...In thinking Reading (the town) should change it's name?

(86 Posts)
TiggyD Fri 18-Jan-13 15:40:19

It makes Googling a right pain in the botty. You put something like "BDSM Reading" for whatever reason into the Googlebox and it gives you a load of books you might like to read.

I suggest Tiggy City.

impty Fri 18-Jan-13 15:44:20

I agree! It is a pita when googling stuff. I suggest impty town.

TiggyD Fri 18-Jan-13 15:48:02

Tiggy City and I'll re-name the Whitley part after you Impty.

YorkshireDeb Fri 18-Jan-13 15:48:07

Think you two should be employed by the government to rename all towns in Britain! X

impty Fri 18-Jan-13 15:49:01

Fair enough Tiggy grin

Born and bred in in reading! can you rename the high rises in coley after me. Winslet got crappy flats named after her and i want some to

I used to go to the festival a lot. Can you rename the road to the festival grounds Pratchett Way?

Lora1982 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:52:15

Bdsm reading? snigger

Redbindy Fri 18-Jan-13 15:54:57

Jail town

impty Fri 18-Jan-13 15:55:55

ok just googled! shock shock Tiggy!! am blushing nowsmile

RuleBritannia Fri 18-Jan-13 15:56:32

RedBindy No Gaol Town. Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 18-Jan-13 15:57:56

How about 'Not-Like-It-Used-To-Be-When-I-Was-Growing-Up' ?

It used to be lovely - a nice family place to go shopping at the weekend. It's horrible now and ridiculously bloody expensive to park. I want use a space for a few hours - not buy the car park!

A bit like searching for the band James in Amazon, you get millions of hits.

lisac99 Fri 18-Jan-13 16:03:33

I lived there for 10 years and still live relatively close. I think there are nice parts (Lower Earley, Woodley) and not so nice parts (Whitley), however I guess that's the same wherever you are.

The one way system is horrendous though.... and total gridlock at Junction 11 most nights!

TiggyD Fri 18-Jan-13 16:04:08

I'm a Pratchett fan too. Kings Meadow becomes Pratchett Meadow, and Reading University becomes The Unseen University.

The flats are yours Pets. I do feel sorry for Winslet having a dodgy bit named after her. Nothing for Ricky Gervais yet.

YES LORA. Reading is full of kinky fuckery but nobody can find it due to the Google issue.

Marlinspike Fri 18-Jan-13 16:06:05

It used to be known as the beer, biscuits and bulbs town - which is almost winebiscuitthanks!

ThingummyBob Fri 18-Jan-13 16:06:26

You think you've got it hard hmm think of the poor residents of Sandwich and their googling nightmares grin

daisydoodoo Fri 18-Jan-13 16:15:51

I'm in one of the nicer parts of Reading already mentioned on this thread. Everyone pronounce s it reeding if they'vennot heard of it.

I do question why I moved back from York as its not what it used to be. But within the wokingham borough part there are some fab schools and lot's of open spaces parks etc. Ideal for family life.

It seemed everywhere I lived in york I was one street away from a troubled area.

RustyBear Fri 18-Jan-13 16:18:09

Ahem - Wokingham is not 'part of' Reading, daisydoodoo....

TotallyTopical Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:38

<Refuses to google BDSM Sandwich>

I thoroughly approve of the Unseen University and Pratchett Meadow. grin

Marlinspike Fri 18-Jan-13 16:31:44

I hail from Caversham.... any other north-bankers here?

pleasestoptalking Fri 18-Jan-13 16:35:25

hey marlinspike - me too

OTTMummA Fri 18-Jan-13 16:41:33

It used to be spelt Reeding according to an old map my inlaws have. not sure why it changed :S why are we also still a town? What are the requirements to be named a city?

We used to live in a town called March, in Cambs. That was far more of a pain to google than Reading (lived there too).

moogy1a Fri 18-Jan-13 16:46:24

One of my most disappointing experiences was the lack of books at the Reading festival.

JamesBexleySpeed Fri 18-Jan-13 16:50:01

We failed to get city status earlier this year, OTT, so still a town for now. Not too long though, hopefully.

JamesBexleySpeed Fri 18-Jan-13 16:51:12

sorry, last year

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PandaOnAPushBike Fri 18-Jan-13 17:08:58

I grew up in The People's Republic of Pangbourne. I love Reading, although admit I haven't been there for a few years now. Anyone remember the Majestic?

tiggytape Fri 18-Jan-13 17:10:08

I suggest Tiggy City.

Sounds good to me.

I live in the ding, the only good thing about it is that it is only half hour away from London smile

Punkatheart Fri 18-Jan-13 17:18:15

Waves to Marlin..I am in Caversham too. Was in the Alto Lounge yesterday thinking I was the Queen of Sheba. We are now Reading but we used to be in Oxfordshire....

impty Fri 18-Jan-13 17:50:00

I don't live in Reading but its my nearest large town. I've lived all over the country and really Reading is pretty nice. Yet everyone from Reading thinks its rubbish. There are much worse towns about!

Ok its not amazing.... but its better than average.

BlackBagBorderBinLiner Fri 18-Jan-13 17:51:22

Oh get you with your Junction 10 problems, I was born at Junction 5. Imagine doing English lessons having to put a positive spin on 'Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough'.

Now live in rural sticks, a million miles away but took my girls to the Hexagon to see Justin in panto and surprised myself by getting genuinely quite teary at the Brutilist architecture.

TiggyD Fri 18-Jan-13 19:11:50

Reading is a town and I hope it stays that way. It's the largest town in the country which gives Reading an interesting fact about it.

SherbetDibDab Fri 18-Jan-13 19:16:56

My sister lives in Sale, that so beats Reading for googling issues.

Iaintdunnuffink Fri 18-Jan-13 19:25:28

Yanbu Reading schools isn't a productive search.

Oh, the Hexagon, I used to love going there for panto.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 18-Jan-13 19:33:16

Lots of foodstuff places which must be tricky to google too: Cheddar, Wensleydale, Melton Mowbray, Bacon Butty...
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Not to mention Bath.

MummyPig24 Fri 18-Jan-13 19:39:25

Panda I'm a Pangbourne girl born and bred!

MummyPig24 Fri 18-Jan-13 19:41:37

I quite like Reading, good selection of shops, the museum is good for a browse with the kids. It gets horribly busy at weekends though, especially bloody Primark.

Punkatheart Fri 18-Jan-13 20:03:38

Oh no you didn't, Maggie.

Dontbreakcharacter Fri 18-Jan-13 20:12:13

Well I love Reading, lived here for 8 years, both my boys are born and bred, love bringing them up here, have met so many friendly people and have built up a successful childminding business. I do not live in one of the "posh" parts (and have no wish to) and even, (shock...horror), sometimes shop in Primark!!

ApplePippa Fri 18-Jan-13 20:17:25

Waves to Marlin and Punk.... I'm in Caversham too. Moved here 2 years ago from SW London, and love love love living here!

MummyPig24 Fri 18-Jan-13 20:22:20

Don'tbreak I love Primark, just not on a ssturday!

TennisFan42 Fri 18-Jan-13 20:32:23

For people who do not know Reading, this article gives an insight.

Punkatheart Fri 18-Jan-13 20:50:41

I think that's a dull fairly negative article 14 years out of date. Easy to knock Reading - but there is actually a number of positive things:

Great restaurants
Caversham Court Gardens - outdoor cinema in the summer
Forbury Gardens
Prospect Theatre
Reading Film Theatre
Reading Festival
RISC - The Global Cafe - lots of environmental and arty things meet up there
Lots of business networking groups. African food on a Thursday...
Some funky pubs down by the river

THAT'S READING. All too easy to knock....

TennisFan42 Fri 18-Jan-13 20:57:29

It was just supposed to be lighthearted blush

TennisFan42 Fri 18-Jan-13 21:05:07

If you want great things about Reading then I think it's cool that we've got our own copy of the Bayeux tapestry which is free to go and look at in the Town Hall. It's well displayed with explanations of each scene and if you go at the right time you have the whole thing to yourself (rather than the original where we were continually hurried round by the French woman behind us and many other tourists)

RunsWithScissors Fri 18-Jan-13 21:30:48

Hmm, wondering if I know Marlin, Punk, or Apple.

How many people from caversham are on mumsnet do you think?

I like Reading; just wish there was an easier/quicker way to get there than the seven bends of death A4074.

Punkatheart Fri 18-Jan-13 21:52:53

That's better, Tennis (does not smack TF's botty)

Oh you will know me. I wear a leather mini skirt and fishnets...you can usual see my butt cheeks...that's how I like it. I chew gum...'cos that's real classy innit and I hang out on Hemdean Road calling out to all the fellas. Oh and as for my cleavage...it causes red kites to tumble from the sky...

(Can you tell I'm a fiction writer?)

We should have some sort of Mumset masonic style sign and a secret handshake. I am often in the Alto Lounge these days......

Isn't EVERYONE on Mumsnet from Caversham? Oh my, I may have stumbled into a den of vice and strange outsiders.....

CuttedUpPear Fri 18-Jan-13 21:59:12

I work at the Reading festival every year. My accomplice crew mate and I always compare which books we have brought along to read and bemoan our failure year on year to actually locate the literature tent.

<intellecshul>

MajesticWhine Fri 18-Jan-13 22:05:07

Ah, happy memories of being a student in Reading. Is the Standard Tandoori still in Caversham?

Marlinspike Fri 18-Jan-13 22:36:06

You won't see me in Caversham Waitrose as I have moved to to Yorkshire - left dear old Reading 20 years ago, before they made Friar Street buses only, pedestrianised Broad Street, and when John Lewis was still Heelas, with all the twisty staircases and floors at different levels!

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 18-Jan-13 22:47:01

Hi Punk, Please and Marlin, Caversham girl here too... in fact I will probably be in Alto tomorrow scoffing a veggie brekkie grin

Tanith Fri 18-Jan-13 22:54:08

I lived in Reading for 25 years.

It used to be spelled Redding, so maybe we should switch back to that, or one of the equally popular Chaucer-like spellings.

Nooo you couldn't rename it, then Jasper Fforde would have to rewrite his Nursery Crime Division books!

Ooh actually, while some of the Reading-ites are here, anyone here used to be a regular at the Turtle back in the mid 2000's?

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 19-Jan-13 08:42:48

Majestic, it sure is, and serving up a mean chicken jalfrezi.

MummyPig24 Sat 19-Jan-13 09:13:06

The Turtle...haven't been there in years. Dp and his friends went there a couple of months ago and he said it wasn't the same. Probably something to do with the fact that he has aged by about 8 years. I think the last time I went there was about 5 years ago when I was 20 and I felt old in comparison to everyone else there!

BlackBagBorderBinLiner Sat 19-Jan-13 12:22:32

After Dark, 1990's?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fairimum Sat 19-Jan-13 12:37:08

Ooooo I loved the after dark.... Anyone remember Level One?

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 19-Jan-13 13:09:59

Fairimum - it was Washington Shites in my time! Scruples anyone?

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 19-Jan-13 13:24:23

I've been in Reading (not in a naice part either, Dontbreak, but like it where I am - my 10 year old can walk to the swimming pool and at least 2 parks in a few minutes) for 12 years (dh was born and bred here, though we met elsewhere), and I thought that article was very funny!

It's not somewhere anyone its likely to aspire to live, but it does have a lot of interesting stuff going on.

And I always just add Berkshire to my googling!

Rosa Sat 19-Jan-13 13:34:47

I like another poster recall, Heelas, Knights and Barratts the shoe shop on Broad Street. Is the Butts Centre still there? Also recall going to the Hexagon and seeing Tears for Fears plus other things. Not been back in years. I lived about 9 miles out but Junction 11 from the M4 was always manic.

RustyBear Sat 19-Jan-13 13:41:52

Butts Centre is still there, but is now the Broad Street Mall.

Marlinspike Sat 19-Jan-13 13:45:26

Knights! That was in the middle of Broad Street wasn't it? anyone remember when it was the Cadena cafe (I must be going back about 40 years - my DM used to take me there as a child!).

I also remember the Butts centre - grim old place that it was. I always remember being evacuated from there in the 70's due to and IRA bomb threat (although it would have been a blessing to have it razed to the ground methinks!)

Smelly Alley - still there I believe, so named because of the fish shop an greengrocers down there. One of the early Body Shops was also down there - mus have been in the very early days as the labels were all hand-written.

Also the Boars head in Friar street - tudor inn knocked down to build a Premier Inn - scandalous! There were some really interesting vintage (ie 2nd hand) clothes shops near there - can't remember what they were called!

Is the Central swimming pool still there? I have a memory of jumping off the top diving board, although after watching Splash! I think I might have imagined that, as I can't see myself ever doing such a bonkers thing. I have become more wimpy in my old age!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I forgot all about Smelly Alley!

MummyPig24 Sat 19-Jan-13 14:12:26

Central is still there, though I've not been swimming there in years. Smelly alley still there with the fishmongers, butchers and grocers.

Butts centre hashad a bit of an overhaul, its not too bad now.

Rosa Sat 19-Jan-13 14:15:39

I remember Smelly Alley with the jeans shop run by an Indian chap down the bottom. Also the body shop. Was the in place when it opened. my uniform came from Jacksons ...eeek the place . Gives me the creeps thinking about it.School shoes from Clarks also on Broad street.

Rosa Sat 19-Jan-13 14:17:16

The Butts in my era had E M Merits downstairs and Iceland upstairs... Can't remember much else apart from a few ethnic shops .

Tanith Sat 19-Jan-13 14:20:30

I love Jacksons!! Wonderful old fashioned department store, just like stepping back in time.
The buzzers on the floor, the lino, the haberdashers drawers - all untouched for decades. May they never modernise!

Rosa Sat 19-Jan-13 14:22:57

God its still there does it have that sort of old shop musty ( but not dirty smell).? The assistants were always very smart men in ties and had tapemeasures draped round them .

MoominmammasHandbag Sat 19-Jan-13 14:33:08

Black bag
After Dark you are taking me back. Last time I was there would be 1993, me 6 months up the duff with DS1 and DH with his top off shaking his hair around to Nirvana. God he was hot.

DanGleebals Sat 19-Jan-13 14:37:28

Im Caversham too grin. Quite like it other than the sodding traffic. Am also partial to the Alto Lounge.

I used to live in the Coley flats when I was growing up.

Is Jackson's still there? I thought it had gone?

YouCanCallMeBetty Sat 19-Jan-13 15:43:10

Sorry Tanith, Jackson's is going, if it hasn't already sad

ohnoyou Sat 19-Jan-13 16:27:10

I'm from Caversham too, and I love it. Was out at the after dark last night 1st time in years we all had a great time. And I was in Jacksons today! it's due to close at the end of the year. In my youth used to drink in Cherries wine bar, the boars head and coopers.

GreenShadow Sat 19-Jan-13 16:38:54

Hi, another one who remembers the old Reading of 30-40 years ago!

Was never a great fan of Jacksons myself, but BIL used to work there and my DUncle loves it - ideal for 'Gents of a Certain Age'. He has no idea where he'll shop once it goes.

MummyPig24 Sat 19-Jan-13 17:16:42

I didn't know Jacksons was going, that's sad! I used to love it when the assistant would put the money in the chute and it would whizz off somewhere.

PandaOnAPushBike Sat 19-Jan-13 17:29:47

Is Jackson's really really going or just going like it's been going for at least 30 years?

daisydoodoo Sat 19-Jan-13 19:39:06

Its been in the local papers that it is closing this year. I had to go there fro school uniform too.

I live in a confused part of reading, woodley. The postal address is reading but council tax paid to wokingham and schools come under wokingham too.

I was a teen in the 90's and nightlife was better then. Pub crawl around town centre always into the railway tavern usually starting with three guineas as thats where the bus dropped us off. If it was near payday into rg1's or if poorer into the night club over the thorn walk tavern. Was considered a bad night if we'd had to pay for any drinks.

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