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Lone Digger Caravan Palace (unofficial music video)

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Captured by filmmaker Charles (Charlaaye) over a day in 2019, this video of Reading will definitely take our breath away.

Charlaaye in his own words “This is a short music video I filmed during my holidays in Reading, Berskire, England. Using the song Lone digger by Caravan palace.
I wanted to make a video exploring the town of Reading (were I grew up), exploring some of its different locations and the overall vibe and atmosphere it gives off as a town. After hearing the song now featured in the video, I knew it would be a perfect fit.
I had a lot of fun making this video and would appreciate it if you could tell me what you thought about this video in the comments, I’m open to all feedback as well as criticism.

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https://www.pond5.com/artist/charlaaye

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Oxford and Reading are best cities in which to live and work in the UK

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Oxford has been recognised as the top performing city in the UK to live and work for the fourth year in a row in a nationwide study carried out by PwC. The city has emerged ahead of Reading thanks to work-life balance, income, transport and skills with Bradford being crowned as the most improved city. Published today (12 November 2019), the annual Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2019 sets out to show there’s more to economic well-being than just measuring GDP. The index measures the performance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and ten Combined Authorities, against a basket of ten factors which the public think are most important when it comes to economic well being. These include jobs, health, income and skills, as well as work-life balance, house-affordability, travel-to-work times, income equality, environment and business start-ups.

For the fourth year running, Oxford and Reading have been named the top-performing cities on PwC’s Good Growth for Cities 2019 index, followed by Southampton in third place. Although Reading has maintained its position in this year’s index, it has seen a decline in its overall index score, driven by lower house price to earnings ratios, income inequality and a fall in new businesses created.

Bradford emerged as this year’s top improver, driven by jobs, work-life balance and skills amongst its 25+ year olds. Bradford has experienced a large reduction in its unemployment rate, measured at 4.1 percent in 2018 compared to 10 percent in 2015. The city also demonstrated moderate improvements in work-life balance, health, environment and skills amongst the adult population.

The index is based on 11 indicators around life, work, wellbeing and economic performance and is measured annually across 42 UK cities.

Indicators include job creation, health, income, skills, housing affordability, housing ownership, transport, work-life balance, the environment, income inequality and the number of new business start-ups.

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More than 20 of Oxford Road food businesses don’t meet hygiene standards

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There are around 1,217 such establishments in Reading, according to the latest data from the Food Hygiene Standards Agency*, which includes restaurants, shops and takeaways as well as food manufacturers and distributors.

All food businesses are given a hygiene rating from zero to five, with a rating of at least three indicating they are broadly compliant with hygiene law.

Reading’s Ranking
Ranking 0 – 1 establishment
Ranking 1 – 42 establishments
Ranking 2 – 32 establishments
Ranking 3 – 107 establishments
Ranking 4 – 205 establishments
Ranking 5 – 730 establishments

Across Reading several establisements in have been hit with poor food hygiene ratings this year.

In total, 75 food outlets across the town have the scored between zero and two.

More than 20 Reading west businesses that handle food are failing to meet hygiene standards.

Ratings range from zero, meaning urgent improvement is necessary, to five, which means standards are very good.

Take a look below at every outlet given a 1 (Major improvement necessary) & 2 (Improvement necessary) food hygiene rating in Oxford Road (Reading west) since April, 2018.

*Food hygiene ratings are publicly available on the Food Standards Agency website and the following are correct as of October 1, 2019.

Ariana News
733 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1JA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 08 July 2019

De Dora’s Lovely Fashion
273 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PY
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 10 September 2019

Friendly Fry
940 Oxford Road Tilehurst Reading
RG30 6TJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 13 March 2019

Hot Stuff
421 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 17 April 2019

Malik Brothers Halal Meat at Best Foods
129-131 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7UU
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 27 December 2018

Mr Cod
543 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 August 2019

Oishi
314 Oxford Road
RG30 1AD
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Recently inspected – new rating to be published soon
Last inspection: 16 October 2018
(Recently inspected – new rating to be published soon)

Perfect Fried Chicken
158 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 07 June 2019

Peri Peri Original (Reading West)
535 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 26 June 2019

Polish Delicatessen
324 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1AF
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 May

V & M Convenience Store
373 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘1’: Major improvement necessary
Last inspection: 28 April 2018

Amrutha Superstore
381 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 27 April 2019

Butts Convenience Stores
205 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7BX
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 18 May 2019

China Palace
43-45 Oxford Road Reading Berkshire
RG1 7QG
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 12 March 2019

Hewad Store
774 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1EL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 19 May 2018

Kobeda Palace
409 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 14 August 2019

Maame Sika Finger Licking Kitchen
431 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HD
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 31 May 2019

Mr Cod
176 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7PL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 30 November 2018

Pal Food and Wine
397 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 23 June 2019

Pizza House
80 Oxford Road Reading
RG1 7LJ
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 24 July 2019

The White Eagle
344a Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1AQ
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 13 September 2018

Viktoria Cake Shop
423 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HA
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 30 August 2019

Wan Choi
611 Oxford Road Reading
RG30 1HL
Food hygiene rating is ‘2’: Improvement necessary
Last inspection: 02 June 2018

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Anger over 30mph speed limit drop at Portman Rd

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As we mentioned back in September, Portman Rd has reduced the speed limit


Reading west motorists are angered by the Reading Council’s decision to lower the speed limit at Portmand road, where the 40mph limit has been replaced by a 30mph limit.

All the 40mph signs located at Portmand road has been removed but not replaced with 30mph which is giving drivers mixed messages about the correct speed limit on the road causing many being fined.

Some drivers have expressed concern there is no indication the speed limit has changed or signs highlighting the changes.
why wasn’t the temporary signage put up when the 40 signs taken down?
Allowing time for drivers to adjust?? So, why was there a police speed camera on Portman Road yesterday??

How are people supposed to know this who don’t have social media to say so? It’s a very confusing situation… what exactly is the time allowed for adjustment? What speed are the camera’s enforcing? In my view this transition has been very poorly organised.

@ReadingCouncil so it would appear that you delightful bunch have reduced Portman Road from a 40mph limit to a 30mph limit. Where are the signs on the road indicating that this has changed? That is proper sneaky!!!! There’s a reason everyone has such a low opinion of you lot

A council spokesman previously told us: “Portman Rd is now the national urban speed limit of 30mph, by virtue of the fact the 40mph signs have been removed. Only limits other than 30 are signed in urban areas. We will however put temporary signage in shortly. As with any speed change, time allowed for drivers to adjust.

As of today we have not seen any temporary signage at Portman Rd.

As another motorist told us this transition has been very poorly organised.”

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