Butland and Wilko off on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined Championship club Derby County on loan and defender Andy Wilkinson has joined Millwall on loan. Both are ninety day loans with a recall option in the first month. Good kuck to both and maybe Wilko will join Millwall permanently in January if his loan spell goes well? I am pretty certain his robust syle of play will endear him to the Millwall fans. This mean Sorenson will be in goal for the Capital One Cup game against Southampton at home next week.

Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam, Diouf, Ireland, Moses; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Walters, Cameron, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan

A good win for us after a fairly lethargic first half performance which saw Shawcross give away a penalty for shirt tugging. To be fair he has been heading for a booking all season for this! Mind you other players in other teams do this week in, week out too. Charlie Adam got the equaliser from the penalty spot after Victor Moses was fouled in the box (Swansea manager Gary Monk accused Moses of diving after the match). Super Jon Walters bagged the winner and a deserved three points for us. Good to see Geoff Cameron in midfield in the second half and he had a great game.

Few injury concerns ahead of next week’s game away at Southampton including Moses, Arnie and Bardsley – hopefully Whelan will be back.

Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar

Posted in Football, Gibraltar with tags , , , on October 14, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Oh dear, Gibraltar have yet to get off the score sheet in their debut European Championship qualifying campaign. Ireland were rampant with Robbie Keane bagging a hat trick. Next up Georgia, possibly a chance to score?

Elsewhere Iceland beat the Netherlands 2-0 to remain top of their group. Wales beat Cyprus 2-1 and Scotland beat Georgia 1-0, yeah!

Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Poor defensively again and Charlie Adam got our goal which did even the game out for awhile at 1-1. Really need to get back to a Pulis like defence and stop these lapses of concentration which cost us there and at QPR away. Could see Huth back in place of Wilson if Huth is fit enough.

Worrying the amount of injuries we pick up under Mark Hughes though with Victor Moses off injured and really hope he is back, along with Diouf before our next game. Also in the physio room currently are Geoff Cameron and a long term injury to Peter Odemwingie.

Swansea next at home after the international break and that is a fixture we must get at the very least a draw from.

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on September 30, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa; Whelan, N’Zonzi, Diouf (Arnautovic), Adam (Ireland), Moses (Assaidi); Crouch

Subs: Pieters, Huth, Bojan Krkic, Sørensen

Good to get our first home win and points of the season as Crouch headed home thanks to a Moses cross fifteen minutes into the first half. The pace of Moses, Diouf (who went off injured early on) and Arnautovic caused Newcastle lots of problems, plus they linked up well with Crouch, something he praised in his post-match interview. Muniesa was impressive again at left back and Moses has proved to be a real asset so far this season.

Not so great for Alan Pardew who was barracked by the away supporters, some of whom held up Sackpardew.com posters, a sign of the modern age using the internet to get rid of your manager!

Next up Sunderland away which will be a harder game than the recent Capitol One Cup win up there last week. Diouf has been called into the Senegal squad for this game in mid-October against Tunisia. Hopefully his injury won’t see him out of action for too long.

Ealing half marathon completed!

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Finished in 2hrs 28mins on my chip time (took around five minutes to reach the start line), which was only a minute slower than my time last year. Tougher this year as I had been staving off a cold all week (I know excuses, excuses) and had not had a decent run in over a week. Still managed to keep running until nine miles before my legs started wobbling and I ended up walking quite a lot of the way after, bar running the last mile. By then I had been refueled by kind folk offering Jelly Babies and Faeroe Roche (well it is Ealing!).

I’d highly recommend the Ealing half as it is well supported and organised, although beware of the hills are gradual and not that high but do slow the more trundling runner like me.

I think I will limit my runs to 10K or ten milers though as those extra miles are just a little to far and I don’t train as much as I should do.

To date raised over £325 for Macmillan Cancer and Centrepoint

BIG thank you to everyone who has donated, sent messages of support, ‘liked’ a post on Facebook or retweeted my fundraising tweet (that includes the author Christopher Fowler, bands including Euphoria Audio, the Dunwells, the Young Folk, Picture House, Vega and more).

Classic album: ELO – Time

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, ELO with tags , , , , on September 27, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Now ELO along with Queen are my all time favorite band and they have produced a few classic albums in my humble opinion, with this one, 1981’s ‘Time’ being one of them.

Engineered by Mack (who worked the following year with Queen on their Marmite album ‘Hot Space’!), the album has a futuristic theme and certainly more synths/effects than on any ELO album. ‘Hold On Tight’ (UK number 4) was the biggest hit off the album along with ‘Ticket To The Moon’.  ‘Here Is The News’ is a great song too, with fictional news stories added into the song. One of the best songs on the album is ‘Twilight’ featuring a fantastic piece of drumming by Bev Bevan. Those wonderful Jeff Lynne harmonies are present on ’21st Century Man’ and ‘Rain Is Falling’, despite being synth heavy in its sound, could have appeared on the ‘Out Of The Blue’ album.

The re-issue adds some great bonus songs, the rock ‘n’ roll fueled ‘Julie Don’t Live Here’ (the B-side of ‘Twilight’) and ‘When Time Stood Still’ (B-side of ‘Hold On Tight’). You can pick this album up on CD for under a fiver, well worth it!

Line-up wise it was Jeff Lynne, Kelly Groucutt, Richard Tandy and Bev Bevan on the album, with long standing members Mik Kaminski (violin) and Louis Clark (string synths) joining for the live dates along with Dave Morgan.

After this album they released one more, ‘Secret Messages’, with the four piece line-up before the departure of bass player Kelly Groucutt (who sadly passed away in 2009) under a bit of a cloud. Since then ELO have returned twice led by Jeff Lynne, in 2000 with the ‘Zoom’ album and then this year with a triumphant Hyde Park gig. Richard Tandy was the only other long standing member to be involved in both line-ups. Bev Bevan toured with ELO Part 2 and more recently with a version of the Move, a band he was a member of back in the 1960’s. Mik Kaminksi and Louis Clark toured with Bev in Elo Part 2 and in later ELO spin-offs Orkestra and the Ochestra (still touring now and featuring Glen Burtnick ex-Styx). Dave Morgan did a couple of albums back in the 80’s with Richard Tandy under the Tandy Morgan Band name.

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