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  • THERE IS ALWAYS PLENTY OF BARS RESTAURANTS CLUBS JUST AVOID THE OLD BILL I LIVE ESSEX BUT VISIT OFTEN PLENTY OF DRUGS QUICK SHAG ROUND BACK OF OXFORD ROAD AND BIG MAC BEFORE HIT THE M4 IM TOLD 200 cameras in TOWN WELL THE GIRLS GOT EARN THERE FIX JUST BE SAFE USE CONDOM READING IS LIVELY TOWN JUST KEEP WITS ABOUT YOU DONT SMOKE TOO MUCH WEED nice bars along river and shopping pleasant enough just 70 mile from me usually find cheap hotel
  • red kites
  • I thought it was moving to Winchester but now I'm not so sure
  • Music man Oxford Rd. Such a nice chap!
  • My memories of various graveyards
  • MUSIC SCENE GREAT VIBE ON ALTERNATIVE SCENE
  • Wellcoolbuds delivers free in Reading. check out www.wellcoolbuds.com for all your hydro needs!
  • The mix of ethnics and people are friendly also the free parties
  • If you look hard, I mean REALLY hard beneath all the shit, all the suits, all the commuters, the dirt, the smell, the oppressive air to everything, this is a town with communities. It's easy to sit back and say 'Reading's crap', I know I do, but there are some cool people here.
  • people, near rivers, good transport, BMX park
  • people, near rivers, good transport, BMX park, Cafe Iguana, trains, stream trains, beer festival/CAMRA, go-karting, 3B's open mike night (Thurs)
  • shops, the young vibe, it has an excellent music scene, when you get to know the right people also socialising is good
  • Reading is a prosperous town with a lot of job opportunities. The town centre has a range of shops that is probably one of the best in Southern England. The nightlife caters for all, there are numerous restaurants and pubs. The Oracle Riverside caters for a lot of the chain pubs like Old Orleans & Bar med and there are a number of good places to eat like the Yellow River Cafe. Friar street also has a good range of pubs/clubs. The town is close to the countryside, west berkshire is very rural with extensive countryside and market towns like Hungerford & Newbury. To the east is Windsor & Windsor Great Park. Even though the towns immediate surroundings are countryside, London is not that far away so that brings even more attractions. The town is also being constantly regenerated, for any area that looks bad at the moment, there is generally a plan to do it up (the station for example)
  • The moped crew in Tilehurst! Fair enuff they may sound like wasps on speed which gets on ur tits, but it wouldnt b the same without them!
  • Student night @ The Fez every Tuesday
  • XS Records (Bristol and west arcade) DNB Galore!!
  • Mandella Court, Off Orts Road at the back of Reading College is an easy place to purchase Weed and occasionally Skunk but stay away from the Hash it's poor quality and small in size. Open From around 12am till 12pm. The Dealer is hidden in the bin shed at the back of the court, and don't worry the OLD BILL are aware of this and decide to take NO ACTION!
  • heelas. i agree with comment it will never be john lewis
  • Forbury was, now its gotta be Kings Meadow.
  • Friends, spots, hard edge......have fun
  • MAN READIN ENT SHIT COMPARED 2 LONDON OR SLOUGH MAN I MOVED THERE 4 A YEAR I DIDNT SEE SHIT HAPPEN DEN I MOVE 2 SLOUGH 4 A BIT N AM GETTIN ATTACKED NEAR NOUGH EVERY DAY AND NEARLY GOT SHOT.
  • The way u can find anyone 2 hang round with, and if ur a gal, flash a bit of cleavage and u can get in ANYWHERE! Also the fact London Irish play at Madjeski, and have sum major fit players!
  • theren isnt alot of good stuff in reading, besides the train station because u can leave reading!!! lol nah the ppl are kewl!
  • every one in whitley especially all the sexy black boys everywhere.....
  • Half Pipe Sports
  • coley park
  • Forbury Gardens. Best for sex in the open. Still get a stiffy.
  • The people in Whitley, the atmosphere, bare drugs,SEXY BOYS, and the fact that every1 knows every1.
  • forbury, pubvs retro clothes shops anbd other general gr8 places
  • the forbury every one knows everyone as long as u dont start judging people ur ok u can just relax and have fun (be carful of the forbury pond tho it contains many substances aside from the water)and if it gets boring there than u can cross the road into the graveyard which is slightly less open.
  • Drinking
  • Whitley. If you haven't lived there, don't diss it. Whitley could kick Caversham's, Tilehurst's and Earley's asses all at the same time.
  • The River Thames, I've had great cycle rides along the Thames from Caversham to Sonning.
  • when you get to a certain age you know everyone in the town and there's the nodding politely. in summer when it all comes off.oxford road for it's comic value. the gangs of rudeboys, pikeys, goths, moshers, trevs, trendy slappers, and mingers. such fun.
  • PAKISTANI'S RUN READING, GO TO CEMETRY JUNCTION (JUNCTION) AND WEST READING (WEST SIDE). WHEN ANY OUT OF TOWN ASIAN BOYS COME 2 READING THEY ALWAYS GET BEATEN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • the way out
  • anything that is away from townies
  • coffee republic. the close proximity of everything. laughing at the pikeys. mandela court. caversham. its all there.
  • THE BEST THING EVER: my gf who lives there!!
  • The Oracle
  • The sunny days
  • IN READING - HA HA DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH !!!!! BUT HOWEVER THERE IS A LOT OF DRUM AND BASS KICKING ABOUT THIS AREA
  • The women in Reading beat the mingers from everywhere else I've ever lived. How you guys can diss them I'll never know! Perma-nent trouser-tent.
  • Leaving. There are quite a few good parks though. And the river is nice - go and feed the swans in the winter.
  • the ppl in 4bury r great i love them all i could neva leave them :( it bring a tear to my eye thinking about them all
  • The jack-ass crew filming eachother performing death defying stunts with large sticks and rusty shopping trolly's!
  • Forbury gardens, every1 knows each other, shops
  • Its not Luton! The people are genuinely friendly!
  • London is 25 mins away by train. Still as town's go it's OK. Lots of wierd people too. Plus living in Reading means that you don't live in Bracknell, Basingstoke, Slough....
  • Bugs Bottom fields & the forbury!
  • drinking
  • Plenty to see and do....
  • Forbury
  • Pert breasted young Nymphomaniacs from Abbey school-so rumour has it. The fact there are so many jobs that i can be really late every day and nobody fires me.
  • It's fully cabled, meaning that broadband 'net access is cheap and plentiful. There are also quite a few parks.
  • Caversham is a superb place to live and I love the river, even though it threatens to flood every year and cut us off from the rest of Reading. We're very fortunate to have Womad and the Rock Festival on our doorstep as well. ALSO: Close to Heathrow airport. Excellent train service to London (20 mins) running all through the night. Loads of well paid jobs in the IT industry and financial Services. People are quite friendly which contrasts with most towns in the South East. Reading is sufficiently big to be interesting but not so big that going out is a hastle like in London. If you work there too, your life is a piece of cake compared to that of the commuters.
  • the amazing town centre.
  • Getting back home from which ever hole you've just come from. Using Reading's transport infrastructure to leave it.
  • I dont live there.
  • lots of choice
  • Reading actually has a lot of interesting history to it, pity the council likes to knock it all down. Apparently there is a massive organ hidden some where in the museum. Also, did you know that the Oracle was named after a 17th century workhouse... very appropriate!
  • Forget building any theme parks and such nearby. The no.17 Reading bus afterdark is the best party in town!
  • the motorway and train station
  • One of the lowest prosecution rate for smoking naughties in the country!
  • It's not New Romney (poxy village in Kent where I grew up) and it's handy for London
  • Having read a load of the previous comments I'd have to say that it's the sense of humour of Reading people. I've buggered off to live in Paris myself, but I'm often back and I enjoy the old place. Reading people are terrible moaners and there are more nutters and wierdos per square inch than surely another town but it has character. Most of my friends and family have had the chance to leave..but haven't. Why? There's some kind of weird magnetic force in the Town Hall I think...
  • 613 Oxford road - easy rider.
  • The Trippy Tree - St Mary's Graveyard The Purple Turtle, 12 years on & still packed - what a winning formula
  • Reading is a reasonably bohemian town with a thriving sub culture and diverse ethnicity. Being a University town it benefits from having a lot going on and is generally a friendly town to live in. It's no London or Manchester but has more going for it than most towns. It also has reasonably low unemployment. It is also fairly self contained so the town centre is fairly compact and it is close to the countryside if you want to escape for a few hours
  • could it be any easier to score drugs?????
  • Sk8ing
  • Near to London Lots of jobs
  • It was quite funny the way the council and the evening post wanted the place to recieve city status. To me Reading will always be a one horse town full of Nazis and London over spill - nothing remarkable at all.
  • Beautiful caversham by the riverside, silly amount of pubs (though mostly full of townies), lots of cool parks, very cosmopolitan mixed-race community.
  • Shopping, employment, wages.
  • The new Madeski stadium, home of Reading FC.
  • You don't see many pigeons about do you?
  • Its 20 minutes away from Basingstoke, where I live, and is a world away in terms of general life, soul, alternative representation and general coolness, and of course holds the Reading Festival. Thank God for Reading when you live in Basingstoke
  • Reading has everything you need, entertainment wise. If that's not enough, London is only a half hour away on the train.
  • All the drips and nerds who give themselves an identity by wearing black congregate in one spot (After Dark in London Street). They know their place.
  • ME! Write to me at ijonkman@pink.co.uk Ta!
  • The festival and the relaxed atmosphere.
  • Wos God all about then? At Grovelands Christian Fellowship we can help you find out. Visit our web-site http://members.truepath.com/grovelands if you want to see who we are before you visit us.
  • The number of places to skate.
  • My girlfriend lives there, so do my best mates.
  • The best thing about Reading is Heelas on George Street. Other good things: Decent bus service. Bus conductors who care. Colleys Supper Rooms
  • The best thing about Reading is that at least it provides some sort of alternative to commercialised, homogenised Thames Valley culture. If you compare it to A HREF="84.html">Slough, Bracknell etc., then it has loads of interesting little shops, pubs and places to be. The Antiques Emporium is tops! Also the local music events seem to have improved since I left the region-with Charlatans, Stone Roses and others playing at the Rivermead.
  • The best thing about Reading is the Hexagon Classical music concert series, perhaps the best subscription series outside London & Birmingham. Many of the world's finest performers and orchestras have played here over the last few years. Perlman in 95, Zuckerman in 96. The Moscow Radio Symphony (the best orchestra in the world) has been here TWICE!!
  • Comedy nights at 21 South Street, fortnightly. Can be excellent but needs booking in advance, costs about 5 quids.
  • The IDR, anyone who slags it off obviously can't imagine what it would be like to slog across Reading by alternate means. I am being serious when I say it is an excellent Road. But I'd concede it's ugly as sin.
  • Best thing, without a doubt the Purple Turtle. I've not tried the new one yet (I've been busy) but if it retains a fraction of the atomsphere of the old place it'll be excellent. Tip: Do not attempt the Turtle sober, it's miserable.
  • Reading's anti-Newbury bypass group, Reading Roadbusters meets every Sunday at RISC on London Street at 7pm. Get down there to discuss the latest tactics. Usually progress to pub afterwards.
  • Best bookshop in the world - ever. Waterstones on Broad street, open 7 days a week. It's a converted church and carries every last single type of book you could ever imagine. And plenty of them too.
  • Working in the Apex Plaza!
  • Work - lots of it; night life - suits all; food places - lots of; in the summer there is the Thames to sit near and there are quiet spots to be found - will not tell you where as they will not be quiet if I do tell you...; when you find nice people here, they are generally very nice; close to London.
  • Craven Motor Club - all types of motorsport catered for. Meet every Wednesday from 9:15 onwards at Redingensians Rugby Club on the A4 just past Sonning roundabout. Everyone welcome - or call 0118 961 5367
  • The people. No snobbery and a diverse range of cultures just getting along together and having fun. If you visited Reading 10 years ago and haven't been back I suggest you try it again. Big changes in the shopping area and nightlife. Good place to be if you can't be bothered with the hassle of London.
  • *The weird and wacky concoction of people you get bumbling about the Forbury Gardens and Abbey ruins on a sunny day - those who live in Reading will know what I mean !!!!!!!!! *OOOO and the 'Forbury fairies' little men in green suits who come every morning to clean up the Forbury that we so generously trashed the night before, they're great they are * the bar man at Bar Oz and the bloke who works in the deli section at Bar Ex cellence and the indie kid that works at HMV, plus the guy called Mark, or maybe he has a brother called Mark, I can't remember, who works in BUT IS IT ART, Broad St, Mall, on the framing counter
  • Being able to walk into Reading Station/Forbury Gardens and seeing loads of people you know. Everyone seems to know each other. It's amazing. The fact that there is a large alternative subculture. IT'S OK TO BE A FREAK IN READING!!!!!!
  • The Thames, Pangbourne-Caversham Bridge.
  • The underground tech-step scene!!
  • The best things are being able go down the river or Abeey ruins with your mates and not feel threatened or scared that you're gonna get mugged or raped, you probably are going to get mugged and beateb up but for some reason you don't fear it. Strange eh? It's also knowing that sooner or later we will be blessed from heaven by the Oracle! Oh yeah thats right we have been chosen! For the newist mist innovative shopping centre in the universe, well, not quite but Berkshire anyway.
  • The huge number of pubs
  • Reading Buses, even if the service ends a tad to early in the familiar deal with the local cabbies. The ten or so pubs within a thirty second walk of the town hall.
  • The rapid transformation of Friar Street into a new Leicester square.
  • I was born in Woodley and used to work in Reading and all i have to say is i live overseas now but only have the fondest memories of Reading, especially the Mall and the local Mcdonalds (oh yes and hanging out with all my mates in Burger King!). If i could come home to Reading right at this moment, i would be on the first flight!!!!
  • The bike path along the canal is not bad-so don't complain too much about the traffic. Plus there are lots of signposted routes. Parking your bike at the station is quite good in the underground car park

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