Glandular fever #10

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever on November 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

This time last year I was in the worst stage of glandular fever (GF), hardly able to walk far, feeling very ill and losing weight. However, now a year on I am much better 🙂 My body still sends out warning signs via an itchy, red rash on the left side of my neck and at the top of legs. The rash gets hot and can be very uncomfortable for long periods of time.

It appears to get worse if I get stressed/emotional, do too much – the fatigue comes back although it does mean I am out like a light night at bedtime! – and it shows itself as the neck rash. Bizarrely this clears after a night’s sleep, almost as if my body’s warning system is resetting itself.

Has anyone else experienced this at all? It is a strange lingering part of GF.

 

RIP – Dionatan Teixeira

Posted in Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags on November 6, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sad to read about the death of former Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira. He was only 25 years old and played twice for Stoke (plus a short loan spell at Fleetwood Town) after signing for the club in 2014. His contract was terminated with the club in January 2017. He then signed for Sheriff Tiraspol in February 2017.

Bryant and May – The Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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The latest instalment of the series featuring the elderly detectives Bryant and May and their colleagues in the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU). The wild chambers in the title refers to the various parks in London, which feature heavily in the book as Christopher Fowler continues to give potted histories and oddball facts about London and its peoples through the ages. Indeed Arthur Bryant has vivid hallucinations following some lifesaving treatment and meets various characters in these who help him solve the case, including a cameo by a young Queen Elizabeth II.

The PCU are tasked with catching a possible serial killer who makes their kills in the parks of London. In the background the PCU’s arch enemy Leslie Faraday plots to close the PCU down and all the PCU characters are back including Bryant’s suave partner John May, along with constables Colin and Meera with their ongoing ‘will they, wont’ they’ become an item. There is an added character this time as an exchange German policewoman, Steffi Vesta, joins the team hoping to pick up some good policing tips!

Christopher Fowler cleverly uses the characters in his books to make comments on the current social and cultural landscapes in London, a city he loves and that comes across in his writing. If you have never read a Bryant & May novel you are missing out and this is a good a place to start as any. They are a winning mix of ‘cosy crime’ with a supernatural edge and a good dose of humour.

Book review: Overkill The Untold Story of Motörhead by Joel McIver

Posted in Books, Get Ready To Rock!, Netgalley, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Omnibus Press [Publication date 21.08.17]

The original book was published in 2011, however since Lemmy’s death back in December 2015 the book has been re-issued as an enhanced eBook. Basically it adds a newly written chapter covering Motorhead from 2011 to date, plus you can click on links within the book to Spotify playlists of Motorhead classics and band’s influenced by them. A pretty neat idea, although if reading off a Kindle you’d need Wi-Fi access for Spotify.

The book gives a potted history of Motorhead, covering all their albums – although once you hit the mid-90’s onwards not much is said about the recording process, an album’s reception etc. Joel McIver is a big fan of the band and draws on three of his interviews with main man Lemmy for much of the text, along with fellow writer’s interviews with Lemmy and past and former bandmates including Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee and Eddie Clarke. There is some repetition of themes, particularly Lemmy’s collection of Nazi war memorabilia and his lifelong hate of heroin. The band’s history is only touched upon briefly in many parts and you do want to read more at some stages, although the band’s interviews give a good idea of what they thought about a particular album and the various record labels the band has been on. Like many 70’s bands Motorhead were royally screwed by record labels in their early days and suffered from endless rehashed live and compilation albums  that often detracted from the band’s newer albums and songs.

For a concise overview of Motorhead this book does the job and do make sure you read Lemmy’s ‘White Line Fever’ as well.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot – update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , on October 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Update from the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page –

“Our planning committee meeting date has been confirmed and we need you! – October 9th, 18:00 at the Fountain Conference Centre, Crowmarsh, OX10 8BA.

We are looking for as many of you to attend as possible, this is where we show the South Oxfordshire District Council how strongly we object to these plans by coming together as one.

We’ll be designing, printing and laminating posters for people to use on the day, but nothing says protest like a bunch of homemade signs, (no pitchforks please!) so if you can design your own that would be excellent.”

You can get more details at the Facebook page here.

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The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd

Posted in Authors, Books with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Viking [Published 02.11.17]

Short story collections never seem to sell really well, unless there is a big name author and this will hopefully be the case here as William Boyd collects together some entertaining short stories and a novella as the collection’s centre piece.

Turning first to the novella and the character who gives this collection its name, Bethany Mellmoth is a 24 year old who we follow on a year of her life as she tries various ways to find her career path and the relationships she has along the way. I actually preferred the short stories to this longer piece as I struggled to feel any empathy for her.

Of the other stories the last one is an excellent page turning thriller where the main character calls upon his past roles in a series of failed thriller films to help him in an unusual encounter. The film industry does weave its way into a few of the other stories, showing the less glamorous side of the industry.

William Boyd has a great knack of switching genres, be it how relationships thrive and fail, takes on modern life, ‘must read’ thriller – that is the beauty of this collection in that you never know what to expect next.

Glandular fever update #9

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on September 25, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It has now been a year since I first started with a sore throat and generally feeling unwell, which led to tonsillitis and then glandular fever being confirmed by blood tests in later October. It has been a challenging year health wise and the various forums have been a help. I also started a Facebook page to help people with GF or after help for a member of their family who may have it.

I am much better now than this time last year thankfully, although I do know that stress can trigger some of the GF symptoms to come back. One of the most unusual ones I had was my tongue feeling like it was burning and/or wants to turn in on itself – of that makes sense! My neck glands start to get redder as well, bit like a red Incredible Hulk in miniature 🙂

My biggest bugbear is the medical websites make GF sound like it is a nasty illness but only for a few weeks, when in fact for many it can last months and sometimes years. I also hear stories of those who recovered in a week or two, not sure I believe that as you need a blood test to actually show GF/Epstein-Barr virus is present.

I am doing the Couch To 5K to get back into running and get my old fitness levels back. It is tough going and some days I am exhausted, although it is now a case of remembering how I felt before GF as everyone has days when they feel tired and not up for doing much. I keep taking my daily vitamins and rest when my body says it wants one. I have had one bad relapse to date and the support of my lovely family and friends helps a lot.