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No more ‘Car Share’ :(

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

I don’t watch much TV, however I really enjoy anything Peter Kay does and ‘Car Share’ was really funny. Sadly Peter Kay has meant there is no more shows planned, “There’s not going to be a series three…”

However, he does say some more ‘Phoenix Nights’ could be made in the future. The second series of ‘Car Share’ has a great ending and in the other episodes do catch the one where they go to the work’s fancy dress with a ‘Harry Potter’ theme 🙂

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture bid 2021

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My home town of Stoke-on-Trent is one of the hopeful cities bidding to be the 2021 UK City of Culture. Cities have till the end of January to register interest, with final bids due by the end of April. A shortlist will be announced in July and the winning city in December.Cities involved along with Stoke are Sunderland, Cardiff, Coventry, Hereford, Perth and Paisley.

Background:

UK City of Culture is a title given to a city in the United Kingdom whereby the city creates a national cultural event programme for one year. The initiative is administered and judged by the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It aims to celebrate culture and bring a number of significant social and economic benefits to an area. It is a hard fought competition that is entered by several cities in the UK. The title is awarded once every four years.

The programme aims to:

  1. Encourage the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for change.
  2. Promote the development of new partnerships.
  3. Encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity.
  4. Align the cultural excellence of national arts organsiations to support the year with cultural highlights that will attract media attention, encourage national tourism and change perceptions.

The first title holder of the award was Derry Londonderry in 2013. In 2017, Hull will take up the title.

Walk All Over Cancer update

Posted in Cancer Research UK, Fundraising, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Day three of ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ which you have to aim to do 10,000 steps per day to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The fundraising is up to £145 which is really good. A BIG thank you to all our sponsors to date.

It is fun, but tough, doing 10,000 steps per day as I am still recovering from glandular fever  (GF) which comes back if I do too much. However, these relapses are not as bad as the early days with GF. I still take daily vitamins (including echinacea which I’d recommend), avoid caffeine and drinking plenty of water. I do give in to the odd cake and sugar treat 🙂

Water is good for flushing the Epstein-Barr virus out of your system. General advice is to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.

GF seems to affect a lot of young athletes like Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and promising young golfer Amber Ratcliffe. They all go on to full recovery, so if you currently have GF take heart as you will recover it just takes time and a sensible balance of rest and gradually increasing your activity levels.

Walk All Over Cancer fundraising

Posted in Family life, Fundraising, News with tags , , , on February 14, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

As I continue to recover from glandular fever I am joining my wife Andrea in her Walk All Over Cancer fundraising. Basically you pledge to walk 10,000 steps per day during the whole of March. Based on the average person’s stride it’s 5 miles (or 8 km) and you should have clocked up 150 miles by the end of the month – about the distance from London to Manchester. Easy?! Well considering back in November I couldn’t walk more than five minutes without being exhausted this seems a perfect way to get my fitness back, tell GF to jog on and most importantly raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Any donations much appreciated and even if you can just spread the word about the event, Cancer Research or provide a word of encouragement, it all counts and is gratefully received.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Glandular fever #2

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever, News with tags , on January 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Well got through Christmas and the new year with glandular fever (GF). This included shopping trips and a walk that took over twenty minutes, which sounds not much for me normally but then less than a month ago I was happy to be able to walk five minutes without a break!

The key for fellow GF sufferers is to plan your day and time wisely. If you’re going out make sure you can take a break and/or rest stop. I find I have more energy after a meal or if I have rested up for a couple of hours beforehand. Don’t go overboard on your trips out and have a clear plan of where you are going, where to park and/or catch the bus/train.

GF is unique to each person and having it really makes you listen to your body. I have had GF for over fourteen weeks now and it is case of pushing a little bit more, not too much as GF will kick back at you. Anyone currently with GF (or mono as the Americans call it), take heart as you will gradually start to feel better. It may not be a quick recovery, although some people do bounce back quickly, but recover you will.

Also do keep taking the vitamins, particularly D and B.

Save Surrey buses

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My daughter has started a petition to help save local bus services in Surrey – one of which affects her college route. If you can sign the petition and/or spread the word it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

“If anyone has some spare time, please sign my petition about the possible prevention of cutting bus services in Surrey! 224 signatures so far; thank you to everyone who has already signed it 😀 “

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/stop-bus-cuts/

More here:
http://www.abellio.co.uk/news/abellio-surrey-service-change-release/

Kosovo make their full football debut

Posted in football transfers, Gibraltar, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kosovo were recently cleared to compete internationally by FIFA and play their forst ever World Cup qualifier tonight against Finland. Six players have been allowed to switch national teams, five have previously played for Albania and one for Norway. Others who could switch are Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Shefki Kuqi (Finland) and Lorik Cana (Albania). Arsenal’s Xhaka has recently stated he will remain playing for Switzerland.

They were voted in by FIFA in May 2016 along with Gibraltar. They face Finland tonight and have a tough qualifying group – Croatia, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine – joining Finland.

Gibraltar face Greece at home on Tuesday in their first ever World Cup qualifier.