repatriating to Reading (Berkshire) UK

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I’ll be covering the unique and much maligned experience that is ‘Reading’ in many upcoming blog posts.    A Brighton-based blog post exemplifies  common themes of passionate disappointment in Reading:

the epicentre of new Labour, corporate, consumerist blandness…     …despite its affluence and its growing population it can’t rise above the terminal blandness and ‘middle Englandness’ it seems to have always had…       …It is bored and dissatisfied young people planning their escape, it’s a football club who plays in a shed resembling an out of town B&Q and whose torrid home games with their dire atmosphere are (ahem) bound to take the Premiership by storm this season…   …Reading is a rip off, Reading is unfriendly, Reading is in a rush to purchase and then to get home.

Oh deary me!

A (fictional) letter from “chase me ladies I’m in the cavalry” to a Reading East MP (Member for Parliament) had me wetting my pants,   or is it my trousers,   I can’t be sure,   but they are definitely damp.

There is good news about Reading provided by a blog called Reading Roars.  Not  ‘Reading belches’ ,   ‘Reading  pukes’,  ‘Reading falls asleep in front of the TV’.   Wendy appetite wetting references includes a Sushi restaurant.   yes,  one!   Wireless enabled bus service called the “Thames Valley Park” (TVP)  that has been described as a  ‘farce‘.    I love a good farce.    I do like buses too.    Two goodies in one!    I can hardly wait to try blogging from a bus.   Just imagine what a vibrating bus will do to my spelling, ability to fall-over, and general happiness…    There’s a Farmers market.   I do like farmers and I might find  one or two ruddy  faced farmers there. With my UK  regional accent I might even be mistaken for a farmer,   it has happened before!


Stay tuned to find out how my Reading investigations evolve,   or even send me tips on highlights…

repatriating to Reading (Berkshire) UK
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5 bits of lovely banter on “repatriating to Reading (Berkshire) UK”

  1. Ed writes:

    One of my best mates lives in Reading; he’ll be delighted to welcome you. When do you move?



  2. Rowan writes:

    “English girl playing house in Reading”. You’re going to have to put on an American accent to retain an air of exoticness…



  3. Rob writes:

    Will certainly stay tuned to follow development.
    Each year I spend exactly 2 hours in Reading between arriving on a coach from Heathrow and getting the 0930 Great Western to Exeter St Davids, nursing an immense jetlag over a coffee and a paper version of the Guardian.
    In fact the last time I attempted to write to you was during those 2 hours, during the great floods of the summer. The half-finished email may still be on the hard-disk.



  4. Kate writes:

    2hrs in Reading with coffee and jetlag. It may not get better than that. We’ll have to keep Reading (punn intented) to find out.



  5. Matt writes:

    Cheers for the mention Wendy! That Brighton post… blimey. What a silly rant. “It’s a football club who plays in a shed resembling an out of town B&Q…” That shed was named Europe’s best mid-sized arena by ESPN!

    Will definitely stay tuned 🙂



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