Bug hotel open for business :)

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

You can find more on how to make your won bug hotel on the RSPB website

It is not to hard to make (even for a DIY challenged dad like me!), I simply sawed up an old pallet we had taking up space and then my son designed & filled the hotel. It includes leaves, conifer, cardboard & an egg box with straw and sand on the ground floor and a felt roof, covered in soil. Aiming to spread a few wildflower seeds on top next year. Hopefully it will welcome its first guests soon!

Match of the Week – Met Police v Newport County FA Cup 1 st Round

Posted in FA Cup, Football, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke drew 0-0 against Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough, no real surprise there although Ryan Shawcross was recalled to the defence following an injury to Erik Pieters.

The FA Cup first round this weekend and I going for the Met Police FC v League 2 side Newport County.

From their Wiki page –

“Metropolitan Police FC are based in East Molesey, Surrey. Originally made up of players from the Metropolitan Police Service, the rule requiring players to be employees of the service was removed when the Commissioner refused to sanction time off for playing. However, the club is still part-funded by a police staff lottery. They are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division South and play at Imber Court, the base of the Met Police Sports and Social Club.”

The Met Police FC have won through four qualifying rounds to reach the first round proper, whilst Newport County reached the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since 1979 last season, losing to Tottenham in the replay.

Should be a good cup tie and I will go for a 2-1 win for Newport.

More hedgerow disappears in Didcot…

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Taylor Wimpey destroying more hedgerow. During the past couple of years since moving here it has been host to lots of birdlife including sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons, robin, dunnock, wren, blue & coal tits and magpies. The wood pigeons and magpies did nest here and in a nearby tree, also removed by the developers.


There is still a little bit of hedgerow left, although not much cover left for the smaller birds and nesting sites hasve gone. Having a bit of hedgerow at the bottom of a new home should be a good selling point? I guess it doesn’t fit the neat new home plots they wish to create, which makes a mockery of their supposed environmentally focussed development plans.


Only a small piece of hedgerow granted, however it won’t be replaced and it has dispersed local birdlife and wildlife, which is being replicated daily throughout the GWP development. I don’t disagree new homes are needed, however brownfield sites such as the power station and an overall plan as part of the Didcot Garden Town plan should be adhered to, not just greedy developers building and be damned to the consequences on local wildlife and infrastructure.

The current allotment plan you can comment on until this Friday 9th November 2018 by visiting here

It sounds good, new allotments with parking, however as always the devil is in the detail and if approved it will see spoil from elsewhere on GWP used to raise the level of allotments; a busy footpath to West Hagbourne closed (one nearby has been closed since December 2017 until 2020!); high trees planted blocking views of the nearby countryside and increase in flooding risk.

#birdlife #savethecountryside #didcot #taylorwimpey

Match of the week – Stoke City v Middlesboro

Posted in Championship, Didcot Town FC, Football, Match of the Week, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s next home match see us play host to promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough. Currently third, they are managed by former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who got us promoted in the Premier League. He will be after a Binary Pulis 1-0 away win I am sure. Also in the Boro team is former player Ryan Shotton, born in Fenton. I am going for a one all draw and a few bookings for both teams.

Peter Etebo should be back in contention for Stoke, whilst Tom Edwards will want to keep his place following an impressive display against Bristol City.

Great win for Didcot Town last night in their FA Trophy replay at Magnotsfield. They ran out 4-2 winners after extra time and player manager Andy Ballard scored! Next up in the FA Trophy is an away trip to Folkestone Invicta on November 10th.

Match of the week – Didcot Town v Magnotsfield United (FA Trophy 1QR)

Posted in Football, Match of the Week, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , on October 29, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Last weekend’s Match of the Week saw Kidsgrove Athletic lose 1-0 at Hartlepool United. Despite losing they fare well against a team currently vying to get back into League 2.

This Saturday I went along to the Match of the Week to see Didcot Town get a draw with Magnotsfiled Utd in the FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round. An entertaining, full blooded cup tie that saw Didcot take a deserved lead through Luke Carnell. They really should have doubled their lead and put the tie out of contention in the first half as they had plenty of chances, however they lack a big man up top to finish off the chances. Magnotsfield took advantage of this and got a deserved equalizer, meaning a reply this Tuesday over in Bristol.

Didcot played well, despite a raft of injuries and again Leigh Bedwell was impressive in goal (he recently joined the England C squad for a game against the Falkland Isles), as was Sam Barder making his one hundredth appearance for the club. They just need to sign a goal poacher (easier said than done I know) and they will have a very good squad.

Magnotsfield had a useful number six (big lad and a Tony Pulis pin-up style defender!), who I think is former Bristol City and P*** V*** player Clayton Fortune. Also their pacy number nine, Kyle Tooze, made a nuisance of himself harrying the Dicot defence.

Didcot Town official match report


Book review – Let The Good Times Roll: My Life in Small Faces, Faces and The Who by Kenney Jones

Posted in Authors, Books, Pop rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


Blink Publishing [Publication date 31.05.18]

Drummer Kenney Jones has penned an entertaining memoir, that covers his time in the Small Faces right up to the present with the Jones Gang, a collection of seasoned musicians who do the occasional gig, often for charity. He has a light touch, only really getting serious when discussing his two brushes with cancer and how important it is for men to get checked for possible prostrate cancer.

As the sole surviving member of the Small Faces he continues his lifelong quest to get the rights back to their songs, as like many bands back in the day they made great music but were very naive on the business side of things and often got royally screwed by managers and record labels.

The Small Faces parts of the book will be of interest to their fans, although the Faces period is run through quite quickly. The chapter where he deals with the passing of his band mates is sobering, especially as he remained very close to Ronnie Lane after the Small Faces/Faces disbanded. Keeping it in the musical family Kenney Jones has taken Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie under his wing and she is now making a name for herself in the musical world.

Of his days in the Who he mentions the ongoing issues with Roger Daltrey, which eventually led to him leaving the band. The main problem seemed to be he was replacing the irreplaceable in Keith Moon.

Also a brief mention about the Law, the one-off album he recorded with Paul Rodgers (an album well worth tracking down).

Outside of music his passion for horses and polo gets a mention. He runs his own polo club in Surrey, which has been used by Prince Charles in the past, although in-keeping with his east End of London upbringing the polo club is all inclusive and encourages people of all ages and walks of life to give it a go.

An enjoyable read as Kenney Jones gives an insight into the world of rock ‘n’ roll from the view of the drum stool. It doesn’t dish the dirt, but then he has no real axe to grind bar getting the rights back to the Small Faces music.



Book review – Scoundrels by Major Victor Cornwall and Major St. John Trevelyan

Posted in Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


Farrago [Publication date 01.07.18]

Hits you like a battering ram, ‘Scoundrels’ is NOT for the feint hearted or the PC brigade. It is like classic Tom Sharpe meets Monty Python, with a dash of Fifty Shades.

Based on the memoirs of two retired majors they recall their initiation into the Scoundrels club. A club which carries out missions others would baulk at and these missions lead the two majors to gate crash Hitler’s birthday celebrations, go undercover to catch a spy and try to conquer Everest.

Like any good boy’s own adventure, they have an arch-nemesis, Hansclapp, who keeps popping up causing mayhem for the pair throughout the book.

You will either love this book, which has some genuinely laugh out loud moments, coupled with parts that leave you a tad off colour, or you will be repulsed and email a complaint to the publishers forthwith. Quite unlike anything I have read in many a year and I think that’s a good thing?!