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MARK STAY new book…

Posted in Authors, Books, News with tags , , , , on March 20, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Happy days! I just hit 50% FUNDED on THE END OF MAGIC! In the words of the poet, ‘Woah, we’re halfway there, woa-oh, we’re livin’ on a prayer!’

Huge thanks and big love to everyone who’s pledged so far. It’s incredible to me to think that we’ve come so far in just a few weeks.
As a treat (punishment?) here’s a quick extract of me reading from THE END OF MAGIC

I apologise in advance for the Scots accent. a) The character was written that way, and b) I’m an old ham and can’t help myself.

To pledge and support THE END OF MAGIC, click here:

Mark Hughes appointed Southampton manager until end of the season

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on March 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Mark Hughes, sacked by Stoke City after four and half years in charge, has been appointed Southampton manager until the end of the season – eight Premier League games plus the FA Cup QF this weekend away at Wigan. Previous clubs who appointed a manager for such a short time didn’t fare well – Hull (Dowie) and Newcastle (Shearer).

With West Brom all but relegated, the remaining two relegation places look to be between us, Palace, West Ham (the only PL club to have shipped more goals than us this season), Huddersfield and Southampton. Swansea could get dragged in again especially if the FA Cup proves a distraction and we play them away on the final game of this season, with Crystal Palace our final home game of the season the week before.

Paul Lambert named new Stoke manager

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on January 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have appointed Paul Lambert as the new manager on a 2 1/2 year contract. He has previously managed at Norwich, Aston Villa and Wolves amongst others.

Not a choice I would have liked, however I will get behind the manager and the squad as I support Stoke City the club and want us to stay up as a priority. Once we are safe we can then look at the squad and longer term.

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.


Stoke makes the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will compete to host a year-long celebration of art and performance as UK City of Culture 2021.

The final bid has to be submitted by September and the winning city is announced in November/December time.

Really hope Stoke wins this as it would be amazing for the city and a real boost to the area. Unlike the Garden festival back in 1986, this will have longer term benefits for the area as it is city/area wide and not just focused on one site.

Save Loyd Road Fields – deadline for objections 12 July

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The deadline for your objection letters is the 12th July and you can do so via this link

Do like the Facebook page as they are very active and keep updating on the latest news etc. Good news in that Didcot Town council object to the planning application. A decision on the planning application is due sometime in September.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot

Posted in Family life, News, Politics with tags , , , , on June 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Since moving to Didcot I am amazed at the amount of new housing being built, most driven by the gigantic Great Western Park development which seems to dwarf the town. That seems fairly well planned and logical, however now there is new scheme to build 135 new homes between a designated ‘green break’ between the outskirts of Didcot and the village of East Hagbourne by Catesby Estates.

I am no NIMBY but this scheme appears to trample over South Oxfordshire’s local plan and if you wish to object to the planning application you have until July 12 to lodge your views. There is a Facebook action page here and there is an excellent blog Mind The Green Gap that gives more information on this proposed development.