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‘Love Clean Reading’

Throughout this springtime, more than 130 streets in Reading will be thoroughly cleaned as part of the ‘Love Clean Reading’ scheme.

Organised by Reading Borough Council, a list of streets within the town are set to undergo a series of spruce-ups, including the clearing of vegetation, street sweeping, and graffiti removal.

Many of these roads are located nearby the University with deep cleans scheduled for Crescent Road and Redlands Road during March of this year.» >

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New ‘ReadyBike’ scheme

‘ReadyBike’ is the new bike hire scheme that will soon be operating in and around Reading. It is set to be launched in the spring and will involve 200 bikes and 29 docking stations around Reading.

Speaking in January 2014 Councilor Tony Page, the Lead Member for Transport at Reading Borough Council, announced the name, logo and branding of ReadyBike.

He said: “Reading’s initial cycle hire scheme will include 200 bikes at 29 docking stations located across Reading, including on the north and south side of the newly developed Reading Station and other key locations like Broad Street, Thames Valley Park, The University of Reading, Green Park, and north of the river into Caversham.» >

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Flooding in Reading continues

Dr Hannah Cloke, flood expert and Associate Professor in Hydrology at the University of Reading, has questioned the Government’s national response to the recent flooding.

The queries were raised after Eric Pickle’s comment on The Andrew Marr Show, which saw him “apologise unreservedly” for having not decided to dredge rivers.

The Community Secretary admitted that the failure to listen to local advice to dredge the rivers was a “mistake”, and that blame should be allocated to the Environmental Agency for poor advice on the subject.» >

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Entourage Project presents ‘Take Me Out’

Sarah Barratt & Lyddy Hemmings

700 students flocked to the Union as it played host to its own version of the provocative and quirky ITV dating show Take Me Out last Friday night.  

Six eligible bachelors and fifteen single ladies partook in the popular event that hosted by MBA student Chris Amaker, a contestant in last year’s show. 

While first year and self-confessed ‘Northern drunk’ George Banks sadly left dateless all other boys were luckier in love and scored dates with their respective ladies, even Iolo Morgan, who actually pointed to one lucky lady and declared: “I’ll have that one.” 

Speaking to the dressed-to-kill girls before they made their stage debuts, most admitted that they had been coerced into participating by friends and/or had done so whilst under the influence. » >

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Best for Employment

Reading is the number one place in the UK for employment, according to the Centre for Cities report.

The report shows that the percentage of people employed in the town increased 1.8% in 2013, which puts the employment rate at a remarkable 78.1% overall.

The town also came second to London when judged on average weekly earnings and ranked fifth for the amount of business start ups.

Nigel Horton-Baker, executive director for Reading UK CIC, the economic development company for the town, said: “The Centre for Cities report is a useful indicator of Reading’s strong economic performance in recent years.» >

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Royals beat Millwall as they continue promotion charge

Reading eased to their biggest away win of the season with a clinical display at struggling Millwall to further consolidate their position in the Championship play-offs.

Although the Lions are languishing near the foot of the table this season, a trip to the hostile New Den is certainly one of the more intimidating places to visit, for both players and fans alike, yet the Royals brushed aside their opponents to secure an emphatic 3-0 win.» >

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Reading floods

The nationwide floods affected Reading over the Christmas break with several flood warnings put into place in and around Reading; as well as in several places on the River Thames.

The University of Reading’s weather station recorded that there was 152.3mm of rain that fell from Monday 16 December to Monday 6 January. This is equivalent to 24% of Reading’s yearly rainfall in just over three weeks according to Dr Roger Brugge, Senior Computational Scientist in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.» >

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The Oracle: Topshop

Topshop has to be one of my favourite shops on the highstreet. Yes, it is kind of on the expensive side but they have good sales and they are good quality clothes that can be used over and over again! So when I heard that the pitifully small Topshop in The Oracle was being expanded into something that was a lot bigger and better, I, naturally, became very excited! And I wasn’t disappointed.» >

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