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Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

Mr Fish Finger aims to topple Tim Farron

Posted in General Election 2017, News, Politics with tags , , , , on May 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
I do love a good protest vote or fringe candidate. Even despite this ‘snap’ general election on June 8, the campaign has thrown up some individual battles. Step forward a man dressed as a fish finger! Mr Fish Finger is standing against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and hopes to “put him in his plaice,” in the Westmorland and Lonsdale.  It is a big ask as Farron defends a majority of nearly 9,000 and Farron gained the seat from the Conservatives in the 2005 election.

Donations made to the a crowdfunding page in support of Mr Fish Finger’s nomination have topped £2,300 , which will cover his deposit of £500 to stand in the election. You can follow his campaign on Twitter @MrFishFingerMP

Whatever the result on June 8 one of them will have had their chips…

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 😀 “

More here:

Sparky’s back running for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Posted in Fundraising, Just Giving, News, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Running with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes I was taking a year off fundraising, but then my virtual trainer (they have kept my running going despite actually never having a run with me!) told me how their partner was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. They are coming through that now and hopefully will be okay.

They went through a neck dissection, tonsillectomy, two weeks of chemo and six weeks daily radiotherapy. During this time they used the scanning facilities provided by the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.


Any donation is most welcome and even if you can’t donate please do spread the word of the great work done at this centre.

Oh and the Sparky nickname comes from a work colleague who gave me that being a Stoke supporter. I ran the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon in my Sparky top:


Music for 2016: STAR CHASE

Posted in Melodic rock, Modern rock, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

STAR CHASE Make Their Debut on MelodicRock Records Feb 26th

In keeping with MelodicRock Records’ commitment to supporting new talent, the label is proud to announce the signing of another great new artist and their debut album – this time it’s from Melbourne melodic rockers STAR CHASE.
Star Chase is a new 5 piece melodic rock band featuring a very familiar name on lead vocals/guitars –Jason Old from The Radio Sun (and previously Safire, Square one, Someone Elses Life).
Joining Jason in Star Chase are:
Steve Martret – lead guitars/vocals (Safire); Gilbert Annese – drums (Square One,Someone Elses Life);Aaron Suter – keyboards/vocals (Safire); and Anthony Wong – bass/vocals (Someone Elses Life)
After the 15th anniversary of the original Safire EP, Steve and Jase began writing together initially for fun, with no other plan other than to write as many songs as they could. This eventually led to having over 20 songs written in a few months. After putting the band together it was clear there was a chemistry so the next step was to record an album with no real expectation. The resulting, The new day is collection of 11 rocking tunes for fans of “two guitar & keyboard“ rock with huge harmonies.
This band has their own unique sound. The New Day is an album that will delight fans of Jason and The Radio Sun, but also fans of classic feel good melodic rock, Australian style AOR and songswith big hooks and even bigger harmonies.
Star Chase’s debut album will be released via MRR on February 26.
Pre-order here

A rather good sports email newsletter…

Posted in Football, News with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Free to sign up to, covers all sports:


Wednesday 27th May
Good morning! Here’s what made the cut today…


+ This 80-foot basket, sadly, didn’t count.
+ Virginie Razzano served underarm on match point, and missed.
+ Which teams were shown first most often on Match of the Day?


Rugby Union England hooker Dylan Hartley may miss the World Cup warm-up games – and even the tournament itself – after being cited for an (admittedly very gentle) headbutt during Northampton’s Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens. The disciplinary hearing is today.

Tennis Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic all cruised through to round two of the French Open, but Eugenie Bouchard, last year’s semi-finalist, and Grigor Dimitrov both lost. Sixth seed Bouchard is on a spectacular run of bad form: she has won only three matches since the Australian Open quarter-finals in January.

Football Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been named the League Managers’ Association manager of the year, having led the Cherries into the top flight for the first time in their history. West Ham qualified for the Europa League by finishing top of the fair play league. Abel Hernandez has been charged by the FA for his disgraceful punch on Phil Jones.

Formula One Former F1 team Marussia will face no action from the Health and Safety Executive over the 2012 crash at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, in which test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye. De Villota died a year later, aged 33, from what a doctor said was “a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered” in the crash.


1. England appoint Bayliss

Yes, within 24 hours of the ECB announcing they were in “exclusive talks” with their “preferred candidate”, they agreed terms with Trevor Bayliss. The 52-year-old will take over in June ahead of the first Ashes Test on 8 July, becoming the first Australian to coach England.

Is he the goods?
As we outlined in Sportcut yesterday, Bayliss has mainly been chosen for his one-day pedigree, ahead of the home World Cup in 2019. He took Sri Lanka to the finals of the 2011 World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20, led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles, and won Australia’s Big Bash with Sydney Sixers. He has an excellent relationship with England assistant coach (and current caretaker) Paul Farbrace, who was his assistant at Sri Lanka. And players seem to like him, too. “He is fantastic with the boys, especially the younger guys,” gushed Mahela Jayawardene. “He will allow the players to express themselves.”

Any flies in this ointment?
Some worry that Bayliss never played Test cricket; others that his free-flowing, expressive approach may clash with captain Alastair Cook’s conservative, safety-first ways. But all in all, the cricketariat seem happy with this appointment. How they’ll feel if England succumb to a consecutive Ashes whitewash is another matter…

2. Sacking madness

What’s happened?
The football league season is barely over, and already the managers’ heads are rolling. What’s surprising this week, though, is the calibre of the candidates getting the chop – and how ruthlessly they’re being dismissed. 

Who’s gone?
Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Real Madrid yesterday, having committed the cardinal sin of not winning La Liga. Steve McClaren was axed from
Derby, despite having taken the Rams to the Championship play-off final last year and finishing within a point of this season’s play-offs. And Nigel Clough got the boot from Sheffield United, because apparently reaching the semi-finals of both the Capital One Cup and the League One play-offs just wasn’t good enough. But the real madness has taken place at Watford.

What’s going on there?
The Hornets have just won automatic promotion to the Premier League, finishing second in the Championship under the stewardship of Slavisa Jokanovic. But contract talks between club and manager have broken down, and Watford are now looking to replace the Serb with Quique Flores. Jokanovic was the club’s fourth manager of the season – Flores, if he signs, will be their fifth in ten months – and has a win percentage of more than 50% since arriving in October. He is, statistically, Watford’s best ever manager. Shut the door on your way out, mate.


“I found it was a little edgy on his part. There is nothing else I have to say at this point. I think a lot of players know him; I did not know him. I know him now.”

– Tennis player Maxime Hamou was far from impressed with Jerzy Janowicz’s extremely vigorous handshake at the end of their four-set match in Paris


1. Will the king be deposed?
Rafael Nadal has just begun what may turn out to be the most riveting of his 11 French Open championships. Dogged by injury, seeded sixth, and with the prospect of a quarter-final against Novak Djokovic, the nine-time champion will have to dig deeper than ever if he wants to retain his title. Can he do it?

2. Rugby’s absentees
“In most sports, players tend to retire after a World Cup. Rugby union has a worrying trend of retirements accumulating just before.” Why? Because many players, particularly those from the Pacific Islands, cannot afford the trip. Two Tongan players have already pulled out; others are expected tofollow.

3. Captain concentration
“When you meet a brilliant performer – whatever the field – they almost always have an air of calmness and simplicity.” And as the first Test against New Zealand
 ebbed and flowed, England skipper Alastair Cook “was the same player throughout. His tempo and body language found equilibrium.” From Ed Smith: the importance of Captain Concentration.


Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk play Sevilla in the Europa League final. Worcester take a 29-28 lead into the second leg of their Championship play-off final with Bristol.


A social media storm kicked off this week when Preston’s hat-trick hero Jermaine Beckford threw his shirt into the crowd, and a woman appeared to pinch it off a small boy. The shirt then popped up on Gumtree for the bargain price of £1,500. Beckford, though, has come to the lad’s rescue: the striker will present him with a signed shirt, and he’ll get a free stadium tour.