Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Saturday September 7th 2019 – Beetley Pete Guest posts, Paddy Cummins #Irish Names, Some Kind of Fifty Questions?

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete fame, who lives and blogs from Norfolk and in this post he extends an invitation to guest post, an opportunity that should never be passed up.

At least once a year, I offer followers of this blog (and email and Twitter followers) the opportunity to have a guest post published here.

This not only gives me a short break from posting, it also helps to introduce those bloggers to others, and to continue to foster that sense of community so valuable to us all.

So this is how it works, if you are interested.
(Don’t worry if you have had a guest post before, you are allowed more!)

Find out how to participate in this blog promotional opportunity with Beetley Pete:

About Pete Johnson

Hi everyone. For those of you who already know me, you will need read no further. For anyone else…

I retired in 2012, then aged 60, and moved from a busy life and work in Central London, to Beetley, in rural Norfolk. I thought I would start this blog to share my thoughts about life in general, and my new life in Norfolk in particular. My wife Julie is still working, so I am at home most of the day, accompanied by my seven year old Shar-Pei dog, Ollie.

My interests include local and global history, politics, and cinema and film. I also enjoy music; Motown, Soul, Jazz, along with many modern singers and styles.

After 22 years as an Emergency Medical Technician in the London Ambulance Service, followed by 11 years working for the Metropolitan Police in Control Rooms, it took some adjustment to being retired, and not working shifts.

Get in touch with Pete and discover more about his writingBlog: – Twitter:

The next post will interest the 75 million or so around the world who claim Irish Ancestry and certainly the 40 plus million in the United States. Paddy Cummins shares some of the top Irish names to be found in America and their history..It was published earlier in the year and reblogged recently which is how I found it.

Irish Surnames in the USA (The Top Ten)

It is of no surprise that there are now almost 40 million Americans that claim to have Irish ancestry considering that almost 5 million Irish have emigrated to the US since the 1700′s. The exodus of Irish immigrants to America really took off during the Great Hunger (Irish Potato Famine) between 1845-52 when over 1 million Irish died and many of those that survived fled in search of a better life.

The population of Ireland declined by 25% and to this day it is is still 50% smaller compared to what it was in the 1800′s. The Irish have contributed enormously to American society and many of the popular Irish family names have lived on throughout the United States.

Whether you are Irish or Irish-American, you’re probably immensely proud of your surname. Many Irish families declare their roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes. Here are the 10 most prominent Irish names in America with their Coats of Arms.

1. Murphy – The Sea Battlers


Murphys – you win the prize for most common last name in Ireland, especially in County Cork.

Head over and find out if your names is in the top ten and its origins:

About Paddy Cummins

Paddy Cummins has written fifteen books. Four novels, an epic sea book, a memoir, an autobiography, three travel books, a self-help book, a book of selected poems and three collections of short stories and poems.

His travel books: ‘It’s a Long Way to Malta’ (An Irishman’s Gem in the Med), ‘In Love With Malta’ (The Hidden Treasures) and ‘Malta & Gozo’ (Showing You Around) are Amazon best-sellers.

His Epic Sea Book, ‘The Crying Sea’ is now a major film, ‘Simshar’

His autobiography: ‘The Long Road’ (My Journey) and his childhood memoir: ‘Yoke the Pony’ are best-sellers on Kindle & Amazon.

Books by Paddy Cummins

paddy's books collage

Read the reviews and buy the books:

And Amazon UK:

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I think it is safe to say that if you are a blogger and reading this you do have at least the basics of what you need, obviously there are some things that it would be lovely to have more of such as health, time and money, but if we want more, do we know how to ask for it?  I think that you will find this post by Karen of Some Kind of Fifty of interest and helpful.

How to ask for what you want

The concept of really asking for what I want, didn’t really hit me until I was in my 40’s. It had never occurred to me before then, that if I wanted something, all I had to do was ask for it. I’m not talking about a brand new boat, diamond ring or a Porsche, but more about the things I needed in my every day life. I’m not sure that I really believe in the lovely idea that you can literally have anything you want, simply by asking the universe for it, but I do believe that lots of us could have more of what we want, if we just learned how to ask.

Closely connected to ideas of what we want are ideas and notions around what we are entitled to and / or what we deserve. Even the word ‘entitlement’ may conjure images of spoilt, outrageous demands and ‘diva’ type behaviour. We may also have childhood memories of being told that continually asking for things is rude, which is a shame, as in the adult world, it is the only way we can get what we want!

Asking for what we want is step one, but what about actually getting it? How do we phrase our asking to make sure the other party is inclined to respond favourably to our requests. Think about it, do you ask for what you want or do you simply expect others to know? People around us can only respond to our requests if they know what they are. If we can develop better ways of asking, it will not only mean that we are taking control of our daily lives, but will also maximise our opportunities and thus, hopefully, mean we realise more of our goals.

Head over and take advantage of an excellent list of suggestions on when to ask your question including, how to phrase it, your body language and focus on the outcome:

About Karen

I am a 52 year old woman who believes that women who have passed a certain landmark birthday should embrace all that life throws at us and make the absolute best of who we are and what we have. Whilst I write about issues that are relevant to my age group, I hope the blog is relevant to a wide range of ages and cultures, genders and religions.

My blog is about positivity and living life to its fullest, but I am interested in lots of challenging social issues including mental health, homelessness, and the obesity crisis. As a trained counsellor, I am a mental health advocate and have experience with life coaching. I would like to motivate and inspire with my writing where I can.

On a lighter note, I have done a lot of travelling both in the UK and overseas, and I enjoy exercising for health. I have recently taking up fasting. I love all animals, (especially cats) and am a longtime Manchester United FC supporter. Medieval and Tudor history has been a lifelong passion of mine …and I am just one small lottery win away from starting my own animal welfare sanctuary 😁

I have 3 cats, 2 children, 2 stepchildren and my husband (Andy) and I live on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire in the UK.

If you have any thoughts that you would like to share with me, I would be delighted to hear from you. Karen ❤️

Connect to Karen on her blog: https://somekindof50.comTwitter:

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these posts in more detail and follow the blogger if you do not already do so.. Thanks Sally