The Hexagon is a central venue in Reading, and is used primarily for theatrical productions and concerts. It has played host to snooker tournaments, exhibitions and many other events.
As well as these uses it is an important community venue and is centrally located at the back of Broad Street Mall and by the main council offices.
We went out most nights to the...
We went out most nights to the pub for a meal. One night we went into Leighton Buzzard to a Chinese. It was quite expensive, but work paid for that.
We ate on the boat for breakfast and lunch.
Things were low key as it was a work trip not a holiday.
Getting to know Sarah and Helen a bit more. Jeans, warm sweaters, raincoats and wellies.
There is a huge multi-screen cinema on the outskirts of Reading, between Loddon Bridge and Winnersh Triangle at the A329/A3290/A329(M) junction, but this one in the town centre is an architectual gem.
Whilst not as impressive as some London-area art-deco cinemas, it's still a good example of the style and going to it must have been a treat in its pre-1960s heyday.
Reading is a vast sprawling temporary shanty town next to the River Thames, mainly comprising of tents and queues for the ladies' toilets. An even larger urban hinterland of off-licenses, pedestrianised shopping areas, mainline railway station, a university and successful professional football team have developed to the East.
You can identify an inhabitant of the Reading shanty town by their daft hats and the fact that they are often unfeasibly young, though a tiny number of over 40's have been allowed to remain if only for curiosity value.
The Reading Ghetto is twinned with Leeds.
"Funding the Settlement"
Leader of the Reading shanty town is a mysterious wealthy individual, known as the Mean Fiddler. The Fiddler demands great financial sacrifices from his/her subjects, which makes the taxation system of Denmark cheap in comparison.
In return for at least £65 of British currency per day (or £135 for 3 days paid well in advance), the Fiddler provides a hypnotic mix of loud guitar-based 'indimuzik', within a defensive walled enclosure (known as the Arena). This keeps the population happy and oblivious to the extortion.
This should really be a 'Warnings & Dangers'
tip - you really wouldn't want to meet these
two itinerant grave-dodgers in a hurry.
Caversham Charity Folk Festival
"The Band from County Hell"
This band from Sleaford, Lincolnshire produce a variety of celtic folk, much influenced by the Pogues, some of whose songs they cover.
"The Zimmer Boys"
This photo taken at the blues session at the Crown on the Bridge, Caversham shows Derek Jolly playing in a plaster cast.
A singer from the North East of England. Bob has been entrancing audiences for 25 years.
"Hard Times String Band"
This band from Portsmouth, Hampshire plays music from the Appalachian mountains of the USA.
Jez is a singer song writer originally from County Durham in the North East of England.
Saffron Summerfield is a singer/musician and songwriter who studied classical guitar in LONDON in the early 1970's.
Discarding the classical route she quickly became very involved in the British folk and contemporary guitar/songwriting movement spearheaded by such innovative musicians as Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and Annie Briggs.
Robb is yet another singer/song writer. On this occasion accompanied by Miranda Sykes on double bass and Saskia Tomkins on violin (not shown).
This photograph was taken at the skiffle session at the Clifton, Caversham. I believe this group is DPN + 1.