.. are you using it to promote your past work or what is coming next. With Ebooks you can link directly to your sales page. If readers have enjoyed this book they may be very willing to buy another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-book-marketing-and-promotion-what-comes-after-the-end/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-may-2017-debby-gies-cindy-knoke-john-fioravanti-and-haddon-musings/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-may-2017-sue-vincent-kevin-morris-texas-wine-j-a-allen-michelle-proulx/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-may-2017-paul-andruss-olga-nunez-miret-fiction-is-food-and-love-books-group/

Smorgasbord Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/smorgasbord-poetry-the-lure-of-the-waltzer-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/smorgasbord-poetry-molten-lava-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Part one of my novella – The Sewing Circle from my collection Flights of Fancy. Parts two and three next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-sewing-club-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Let’s Walk a Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/smorgasbord-health-lets-walk-a-marathon-walking-offers-hope-in-fight-against-alzheimers-disease/

Cook From Scratch

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/cook-from-scratch-yeast-free-irish-soda-bread/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/cook-from-scratch-australian-apple-chocolate-cake-from-darlene-foster/

Top to Toe

Our skeleton is a complex, flexible scaffolding that keeps us upright and mobile. It needs a lot of nutritional support and care to enable it to last a lifetime. More on bone health next week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/the-incredible-structure-that-keeps-us-upright/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/afternoon-video-the-only-way-to-wear-a-fox-collar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/afternoon-video-if-you-think-you-are-going-to-get-some-smooching-in-somebody-wants-in-on-the-act/

Thank you for dropping in and if you are new to the blog you will find the details of FREE book and blog promotions in this link.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

Writer in Residence – William Blake A Man Born Before his Time by Paul Andruss

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This week Paul Andruss shares an exclusive post written for Smorgasbord. I am guilty of not looking beneath some of the books and poems that I have read. William Blake was required reading at school but I now realise how sanitised those lessons were. We never got to hear the cool bits.. or the events and writings that were frowned upon. And that lack of telling the story of the men and women behind the classics of the day meant that many of us did not revisit them in adulthood. As it was with Blake and for me… However, in his usual well researched and well crafted article, Paul Andruss does what my teacher was not permitted to do and ignited my imagination and desire to know more.

Ancient of Days (Frontispiece from Europe a prophecy- Blake)

William Blake 1757 –1827 is best remembered for lines from a handful of poems.

Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England’s mountains green?

The Tyger

Tyger, Tyger burning bright,
 In the forests of the night;

Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand
and eternity in an hour.
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all of heaven in a rage

The Sick Rose –   

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm…
  Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy

William Blake 1757 –1827

William Blake was born in 1757 to English Dissenters who had separated from the Church of England over State interference in religious matters. At the age of 10, he had his first brush with the spiritual and mystic realm that came to dominate his life, experiencing a vision of a tree full of angels on Peckham Rye Common. Blake continued to have visions throughout his life.

Around this time his parents sent him to drawing classes. When the young Blake developed a preference for engraving, his father apprenticed him at 14 to a print-maker. As a printer and engraver Blake was able to print his own poetry books illustrated with hand-painted watercolours.

Dismissed as idiosyncratic, his genius was ignored during his lifetime. An exhibition of his paintings was poorly attended and the only review hostile. In his twilight years Blake gathered a small group of disciples who kept his flame flickering until his biography in 1865 introduced him to the poet Swineburne, luminaries in the Arts and Crafts movement and the Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The Pre-Raphaelite revival during the hippy era ensured Blake’s rediscovery. His unique artistic style and mystical poems struck a chord with a generation yearning for spirituality. Today he is chiefly remembered for his hand-tinted etchings and two collections of illustrated poems: Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794).

A large part of his work languishes unknown. These are his visionary books, a series of almost incomprehensible interrelated illustrated poems. Described by Blake as prophetic and apocalyptic, they show him to be a revolutionist.

A prophet is not a fortune teller but someone God uses as a mouthpiece. For Blake, God was the embodiment of natural truth and justice, while the church was no better than the Biblical Great Whore.

Babylon the Whore mounted on the Great Beast from Revelation (Blake)

In the Greek, Apocalyptic means to uncover or reveal; accounting for the Apocalypse of St John’s other name: the Book of Revelation. Having said that in Blake’s day the word meant the same thing we understand today: the end times. Yet in Revelation, when the old world is swept away, the righteous inherit New Jerusalem. Rather than the penalty of sin, it is the harbinger of heaven on earth.

Blake may have deliberately sheathed his work in allegory because his radical political views were considered treasonable. He was tried for sedition in 1803 after an altercation with a soldier where the old man was supposed to have cried out: ‘Down with the King!’ He was acquitted.

Blake was an advocate of the Free Love Movement, which wasn’t about throwing your car keys into a fruit bowl – I’m pretty sure Mrs Blake would have had something to say about that. Rather it espoused the political equality, and social and sexual freedom of women. It also advocated the removal of all laws against adultery, homosexuality and prostitution. And was the director ancestor of the Suffragettes and Family Planning.

Blake believed marriage was slavery. This was a time when marriages were often arranged. A woman was required to be obedient and subservient to her husband. Her wealth became her spouse’s on marriage. More or less considered her husband’s property, she was obliged to fulfil his needs and condemned to perpetual pregnancy.

It wasn’t until over a century later, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth Control Clinic in New York City in 1921. The police closed it down. A year later, Marie Stopes – scientist, academician, campaigner and author of the best-selling female sexual health manual, Married Love – opened a Birth Control Clinic in West London that fared better.

Blake was an admirer of the radical English philosopher Thomas Payne whose work ‘The Rights of Man’ played a significant role in the American Revolution and provided the blueprint for The American Constitution and The Bill of Rights. He also admired the French Philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, who most famously said: Man is born free and is everywhere in chains. He may have even met Rousseau during his exile in London during the 1760s.

England was the birthplace of revolution. In 1215 King John capitulated to the barons in the Magna Carta. In the 1649, Parliament executed King Charles who believed he was directly appointed by God. In 1688, the Glorious Revolution saw Parliament overthrow of the Catholic sympathiser James II in favour of a restricted monarchy by his daughter and her husband: William and Mary.

Yet, the American Revolution was viewed as a unique and radical event in that it enshrined the rights of citizens and created an egalitarian society. Although women were not in actuality much better off, the ethos of Revolutionary Motherhood gave women a say in rearing their children and eroded the patriarchal rights of paterfamilias. Marriage focused on love and affection rather than wifely obedience; allowing the next generation to choose their spouses and use birth control.

Educated in the newly translated Greek classics, and struggling to shake off the last shackles of absolutism in religion and politics, Europeans looked on the American Revolution as a renaissance of (in their idealised view) ancient Athens: the birthplace of democracy (rule of the common people). That was in fact a slave owning society that denied rights to women.

America a Prophecy Frontispiece (Blake)

In ‘America a Prophecy’ Blake lauds America for overthrowing tyranny, considering it a beacon of liberty and equality. In ‘Visions of the Daughters of Albion’, he has the women of England look to America, where he believes all discrimination one day will end and where they will receive equal rights.

From the Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Blake)

Blake created a whole mythology around his romanticised version of England. He renamed the country Albion, after a giant who settled here island and whose sons and daughters inhabited it for a thousand years until Brutus came from Troy… the story which begins Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of the British Kings’.

Blake was very much in tune with contemporary historical ideas when he created his mythology, borrowing heavily from the Bible, including the newly translated excluded books, fragments of classical myth and medieval works such as Geoffrey of Monmouth and the ancient Welsh Black Book of Carmarthen and Red Book of Hergest.

As with all his work, at the heart of his mythology is a lament for the loss of the traditional rural past and a condemnation of the industrialisation and urbanisation ruining England’s once green and pleasant land. Blake’s poem Jerusalem (in full below) is a plea to end the madness of modernity and return to Eden, where Adam and Eve were equal.

It references the medieval story of Jesus visiting Glastonbury in England with his uncle Joseph of Arimathea. Christ’s presence made England a holy land; a New Jerusalem. Where, in the words of John Ball’s sermon preached 400 years earlier during the Peasant’s Revolt…

‘When Adam delved and Eve span who was then the gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men… I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty’

During his life Blake saw the agricultural villages and cottage industries that characterised Britain since the Middle-Ages, being overturned by farming machinery and more efficient practices requiring fewer workers. Common land was enclosed by landowners – preventing tenant farmers and smallholders the right to graze animals on common ground – denying an important source of additional income and effectively reducing them to servitude.

Abandoning the traditional way of life, the rural poor flocked to the newly expanding squalid overcrowded cities. Here they were forced to work long hours for little money and less consideration, as unskilled labour in the new steam powered manufactories – giving us the modern word factory.

Is it any wonder the French industrial poor threw wooden clogs into the machines that destroyed their livelihoods? The wooden clog or sabot gave rise to the name Saboteur.

Some analysts equate the ‘dark Satanic mills’ of Blake’s Jerusalem not with the new manufactories but the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford – spewing out the new-age men of science and engineering, and the clergy who enslaved Christ’s own Englishmen for the greedy landowner and fell industrialist.

Others, less given to allegory, point out he could be referring to Albion Flour Mills the first big factory in London, situated close to Blake’s house. When it burned down, possibly due to arson, a contemporary illustration showed the devil squatting over the burning building.

In 1776, France had helped the American Revolutionaries. This was more to piss off the English than for any genuine fellow feeling. The French Monarchy was far more totalitarian.

Thirteen years later it seemed only fair the Americans should in turn help the French Revolutionaries … despite their actions not displaying much gratitude to the French king. (In thanks, the French Republic later gifted America with the Statue of Liberty. Constructed by Gustav Eiffel, a copy gifted by America to France, stands in Paris not far from Eiffel’s Tower.)

With the French Revolution came another prophetic book ‘Europe a prophecy’, where Blake praised the French, as he had the Americans, for having the courage to do what the English would not: embrace liberty, fraternity and equality. This has led some to consider ‘The Tyger’ (in full below) a paean to the French Revolution.

Blake’s fervour is evident in lines like

What the hand, dare seize the fire?

A reference to Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods, putting man above the rest of creation; which begs the question: if man is the pinnacle of creation why are some less than others?

And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand & what dread feet

The French Revolution began among the poor and disenfranchised – the labourer working with his hands to produce a wealth he does not share. His tools, used to make profit for others, will now smash his chains. Its revolutionary anthem was the marching song ‘La Marseillaise’’ calling volunteers from Marseilles to fight tyranny-

“To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Soak our fields!”

The Tyger’s concluding lines can be simultaneously read in two contradicting ways.

Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Is Blake parodying his earlier poem ‘The Lamb’ (from Songs of Innocence) with a jab at the complacent and long-suffering English working class; unfavourably compared to their French brothers?

In his complex mythology Blake thought Christ visited England. If Christ is the Good Shepherd; we are his flock. Unlike the tigers of France, Englishmen are content to be sheep and so he wonders: Is the god of universal justice, pleased to see his chosen people bought off by boiled beef and carrots?

By the time the poem was published in 1794, the ideals of the Revolution were lost to the Reign of Terror. Aristocrats and citizens alike where daily denounced and guillotined to the clack of les tricoteuses’ knitting needles. Worse the Terror played into the hands of the English Establishment who had always belittled the Revolution. The English press jocularly compared English Slavery to French Liberty in contemporary cartoons.

French Liberty and English Slavery (a satirical cartoon)

Because the Tyger is a savage beast who knows only how to destroy and devour, do we, in Blake’s last lines, hear his despair that man, by his very nature, is incapable of embracing the universal justice of brotherhood, equality and freedom?

End-piece to Jerusalem (Blake)

JERUSALEM

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.

THE TYGER
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

©Paul Andruss 2017

About Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.

Finn Mac Cool

Paul has written four novels, Finn Mac Cool, and the (Harry-Potteresque) Jack Hughes Trilogy. ‘Finn Mac Cool’ and ‘Thomas the Rhymer’ are available for free download

Connect to Paul on social media.

Blog: http://www.paul-andruss.com/
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You can find all of Paul’s posts in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

Thank you for dropping by today and please feel free to share the post on your own blog and networks.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Evolution, Rebellion and The Colour of Life


It is a wonderfully sunny day and I have enjoyed the morning in the sun.. but before I head off to help with clearing more trees… it is time for a round up of the guests and posts this week.

I have said many times before that this blog is a collaborative effort and every time you visit and like, comment and share you are contributing. Please do not be shy and it would be great if you would put the link to your latest post in the comments section. I do have the blogger daily Monday to Friday and I am addicted to the reblog button so I will share one way or another. But, it also introduces you to the other readers who have popped in.

I like to think of this blog as the water cooler at the office and I like nothing more when I see a conversation striking up between two people who have never met before.

I have a pile of pine branches to strip so that they can go through the mulcher..so without further ado.

My thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss for their outstanding contributions…they provide such wonderful posts and I am so grateful for their continued support.

William Price King Meets some Legends

Although Dame Shirley Bassey has performed some sell out concerts and been featured in television specials in the last 17 years she is semi-retired so we chose to leave her career at the point where she received her honour.

This coming week we take a small break but there will be a recap post on the series so far including jazz, classical and contemporary with some of the stand out performances. The following week we will begin the new series on the iconic musician and singer.. Mr. Stevie Wonder.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-1980s-and-1990s/

Writer in Residence Extra with Paul Andruss

This week I featured one of a series of posts on the evolution of mankind from Paul’s archives on his own blog. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did, especially our close bond with rats.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/writer-in-residence-extra-last-man-standing-and-rats-to-you-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-laws memoirs and this week some canny business sense at the mobile cinema and the market place.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/the-colour-of-life-the-mobile-cinema-1947-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/the-colour-of-life-the-ferguson-tractor-1948-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Book Reading and Interview

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-poetry-reading-and-interview-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-brigid-p-gallagher/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-sue-coletta-and-christoph-fischer/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carmen-stefanescu-rick-mcbee-and-malia-ann-haberman/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-mingers-tale-by-r-b-n-bookmark/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-rorkes-drift-north-by-lindy-rorke/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-made-for-me-by-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-helen-jones-and-balroop-singh/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-sally-cronin-and-luna-saint-claire/

Health

Let’s Walk A Marathon

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/lets-walk-a-marathon-how-to-burn-more-fat-and-exercise-equivalents/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/lets-walk-a-marathon-intermittent-fasting-and-new-series-of-cook-from-scratch/

New series of Cook from Scratch.. guest cooks wanted.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/new-series-cook-from-scratch-continental-breakfast-the-spanish-way/

Nutrients in the news

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-health-2017-nutrients-in-the-news-can-take-calcium-supplements-damage-your-heart/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-1st-may-2017-annette-rochelle-aben-blueberry-lovin-from-berlin-escape-a-lifetime-and-leigh-reagan/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-2nd-may-2017-lost-hearts-and-souls-jennie-fitzkee-coach-muller-and-sarah-brentyn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-3rd-may-2017-linda-bethea-patricia-salamone-adventures-of-a-lost-teen-and-k-m-alexander/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-4th-may-2017-bloggers-bash-lisa-burton-radio-cooking-at-zero-degrees-and-susan-toy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-5th-may-2017-sue-vincent-teagan-geneviene-kevin-morris-and-interesting-literature/

Personal stuff

Hugh Roberts honoured me by making What’s in a Name his book of the month.. A lovely gesture and one that is much appreciated. https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/05/01/book-of-the-month-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin-sgc58/

Poetry

As I delve back into my archive of poems written from my teens onwards it amuses me to see what emotional turmoil I put myself through… and others.

This poem was written when I was sixteen following a trip to the West Country with my sister Diana.. as you can see I was the cat.. and I was away!

Rebellion in Frome by Sally Cronin

My mother said no, that while I was home
That my ears should stay pristine
But away from her, in far distant Frome
I laughed at being sixteen

Read the rest: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/smorgasbord-poetry-rebellion-in-frome-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/weekly-image-and-words-rescued-from-the-deep/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/afternoon-videos-lets-walk-a-marathon-the-four-legged-competitors/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/time-for-some-laffs-from-the-archives-quickies-parking-problems-and-book-titles/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/afternoon-video-what-ever-our-differences-friendship-is-always-possible/

Thank you again for dropping in and look forward to seeing you again in the next week… thanks Sally

Writer in Residence Extra – Last Man Standing and Rats to You by Paul Andruss


Welcome to another post from Paul’s archives. Actually you get two posts for the price of one this week.. Whilst we consider ourselves to be the top of the food chain.. things might have been very different as you will see when you read the little extra revelation at the end of the first article today.

Last Man Standing by Paul Andruss

(Adapted by Andruss)

In Alice Roberts’ book ‘The Incredible Unlikeness of Being’ about how humans came to be, she says:

‘For most of history, Mankind thought himself the pinnacle of creation. Now he believes he is the ultimate purpose of evolution. Evolution has neither pinnacle nor purpose. We are simply one species on an extremely pruned branch of the great Tree of Life.’

What she means by being on a ‘pruned branch of the Tree of Life’ is that every human species that has ever existed, except for us (Homo Sapiens), is now extinct.

Around 40,000 years ago

(A blink of an eye in evolutionary terms – modern humans have been around for about 200,000 years. Neanderthals were around for another 100,000 years before that)….

Around 40,000 years ago, there were at least another 5 unique human species on the planet with us (Homo Sapiens):

Neanderthals in Europe and the Middle East;

The Red Deer people in China;

Denisovans in Siberia;
Homo Floresiensis (the Hobbit people) of South East Asia;

And possibly revenants of Homo Erectus – a common ancestor to all the above human species, who existed for almost 2 million years.

In the short time it took Homo Sapiens to dominate the world, each of those human species went extinct. Perhaps we were responsible. Perhaps we were not. Who knows?
All that now remains with us on our pruned branch of the Tree of Life are: orang-utans, gorillas and chimpanzees.

We share around 96% of genes with chimps and look how we treat them. We experiment on them in laboratories and eat them as bush-meat.

If other species of humans were alive today would we use them as experimental subjects? Would we be civilised and put them into zoos?

It is a sobering to think how we might treat other species of human when we consider how we have treated our own species throughout history.

The way we are going, perhaps one day we will be the only species left on the whole damn Tree of Life, never mind our one pruned branch. And that’s if we’re lucky.

And as an added bonus.. we are also lucky in another respect…

Rats to you too.

With apologies to Beatrix Potter (Andruss)

Genetic analysis shows that the rodents (rats & mice) are the closest living relatives to the primates (monkeys and us). So next time just think on, but for an accident of evolution it could be them standing on a chair screaming while you scurry across the kitchen floor.

©Paul Andruss 2017

About Paul Andruss

Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.

Finn Mac CoolThomas the Rhymer

Paul has written four novels, Finn Mac Cool, and the (Harry-Potteresque) Jack Hughes Trilogy. ‘Finn Mac Cool’ and ‘Thomas the Rhymer’ are available for free download

Connect to Paul on social media.

Blog: http://www.paul-andruss.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paul.andruss.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paul_JHBooks
Google+  https://plus.google.com/s/+jackhughesbooks

You can find all of Paul’s posts in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

Thank you for dropping by today and please feel free to share the post on your own blog and networks.

Smorgasbord Reblog – An Ancient Roman Myth – Paul Andruss


There is only one writer I know, Paul Andruss, who can dispel a Roman Myth with such style.. As to the menu of the Roman feasts and shenanigans… flamingo tongues and stuffed dormice.. no wonder the empire fell..

Romes mythical founders Romulus & Remus were suckled by a she-wolf

Since I’ve done the Greek myths to death, how about an old Roman myth for a change?

The Ancient Romans loved their orgies, right? Sex; gluttony; sickening violence: you name it they loved it.

From lunchtime to dawn, guests consumed lashings of wine and exotic foods, such as ostrich and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, porpoise meatballs, stuffed dormice, boiled parrot (yes, that’s right; it’s not a typo for carrot) and sow’s udder served steeped in its own milk.

‘No, honestly, just the green salad would be lovely thank you. Did you say the chef had washed his hands? Well, just a cup of boiled water then.’

Obviously eating and drinking copious amounts all day and night necessitated something a bit more drastic than the odd gulp of Milk of Magnesia. So dining rooms were furnished with an adjacent cubical called a vomitorium. Here you could talk to god on the big white phone – you know… ‘Oh God! Oooh Godddd. Oh dear Godddd, noooo – before going back and enjoying yourself some more.

Read the rest of this enlightening dispellation of a Roman Myth: http://www.paul-andruss.com/an-ancient-roman-myth

Smorgasbord Round Up – Divas, dastardly devils, and dedicated wordsmiths


Welcome to the week’s update of posts that you might have missed. As always I am very grateful for the time that you spend here, your comments and support in general. Whilst I have been known to talk to myself… I do prefer to converse with you.. please do even just say ‘Hi’ in the comments.. it is appreciated.

Our garden looks like a lumber yard with seven trees despatched into logs and kindling. they were not trees that provided nesting sites for any of our lovely wild birds and many were on their last legs. Three more have to go however; but they are more of a challenge.. they are 60 foot tall and were planted within two feet of the wall.. Their roots have damaged both the wall and the pavement as well as encroached into the road and so need to come out. Sad in some ways but they cannot be allowed to do more damage.

David is doing the tree climbing and chopping – taught by his father Geoff who if you have been reading The Colour of Life..you will know worked as a lumberjack when a young man. I do help occasionally with stripping branches to be put through the mulcher.. Music required and I have written a couple of short stories when working as pretty mind numbing.

I am really pleased that so many are participating in the marathon challenge.. (more later in the post) Several people are now knitting together their exercise programmes so that they can celebrate when they have completed 26 miles or the equivalent. I am half way thorugh my second marathon and hope to shave 30 minutes off my last one…

It is the #BloggersBash 2017 in London on June 10th that several of you are attending.. If you live in the UK and have not got your tickets yet then you need to get a twerk on… they are going fast.  You can buy them through Sacha Black’ site. Only £10 for the ticket.. and the fun of finally putting faces to the names that you know so well..https://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/22/tick-tock-the-bash-clock-are-you-coming-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

On with the posts from the week… thanks again for dropping in…. Sally

William Price King meets some legends.

Shirley Bassey did not have a great time during the 1960s and spent time in tax exile in Italy. However, the 1970s saw her career back on the fast track and it was a wonderful decade for her.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-the-1970s/

Writer in residence extra – Paul Andruss – Venus in Furs

Finn Mac Cool

Another brilliant post from Paul’s archives that looks at the origins of the words we commonly use today ‘sadism’ and ‘masochism. Unlike the way it is portrayed (badly) in books and movies such as 50 Shades of Grey, it has a dark and sinister background that Paul uncovers in this informative article.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/writer-in-residence-extra-venus-in-furs-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – The Memoir of Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/the-colour-of-life-the-digs-in-dublin-1945-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/the-colour-of-life-the-nuns-at-the-glue-pot-1946-by-geoff-cronin/

Author Promotion – Book Reading at the Cafe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-matthew-drzymala/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-art-of-murder-by-dakota-mcgraw/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-draculas-mistress-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-heritage-of-deceit-short-story-graham-downs/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mary-c-blowers-bette-a-stevens-and-p-h-solomon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-janice-spina-pamela-s-wight-and-judith-barrow/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-seumas-gallacher-and-john-w-howell/

Personal Stuff

Weekly Image and thoughts…

Smorgasbord Poetry

I am working my way through my poems that were written in my teens onwards and left to languish in a drawer.. this was written in 1998 following my first visit to my grandfather’s grave in Northern France where he died on November 2nd 1918. Just days before peace and having served since 1914 and been wounded three times.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-poetry-requiem-for-a-grandfather-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some laffs..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/time-for-some-laffs-ducks-seniors-and-boiled-eggs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

Afternoon video

Three videos for the price of one.. cat being a jerk, cat doing the washing up and a bulldog on a motorbike.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/afternoon-video-helpers-around-the-house/

Blogger Promotion – Some outstanding blog posts from the week.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-kevin-morris-curry-lives-d-g-kaye-paul-andruss-and-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-25th-april-2017-patricia-salamone-teagan-geneviene-jane-dougherty-and-granny-moon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-26th-april-2017-the-story-reading-ape-darlene-foster-sue-vincent-and-stuart-france-kirt-tisdale-and-teagan-geneviene-and-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-27th-april-2017-noelle-granger-saucebox-balroop-singh-and-beetley-pete/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-28th-april-2017-sue-vincent-jessica-norrie-russell-ray-teri-polen-with-darlene-foster-and-some-funnies/

Health: Let’s Walk a Marathon.

This is not about completing 26 miles in one go.. It is however a target that is meaningful. I was walking regularly but felt that apart from measuring the time and distance it was not leading anywhere. I know I felt better for it but I wanted to challenge myself more. I have no ligaments in my right knee so walking briskly is the most I can hope for. To make it more interesting I decided to use my new treadmill to walk a marathon. My first one took 10 hours over 14 days. I am now half way through my second marathon and have shaved a little time off.

In the weekly posts I am not just talking about walking but also the other areas of fitness that will help you achieve your own marathons.. including how to get more oxygen into your system with breathing exercises and the right fuel.

Coming up tomorrow.. how to burn fat more efficiently and some equivalents in terms of other exercises so that you can still complete a marathon if you swim, go to dance classes or zumba.

The posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-preparation-day-plan-clothing-fluids-stretching/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-day-two-getting-enough-oxygen-to-walk/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/lets-walk-a-marathon-part-three-taking-in-the-right-fuel/

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Important new research into the link between Vitamin D deficiency and austism.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-health-latest-research-into-vitamin-d-deficiency-link-to-autism/

Thank you for all your support this week and don’t forget that you are always welcome to promote your book, blog or other creative work here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

 

Reblog – Fantastic Beasts by Paul Andruss


This week Paul Andruss has not only guest posted on Sue Vincent’s blog and my own but still managed to produce a fantastic article on sea serpents that might just delight Nessie of the Loch believers…

In 1845, for a meagre 25 cents, New Yorkers gaped in open mouthed wonder at the 120 foot long skeleton of a sea serpent. Scientifically named Hydrarchos Sillimanii (until the famous Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman objected), it was exhibited in the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. Apparently the creature’s huge bones were so common in the Southern States of America they were used as furniture.

It surprised no one there were sea serpents. Sea serpent sightings had been common for hundreds of years. Even the odd corpse had turned up after a storm.

In 1780 the ship ‘General Coole’ recorded seeing a very large serpent 3 or 4 feet in circumference with a light coloured back and yellow belly. In the same year, a 45 feet long sea serpent, swimming on the surface, was reported off the coast of Maine by the captain of an armed naval ship. The ship gave chase intending to fire, but the creature dived.

In 1808 a sea monster attacked an Australian ship, launching itself across the bow it savaged one of the crew. Showing great presence of mind the captain shot it in the eye with his gun and it slid back into the ocean.

Read the rest of this fascinating post and see the amazing images: http://www.paul-andruss.com/fantastic-beasts-2/

Read more posts in Paul’s directory on Smorgasbord: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/