as it ever did.
My old Hometown is my current Hometown, and has always been
(I have never lived more than 6 miles from the Hospital I was born in)
Familiarity breeds contempt, and it is easy for us to regard our surroundings with suspicion and annoyance that it has done very little to feed the world of popular culture.
Reading (for that is my home) was famous for Beer, Bulbs and Biscuits – none of these industries remain in the town.
But we have got Microsoft, Oracle, Pepsi and offices for ING Direct, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young and KPMG.
Reading’s contribution to popular culture:
Oscar Wilde was in Prison here
(so was Stacey Keech (briefly)
Mike Oldfield was born here and stayed until his early teens
Kate Winslett made her first stage performances in a youth Theatre Group
And we also gave the world Ricky Gervais (who loved Reading so much, that when he filmed Cemetry Junction it was done in Loughbrough)
Beyond Mike Oldfield, musically we have given you:
(plus the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown was formed here when Brown met Crane whilst at Reading Universtiy)
In other news:
Black Sabbath shot the album cover for their debut at Mapledurham Watermill
The interior shots for The Plank were filmed in Caversham Park Village
John Lennon and Paul McCartney;s first public appearance playing together as The Nerk Twins was at The Fox and Hounds in Caversham (one of the very few buildings in the town that has a blue plaque)
But I ask myself – for a town of 150,000+, is that enough?
We do have a nice shopping centre though (if you like your shopping centres to look exactly the same as every other on)
Does anyone else live in a more culturally empty town?
Convince me my town is not as dull as I believe it to be