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by jonnyewing
12 Jun 2018 17:17
Forum: anything else
Topic: What are we watching?
Replies: 4182
Views: 154817

Re: What are we watching?

it's difficult to explain the appeal I think Friday Night Dinner is a very traditional sitcom in a number of ways: it's about family life, it's mostly limited to a few rooms in one house, there's not much of a thread between episodes so you could watch them in any order or miss some entirely, and i...
by jonnyewing
12 Jun 2018 17:05
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: Oracle Closed
Replies: 81
Views: 5969

Re: Oracle Closed

It was still closed about 20 minutes ago when I walked past. That seems a pretty long time for a false alarm, but perhaps that's the protocol these days.
by jonnyewing
24 Apr 2018 12:16
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Protest over Tilehurst mosque
Replies: 94
Views: 4241

Re: Protest over Tilehurst mosque

People protesting against a protest have just as much right as those protesting in the first place. Protesting agasint a protest doesn’t stop someone having their say in the same way that protesting doesn’t mean you are having your say as your protest, or the protest protesting the protest for that...
by jonnyewing
24 Apr 2018 12:13
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Metal Roadside Barriers
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Metal Roadside Barriers

Does anyone know why the metal roadside barriers have been dug up and removed around the town? These barriers were designed, I presume, to ensure a safe separation between motorists and pedestrians alongside busy roads, and particularly junctions. For example, closest to me there were metal barriers...
by jonnyewing
23 Apr 2018 13:25
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Protest over Tilehurst mosque
Replies: 94
Views: 4241

Re: Protest over Tilehurst mosque

Surely, by definition, it is actually being fascist to organise a counter protest, to prevent people from having their say (no matter if you agree or disagree with them)! :help3: No. Protesting isn't fascist, no matter what definition you're using. The characteristics of fascism include "extre...
by jonnyewing
23 Apr 2018 11:58
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Protest over Tilehurst mosque
Replies: 94
Views: 4241

Protest over Tilehurst mosque

It's hard for me to feel proud to be British on this St George's Day after seeing local people come out on the street yesterday to protest about offices in Reading being turned into a mosque. I don't live in Tilehurst myself (I am over in Coley Park), so I can't comment on the apparent parking probl...
by jonnyewing
06 Jan 2015 10:46
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday January 7th) we're back at Loch Fyne for the first of 50 weekly business networking meetings of 2015 - a snip at just £10 including lunch and a cuppa and your chance to meet some of Reading's best-connected business networkers. Drop me a line if you'd like to come along....
by jonnyewing
08 Dec 2014 15:53
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle

Please note this week's meeting is in All Bar One, which is on the outside part of the Oracle, directly opposite the Oracle car park. It is roughly half-way between McDonald's and Debenhams. This week the meeting fee will be £12 (usually £10 at Loch Fyne).
by jonnyewing
02 Dec 2014 15:03
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle

Late breaking news! Get a professional "headshhot" by portrait photographer Mike Green at tomorrow's meeting for just £15+VAT. This is a fantastic deal. Mike is a top local photographer whose clients include blue-chip corporations and he would normally charge £90 for a portrait. But tomorr...
by jonnyewing
24 Nov 2014 17:25
Forum: Pubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
Topic: How to open a trendy restaurant
Replies: 16
Views: 786

Re: How to open a trendy restaurant

I haven't been in there, but based on the name alone, Reading's own RYND (bar and kitchen) seems to check a few of these boxes.
by jonnyewing
24 Nov 2014 16:55
Forum: Reading talk
Topic: Reading Post/GetReading
Replies: 532
Views: 26213

Re: Reading Post/GetReading

I'm sure Alt Reading and RDGNOW have their uses, but they're no substitute for the Fourth Estate. The decline of legitimate news journalism at a local level is a matter for real concern. And those above who have commented on the low quality and pay of the remaining staff at the Post are making a leg...
by jonnyewing
24 Nov 2014 16:33
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Networking lunch at Loch Fyne - ideal meeting for Forum Members in business in Reading

We had a very successful Visitors' Day at our business networking group at Loch Fyne earlier this month - so much so that we're hosting two more follow-up visitor meetings this Wednesday (Nov 26th) and next Wednesday (Dec 3rd). This would be a good opportunity for Reading Forum members who are in bu...
by jonnyewing
03 Nov 2014 12:26
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Chat Thread
Replies: 72143
Views: 2059911

Re: Chat Thread

"Ambitious", you say, jonny? In what way? Do like this one : http://www.stoveworlduk.co.uk/boiler-stoves?product_id=83 They're ambitious in the sense that they started out several years ago by buying a few woodburning stoves and selling them on eBay and they have graduated to designing th...
by jonnyewing
22 Oct 2014 16:37
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Chat Thread
Replies: 72143
Views: 2059911

Re: Chat Thread

If you don't watch Escape to the Country does every house still have a wood burning stove and a union jack cushion? I couldn't help digging out this image. Stove World UK is a client of mine and they're a really nice team of very ambitious young people in Tadley who are doing really well selling co...
by jonnyewing
22 Oct 2014 16:26
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Chat Thread
Replies: 72143
Views: 2059911

Re: Chat Thread

Thanks so much for that feedback Jonny. Did they mention anything about a YR8 intake as my child's currently in YR7. The leaflet I saw prior to the meeting mentioned Year 8, but this wasn't mentioned in the meeting. From what they were saying, it would be Year 7 only when they open the doors. I'd b...
by jonnyewing
22 Oct 2014 10:47
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Chat Thread
Replies: 72143
Views: 2059911

Re: Chat Thread

I'm REALLY cross with myself as I completely missed the last of the WREN school open days yesterday evening. I'm quite interested in this school should it open, as it will be running an IB curriculum and we are in the catchment. I attended the Wren School presentation on Sunday afternoon at Southco...
by jonnyewing
01 Oct 2014 09:45
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: Another town centre "bankrupt stock" shop
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: Another town centre "bankrupt stock" shop

Went past yesterday afternoon and there was a market trader-style PA system blaring out offers of three for a tenner into the street. I can't imagine the neighbouring properties in Broad Street being thrilled about it. Most of Broad Street's shops are a little more classy than that. To be honest, it...
by jonnyewing
01 Aug 2014 10:10
Forum: Pubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
Topic: The Eldon Arms
Replies: 40
Views: 4410

Re: The Eldon Arms

Very sad about the closure of the Eldon Arms. I ate there a couple of times earlier in the year and had a very enjoyable night watching Chelsea getting knocked out of the Champions' League. Hayley, the landlady, was very welcoming, as were the locals.
by jonnyewing
01 Aug 2014 10:06
Forum: Events
Topic: Oh What A Lovely WAr
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Re: Oh What A Lovely WAr

I gave it a mention on Twitter today.
by jonnyewing
01 Aug 2014 09:58
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle

Summer Business Networking this coming Wednesday Venue: Loch Fyne Date: Wednesday: Aug 6th 2014 Time: 12 noon to 2.00pm Price: £10 including lunch and tea/coffee Come to Reading town centre and learn how people in Berkshire are doing thousands of pounds worth of business every month through busines...
by jonnyewing
09 Jun 2014 11:38
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

Just a quick reminder that if you fancy a delicious lunch at Loch Fyne this Wednesday for just £10, then today is your last chance to reserve a place. Please visit our website for full details. Come along if you're in business in Reading and want to meet other businessmen and women from the area who...
by jonnyewing
30 May 2014 14:39
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

We've moved again! We're now delighted to be meeting for lunchtime networking every Wednesday at Loch Fyne. Fancy lunch with some of Reading's best-connected business people for just £10? Then please get in touch . We are building a new chapter of the BNI business networking group and we're looking ...
by jonnyewing
28 Feb 2014 12:50
Forum: Pubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
Topic: Al Tarboush... Closed
Replies: 31
Views: 3337

Re: Al Tarboush... Closed

Big, big shame, in my opinion. I thought it was fantastic.
by jonnyewing
17 Feb 2014 16:33
Forum: Pubs, Restaurants, and Hotels
Topic: Thai Corner
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: Thai Corner

While I realise wine is always going to be much, much more expensive in a restaurant than in a shop (though I couldn't give you a logical reason why, other than a collective acceptance borne out of years of habitually paying far too much) I would still stop short of describing £16 as a "snip&qu...
by jonnyewing
20 Jan 2014 12:28
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: The Grumpy Goat - Harris Arcade Reading
Replies: 65
Views: 7517

Re: The Grumpy Goat - Harris Arcade Reading

There's not a massive selection of cheese but lots of interesting and quite reasonably-priced ales. The cheese is not cheap but it's definitely good and you'll be offered a little taste (of cheese, not ale) before you buy.

The Barkham Blue is lovely.
by jonnyewing
20 Jan 2014 11:14
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

Important announcement! We have now changed venues. We will not be meeting at the Strada as of this week. Instead we'll be meeting at the new Reading Business centre in Fountain House, Queen's Walk. You can find the official announcement on our website. If you're looking to grow your business this y...
by jonnyewing
14 Jan 2014 14:47
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

You won't get any accountants turning up in January, we are far too busy. Just a quick update to let everyone know there will be a second Reading Business Accelerator at the Strada on Wednesday January 29th - follow the link for full details. And if you're an accountant, you'll obviously be too bus...
by jonnyewing
16 Dec 2013 14:29
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

Reading Business Accelerator Do you want to get more business in 2014? BNI Reading Oracle is hosting a Reading Business Accelerator event: Date: Wednesday January 8th 2014 Time: 12 noon to 2.00pm Location: Strada 20 The Riverside The Oracle Reading RG1 2AG There is no meeting fee, but there will be...
by jonnyewing
05 Nov 2013 11:05
Forum: Shopping in Reading
Topic: Morrisons 'Local' - St Marys Butts
Replies: 54
Views: 5929

Re: Morrisons 'Local' - St Marys Butts

It surprises me that supermarket chains are so keen to saturate the town centre area. Sainsburys has two shops and Tesco has three, all within a stone's throw of each other (there may be more that have popped up without me noticing). Somerfield tried and failed with their premises next door to Prima...
by jonnyewing
05 Nov 2013 10:52
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

We're still here! If you're looking to get more business in town, please come along to one of our lunchtime business networking meetings. BNI Reading Oracle is a group of people who are dedicated to supporting local businesses and each other. Take a look at our upcoming speaker schedule and see if t...
by jonnyewing
16 Jul 2013 11:18
Forum: Reading Rock Festival
Topic: Disappointing sales?
Replies: 26
Views: 4500

Disappointing sales?

Friday day tickets for Reading Festival sold out at the end of last week according to the Festival's official Facebook page Saturday tickets had already run out but there are apparently still tickets available for Sunday and the weekend. I mention this because last year the Sunday tickets sold out i...
by jonnyewing
04 Jul 2013 16:25
Forum: Chatty Person
Topic: Lucky Sun Worshippers!
Replies: 149
Views: 8671

Re: Lucky Sun Worshippers!

Wendy - get a mini paddling pool and fill it with water and dunk your feet in it! I found that was the best relief when heavily pregnant; particularly during the summer of '03. Artificial grass in your garden? Really? Doesn't that get a bit prickly for the little one to play on? Or is it more like ...
by jonnyewing
02 Jul 2013 11:44
Forum: Property developments in Reading
Topic: Ikea Planning Application
Replies: 751
Views: 72606

Re: Ikea Planning Application

My wife is very excited about the prospect of having an Ikea in Reading, so I suppose I'm pleased for her sake, although I fail to see the fascination.
by jonnyewing
28 Jun 2013 18:05
Forum: Events
Topic: The 3rd Reading Chilli Cook-off!
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: The 3rd Reading Chilli Cook-off!

Hi Chilimaster

Sounds great.

The link you posted takes me to a page with the message: "The page you were looking for might have moved or been taken down".
by jonnyewing
28 Jun 2013 18:03
Forum: Advertise your Reading club / organisation
Topic: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracle
Replies: 35
Views: 31396

Re: Need more business? Weekly networking lunch at the Oracl

d8smt wrote:I'd be interested in attending - I've dropped you a PM (I think !) with my details.

regards

Dave

Look forward to meeting you, Dave.

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