Muniesa off?

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After an FA Cup performance to forget the transfer rumour mill is in full swing with Real Betis supposedly interested in signing Marc Muniesa, who said last month he wants away to guarantee first team football.

Bojan is after a move and after Saturday’s first half performance he won’t have impressed any potential suitors!

One player on the move is goalkeeper Jakob Haugarrad who has joined Championship side Wigan on loan for the rest of the season. With the signing of Grant permanently and Butland due back from injury hopefully next moth he’s be fourth in pecking order of goalies.

Geoff Cameron is due back from injury next week which should help us out in the midfield area.

Glandular fever #3

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on January 6, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Interesting older feature on singer Ali Campbell of UB40 fame who had GF and said he felt like a ninety year old –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1357622/UB40-frontman-Ali-Campbell-road-glandular-fever.html

I can relate to that as now on the anniversary of fifteen weeks with GF I can now get out and about at a pace slightly above ‘stop’! From the outside people may not see much unless they see you day to day and can spot when you enter your exhausted state. I am currently easing back into work doing a 5-6 hour day WFH. I make sure I have regular breaks and have a wander at midday.

I am seeing how my body copes with the extra push each day, so far had one really bad evening this week when it came back and I felt like collapsing in a heap. I do get warning signs as my tongue gets irritated, including little ulcers on it,  my left hand side throat glands show red and I you feel generally unwell.Seems silly to be chuffed at walking for ten minutes without ill affects when back in September I was happily ding 5k Park Run’s with no after affects.

I have been very lucky having such a supportive partner who has encouraged me to keep pushing on walking and exercise once I have reached a comfortable plateau. Also keeping an eye on what I am eating as I lost nearly a stone and was concerned I wasn’t putting much weight back on back in November time. Some of it is back now, although not as heavy as I did weigh and I am not complaining about that 🙂

For those with GF and seeing no improvement in sight, do keep a positive look, which believe you me is difficult, and try to alleviate stress as much as possible. One thing GF thrives on is stress. I have been using the Paul McKenna book and download calming session. I was a tad cynical of these previously but it seems to work and may be worth a go for some.

Grant signs and Frank Soo book

Posted in Books, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant from Derby County on a permanent contract following a loan spell since last August. He has joined on a two and half year contract for a few of £1.3m.

We have three players at the African Cup of Nations this month – Bony, Diouf and Sobhi.Bony had been the subject of a possible move to China but he seems to be staying out to see his season long loan out and get back into the starting XI.

Not much else transfer wise bar the possibility of Peter Crouch and Ibrahim Afellay both being offered new deals as their current ones finish this summer. Quite a few players are out of contract this summer including Glen Johnson, Stephen Ireland, Charlie Adam, Phil Bardsley and Shay Given. Plus we’ve still got Dionatan Teixeira on our books until June!!!

Recently published is a biography of Stoke player Frank Soo called ‘The Wanderer’ by Susan Gardiner. You can see more here at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wanderer-Story-Frank-Soo/dp/0995539618

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Keep Calm and Chill

Posted in Glandular fever, Music for 2016 with tags , , , on January 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I do like compiling a playlist on Spotify 🙂 Like the old C90/60 compilation tapes made at home back in the 80’s. This one is relaxing music  and good for keeping the stress levels down, a key component in coping and dealing with glandular fever. Very much a work in progress this one…

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.

Arise Sir Ken Dodd!

Posted in Stoke City FC with tags , , , on January 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Excellent news to see legendary comic Ken Dodd knighted in the New Years honours list. He still tours and performs, and you’ll always get VFM at one of his shows as some have been known to go on four over three hours!

Stoke City injury update

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After a lacklustre game against Bournemouth we really need to get back to basics for the Watford game. Whelan should be fit by the weekend, possibly on the bench? Bardsley went off injured and no date as yet on his likely return.

Better news with Butland due back early next month and Aflley has returned to training.

The club are looking to sign keeper Lee Grant in January as his current loan expires then. He has proved a real success since taking over from Shay Given.

Other transfer rumours include a possible bid for Port Vale’s defender Nathan Smith. Unlikely though as we don’t do much business with the Vale!