Welcome to the week round up of posts that you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.
For most of us in the Northern Hemisphere it has been a stormy week with flooding, high winds and lashing rain… and political highs and lows too!. I watched as four hardy workmen dug holes in a hail storm for our new fence posts, and had my wish for a swimming pool on the doorstep fulfilled. I even unearthed some of my dog walking gear from the depths of the wardrobe and was thankful that other shoppers in Tesco looked like they were heading out on an Antarctic expedition too.
As an antidote to the continuous downpour, I spent several days researching our destination for our 40th wedding anniversary next year. A month or two earlier than the actual date to ensure good weather, we are heading to Malta. I can recommend Oliver’s Travel who made the process very straightforward and were very responsive at every step.
My father was Commanding Officer of Royal Naval WT station Rinella in Malta from 1959 to 1961 and whilst I have very happy memories of our time there being age 6 to 8 years old, my two sisters were 16 and 17 years old and remember a great deal more than I do. They will be joining us for a week and hopefully despite the amazing changes to Malta, we can still find some of their old haunts. We have an amazing villa booked, and as the wind and rain lash the windows, we do at least have some sunshine to look forward too. Hopefully after a good summer here to prime the tan.
We went to the movies yesterday, and despite being a wet Saturday afternoon, we and one other couple were the only occupants. The film was in its second week and the weather was atrocious and I suppose people had been out shopping all day. I do wonder how multiplexes will manage as more and more film streaming services come online with annual subscriptions. Even with a senior ticket you are still looking for £20 for two, multiply that by a cinema visit once a month and you would be able to stream a great many movies for a great deal less per year.
Anyway.. being into action films, we enjoyed 21 Bridges – a police drama set in Manhattan – great action, script, acting and production. If you are into that kind of film we can highly recommend.
Here is the official trailer for the movie..courtesy of Movieclips Trailers
It is Thanksgiving for many of you this week and in the spirit of being grateful, I have a few posts this week paying tribute to four of the contributors during the year who continue to create new content to entertain, inform and inspire you…
In this post today I am featuring my friend D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies who has been a supportive influence since I began the blog and who writes the Travel Column and co-presents the Laughter Lines and Afternoon Video.
A time to be thankful for friends and collatorators – D.G. Kaye
On Tuesday I am featuring William Price King in concert, celebrating over five years of the Music Column, on Wednesday a spotlight on Carol Taylor our food columnist but also an advocate for the environment, health and Thailand. And on Thursday the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who for the last year has been introducing us to our universal energy with her numerology column… A talented poet and broadcaster, Annette is a wonderful talent.
I little bit earlier than last year, but with Thanksgiving not until 28th of November, I thought those of you having Turkey for that celebration might enjoy some of the dishes Carol Taylor created for this menu. Traditional Christmas Menu (and some ideas for Thanksgiving)
Carol Taylor’s Thanksgiving/Christmas Traditional Menu
I have saved up this repeat of Jessica Norrie’s Literary Column to share as we move into the gift buying season… these books are timeless and the recommendations are never out of date. Picking the right book for the person you are buying for is an art. Jessica shares the books that she has gifted her daughter….
Christmas Book Gifts from Jessica Norrie
This week Mike Biles takes us to Oxford and shares a pint or two with literary greats who have frequented the ancient pubs of the city….How often do you walk into a pub mentally dwelling on things like wizards and talking lions? Be honest now. If you need help with this, try stepping over the threshold of Oxford’s Eagle and Child, because it was a favourite watering-hole of close friends JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.
Aslan and Gandalf Go for a Pint
Another one of my favourite movies with stunning soundtrack.. Gladiator.
Music from the Movies – Gladiator – Now We Are Free
Pneumonia – Appalling statistics – Six children per hour hospitalised in the UK
I was staggered and shocked when I read this headline . I cannot believe that in this day and age, in a country with access to one of the finest medical systems in the world, that people are so crass as to ignore the dangers to their children by avoiding vaccinations.
Shocking statistics on children with pneumonia in UK
Mirror Cinquain – Westward by Sally Cronin in response to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 154
within the cave;
looking towards the east.
The sun rises to guide the way
driven to pass on precious genes,
of strength and stamina,
humans will need
Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 154 – Mirror Cinquain – Westward
This week’s prompt for the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills is Romance... in all its glory… It is the glue that keeps a relationship strong along with other elements such as laughter and respect. And your heart can flutter at any age when you receive a romantic gesture, grand or as brief as a touch of a hand on your cheek.
Flash Fiction – Romantic Gestures
My review for Vikings – Taken (The Great Heathen Army Book 1)
In the first part of the Sewing Circle, a group of elderly women are faced with a violent and devastating event.
Flights of Fancy – The Sewing Circle Part One.
Justice is on the agenda for the Sewing Circle and with a little outside help, they are determined to achieve it.
Flights of Fancy – The Sewing Circle – Part Two
Delighted to welcome author and book reviewer Kevin Cooper as a guest to talk about book reviews and I am sure you will find it very helpful as I did.
Kevin Cooper on Book Reviews
New book on the shelves
Doggerel – Life with a Small Dog by Sue Vincent
Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner
The Secret Life of Humans by Jo Robinson
Oh Baubles Romance Novella by Harmony Kent
Author updates and reviews
Anita Dawes, Chuck Jackson, Sharon Marchisello and Olga Nunez Miret
Denise O’Hagan, Christa Polkinhorn, Miriam Hurdle, Iain Kelly, Harmony Kent
Vashti Quiroz Vega, Mary Smith, Teri Polen, Karen Ingalls, Patty Fletcher
Jan Sikes, Janice Spina, D.Wallace Peach, Terri Webster Schrandt
Laura M. Baird, Lizzie Chantree, Colleen M. Chesebro, S.A. Harris
Mary Smith Afghan Adventure, WIP Jacqui Murray, Marketing Nicholas Rossis
25 books Patricia Furstenberg, 99p/99c Bette A. Stevens, Funnies Story Reading Ape
Christmas Carol Taylor, Dogsitting Debbie ‘The Dog Lady’, Blueberry Pie Dolly Aizenman
Crystals M.J. Mallon, Indies showcase Richard Dee, Blog comments Hugh W. Roberts
Free books James J. Cudney, Spotlight Valentina Cirasola with Robbie Cheadle, Hanging Curtains Beetley Pete
More fun and laughter from Debby and Sally
Even more fun from Debby and Sally
Thank you very much for dropping in during the week and today, and I hope you will join me again next week.. thanks Sally.