Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review – Actually, There’s Nothing Strange About Them

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What’s a better pastime in Reading than going to the cinema?  Well, water zorbing, perhaps.  But if you really want to see a movie then how about pirates at sea instead of a big bubble by the Kennet?  We decided to do just that this weekend and saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at the Vue in the Oracle.

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Tornado in Reading: a link between Kansas and Berkshire

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Tornado in Reading, Kansas

Tornado in Reading, Kansas

Dear Revellers,

You may have noticed a lapse since my last post about life in Reading, but there’s a good reason: I went home!

A good friend got married, I met my new niece Katherine and I also saw my brother graduate from uni.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the Heartland has been so lucky these last few weeks. You probably heard about the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri (where my high school marching band visited for a festival back in the day). The tornado killed at least 132 people and left the community looking like a war zone.

Earlier that week, another tornado struck Reading, Kansas. One person died and 20 homes destroyed. It is a devastating situation for a community of 231 people. Read the rest of this entry

Thor: The Beardiest Avenger

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Editor’s note: This is the first film review featured on Revel in Reading! Guest author and chief Reveller Iain Burnside recently saw Thor at The Vue cinema (part of The Oracle shopping centre in Reading). A link to show times is below the review.

The superhero movie genre has become a familiar presence at the multiplex in recent times.  Over the past decade, starting with the first X-Men movie, Marvel Comics characters have amassed some three dozen feature films.  Another six will be released in the next couple of years, with many more in the pipeline.  Characters from other publishers, such as DC Comics and Dark Horse, are also being granted the big-screen adaptation treatment.  There is clearly a winning formula to these movies – the uncertain rookie hero discovering super-powers; the nefarious villain with a world-threatening scheme; the love interest whose survival is threatened by their conflict; the ubiquitous genre tropes of secret identity, costume and catchphrase.  All of which comes pre-packaged for Toys R Us shelves, fast food meal deals and a rockin’ soundtrack.

Thor does not fit into this mould.

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Harvester in Reading: A sweet slice of summer at Prospect Park

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Not long ago, Iain and I were soaking up some sun at The Harvester in Reading. It was Easter Sunday, and elsewhere in the park, Carters Circus was adding a touch of 19th Century nostalgia to Berkshire.

Up at The Harvester restaurant on Liebenrood Road, Reading, Iain and I chose a fine picnic table from where we could watch children playing ball and the sun glisten on golden beer. I strolled across the lawn and caught a game of cricket in action. Read the rest of this entry

Race for Life in Reading and Cancer Research UK need you!

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The Race for Life event (happening in Reading this July) just featured in a new television advert*, and it caught my attention. Why? Because it was honest.

The Cancer Research UK ad speaks directly to us couch potatoes, telling us of a key obstacle facing this year’s Race 4 Life events: Registration numbers are lower than expected, and Cancer Research UK are desperate for more supporters to join the races and walks. Read the rest of this entry

Horse racing, Scouting for Girls, Texas and dinner deal

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beer in shades How are you spending the bank holiday in Reading? I’m heading to Goring-on-Thames to pick up a vintage Raleigh fold-up bike. Goring’s just eight miles away, but I’m looking forward to roaming beyond Berks.

Speaking of which, there’s a cool concert and horse racing event (Epsom Live! 2011) happening just outside Berks. This includes a day of racing, a concert, dinner and a drink — for less than 15 quid per person! That’s a pretty awesome summer treat brought to you by the discount site Groupon.

There are 2 dates available. The first is June 30 and features the Scottish band Texas. The second is July 14 and features American rockers Scouting for Girls. Both bands are playing at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey. Read the rest of this entry

£5 voucher for Carters Steam Fair in Reading

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Carters Steam Fair in Reading, Berks

Carters Steam Fair in Reading, Berks

Did you see the fireworks in Prospect Park tonight?

Carters Steam Fair has officially turned on the switch for crazy swings and a wall of (motorcycle) death. The fireworks were spectacular and my “hot and fresh” donut was indeed all that… plus powdered in sugar.

In a word, the fair was SWELL! And it’s in town until Monday. 

Plus, if you visit the Carters fair website, you can download a £5 off voucher for the family fun fair in Reading! Read the rest of this entry

Race for Life in Reading and Cancer Research UK need you!

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The Race for Life event (happening in Reading this July) just featured in a new television advert*, and it caught my attention. Why? Because it was honest.

The Cancer Research UK ad speaks directly to us couch potatoes, telling us of a key obstacle facing this year’s Race 4 Life events: Registration numbers are lower than expected, and Cancer Research UK are desperate for more supporters to join the races and walks. Read the rest of this entry

Water zorbing in Reading Central Swimming Pool

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And now you can try zorbing on water at Reading Central Pool.
In zorbing, you bob in a ball, skimming the water. And now you can do zorbing in Reading every Sunday from 11am to noon and 2pm to 3pm. It’s just £3 for juniors and £5 for adults. Read the rest of this entry

Carters Steam Fair in Reading

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Carters Steam Fair in Reading, Berks

Carters Steam Fair in Reading, Berks

Gorgeous Revellers in Reading,

The weather in Reading is beautiful and so are you. It’s a shame that Zippos circus must take down its tent in Reading, but let the good times continue with Liam Gallagher’s 1960s exhibit at Reading Town Museum and Carters Steam Fair in Reading later this month.

Carters Steam promises traction engine rallies and steam rally events in the heart of Berkshire. This is one of those traveling fun fairs featuring nothing less than a grand palace of entertainment, wall of death, box trucks and living wagons. Read the rest of this entry