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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. / Via

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.


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.


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. / Via

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

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

"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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