.. leave immediately - they're...
.. leave immediately - they're a funny bunch over there you know. An old local law stipulates that interaction with foreigners is strictly prohibited..
I've heard they smell funny too.. geee lemme think!.... seeing it in my rear view mirror?!?
If you fancy getting dressed up in your trendy gear and hitting the streets, Sahara is a good place to go.
Its one of the newer bars in Reading and quite a good hangout spot.
Its a very trendy bar that has a nice atmosphere, they have great cocktails and a nice selection of bottled beers.
If you can manage it, try to get the leather sofas as they are super comfy, and also a nice place to sit and do some people watching. They dont have a strict dresscode, but on Friday and Saturday nights people dress in a trendy fashion, but you will not get turned away wearing a t-shirt and jeans.
Really feeding the swans
When you feed the swans, please do it away from the rowing club landing stages (I have been in boats which have hit swans with oars - in one case breaking the swans wing) because people have been feeding the swans by the landing stages.
Also if you have young children make sure you only feed the birds that are in the water. The swans aren't aggresive, but they come after the food. When you have around 50 swans milling around pecking at what they think is food, it terrifies small children as in most cases the swans are taller than them. They also seem to terrify adults in these cases too. All you need to do is act confidently and walk through them, or gently shoo them away with your hands.
The best thing to feed them is bread.
Reading..... also known as Reading :P
".... Along the River Kenneth there is the Oracle ."
:)... best thing to do... go to that link >>> www.reading-buses.co.uk/ ............ explore the surrounding areas of Berkshire (make a detour of Slough though! ahem)
For those who haven't by now got my wicked sense of humor.... Reading is a cool place to work and people here are very young as there are lots of university campus here... and a river runs right through it that holds the ORACLE (all wise, all knowing one hihi) for those with credit cards and materialistic goals ;).... it's a shopping centre heaven.
Reading over the rooftops
"St Mary's Church, Reading"
In May 2001 I was up the tower of St Mary's church in Reading. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the photographs I took while up there.
The tower isn't usually open to the public, but we do have an open day in most years.
The first few photographs are mainly of the Church itself, but later ones show parts of Reading, so keep hitting "Next Chapter" to see all of the images.
The large grey concrete building is Broad Street Mall.
Zooming in you can see a former department store, now split into smaller shops. There are even the remains of an advertisment on the end wall where a later building has been added.
"St Mary's Butts"
This street's name recalls the days when the men of Reading would have to attend archery practice on Sunday. This was the case throughout England as late as the 17th century. It helped the country maintain a force of trained fighters and was also considered to distract them from less worthy pursuits.
Butt - a mark or mound for archery or shooting practice; a mound behind targets.
"The Civic Centre"
The many-sided concrete building on the left is the Civic Centre. In front of it is the market. To the right of the civic centre, and difficult to spot if you don't know it, is The Hexagon, Reading's main theatre.
In front of Broad Street Mall, the yellow and black premises are a pub, "Pavlov's Dog".
"Police and Law Courts"
The large building in the centre is Reading's other church dedicated to St Mary's. Beyond that, and to the left of the Civic Centre are the Law Courts and the Police Station.
Reading has a good supply of pubs, both traditional and modern. The black and white building on the corner of St Mary's Butts and Castle Street is The Horn. The large building on the other side of Castle Street is The Litten Tree.
This photograph shows two churches. The one on the horizon on the left is Christchurch and the one one to its right and in the middle-ground is St Giles.
Almost all of this photograph is filled with Reading's new shopping centre, The Oracle. Note the beacon which lights up at night with changing colours.
The Oracle is built on the site of the former bus station (previously the tram station). In building the centre the course of the River Kennet was changed to fit in with the plans. The Oracle is named after a nineteenth century children's home which was once nearby.
This impressive slate roof belongs to the John Lewis department store.
"Broad Street and Friar Street"
These streets were Reading's main shopping area until the new Oracle shopping centre was opened.
A closer look at the rooftops of the shops shows that a large area was built to a uniform design.
The Church near the left of this photograph and below the trees on the horizon is Greyfriars.