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IT’S WEST BROM IN FA CUP ROUND 5
READING now know their opponents in the fifth round of the FA Cup - and after a roller-coaster extra time and penalties replay between Peterborough and West Brom, it was the Premier League side who came out on top. With Royals’ boss Brian McDermott watching from the stands, Posh took the lead through Jon Taylor on 55 minutes, but with time running out for Tony Pulis’s side, Darren Fletcher squared it at 1-1. There was no scoring in extra time but when it came to penalties West Brom had the edge 4-3 on the back of two saves by Ben Foster - and despite an awful miss from the spot by the experienced Fletcher. The match at the Mad Stad will be on Saturday February 20th, at 3pm.




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RAIN OR SHINE? COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE READING AREA (Met Office)
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IN A JAM? READING TRAVEL INFO INCLUDING TRAFFIC CAMS AND BUS DELAY INFO (Borough Council)
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LIVE CAMERAS AND INCIDENT UPDATES ALL ALONG THE M4 CORRIDOR IN BERKSHIRE (BBC Travel)
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GETTING FROM AA TO BB - COMPLETE ROUTE PLANNER WITH TIMINGS AND TURNINGS (AA)
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DRIVING FAR AND WIDE - OUT OF AREA MOTORWAY AND TRAFFIC NEWS (Highways Agency)
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STOPPING ON THE WAY? FOR MOTORWAY AND A-ROAD SERVICE AREAS (M'way Services Online)
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RAIL JOURNEY PLANNER - ALL THE 'FROM AND TO' INFO AND FARES (National Rail)
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LIVE RAIL DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL BOARDS FOR READING AND LOCAL STATIONS (National Rail)
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BUS SERVICES PUTTING THE DING-DING IN READING AND AREA (Reading Buses)
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IF YOU'D RATHER GO ON FOOT, HERE'S A HANDY GUIDE TO WALKS IN THE READING AREA (iFootpath)
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FLYING FROM HEATHROW - AIRPORT DIRECTORY AND OTHER KEY INFO (Heathrow Airport Guide)
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WHAT’S THE TIME WHEN WE GET THERE? CHECK THE CLOCK FOR ANY MAJOR CITY (Time and Date)
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ROAD TO THE AIRPORT - TIMES AND DETAILS FOR READING RAIL-AIR LINK TO HEATHROW (Railair)
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FLYING FROM GATWICK - PARKING, FLIGHT INFO AND SHOPPING (Gatwick Airport)
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FLYING FROM STANSTED - WORLD'S BEST AIRPORT FOR LOW-COST FLIGHTS (Stansted Airport)
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FLYING FROM LUTON - ALL THE INFO ON THE GROUND AND AIR SIDE (Luton Airport)
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FLYING FROM SOUTHAMPTON - DOWN THE M3 AND UP, UP AND AWAY! (Southampton Airport)
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PLAIN SAILING OR ROUGH SEAS - CROSS-CHANNEL FERRY INFO FROM PORTSMOUTH (Portsmouth Port)
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OFF TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS? LATEST ON TOP CATS FROM POOLE AND PORTSMOUTH (Condor Ferries)
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LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE - LIVE INFO FOR THOSE CRUISING FROM SOUTHAMPTON (ABP Southampton)
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IF THE SEA TURNS YOUR TUM LET TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN - FRANCE BY UNDERGROUND (Eurotunnel)
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THIS was a day when the Royals urgently needed to win - if you’re an optimist, to keep alive the very faint chance of a late charge to the top six, or if you’re a pessimist, to add a bit of insurance about the bottom end of the table. In the end, in a game ruined by gale-force wind and rain, they had to settle for one point. They were denied a strong penalty shout at the end when new Latvian striker Deniss Rakels, on as a sub, was brought down, and the other new striker, Yann Kermorgant, was a whisker away from a last-kick winner. But, just as they had done in the fiasco of a 1-0 defeat at Molineux on Boxing Day, Wolves were party poopers, no real threat themselves apart from isolated individual flashes by ex-Royal James Henry, and content to spoil the play whatever way they could. It all made disappointing fare for what was a good crowd on a dismal day. Royals now sit 15th on 36 points, 11 clear of the drop zone, but 12 behind sixth place. Brian McDermott’s reaction. Attendance: 17,771, including 1,805 away fans. Match Gallery. This was the first of four straight home games for the Royals, with Burnley Saturday, then Rotherham the following Tuesday and finally the fifth round FA Cup-tie against West Brom or Peterborough.




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PUPILS at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space with Tim Peake, the British Astronaut currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they have spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth next month. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Queen Anne’s School has been selected as one of the schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects - including horticulture.


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Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, has now been consigned to publishing history - T.M. decided the way forward is only via its getreading website.
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in the Reading, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - recently sold to the Newsquest group.
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First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
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First published in 1869 and once had an enviable circulation larger than the town's population - still thriving and proudly independent, with fifth generation of Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
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Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found stability. It has a good website - plus TV from Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 111th year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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A hyperlocal news operation with focus on positive people-led stories that, publishers say "will encourage, inform and inspire." Now also publishing The Wokingham Paper after demise of the Times.
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There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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THE permanent memorial to Reading's only Victoria Cross holder, Trooper Fred Potts, unveiled in the Forbury last year, is already proving a popular addition to the town’s architecture. Fred, who died in 1943 and until recent years, was virtually unknown in the town due - mainly to his own modesty. However, the people who did know of Fred’s heroics during the Great War believed the time was long overdue to recognise his bravery with a suitable memorial in a town centre location. The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust was set up to raise the necessary funds and, backed by BBC Radio Berkshire, former Reading Mayor Cllr Fred Pugh, former MP Martin Salter, Reading College, Haslams Estate Agents and Reading-born TV personality Chris Tarrant, they achieved their aim. On Sunday the bronze statue, created by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, was unveiled. As well as commemorating Fred Potts, it also recognises the sacrifices of the many men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives, both in the battle for Scimitar Hill at Gallipoli, Turkey, and throughout World War One. Fred’s medal relates to an incident in August 1915, in which he saved the life of fellow-Reading soldier Arthur Andrews after both were injured by machine-gun fire as the Yeomanry charged on Scimitar Hill. For three days, during which they had virtually no food or drink, Fred ignored his own wounds to drag Arthur to safety, using a shovel as a makeshift stretcher. The amazing FULL STORY.

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Keep up to date with all things Royal - info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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Unofficial Reading FC website with plenty of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
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Reading's senior semi-pro football club play Hellenic League home games at Scours Lane, Tilehurst. Had a tricky 2014/15 season but hoping for better things.
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Reading's adopted top-flight Rugby Union team, survived two recent relegation scares - but better times are likely to be ahead after new investment.
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Reading's most consistently-successful sports club runs 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at the top of the domestic game and many international stars.
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Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
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The club performs solidly in the National South West Division One (East) alongside Newbury. Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, they still field a Wanderers XV.
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Originally for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, acquired a 22-acre site at Emmer Green and are now successful.
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Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams, Redingensians was originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - 2014/15 champs SW Nat League 3.
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Has promoted cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, it is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy two-wheel life.
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The club has a long and proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful-ever female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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Provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
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A friendly community rowing club located on one of the best stretches of the upper Thames, with access to 6km of river from Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham.
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Founded as recently as 1997, Rockets had spectacular lift-off and now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. Unfortunately senior team out of action because of stadium difficulties.
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The legendary (and still going strong at 81) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful still have a website.

AND OTHER SENIOR SPORTS CLUBS AND VENUES NEARBY…

The Magpies have an extremely proud, and unique football boast - their York Road ground is the world's oldest football ground used continuously by the same club.
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Basingstoke share Maidenhead's status in Conference South - and they have some lively local derbies. Mascot Stokie is even taller than a certain Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues match the history or rich heritage of Ascot. Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
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Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with a modern sports/events venue. Constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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Although the local area has racing links to dating back to Henry VIII, the first race meeting here was not until 1866. The only figure-of-eight flat course in the country.
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Ice Hockey has been thriving in Bracknell for many years, with Bees playing home games at the John Nike Leisure Centre. Ambitious new team management in place for season 28.
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Basingstoke Bison play in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town successfully since.
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The Hawks are one of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, among the top 50 in the country - 2014/15 champions of National League 2 South after winning first 14 games.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. Now in London and SE National League 3.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive in South West Division One (East) - finishing sixth 2014/15.
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29/12/2012 BREAKING NEWS: LINKS TO THE TOP LOCAL SOURCES - AND READING USA
WITH traditional newspapers under increasing pressure from "new media", both of the local newspapers, the Post and the Chronicle have made dramatic changes in recent years. The end of 2014 brought the "last Post" - after nearly 50 years, the old Evening Post adjusted to a twice-weekly, Wednesday and Friday offering. more...
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Reader Poll
ALTHOUGH it's been said frequently that the previous prudent financial approach of Reading FC would continue under new ownership, it's clear the purse strings are becoming looser. Is that a good thing?

Poll started 01/07/2012. Vote to see the results.
      YES - The club has been run brilliantly, and to achieve two promotions to the top flight without seriously flashing cash was amazing. But, as SJM admitted, it would never have got better than that. Now we can sustain a Prem place and be a real force.
      NO - The examples are endless of small to middle-sized clubs chasing rainbows with pots of gold once they reach the Prem, only to fall back to earth with a thud and go into free-fall down the divisions. So let's hope Anton and Co spend wisely.

What's On - 12th FEB 2016
Leisure, Museums
A SENSE OF PLACE EXHIBITION

Leisure, Exhibitions
AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION

Leisure, Theatre
THE PERFECT MURDER

Leisure, Theatre
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY

Local Information,
WELFORD PARK SNOWDROPS - GARDEN OPEN

Leisure,Theatre
CONFUSIONS

Leisure, Theatre
SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

Leisure, Theatre
STEPPING OUT - THE MUSICAL

Leisure, Theatre
THE MAYOR'S VALENTINE BALL

Leisure, Theatre
WORLD SNOOKER SHOOT-OUT

Leisure, Theatre
CONSERVATOIRE CONCERT SERIES - HARVEY LIN AND ZACHARIAS BRANDMAN

Leisure, Theatre
LIMEHOUSE LIZZY

Leisure, Theatre
ED ACZEL - THE RANDOM FLAPPING OF A BUTTERFLY'S WINGS

Local Information,
TALK - FERRIES, FORDS AND BRIDGES OF THE THAMES

Leisure, Theatre
PIANIST TIM VALENTINE AT THE MILL, SONNING

Sport, Ice Hockey
BASINGSTOKE BISON v SWINDON WILDCATS

Leisure, Dance
OVER 30s, 40s, 50s PARTY NIGHT FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES