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by jonbryce
11 Jun 2021 08:41
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Bus travel App ?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Bus travel App ?

I used to use Traveline SE as well. Citymapper, if you set the city to “London” now covers Reading as well.
by jonbryce
11 Sep 2020 22:56
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

Any ideas how they can stop people booking tests but without symptoms? Apparently one school wanted all a year group without symptoms tested and some people have wanted a test just in case prior to going on a holiday abroad. As the symptoms such as a loss of taste or cough are quite easy to fake I'...
by jonbryce
11 Sep 2020 15:12
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

Any ideas how they can stop people booking tests but without symptoms? Apparently one school wanted all a year group without symptoms tested and some people have wanted a test just in case prior to going on a holiday abroad. As the symptoms such as a loss of taste or cough are quite easy to fake I'...
by jonbryce
08 Sep 2020 10:36
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: X38 withdrawn between Henley and Reading
Replies: 1
Views: 555

X38 withdrawn between Henley and Reading

The X38 has been withdrawn between Henley and Reading, and now terminates at Reading Road Tesco in Henley.
https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/c ... pears.html
by jonbryce
21 Jun 2020 23:00
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Forbury Gardens
Replies: 132
Views: 8814

Re: Forbury Gardens

Pooneil, actually I kind of knew that. Apparently if you get Alzheimer’s etc and even if you have lived in another part of the world for many years, you revert to your native language. So no reason to think it’s any different with other mental problems I guess. However if you are shouting something...
by jonbryce
21 Jun 2020 19:48
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Forbury Gardens
Replies: 132
Views: 8814

Re: Forbury Gardens

This made the 9am national news here in Ireland. Seems to be in the news all over the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/britain-stabbing-rampage-to-be-treated-as-terrorist-attack-says-police/2020/06/21/44f8acc6-b3aa-11ea-9a1d-d3db1cbe07ce_story.html https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2020/06...
by jonbryce
16 Jun 2020 23:55
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Third bridge 'no longer relevant'
Replies: 52
Views: 3327

Re: Third bridge 'no longer relevant'

I think the original plan, at least as far as the then A329(M) was concerned, was to cross the Kennet and link up with Vastern Road. I'm finding it hard to visualise how that might have been routed. Are there any links to the original plans? You go along the side of the river, through where Tesco i...
by jonbryce
04 Apr 2020 17:57
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

All we know about "new cases" is that slightly fewer tests were carried out, but there were still more positive results.
by jonbryce
24 Mar 2020 13:08
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

Bidfood are now doing consumer home deliveries as they don't have restaurants and takeaways to deliver to
https://www.bidfood.co.uk/home-consumer/

Might be helpful for some people.
by jonbryce
22 Mar 2020 10:43
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

Coronavirus news from Spain and Italy today is frightening.They seem unable to halt the outbreak with more new cases reported. In the UK we are apparently a few weeks behind them. It is actually spreading here at a faster rate than Italy. http___com.ft.imagepublish.upp-prod-eu.s3.amazonaws.png
by jonbryce
20 Mar 2020 15:45
Forum: anything else
Topic: Coronavirus / COVID19
Replies: 4521
Views: 155928

Re: Coronavirus / COVID19

Not quite a first, a second visit to Aldi this morning to hopefully get what neither Waitrose nor M & S didn’t have. Packed out, and yes we were quite successful - but no eggs - what are people doing with them? You can’t freeze them, they have a minimal shelf life, all most odd :? My goodness t...
by jonbryce
18 Mar 2020 19:39
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Reading's bus services during Coronavirus
Replies: 10
Views: 946

Re: Reading's bus services during Coronavirus

What are the bus passengers looking like over the last couple of days? I had to go to the city today and it was a ghost town. The 8.10 to Paddington, normally standing room only, was completely empty. Then the tube, which is unbearable normally, was empty. The talk on the radio was that TFL may go ...
by jonbryce
03 Feb 2020 13:05
Forum: Memories of old Reading
Topic: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century
Replies: 130
Views: 7961

Re: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century

j9j9j9 wrote: 03 Feb 2020 07:27 Were shillings still used as 5p coins in the early 80s or have I made that up?
Until the early 90s, and 2s coins were used as 10p coins until the mid 90s.
by jonbryce
02 Feb 2020 22:52
Forum: Memories of old Reading
Topic: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century
Replies: 130
Views: 7961

Re: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century

Yes, I remember the covered market but other than a fresh fish place , don't remember much more. There was a Reading Transport kiosk just at the entrance. I remember getting books of bus tickets for my journey from Caversham to Kendrick school.The journey entailed using two buses but as I got older...
by jonbryce
02 Feb 2020 22:00
Forum: Memories of old Reading
Topic: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century
Replies: 130
Views: 7961

Re: Images of Union Street from 18th century to end 19th century

I am looking to gather info to make a small scale model of Union Street from the early 1800's ....... if there are images out in the ether somewhere. Looks like you're in luck - no images exist, so you can make it how you want and no-one can disagree. 'Ye Olde Phone Shoppe' would feature heavily, I...
by jonbryce
31 Jan 2020 16:46
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Ambulance mystery
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Re: Ambulance mystery

Bam wrote: 31 Jan 2020 14:49 Reading Chronic link just says someone fell over. An ambulance attended so obviously someone was hurt. No mention of a vehicle involved or have I missed something? :shrug1:
Ambulance spotted inside the Butts Centre apparently :shrug1:
Sounds pretty dangerous
by jonbryce
31 Jan 2020 14:04
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Ambulance mystery
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Ambulance mystery

Reported in the Reading Chronicle https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/18199382.ambulance-crew-helps-shopper-reading-high-street/?action=success An ambulance has been spotted inside the Butts Centre today assisting someone who had a medical emergency outside a branch of Marks & Spencers in Hi...
by jonbryce
26 Jan 2020 22:20
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: More bite the dust.
Replies: 602
Views: 37831

Re: More bite the dust.

When I was in the Oracle today, I saw that Jessops had closed down. Don't think I read about it anywhere.
by jonbryce
19 Jan 2020 14:53
Forum: anything else
Topic: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?
Replies: 29
Views: 2089

Re: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?

Desktops don't have to be bulky any more. I have a desktop which is no bigger than a small flatscreen television. All the "works" are in the monitor - there is no separate "box", although obviously it does have a separate keyboard. I recently had a rather decent desktop at work ...
by jonbryce
15 Jan 2020 23:10
Forum: anything else
Topic: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?
Replies: 29
Views: 2089

Re: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?

piwacket wrote: 15 Jan 2020 20:42 Now here’s an odd thing... I switched on my PC a little earlier to find an email address, and when I closed down, I got the message that there were 4 updates being loaded? From Microsoft Essentials. Today is the 15th!
That’s yesterday’s updates, and the last ones you will get.
by jonbryce
15 Jan 2020 23:10
Forum: anything else
Topic: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?
Replies: 29
Views: 2089

Re: Windows 10 or Apple Mac?

As I’m running Windows 7 (Professional) I now need to do something about changing - but am undecided. I have a large quantity of Word documents filed that I need almost constant access to, both on Word and Publisher. Also the Corel program for photos which I use frequently. I like Windows 7 but hav...
by jonbryce
03 Jan 2020 19:51
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: More bite the dust.
Replies: 602
Views: 37831

Re: More bite the dust.

HMV is closing again: https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/18136424.hmv-readings-oracle-close/ I saw that when I was in town this afternoon. They were selling a load of vinyl records. Does anyone still use those? My parents got rid of their record player about 30 years ago, and they are not earl...
by jonbryce
03 Jan 2020 19:46
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: More bite the dust.
Replies: 602
Views: 37831

Re: More bite the dust.

Fed-up wrote: 03 Jan 2020 16:44 Isn't that Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates' daughter?
No it is a group that was formed about 7 years before she was born.
by jonbryce
30 Dec 2019 17:58
Forum: Property developments in Reading
Topic: New Green Park Train Station
Replies: 55
Views: 6464

Re: New Green Park Train Station

And if they were looking for somewhere to extend the Elizabeth line to, the Greenford branch would be the most obvious choice.
by jonbryce
03 Dec 2019 20:55
Forum: from and to our Councillors, MPs and political representatives
Topic: General Election
Replies: 246
Views: 17283

Re: General Election

lizwing wrote: 01 Dec 2019 22:48 I have to vote although it goes against all my instincts at the moment. Still I presume if I don’t like the result I can ask for another vote 😊
We are getting another vote because they didn't like the result of the last one :raspb1:
by jonbryce
03 Dec 2019 20:54
Forum: from and to our Councillors, MPs and political representatives
Topic: General Election
Replies: 246
Views: 17283

Re: General Election

I don’t see the value of the debate that’s being held on Friday between the two leaders. Anyone watching who hates either of the candidates isn’t suddenly going to change his mind or his vote. It will be like watching a dog fight, completely pointless but I suppose the BBC has to fill its schedules...
by jonbryce
29 Nov 2019 11:44
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: DDOS Protection
Replies: 20
Views: 1770

Re: DDOS Protection

Yes, I noticed it as well, also, I have a YouTube video playing in another window, and it stalled while it was doing it.
by jonbryce
27 Oct 2019 10:53
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: New River Thames bridge for Reading
Replies: 784
Views: 38683

Re: New River Thames bridge for Reading

This article is cautiously optimistic about the possibility of a public transport bridge: https://tvproperty.co.uk/news/hopes-for-progress-on-third-thames-bridge The question I always ask in these cases is, which buses would run over it? The only possible candidates are the 800 and the X38, and giv...
by jonbryce
22 Oct 2019 20:47
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Henley Road
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Henley Road

Anyone know what happened in Henley Road this evening? When I was driving home about 10 mins ago, the road was closed with loads of fire engines and ambulances near County Boundary, and I had to detour via Caversham Park Road and Peppard Road. Looks pretty serious whatever it was.
by jonbryce
13 Oct 2019 10:21
Forum: Pubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
Topic: Chick-fil-A
Replies: 24
Views: 2838

Re: Chick-fil-A

bert wrote: 10 Oct 2019 14:29 Looks like a 'Chick-fil-A' has opened in the Oracle where Miami Burger used to be.

It's apparently the third largest fast food restaurant in the US, but I don't think there are many branches in the UK
There are no other branches in the UK. This is the first.
by jonbryce
04 Oct 2019 20:41
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Great Western Railway's new timetable from December 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: Great Western Railway's new timetable from December 2019

Useful info Wirewiper, thank you. Hopefully the toilets on the new(er) Gatwick trains will be in order slightly more often. I had a letter from GWR that was all marketing puff about more seats... when the cynic in me wondered if that would actually be correct if some trains would not be calling at ...
by jonbryce
27 Aug 2019 20:24
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Buses Again!
Replies: 69
Views: 5518

Re: Buses Again!

I love Reading buses - I mean what other operator runs an open top tourist type bus through one of the roughest areas with nothing of note to see except a fight, a drug deal or prostitute knocking off her shift at 613 Oxford Road? Lol Tommy ...you actually know the number...is there anything you,d ...
by jonbryce
27 Aug 2019 20:19
Forum: Transport issues in Reading
Topic: Reading Bridge Closure
Replies: 64
Views: 4150

Re: Reading Bridge Closure

On FB Gossip Girls it says the closure has been reviewed and 'pulled' ( info from local radio apparently ) ....if I read any more I'll let you know Showing as closed between Vastern Road & Hills Meadow entrance NB on roadworks.org. Also shows very heavy traffic on the other route, ie Caversham ...
by jonbryce
19 Aug 2019 20:56
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: Staples
Replies: 11
Views: 3188

Re: Staples

Are they still planning to move Aldi to this site? With the new flat development across the road the area needs a supermarket I think it is a bit small for an Aldi, and also not that far away from the Vastern Road branch. There’s an underpass from the back of Hobbycraft that takes you under the rai...
by jonbryce
19 Aug 2019 11:07
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Just for amusement - Being a Moderator/Admin on a Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 980

Re: Just for amusement - Being a Moderator/Admin on a Forum

One poster to point out that this is a recycled joke from Usenet about 20 years ago?
:raspb1:

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