Archive for the Family life Category

Save Hagbourne Fields

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

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Taylor Wimpy has submitted revised matters for Hagbourne fields north of the 900+ homes application. Creating allotments, with 30 car parking spaces, opens space and forest area. This also sounds good until you look at the details. Please read the information and application links below.

Main concerns are.
1. Unnecessary major re-landscaping with unwanted spoil.
2. Loss of views of the North Wessex Downs
3. Excessive car park
4. Increase risk of flooding due to proposed landscaping.

Please help us stop Taylor Wimpey’s continued onslaught of plans to rob us of our amazing country side.

Comments close 14th June – you can comment here

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

hfTaylor Wimpeys application is now open for comment at on SODC’s website. Comments have to be submitted by the 23rd May and please visit the Facebook page for ideas on your comments over the proposed plans.

The plan is for 900+ houses to be built on fields between Didcot and East Hagbourne village which would destroy fields and natural habitats further, plus increase the risk of flooding and more transport congestion, pressure on local services, etc. There is already a Didcot Garden Town plan in place and this proposal is not part of this.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, TV, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The house sparrow was the most popular bird seen on this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW) and that was the top spot when me and my son did our bit for the BGBW. Not far behind though were blue tits and long-tailed tits in numbers spotted.

Interesting article on how to help encourage wildlife in your garden here.

Glandular fever #11 – living with it longer term

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever, News with tags , , , on March 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was diagnosed with glandular fever back in October 2016, after a bad bout of tonsillitis. Since then I have recovered gradually with the odd relapse, although each one is only for a short time. I do now however have a red itchy patches on the left of my neck and at the top of my thighs, plus now under my left arm pit (itchy, white scaly patches) which causes a dull ache there and bizarrely down the top of my arm. It does appear to get worse if I am either stressed or enjoying something i.e. if my body balance veers from normal. One other very anti-social lasting effect has been copious amounts of wind! I am not sure if any others who have had GF/mono have had similar issues? Do get in touch if you have and any remedies you may have.

It does appear that GF/mono can linger longer in some for whatever reason and recovery times can be much slower the older you get. However, keep positive as you will recover J

This blog celebrates ten years & tops 100,000 hits :)

Posted in Books, Family life, Football, Get Ready To Rock!, metal, News, pop, Queen, Stoke City FC, theatre royal hanley on March 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes ten years ago this month back in 2008 I started off this blog the Rock N Roll Oatcake to cover music, books, my lifelong support of Stoke City FC and family life. I think over the ten years it has covered these topics, with in recent years a little less on Stoke City and music (this is covered in my music blog the Rockin’ Chair), plus I have finally made a seperate page for memories of the Theatre Royal Hanley as the page on here was getting lost and there are some wonderful memories from people’s time at the theatre to good to be lost.

There have been book reviews and some very good author interviews, which I will repost the best of over the coming months. Plus on the side bar you can see various archive interviews with musicians that didn’t feature on Get Ready To Rock!

Thank you for all your views, comments and hopefully you find something on here of interest. Right, lets get ready for more…

Recommended reading –

Get Ready To Rock!

The Rockin’ Chair (music)

Memories of the Theatre Royal Hanley (finally made a blog for this after hosting a page on this site since 2008)

Keep On Fundraising

Archive photos of the Theatre Royal, Hanley

Posted in Family life, rocky horror show, Stoke City, theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , on February 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Theatre Royal, Hanley Facebook page has uploaded a whole host of photographs from the pantos of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, along with the other shows and some backstage shots. Well worth a look.

Please visit the new site for all things about the Theatre Royal/The Royal Hanley

Three Gruff Goats Meet Some Unexpected Visitors: A mashed-up fairytale by David Atkinson

Posted in Books, Family life with tags , , , , on February 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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The book is loosely based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, although David Atkinson adds in a few guest appearances from other well known fairy tales. There are a few good puns in the text and Fay Ford’s illustrations enhance the overall book greatly. My nine year old son enjoyed it as much as I did and to be fair he is more the target audience!

The only downside to the book is that it is over too quickly! There is definitely a scope for a series of books like this that shake-up traditional fairy tales. Maybe the Three Little Pigs (who pop-up in this book) with a twist on the wolf…