Reading Racers Speedway
Motorcycle speedway attracts little media publicity these days but there is still an enthusiastic following for the Racers in Reading.
The noise and the smell make it a terrific adrenalin-rush sport. The season runs from March to October
Reading has some very good curry houses. It is just a shame that the Raj isn't one of them. About the only thing it does have going for it is the location and the attractiveness of the building it is in. Nothing stood out
Stonehenge consists of a group of standing stones on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, S England. Preeminent among megalithic monuments in the British Isles, it is similar to an older and larger monument at Avebury. The great prehistoric structure is enclosed within a circular ditch 300 ft (91 m) in diameter, with a bank on the inner side, and is approached by a broad roadway called the Avenue. Within the circular trench the stones are arranged in four series: The outermost is a circle of sandstones about 13.5 ft (4.1 m) high connected by lintels; the second is a circle of bluestone menhirs; the third is horseshoe shaped; the innermost, ovoid. Within the ovoid lies the Altar Stone. The Heelstone is a great upright stone in the Avenue, northeast of the circle. It was at one time widely believed that Stonehenge was a druid temple, but this is contradicted by the fact that the druids probably did not arrive in Britain until c.250 B.C. In 1963 the American astronomer Gerald Hawkins theorized that Stonehenge was used as a huge astronomical instrument that could accurately measure solar and lunar movements as well as eclipses. Hawkins used a computer to test his calculations and found definite correlations between his figures and the solar and lunar positions in 1500 B.C. (However, as a result of the development of calibration curves for radiocarbon dates, the main structure at the site, Stonehenge III, is now believed to have been built c.2000 B.C.) Some archaeologists object to Hawkins's theory on the basis that the eclipse prediction system he proposed was much too complex for the Early Bronze Age society of England. Most archaeologists agree, however, that Stonehenge was used to observe the motions of the moon as well as the sun. Research by the archaeologist Alexander Thom, based on the careful mapping of hundreds of megalithic sites, indicates that the megalithic ritual circles were built with a high degree of accuracy, requiring considerable mathematical and geometric sophistication.
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I've worked in Reading / Heckfield Racal training center for 6 months (1988). The school had a very big garden (land) with a pond and a forest. Wild goose were coming from Canada there and breed. Rabbits, lots of rabbits played freely on the grass near the bush border. I even saw a newly born deer and touched it one morning... I think now that this place was a paradise on earth(!) Away from dense population, I passed my after work time in drawing sketches and tasting beer at the surrounding bars... Kind of "still life" mood.
Later, I heard that Racal closed this place... what a pity ! Could be used as a Hotel...
I'll tell more from "1988 Reading" later when I find time.