Postcrossing

Posted in Family life, News with tags , , , on May 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Postcrossing is a great idea I read about in a recent article in the weekend ‘i’ newspaper. Basically you send and receive postcards from all over the world, keeping the art of writing alive!

The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

I have sent five postcards to date and received my first one from Hong Kong –

The only downside in the UK is the cost of postage as £1.35-£1.65 per card is a tad expensive, but then posting items is generally nowadays.

It is all administered by the Postcrossing website and perfect for any age. Give it a try!

Book review – Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham

Posted in Books, review with tags , , , , on May 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Little, Brown [Publication date 02.05.19]

Description

She says she’s an ordinary mother.
He knows a liar when he sees one.

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.

Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.

A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.

This the sixteenth book to feature detective Tom Thorne and some authors of a long running series like this may see the series start to run out of ideas, not so for Mark Billingham. In ‘Their Little Secret’ Billingham gives the reader a roller coaster ride of a psychological thriller.

Like his previous book Billingham taps into a topical headline, that of people being conned out of money by very deceptive con artists. In this book it is Conrad, who makes a living out of deceiving others. Running parallel to his character is Sarah, who is quite possibly one of the most disturbing characters Billingham has created in his books. Needless to say Thorne and Tanner have their work cut out with these two.

One of his best books to date, a classic page turner.

Stoke City pre-season fixtures 2019

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

26 June squad report back fror pre-season training

July 6-13 European based training camp

Wed 17 July Wrexham (A) 7pm

Wed 24 July Lincoln City (A) 7:45pm

Sat 27 July Leicester City (H) 3pm

Book review: Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Michael Joseph [Publication date 27.06.19]

The blurb…

Everything changed the night Flora disappeared.

Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished.

Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather.

But now Heather is accused of an awful crime.

And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she’s avoided for so long:

What really happened the night Flora disappeared?

This is the second book by Claire Douglas that I have read and she is now on my ‘must read’ authors list. The story is told from various characters’ viewpoints and the story also switches from present day to the past, however it is not too difficult for the reader to keep up with it all!

I particularly like the reporter Jess’s character as she faces some tough choices when reporting on the case as she is personally and emotionally involved.

If you enjoyed TV dramas such as ‘Broadchurch’ I would heartily recommend this book as each of the main characters have a skeleton or two in their closets and these impact on the story as the book progresses.

Highly recommended.

Didcot Town announce new manager Jamie Heapy

Posted in Didcot Town FC, Football, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town have announced their new manager, former player Jamie Heapy. Paul Bedwell joins as his assistant manager, another former Didcot Town player. You can read more here

Stoke City summer transfers 2019

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I will aim to include the confirmed transfers and rumours – based on reliable as possible sources.

Confirmed INS –

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Rumoured OUTS
Jack Butland to Bournemouth with former keeper Asmir Begovic coming back to Stoke as part of any deal; Butland has also been linked with a move to Crystal Palace

Moritz Bauer – linked with a number of clubs, most likely to be loaned out next season.

Bojan – the Sentinel ran a story saying Bojan was told to look for another club, which led to the club issuing an update on the club’s website stating Bojan would only leave if a suitable offer came in. Whatever way you read it don’t expect him to be in the squad come the first game of the season.

Joe Allen has been linked with a move to Wolves

Eric Pieters has a year left on his contract and will either leave the club on a permanent deal or another loan this summer, as he does not feature in the manager’s plans.

Kevin Wimmer and Imbula will be shipped out if the club can find any takers, whilst Badou Ndiaye is one returning loanee Nathan Jones may give another chance to impress, although the player may want a move away from Stoke regardless.

Nathan Collins the young defender has been linked with a move to Man Utd, which will be a blow if it happens as he looks an exciting prospect.

Rumoured INS…

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – out of contract and seen as a replacement for Butland (Sentinel)

Lee Gregory – striker out of contract at Millwall and linked with a free transfer move to Stoke by ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Sentinel’. BBC Radio Stoke on Monday 20 May reporting that a medical and terms have been agreed.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – former manager Gary Rowett tried to sign him last summer but failed and it seems Stoke are keen to try again, tempting the player with a long contract.

Nick Powell (Wigan) – former Man Utd player and one Nathan Jones is planning to land on a free as he is currently out of contract at Wigan. (Sentinel)

‘Let Nature Sing’ makes the Uk singles chart

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
Let’s celebrate bird song’s chart-topping success! Join the chorus
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