Discontinuing Reading Roars!

After much umming and ahhing I have decided to discontinue Reading Roars!, a blog I started in July 2005. With the last update going up October 2010 (half a year ago), the blog has run out of steam and spluttered to a halt. This has happened before, but on this occasion I will let it rest. Readers may continue to comment on earlier posts but my quill will move on to other things.

I would like to thank John McGarvey, Felicity Ford and Johnny Arrow for their fantastic contributions, and of course Reading Roars! readers. What a wonderful bunch you all are!

5 monthly green gatherings in Reading

Green Drinks
Green Drinks (Flickr)

This week, representatives from roughly 190 countries met in Nagoya, Japan, to thrash out an agreement on saving the world’s biodiversity. That’s a pretty big deal.

Closer to home (and on not such a high level), eco-minded volunteers undertake conservation efforts all the time; scrubbing streets, planting hedges and replacing saplings.These thoughtful enthusiasts help ensure a better quality of living for all.

Indeed, there are many green groups in Reading, ranging from the large (Greenpeace, FoE) to the seemingly obscure (Thames Valley Fungus Group, anyone?). Here are five such organisations, with details of their monthly meetings:

What: Berkshire Greenpeace
When and where: RISC Meeting Room 3, 3pm-8pm, first Thursday of every month.
Recent meeting topic: Rushy Mead windfarm development.
Interesting fact: They throw an annual Pirate Party.
Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace

What: Reading Friends of the Earth
When and where: Second Wednesday of every month, upstairs at RISC.
Recent meeting topic: Carbon budgets.
Interesting fact: FoE have branches in 77 countries.
Social media: Facebook

What: Reading Green Party
When and where: Monthly, upstairs at RISC.
Interesting fact: Green Party councillor Rob White was named the top 20th Green blogger by Total Politics.
Social media: Facebook, Twitter

What: Reading Green Drinks
When and where: First Tuesday of every month, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, at the Global Cafe.
Recent meeting topic: Anheuser-Busch InBev’s carbon footprint? I’m guessing.
Interesting fact: Green Drinks is an event in 748 cities worldwide.
Social media: Flickr

What: Caversham GLOBE (Go Local On a Better Environment)
When and where:First Thursday of every month, 7.15pm, at 59 Church Street, Caversham.
Recent meeting topic: Clayfield Copse oak trees.
Interesting fact: There are actually six globe groups in Reading – the others are Newtown Globe Group, Oxford Road Community Garden, Redlands Globe Group, Southcote Globe Group and Tilehurst Globe Group.
Social media: No.

Getting around in the snow: walking good, cars bad

It’s still snowing in central Reading. Well, sort of. Either way, there’s enough of the stuff here already to make driving extremely tricky, cycling hazardous and walking fun in a you-could-be-about-to-fall-over-any-second kind of way.

A quick look round the middle of town suggests main roads are slippy and very quiet. We even saw a snowplough, a first for us in Reading. As you can see from our picture of South Street, side roads are completely covered in snow.

If you’ve not cottoned on already, it’s probably a bad idea to go anywhere at all by car unless you really really have to. And no, taking a trip to Tesco to panic buy does not constitute an essential journey.

For our money, walking is by far the best way to get around. As long as you have some stout shoes or wellies and don’t mind getting a bit damp, the pavements aren’t too bad – though they are likely to get worse as more people venture out and tread the snow down. At least there’s no traffic about, so you can cross the road with impunity for once.

Other websites are updated far more frequently than this one, so here’s our handy guide to getting the latest on the snow situation in Reading:

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