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19 Things That Are Only OK Because You're From Reading

"Well, we are the biggest town in the UK, aren't we?"

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1. Calling John Lewis "Heelas" – if you call it John Lewis we all know you're an outsider.

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Even bricking up the Heelas indented brick sign wasn't enough to stop the old name from sticking.

2. Going to Reading Festival as a rite of passage after finishing your exams.

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7. Naming Purple Turtle as a site of national heritage.

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Natalie Dormer went to the bar in her teens, and during promotion celebrations back in 2012 the Reading FC boys partied with the locals here.

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11. Everything being so expensive. *weeps at bank balance*

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London prices are creeping in, places are trendy, and I can't afford to live ANYWHERE. And exactly how much is that pint?!

13. Finding the Whitley whiff endearing.

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Previously home to the poo factory, part of Whitley has this particular stench in certain wind directions and it's weirdly endearing.

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14. Reading's "Elvis".

Anyone living in the Reading will know this character. Always stopped for a chat. Always holding a photo of Elvis.

Rain or shine you can always find "Elvis" wandering the streets of Reading holding his Elvis picture and smiling. A national treasure, really.

16. Calling somewhere The Butts and it not being an insult.

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Reading's No. 1 shopping centre – at least according to its tagline.

18. Going to Henley Regatta because it's the thing to do.

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"Oh darling, you absolutely must go to the regatta."

"But what do you do there?"

"Basically drink lots and pretend you're there for the boats."

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