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Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
But none of you remember Lenny the tramp...
Or know who Elvis is....
I know both - I'll try and find the elvis documntary in a minute...

as for lenny, dieinfg under that bridge near the festival site, just horrid. wasn't he burnt out of his home or summit?

anyway, foxy, you must be from round these parts if you know about that shizzle?
 

ChrisFilter

Like a boss.
Doing parties at the Boxing Club was always a good laugh :cool:

Level 1 - the quintessential grotty nightclub that exists solely 'cos of underage drinking :cool:

The Monks' Retreat for it's bargain red bull and vodka.

I cut my 'going out' teeth in Reading... good times.
 

Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
Yeah, I remember going to some of the oops nights at the boxing club. not much of a clubber, but a quality excuse to get mashup...
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
I may well be moving there :(.

Any good news about the place?

Apart from Sweeny Todd's (man cannot live on pies alone).
 

Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
Not much happens, but I live there so its the coolest place on the planet by proxy.

Mandela court is shut, for good, so if youre a toker then make alternative arrangements.

Why are you moving here?
 

Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
Yeah, theres a lot of jobs, compared to the rest of the country, so if youll be searching you should find something. Unless youre looking for reallly niche roles, of course.

Oh, and obligatory "its close to london" comment, though im not that fussed about that aspect, personally.
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
Yeah.

Thing is I know loads of people whose dream it is to be "close to London".

I don't really give a damn about London. I'd prefer to live up North near some hills.

Oh well.

You gotta go where the jobs are.

I've spent enough time in Reading to know that it's okay. There's most things that you need.
 
Any good news about the place?
umm

it's fairly easy to leave (except when the M4 is clogged or the train service is fucked that is)

I've been here (somewhere between Reading and Wokingham) for getting on for 10 years (moved here for work), and must admit I'm not keen.

Reading itself - seems to combine some 'inner city problems' with a 'small town attitude'

a town centre which has been judged one of the most 'clone town' town centres in the UK - has a wide selection of plasticky eating places attached to the Oracle shopping centre, which is fine if you like that sort of thing.

Since it's quite an expensive place to live, the population has a high representation of people who have lived here for years, people whose horizons don't stretch beyond Reading, and youngish 'first job after university' types, as well as people who commute into London and found Reading cheaper than west London for a mortgage.

Despite the 1970s urban motorway-ish 'inner distributor road', traffic and parking is fairly bloody awful, and even worse around Reading Festival which the locals make a lot of fuss about.

There is a good bus service in Reading itself (the bus company is still owned by the council) and immediately outside (places like Lower Earley and Woodley are in Wokingham Borough but are part of the 'greater Reading urban area), but once you get off the edge of the urban bus network, most of it is expensive, finishes mid evening and doesn't run on Sundays.

Reading itself is fairly multi-cultural without having one dominant 'minority' group, and there is a bit of 'alternativeness' if you look for it, there's this place for example, and there are three Green Party councillors now.

Outside Reading, it's very tory shire county. John Redwood is MP for Wokingham...
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
:(

*sighs*

The buses in Reading are extortionate.

I hear the Hobgoblin (the only decent pub I've ever been to in Reading) has changed?

Dammit.

This really wasn't the plan.

Oh well.

First world problem innit?

:D
 
The buses in Reading are extortionate.
less so than (for example) in Bracknell or Slough.

I hear the Hobgoblin (the only decent pub I've ever been to in Reading) has changed?
was still there last time I looked, but I don't really do a lot of socialising in Reading - their website suggests it's largely the same people, this report says it was just a change of name because they did not want to pay Wychwoods (Marstons) for the right to use the name 'Hobgoblin' any more.
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
was still there last time I looked, but I don't really do a lot of socialising in Reading - their website suggests it's largely the same people, this report says it was just a change of name because they did not want to pay Wychwoods (Marstons) for the right to use the name 'Hobgoblin' any more.
Phew.

That's something.

IME a decent pint has been hard to get in Reading. Fizzy lager or flat, warm bitter.
 

fredfelt

Mostly unknown member
John Cooper Clarke is doing a gig in Reading - I think June 21st.

Live in Reading and fancy a change of scene you can always jump on the train to Basingstoke :)
 

fredfelt

Mostly unknown member
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Mandela court is shut, for good, so if youre a toker then make alternative arrangements.
Memories of Mandela court brought me way back! I used to make trips there with adolescent mates in a clapped out banger of a car. Then head on out to various quiet locations - often along the Thames - to get stoned. Shit, that was nearly 20 years ago.
 

Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
Bus fares arent too bad. I pay 14 quid a week for unlimited travel. Compare that to london tube prices and its a freaking bargain....
 

chilango

Der Teufel scheißt immer auf den größten Haufen
Bus fares arent too bad. I pay 14 quid a week for unlimited travel. Compare that to london tube prices and its a freaking bargain....
That's not bad actually.

Though I pay around 25 quid per month right now.
 

Jon-of-arc

Ransom'd, Stoopid & Roofless
R.I.P.
That's not bad actually.

Though I pay around 25 quid per month right now.
If you move somewhere nice and central like newtown, you barely ever need to get a bus, especially if you work in town. Newtowns pretty affordable, as well, and is the place.where the greens have their seats. A nice community area, if you ask me.
 

abe11825

Like to take a cement fix
umm

a town centre which has been judged one of the most 'clone town' town centres in the UK - has a wide selection of plasticky eating places attached to the Oracle shopping centre, which is fine if you like that sort of thing.
I happened to like the Oracle. Architecturally speaking, of course. Interesting concept, that shopping centre. I liked how it was so open, and you have the bridge and River in the middle of the complex. I'd not seen a place like this before.

Reading itself is fairly multi-cultural without having one dominant 'minority' group, and there is a bit of 'alternativeness' if you look for it, there's this place for example, and there are three Green Party councillors now.
That's something I noticed, when walking around... it's a decent multicultural city. Although I'm used to seeing alot of different people roaming about, I was glad to see that people were semi respected in the area I was in - no gun fire, no fighting (what I'm used to hearing at night). The area I visited was quiet, for the time I was there (May)
 
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