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THERE will be nowhere quite as magical as Reading this Christmas. As the festive season starts to sparkle, a host of enchanting events will take place to complement the town’s top-class shopping and dining scene. The town centre will host a breathtaking parade when Beautiful Creatures’ gigantic whale, Big Blue, is paraded down Broad Street. This gentle giant of the deep has a serious environmental message for children. Joining the whale will be a spectacular luminescent squid. Find out more about ocean sustainability and answer the call to become a plastic activist. There is also a whale workshop so you can join in the parade.
Meanwhile, Reading’s CCTV may catch a bunch of Naughty Elves up to no good around the town – tune in to find out what havoc they have been wreaking and see how, by meeting Reading’s children, they discover the error of their ways and are welcomed back to help Santa. The Snow Show on December 22 will have music, magic, carols, dance and the full Christmas spirit will greet the audience in the town centre. Father Christmas will also sleigh in to see those naughty elves and meet the friendly children of Reading. And every day from December 1 to Christmas Eve, Reading’s Living Advent Calendar will take place in the town centre. Be amazed by 24 different events that truly represent Reading’s unique personality, from pop up choirs to theatrical performances, comedy, party games, history talks, bellydancing and more.
Reading has one of the best Christmas lights displays in the south east. 400,000 Christmas lights and an 8-metre high sparkling tree will illuminate the town, starting from the afternoon of Saturday, November 17 alongside a host of musical events and food stalls. On the Sunday, Broad Street Mall welcomes a celebrity to light up the shopping centre and features a whole day of festive fun. Add in to this magical mix, the traditional panto Aladdin at The Hexagon from December 8-January 6 with CBeebies favourite Justin Fletcher, Reading Between the Lines’ hilarious version of A Christmas Carol, heart-warming family fare with Reading Rep’s A New Coat for Christmas, plus other festive shows and you have a very merry programme.
There is also the ever-popular Christmas Après Bar at Station Hill, open November 16 to December 24, plus Christmas markets, puppet shows, carol concerts, riverside Christmas parades on Saturdays at The Oracle and creative Christmas workshops at Broad Street Mall. Visitors to the town will also be charmed by the huge variety of shopping and dining. From our top name department stores like House of Fraser and Debenhams to indie shops selling games, gifts, art, delicious and unique foodie items and all that’s in between, you can literally buy anything here, all within a short walk. You can also buy unique gifts at the Christmas edition of ArtLine, a visual arts street market showcasing Reading’s local artists on Sunday 25 November.
Whether you want a snack or a festive meal on your visit there’s a whole range of eateries to choose from for a Christmas cracker of a treat, from fine dining to brasserie style eating, superb cafes for coffee and cakes to traditional cosy pubs. Magical Christmas in Reading is managed and funded by Reading UK on behalf of Reading Business Improvement District with support from Reading Borough Council. For all the information you need on Reading’s magical festive season including major stores’ opening hours CLICK HERE.
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It was in November that the pair’s interest was first revealed, but it’s believed the Football League was originally cautious about sanctioning their takeover because questions had previously been raised about their aborted bid to buy Hull City in August last year. That was apparently vetoed by the Premier League, reportedly not for a problem with the brother and sister, but because of others involved in their bid. Yongge Dai and Xiu Li Dai are among the wealthiest and most influential people in China. Their father is a former head of the China Central Bank, and the pair are billionaires on the back of a network of underground shopping malls in cities across China.
In early 1992 the Chinese government began to look for alternative uses for a number of huge Cold War-era underground bomb shelters. Joining forces with her younger brother, Xiu Li Dai, then living in London and married to British teacher Tony Hawken, formed Renhe Commercial Holdings, an investment company which started to transform several former military bunkers into shopping malls. Profits were generated through shop rents and management lease deals and by 2008 Renhe had earned a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Having built the empire of shopping malls to over 30 Chinese cities, Renhe sold that side of the business last year for a billion US diollars, investing instead in major expansion of an agricultural wholesale markets business it had acquired in 2015. The company website lists its “business model” as : (a) the leasing or providing of space in the form of trading halls or open areas to traders for the trading of agriculture produce; (b) the leasing or providing of warehouses, icehouses and other designated space to the traders for the storage and packaging of agriculture produce; (c) the provision of transportation and third-party logistics information services to traders; (d) other value-added services including packaging of the agricultural produce.
Xiu Li has appeared in a recent version of the influential Forbes Rich List as having a net worth in excess of two billion dollars. She and Mr Hawken were divorced in 2014, rather bizarrely because he was quoted as saying he did not enjoy the lifestyle of a billionaire, or the time they spent apart while she was on business in China. They met on a blind date after she arrived in England in 1991, and it was whilst living in South Norwood, near Croydon, that Xiu Li developed her interest in football, attending various Premier League matches with the couple’s son, William. On the back of that, Xiu Li and her brother bought a Chinese League club, then based in Shaanxi, but now relocated to the capital, and known as Beijing Renhe. That, presumably, will become a sister club to the Royals, although in recent seasons it has not been a great success, suffering relegation two years ago to its present Division One status, finishing fourth there last season. The club plays at the 31,000 capacity Beijing Fengtai Stadium.
IT IS not just Reading, Glastonbury and other music festivals that attract huge crowds. 80s festivals have proved to be a huge hit with music fans in recent years. The Let's Rock the Moor festival in Cookham, near Maidenhead, on May 20 attracted thousands of 80s fans, despite the wet weather, with Rewind ('the big one' among the 80s music festivals in this area) set to bring 40,000 fans to Henley-on-Thames this weekend. more... 29/12/2012 BREAKING NEWS: LINKS TO THE TOP LOCAL SOURCES - AND READING USA