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mr.G
13-04-2005, 14:12:53
tell me.

Asher
13-04-2005, 14:14:25
Putting people to sleep.

Tizzy
13-04-2005, 14:14:25
balding accountants

protein
13-04-2005, 14:16:10
imprisoning homosexuals

protein
13-04-2005, 14:17:16
having a copy of the bayeux tapestry with all the penises left off.

protein
13-04-2005, 14:18:36
biscuit making - not any more though
mushroom sauce making - not any more though
brick making - ditto
bulbs - ditto
beer - ditto

Nills Lagerbaak
13-04-2005, 14:19:25
Kate Winslet?

protein
13-04-2005, 14:19:30
telesales and insurance companies

zmama
13-04-2005, 14:19:53
Aliens in the cemetary

protein
13-04-2005, 14:19:55
Ricky Gervais

protein
13-04-2005, 14:20:43
pop festivals

MDA
13-04-2005, 14:30:42
http://www.artcom.com/Museums/newones/19611-14.htm

protein
13-04-2005, 14:35:12
Well, there is the other Reading I suppose.

mr.G
13-04-2005, 14:42:27
yaaaay that's the hip Reading.

Reading Pennsylvania wooohooo, let's go to the 25-Acre Arboretum.

Funko
13-04-2005, 14:44:55
Mushroom sauce?

Hosts 2 major festivals.

Historically:

Settled continuously since Roman times
Danish stronghold during Viking wars
Henry 1st built an abbey here as a mausoleum for his family, he was buried there along with various relations and decendants and it was a major medieval destination for pilgrims (had a couple of hundred relics)
The royal court relocated here during the plague.
First recorded British song was written here...

Oh... loads more here, I can't be bothered copying it all. ;)

http://www.britannia.com/history/berks/reading.html

protein
13-04-2005, 14:49:57
There was a Reading mushroom ketchup. At one time it was as famous as worcestershire sauce. Supposedly. Or so Reading museum would have you believe.

Funko
13-04-2005, 14:51:36
I did not know that.

Must go and visit Reading museum sometime. Have they still got the tapestry?

protein
13-04-2005, 14:52:08
hang on, I got it slightly wrong.

Another commodity for which Reading was famous in the Victorian period was Reading Sauce. In Jules Verneís ĎAround the World in Eighty Daysí he says: Phileas Fogg's lunch consisted of an hors d'oeuvre of steamed fish in a Reading Sauce of the highest quality,

protein
13-04-2005, 14:54:07
Originally posted by Funko
I did not know that.

Must go and visit Reading museum sometime. Have they still got the tapestry?
I haven't been in about seven years. I think they have the tapestry still.

Funko
13-04-2005, 14:56:07
I haven't been since I was at primary school. So.. twenty years?

protein
13-04-2005, 14:58:20
Oh, when they had the beehive?

It's completely different and genuinely interesting. Although I usually went there while stoned.

Funko
13-04-2005, 14:59:44
Yeah, I heard it was pretty good now.

protein
13-04-2005, 15:01:37
I should pop in next time I'm in town. Play with the magnetic bricks, press the magic button that gives you the aroma of freshly baked biscuits etc.

Funko
13-04-2005, 15:02:24
Does it document the history of Reading's famous Mandela Court?

Funko
13-04-2005, 15:02:52
I'll have to treat Tizzy to a special day out there.

Greg W
13-04-2005, 15:06:36
Oh well, there goes the relationship downhill. And I had such hopes...

Debaser
13-04-2005, 15:08:11
I wouldn't go at the weekend, it gets PACKED! You'll have to queue for hours to dress up as a Roman etc...

Venom
13-04-2005, 15:08:44
famous for illiteracy.

Funko
13-04-2005, 15:09:41
You can dress up as a Roman!?

People actually go?!

Greg W
13-04-2005, 15:10:00
Famous for sheep shagging band members.