Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Something close to my Heart by Paul Andruss


Welcome to the Sunday Interview and the theme is The Ultimate Bucket List.

In this interview series I would love to know what your top TWO items are on your bucket list and if you have not written one yet, then perhaps it is time to get your thinking caps on.

Here is more about how you can participate here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/

Today my guest is our own Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with his two top bucket list items. And whilst you might think that Paul might like to travel back in time and resolve the mystery of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table once and for all…… he actually wishes for something much closer to his heart.

Something Close to my Heart.. by Paul Andruss

I don’t have a bucket list. I guess I am quite accepting of what life throws at me. Perhaps I’m a reincarnation of some old Buddhist or something.

So let me see…

Regrets?

I’ve had a few.

But then again too few to mention!

Oh Lord! Not the Frank Sinatra song!

Sorry… Zilch! Nada! Diddly squat!

Mind you that’s not to say if someone offered me a free trip to Machu Picchu or Mars or somewhere I wouldn’t bite their hand off. It’s simply that if I don’t, then I don’t feel my whole life has been a wasteland.

When I was younger there were lots of people I wanted to meet. But as the decades passed and the great and good took the one way trip through the protecting veil in ever increasing numbers, my old bucket list became a post-bucket list.

To be frank, I’m not terribly sure what lies beyond kicking the bucket, or shuffling off this mortal coil, or any one of the numerous euphemisms we use to face the unfaceable. But I know this. Eternity or oblivion, it’s a win-win situation.

If it’s welcome to eternity, I shall be one busy little bee catching up with my heroes. I certainly believe any afterlife is better than this world. No loving creatrix, no Great Mother, would be so pretty to her children as to punish us for our failings. After all if she does not make mistakes, she knew exactly what she was doing when she gave us our flaws and foibles.

On the other hand, if I’m destined to be extinguished like a candle-flame then I cannot find much wrong with that either. Remind me to ask an ex-candle-flame what the afterlife feels like next time I meet one.

So where does that leave my pre-bucket (as opposed to my post-bucket) list?

Well, given death is a part of life…

(Look on it as God’s final surprise.)

After careful consideration, my top two are:

One. Dying at the same time as my partner.

We’re best friends, pretty inseparable for decades and have had lots of adventures together. So to be blunt, why should this one be any different?

Two. Choosing the time I go and making it as quick and painless as possible.

I realise that might shock you. We tend to look on suicide as a big old mortal sin. But, do you know the story of Pandora’s Box? I mean, do you really know it?

In the Greek myths, Pandora (All Gifts) was given a chest by the gods and told not to open it, which of course… she did!

Wouldn’t you?

Out came all the evils the gods had thoughtfully locked up away from man. The last out of the box was hope.

According to the Christian version, the gods put in hope as a remedy so mankind would not give in to despair.

In the original Greek version, hope was out last because it was the most despicable evil of all. When all is lost, hope stops you walking away from the inevitable.

In my defence, all I can add is this…

Hey, you read my stuff. You should have known I’d be controversial.

© Images 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.

Paul lives in Wales with his partner and they are avid gardeners. As you can see from some of the photographs I have shared of their garden in this post.

Paul is a modest but very talented author and he has two books currently available. Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

Here is the most recent review for Thomas the Rhymer

Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance. Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidants and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked fairies hold over his brother .

The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in Rhyme:

“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”

The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.
We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul AndrussPaul also has a pdf file available and you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options at this link. http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

It would be amazing if you do download and enjoy the book as much as I did. If so then it would be great if you could put a review on Amazon by adding in a sentence at the beginning – Disclaimer: I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author..  Or you can leave a review on Facebook and tag Paul in the post by using his full name Paul George Boylan.

Finn Mac Cool

Paul’s second books is Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

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. If you would like to participate in the Ultimate Bucket List series please contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com Thanks Sally

 

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Smorgasbord Writer in Residence – The Glastonbury Zodiac by Paul Andruss


Time for one of Paul’s original posts for Smorgasbord and today he explores the legend of King Arthur further and reveals some of the links that have been made to Arthur and the giant figures formed from features in the landscape around the mythical Glastonbury Tor. This includes writings from nearly 500 hundred years ago that seems to support more modern theories.

The Glastonbury Zodiac by Paul Andruss

Image from theholisticworks.com

In 1929, local artist and mystic, Katherine Maltwood was commissioned to illustrate ‘The High History of the Holy Grail’, a French medieval Arthurian romance recently translated into English. While involved in this work she discovered the Glastonbury Zodiac, which she called the Temple of the Stars. It consisted of twelve giant figures, plus the Zodiac’s guardian the Girt Dog of Langport, formed from features in the landscape across an area 11 miles in diameter around Glastonbury Tor.

The High History claimed it was written in Glastonbury Abbey and conflicted with accepted Arthurian tradition. In it, Arthur’s foster brother Kai murders Arthur and Guinevere’s son Loholt and the queen dies from grief. So, there is no affair between Launcelot and Guinevere and no fateful Battle of Camlann, caused by Arthur’s nephew (or illegitimate son of incest) seizing the queen and the throne while Arthur is fighting Launcelot.

The High History may represent an occult treatise preserving garbled pre-Christian Celtic and Gnostic Christian beliefs. There is some archaeological evidence from Christian Late Roman Villas, uncovered in Southern England, hinting the Holy Grail legend may be linked with the gnostic influenced early Celtic Church, which did not submit to the Pope until the Synod of Whitby in 664AD: over a century and a half after Arthur was supposed to have lived.

In an article from a 1969 magazine Gandalf’s Garden, Katherine Maltwood’s successor, Mary Caine, explains how Maltwood discovered Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars by mapping the journey of the grail knights from Cadbury Castle, an iron-age hillfort across the valley from Glastonbury.

In 1542 the antiquarian, John Leland reported the locals referred to Cadbury Castle as Camelot. When he came to excavate the summit of the hill, an old man asked if he came to take away the King. According to tradition Arthur and his Knights sleep inside the hillfort, waiting for the call to defend Britain.

It is said each Midsummer Eve they emerge, pausing only to let their horses drink from the spring at the southwest gate. An old lane at the hillfort’s base is called King Arthur’s Lane. Locals claim on wild winter nights the king and his hounds are heard rushing along it.
Caine tells how Maltwood, with the help of ordinance survey maps and, later, aerial photographs, soon identified each figure, sometimes miles across, by tracing tell-tale features in the landscape; ancient boundaries, hills, earthworks, paths, field borders and waterways. She claimed if you overlaid a star chart on a map of Glastonbury the figures matched the size and shape of the zodiac constellations in the heavens with the corresponding stars falling within each figure’s outline.

Inside each figure, ancient place names give clues to the house of the zodiac, e.g. Fisher’s Hill is within Pisces. According to Maltwood, Arthur is the horseman archer Sagittarius. The horse mounted archer of Sagittarius, representing King Arthur, has the horse’s tail resting on Arthur’s Bridge, and includes Canter’s Green. Virgo as Guinevere (located by Queen Camel) faces Leo who is Arthur’s foster brother Sir Kai.

Some early traditions, before Launcelot was introduced into the developing legend, claim Guinevere and Kai were the original adulterous couple. Arthur and Kai represent the summer and winter kings vying for the ancient White Goddess. Sagittarius is threatened by the claws of Scorpio, representing the treacherous Mordred.

The earliest traditions of Arthur suggest he was a Celtic divinity rather than a Dark Age warrior. Arthur battles supernatural monsters and raids the underworld to steal Gwyn Ap Nudd’s Cauldron of Inspiration from his glass castle. In old stories Glastonbury Tor is called the Isle of Glass and associated with the underworld and Avalon.

Similarly Arthur’s foster brother and rival Kai appears to be a Celtic sun-god as he can grow to the size of the tallest tree, radiate sun-like heat and has a round mirrored shield.
Guinevere means ‘White Phantom’. She is the triple faced moon goddess: full moon, old and new. ‘The Triads of the Isle of Britain’ say Arthur had three wives all called Guinevere, and all faithless.

The Easter sacrificial lamb of Aries is the young impetuous Gawain, found in a later version of the battle between spring and winter. ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ says Gawain preferred to fight before noon. After mid-day his strength waned with the weakening sun. Gwain represents returning summer while the Green Knight, armed with an evergreen holly bush, is winter.

Maybe through changes in the topography of the landscape, Cancer the crab is now a ship. Its earlier shape is perhaps still discernible in the curved hull and raised prow and stern signifying the crab’s shell and claws. The same has happened to Libra, now a dove rather than scales, and Aquarius, now an eagle or phoenix.

Cancer is Arthur’s ship Prydwen, which sailed his knights to Annwn to steal the Cauldron of Inspiration. Its name means ‘white face’. It is the moon ship that sails the sun-god through the night from dusk to dawn. Its presence led to claims of a much older origin for the Glastonbury Zodiac.

The Libran dove symbolises the spiritual quest for the Holy Grail. Holy Spirit takes a dove’s form. Known in the Genesis creation story as the ‘spirit that moves across the face of the waters’, the Holy Spirit was originally female. She is Sophia (Wisdom), whom ancient Jewish mystics considered to be God’s wife.

Aquarius is either an eagle or phoenix. An eagle represents the hero’s soul ascending to heaven. Roman historians mention seeing an eagle soaring over the Emperor Augustus’ funeral pyre as he ascended to take his place among the gods. Lleu Llaw Gyffes, the Welsh hero from the Mabinogion, was also changed into an eagle after his rival Gronw murdered him.

The phoenix, a legend from ancient Egypt, is reborn from the flames of its own funeral pyre. The sun bird is from Heliopolis; one of the oldest cities in ancient Egypt, dating back to the pre-dynastic period, possibly 10,000 years. It represents the reincarnated Summer King as Sol Invictus – the triumphant sun returning in the spring. In its beak it holds the Holy Grail or at least the Chalice Well where the grail was reputedly hidden by Joseph of Arimathea.

The thirteenth figure of the zodiac’s guardian is the Girt Dog Langport, which we will look at another time.

Critics deny there is a Glastonbury Zodiac. They say there is simply no evidence to support its existence and dismiss the Glastonbury Zodiac as coincidence, fantasy, or fraud. Bearing this in mind, how do they account for the following?

In 1580 the English magician Dr Dee, scientist and astronomer to Queen Elizabeth I, wrote, somewhat mysteriously, about constellations lying mapped on the ground.

‘the stars agree with their reproduction on the ground… all the greater stars of Sagittarius fall in the hindquarters of horse while the others fall on its chest… exactly married and measured in a scientific reconstruction of the heavens.

No one is sure what Dee meant. Much of his magical work remains obscure. If the Glastonbury Zodiac was something Katherine Maltwood invented in 1929, then how do you explain Dr Dee’s words from 350 years earlier?

(Download here: http://www.heroofcamelot.com/docs/High-History-of-the-Holy-Graal.pdf)

©PaulAndruss 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.

Paul is a modest but very talented author and he has two books currently available. Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

I have read and reviewed Thomas the Rhymer earlier in the year, and here is the link to download the epub version of the books for FREE.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Paul also has a pdf file available and you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options at this link. http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

It would be amazing if you do download and enjoy the book as much as I did. If so then it would be great if you could put a review on Amazon by adding in a sentence at the beginning – Disclaimer: I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author..  Or you can leave a review on Facebook and tag Paul in the post by using his full name Paul George Boylan.

Finn Mac Cool

Paul’s second books is Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

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. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Dionne Warwick, Hurricanes and Archives.


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed and as always I am so grateful for the contribution of others to the blog which adds great content and a different perspective on life.

Exactly thirty years ago to the day, we were told on a weather forecast that high winds were expected overnight.. that particular weatherman never lived that down. On the Monday 16th of October, I was due to start my new job as Advertising Sales Trainer for a paper in South Woodford in London. It was great as it was just a ten minute walk from our house on the edge of Epping Forest. Overnight we certainly had high winds… it was a hurricane with winds up to 135 miles per hour and most of the South of England was devastated. On our estate ancient trees toppled and the next morning I had to climb over several to get down to the main street where the offices were. My first day on the job and apart from the receptionist who lived locally and had managed to get in and open up… I was the only one in the office for the day. On job training they call it.

Hurricane Ophelia has just dropped down by ten miles an hour and downgraded from a category 3 to category 2 which is a tropical storm. It is beginning to break up as it travels north and hits the current depression over us. It is going to make landfall on our west coast tonight which will take a beating especially in coastal areas. We are hoping that by the time it reaches us it will have lost even more power, but because we live in a rural location our overhead electricity and telephone lines are likely to suffer.  We are better placed than many who live in designated flood areas as the rain that will fall is going to fill the rivers rapidly.

If you don’t see me around for a couple of days you will know why.. If you are in the UK batten down the hatches as high winds will be hitting you tomorrow on the north west coast. Be safe.

I have scheduled you with some of your regular posts for the week to keep you entertained..

Time to get on with some posts that you might have missed this week…

William Price King Meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick the Early Years.

The start of a new series and we meet the wonderful iconic Dionne Warwick as she grows up with a gospel influence and rich musical heritage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss shares the secrets from the leather tanning industry that is best written between meals. Some of the products used to provide you with soft kid gloves were picked up by collectors.. and a clue.. today we would be fined for not picking it up.. Pure is its name not its nature!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-pure-by-paul-andruss/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor

This week wind free beans.. and not just baked, but a number of varieties created in her kitchen in Thailand for your pleasure.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-bean-12000-years-of-history/

I added a few more mushroom recipes to those Carol created a couple of weeks ago

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/cook-from-scratch-mushroom-soup-and-mushroom-chilli-carbonara/

Smorgasbord Health

With the Australia flu raising concern for its spread to the UK and the rest of Europe it is time to think about taking some precautions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/winterising-the-body-immune-system-boosting-eating-and-recovery-plan/

Sunday Interview – Ultimate Bucket List

Delighted to welcome author Amy M. Reade to share her two top items on her Ultimate Bucket List..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-owls-and-learning-greek-by-amy-m-reade/

Odd Jobs and Characters

My thanks to Adele Marie Park for sharing this week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters. I come to grips with a few rams… literally!  On a sheep farm in the mountains of Wales.

https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/odd-jobs-and-characters-sally-cronin/

Posts from Your Archives

I am so delighted that so many bloggers are sharing posts from their archives that deserve another audience.. MINE.. if you are interested in participating just send four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. I am looking for human interest, informative, entertaining and humour…if you would like to promote your books.. then still email but we will look at doing a FREE promotion instead.

Carol Taylor kicked off the week with the story of a stray mama dog and her pups and the her own impending new fur family member.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/posts-from-your-archives-properly-trained-man-can-be-a-dogs-best-friend-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson took a look back at the 1950s and 1960s with a realistic look at the hardships that children and adults face in those post war years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/posts-from-your-archives-a-la-recherche-du-temps-perdu-by-pete-johnson/

Deana Metzke shares the story of how her son, although still very young developed a taste for chapter books, eagerly looking forward to the next night’s installment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/posts-from-your-archives-i-am-not-afraid-of-chapter-books-by-d-metzke/

Debby Gies with one of her informational posts on handling social media and solicitations by email. We all get them.. “I write posts very similar to your blog and feel that I could provide you with content”  or similar.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/posts-from-your-archives-7-tips-on-how-to-sleuth-out-email-solicitor-requests-by-d-g-kaye/

A new contributor to this series.. Bob Wertzler of Cabbages and Kings with a post about how we are all stories.. everything we do, think or feel is about creating a story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/posts-from-your-archives-we-are-stories-by-robert-wertzler-of-cabbage-and-kings/

And a warm welcome back after a couple of months offline to Tina Frisco who shares wise words on how we can manage stressful and sometimes catastrophic events in our lives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/posts-from-your-archives-problem-lesson-or-opportunity-by-tina-frisco/

Sally’s Cafe and Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carol-balawyder-kim-cox-darlene-foster-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-g-hill-helen-jonesj-a-owenby-and-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-how-polly-became-a-pirate-by-jann-weeratunga/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jaye-marie-alyssa-drake-john-howell-and-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-viv-drewa-jessica-duchen-claire-fullerton-and-tina-frisco/

Media Training – Advertising for authors – Physical Watering Holes where readers gather.

This is the final post in this series – physical waterholes where you can meet your readers and sell books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/media-training-for-authors-advertising-physical-watering-holes-where-readers-gather/

Personal Stuff

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/something-to-think-about-canadian-thanksgiving-day-and-a-chance-to-celebrate-four-years-of-blogging/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/some-personal-stuff-my-new-reading-chair-and-resolution-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/paraskevidekatriaphobics-have-no-fear-friday-13th-is-lucky-for-some/

Smorgasbord Pet Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-pet-health-kennel-cough-hygiene-is-just-as-important-for-dogs-as-is-not-sharing-food-and-water-bowls-3/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-just-for-canadians-courtesy-of-wayne-barnes-of-tofino-photography/

A herd of dairy cows come rushing across to listen to a jazz band.. and then the unexpected happens…..

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-dairy-music-appreciation-society/

Thank you again for all your wonderful support this week and hopefully the winds will die down before they reach us.. if not see you on the other side.

Smorgasbord Reblog – Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss


Welcome to the Friday slot where our writer in residence, Paul Andruss shares exclusive posts for Smorgasbord, or I borrow his own posts from his blog to share. This week some less than fragrant history on the production of leather. The next time you are enjoying the soft leather of your new gloves and enjoying that particular aroma that issues forth from said objects, be grateful you were not living 200 years ago…

Leather manufacture was always a noisome business. Noisome as in smelly, not noisy: that was the slaughterhouse. Although with all those animals terrified by death and all the blood, I think slaughterhouses were pretty smelly too.

When I was a kid there was a tannery on the side of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. We often took a shortcut through a hole in the wire mesh fence between the processing warehouse and the soaking vats. Security wasn’t great, but then who in their right mind would pinch a stack of stinking, sopping cowhide.

The smell! I can honestly say I have never smelled anything like it. Rancid doesn’t do it justice. Funnily enough although kids are fascinated by, and love to play in, all sorts of inappropriate places, it never occurred to us to loiter one minute longer than we had to. And this was with modern chemical processing. Before that the smell was even worse.

At the slaughterhouse salt was rubbed into rawhide to stop it putrefying, allowing it to be stored. After being washed by the tanner, the first job was to scrape away any fat and flesh; next came the hair removal. Today it’s done with alkaloid chemicals. but in the old days hides were soaked in vats of old urine.

In Roman times urine was so precious for the leather and wool industries, it was taxed. Fullers, who prepared the fleece, had urns outside the premises where passers-by were encouraged to take a leak. Urine was left to break down into ureic acid and used to wash out the lanoline (yes that stuff in your hand cream): the sheep’s oily secretion keeping the fleece waterproof. With a longer soak it rotted away hair, allowing the skin to be scraped clean.

Next came bating, a process used to soften the skin. This was done either by working dung or the animal’s brains into the hide for two or three hours. The Ancient Irish believed each animal was born with sufficient brains to bate its hide.

Needless to say, it was this combination of urine, faeces and rotting flesh that made the rich pass laws confining tanneries to poor neighbourhoods.

In the late 18th century Britain became industrialised. Brains fell out of favour for bating: they were too useful to feed the poor. Not the destitute you understand, but the industrial poor who had money to spend. The destitute only grew in numbers with the Christian guilt of the Victorians. Prior to that, very few were destitute: due to the simple expedient that if you could not work, beg or steal sufficient to keep body and soul together you starved to death.

Even if you managed to eat that day sleeping outside was risky, you might die of exposure or simply be murdered for the clothes on your back, to sell your cadaver, or for sport. The danger was so real people paid a ha’penny a night to flop houses to sleep upright, draped over a piece of rope, huddled together for warmth and to ensure you did not slip off and get trampled underfoot.

Leather production on an industrial scale, needed a new reliable source of bating. It was found in the ample piles of dog pooh littering the London streets: called pure for its superior cleansing and purifying properties. Rubbed into the leather by hand, it drove out moisture, broke down the unpleasant natural smell and produced a soft, supple material, strong enough to be scrapped down into thin, fine ‘Moroccan’ leather and ‘Kid’, used for gloves: hence the expression.

The journalist and social reformer Henry Mayhew’s seminal work is London Labour and the London Poor: a series of essays collected into 4 volumes between 1850 and 1861 painting a vivid picture of the lives of London Costers (street sellers- including their cries) and amongst others: mudlarks, sewer hunters, itinerant labourers, street entertainers, prostitutes, thieves, beggars and of course the pure collectors supplying the ever hungry tanneries of Bermondsey. His articles contain extensive interviews and recollections from individuals written exactly as they spoke, providing insights into a world, which would otherwise be forever lost.

Pure collecting was lucrative. A bucket could be sold for between 8 pence to a shilling and tuppence. Collectors could earn between 10 to 15 shillings a week when a man’s average wage for six days of 12 hours back breaking labour was around 7 shillings and sixpence.

The trade initially attracted the elderly as it required no skills or tools, other than a basket covered with a cloth, to hide the offending material and perhaps a stick or a black glove to pick it up. Many collectors preferred to use their hand as it was easier to keep clean than a glove.

Mayhew interviewed a 60 year old pure collector in her filthy slum tenement room ‘containing nothing but a chair by the fire and with rags stuffed into the broken panes of the small window’. He initially mistook her for ‘a bundle of rags and filth stretched on some dirty straw in the corner’. He was astonished to find her well-spoken and educated: able to read and write: ‘a person of natural good sense, though broken up with age, want, and infirmity.’

Head over and find out more about this pure collector who was younger than I am today and in a far less privileged situation as so many were: http://www.paul-andruss.com/pure/

©PaulAndruss 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.

Paul is a modest but very talented author and he has two books currently available. Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

I have read and reviewed Thomas the Rhymer earlier in the year, and here is the link to download the epub version of the books for FREE.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Paul also has a pdf file available and you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options at this link.

http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

It would be amazing if you do download and enjoy the book as much as I did. If so then it would be great if you could put a review on Amazon by adding in a sentence at the beginning – Disclaimer: I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author..  Or you can leave a review on Facebook and tag Paul in the post by using his full name Paul George Boylan.

The most recent review for Thomas the Rhymer on Amazon

Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance. Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidants and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked fairies hold over his brother .

The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in Rhyme:

“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”

The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.

We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.

Finn Mac Cool

Paul’s second books is Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

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. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Cafe Bookstore Feature, Guests and Tea Tree Icecream


I actually put out the round up last week on the Saturday as I was busy elsewhere on Sunday.. So this week you get a couple of bonus posts that you might have missed.

Enough about the past. How about we talk about the future. As I enter my fifth year of blogging I am taking a look at the features that I am running currently.

I am going to be making some changes to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in it’s current format. There are a number of authors who have been in the bookstore for a couple of years but I have not had any updates or contact with them since they went on the shelves. That is okay I know how hectic everyone’s lives are and everyone is juggling so many different platforms that it is tough to keep up with them all.

So I am going to be going through the bookstore and moving some authors off into a draft file where they will be safe and if they do come back to me with some news then I can move them back onto the shelves again.

Those that remain on the shelves will have an additional feature that reinforces my aim to increase the number of reviews that we receive. As I feature recent reviews for authors in the Cafe update and the Air Your Reviews posts, I will put the first paragraph and the heading which links back to the original review on Amazon or Goodreads.

As you can imagine this will increase the amount of administration of the blog and it is therefore very helpful if you would keep me updated.

I hope that those that feature in the promotions here and are on the shelves see some increase in their sales even if it is only one or two books, or increased readership of their blogs and social media. It is certainly not on a par with Goodreads or other book promotion sites but it is exclusive and it comes with some benefits. Including regular updates that go out across my social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and my blog.

I hope you will like the new feature. It will take me a few weeks to roll it out across all authors but hopefully it will add another inducement to readers who visit the cafe and bookstore to buy your books.

If you can remember in the middle of the excitement of a new release or fantastic review to drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. There are two hundred authors in the bookstore so I am very happy to share an update every four to six weeks to make sure as many authors as possible are featured.

If you are not sure if you are in the bookstore or not then check it out.. Authors are listed alphabetically and if you have not updated me for a while then please contact me.

Thanks again to all of you who have been in this week and liked, commented and shared and I will be starting the Blogger Daily again very soon as I know that I am neglecting my blogging community in the promotions.. Blame Queen Filigree and her new toyboy… a Prince in every sense of the word!!

Here are this week’s posts if you missed them and please head over and check out my guests, they are amazing.

William Price King meets Sir Tom Jones

This week some of the hits from the 1970s and Sir Tom Jones’ time in the Country Charts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-country-music-and-sex-bomb/

Writer in residence Reblog – Paul Andruss

Did you know about the beautiful and intelligent daughter of Karl Marx? I didn’t and Paul Andruss introduces us to her.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-mister-marxs-beautiful-daughter-by-paul-andruss/

Cook From Scratch with Carol Taylor

This week Carol Taylor elevates one of my superfoods to a new level with some delicious recipes to encourage you to include in your daily diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-green-tea-ice-cream-latte-and-macarons/

Cook from Scratch guest post – Holiday stuffing from D.G. Kaye in time for Thanksgiving in Canada on October 9th.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/cook-from-scratch-2017-holiday-stuffing-d-g-kaye-style/

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

Sue Vincent has set her heart on a VW Camper Van and travel to find and share all of the ancient sites and relics of Britain and I did my best….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-living-the-dream-with-sue-vincent/

Steve Costello shares his top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List. Although all of us would no doubt put achieving world peace on the top of our list, Steve has placed some personal goals and actions on this challenging task.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-steve-costello/

 

Posts from your Archives Guest Posts

Do you have posts that you wrote some time ago that you would like to share with my readers and an opportunity to promote your blog or books? Then check out the posts and get in touch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/posts-from-your-archives-accept-what-is-let-go-of-what-was-and-have-faith-in-what-will-be-david-avocado-wolfe-by-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/posts-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-bermondsey-summers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/posts-from-your-archives-this-was-a-great-day-by-jennie-fitzkee/

 

Author Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-mary-smith-and-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-andrew-joyce-linda-swain-bethea-and-jacquie-biggar/

New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tan-a-story-of-exile-betrayal-and-revenge-by-david-lawlor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-from-the-prairie-to-passchendaele-by-fred-knight-adapted-by-joy-lennick/

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-pamela-s-wight-ritu-bhathal-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jack-eason-mary-smith-and-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Humour and Afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/the-afternoon-video-rewind-nightmares-nothing-like-a-mums-arms/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-heavens-above-and-the-other-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/afternoon-video-rewind-keep-calm-courtesy-of-the-cat-whisperer-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-useful-observations-on-life/

Media Training for authors

I have adapted my media training manual that I used for seminars to reflect the business needs of authors. Post production marketing and advertising. You will find the main directory in the menu. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/media-training-for-authors/

This week… Advertising, covers and key words.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/media-training-for-authors-advertising-covers-titles-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin-2/

Personal stuff

I have not had much time recently for responding to awards (shameful I know) but Judith Barrow kindly nominated me for the Miranda Sings Award… You have to name 7 things you love about yourself… tough challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/award-the-miranda-sings-award-a-chance-to-say-i-love-me/

If you find yourself saying ‘I will be happy when…..’ you might want to read this post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/something-to-think-about-stop-putting-restrictions-on-your-happiness/

Odd Jobs and Characters – This week I posted the next episode in the saga of my job history.. next Tuesday Lyn Horner is kindly hosting me.

I arrived in the dead of night to the doors of a gothic style hotel in the mountains of Wales and my arrival does little to confirm that I have made the right decision.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-in-wales-senior-receptionist-a-ghostly-arrival/

Health

Another addition to my Medicine Women’s Larder – Sunflower seeds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/medicine-womans-larder-sunflower-seeds-and-oil-sunshine-all-year-round/

Pet Health

Kittens and Puppies are really cute but finding homes for them can be difficult with so many unwanted pets needing to be adopted. But is you find that you do have a pregnant fur family member, here is some tips.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-pet-health-new-arrivals-on-their-way-pregnancy-in-cats-and-dogs-2/

Thank you so much for dropping in today and for your great support.

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur and other VIPs..


Welcome to this week’s round up and a week of two halves. One half had failing internet, which like a dodgy hair piece, was all over the place for four days. On for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes and variations along that theme. Thankfully I had scheduled posts so that I could take a writing break, but it was frustrating to say the least.  The good half of the week is that I got on with Tales from an Irish Garden and made good progress.. A way to go yet, but it will get there in its own good time.

Apart from that I was lucky to have great guests and their contributions to entertain you, and I am very grateful for their time and effort.

William Price King provided us an insight into the career and music of Sir Tom Jones in the mid 1960’s for the rest of the decade. A very busy time for him both in chart success and his residency in Las Vegas.  Here is a later performance of Tom Jones and Pavarotti which you might enjoy as you browse.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-1960s-las-vegas-elvis-presley-and-delilah/

Also this week we enjoyed the latest post from Carol Taylor who turned my post on the health benefits of mushrooms into a fantastic feast. Carol has put so much love and effort into her recipes that even those who don’t normally eat some of the foods we feature, are giving the a try.. Don’t miss…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-mushrooms/

Delighted to welcome Debby Gies with some posts from her archives and this week she took us through the various social media platforms available to us as writers, and the pros and cons

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/post-from-your-archives-how-are-you-spending-your-most-valuable-time-on-social-media-by-d-g-kaye/

Also with a post for all dog lovers Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete, shares some tales of Ollie… fabulous face and the only creature who can wear wrinkles well…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/post-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-ollies-gang/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Smorgasbord Reblog – A companion piece to the post on King Arthur last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-reblog-who-was-arthur-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

On a personal note.

This week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters was very kindly hosted by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and thank you to everyone who went over and commented and shared. If you missed you might like to find out how I managed to cook 3000 meals a week in a boarding school.. and still have time to wave a feather duster.

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/odd-jobs-and-characters-with-sally-cronin/

The next episode next week will be on my own blog before resuming its travels around blogland.

A quick look at my WIP with a story that appeared earlier the year with an illustration by Donata Zawadzka

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-wip-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

A new series – Media Training for Authors -ways to promote you and your books locally and on a national scale.  All four posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/media-training-for-authors-radio-or-podcast-interviews-gold-dust-for-an-author-get-prepared/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/

New Series – The Sunday Interview – The ultimate Bucket List

The first guest was our resident food expert Carol Taylor who shared the top two items on her ultimate bucket list. I am sure that they will both come true. Tomorrow the author, poet and fabulous blogger, Sue Vincent.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-with-carol-taylor/

Book Promotions – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-d-g-kaye-and-mary-anne-edwards/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-m-c-v-egan/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-judith-barrow-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sandra-j-jackson/

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/sallya-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-girl-named-truth-by-alethea-kehas/

New Series – Something to think about – this week volunteering – helping out charities, school, libraries can be both rewarding and teach you new skills.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/voluntary-work-a-hugely-valuable-sector-of-the-workforce-and-beneficial-to-those-who-volunteer/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/afternoon-video-rewind-the-intelligence-of-crows-the-8-part-puzzle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-the-irish-view-on-life-bars-accents-and-heaven-and-hell-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/afternoon-video-rewind-snowball-the-cockatoo-another-one-bites-the-dust/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-rewindhot-dogs-swim-aids-and-venetian-blinds/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-safety-listeria-an-invisible-and-unwanted-visitor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-leprosy-hansens-disease-a-modern-miracle/

Pet health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-pet-health-house-training-reward-not-punishment-for-you-or-your-dog/

Thank you for all your visits, likes, comments and shares during the week… it is so appreciated.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Reblog – Who Was Arthur – Part Two by Paul Andruss


This is the companion piece to last week’s post about the legend of King Arthur by Paul Andruss: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/writer-in-residence-arthur-king-or-pawn-by-paul-andruss/  the legend continues.

As we saw the more historians try to track down King Arthur, the more he slips through their fingers.

’On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain’ (De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae), by the British monk Glidas, is the only surviving document from around Arthur’s time (about 500 AD). The work contains a historical section written from memory, but is basically a rant against 5 British kings ruling a generation after Arthur. Gildas mentions the Battle of Badon against the Saxons, but not Arthur. The Venerable Bede relied on Gildas when writing his Saxon history almost two centuries later and does not mention Arthur either.

The first surviving mention of Badon as Arthur’s greatest victory comes from a compilation of ancient documents copied out in 1100. In it are two works: the ’History of the Britons’ (Historia Brittonum) and the ‘Welsh Annals ’– which are a year list with events noted against some of them. Between them they mention Arthur’s 12 battles – ending with Badon – and record the Battle of Camlann in 537 – where Arthur and Mordred fell. The ‘History of the Britons’ is thought to be written in 830 by a Welsh monk called Nennius. Although historians doubt this, they think the date is correct. The accompanying ‘Welsh Annals’ were written about 900.

William of Malmsbury wrote ’Deeds of the English Kings’ (Gesta Regum Anglorum) in 1125. He briefly mentions Arthur as aiding Ambrosius and winning the battle of Badon, but gives no more details than those found in Nennius. He writes…

‘It is of this Arthur that the Britons fondly tell so many fables, even to the present day; a man worthy to be celebrated, not by idle fictions, but by authentic history. He long upheld the sinking state, and roused the broken spirit of his countrymen to war.’

Geoffrey of Monmouth was the first to provide a biography of Arthur in his ‘History of British Kings’ (Historia Regum Britanniae – 1138 AD), where two whole sections are devoted to him. It is not entirely the story we know – there is no Sword in the Stone, Camelot, Grail Quest, Round Table or Launcelot for Guinevere to have an affair with. There is not even a Guinevere, Geoffrey calls Arthur’s wife Ganhumara.

Head over and discover more about the background to the legend we know as Arthur: http://www.paul-andruss.com/who-was-arthur/

About Paul Andruss

Paul is a modest but very talented author and he has two books currently available. I have read and reviewed Thomas the Rhymer earlier in the year, and here is a reminder of that review and also the link to download the epub version of the books for FREE. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-my-review-for-thomas-the-rhymer-and-free-downloads/

Paul also has a pdf file available and you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options at this link.

http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

It would be amazing if you do download and enjoy the book as much as I did. If so then it would be great if you could put a review on Amazon by adding in a sentence at the beginning – Disclaimer: I was gifted with a copy of this book from the author..  Or you can leave a review on Facebook and tag Paul in the post by using his full name Paul George Boylan.

Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

Finn Mac Cool

Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

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/

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over and read the rest of the research into the Legend that is King Arthur. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Round Weekly Round Up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur, Brussel Sprouts and Author Media Training


Welcome to the weekly round up where I share my posts from the week and also those of my guests. Those guests are providing a much valued different perspective on topics that I might not cover normally and I thank them so much for their work and time that they spend creating their posts.

Also news of some new ways to promote your books and blog this week and tomorrow the start of the new Sunday Interview show… The Ultimate Bucket List and to show you how it will look… our foodie guest writer Carol Taylor volunteered to be the first victim guest……going out just after midnight.

Resident musical director – William Price King is back with a new music series… the every youthful and dynamic Sir Tom Jones, and this week in the early years, William shares some of his early influences and hits.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-the-early-years/

Paul Andruss tackles the legend of King Arthur this week which is not an easy thing to do. As you will read, Arthur has been a pawn in other Kings and Emperor’s claims to their position and there might have been a few pretenders along the way too.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/writer-in-residence-arthur-king-or-pawn-by-paul-andruss/

Julie Lawford has been with us over the summer with some excellent posts on lifestyle and weight loss and I hope that in the future she will find time to donate some of her archived posts again. This week Julie shares some useful links to healthy living sites and some videos that are worth watching.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-health-2017-guest-writer-julie-lawford-dietary-heresy-or-new-wisdom-functional-medicine-sugar-fat-carbs-cholesterol/

Carol Taylor has been adding her special blend of spices and love of fresh produce to the foods that I have showcased in the past as being particularly healthy.. Sally and Carol’s Cook from Scratch is going from strength to strength and we are grateful for you likes, shares and comments. This week the little powerhouse of nutrition… Brussel sprouts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-brussel-sprouts/

 

 

And in the new series of Posts from your Archives, Pete Johnson from Beetley Pete starts a four week series on posts from his stash. In this post you will also find out how you can participate by giving posts that you would like to share with a new audience a showcase. Look forward to hearing from you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/new-series-posts-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-going-to-the-pictures/

Milestones along the Way by Geoff Cronin

Last weekend we came to the end of my late father-in-law Geoff’s books with the love story of how Geoff and Joan, his wife of 50 years met.  All his stories are in the directory for you to revisit. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/books-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/milestones-along-the-way-how-i-met-her-by-geoff-cronin/

Odd Jobs and Characters – Public House Landlady my host Chris the Story Reading Ape.

This week some challenges in my role as landlady of a pub in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with rather over the top customers courtesy of the ‘booze cruises’ on Saturday nights – Read all about it: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/11/reserved-for-sally-cronin/

New Series – Media Training for Authors.

I have been an Indie author for 20 years and without a massive budget behind me to get noticed, I had to push open a few doors myself. For most of it is very hard to self-promote, even for someone like myself, who have a background in public speaking at conferences and major events.

We have a tendency to think global with our marketing because we have access to the world via the Internet. But I have always sold more books, especially print books by creating a market in my local environment. When I first began marketing my books there was no Amazon, worldwide web or global readership to the same extent and we relied on local media picking up the story. This sometimes led to nationals then taking an interest. That is how it worked with my first book Size Matters and I enjoyed both local and national coverage. The same applied to my family health book – Just Food for Health that sold well at book fairs, health events and summer fetes.

Most authors that I speak to are seeking international recognition for their work and to become a bestseller. But, there is no harm in getting some much needed experience locally first, before stepping onto the worldwide stage. One reason being, that most national radio stations and media, will be looking to interview authors who have had some experience of being behind a microphone or in front of a camera.  I have adapted my media training course to focus on authors and book marketing.

Here are the first two posts with more tomorrow and next weekend.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-sue-coletta-j-e-spina-and-c-s-boyack/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-and-various-authors-john-nicholl-and-lucinda-e-clarke/

Air Your Reviews – share your most recent rave review with everyone..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jena-c-henry-chuck-jackson-and-deborah-jay/

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paul-andruss-d-wallace-peach-and-christina-steinner/

Blog Promotions – The Blogger Daily now on hold for next week (writing break)

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-11th-september-2017-patrick-dykie-terri-webster-schrandt-van-by-the-river-annette-rochelle-aben-robbie-cheadle-and-traci-kenworth/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-12th-september-2017-d-g-kaye-sue-vincents-c-skillman-alethea-kehas-and-gary-loggins/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-september-13th-2017-madelyn-griffith-haynie-janice-spina-and-the-non-smoking-lady-bug/

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/smorgasbord-health-2017-a-z-of-common-conditions-chicken-pox-and-shingles-a-double-act/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-health-2017-the-soda-stream-worth-125-billion-dollars-a-year-at-the-cost-of-your-health-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-rewind-food-safety-toxoplasma-gondii-cats-and-other-carriers/

Smorgasbord Pet Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/smorgasbord-pet-health-allergies-fleas-and-benefits-of-raw-food-diest-for-dogs-and-cats/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-lifes-great-truths-and-some-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/the-afternoon-video-rewind-the-most-graceful-dog-dancing-i-have-seen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/afternoon-video-rewind-you-can-lead-a-dog-to-water-bath-time/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/afternoon-video-rewind-cats-vs-flip-flops-shared-by-n-a-granger/

Personal Stuff

I underwent a procedure this week that was long overdue.. the process prompted a poem!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/smorgasbord-poetry-farewell-to-colourful-friends-by-sally-cronin-2/

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and as always very grateful to see you and get your feedback. Enjoy the rest of the weekend… thanks Sally.

Writer in Residence – Arthur: King or Pawn by Paul Andruss


History is not necessarily written by the winners, but it is written for the winners. As the wheel of fortune turns dynasties rise and fall. Those on the up get to choose what survives and what is consigned to the bonfire. For example, King Arthur is probably the most famous British hero of all time, yet there is no evidence he ever existed. So was Arthur merely a legend, used hundreds of years after he lived to strengthen the political claims of Welsh Kings, Norman Kings and even the Tudors?

Arthur is not mentioned by his near contemporary, the British monk Gildas, who wrote a scathing condemnation of British kings shortly after Arthur’s time called ‘The Ruin and Conquest of Britain’ (around 547AD).

Almost 150 years later, writing for the Anglo Saxons, Bede, a monk from Jarrow, used Gildas as a source when writing his Ecclesiastical History of the English People (finished in 731). Although Bede was a meticulous scholar and had access to early copies of Gildas, and other lost documents, neither does he mention Arthur.

Arthur is first mentioned is in the Historia Brittonum, a compilation of ancient documents thought to have been compiled around 830. The earliest copy we have is from the 1100s. There are many slightly later copies including one in the Vatican. As with any late copies of early works we are not entirely sure what was in the original. Different copies disagree on wording, contents and even the name of the author.

Written some 300 years after Arthur lived, the Historia Brittonum credits him with 12 famous victories against the Saxons: culminating in Mount Badon which brought a generation of peace. Arthur is not called a king but the Dux Bellorum (Duke of Battles) an otherwise unknown title that might echo the old Roman military leader: Duke of the Saxon Shore.

The next work to substantially feature Arthur is Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘History of British Kings’ written around 1136. It bears little resemblance to the story we know.

The ‘History of British Kings’ was so popular it sparked an avalanche of Arthurian lore. Some stories even found their way back into medieval Welsh manuscripts and up to recently were deemed independent evidence of Arthur’s existence.

Around 1470 Thomas Malory wrote the English work ‘The Book of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table’ based on French Arthurian story cycle. Some 15 years later, the owner of the first printing press in England, William Caxton, edited the now dead Malory’s work, translated it into French (the language of the educated) and published it under the snappier title of ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’. This contains all the elements we know: Lancelot and Guinevere’, Camelot; and the quest for the Holy Grail.

Morte d’Arthur was immensely popular. Printed books were the latest fashion accessory, and more importantly they were cheap… a hell of a lot cheaper than the old hand written ones. Which begs the question, why the old books were written in the first place?
In the Classical world a large part of the population could read. There were public libraries and a whole industry of slaves dedicated to cheaply copying out works onto mass-produced papyrus sheets, made from Nile reeds. So many people could read they even had trashy novels.

In the Dark Ages the population was mainly illiterate. The preparation of ink, goose quills and parchment from sheep skin was a long arduous process for an Abbey’s cottage industry. Monks would not simply decide to waste their time on something as trivial as history, when they could be using valuable resources on laboriously copying the bible or other religious texts.

So what prompted them?

To be blunt, sucking up to royalty and propaganda!

Before the Historia Brittonum was written the Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd was beset by civil war. The neighbouring Saxon kingdom took advantage by annexing territory. When the last king of a dynasty that ruled for 400 years died, the new king, Mervyn, needed to establish a pedigree.

Thanks to Bede, and the perfidious Gildas, the Saxons believed God took England away from the British (Welsh) and granted it to them. Mervin needed ancestors and heroes who had thrashed the Saxons at great victories such as Badon. The name Arthur might have been chosen because Gildas’ hero Ambrosius Aurelianus sounded too Roman: too foreign.
Geoffrey of Monmouth was in a similar position. He wrote during an English Civil War almost a century after the Normans took England from the Anglo Saxons. Stephen seized the throne when his uncle, Henry, died only leaving a daughter, Mathilda, who promptly declared war.

Arthur was popular in Brittany and neighbouring Normandy as Britain migrants had fled there in the Dark Ages. Through some sleight of hand, the Normans lost no time in claiming their conquest a rightful reclamation of the ancestral throne; even though they were Norse-men from Norway. Geoffrey’s Arthur gave Stephen legitimacy and provided a British hero to equal Charlemagne, an ancestor of the French king who was also trying to claim the English throne.

Stephen’s successor, Henry II, went one step further. He took Arthur away from the Welsh. It is believed Henry was behind the monks finding of Arthur’s grave at Glastonbury Abbey, firmly relocating the Welsh hero to English territory. His son Richard the Lionheart, equally po-faced, presented a crusader ally with a sword he claimed was Excalibur.

The idea of the Round Table where all knights were equal was popular in Medieval Europe. The first Round Table festival of feasting, jousting and dressing up as Arthur’s knights was held in Cyprus 1233.

Arthur’s court was long held to have been in Caerleon in South Wales. In the 1290s, Edward I: Conqueror of Wales claimed Camelot was the English city of Winchester and promptly discovered Arthur’s Round Table there. Tree ring analysis subsequently dated the table’s construction to Edward I’s reign.

Some two centuries later, Henry VIII slyly had the Round Table painted with a Tudor Rose and a portrait of Arthur at its head, looking suspiciously like himself, to impress his rival the French King. In actual fact Henry VIII was not joking when he claimed Arthur as an ancestor. Tudor is an ancient Welsh name.

His father’s rival in the civil war, known as the War of the Roses, Edward IV also claimed descent from Arthur through the Welsh Kings. When Edward died of fever, or poison, he left two young sons under the protection of his brother Richard. Richard promptly had his brother’s marriage declared invalid, making the boy’s illegitimate, and crowned himself Richard III.

His brother’s sons known to history as the ‘Princes in the Tower’ are believed to have been murdered by their uncle at the ages of 13 and 10. This view was popularised, somewhat unsurprisingly, in the time of Henry VIIIs daughter Elizabeth I in William Shakespeare’s play.

All things considered, when we see how successive dynasties used Arthur to bolster their claims of legitimacy it does appear Britain’s greatest hero is far more a pawn than he ever was king.

In truth the only person who did not use Arthur for their own ends was Gildas. And here lies the irony. In a biography written after Geoffrey of Monmouth’s book, Arthur’s contemporary, the monk Gildas, is accused of deliberately ignoring Arthur due to a personal beef. It claims Arthur murdered Gildas’ brother and the holy man holding a grudge, deliberately excluded him from ‘The Ruin and Conquest of Britain’.

For once we can be pretty certain this is fiction as the author Caradoc was a contemporary of Geoffrey. And while Geoffrey names Arthur’s wife Guanhumara, Caradoc calls her Gwenhwyfar a Welsh version of the Guinevere only used in later stories.

©PaulAndruss 2017

My thanks to Paul for this wonderful post on one of our most revered legends. Real or otherwise, the very mention of King Arthur has stirred the hearts and minds of millions across the centuries and instilled pride and honour.

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.

Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels

Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen.

Finn Mac Cool

Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, explicitly sexual and disturbingly violent, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

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. Thanks Sally