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Off Topic => The Pub => Topic started by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:09:03 pm

Title: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:09:03 pm
I think it was better before the new shopping centre was built. What do you think?

Also, which is your favourite cooling tower?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 06:16:18 pm
Did you know that it's the only town in Britain with a one-sided high street (according to the Crap Towns book)?

And the power station was architect-designed to harmonise with the natural scenery?   I think the architects were the same guys who did the Emperor's New Clothes  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 11, 2010, 06:16:59 pm
Well the new footy stadium wouldn't have happened without the shopping centre, so its a compromise.

Tower C for me, but it depends where you stand.

[not entirely sure where you're going with this, but I can guess ... ]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:18:40 pm
Did you know that it's the only town in Britain with a one-sided high street (according to the Crap Towns book)?


Has something happened to Edinburgh? Or is that the only city in Britain with a one-sided high street (or has it been taken out of Britain by the SNP  ;D )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 06:20:14 pm
Didcot Parkway is only one of many Parkway stations in the UK.  Bristol was the first, but there is also

    * Alfreton railway station (formerly Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway)
    * Aylesbury Vale Parkway
    * Birmingham International railway station
    * Bodmin Parkway railway station
    * Callerton Parkway (Tyne and Wear Metro)
    * Coleshill Parkway
    * East Midlands Parkway railway station
    * Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station
    * Edinburgh Park railway station
    * Haddenham and Thame Parkway railway station
    * Horwich Parkway railway station
    * Lelant Saltings railway station (Park and Ride for St Ives)
    * Liverpool South Parkway railway station
    * Luton Airport Parkway railway station
    * New Pudsey railway station
    * Port Talbot Parkway railway station (despite its name, located in the town centre)
    * Southampton Airport Parkway railway station
    * Sutton Parkway railway station
    * Tame Bridge Parkway railway station
    * Tiverton Parkway railway station
    * Warwick Parkway railway station
    * Wednesbury Parkway tram stop
    * Whittlesford Parkway railway station

Didcot is the only one which begins with "D", though.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 06:20:30 pm
Did you know that it's the only town in Britain with a one-sided high street (according to the Crap Towns book)?


Has something happened to Edinburgh? Or is that the only city in Britain with a one-sided high street (or has it been taken out of Britain by the SNP  ;D )

It's a city, you fool.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 11, 2010, 06:23:24 pm
Did you know that it's the only town in Britain with a one-sided high street (according to the Crap Towns book)?


Has something happened to Edinburgh? Or is that the only city in Britain with a one-sided high street (or has it been taken out of Britain by the SNP  ;D )

It's a city, you fool.
And the High Street in Edinburgh has two sides. Princes Street might be the main street (although just now it's more of a total disaster area) but it's not the High Street.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 06:24:48 pm
To get to Oxford from Swindon by train you have to change at Didcot.  This is the way that the authorities discourage regular sackings of either town by trainloads of thugs from the other.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:25:15 pm
He said high-street, not High Street. Even I can see the difference!  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bobb on June 11, 2010, 06:25:23 pm
I've only been to Didcot once. That was for a job interview. It remains the only job offer I've ever turned down  :P
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 11, 2010, 06:26:17 pm
Yup - The Broadway is the road in question.

Bit like New York ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:26:21 pm
I once woke up in Oxford Station. My car was in Didcot. My wallet was £25 emptier when I got to it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2010, 06:27:18 pm
If I stood on the roof of my house I could see the cooling towers.

I didn't really have a favourite, I liked all of them.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 06:34:40 pm
You can see the power station from Uffington White Horse on a clear day.  And the Honda factory at Swindon.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: daveb on June 11, 2010, 06:59:35 pm
You can see the power station from Uffington White Horse on a clear day.  And the Honda factory at Swindon.

Also visible from Ivinghoe Beacon (though not the Honda factory, I wouldn't think) and the road out of my village.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 07:35:19 pm
Didcot used to be in Berkshire, but they sold it to Oxfordshire in exchange for an inner tube.  Oxfordshire are still smarting from that one.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 11, 2010, 07:40:28 pm
The workshy of Wantage (which is nearly in Swindon) closed their Job Centre to give them an excuse to visit Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 07:44:17 pm
Wantage's claim to fame is as the birthplace of Alfred the Great, Saxon Britain's worst cook.  Didcot's claim to fame is as the birthplace of the first bloke to grow watercress commercially.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frenchie on June 11, 2010, 07:48:01 pm
I used to live there; all I could afford as a newly graduating PhD student when I joined AEAT. I don't have great memories of the place per se. The job was a great exp though.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: David Martin on June 11, 2010, 07:55:55 pm
I used to live a few miles away in Steventon. Whilst further away, we always described our location as 'near Abingdon'. There were some good curry houses in Didcot though.

..d

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 11, 2010, 08:16:48 pm
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.



(except mattc)

Nah, Alfred was a century later than him.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 11, 2010, 08:46:31 pm
I think it was better before the new shopping centre was built. What do you think?

Also, which is your favourite cooling tower?

The best tower is the one closest to the A4130 (237.5m distance). Definitely better with the centre too, the staff at the many new mobile phone shops are really helpful.  
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Greenbank on June 11, 2010, 08:53:20 pm
   * Tame Bridge Parkway railway station

Spookily I read this post, looked up and the train was just pulling in to Tame Bridge Parkway station.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 11, 2010, 09:51:11 pm
I used to live a few miles away in Steventon. Whilst further away, we always described our location as 'near Abingdon'. There were some good curry houses in Didcot though.

..d

Milton Park's address is 'Abingdon' - and it's a stones throw from Didcot.   Didcot wishes it was Sutton Courtenay, but has to make do with bridges across the railway line rather than the Thames...  

But still, the staff at the new centre are surprising helpful.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on June 12, 2010, 08:00:44 am
And Appleford "-on-Thames" wishes it were Didcot. They don't have bridges over either the river or the railway. There's a level crossing, which presumably opens twice a day to let the smock-wearing yokels trudge off to sell their rustic wares in the big town or to seek work in the dark satanic mobile telephone shops.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on June 12, 2010, 12:45:20 pm
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.
Don't say that to Phil D.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 12, 2010, 12:47:45 pm
I thought a didcot was the bit of paper a hole punch makes and collects in its little plastic paper-collector.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenerd on June 12, 2010, 06:07:50 pm
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.
Don't say that to Phil D.

I'm only 11 miles away.  Despite this I've never actually been to Didcot.  I have used the cooling towers to navigate home more than once, though.
This thread is weird.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 12, 2010, 06:14:11 pm
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.

I'm only 11 miles away.  Despite this I've never actually been to Didcot.  I have used the cooling towers to navigate home more than once, though.
Most of oXford is within 15 miles - Flatus is very inclusive :)
Quote
This thread is weird.

Why shouldn't Didcot have it's own thread?  >:(

;)

[There is a reason for all this - but I won't spoil it for you. It's buried in another thread.]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 12, 2010, 06:16:17 pm
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.
Don't say that to Phil D.

I'm only 11 miles away.  Despite this I've never actually been to Didcot.  I have used the cooling towers to navigate home more than once, though.
This thread is weird.

About 5mls here!  

as Mattc says  - see context of it's initiation...  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on June 13, 2010, 08:45:20 pm
I've worked in the new NotWork Rail signalling centre there several times.  On the latest posting there, my hotel was in Abingdon.  Dare I say it - it was a good ride by Sustrans path between the two.

Unsolicited Recommendation Alert...

Excellent Italian restaurant in Abingdon. http://www.camino-restaurant.com/ (http://www.camino-restaurant.com/)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 13, 2010, 10:35:07 pm
Before the new shopping centre, Didcot's citizens had to travel as far as Abingdon to buy essentials, like new underpants and socks.  Now they can do that at their new Supermarket.  This explains the demise of Abingdon. 
In a desperate last ditch attempt to stop the rot, Abingdon council installed a new traffic system to ensure that Didcot people that actually made it as far as Abingdon could never escape the town in their lifetime.  This it seems has been partially successful... however, as the visitors cannot find anywhere to park, they are still in their cars and not in the shops.  This also helps to explain the demise of Abingdon.

Cooling tower 'A' for me.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andy M on June 15, 2010, 10:53:27 am
I'm confused - I thought Didcot was more South-East (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7826799/Protests-at-plans-for-biggest-reservoir-in-the-South-East.html) of Abingdon...  :P

At least Ewelme is up a hill  :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 15, 2010, 01:12:37 pm
I'm confused - I thought Didcot was more South-East (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7826799/Protests-at-plans-for-biggest-reservoir-in-the-South-East.html) of Abingdon...  :P

At least Ewelme is up a hill  :)

No, Abingdon is definately above Didcot...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 16, 2010, 03:38:48 pm
Before the new shopping centre, Didcot's citizens had to travel as far as Abingdon to buy essentials, like new underpants and socks.  Now they can do that at their new Supermarket.  This explains the demise of Abingdon. 
Abingdon's out-of-town supermarket has far more pants and socks than Didcot's - I'd be blaming them before turning on the Diddycotes!

[i think Abgindon's traffic problem would be solved by folks admitting they can walk >1km ]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 16, 2010, 03:55:59 pm
Our town's football club will be playing a friendly match against Didcot Town on 20th July. Very exciting, however I will be forced to miss it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jurek on June 16, 2010, 05:10:10 pm
I thought a didcot was the bit of paper a hole punch makes and collects in its little plastic paper-collector.

That's a chad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_(paper)).

However, according to Douglas Adams' Meaning of Liff (http://folk.uio.no/alied/TMoL.html), you are correct  :D.

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DIDCOT (n.)
The tiny oddly-shaped bit of card which a ticket inspector cuts out of a ticket with his clipper for no apparent reason. It is a little-known fact that the confetti at Princess Margaret's wedding was made up of thousands of didcots collected by inspectors on the Royal Train.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: LEE on June 16, 2010, 05:13:59 pm
Didcot Parkway is only one of many Parkway stations in the UK.  Bristol was the first, but there is also

    * Alfreton railway station (formerly Alfreton and Mansfield Parkway)
    * Aylesbury Vale Parkway
    * Birmingham International railway station
    * Bodmin Parkway railway station
    * Callerton Parkway (Tyne and Wear Metro)
    * Coleshill Parkway
    * East Midlands Parkway railway station
    * Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station
    * Edinburgh Park railway station
    * Haddenham and Thame Parkway railway station
    * Horwich Parkway railway station
    * Lelant Saltings railway station (Park and Ride for St Ives)
    * Liverpool South Parkway railway station
    * Luton Airport Parkway railway station
    * New Pudsey railway station
    * Port Talbot Parkway railway station (despite its name, located in the town centre)
    * Southampton Airport Parkway railway station
    * Sutton Parkway railway station
    * Tame Bridge Parkway railway station
    * Tiverton Parkway railway station
    * Warwick Parkway railway station
    * Wednesbury Parkway tram stop
    * Whittlesford Parkway railway station

Didcot is the only one which begins with "D", though.


Roger, I'm worried you didn't need to look that list up and just knew it?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 16, 2010, 08:23:55 pm
If only.  I've been to quite a few of them though.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on June 16, 2010, 09:00:38 pm
I thought a didcot was the bit of paper a hole punch makes and collects in its little plastic paper-collector.

That's Chad. It's in Africa. Is Didcot twinned with somewhere in Chad?

Edit: Bugger. Jurek made that point long before I had finished reading the previous page. However, I shall leave my comment there in the interests of

Edit: Bugger again. Rogerzilla made the twinning joke whilst I was editing this post (see below).

Edit: posterity.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 16, 2010, 09:03:02 pm
Twinned with...Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on June 17, 2010, 12:14:39 pm
If only.  I've been to quite a few of them though.
I just totted up. I've got on or off trains at 4, caught a bus, but not a train, from one, & driven past another.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 18, 2010, 01:59:12 am
Didcot is the only town in England named after what someone did. They left out the "get" though.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 18, 2010, 10:10:41 am
Before the new shopping centre, Didcot's citizens had to travel as far as Abingdon to buy essentials, like new underpants and socks.  Now they can do that at their new Supermarket.  This explains the demise of Abingdon. 
Abingdon's out-of-town supermarket has far more pants and socks than Didcot's - I'd be blaming them before turning on the Diddycotes!

[i think Abgindon's traffic problem would be solved by folks admitting they can walk >1km ]

I know, I know.... but I'd hate to let the facts get in the way of a good story!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 18, 2010, 11:50:18 pm
Didcot was one of Britain's first dormitory New Towns. The planners' experience from Didcot was later used in Doescot and Willcot, as well as the suburbs of Didhammock and Diduvet.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 19, 2010, 12:12:20 am
I thought Dovecot was first?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2010, 12:40:58 am
Aren't you thinking of the Mediterranean villa-ville, Dovegatto?

Or could you be confused by Doverow Hill?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Oaky on June 19, 2010, 09:08:28 am
I went to Didcot once.  Twice, if you count the return journey.

On the way to RAL (http://www.stfc.ac.uk/About%20STFC/51.aspx) for an annual high energy physics gathering.  I was hopelessly late getting there owing to playing poker all night (in a friend of a friend's restaurant, using the after dinner chocolate mints for chips).   While packing for my train in the early hours of the morning (still in time at this point) I decided to have a sit down on my bed for half an hour...

I was a bit too jaded to even notice the cooling towers.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Tewdric on June 19, 2010, 10:36:19 pm
I think I went to Didcot once. 

Just remind me - where is it?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 20, 2010, 07:54:40 am
In between Barad-Dur and Minas Morgul.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: red marley on June 20, 2010, 05:42:32 pm
My dad did the surveying for the cooling towers when they were building the power station in the 1960s.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 21, 2010, 11:04:01 am
My dad did the surveying for the cooling towers when they were building the power station in the 1960s.

Was he burned at the stake for witchcraft?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: robbo6 on June 21, 2010, 11:06:24 am
I found some very nice morels in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 21, 2010, 11:08:33 am
I found some very nice morels in Didcot.

Nobody in Didcot has nice Morals...  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 20, 2010, 08:49:13 pm
I had a look round Didcot at the end of July, while waiting for Clarion and Butterfly's wedding party to arrive.  The one-sided high street is no myth.  It is one scary place though; everyone I passed looked at me as if they wanted to fight me.  OK, I was on a very heavily-loaded bike and wearing a very silly jersey, but even so...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: border-rider on September 20, 2010, 08:57:22 pm
We were looking at houses in the area in the early 90s; visiting the EAs on Didcot Broadway always felt like walking into a Wild West town.

Mrs MV's criteria for buying a house included not being able to see the power station.  Though you could see it from the Downs above Lambourn

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/sunset.jpg)

plumes at sunset
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: David Martin on September 20, 2010, 10:35:06 pm
We were looking at houses in the area in the early 90s; visiting the EAs on Didcot Broadway always felt like walking into a Wild West town.

I lived just outside Didcot in the mid 90's (1995). One of the new developments in the outlying villages that suffered from the rapid proliferation of station-adjacent starter homes.

Didcot did have two good curry houses.

Apart from that it was entirely unremarkable as a place from which to begin a commute[1].  Harwell village was nice.

..d

[1] I was commuting to the Hammersmith Hospital. My wife was at the MRC unit at Harwell.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Gattopardo on September 21, 2010, 04:24:13 am
Never been to didcot.......I think
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on September 21, 2010, 11:06:09 am

Didcot did have two good curry houses.

Still does.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on September 21, 2010, 11:11:26 am
Never been to didcot.......I think

Trust me, you'd know if you had...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 21, 2010, 12:08:57 pm
I've just been through it.

The next great place on the list is Slough.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on September 21, 2010, 12:13:44 pm
Make sure you start a new thread for Slough - I wouldn't want them to feel any less special.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Nuncio on September 21, 2010, 12:45:01 pm
Didcot inhabitants have tin bath addictions if anagrams are to be believed.  And in the interests of equality, Slough people sell huge poop.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on October 05, 2010, 11:10:35 am
Another first for Didcot, uniting the locally important themes of power generation and crap towns, is reported on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11433162).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Chris S on October 05, 2010, 11:17:48 am
Another first for Didcot, uniting the locally important themes of power generation and crap towns, is reported on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11433162).


Not wishing to big up Didcot, as I'm sure they didn't site this Biogas plant because of the ambience and local scenery, but it does look a rather excellent scheme. Why has it taken so long to do this I wonder?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 05, 2010, 11:45:52 am
Another first for Didcot, uniting the locally important themes of power generation and crap towns, is reported on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11433162).


Not wishing to big up Didcot, as I'm sure they didn't site this Biogas plant because of the ambience and local scenery, but it does look a rather excellent scheme. Why has it taken so long to do this I wonder?
I think the fact that they didn't tell anyone in Didcot*  should be a strong hint!

*(apart from the end users, who I suspect are actually in one of the villages nearer the plant - until I get further facts anyway ... )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 05, 2010, 11:47:06 am
I think it's crap.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TheLurker on October 05, 2010, 11:51:54 am
Another first for Didcot, uniting the locally important themes of power generation and crap towns, is reported on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11433162).


Not wishing to big up Didcot, as I'm sure they didn't site this Biogas plant because of the ambience and local scenery, but it does look a rather excellent scheme. Why has it taken so long to do this I wonder?
I expect because we're only now getting to the point where it's as cheap or cheaper to build this kind of plant than it is to extract gas from the ground.  The progress made in the last few years with breeding / genetically modifying appropriate bacteria for the digestion/fermentation process may also have helped.  Then again maybe not...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 05, 2010, 12:44:27 pm
It sounds, on the face of it at least, an excellent idea. In the nineteenth century we had sewer gas for street lighting, this is taking the same idea and using it with twenty-first century efficiency.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Zipperhead on October 05, 2010, 02:46:56 pm
It sounds, on the face of it at least, an excellent idea. In the nineteenth century we had sewer gas for street lighting, this is taking the same idea and using it with twenty-first century efficiency.

We still have a sewer gas powered light in London (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Carting+Ln,+Westminster,+London+WC2R+0,+United+Kingdom&sll=51.449324,-0.204795&sspn=0.009856,0.01472&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FZL6EQMdDCj-_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Carting+Ln,+Westminster,+London+WC2R+0,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.509677,-0.120571&spn=0.009843,0.01472&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.509762,-0.120653&panoid=M5dvKrQptnqDIL9HhIlAjw&cbp=12,192.55,,0,19.42)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on October 05, 2010, 02:55:45 pm
To be fair, those were more a convenient and safe way of burning off the sewer gas rather than using it for lighting.  They still primarily ran on gas from the gas main.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewer_gas_destructor_lamp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewer_gas_destructor_lamp)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Zipperhead on October 05, 2010, 03:12:14 pm
Well, yes, but why waste an opportunity to ramble on eh?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on October 05, 2010, 10:34:31 pm
Another first for Didcot, uniting the locally important themes of power generation and crap towns, is reported on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11433162).


The government described the new power scheme as 'historic and full of pootential'...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 06, 2010, 07:44:55 am
Pistoric, surely?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 06, 2010, 08:12:58 am
Fart hinking too.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on October 06, 2010, 08:34:03 am
Wind power. It's bean done before.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on November 01, 2010, 06:17:33 pm
Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.

We didn't go into the town, though. We walked the other way out of the station, to look at the trains. Ah, the smells of engine oil & tar!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 01, 2010, 06:28:36 pm
Ah, the smells of engine oil & tar!
... which of course some of our (near) neighbours whine about incessantly  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 01, 2010, 08:18:05 pm
Can you believe this is a six page thread?  mattc, you should send it to the Didcot Herald as affirmation of Didcot's heritage and standing as one of England's greatest towns.

Didcot...as seen on TV.

Crimewatch leads to Didcot woman's arrest (From Herald Series) (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/8483397.Crimewatch_leads_to_Didcot_woman_s_arrest/?ref=mr)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 01, 2010, 09:47:14 pm
Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.

This almost never happens...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TheLurker on November 02, 2010, 09:15:19 am
Quote from: Fab Foodie
Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
This almost never happens...

Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
Ditto
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Manotea on November 02, 2010, 09:22:48 am
Famous songs about Didcot (not)

Take the last train to Didcot
Rainy night in Didcot
24 hrs from Didcot
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 02, 2010, 09:26:38 am
Didcot on my mind
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 02, 2010, 09:28:08 am
24 hrs from Didcot
This would be a good name for an Audax.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 02, 2010, 09:57:04 am
The Didcot Dart
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on November 02, 2010, 01:21:39 pm
Quote from: Fab Foodie
Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
This almost never happens...

Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
Ditto
If you take care to go directly from the station to the Railway Centre, you're not really in Didcot. It's a separate universe, physically adjacent to the town but separate from it in every other way.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TheLurker on November 02, 2010, 01:25:22 pm
Quote from: Fab Foodie
Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
This almost never happens...

Mrs B & I went to Didcot yesterday, & had a very nice time. She wants to go back on a day when it isn't raining.
Ditto
If you take care to go directly from the station to the Railway Centre, you're not really in Didcot. It's a separate universe, physically adjacent to the town but separate from it in every other way.
Can't help thinking that there's the germ of an idea for a Dr. Who story in that idea...  The Doctor versus the Chavs.... hmmmm....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2010, 12:09:31 pm
It is nice here.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/didcot.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 03, 2010, 02:25:54 pm
Looks like you were London-bound; 1209 - that's quite a leisurely start to the day. ;) 
[Delayed 1153, I presume. ]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 03, 2010, 02:26:55 pm
Did a Monty Python & The Holy Grail stylee God pop out out of the rectangular hole in the sky?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on November 03, 2010, 02:30:47 pm
It is nice here.


<Panto Mode>
Oh No It Isn't!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2010, 08:02:59 pm
Looks like you were London-bound; 1209 - that's quite a leisurely start to the day. ;) 
[Delayed 1153, I presume. ]

I'm an owl.  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2010, 08:45:24 pm
You can have the full set now:

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/didcot2.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 04, 2010, 02:56:50 pm
If you take care to go directly from the station to the Railway Centre, you're not really in Didcot. It's a separate universe, physically adjacent to the town but separate from it in every other way.
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/8493243.Sherlock_movie_stars_steam_into_Didcot/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on November 04, 2010, 06:32:04 pm
Yeah, a couple of old geezers in oil-stained overalls & flat caps told us that's what the huge green screen & 17 container-loads of stuff (a couple of which were labelled 'Big Bertha') were for. There were a couple of very bored film company security guards keeping an eye on it all.

One presumes the railway society is getting loadsa dosh.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 24, 2010, 07:07:57 pm
Do they decorate the cooling towers for Christmas? 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 24, 2010, 07:12:04 pm
Do they decorate the cooling towers for Christmas? 
You mean the ones in Sutton Courtenay?!?

Not really, but they put the red aircraft warning lights into disco mode.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 24, 2010, 07:13:44 pm
You've reminded me - something far more evil was recently installed on the road past the power station. Now that everyone's gone home, this seems like a good time to sneak out bad news:

Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Sutton+Courtenay,+Abingdon&sll=51.518077,-0.155491&sspn=0.006516,0.013797&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Sutton+Courtenay,+Abingdon,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.61897,-1.276148&spn=0.013003,0.027595&t=h&z=15&layer=c&cbll=51.61897,-1.276148&panoid=Rp7LXoVjwk4oC5PUOostRQ&cbp=12,323.96,,0,5)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 24, 2010, 07:30:16 pm
Ah, I wrote about that a while ago...

Given my recumbent-based allergy to changing trains for a 12 mile journey, I rode down to Didcot from Oxford.  The cooling towers were intermittently visible in the distance from about half way.  As I approached Didcot, a serious-looking razor wire fence with night vision security cameras at very regular intervals appeared on my left.  "Ah," I thought "Didcot power station.  Coal-fired so they probably need the security to keep the protesting hippies out."

Then I saw the sign and realised that the building on the other side of the fence was in fact the distribution centre for the Daily Mail.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 24, 2010, 07:38:34 pm
Ah, I wrote about that a while ago...

Given my recumbent-based allergy to changing trains for a 12 mile journey, I rode down to Didcot from Oxford.  The cooling towers were intermittently visible in the distance from about half way.  As I approached Didcot, a serious-looking razor wire fence with night vision security cameras at very regular intervals appeared on my left.  "Ah," I thought "Didcot power station.  Coal-fired so they probably need the security to keep the protesting hippies out."

Then I saw the sign and realised that the building on the other side of the fence was in fact the distribution centre for the [CENSORED]
So you did; but let's be careful - this knowledge should be rationed.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 24, 2010, 08:04:59 pm
I think it should be given to friendly Islamic terrorists everywhere.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 24, 2010, 10:00:27 pm
It's been pointed out that maybe the security measures aren't for keeping people *out*, but for keeping something far more horrible *in*...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 27, 2010, 10:24:31 am
Is there anything more horrible than a Daily Mail journalist?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on December 27, 2010, 08:09:11 pm
Why do we have a Surreal thread and a Didcot thread? Isn't one enough?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on December 27, 2010, 08:16:40 pm
Is there anything more horrible than a Daily Mail journalist?
In Didcot?

Probably....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 31, 2011, 12:17:52 pm
Fans of The Daily Mail and coal-burning now have their own webcam:

Camera (http://www.mepc.com/parklife/miltonpark/TravelAdvice/Camera.aspx)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2011, 03:00:25 pm
Eh? It's just a still pic.
Yes, I was sad enough to click on that link.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 31, 2011, 03:04:04 pm
Eh? It's just a still pic.
Yes, I was sad enough to click on that link.
Ha - outed!

Not a still - it's just on a very slow refresh (let's see if he falls for that ...)

Life is at a slower pace in these parts.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 11, 2011, 12:06:54 pm
Didcot looks nice today, a bit dull and grey, but, well, you know.  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 30, 2011, 08:53:46 pm
Didcot is dark just now.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2011, 09:02:30 pm
Looks best like that.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Simonb on May 10, 2011, 03:21:17 pm
I'm in Didcot now.

Just off the A34.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 10, 2011, 03:23:00 pm
Have you driven past the webcam yet?!?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 10, 2011, 03:34:45 pm
I'll be passing it in about 1.5 hours.

Can't wait  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Simonb on May 10, 2011, 04:22:10 pm
Have you driven past the webcam yet?!?

There's a webcam?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on May 10, 2011, 04:51:19 pm
I was born in Didcot. My dad still lives there in the same house. He played footie for Didcot Town and wore a hair net so his "waves" didn't get ruined when he headed the ball. He also had very very long shorts to hide his extreme bandiness. He scored lots of goals and had a trial for Arsenal. He worked on the railways - then drove a crane loading coal at the power station. I was the first person to wear a kaftan in Didcot. The park off Newlands Avenue is weird on acid, especially when the canning factory oozed strange smells at night. The Wallingford Arms sold warm bottles of Special Brew to us when we were 15. I could go on and on and on forever - but I'm mindful and considerate. The first shop on the south side of the Broadway (opposite the White Hart and the wool shop where my mam bought knitting patterns and left me outside in the pram without the brake on and I ended up at the bottom of the hill - Station Road - opposite the footie ground) was a bike shop - I can still smell it. Oh - I said I'd stop didn't I?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on May 10, 2011, 04:56:18 pm
By the way - it's pronounced Didcut - or was until I escaped in 1972
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Greenbank on May 10, 2011, 04:57:23 pm
Have you driven past the webcam yet?!?

There's a webcam?

It's only available to people who posses the special ability that is reading about 10 posts back to where a link to it was posted.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 10, 2011, 05:16:13 pm
it is now receding into the distance. Next stop Swindon.

To think that with a bit of planning I could have gone to Basingstoke too.

Ah well.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 10, 2011, 05:24:30 pm
The Wallingford Arms sold warm bottles of Special Brew to us when we were 15.
Now that I can easily believe  ;D

Sadly I'm not aware of any trace of a White Hart - but I may have walked straight past it ...

Quote
I could go on and on and on forever - but I'm mindful and considerate.
Hell no - this thread is the natural outlet for your ramblings  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on May 10, 2011, 06:38:11 pm

Sadly I'm not aware of any trace of a White Hart - but I may have walked straight past it ...

Quote
I could go on and on and on forever - but I'm mindful and considerate.
Hell no - this thread is the natural outlet for your ramblings  :thumbsup:

The White Hart is now some sort of young 'uns ex pub with neon signs, called Broadway Heights, or Broadway Shites? In my day, it was never welcoming to us lot in our army surplus long heavy great coats and manky matted hair, so well portrayed by Nigel Planer in the Young Ones - and so like the "ponce" scene in Withnail and I, cos it was a drinking den for power station construction navvies - it's on the corner next to the old Post Office and Boots and across the road from the now Methodist Church Capital Headquarters wot used to be a churchyard where we pretended to be poets drinking cider and smoking spliffs lying on the gravestones, but mainly puking. Before that was the magic of having my first proper bike with derallieur gears and escaping to the surrounding villages - the Hagbournes, the Tirrolds, the Hanneys, the Wittenhams etc with folded fag packets clothes pegged to the the seat stays and flapping in our spokes pretending to be lorry drivers - it must have annoyed the hell out of all the myriad skylarks of olden days?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Simonb on May 10, 2011, 08:15:59 pm
It's only available to people who posses the special ability that is reading about 10 posts back to where a link to it was posted.

A blessing indeed.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on May 11, 2011, 10:40:52 pm
After my endless trainspotting days on Didcot station

I did see a non stopping express steam train go oddly through platform 3 on the up slow line, heading east to Paddington - it contained the Beatles - I saw Ringo's hand waving.

Then when Churchill died our Secondary Modern skool had to go and stand on platform 5 (normally just goods shunters and mail wagons) to watch a train masquerading as a silly hearse - jeez it was painfully slo mo - wanted to be playing cricket or riding/fettling me bike - stupid old fat c**t dead on a train!!!???

We used to race Job's Dairy's milk floats on our bikes - we always won and pissed the milkmen off no end

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on May 22, 2011, 02:15:12 pm
I went through Didcot on Friday.  It seemed the best thing to do.   ;D

In fact, I realised that it's probably been 20 years since I was last in Didcot, and the place doesn't seem to have changed too much.  Not as many closed up shops this time.  Also, it smelt a bit better, although this was probably due to the whiff of dope greeting your nostrils as we cycled under the railway bridge and past the group of youths hanging around in the park.

Also, on the train back home, when we stopped at Didcot, there was a steam engine puffing away on the other side.  So it's not all bad.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 22, 2011, 06:39:44 pm
On my old OS map it's "Dudcot".  Sounds like something a baby might fall through the bottom of.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 23, 2011, 08:39:06 pm
The sun is going down on Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 03, 2011, 06:09:35 pm
Riding through Didcot today, I observed three interesting phenomena:

1. An old black BMW whose exhaust appeared to consist entirely of patchouli fumes.

2. On the "estate" side of the railway line, numerous large yellow signs which I thought might be notice of an impending closure or event but, no, they were warning that you'd get an ASBO if you drank booze in the vicinity.

3. Cow Lane Tunnel has more glass in it than the cabin boy of The Good Ship Venus.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on July 03, 2011, 09:05:12 pm
My daughter phoned me this morning from Didcot.

"I'm looking ata bird n I wondered if you knew what it was."

"Where are you?"

"Didcot".

"It's a red kite".

She then went on to confirm my identification by describing its forked tail, hooked wings and ability to fly frustratingly slowly.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 03, 2011, 09:13:17 pm
I saw one hovering (OK, soaring) over Didcot station the last time I was on a London-Swindon train.  They're as common as pigeons in some places.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: robbo6 on July 03, 2011, 09:15:53 pm
After my endless trainspotting days on Didcot station

I did see a non stopping express steam train go oddly through platform 3 on the up slow line, heading east to Paddington - it contained the Beatles - I saw Ringo's hand waving.



Just a thought, the start of the film "A Hard Day's Night" was filmed on the lines into and out of Paddington, as well as on the station itself, any connection?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 03, 2011, 09:23:33 pm
My daughter phoned me this morning from Didcot.

"I'm looking ata bird n I wondered if you knew what it was."

"Where are you?"

"Didcot".

"It's a red kite"..
Pretty safe bet.

I sometimes wonder what would happen if I fell asleep in my back garden. Would I be woken by an exploratory peck, checking if I was dead? I often hear whistling overhead, & look up to see broad wings spread to catch the breeze.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on July 04, 2011, 09:59:37 am
Unlikely.  We've watched the kites at Watlington on several occasions.  Even when some bait was put down in the middle of the large rally field by a photographer wanting a shot (all tents around the edge and no one crossing the middle) the kites circled for a long time, and about two dozen had gathered.  After a while, they started circling lower, and this went on for a while, too.  When the first one dived, it missed, but that had precipitated dives by many of the birds, and the second or third got most of the prize.

It took over 15 minutes from bait laid to a bird getting it.  And Watlington is said to be where the kites are most tame.  I am extremely sceptical about reports of meat being snatched from barbecues. 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TheLurker on July 04, 2011, 10:04:57 am
Didcot was where I saw my first Kite sometime in 2001/2002.  Wheeling over the office.

OT. Kites have finally made it to the bottom right hand corner of Glos. in the last twelvemonth.  Saw the 1st one out by Eastleach in early Sept last year.  Three or four on the road down from the Rissingtons to Eastleach back in May and one yesterday (scavenging roadkill) on the road between Quenington and Sunhill.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on July 04, 2011, 12:57:09 pm
My GPS tells me that I was in Didcot at 0056 this morning.  Doing 81mph.  I was asleep, so I didn't see any Red Kites.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 04, 2011, 01:10:54 pm
Did you have your meat snatched?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 04, 2011, 05:28:01 pm
It took over 15 minutes from bait laid to a bird getting it.  And Watlington is said to be where the kites are most tame.  I am extremely sceptical about reports of meat being snatched from barbecues. 
I've seen them do it.  Mattc, iddu and PaulR will testify to the fact that they are pretty bold now - they have expanded 130% in the last year.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2011, 08:12:04 pm
I've had my hand scratched by a kite's talons as it was diving and seen them snatch food - not always meat, sometimes potatoes or breads - from other people's hands and plates. But that was by black (pariah) kites in India, which may well be tamer/bolder.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on July 04, 2011, 09:38:57 pm
After my endless trainspotting days on Didcot station

I did see a non stopping express steam train go oddly through platform 3 on the up slow line, heading east to Paddington - it contained the Beatles - I saw Ringo's hand waving.



Just a thought, the start of the film "A Hard Day's Night" was filmed on the lines into and out of Paddington, as well as on the station itself, any connection?

Dunno but the whole skool had to go and watch Winston Churchill's dead body in a train pass slowly on the Oxford loop behind the engine sheds
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on July 06, 2011, 10:49:38 pm
On my old OS map it's "Dudcot".  Sounds like something a baby might fall through the bottom of.

We wus taught at skool it was originally Dudcote

Lots of us wore RAF greatcoats that were so heavy for our feeble bodies and tangles of long hair, they dragged on the floor and made walking to the Wallingford Arms a very slow process - then we'd get called ponces even though we ordered warm bottles of Special Brew
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 07, 2011, 06:25:15 pm
I've had my hand scratched by a kite's talons as it was diving and seen them snatch food - not always meat, sometimes potatoes or breads - from other people's hands and plates. But that was by black (pariah) kites in India, which may well be tamer/bolder.
The word "shitehawk", these days more often applied to seagulls and Nick Clegg, was originally from "kitehawk", a Victorian name for the red kite.  They were just as bad as the Indian ones back in the olden days.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 07, 2011, 06:56:50 pm
That's interesting - I assumed it was just a reference to them shitting all over lampposts and statues (or their voters and party).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2011, 07:00:42 pm
On my old OS map it's "Dudcot".  Sounds like something a baby might fall through the bottom of.

We wus taught at skool it was originally Dudcote

Lots of us wore RAF greatcoats that were so heavy for our feeble bodies and tangles of long hair, they dragged on the floor and made walking to the Wallingford Arms a very slow process - then we'd get called ponces even though we ordered warm bottles of Special Brew

We have a 1756 map on our bathroom wall, and it is shown as Dutcott

 ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jules on July 11, 2011, 10:41:13 am
Just found this thread and clicked the camera link.

Looks like the pollution has got to it.


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Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 18, 2011, 10:14:41 am
My train back to Brizzle yesterday stopped at Didcot and quite a lot of people got in and out. Or on and off, as you prefer. I didn't realise that many people lived there! The combination of the 70s-modern Parkway station name and ye olde retroe steame centree is very... up to date.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 18, 2011, 08:39:38 pm
I'll be there a week on Friday.  People on Didcot station platform always check their watches more often than usual...they can't wait the the nice train to come and take them away from all this.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frere on July 20, 2011, 03:08:53 pm
On the London train. Just stopped at Didcot Parkway station. Don't know if it is me but the grey clouds seemed greyer over the town & chimneys & the Mail print = Mordor Central?

Frere
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 20, 2011, 03:12:50 pm
Nahh, Mordor Central is Birmingham New Street, for reasons that are obvious to anyone who has had the misfortune of spending any time there.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on July 20, 2011, 03:13:00 pm
My train back to Brizzle yesterday stopped at Didcot and quite a lot of people got in and out. Or on and off, as you prefer. I didn't realise that many people lived there! The combination of the 70s-modern Parkway station name and ye olde retroe steame centree is very... up to date.

Fewer trains from Bristol now stop at Didcot. This is to stop the manoeuvre known as the Didcot doge (splitting the ticket in Didcot to get a cheaper fare).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 20, 2011, 03:18:17 pm
Train tickets to Oxford (from London) are half the price of those to Didcot. Draw your own conclusion ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on July 20, 2011, 04:08:48 pm
Train tickets to Oxford (from London) are half the price of those to Didcot. Draw your own conclusion ...

My first conclusion is that every time I go to the big smoke I get mugged by first late western!

My second conclusion is that I now need to buy a ticket to Oxford and another one from Didcot to Bristol to come back from London  ::-)

My third conclusion is that whoever is in charge of pricing train tickets in the UK has a severely twisted mind.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on July 20, 2011, 04:17:54 pm
Train tickets to Oxford (from London) are half the price of those to Didcot. Draw your own conclusion ...

I've just checked on the trainline - they're both the same at £21.40 for an off peak single, or £26.00 for an anytime single.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 20, 2011, 04:20:14 pm
Not always ...

(but if you can explain why the 14 miles to Oxford is free, you can have a prize anyway!)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on July 20, 2011, 04:24:33 pm
Aha - trying for tickets for this weekend, shows a new option of an advance single to Oxford (but not Didcot) for just £4, for a particular train.

Clearly Didcot isn't worth the hassle of trying to invite visitors with the lure of a cheap ticket.   :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 20, 2011, 04:29:00 pm
It is similar to the pricing on the Cheltenham line, where getting out of Swindon is nearly free.

Can you see a pattern here? ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frere on July 20, 2011, 09:48:26 pm
Just stopped @ Didcot on the return train back to Bristol. Gosh, was real glad when the train got moving again. What is it about Didcot that makes it a singularly unappealing place?

Frere
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: gerwinium on July 20, 2011, 09:52:40 pm
Lots of concrete, power station, whipping wind that goes straight through the station, and one of the highest charity shop densities in the UK - I lived there for a year :).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on July 20, 2011, 10:05:22 pm
I went for brekkie in the Sainsbury's there this morning.  As I arrived, lotzanlotza alarms were going off, all the Sainsbury's staff were clustered under an "Assembly Point" sign, and all the other nearby shops were being evacuated too.

So I carried on biking onto a different high street, and found a lovely little cafe, "Carera's"  (as far as I can remember - but I do recall the upside-down apostrophe) which served me a very tasty breakfast: black pudding, fried tomato, hash brown, two bacon, egg, beans, sossidge and toast.  And a lovely cup of coffee.

I will be patronising them again, and shall not bother darkening Sainsbury's door again.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on July 20, 2011, 10:13:21 pm
Didcot is now deemed so dangerous to cycle round that the Didcot Phoenix cycle club has had to move it's training nights to nearby Abingdon Barracks ... for protection I can only assume.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 20, 2011, 10:34:25 pm
11 glorious pages!

Let it never be said that Didcot is dull.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 20, 2011, 11:29:14 pm
Train tickets to Oxford (from London) are half the price of those to Didcot. Draw your own conclusion ...
I've not checked lately, but if travelling from Reading to Bristol or Swansea, it used to be significantly cheaper to buy a ticket from Paddington - which they wouldn't sell in Reading. Then they put in barriers at Reading, & you had to find some cheap dodge to get on the platform. Luckily the ticket allowed you to break your journey on the way back, so you had a valid excuse for getting off at Reading.

Indeed, those who decide rail ticket prices in this country have minds which are choodessny and zammechat, but in a bezoomy, grazhny & merzky way, not at all horrorshow.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 21, 2011, 09:39:33 am
Just stopped @ Didcot on the return train back to Bristol. Gosh, was real glad when the train got moving again. What is it about Didcot that makes it a singularly unappealing place?

Frere
Gotta be the people that live there.

A bit like the cunts in Bristol.

Do come again :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 21, 2011, 10:20:35 am
Train tickets to Oxford (from London) are half the price of those to Didcot. Draw your own conclusion ...
I've not checked lately, but if travelling from Reading to Bristol or Swansea, it used to be significantly cheaper to buy a ticket from Paddington - which they wouldn't sell in Reading. Then they put in barriers at Reading, & you had to find some cheap dodge to get on the platform. Luckily the ticket allowed you to break your journey on the way back, so you had a valid excuse for getting off at Reading.

Indeed, those who decide rail ticket prices in this country have minds which are choodessny and zammechat, but in a bezoomy, grazhny & merzky way, not at all horrorshow.
;D oh chin!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on July 21, 2011, 10:06:53 pm
I lived  in Didcot for a while, sharing a house with Francis Bacon's second-favourite rent-boy's boyfriend's brother.
We once visited a pub called The Sprat. It compared badly with The Slaughtered Lamb.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on July 21, 2011, 10:43:14 pm
I lived  in Didcot for a while, sharing a house with Francis Bacon's second-favourite rent-boy's boyfriend's brother.
It's not actually posted in the Tenuous Claims To Fame thread, but I think we have a winner.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: gerwinium on August 16, 2011, 07:15:21 am
I went through Didcot by train on the way to Bristol for Exodus on Saturday. Lovely to see the cooling towers of the Daily Mail going at full blast. Just as a treat on the way back from Exmouth, my train got diverted so instead of going through Newbury, it went through Swindon and Didcot again, so double the fun!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on August 16, 2011, 09:12:31 am

We once visited a pub called The Sprat.

 WHY IT WAS CALLED THE SPRAT (http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/8791513.Warning_over_future_of_backstreet_pub)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on August 16, 2011, 09:40:22 am
It looks like the Sprat hasn't  changed much... I'm going to start a Pub Hall of Shame  thread.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 01, 2011, 08:54:07 am
It is sunny in Didcot and there are train spotters here.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 01, 2011, 10:40:02 am
My train went through Didcot at about 100mph.  Which was nice.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on October 01, 2011, 11:54:10 am
My train went through Didcot at about 100mph.  Which was nice.

Oooh! You may have been on the same train as my David, who was en route to Cheltenham. (09.00 x PAD, Arr Swindon 09.54)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 01, 2011, 08:15:32 pm
My train went through Didcot at about 100mph.  Which was nice.

Oooh! You may have been on the same train as my David, who was en route to Cheltenham. (09.00 x PAD, Arr Swindon 09.54)
Nope, this was a Welsh train leaving at 0745, sorry!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 01, 2011, 08:16:23 pm
There may be 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire, but but Didcot's are more dangerous.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-15136278
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on October 01, 2011, 10:31:37 pm
My train went through Didcot at about 100mph.  Which was nice.

Oooh! You may have been on the same train as my David, who was en route to Cheltenham. (09.00 x PAD, Arr Swindon 09.54)
Nope, this was a Welsh train leaving at 0745, sorry!

I'd worked out you must have been on an earlier train when I saw the timestamp of your post-FNRTTS post...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 01, 2011, 11:11:05 pm
This is a very edumacational thread.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 10, 2011, 10:01:59 am
Today it is dull in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 10, 2011, 10:02:56 am
Is that news?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on October 10, 2011, 12:19:37 pm
Today it is dull in Didcot.

Not if you go and practice some hand brake turns in Manor Crescent at playtimes  :demon:

Or go and have a cup of tea with my dad and his chums up at the Bowls Club, reminiscing on their regular Monday mornings after clearing the green of lager cans.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 10, 2011, 08:55:53 pm
Dark now.

Significantly improved by looking at photos of embalmed dogfish steaks.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 10, 2011, 08:59:07 pm
So...you were shaved by a fat man in Didcot?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 10, 2011, 10:48:14 pm
Improving Didcot

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/dogfish_steaks.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on October 11, 2011, 01:28:05 am
For extra wildlife, we could always start a FNRttS from Didcot ....











or maybe not ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dinamo on October 11, 2011, 06:22:38 am
For extra wildlife, we could always start a FNRttS from Didcot ....

or maybe not ....

I changed trains there before the last FNRttS there were certainly some interesting characters about !
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on October 11, 2011, 10:26:07 am
I often travelled to Didcot by train. From Newport.
This is a cue for everyone else to indulge in schadenfreude,
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on October 11, 2011, 02:09:52 pm
I often travelled to Didcot by train. From Newport.
This is a cue for everyone else to indulge in schadenfreude,

But Newport is more famous

http://youtu.be/09bZ6YfXRJQ (http://youtu.be/09bZ6YfXRJQ)

and apologies to all who have seen this a zillion times - but it has to be the best ever Welsh song?

Didcot DESERVES better?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on October 11, 2011, 02:43:55 pm
Jesus (minus beard for obvious reasons) is alive and well, working as a security "officer" and breeding owls in Didcot

TRUE (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/9289453.Bird_lover_has_30_owls)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 13, 2011, 07:37:59 pm
The moon is hanging low over Didcot, somewhat dimmer than usual, as if it is trying desperately to escape across the Oxfordshire plain.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 13, 2011, 08:34:58 pm
And Didcot is the sort of place where you do get mooned.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 20, 2011, 07:45:58 am
There is a misty frost all round Didcot and the shivering sheep are welcoming the nuclear sunrise that has just appeared above it.
Title: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2011, 09:37:14 am
Perhaps it (the moon, that is) is just trying not to be noticed.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 20, 2011, 12:07:46 pm
There is a misty frost all round Didcot and the shivering sheep are welcoming the nuclear sunrise that has just appeared above it.
The nuclear sunrise (which can usually be seen from England - not just Didcot - and some of Wales) operates outwith government policy, and has been implicated in the Global Warming scandal.

I predict it will outlive YACF, but with some variations in output.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2011, 02:02:46 pm
Didcot is dark and brooding; plotting its siren call for the riders on the Upper Thames on Saturday.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 03, 2011, 03:57:17 pm
Yesterday, i had a business lunch in the pub in front of the railway station.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Chris S on November 03, 2011, 06:32:44 pm
Anyone know if the fireworks display at Culham Park is any cop?

Also - can you get in by any means other than a car? All the prices I've seen for it are per-car  :-\.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 03, 2011, 06:42:57 pm
Anyone know if the fireworks display at Culham Park is any cop?

Also - can you get in by any means other than a car? All the prices I've seen for it are per-car  :-\.
They're pretty cycle-friendly there. I happen to know about the parallel event at Harwell/RAL - we worked out that if you don't drive it's free :thumbsup:

EDIT: I've jsut seen the blurb for the Culham event. It looks bloody huge! Not like the Harwell event at all. [Culham is much nearer large popn centres]. Still, I'd expect a car to be optional. YMMV
Title: Re: Didcot (14 glorious pages)
Post by: rogerzilla on November 03, 2011, 07:36:41 pm
Yesterday, i had a business lunch in the pub in front of the railway station.
I thought that place was just for fighting in.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 03, 2011, 07:53:18 pm
Yesterday, i had a business lunch in the pub in front of the railway station.
I thought that place was just for fighting in.
It's had a swanky makeover recently - live train times display n everyfink.

Now its the place you go for dodgy "business" meetings if you don't want anyone to know.

(If you want a fight I can do some research ... )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2011, 08:10:23 pm

(If you want a fight I can do some research ... )

Come on Matt, by the time you'd learnt how to he'd be long gone!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2011, 08:43:27 pm
There is a man shadow boxing in the waiting room between the platforms at Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Butterfly on November 03, 2011, 08:47:00 pm
Is it Matt, practising?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 03, 2011, 08:51:18 pm
There is a man shadow boxing in the waiting room between the platforms at Didcot.
Is this a euphemism for wa**ing?









(I may have meant "waiting", you filthy-minded perverts)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 03, 2011, 09:06:26 pm
Is it Matt, practising?

It did look a bit like him  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 09, 2011, 12:02:54 pm
Didcot is dull
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 09, 2011, 12:42:40 pm
Is it Matt, practising?
;D

Do they still call you Floatslikea ?

( Didcot now less dull - I think Jaded is long gone. )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 09, 2011, 12:56:38 pm
Didcot is dull

But not as foul smelling as when Samor had a food canning factory next to the park - trying to inhale Players No.6 at half time around the back of the pavillion in a thick fug of tinned prune juices was not pleasant - nor was it very enticing later on in the evening - "ere deliquium, I ain't snoggin' here, it stinks, can't we to go to your coal shed or somfink?"
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 09, 2011, 04:34:09 pm
Didcot is dusky. Also someone with an iPad got off the train.

Surely a mistake.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 09, 2011, 04:35:45 pm
They might live in Blewbury?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 09, 2011, 04:45:11 pm
(http://yacf.co.uk/forum/Smileys/classic/facepalm.gif) Doh! Should have thought of that.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 09, 2011, 05:16:38 pm
Or they might have been going to sell their swag in the pub across the road? What clues where there in this person's appearance/strereotypical profile? I took my iBook to Didcot once to my dad's, to show him his house on Google Earth, but forgot that he doesn't have the internet - and even foolishly walking down the road with it, I couldn't pick up on anyone's connection - they all seemed to be happy kicking and shouting at their pitbulls whilst trying to remove weeds from the compleletely suspension dropped rusting heaps of Astras in the front gardens, and drinking/belching at the same time. Maybe the plague of screaching red kites will eventually start eating dogs and "humans"? Who knows what goes on down Kynaston Road  ::-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 09, 2011, 05:25:21 pm
Didcot Town FC won the first ever Hellenic League title in 1954. Here's a pic. My dad was the shortest ever centreforward in the history of the game.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6329550126_51d11fb509_o.jpg)

I really like the way the photographer set up the shot so precisely - with the goalposts and penalty spot, foremost in his mind  ???

I think that's Sainsbury's car park now?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on November 09, 2011, 05:28:08 pm
Didcot is dusky. Also someone with an iPad got off the train.

Surely a mistake.
Changing trains, perhaps.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 09, 2011, 05:32:52 pm
...
he doesn't have the internet - and even foolishly walking down the road with it, I couldn't pick up on anyone's connection - they all seemed to be happy kicking and shouting at their pitbulls whilst trying to remove weeds from the compleletely suspension dropped rusting heaps of Astras in the front gardens, and drinking/belching at the same time. Maybe the plague of screaching red kites will eventually start eating dogs and "humans"? Who knows what goes on down Kynaston Road  ::-)
Pah! I have to fight my neighbours for a connection after 5pm, there's so many routers around me. Perhaps I should get a pitbull ...

I spotted some interesting graffiti in Kynaston Road recently. Written 2ft high on a garden wall - so passers-by could clearly read it, but the neighbour would have to walk round (if you see what I mean):


- Dog Killer Lives Here -



!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 09, 2011, 05:45:29 pm


I spotted some interesting graffiti in Kynaston Road recently. Written 2ft high on a garden wall - so passers-by could clearly read it, but the neighbour would have to walk round (if you see what I mean):


- Dog Killer Lives Here -



!


You'd have to be walking down Kynaston Road! What with driving over the speed bumps and up on the verges to avoid the vans! Is Kynaston Road the most van populated road in Britain? I used to walk and cycle that on my way to skool everyday - when I didn't go via Glebe and Abbott Road.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 09, 2011, 05:49:59 pm
Our estate doesn't allow trade vans (via the title deeds of the houses), so I guess that forces many of them over Kynaston way!

4 doors down there is a prominent trade van - owned by the LBS  ::-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on November 09, 2011, 06:27:33 pm
[
I spotted some interesting graffiti in Kynaston Road recently. Written 2ft high on a garden wall - so passers-by could clearly read it, but the neighbour would have to walk round (if you see what I mean):


- Dog Killer Lives Here -



!

Is that by any chance Dog Killer Kirby?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 09, 2011, 06:32:48 pm
Didcot is dusky. Also someone with an iPad got off the train.

Surely a mistake.

They just had to sell the posh house to pay for the ipad.  :P
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: pumpkin on November 10, 2011, 10:58:50 am
Apparently the parking spaces at the station aren't big enough for 4x4 cars resulting in fines for motorists who 'overlap' into the neighbouring space
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 10, 2011, 03:59:57 pm
Apparently the parking spaces at the station aren't big enough for 4x4 cars resulting in fines for motorists who 'overlap' into the neighbouring space
Quite right too  :demon:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 13, 2011, 12:05:04 pm
Yikes.  StB alone has 10% of annual Oxon suspensions

Quote
At Didcot’s all-boys St Birinus School, which last year had 1,229 pupils, there were 348 suspensions – about one for every four pupils. That made it the highest ratio of suspensions to pupils in the county.
...
In the last academic year, there were 3,471 county suspensions compared to 3,183 in 2009/10.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 13, 2011, 02:30:13 pm
I was suspended from being a prefect at St Birinus in 1970 :o  It was of course in Berkshire then ::-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 13, 2011, 08:06:44 pm
Didcot is dusky. Also someone with an iPad got off the train.

Surely a mistake.

Sure it wasn't an 'Etch-a-Sketch'?   Hard to tell in the dullness of a Didcot evening ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 14, 2011, 06:09:23 pm
Didcot is dusky. Also someone with an iPad got off the train.

Surely a mistake.

Sure it wasn't an 'Etch-a-Sketch'?   Hard to tell in the dullness of a Didcot evening ....
And equally hard to use for a Didcotian.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 14, 2011, 07:37:09 pm
We Didcotonians are well 'ard. OK!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on November 16, 2011, 09:06:38 am
The correct word for people from Didcot is Wibaldestonians. Pronounced, naturally, "Wobbagens".
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 16, 2011, 05:38:56 pm
I am about to go through Didcot for the second time of the day.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2011, 03:42:55 pm
Just thought Didcot would like to know that Abingdon may soon be going up in the world...

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsabingdonnews/9376401.Bid_to_change_Abingdon___s_name/

 ;)

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 23, 2011, 03:54:06 pm
Fuck Abingdon and its crap bridge, kebab shops and Tory town council thinking on Thames is a "brand"

Didcot has more earthly cred?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2011, 04:09:09 pm
Whaddya mean?  It's one of the best Bridges over the Thames, and... you dissing Sami's kebabs?  But as for Tory councillors - I didn't vote for them...  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on November 23, 2011, 04:11:30 pm
Badcock! Down, boy!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 23, 2011, 04:20:02 pm
Whaddya mean?  It's one of the best Bridges over the Thames, and... you dissing Sami's kebabs?  But as for Tories councillor's - I didn't vote for them...  ;)

What scale do you use for rating bridges?

Is there a score for the detritus that can be seen from such wonderful structures?  :'(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 23, 2011, 04:20:45 pm
This is turning into an Abingdon thread  :hand:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2011, 04:26:16 pm
Apparently trains were delayed around Didcot yesterday...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 23, 2011, 04:27:03 pm
Just thought Didcot would like to know that Abingdon may soon be going up in the world...

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsabingdonnews/9376401.Bid_to_change_Abingdon___s_name/

 ;)

Some nice perceptive comments on there:

It's their town they can call it what they like! King Joke

cubist says...
3:07pm Tue 22 Nov 11
abbadabadingdong?


:)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2011, 04:38:41 pm
Yes, but getting back to Didcot; srsly the trains were delayed...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 23, 2011, 04:40:13 pm
 . . . . . gratification?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2011, 04:43:47 pm
Nah, points apparently...

 ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 23, 2011, 06:10:30 pm
I am stuck in Didcot parkway due to "signal problems in the Slough area"
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 23, 2011, 06:15:54 pm
I may manage to escape the didcot blackhole as the signal problems have been downgraded to temporary problems.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: border-rider on November 23, 2011, 06:24:24 pm
I may manage to escape the didcot blackhole as the signal problems have been downgraded to temporary problems.

But as you approach its Schwarzchild horizon you'll experience relativistic time dilation, so those temporary problems will last all eternity.  You're trapped. For ever.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 23, 2011, 06:48:04 pm
I may manage to escape the didcot blackhole as the signal problems have been downgraded to temporary problems.
If you hear a clawing noise under the floor, it's the chuds and Morlocks breaking in.  Don't worry; they're not keen on foreign food.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on November 23, 2011, 08:17:38 pm
I may manage to escape the didcot blackhole as the signal problems have been downgraded to temporary problems.

But as you approach its Schwarzchild horizon you'll experience relativistic time dilation, so those temporary problems will last all eternity.  You're trapped. For ever.

The guy with the pencil was wrong, I manage to escape the blackhole, I am now sitting in Bristol. thanks to a fold in time space. Shall I share it with Didcot inhabitants of this parish?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: border-rider on November 23, 2011, 11:25:18 pm
No

Didcot is the best place for them
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 24, 2011, 06:55:41 pm
On radio4 now:
Airstrike on Abingdon retail park. Harsh but fair.


[Listen Against]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 26, 2011, 09:24:32 am
Didcot was light and airy today, with a smattering of train spotters. By the look in their eyes and their chippy demeanour there's something big going down in Didcot today.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2011, 09:40:00 am
We saw a steam engine at Paddington, headed for Shrewsbury.  A Cathedral Class
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 26, 2011, 04:32:05 pm
By the look in their eyes and their chippy demeanour there's something big going down in Didcot today.

Topless BINGO nite at the New Coronet - fortunately situated opposite the fire and ambulance station
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 26, 2011, 08:29:03 pm
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/didcot_sings.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: gerwinium on November 26, 2011, 08:32:49 pm
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/didcot_sings.jpg)

That's a classic. :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 26, 2011, 08:34:48 pm
Didcot is a STATE of mind
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: robbo6 on November 26, 2011, 08:48:45 pm
We saw a steam engine at Paddington, headed for Shrewsbury.  A Cathedral Class

"Tornado" was working the "Cathedrals Express" to Shrewsbury.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQr5Ozwf2xk&feature=player_embedded#!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 27, 2011, 04:30:03 pm
From Wikitravel's page on Didcot.

Quote
North of the Goring Gap and south of Oxford, Oxfordshire opens out into a broad plain, overlooked from the south and east by the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. In the midst of this plain, Didcot stands out because of its huge coal-fired electricity generating plant, which dominates the skyline.

Didcot grew up because it lies at the point where the Great Western Railway's line north to Oxford and Birmingham branches off from the main line from London to Bristol and Cardiff. Since then a large military depot, now replaced by a business park, and the power station, have added to the economy.

If the above makes you think that Didcot sounds like an inappropriate destination for a tourist, you would probably be right.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 27, 2011, 04:35:20 pm

If the above makes you think that Didcot sounds like an inappropriate destination for a tourist, you would probably be right.


A cycle tourist?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: gerwinium on November 27, 2011, 04:39:53 pm
I'm sure any decent power station ride around Oxfordshire should include Didcot :).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 27, 2011, 11:23:23 pm
On radio4 now:
Airstrike on Abingdon retail park. Harsh but fair.


[Listen Against]

Dammit, I needed to go to Argos ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 27, 2011, 11:52:32 pm

[/quote]

Dammit, I needed to go to Argos ....
[/quote]

needed?

That's Abingdon - not Didcot
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 28, 2011, 01:31:48 pm


Dammit, I needed to go to Argos ....
[/quote]

needed?

That's Abingdon - not Didcot
[/quote]

I'm running short of Biros ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 28, 2011, 06:45:29 pm
They've just changed the town boundary signs:

Didcot

The only town to make YACF Post of the Day
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: deliquium on November 28, 2011, 07:10:56 pm
I always felt Didcot knew no boundaries

I never did being "brought up" there

It oozes a lot?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on December 01, 2011, 08:53:47 am
There is a huge cloud of condensate obscuring most of Didcot Power Station this morning.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 01, 2011, 08:58:40 am
A good day to sell a house in west Oxfordshire, then.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on January 06, 2012, 07:05:45 pm
I'm working 8am to 8pm in the Video Arcade Thames Valley Signalling Centre for today and the next 5 days.

Mr Sainsbury's Emporium of Toothy Comestibles will be getting the bulk of my lunch money.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frere on January 18, 2012, 10:32:36 am
Looking at the looming hulk of the cooling towers, the grey skies as if coming out of the said structures. And just now shuddered at the propaganda plant of the Daily Heil.

Frere
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frere on January 18, 2012, 09:46:42 pm
Just stopped in the wastelands of Swindon. At least it wasn't Didcot.

Frere
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 09, 2012, 09:02:39 am
Didcot is largely dull, grey and gloomy today.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on February 09, 2012, 07:23:53 pm
Didcot is largely dull, grey and gloomy today.
Today is largely dull, grey and gloomy.  As usual, there's nothing special about Didcot. ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on February 10, 2012, 08:04:38 pm
Since Jaded's last jaded post:
- I rode on 6 miles of virgin snow
- I saw a kingfisher (yes in Didcot)
- The sun warmed us all up quite a lot, as I helped friends move house*.

It's about half-full glasses, I guess  O:-)

(*if that isn't an open goal in this thread ... )

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on February 11, 2012, 12:17:43 am
Since Jaded's last jaded post:
- I rode on 6 miles of virgin snow
At least there's something Virgin in Didcot  :-\
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 11, 2012, 12:21:27 am
apart from the ridiculous.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on February 11, 2012, 05:44:05 pm
Is Didcot still going?

Oh well.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on February 11, 2012, 05:50:08 pm
Since Jaded's last jaded post:
- I saw a kingfisher (yes in Didcot)
Behind the bar of the Indian Dream doesn't count, Matt.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on February 11, 2012, 07:28:50 pm
It is indeed a jolly decent grub palace! I think they have occasional weird shit like Elvis tribute acts, I've avoided those so far.

But it's not where I saw the kingfisher.

(Cooling plumes looked spectacular from the Clumps this afternoon, with the low sun behind them. A litttle like this piccie (which is taken from somewhere else) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2295643 )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 16, 2012, 08:51:55 am
Dull and grey, again, I'm afraid.

Although the Daily Mail building is nicely lit up and full of diligent worker bees.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 03, 2012, 11:24:55 am
Bright blue skies currently (hard to believe, but I swear it's true).

As a result, the steam trains and their cloud trail are a particularly stunning sight. :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 03, 2012, 04:57:32 pm
Dull and grey, again, I'm afraid.

Although the Daily Mail building is nicely lit up and full of diligent worker bees.
ITYM Einsatzkommandos.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 03, 2012, 05:19:59 pm
Bright blue skies currently (hard to believe, but I swear it's true).

As a result, the steam trains and their cloud trail are a particularly stunning sight. :)

This was about 3 weeks ago, after the snow...  from Wittenham clumps.   One of the better sides of the PS.

(http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/48064/2525840650101458909S600x600Q85.jpg)

(http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/47037/2674572100101458909S600x600Q85.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on March 03, 2012, 05:37:22 pm
Cool - the cloud flumes look like Star Wars AT-AT's. (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=at+at&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=xVZST5rVO6rS0QXTt4zmCw&sqi=2&ved=0CFsQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=512)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on March 03, 2012, 11:22:20 pm
I thought someone had nuked it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 17, 2012, 08:58:34 am
very dull and grey.  You didn't really expect anything else did you?

Even the Wittenham Clumps have gone all gloomy in support.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on March 17, 2012, 09:06:44 am
Was there yesterday for five minutes. Saw someone get arrested.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 17, 2012, 09:34:13 am
very dull and grey.  You didn't really expect anything else did you?

Even the Wittenham Clumps have gone all gloomy in support.
Could you please warn us in future of the next time you're passing through. A week of dry weather, and you buggered it all up this morning.  >:(

Blue skies appearing now. When are you coming back down the line? (Hopefully I'll be on the sofa watching odd-shaped ball games.)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 18, 2012, 08:42:50 am
Very misty this morning. cant even see hte tops of the cooling towers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 18, 2012, 04:05:46 pm
Was there yesterday for five minutes. Saw someone get arrested.
;D

They always put on a good show for outsiders.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Butterfly on March 22, 2012, 06:24:06 am
It looks rather lovely in the dawn light this morning :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 22, 2012, 06:31:59 am
Ssshh! Don't tell mattc!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Butterfly on March 22, 2012, 06:44:35 am
Ssshh! Don't tell mattc!
It's ok, we tiptoed through and we are now enjoying the wonders of Swindon :D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on March 22, 2012, 01:58:53 pm
Before this thread I had never realised that Didcot was the epicentre of the UK.  :P
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: fboab on March 24, 2012, 07:58:52 pm
I've just broken my Didcot virginity. It was quick and dirty but it's done now.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 24, 2012, 09:23:09 pm
It's always dirty.  It's only quick if you're lucky.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on March 24, 2012, 11:32:02 pm
Before this thread I had never realised that Didcot was the epicentre of the UK.  :P
Only for those with the aiming controls of Nuclear weapons ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 25, 2012, 08:43:58 am
I've just broken my Didcot virginity. It was quick and dirty but it's done now.
;D
(Sorry about the non-ideal circumstances. )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 25, 2012, 09:09:29 am
Did this involve mattc's favourite bus shelter and a Truflo hpX?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: fboab on March 25, 2012, 09:25:21 am
Did this involve mattc's favourite bus shelter and a Truflo hpX?
What happens on the ride stays on the ride.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 19, 2012, 09:51:43 am
To the East of Didcot it is bright and sunny.

Over Didcot, well, you can probably guess.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 19, 2012, 10:00:14 am
Local excitement yesterday - Cow Lane tunnel flooded!

(Only a couple of inches to be fair - and pedestrians could get through unsoaked. But it still required a visit from the fluid-sucking lorry with the big hosey thing.)

Blue-ish skies now (mostly).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 19, 2012, 10:58:47 am
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/6946901864_9f6e7397a2_m.jpg)

I never realised. I must say, she has my sympathy.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 19, 2012, 07:49:28 pm
 ;D

I'm sure Charlotte has moved her stuff out onto the front lawn already.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 26, 2012, 12:34:20 am
;D

I'm sure Charlotte has moved her stuff out onto the front lawn already.

You can be so crude Roger.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 26, 2012, 07:38:56 am
You've been reading that shaving thread, haven't you?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Riggers on April 26, 2012, 08:14:22 am
I agree with both of you, hair, hair.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 27, 2012, 04:49:04 pm
I cannot claim clear blue skies today (at least, not for more than 10 consecutive minutes).

Currently clouds to the west (viewed via the front windows) are clearly blowing south, those to the east are headed North.

Clearly Didcot is at the centre of things, as per normal.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 10, 2012, 02:59:45 pm
Sorry guys.

I completely missed it today. Got on at Reading and was still getting coffee from the trolley. So no report I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on May 10, 2012, 03:08:01 pm
I saw Didcot in the distance last night, while cycling up Catsbrain Hill in the twilight. It looked wet.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 25, 2012, 07:35:58 pm
On Wednesday I met someone who had grown up in Didcot. He doesn't live there now. Seems to have escaped relatively unharmed!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 25, 2012, 08:09:23 pm
I saw Didcot in the distance last night, while cycling up Catsbrain Hill in the twilight. It looked wet.
There's really a hill called Catsbrain?  That rivals Whipass Hill (Beaconsfield) for silliness.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Frere on May 25, 2012, 08:12:10 pm
There is another Catbrain Hill, just by Cribbs Causeway :)

Frere
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 25, 2012, 08:43:38 pm
Our village has Callas Hill, invariably misspelt by iddu as "Callous Hill" due to its prodigious gradient just before the crossroads.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on May 25, 2012, 09:09:29 pm
I saw Didcot in the distance last night, while cycling up Catsbrain Hill in the twilight. It looked wet.
There's really a hill called Catsbrain?  That rivals Whipass Hill (Beaconsfield) for silliness.
Woodcote, S. Oxfordshire.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf? (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=462500&y=183500&z=120&sv=catsbrain+hill&st=3&tl=Map+of+Catsbrain+Hill,+Oxfordshire+&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: JonBuoy on May 25, 2012, 11:19:42 pm
I cycle up Catsick Hill (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/554109) on my commute home everyday.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 25, 2012, 11:29:32 pm
Well, they dig cats brains up near Painswick...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 27, 2012, 04:09:52 pm
I saw Didcot in the distance last night, while cycling up Catsbrain Hill in the twilight. It looked wet.
There's really a hill called Catsbrain?  That rivals Whipass Hill (Beaconsfield) for silliness.
Woodcote, S. Oxfordshire.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf? (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=462500&y=183500&z=120&sv=catsbrain+hill&st=3&tl=Map+of+Catsbrain+Hill,+Oxfordshire+&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf)
Are you sure that's the name of the road? It appears to bisect "Catsbrain Hill" and "Mile End Hill", and I don't recall any signs for either when cycling up there. Of course I'm just reading the map - your local knowledge will trump that.

(Nevertheless, it's a great name. And well done for looking behind you on a climb like that ;) )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on May 27, 2012, 11:19:36 pm
I didn't say it was the name of the road (& I don't think it is), but I've often heard the hill that the road runs down (or) up called by that name, for example when it's been used for freewheeling competitions.

As for looking behind - well, I've been down it often enough to know it's worth looking over my shoulder on the way up. Fine views.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 29, 2012, 07:22:01 am
Didcot is gloriously sunny. Which is odd.

I discovered that iPhone predictive text changes didcot to discard. Someone in Cupertino reads this thread.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Regulator on May 29, 2012, 07:25:14 am
We spent a glorious Saturday morning in Didcot, at the Railway Museum.

It wasn't my choice - Julian was the anorak - but thr weather was glorious, and when Jack and I had enough we were able to sit and have a lovely cuppa (bowl of water in his case) whilst the others carried on 'oohing' and 'aahing' over lumps of metal.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 29, 2012, 06:39:35 pm
Didcot is gloriously sunny.

That's amazing, I mean how many times would you expect Didcot to be sunny twice in one day?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 30, 2012, 09:08:22 am
I didn't say it was the name of the road (& I don't think it is), but I've often heard the hill that the road runs down (or) up called by that name, for example when it's been used for freewheeling competitions.
Sorry, I didn't phrase that very well!
Quote
As for looking behind - well, I've been down it often enough to know it's worth looking over my shoulder on the way up. Fine views.
Clearly a man of taste! http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/503368
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 18, 2012, 03:58:45 pm
Dull, grey and wet today. So wet that the platorms have dribbling rivulets across the concrete, running hurridley to the beconing drain gullies.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 18, 2012, 06:33:22 pm
Even rainwater doesn't want to be seen hanging around in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 19, 2012, 07:52:29 pm
Didcot has banners up saying it is now 2012.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 19, 2012, 07:58:33 pm
You must have missed the drinking and "Auld Lang Syne" last night.
Title: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on July 19, 2012, 08:28:59 pm
Didcot has banners up saying it is now 2012.
Once a day, it is.
Quote from: The Goon Show
I got the time written on this piece of paper...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on July 19, 2012, 10:18:09 pm
I may be popping my Didcot town centre* cherry this weekend, if my legs will carry me that far from Swindon without failing. I hope the Didcotonians of this parish will ensure clement weather.

* Sadly not my overall Didcot virginity, which was taken last year with a mooch around the power station. Which was more interesting than I'd expected.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on July 19, 2012, 10:52:22 pm
I may be popping my Didcot town centre* cherry this weekend, if my legs will carry me that far from Swindon without failing. I hope the Didcotonians of this parish will ensure clement weather.

* Sadly not my overall Didcot virginity, which was taken last year with a mooch around the power station. Which was more interesting than I'd expected.
Unlike the rest of the town (except the train museum) ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 20, 2012, 08:09:29 am
Didcot has banners up saying it is now 2012.
That's a helpful service provided for travellers from further west.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on July 20, 2012, 11:22:35 am
Didcot has banners up saying it is now 2012.
That's a helpful service provided for travellers from further west.

You are right, with all these horses and tea rooms, the Cotswolds are so 1975.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2012, 05:49:47 pm
David gave me a shiny Apple for my birthday; I see they pre-installed Didcot in it...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 23, 2012, 06:23:40 pm
I shall be riding through Didcot at the weekend, since it is pretty much unavoidable given where I'm going.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on July 23, 2012, 06:38:12 pm
I shall be passing through on Wednesday....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on July 23, 2012, 07:53:45 pm
I may be popping my Didcot town centre* cherry this weekend, if my legs will carry me that far from Swindon without failing. I hope the Didcotonians of this parish will ensure clement weather.

* Sadly not my overall Didcot virginity, which was taken last year with a mooch around the power station. Which was more interesting than I'd expected.

I took a wrong turn and ended up in Newbury instead. Oops.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2012, 09:47:45 pm
David gave me a shiny Apple for my birthday; I see they pre-installed Didcot in it...

Sorry, it was Didot. I (mis)read too fast!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 24, 2012, 06:47:04 am
Didcot is remarkably hard to find from Wantage, since all the road signs aim to cionfuse.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: David Martin on July 24, 2012, 02:50:28 pm
When passing through last Friday..
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8145/7609016246_483459ccd4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/7609016246/)
didcot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/7609016246/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on July 25, 2012, 07:27:03 pm
Just left Didcot, but I didn't inhale : D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 25, 2012, 07:30:44 pm
Google Maps has recommended a route which avoids Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on July 26, 2012, 06:34:02 pm
Where it's really happening this summer. (http://lockerz.com/s/228352278)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Peter on July 26, 2012, 07:00:21 pm
Where it's really happening this summer. (http://lockerz.com/s/228352278)

Fair dos: they may have struggled with the numbers but they've got their flag the right way up!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 26, 2012, 09:02:06 pm
Events include:


and three more weeks of fun.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 27, 2012, 07:27:03 am
Events include:

  • ...
  • Cooling tower abseiling
Oi! You'd be surprised just how hard that can be in a decent Sou-Westerley  >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 27, 2012, 07:46:09 am
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 28, 2012, 06:29:43 am
Didcot is missing the glowing early morning sun.

I don't care, because I'm just passing through.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 29, 2012, 11:44:04 am
In the 1974 Supertramp song "Rudy", there is a recording of a Paddington station announcement listing the stopping stations for the Bristol Temple Meads train thus: Reading, Didcot, Swindon...

This is not a mistake, because the station wasn't renamed Didcot Parkway until 1984.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 29, 2012, 06:50:02 pm
As some of you already know, I went for an aimless ride on Saturday, and decided to follow some random yellow arrows that I'd seen zip-tied to signposts, to see where they went.

They went to Didcot.

After I'd contained my excitement, and a quick stop at Tescos for some Frijj and Ginsters (where I noticed that Fifty Shades was selling like hotcakes), I proceeded into town.  There I observed the one-sided high street, had a native shout a Wiggins-related encouragement at me (while I was travelling at about walking pace, due to traffic), trainspotted a Class 66 locomotive in the sidings at the station and noted that the cooling towers of the Daily Mail were dormant.

Taking a circuitous route to I'm-still-not-entirely-sure-where, I found myself peering at the map on top of a railway bridge, where I was able to take this splendid photograph:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/IMG_20120728_145157.sized.jpg)

How many Didcot2012 points for a Class 66 in motion and a full set of cooling towers?

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 29, 2012, 06:57:27 pm
This is the best Class 66 photo I found on t'Internet; apparently the driver passed a red signal and then some trap points (quite rightly) sent it on an off-road excursion.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Derailed_locomotive_at_Carrbridge_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1679729.jpg)

It would make a nice Christmas card picture for a train driver, I think.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2012, 11:34:25 am
I enjoyed the view of Didcot's cooling towers with distinctive tree formations on two round hills just to the north, from the Wallingford to Ewelme road.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 30, 2012, 12:12:23 pm
Probably Mother Dunch’s Buttocks  (http://www.earthtrust.org.uk/Places/at-little-wittenham/Wittenham-Clumps.aspx)   , they're quite prominent when approached from that direction.

They're possibly even more beautiful than the towers (even the Class 66 admirers can see something in them).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2012, 12:46:45 pm
That's them, thanks. The Berkshire Bubs, hmmm.... (and what a joy it was to see on Saturday that Didcot's most famous resident does look exactly like his avatar!)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 30, 2012, 08:56:18 pm
AKA the Wittenham Tits.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2012, 09:05:32 pm
That reminds me - I rode through the village of your name on Saturday! In from Saunderton, past the church and the Red Lions and out to the B4009.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 30, 2012, 09:08:51 pm
As did I on Sunday.  I didn't stop for a photo of the sign, thobut, as it was absolutely chucking it down.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2012, 09:18:15 pm
And even though it was sunny on Saturday, neither did I, as I had no camera with me. I briefly considered stopping at the pub as it looked rather nice, but didn't because a) going into pubs on my own isn't something I do much b) I was hungry and made up my mind to get back to Watlington asap for chips c) it was closed! I did stop to look at the church, which was also locked, so I made do with admiring the flint structure and bespectacled gargoyles on the tower, as well as the amazing pond in the ravine next to it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 31, 2012, 10:30:28 am
That reminds me - I rode through the village of your name
Where my first known ancestor with my surname first appeared in records, when he married a local girl on 28th June 1697.

There's a rather fine gravestone of a possible* relative in the churchyard from 1742, four years after my bloke died.

*Seems too much of a coincidence for two unrelated men of the same name (previously unknown in the region, let alone the village) & trade to turn up in a short time, but I've not managed to find proof they were related.


BTW, guess where the old sign from Bledlow railway station (closed  1963) is?  ;D

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/IMG_0222.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 04, 2012, 06:32:48 am
It has just rained in Didcot.

We were musing as to what the worst Olympic volunteering position was. We decided it wasn't being a Games Maker at Swindon...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 04, 2012, 02:28:48 pm
It has just rained in Didcot.

That's because i was out on my bike - somewhere dry. It's all carefully planned, you know; Brunel's legacy etc etc ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on August 04, 2012, 03:26:49 pm
Having just left Caerdydd, I should be passing through Didcot in about an hour.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 07, 2012, 06:58:39 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3lA7Cu4XCo

Drunk?  More likely a hypoglycaemic mattc trying and failing to score a Ginsters and Frijj from the late night Shell.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 25, 2012, 01:40:51 pm
Jack FM has a new trailer (I'm not making this up):

Quote
So, it's off to McDonalds, then...
for all 16-year olds from Didcot who got their GCSE results this week

I can only assume that the Swindon edition of Jack FM isn't receivable in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 25, 2012, 04:21:20 pm
From the A420 just now, it looked as if Didcot was getting a right pasting from the thunderstorms.  I'm surprised we still have electricity here.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on August 25, 2012, 04:41:12 pm
From the A420 just now, it looked as if Didcot was getting a right pasting from the thunderstorms.  I'm surprised we still have electricity here.
We've just had a 10 min outage here in N. Abbers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 25, 2012, 04:43:27 pm
From the A420 just now, it looked as if Didcot was getting a right pasting from the thunderstorms.  I'm surprised we still have electricity here.
We've just had a 10 min outage here in N. Abbers.

 :smug:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 25, 2012, 11:42:31 pm
From the A420 just now, it looked as if Didcot was getting a right pasting from the thunderstorms.  I'm surprised we still have electricity here.

Thunderstorms? It's sunny here.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on August 26, 2012, 10:55:51 pm
Didcot dumps dump after dumping.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 27, 2012, 07:11:16 am
Didcot dumps dump after dumping.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116)
"Didcot, a dump, dumps dump after dumping"?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on August 27, 2012, 03:05:06 pm
Didcot dumps dump after dumping.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19379116)
"Didcot, a dump, dumps dump after dumping"?

You may think that, but I could not possibly comment...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 01, 2012, 05:36:16 pm
Just moved and discovered that I can see Didcot if I go to the top of the hill out of the village :o. View safely obscured from village itself :D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 02, 2012, 12:45:57 pm
A theme is emerging on Jack FM's jingles.  This one just now:

Quote
The three words that strike terror into the hearts of children.

BACK
TO











DIDCOT
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on September 02, 2012, 01:28:48 pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ios-exclusive-secret-plan-for-fourrunway-airport-west-of-heathrow-8100772.html

Replace Didcot with an airport?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on September 02, 2012, 01:31:04 pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ios-exclusive-secret-plan-for-fourrunway-airport-west-of-heathrow-8100772.html

Replace Didcot with an airport?

Presumably it'll be marketed as "Easyjet London Central Airport".
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on September 02, 2012, 04:17:50 pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ios-exclusive-secret-plan-for-fourrunway-airport-west-of-heathrow-8100772.html

Replace Didcot with an airport?
Great idea. Flatten several mediaeval churches & upset some of the richest & best-connected nimbies, in one of the most crowded areas of the country, which also happens to mostly vote Tory but sometimes votes LD if annoyed enough.

Anyone remember the last time it was tried? I do.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 06, 2012, 04:52:39 pm
Didcot was sunny and full of trainspotters. We left in a hurry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 06, 2012, 06:00:24 pm
Didcot was sunny and full of trainspotters. We left in a hurry.
Oh look, another EWS DB Schenker Class 66!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on September 18, 2012, 03:13:30 pm
I rode the last 7 miles home (including crossing town) yesterday without seeing a motorist.

I blame the recession.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on September 22, 2012, 10:38:08 pm
Just sorting through my pictures from Andrij's Thames Path Meander. I couldn't resist snapping this from the train window as it passed through...

(http://robotninja.net/~chris/didcot.jpg)

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 23, 2012, 10:38:36 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19634089

 :'(

I didn't know Fawley was still going.  Oil-fired must rarely be economic, although presumably it burns the gunkiest crap from the bottom of the Sheikh's wells.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 23, 2012, 08:31:27 pm
That says Didcot A is closing - presumably there is a Didcot B which will still run?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 23, 2012, 10:06:03 pm
Yes, the gas fired one.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 28, 2012, 09:53:31 am
People are going about their business briskly in Didcot.

Possibly because there is a goods train in it that looks like it is carrying nuclear waste.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 28, 2012, 03:07:39 pm
Thanks for the warning.  I shall don my HazMat suit and run not walk to the car park.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 28, 2012, 07:19:16 pm
Jaded and I will be passing through Didcot in November.  There may be photo opportunities.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 09, 2012, 07:33:30 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0766.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0767.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: cycleman on October 09, 2012, 07:49:46 pm
slow news day ,DIDCOT STILL HERE  !!!!!!!!.  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 09, 2012, 08:20:45 pm
I've just remembered.  I have to change trains at Didcot this Friday night.  Luckily the chuds prefer to eat young tender Oxford student, rather than me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBQoVg5tpSI
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 09, 2012, 09:30:48 pm
Looking up as we left Didcot, I spotted a red kite soaring over the train.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on October 09, 2012, 09:34:54 pm
Sorry, but to be news, there would have to be no kite in sight.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 10, 2012, 12:13:08 pm
The plumes of smoke looked blue this morning
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 10, 2012, 01:06:14 pm
Sorry, but to be news, there would have to be no kite in sight.
What if there was a kite in its guano-filled nest?

No kite in flight in sight but shite in sight.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: cycleman on October 10, 2012, 08:55:26 pm
you could work for the mail as a headline writer  :D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 11, 2012, 09:00:18 am
All of Didcot is very dull and very grey today.

Particularly the glum people.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 11, 2012, 09:14:36 am
Normal then?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 12, 2012, 10:55:44 pm
The beautiful cooling towers and ugly Mail building at Foxhall Junction were joined by the ridiculous this afternoon: "I want to live in Didcot but still go to my school."

This came about a quarter of an hour after "Swindon looks nice."

 :-\
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 12, 2012, 11:09:43 pm
I have just taken a lovely picture of
Didcot by night. You can't really see it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwy96m9ud2xhqws/2012-10-12%2022.53.21.jpg
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on October 16, 2012, 10:17:24 pm
I think I saw Didcot power station on the telly! (in Jim Alkalili's programme on thermodynamics).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 23, 2012, 04:24:19 pm
Local News:
I had an email about "Tai Chi and Racketball free Taster Sessions"

Doesn't sound very relaxing ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on October 23, 2012, 04:34:50 pm
"Air weapon" incident... at Didcot A34 interchange services area yesterday:  Milton gun incident: police saw man shoot himself.

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/10001661.Milton_gun_incident__police_saw_man_shoot_himself/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jacomus on October 23, 2012, 04:37:36 pm
Local News:
I had an email about "Tai Chi and Racketball free Taster Sessions"

Doesn't sound very relaxing ...

Oh, I dunno, taster sessions free of tai chi and racketball do sound fairly relaxing :P ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: why1040 on October 23, 2012, 08:03:21 pm
My parents played racket ball.

Til my father stepped on the ball as it was mid-bounce and severed his achilles tendon.   :facepalm:

They never went back.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 24, 2012, 09:01:30 am
Didcot is smothered in several plumes of power station steam.

Roger is giving me a run down on the engines in the station. The blue smiley one is Thomas, apparently.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on November 24, 2012, 09:41:49 am
On platform 2 there is a café that purports to sell coffee.

This turned out to be, to paraphrase Douglas Adams, "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike coffee"

You have been warned!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 24, 2012, 10:41:29 am
Have just spotted a bearded and bespactacled citizen of Didcot riding his bike as far afield as Abingdon  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 24, 2012, 11:04:41 am
... yeah - and it was rubbish. Covered in water. Parkrun cancelled.

Wouldn't happen in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on November 24, 2012, 11:24:24 am
I'm now in Bracknell. It makes didcot look positively glamorous.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 24, 2012, 01:51:52 pm
... yeah - and it was rubbish. Covered in water. Parkrun cancelled.

Wouldn't happen in Didcot.
Didcoty Parks are too dodgy to run in .... we were gonna run too . ... if had known in advance would have joined the 0630 to 0830 Outdoor Traders bike ride with free cake  :'(

Edit: Daughter tells me that there is a cancellation notice on fb, will now know to check in future.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 25, 2012, 10:18:18 am
Absolutely filthy Didcot pr0n.

(http://www.peeble.com/66086.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on November 25, 2012, 01:03:06 pm
Needs more cooling towers, really.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: SteveC on November 25, 2012, 02:21:15 pm
Make the most of the cooling towers while you can (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19634089)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on November 25, 2012, 02:31:00 pm
Make the most of the cooling towers while you can (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19634089)

Didcot will loose much of it's flavour when the pollution's gone...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 30, 2012, 09:54:17 am
Didcot is gloriously sunny and crisp.

A perfect day for a funeral.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on November 30, 2012, 10:00:02 am
They've decided to bury Didcot?!?  :o
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on December 04, 2012, 07:42:16 pm
They've decided to bury Didcot?!?  :o
Well they've been trying to cremate it for years ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 12, 2012, 10:00:43 am
Just gone through Didcot on a non stopping train.  Muhahaha.  Cooling towers steaming well.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 12, 2012, 10:02:35 am
Class.

http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/showthread.php?t=372923
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on December 28, 2012, 09:48:33 pm
You think that shows class?  This (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10130086.My_tattoo_tribute_to_Didcot_power_plant/?ref=ms) shows class.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 10, 2013, 06:44:47 am
I was reminiscing with myself last night during my Wednesday evening wank with Clive - how many towns can boast a one armed coalman? Les Bailey not only lived in the coal yard (Manor Crescent), he loaded the bags and wagon, and delivered his load one handed into your coal hole. Not only that, he drove the lorry - no syncromesh "crash" gearbox and pre poncey power steering.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on January 10, 2013, 07:52:28 am
I was reminiscing with myself last night during my Wednesday evening wank with Clive - how many towns can boast a one armed coalman? Les Bailey not only lived in the coal yard (Manor Crescent), he loaded the bags and wagon, and delivered his load one handed into your coal hole. Not only that, he drove the lorry - no syncromesh "crash" gearbox and pre poncey power steering.

I think you may want to proofread your post!!!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 10, 2013, 08:15:01 am
You think that shows class?  This (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10130086.My_tattoo_tribute_to_Didcot_power_plant/?ref=ms) shows class.

 :facepalm:  Looks like some kind of ulcer.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 10, 2013, 08:24:35 am
I was reminiscing with myself last night during my Wednesday evening wank with Clive - how many towns can boast a one armed coalman? Les Bailey not only lived in the coal yard (Manor Crescent), he loaded the bags and wagon, and delivered his load one handed into your coal hole. Not only that, he drove the lorry - no syncromesh "crash" gearbox and pre poncey power steering.
How interesting.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on January 10, 2013, 08:47:53 am
I have discovered a use for Didcot.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Bath Spa: £61.50. No Network railcard discount allowed.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Didcot Parkway with Network Railcard discount: £28.80

Didcot to Bath Spa, advance single: £4.

Saving: £24.70.

The above is Plan B. Plan A is to purchase single tickets from Southend Victoria to Bath Spa for £12.50 but they haven't been issued yet for the date I want to travel.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 10, 2013, 09:05:31 am
I was reminiscing with myself last night during my Wednesday evening wank with Clive - how many towns can boast a one armed coalman? Les Bailey not only lived in the coal yard (Manor Crescent), he loaded the bags and wagon, and delivered his load one handed into your coal hole. Not only that, he drove the lorry - no syncromesh "crash" gearbox and pre poncey power steering.

I guess there's not a lot else to do on Wedbesday evenings in Didcot.  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on January 10, 2013, 11:39:15 am
I have discovered a use for Didcot.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Bath Spa: £61.50. No Network railcard discount allowed.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Didcot Parkway with Network Railcard discount: £28.80

Didcot to Bath Spa, advance single: £4.

Saving: £24.70.
Watch the reaction of the ticket inspector. Absolutely none. It's become more or less standard procedure.

So why, might you reasonably ask, do the train companies persist in their ridiculous pricing structures? I'm not sure anyone knows.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on January 10, 2013, 02:11:24 pm
I think I know: it's so that the reasonable person can be entrapped into paying more for their ticket than they should.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rower40 on January 10, 2013, 02:27:48 pm
Be sure, be very sure, that the train stops at Didcot.  Not all Bath trains do.  Split tickets are only valid if the train stops at the splitting station.  If you are on a Paddington to Bath train that does not stop there, you will be charged for a Anytime Single from Paddington to Bath.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bobb on January 10, 2013, 09:55:48 pm
...during my Wednesday evening wank

Just a run of the mill Wednesday nine o'clock wank?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 10, 2013, 11:06:58 pm
Just a run of the mill Wednesday nine o'clock wank?

Yeah, whilst Audrey was out
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 13, 2013, 06:47:18 pm
How many towns can have boasted a dairy known locally as Number Twos and whose humming milk floats smelled of burnt rubber?

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: David Martin on January 13, 2013, 08:22:18 pm
I think I know: it's so that the reasonable person can be entrapped into paying more for their ticket than they should.

That would be the cynical view. The actual reason is that certain regions have controlled ticket pricing. Around London being one, and the central belt in Scotland being another. Tickets to destinations outside the controlled area are calculated on the basis of miles run for the complete distance, and there are limits for day and period returns etc. This is why there are journey break issues. It is worthwhile looking up the legislation for where the boundaries for the regulated ticket zones are.

This leads to the anomalies as referred to previously. To travel from Dundee to Glasgow, always get tickets to Perth and Perth to Glasgow as it is cheaper.

When travelling for an overnight visit to Stonehaven from Dundee, get tickets from Leuchars as then you can get a return, wheras from Dundee you can only get two cheap day returns, not a period return.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Feanor on January 13, 2013, 08:35:47 pm
<head spins>.

You'd need to get up very early in the morning having sharpened your pencils the night before to figure this out.

Last year, a few of us in ABZ were looking at options to travel to Chepstow for a cycling-related event, and the fares offered by the usual websites looked like we were bidding for the franchises, not a seat on the train.

Is there an opportunity here for a website with knowledge of all this nonsense to be able to do some kind if 'traveling salesman' best-price calculation, or is this NP-Hard?

Even if the calculations were to be NP-Hard, there's a finite number of rail stations in the UK.
Perhaps an effing great rainbow-table could be buit.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on January 16, 2013, 08:52:17 am
I have discovered a use for Didcot.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Bath Spa: £61.50. No Network railcard discount allowed.

Monthly return from Southend Victoria to Didcot Parkway with Network Railcard discount: £28.80

Didcot to Bath Spa, advance single: £4.

Saving: £24.70.

The above is Plan B. Plan A is to purchase single tickets from Southend Victoria to Bath Spa for £12.50 but they haven't been issued yet for the date I want to travel.

This known to Bristolians as the "Didcot dodge". There is also a "Cheltenham spa dodge" and a "Birmingham dodge". I used to be working for a company in Bath who saved tens of thousands by instructing us to do the didcot dodge. Unfortunately, FGW have probably noticed us and now just on train in two stops in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 16, 2013, 01:51:16 pm
The (so-called) "Didcot" power station is creating serious amounts of snow today.

But none of it is over Didcot  :smug:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on January 16, 2013, 07:53:03 pm
Are you sure it's not toxic fly ash?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 16, 2013, 08:13:26 pm
Are you sure it's not toxic fly ash?

No! Ever since the republican Tories moved the county boundaries and Didcot went from Berkshire to South Oxford for more votes - the power station was built as a front to disperse airborne mind altering particles to make sure the working classes voted Conservative and bought their piss poorly built concrete panelled, rusting steel invisible strenghtened, asbestos infested council houses before they fell down. I think they called it empowerment or some such?  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on January 17, 2013, 12:58:18 pm
I remember when my sister was looking for a house somewhere between Banbury & Aylesbury, she was sent details of one which met all her criteria for size & facilities, but was remarkably cheap.

Concrete slab built ex-council house, like many in villages in that area. Couldn't get a mortgage without first spending an unknown but probably large sum to patch it & prop it up. Would have made a good buy for someone who wanted a plot to clear & build a new house on, except that it was semi-detached & the other half was inhabited.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 22, 2013, 06:20:46 pm
Carmageddon in this area, and around Abingdon/Wantage etc.  A34 closed Northbound due to 5 vehicle crash & beer can spill.  I drove in today - and am sitting it out at work waiting for A34 to open and roads to clear.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on January 22, 2013, 06:50:55 pm
Carmageddon in this area, and around Abingdon/Wantage etc.  A34 closed Northbound due to 5 vehicle crash & beer can spill.  I drove in today - and am sitting it out at work waiting for A34 to open and roads to clear.

Despite Radio Oxford's traffic report Wantage is quiet quiet at the moment (1845)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 22, 2013, 09:02:51 pm
Sounded as though the accident was at the end of the Milton/Didcot N'thbd A34 slip road.   I wonder why Highways don't modify the closed off slip road (https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.635575,-1.316096&spn=0.001547,0.004128&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=51.635505,-1.316121&panoid=ng3n8TuyOaRNWWWZH8qebw&cbp=12,329.14,,0,5.09) between Drayton and Stevevnton so it could be used when needed.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 27, 2013, 04:33:14 pm
Sounded as though the accident was at the end of the Milton/Didcot N'thbd A34 slip road.   I wonder why Highways don't modify the closed off slip road (https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.635575,-1.316096&spn=0.001547,0.004128&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=51.635505,-1.316121&panoid=ng3n8TuyOaRNWWWZH8qebw&cbp=12,329.14,,0,5.09) between Drayton and Stevevnton so it could be used when needed.

My uncle Colin caused an accident and a kerfuffle at the end of that very sliproad. His 1 year old "flagship" Honda Legend lost all electrics and therefore will to live, or move an inch further. Cars behind kept jumping up each other's arses. It was hilarious. Even the cops nearly crashed when they tried to reverse on the roundabout to get to him! He was on his way back to Didcot and my mam's wake in the Bowls Club, after a sesh at the Crem in Headington. He's dead now too  :'(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 27, 2013, 10:03:05 pm
"ARCHAEOLOGISTS have proved for the first time that people started dogging in the Didcot area as early as 9,000 years ago"

http://alturl.com/p7upr
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 27, 2013, 10:08:06 pm
Didcot was shut this evening.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 27, 2013, 10:22:12 pm
Didcot was shut this evening.

U have the same problem with i being next to u on the keyboard?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 28, 2013, 08:26:11 am
Riding home last night we had a stunning full moon lighting the drying roads.
I don't think I've see a full moon over the power station like that before, it was like a homing beacon for the last 15-20 miles. The water vapour looked rather splendid in the moonlight.

One of my better cycling moments, especially after 120 miles.

[Can't comment on what was shut, sorry.]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Panoramix on January 29, 2013, 04:23:44 pm
Today, I am celebrating my (brief) return in the UK by going twice through Didcot.

At my resquet the 16.12 to weston super mare has been delayed by 15 minutes so that I can fully appreciate today greyness of didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on January 29, 2013, 04:28:32 pm
A colleague of mine has just bought a house in the older part of Didcot. He swears that he cannot see the towers from his house.
Is that possible?


Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 29, 2013, 05:11:19 pm
Short answer: yes

Actually the 'post-towers' houses are all built rather cunningly to minimise the  view, but the 'old' bit won't have this 'feature'.

But think about it madcow - how many houses give a 360' field of vision? :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 29, 2013, 08:55:59 pm

But think about it madcow - how many houses give a 360' field of vision? :)
There are quite a lot near the seaside .....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 29, 2013, 08:59:56 pm
Riding home last night we had a stunning full moon lighting the drying roads.
I don't think I've see a full moon over the power station like that before, it was like a homing beacon for the last 15-20 miles. The water vapour looked rather splendid in the moonlight.

One of my better cycling moments, especially after 120 miles.

[Can't comment on what was shut, sorry.]

And to be fair when I was blatting down the A34 at Sparrow fart there was a magnificent sunrise over the cooling towers too.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 30, 2013, 12:34:04 pm
A small raptor is circling, menacingly, over Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on January 30, 2013, 12:53:48 pm
A raptor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-22_Raptor), you say?  I would have thought dealing with Didcot called for something with a bit more oomph.
 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on January 30, 2013, 12:58:32 pm
"We'll be all right as long as they can't open doors."
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on January 30, 2013, 01:14:10 pm
When I got back to my car there last night I had a flat tyre :(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on January 30, 2013, 01:17:35 pm
When I got back to my car there last night I had a flat tyre :(

Count your blessings.  If your car had been left in Liverpool it probably wouldn't have had any wheels.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on January 30, 2013, 06:41:30 pm
A small raptor is circling, menacingly, over Didcot.
Are you sure it wasn't just far away?  It was probably a Fell Beast that escaped from Mordor.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 31, 2013, 08:14:17 am
Didcot. Festering sore in the oyster of Oxfordshire.

It's busy this morning with hundreds desperate to escape. To Slough, or Reading at the very least.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 01, 2013, 07:56:49 am
Didcot.

It's still here.

although surrounded by an intimidating mist, as if Oxfordshire is preparing for excision.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on February 01, 2013, 09:58:10 am
It was dark and mildly moist as I pushed-on alone into the bustery headwind, past cooling towers and Daily Mail building.
Chavs yelled abuse from cars and street corners.
The normality that is Didcot
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on February 01, 2013, 10:00:20 am
It was dark and mildly moist as I pushed-on alone into the bustery headwind, past cooling towers and Daily Mail building.
Chavs yelled abuse from cars and street corners.
The normality that is Didcot

Almost poetic...  ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on February 01, 2013, 10:08:27 am
Didcot.

It's still here.


As I said, a single Raptor isn't sufficient for the job.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on February 01, 2013, 10:28:00 am
It was dark and mildly moist as I pushed-on alone into the bustery headwind, past cooling towers and Daily Mail building.
Chavs yelled abuse from cars and street corners.
The normality that is Didcot

Almost poetic...  ;)
Didcot has that effect!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on February 01, 2013, 06:57:22 pm
Is God Wanted in Didcot?

I'm sure everyone wants to know. Are there posters up? What's the reward?

The question was posed and polled in the 1969 edition of St Birinus' Secondary Moderne (the French teacher was HOT, I know cos I sat at the desk in front of hers and kept dropping pencils) skool mag

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8436264196_cab284c54b_o.jpg)

R. Hudlam was a first year twerp (weren't we all once?)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on February 01, 2013, 07:20:08 pm
It was dark and mildly moist as I pushed-on
Only mildly?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on February 01, 2013, 08:38:28 pm
It was dark and mildly moist as I pushed-on
Only mildly?
Hard to imagine ... but true.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on February 16, 2013, 04:33:15 pm
Powering down Didcot - a brick at a time

TRUE (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/10229928.Powering_down_Didcot_A___a_brick_at_a_time/)

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 26, 2013, 01:46:18 pm
It is exceptionally dull in Swindon.

I am filled with gloomy anticipation that Didcot will be worse.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on February 26, 2013, 04:44:50 pm
(i ahven't been to Swindon for a while, but it is VERY dull in Didcot today!)

I happened to notice recently that this thread is one of the few to produce TWO Post-of-the-Days.

I'll let the tourist board know!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on February 28, 2013, 07:20:44 am
Don't tell them about today then.

Grey, just grey.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on February 28, 2013, 07:18:25 pm
Parked in Didcot and went to London, last weekend.  That is all.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 04, 2013, 06:22:09 pm
My sister has just telephoned during her visit back to our childhood home, to say Didcot is humming again. Not from the long gone Samor Foods canning factory chimney a few blocks away to the west - maybe there's a factory farm chicken gizzards lorry stuck under Marsh Bridge - again?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 04, 2013, 06:25:03 pm
I noticed an increased odour riding home yesterday lunchtime.

Given that it was stronger OUT IN THE FIELDS than back IN TOWN, I feel safe to assume it was agricultural in origin.

Maybe farms never stink in other parts of the country, who knows ...    ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 04, 2013, 06:32:42 pm
I noticed an increased odour riding home yesterday lunchtime.

Given that it was stronger OUT IN THE FIELDS than back IN TOWN, I feel safe to assume it was agricultural in origin.

Maybe farms never stink in other parts of the country, who knows ...    ;)

The Hagbournes used to hide animal smells behind their cover of arable fields. There were loadsa pig farms approaching the downs. Plus Harwell had discreet nuclear bunkers - that doesn't pong though?

My favourite Didcot smell was the ceramic tiled subway under the railway station platforms (well pre Parkway), dripping water and Jeyes fluid. My least fave smell was Samor Foods canning factory on Park Road. Trying to play football in the park whilst wretching from boiled prunes odour was too much for a child to score any goals. Ralph always came up (trumps) - then get a bollocking from Buffy Balcombe (our "manager" from Kynaston Road)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 04, 2013, 07:07:31 pm
I've been rather enjoying your reminiscences so far, but I'm beginning to smell a rat:
a bollocking from Buffy Balcombe
I hope I'm not proved right :(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 04, 2013, 07:20:16 pm
I've been rather enjoying your reminiscences so far, but I'm beginning to smell a rat:
a bollocking from Buffy Balcombe
I hope I'm not proved right :(

?

Buffy Balcombe was the most amazing Didcot Boys football manager (1960's) - and a real stella bloke - a top good 'un - a rare breed.

Not sure what you may be alluding to mattc?

What rat do you perceive to smell?

Didcot was my childhood - I had great times a plenty there
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 04, 2013, 09:31:10 pm
I noticed an increased odour riding home yesterday lunchtime.

Given that it was stronger OUT IN THE FIELDS than back IN TOWN, I feel safe to assume it was agricultural in origin.

Maybe farms never stink in other parts of the country, who knows ...    ;)
As is normal between Mar-Jun, our village smells of shit.  There is a mountain of it in Liddington.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 04, 2013, 10:10:54 pm
It's an international problem; Caernarfon often smells of shit and, sometimes, of piss.

I never noticed any abnormally smelly smells when I lived in Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 06, 2013, 11:06:21 am
I never noticed any abnormally smelly smells when I lived in Didcot.

One man's abnormal . . . . .

Caernarfon IS weird compared to Didcot  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 06, 2013, 05:19:51 pm
I never noticed any abnormally smelly smells when I lived in Didcot.

One man's abnormal . . . . .

Caernarfon IS weird compared to Didcot  ;D

You have a point! It has its moments...

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on March 07, 2013, 07:47:50 am
It's an international problem; Caernarfon often smells of shit and, sometimes, of piss.

I never noticed any abnormally smelly smells when I lived in Didcot.

Well it was especially pungent this morning!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 15, 2013, 07:51:12 pm
http://www.didcot.com/forum/

This is rather fun.  As well as the mysterious smell on the ring road reported by "Dazza", there's a thread on Morons of Didcot and another one on a roundabout being converted to a hamburger.  Really.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 15, 2013, 08:27:59 pm
Why did I leave?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 15, 2013, 11:41:24 pm
"Smell around the Ring Road"

It sounds like one of MattC's Audaxes.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 16, 2013, 09:37:17 am
Why did I leave?

Like most of us - you HAD too?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 16, 2013, 09:57:51 am
Why did I leave?

Like most of us - you HAD too?

Close. I got a better offer in Noth Wales. And if I hadn't left, I wouldn't have met Mrs E (and, consequently, E Minor).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 18, 2013, 07:25:32 am
Didcot is iced up.

It looks like the end of the world.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on March 18, 2013, 07:33:50 am
Actually this morning I felt it looked quite pretty from afar poking out of the fog with the sun rising from behind.

Then I descended into the gloom
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 19, 2013, 11:31:44 pm
Dear Readers

It falls upon me to bring you sad tidings.

The shutdown of Didcot A has been brought forward, and is now scheduled for this Friday, 22nd March*.

(so when I ride the Dean 300k on Sat I will need other landmarks to guide me home :( )

If you've been meaning to visit, dont put it off any longer! You can take in the flooded Sustrans route - which gets you the closest possible to the cooling towers - at the same time.

Lots of Love,
Your Didcot Correspondent


*Subject to various variables - if you all turn off your tellies now, it might get a few days grace. Or run the microwave continuously, and it might finish tomorrow.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 20, 2013, 07:31:53 am
This is why I ave scheduled a trip through Didcot on Thursday. Today too, as it happens. Then I shall stay away for the funeral and return to see the memorial later in April.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 20, 2013, 06:08:41 pm
Shame - you'll miss the laser light show scheduled for 1830h. Gonna be on telly, too, so you can still experience the fun.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 20, 2013, 08:53:01 pm
Some enticing new additions to the Didcot forum:

SCUM
Car deliberately putting oil/smoke down in Didcot
360° Panoramic views of key locations on Ladygrove Loop (I assume this is a link to a highly gynaecological porno)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 25, 2013, 05:09:31 pm
Has the power station been turned off? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 25, 2013, 06:14:05 pm
Has the power station been turned? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?

IMPOSSIBLE (adamantly he chuckles from the comfort, safety, distance and cover of a few Welsh mountains - Didcot resident from 1954 to 1972 - it's in me - it will not die)


Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 25, 2013, 06:32:39 pm
It was living in Didcot for a while that helped me make up my mind to re-emigrate, but to the lumpy end pf Wales.  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 25, 2013, 07:02:10 pm
yeahbut - the orchestral larksongs over TALL (they were in my day, swaying too) cornfields between the Hagbourne's church bell peelings, riding my bike to escape. Snogging under Clifton Hamden bridge (the bike got me there again) or was I just practicing love bites on my upper arm? Cycling through the floods under Marsh bridge just for the joy of water up me shorts. Getting pelted with blackboard dusters in Science lessons at St Birinus. Watching me dad score yet another winning goal in the mud down Station Road. Trying to ride home at dawn after a Wittenham Clump trip wearing an army great coat passing the egg factory (wrong turn). Morlands and Morrells warm and dangerous. Packets of puke inducing 10 Players No 6. SAMOR Foods' canning factory belching stewed prunes. Ernie Jackson's corrugated tin shop by Vauxhall Bridge. Sciving to hang around Didcot Girls School cul de sac entrance - pretending to look grown up with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed TRIGGER shift and white socks.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 25, 2013, 07:23:54 pm
This thread cannot be allowed to die, at least not until it becomes the #1 Google result for Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on March 25, 2013, 08:44:45 pm
Has the power station been turned off? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?

Only Didcot A, the coal-fired unit. Didcot B is a gas-fired generator and should be going strong.

I am vaguely hopeful that the gubbinment's recently announced subsidies for biofuels conversions might mean that we could see a return to both units firing sometime in the future. Long shot, though.

(disclaimer: while I do work in the 'biz', nobody tells me nothing. this is purely conjecture from what I've seen on telly.)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on March 25, 2013, 09:05:03 pm
There is no entry for Dicot in the Basque version of Wikipedia, but there is one for where I live now.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on March 25, 2013, 09:08:28 pm
Has the power station been turned off? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?

Only Didcot A, the coal-fired unit. Didcot B is a gas-fired generator and should be going strong.

Does this mean the Class 66 locomotives will be leaving their spiritual home?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 25, 2013, 09:09:45 pm
Has the power station been turned off? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?

Only Didcot A, the coal-fired unit. Didcot B is a gas-fired generator and should be going strong.

I am vaguely hopeful that the gubbinment's recently announced subsidies for biofuels conversions might mean that we could see a return to both units firing sometime in the future. Long shot, though.

(disclaimer: while I do work in the 'biz', nobody tells me nothing. this is purely conjecture from what I've seen on telly.)
Are they mothballing it or demolishing it?  I can imagine, at the first sign of the lights going out, everyone screaming at the Govt to do something and them remembering that we are sitting on 250 years' supply of coal.  Face it, someone's going to burn it one day, and it pales into insignificance compared to what China is doing  :demon:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on March 25, 2013, 09:14:58 pm
Has the power station been turned off? If so, has it caused the death of this thread?

Only Didcot A, the coal-fired unit. Didcot B is a gas-fired generator and should be going strong.

I am vaguely hopeful that the gubbinment's recently announced subsidies for biofuels conversions might mean that we could see a return to both units firing sometime in the future. Long shot, though.

(disclaimer: while I do work in the 'biz', nobody tells me nothing. this is purely conjecture from what I've seen on telly.)
Are they mothballing it or demolishing it?  I can imagine, at the first sign of the lights going out, everyone screaming at the Govt to do something and them remembering that we are sitting on 250 years' supply of coal.  Face it, someone's going to burn it one day, and it pales into insignificance compared to what China is doing  :demon:

Sadly I have no idea. It's a big company, and I'm in the wrong department of the wrong bit of it. In short, nobody tells me nuffin'.

Kim, no idea about the trains either sorry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 25, 2013, 09:18:14 pm
I don't think the Class 66 locos have anything to do with the power station.  They just  prowl around the station looking vaguely menacing.  They're the equivalent of a load of chavs down the bottom of Regent Street in Swindon, looking for a Friday night fight after a long week at work.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 25, 2013, 09:23:36 pm
Didcot has a gang, the "Didcot F***in' Rebels"!  Straight Outta Sutton Courtenay, mofos.

http://www.knowhere.co.uk/Didcot/Oxfordshire/South-East-England/info/worstthings
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 25, 2013, 10:00:03 pm
The moment it happened...

(http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/resources/images/2381265.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/10309369.Didcot_Power_Station_switched_off_by_the_man_who_turned_it_on/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on March 25, 2013, 10:20:40 pm
I've been in there! I was gobsmacked at how retro the control room still was. A classic case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

As lame as it sounds, I'm glad I got the chance to get the guided tour while it was still going. From reading the article it seems they're definitely going ahead with decommissioning and demolition, which scuppers my biofuels hopes. Bit of a shame really.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 26, 2013, 07:28:08 pm
I know pretty much nothing about power stations, but ten or so years ago I translated a load of specs for a coal-burning power station being built in Poland. At least, I can't quite remember that they were design specs and I'm not sure how sure I was at the time (it's sadly the norm for techy things to be translated by people who know the words but not the tech) but I do remember being surprised at the amount of power the station took for itself.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 26, 2013, 09:14:41 pm
About 10%, isn't it?  The coal needs to be pulverised and blown into the furnace, a lot of water has to be pumped around and the manager wants to boil a kettle for his tea.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 26, 2013, 10:40:16 pm
I think the fusion guys up the road at Culham would be quite pleased with just 10% (there is a "+" sign at the front of that, right?)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 27, 2013, 03:23:11 pm
I don't recall a % figure but there were lots of outputs for own use.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on March 27, 2013, 09:14:11 pm
I found out today why they can't convert it to biofuels. Just logistics - lack of capacity to get enough fuel to the station. Biomass takes up a lot more space than coal :(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 28, 2013, 12:52:12 am
Noticed the completely 'inactive' cooling towers this afternoon; a strange sight.

Thought I'd post this variant (from last yr) in homage...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8380/8595760959_62b2f2f314_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25983110@N05/8595760959/)
P1120500-003 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25983110@N05/8595760959/) by ao (http://www.flickr.com/people/25983110@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2013, 02:29:50 pm
I am obliged to Swindon's Jack FM for this one.

http://www.fleet-people.co.uk/Fleet-sexiest-place-UK/story-15635977-detail/story.html

 :o
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenrrd on April 01, 2013, 03:18:59 pm
I did a tour of the cooling towers yesterday, due to a byway that I normally use to get to Wittenham clumps being completely flooded.  Very strange seeing them without a big plume of water vapour coming out of the top.

I also had a sort-of girlfriend from Godalming (a long time ago, before I met Mrs Nerd).  If only she was from Didcot instead.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2013, 03:26:25 pm
Mrs Z is from Bedford  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 01, 2013, 10:33:03 pm
Mrs Z is from Bedford  :facepalm:
Respect ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wombat on April 02, 2013, 08:14:14 am
I am obliged to Swindon's Jack FM for this one.

http://www.fleet-people.co.uk/Fleet-sexiest-place-UK/story-15635977-detail/story.html

 :o

Well I was in Fleet on Saturday (visiting my mum and her sister), and trust me, it wasn't remotely sexy!  Fleet was full of assorted chavvy types bumbling in and out of McD's and the pound shops...  and its nowhere near Didcot...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 02, 2013, 10:01:06 pm
This very morning, a citizen of Didcot was spotted 'abroad',  traversing the car park of Abingdon Waitrose.  A fleeting glimpse gave me the impression of a wirey, bearded,  bespectacled fellow combining the hollow stare of an Audaxer with a warm whiff of humanity.  He was serene in motion and unafraid as he glided by, completely unaware of the fat bastard in the 7 seater .....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PAC on April 02, 2013, 10:04:52 pm
 ;D

I can safely report from my ride home from Oxford this evening that there was definitely no steam coming out the cooling towers....end of an era ::-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 02, 2013, 10:26:44 pm
combining the hollow stare of an Audaxer with a warm whiff of humanity.
Are you sure it wasn't the warm whiff of digested Ginster's?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 02, 2013, 10:32:19 pm
I always knew this thread was a bad idea.  >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 03, 2013, 07:56:20 am
Waitrose?  Busted, you class traitor  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 03, 2013, 11:05:28 pm
Waitrose?  Busted, you class traitor  ;D
That's a bit harsh, I don't know whether he entered the store or was using the car-park to avoid having to use the parallel cycle path ....

Whereas I, (the aformentioned fat bastard in the people carrier) was delivering daughter #2 for her Waitrose shift .... but then we are so 'Established Middle Class'.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 03, 2013, 11:14:22 pm
was delivering daughter #2 for her Waitrose shift ....
She works there?!?

Oh dear, there could be an embarassing story here. Perhaps not for telling online ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 03, 2013, 11:49:18 pm
was delivering daughter #2 for her Waitrose shift ....
She works there?!?

Oh dear, there could be an embarassing story here. Perhaps not for telling online ...

Worst than that ... daughter #1 is also currently working there whilst back from Uni  :o
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 03, 2013, 11:54:30 pm
A Partnership company.

They could do a lot worse.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 04, 2013, 12:04:21 am
A Partnership company.

They could do a lot worse.
Agreed ... we'll be expecting son #1 to work there too.  We need the discount!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 04, 2013, 08:02:33 am
Swindon has no Waitrose, but you probably guessed that.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 04, 2013, 08:29:01 am
Swindon has no Waitrose, but you probably guessed that.


Gosh! How does one manage?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on April 04, 2013, 08:47:24 am
Swindon has no Waitrose, but you probably guessed that.


Gosh! How does one manage?

One schleps out to Marlborough, of course.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on April 04, 2013, 10:24:06 am
I used to live in Didcot, am Traditional Working Class, score 12 on the Pikey Scale and buy food from Waitrose.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on April 04, 2013, 10:29:45 am
I used to live in Didcot, am Traditional Working Class, score 12 on the Pikey Scale and buy food from Waitrose.

That's not a proper fully grown pimped up Waitrose in Menai Bridge ;D

I was born in Didcot, was working class and used to go to the cinema in Marlborough before it became a Waitrose :smug:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on April 04, 2013, 10:40:22 am
I used to live in Didcot, am Traditional Working Class, score 12 on the Pikey Scale and buy food from Waitrose.

That's not a proper fully grown pimped up Waitrose in Menai Bridge ;D

I was born in Didcot, was working class and used to go to the cinema in Marlborough before it became a Waitrose :smug:

You have me there, Sir!

I was born in Wakefield (hence my forum name) and brought up in a pit village. The site of my first school became a branch of Kwiksave. It's now occupied by Asda.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on April 04, 2013, 10:44:07 am
Swindon has no Waitrose, but you probably guessed that.

Actually neither does Oxford... guess JLP thought Abingdon would suffice around here.     :)

http://www.kevinlaurence.net/googlemaps/waitrose.html
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenrrd on April 04, 2013, 11:15:33 am

Actually neither does Oxford... guess JLP thought Abingdon would suffice around here.     :)

http://www.kevinlaurence.net/googlemaps/waitrose.html

Headington has had a Waitrose for about 4 years, so that map is well out of date!
They're also interested in turning the old MFI / Halfords retail unit on Botley Road into one (according to the Oxford Mail).
We don't shop in Waitrose, even though we can afford to.  We slum it with everyone else in the Abingdon Tesco. :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 04, 2013, 11:54:12 am

Actually neither does Oxford... guess JLP thought Abingdon would suffice around here.     :)

http://www.kevinlaurence.net/googlemaps/waitrose.html

We slum it with everyone else in the Abingdon Tesco. :)
[SHUDDER]
Sainsbury at Heyford Hill is a far nicer experience ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 04, 2013, 12:02:47 pm
Swindon has no Waitrose, but you probably guessed that.

Actually neither does Oxford... guess JLP thought Abingdon would suffice around here.     :)

http://www.kevinlaurence.net/googlemaps/waitrose.html
That map is quite funny - Didcot is a waitrose-free zone at the centre of a cross of local stores!

(Why would anyone build such a website? Oh well, if it keeps kevinlaurence happy ... )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 04, 2013, 12:10:43 pm
Wallingford.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on April 04, 2013, 02:18:36 pm
We have one in Wantage :smug:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on April 04, 2013, 05:01:05 pm
Can't see a Wantage thread taking off somehow, nor a Wallingford. Didcot deserves!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 04, 2013, 09:00:48 pm
Quite.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 08, 2013, 09:04:53 am
Can't see a Wantage thread taking off somehow, nor a Wallingford. Didcot deserves!
Harwell must feel like someone who's woken up in bed with an obese and rather minging stranger and can't think how to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on April 08, 2013, 07:31:37 pm
Harwell must feel like someone who's woken up in bed with an obese and rather minging stranger and can't think how to get rid of them.

Harwell's altered demographic, over the years was/is probably glad to have the A34 cut between it and Didcot - not to mention the closing of some of the worst pubs know to little men who were banned from every other place within the Lambourn/Aston Tirrold/Lockinge triangle.

I once stepped out with two of three sisters who lived in the furthest west (north side) bungalow in Didcot. Still is

EDIT: Harwell had a ridiculous number of pubs! One of which, on the "main" street, closed, threw out the red swirly sticky carpets and became an old people's home - with different sticky carpets.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 08, 2013, 07:37:51 pm
It was pointed out to me that the A34 does no such thing - it actually cuts thru the East of Harwell. I suppose he was technically right ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on April 08, 2013, 07:45:11 pm
It was pointed out to me that the A34 does no such thing - it actually cuts thru the East of Harwell. I suppose he was technically right ...

Yeahbutt - Rowstock Corner (pre A34 as we know it now) was the first roundabout I ever encountered as a lad. Lots of dull blue and grey buses shipping Didcotonians to HARWELL THE LABORATORY mingling with the ESSO gang going north! Chemicals scare I.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on April 08, 2013, 09:31:07 pm
Can't see a Wantage thread taking off somehow, nor a Wallingford. Didcot deserves!
Harwell must feel like someone who's woken up in bed with an obese and rather minging stranger and can't think how to get rid of them.
Ghastly, isn't it?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on April 10, 2013, 07:06:56 pm
Ghastly, isn't it?

Harwell is grim yes - the slope on their cricket and footie fields caused many of us to fall off >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 23, 2013, 08:40:12 pm
Passing through Didcot on Sunday, I remarked to the random bloke in the seat next to me how different Teh Cooling Towers looked without steam. "I heard it was closing down," he replied, "but I come through here several times a week for work and I hadn't noticed."
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 23, 2013, 08:47:36 pm
I was meant to be passing through Didcot today, but my bowels exploded.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on April 27, 2013, 10:16:52 pm
I was meant to be passing through Didcot today, but my bowels exploded.

It's a known symptom of Didcotitis.

Coming back from this morning's Brighton jaunt, I grabbed my phone and thought that those in this thread from far-flung Forrn Parts might enjoy this while it's still there:

http://youtu.be/oz7AJoNGE68
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 28, 2013, 07:48:19 am
They're supposed to be re-opening the old Wantage Road station at Grove, which might mean no-one ever has to go to Didcot again.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 02, 2013, 09:16:45 pm
Hot topics on the Didcot forum this week include the rude staff in the BP garage, people driving at 20mph (bastards!) and someone running down The Broadway (presumably to escape Didcot).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 17, 2013, 10:47:39 am
Not a lot to report today. A sad power station and a few weak rays of sunshine.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on May 21, 2013, 09:34:35 am
Spotted a sign on the fencing around the building works at Didcot Parkway:

Quote
Didcot. Getting bigger. Getting better.

Well one out of two ain't bad.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 28, 2013, 10:38:05 am
It appears that Cow Lane bridge wasn't flooded for once, prompting this moan about cyclists on Didcot Forum.  Apparently it was a man with a beard, round glasses and a very determined expression.

http://www.didcot.com/forum/?read=34527
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on May 30, 2013, 04:51:18 pm
My wife has spent this afternoon in Didcot and yesterday in Bicester chauffeuring my son on half term activities. Here verdict?

"2½ hours in Didcot is better than 2 in Bicester"

So it's not all bad....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 31, 2013, 03:38:31 pm
It appears that Cow Lane bridge wasn't flooded for once,
Not quite flooded, but it was pretty wet on Sunday morning. (the day I chose for my first ride sans guards  :facepalm: )

(http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/resources/images/2466980.jpg?type=articlePortrait)

"High Drama
 (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/10444988.High_drama_after_water_main_bursts/?ref=mr)"
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 01, 2013, 01:15:59 am
"the height of a lamppost". Yup, I think she is right.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on June 04, 2013, 05:32:13 pm
It appears that Cow Lane bridge wasn't flooded for once

Once upon a flood, I stalled a standard powder bluey green (light grey roof?) Farina Austin A40* (the original split hatch, both ways) with modified matte black bonnet (which I thought was artistic as I painted it myself with my dad's distemper brush and blackboard paint - the texture was so pre awesome (for Didcot) and rather flaky - might also go some way to explaining why I wasn't cut out for a Graphic Design degree course and thrown out of Maidenhead Art College a year later, I digress?), subsequently wet the carpets and flooded the footwells, under Cow Lane bridge thus creating an embarrassing blockage. Fortunately the pig farmer in his Fordson or whatever tractors were called, who lived and farmed the solely agri smelly land north of the bridge (long pre the concrete brick effect Legoland housing "development"), mechanically "pushed" my motor back to the saftey of the Didcot side so he could carry on to the Station Hotel for his lunchtime pint.

*in those days every car had "personalised" number plates - it was PPA 119 - probably quite a sad example for which some dumb modernist person from anytown might now pay money for and treasure??

Have I told the story of the policeman on his bicycle chasing said car driven by moi with broken exhaust (ran over a brick that fell from Marsh Bridge whilst driving through/underneath (un/dis/non flooded) on way to very temporary (thankfully) job with Rupert Murdoch on Headington Hill in Oxford - but decided to return home cos the noise was VERY VERY loud - sweaty red faced navy serge silver button uniformed helmeted fat fuzz fuck with a worn out whistle tried to catch me all the way back to the end of Glebe Road, where I got nabbed and my mam lost it with him and no charges were brought?


Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 04, 2013, 06:42:33 pm
It appears that Cow Lane bridge wasn't flooded for once

Once upon a flood, I stalled a standard powder bluey green (light grey roof?) Farina Austin A40* (the original split hatch, both ways) with modified matte black bonnet (which I thought was artistic as I painted it myself with my dad's distemper brush and blackboard paint - the texture was so pre awesome (for Didcot) and rather flaky - might also go some way to explaining why I wasn't cut out for a Graphic Design degree course and thrown out of Maidenhead Art College a year later, I digress?), subsequently wet the carpets and flooded the footwells, under Cow Lane bridge thus creating an embarrassing blockage. Fortunately the pig farmer in his Fordson or whatever tractors were called, who lived and farmed the solely agri smelly land north of the bridge (long pre the concrete brick effect Legoland housing "development"), mechanically "pushed" my motor back to the saftey of the Didcot side so he could carry on to the Station Hotel for his lunchtime pint.

*in those days every car had "personalised" number plates - it was PPA 119 - probably quite a sad example for which some dumb modernist person from anytown might now pay money for and treasure??

Have I told the story of the policeman on his bicycle chasing said car driven by moi with broken exhaust (ran over a brick that fell from Marsh Bridge whilst driving through/underneath (un/dis/non flooded) on way to very temporary (thankfully) job with Rupert Murdoch on Headington Hill in Oxford - but decided to return home cos the noise was VERY VERY loud - sweaty red faced navy serge silver button uniformed helmeted fat fuzz fuck with a worn out whistle tried to catch me all the way back to the end of Glebe Road, where I got nabbed and my mam lost it with him and no charges were brought?

Utterly OT, but I once drove my parents' Mini through a ford two feet deeper than the marker posts suggested.  Well, halfway through a ford.

"Oh yes", said a passing cockwomble in a Range Rover, "those posts have been wrong for years!"  He then buggered off, leaving Buttercup1 and me stranded in three feet of water, much of it choosing to pour in under the doors and through of the heater.

I winched her out on the starter and a helpful passing dog-walker advised me on drying out the distributor.  I limped home and then had about four hours to dry out the interior before picking up the folks from Airwick Gatport.

"Funny smell in here" says Ma.

"Huge puddle" quoth I, "and old Minis can be a bit leaky."

I think I got away with it ;D

1 - she was very yellow
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 15, 2013, 12:50:07 pm
Les Mis flash mob in Sainsburys this morning.

Apparently noone pelted them with rotten fruit.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 15, 2013, 01:10:28 pm
Les Mis flash mob in Sainsburys this morning.

Apparently noone pelted them with rotten fruit.
Can anyone really tell the difference between Paris communards and Didcot pikeys, though?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on June 15, 2013, 03:20:57 pm
Do they even have fruit in Didcot?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 16, 2013, 03:39:37 am
 ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Littlesox on June 16, 2013, 05:54:25 am
I've never been to Didcot (or if I have, it obviously wasn't memorable).

But having read this thread, it sounds very much like Telford.

i.e. Somewhere that was designed by the Minisitry of Blott On the Landscapes in the 1960's where a collection of Shropshire villages were all joined together by masses of concrete and roundabouts. Here, the flotsam and jetsam of the West Midlands could settle in peace and harmony and this place will be known forever as Telford.

Pish.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 16, 2013, 07:35:47 am
Didcot is smaller than Telford, has a less effective road system and, whereas Telford was allegedly planned, Didcot just happened.  There's nothing quite like Didcot, as the St Winifred's School Choir might have sung.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 16, 2013, 08:30:57 am
It's nothing like Telford.

But I think being put on a par with Telford could only raise the reputation of Didcot
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on June 16, 2013, 10:54:18 am
Telford, as already said, was planned. Didcot was an accident. A couple of railway lines (GWR & DN&SR) came together, & bred.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on June 16, 2013, 11:12:53 am
Do they even have fruit in Didcot?

Used to find some in tins. Made in the long gone canning factory in Park Road
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 20, 2013, 07:56:15 am
The sun is trying desperately to keep hidden behind a light cloud covering and there is a smell of sweat near the Daily Mail building.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 20, 2013, 07:42:02 pm
Just seen an extraordinary sight. A Hen Party getting off the train at Didcot.

On second thoughts, they might have been to Ascott.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 21, 2013, 06:37:47 am
Just seen an extraordinary sight. A Hen Party getting off the train at Didcot.

On second thoughts, they might have been to Ascott.
Didcot is probably a nice venue for your hen party, if you live in Slough.  Or Helmand Province.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: cycleman on June 21, 2013, 09:30:17 pm
most chickens here in slough would get curried before they could get to didcot  :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on July 15, 2013, 09:59:09 pm
On Friday, I cycled into Didcot.  And promptly cycled away again, heading westwards to Wales. It seemed a sensible idea.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 05, 2013, 07:39:39 pm
It's here and it's shut.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 05, 2013, 08:07:27 pm
The disappointment must rank with taking a train to a concentration camp and finding it shut.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on September 05, 2013, 08:12:13 pm
The disappointment must rank with taking a train to a concentration camp and finding it shut.

Outre?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 05, 2013, 08:55:44 pm
The Daily Mail is printed there.  What more do you want?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on September 05, 2013, 09:01:33 pm
The Daily Mail is printed there.  What more do you want?

GOOD Point?

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on September 15, 2013, 04:02:27 pm
My train just went past Didcot Parkway. The sky has changed colour.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Gattopardo on September 15, 2013, 04:36:18 pm
All those miles for that one post......that is dedication.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jzWRYr-b_Y
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 15, 2013, 09:45:51 pm
It is dark tonight. Very dark.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 06, 2013, 04:56:41 pm
The sun is out at Didcot but everyone wants to board the train.  There appears to be a new car park under construction.  Patsy Kensit has a new book out, presumably about all the famous people she's shagged. The down  platform has a solitary conifer in a pot.  It must be the saddest tree in the whole world.  Nevertheless, I admire its fortitude.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on October 06, 2013, 05:02:26 pm
The down  platform has a solitary conifer in a pot.  It must be the saddest tree in the whole world

The connection is plain for all to see?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 06, 2013, 05:03:26 pm
It must be the saddest tree in the whole world.
I've heard the platform is down, too.

BOOM BOOM

(what the heck does Ms Kensit have to do with all this?!? I'm intrigued ... )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 06, 2013, 05:06:07 pm
Poster, innit.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on October 06, 2013, 05:10:23 pm
Even in my 50s/60s/70s Didcot living days, I never saw anyone on the mainline down platform. Who would want to got Swindon? Different county altogether
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on October 06, 2013, 05:19:20 pm
Didcot got a mention at the end of the 'Now Show' .... that's how low Didcot has become ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 06, 2013, 06:01:10 pm
Even in my 50s/60s/70s Didcot living days, I never saw anyone on the mainline down platform. Who would want to got Swindon? Different county altogether
Don't cross the genes!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: clarion on October 07, 2013, 08:57:38 am
Didcot got a mention at the end of the 'Now Show' .... that's how low Didcot has become ....

We heard two mentions of Carshalton in consecutive programmes on R4Extra.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 10, 2013, 08:56:40 am
It's bright! It's happening! It's here!!

Luckily the train is just pulling out.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on October 13, 2013, 07:17:17 pm
According to Wikipedia, one of the contestants in The Great British Bake-Off comes from Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 13, 2013, 10:56:58 pm
Went through Didcot twice yesterday.

Didn't stop either time. Rare result.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 14, 2013, 06:34:03 am
According to Wikipedia, one of the contestants in The Great British Bake-Off comes from Didcot.
The Empress Palpatine?  She's way too posh for Didcot - she probably lives in Sutton Courtenay.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on October 14, 2013, 11:49:04 am
According to Wikipedia, one of the contestants in The Great British Bake-Off comes from Didcot.
The Empress Palpatine?  She's way too posh for Didcot - she probably lives in Sutton Courtenay.

I know not the Empress Palpatine of whom you speak. Wikipedia names the Didcotteuse as Christine Wallace.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 14, 2013, 12:06:49 pm
Put her in a black cloak and she'd be Darth Frangipane.  She kept shooting evil looks at the delectable Ruby.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 14, 2013, 05:27:30 pm
According to Wikipedia, one of the contestants in The Great British Bake-Off comes from Didcot.
The Empress Palpatine?  She's way too posh for Didcot - she probably lives in Sutton Courtenay.

I expect so - that's where the power station is.

I've now watched a bit of TGBBO - Ruby smashed a mixing bowl. Didn't see The Empress - someone said she's been knocked out?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on October 14, 2013, 05:56:40 pm
Can't see my "hometown" being connected with anything nice like cake - or more importantly tele and porn ???
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: SteveC on November 01, 2013, 05:42:04 pm
It's all moving away...

http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/LocalPages/NewsDetails.aspx?nsid=28188&t=1&lid=3

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2013, 06:43:48 pm
How sad.  :'( Togg Hill, where it's spending the night, is a bit of a local dogging area I think. Perhaps Rogerzilla will lead a night ride to get photos of the big machines?  :D The photo accompanying the article surely qualifies it for Little Eye on the Provinces!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 01, 2013, 07:08:41 pm
The photo accompanying the article surely qualifies it for Little Eye on the Provinces!
Oh yes, good spot. It's such a non-picture that I didn't even notice it the first time.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 16, 2013, 09:22:43 am
Second transformer moved last night apparently...

Two short videos of the 1st one on here...  http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/VIDEO-Giant-transformer-passes-Bristol-area/story-20027297-detail/story.html
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 16, 2013, 11:28:10 am
There's no "apparently" about it - I wuz there!!!

Definitely Quite Interesting. Took them about 30 mins to get off the railway bridge and round the 2nd roundabout here (http://goo.gl/maps/hWCav). If it had been quicker (and warmer), I'd upgrade it to an enjoyable outing!

A decent crowd gathered - I think most people were hoping they'd hit something with the thing (I suspect they did - there were awful noises at one stage, but we couldn't see well enough to be sure ...) . With the road closures, an awful lot of people turned up by bike, which was nice.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 16, 2013, 11:34:52 am
Second transformer moved last night apparently...

Two short videos of the 1st one on here...  http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/VIDEO-Giant-transformer-passes-Bristol-area/story-20027297-detail/story.html
Class comments of course, it's all the fault of sat nav.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenrrd on November 17, 2013, 10:44:09 am
Second transformer moved last night apparently...

Two short videos of the 1st one on here...  http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/VIDEO-Giant-transformer-passes-Bristol-area/story-20027297-detail/story.html
Class comments of course, it's all the fault of sat nav.

It has also been advertised that this was going to happen on the route for weeks and weeks.  Still, it's not their fault they didn't plan their journey properly, it's Tom Toms.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on November 18, 2013, 12:42:57 pm
Didcot transformer on BBC  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24987657

Our energy production infrastructure on the way out again...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on November 18, 2013, 04:28:31 pm
It has also been advertised that this was going to happen on the route for weeks and weeks.  Still, it's not their fault they didn't plan their journey properly, it's Tom Toms.
Signage was rather random, it seems. I rode thru the power station roundabout every day last week (and 3 hours before the show); not a single warning sign!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 19, 2013, 12:43:13 pm
Going to Germany - I wonder what they're doing with it there?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on November 19, 2013, 01:29:21 pm
Going to Germany - I wonder what they're doing with it there?

It's probably full of PCBs, and I expect there are some clever Germans who are equipped to dispose of it safely.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 19, 2013, 06:33:58 pm
It's for those sorts of reasons I'd assumed it was headed for somewhere like China or possibly a municipal waste dump in West Africa.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on November 19, 2013, 06:50:26 pm
Thanks all you GUYS (assuming like ::-) re recent posts) for deflecting my mad mind dilemma/horror and then guilt for refusing the invitation to spend a forthcoming "festive" in Didcot with my ageing lone dad in the house where I lived form age 1 to age 17

How many people can face returning I wonder?

Paypal donations to prevent/preclude/distract me getting on that inevitable " train + train + train", welcome
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Feanor on November 19, 2013, 10:09:14 pm
I read somewhere on the Interweb that the transformers were fairly new, and were being returned for refurb and re-use.

It might be that they were originally supplied by Siemens in the first place; they do that sort of thing.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 20, 2013, 06:33:38 am
Headline: "Didcot ejects 150 tonnes of Siemens".
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 03, 2013, 06:39:30 pm
Helena Bonham-Carter lives in Didcot!

(sort of, or if she doesn't then the power station isn't there either)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-25202132
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 04, 2013, 07:18:47 pm
(you're right - it isn't. I may have mentioned this before ...  )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 14, 2013, 06:59:59 pm
I spotted Didcot from a safe distance on the M40 this afternoon.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on December 14, 2013, 07:02:16 pm
I spotted Didcot from a safe distance on the M40 this afternoon.

That's a pretty prudent distance. On the other hand I've just got back from there. Think you had the better experience.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 15, 2013, 05:29:09 pm
Flippin eck - we've got a murder hunt on!  :-\

(I just missed riding through the search happening on the disused Upton railway line. Probably not a pleasant sight.)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on January 05, 2014, 07:57:38 pm
According to the "local news" on Didcot Angle (the home of didcot.forum), there is a risk of coastal flooding.  Presumably at Radley Lakes.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on January 05, 2014, 08:00:24 pm
and on the subject of Radley (just up the train line from Didcot), the most famous local resident is...er...not all that impressive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radley
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: red marley on January 07, 2014, 07:37:35 pm
OK then Roger, so when did you start collecting moths?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 07, 2014, 08:33:00 pm
Come on? How far are we prepared to EXTEND the concept or reality of Didcot?

Radley is SO beyond bounds - don't we have MODERATORS on YACF to police these transgressions?

I might have to cease my anal subscription to any further NEWS on this forum

Humph
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 14, 2014, 07:19:29 am
Although it is dark I know it is out there. I can sense it brooding, like a hippopotamus with piles.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on January 14, 2014, 07:55:54 am
OK then Roger, so when did you start collecting moths?
Bill Wyman has been keeping a journal since about 1948, but
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 14, 2014, 04:34:16 pm
It has just been announced as Didcock.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 14, 2014, 07:08:17 pm
Icy this morning. Quite pleasant at 6pm (for January). Hardly any floods of note now.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on February 16, 2014, 12:39:23 pm
http://www.didcot.com/forum/?read=35448

Why, I ask you, WHY?

(because they came by mail order?)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 18, 2014, 01:22:08 pm
Have you seen the size of the proposed Valley Park development to the West of Didcot, next to the new Gt Westn Park estate?   :o  Developer's dream scenario.

(pdf)  http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2014%20Local%20Plan%20leaflet.pdf



Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on April 10, 2014, 07:22:46 am
Is now sporting some double decker bike racks!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenrrd on April 10, 2014, 12:32:54 pm
Have you seen the size of the proposed Valley Park development to the West of Didcot, next to the new Gt Westn Park estate?   :o  Developer's dream scenario.

(pdf)  http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2014%20Local%20Plan%20leaflet.pdf

This is all part of VoWH super aggressive planning policies, which are being brought about by Tory councillor Matthew Barber.
The proposal to build an out of town shopping area in Botley (where I live) has led to over 700 objections, including one by the Tory MP Nicola Blackwood and one by Oxford City Council!

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11118852.A_massive__no__to_West_Way_development_plans/

Hopefully Councillor Barber will get voted out at the next elections.  He really is an arse.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 24, 2014, 02:39:30 pm
What's the best curry house in Didcot?  Preferably one that doesn't use meat from domestic animals and isn't a Johnny no-stars for food hygiene?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 24, 2014, 02:49:44 pm
Preferably one that doesn't use meat from domestic animals and isn't a Johnny no-stars for food hygiene?
If you can't ask nicely ...

<stomps off>
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 24, 2014, 03:19:03 pm
Oh come on, it's urgent ;-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: bikenrrd on April 24, 2014, 05:36:09 pm
Dil Raj in Abingdon is the best curry house in Oxfordshire (probably).
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 24, 2014, 05:59:37 pm
Dil Raj in Abingdon is the best curry house in Oxfordshire (probably).

I know Abingdon would LIKE to be called part of Didcot, but it ain't yet  ;D


I've never checked any elf-n-safety-gorn-mad ratings, but this place has been very dependable over the years:
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g580410-d5433498-r194806300-Sun_Koshi_Tandoori_Restaurant-Didcot_Oxfordshire_England.html


It's only mid-to-cheap, may not suit Sir's expensive Wiltshire tastes. But i really like it, and it's been there since at least 2008.(I think they have a branch in Reading too).

It's 2 doors from another one - it's ok, a bit less interesting - which has changed name recently. And another few yards along (West I think?) is a more up-market place. This was fine when friends treated us about a year ago. Has just changed to "Angel Falls", leaflet thru the door today by coincidence. It's the only one with any exterior pretensions.

All of them are very walkable from the station, and much cheaper than Dil-Raj!


There's another swankier one at the Harwell end of town (same road!), which I've never been in, sorry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on April 24, 2014, 06:13:51 pm
Word has it that in some of the restaurants in Didcot the service is poor atm following this...
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/11062812.Illegal_workers_held_after_restaurant_raids/?ref=mr

4mls from Didcot (in Long Wittenham) is http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g504077-d2008553-Reviews-The_Vine_and_Spice-Abingdon_Oxfordshire_England.html

Supposed to be the best the best curry house in the Vale... described as being in Abingdon (though nearer to Didcot. ;)). Slightly on the pricey side though.  Food Hygiene R of 5/5.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on April 25, 2014, 07:13:06 am
Ah, thanks Andy: you've reminded me about something at work yesterday.

A colleague's wife received astonishingly rude service from one of the Abingdon places after ordering a take-away. I'll try to confirm which one it was ... EDIT: forgot to ask, but I'm fairly sure it was Dil-Raj.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 25, 2014, 01:20:33 pm
Dil Raj in Abingdon is the best curry house in Oxfordshire (probably).

I know Abingdon would LIKE to be called part of Didcot, but it ain't yet  ;D


I might have to report you to the Mods for such slander!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on April 25, 2014, 01:21:38 pm
Word has it that in some of the restaurants in Didcot the service is poor atm following this...
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/11062812.Illegal_workers_held_after_restaurant_raids/?ref=mr

4mls from Didcot (in Long Wittenham) is http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g504077-d2008553-Reviews-The_Vine_and_Spice-Abingdon_Oxfordshire_England.html

Supposed to be the best the best curry house in the Vale... described as being in Abingdon (though nearer to Didcot. ;)). Slightly on the pricey side though.  Food Hygiene R of 5/5.

Similar arrests in some Abingdon eateries as well a few weeks back.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on April 30, 2014, 11:14:41 pm
eeeeuuuh  Tankers called in to bail out pumping station (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/11179842.Tankers_called_in_to_bail_out_pumping_station)

“About 500 homes have been built at Great Western Park so far and as I understand it the homes have been linked to the existing sewerage system for the town...' 

Nothing like some good infrastructure planning... in the midst of the developer's gold rush.   ::-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 01, 2014, 01:25:06 pm
Great Western Park is not my favourite place at the mo! See also:
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=68483.msg1676617#msg1676617

For Jaded: It's pissing down at the mo. I think this rain was forecast to stay a few miles south. Well they were wrong!

Has anyone mentioned the double-decker bike racks? I've been to look but have no idea how they work!
And there's a massive new sculpture in the town centre. Odd, but not unpleasant.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 01, 2014, 09:33:22 pm
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on May 01, 2014, 10:09:32 pm
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.
You live a dangerous life ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 04, 2014, 11:29:08 am
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.

Not been to the Fox or Cherry tree for a while.  Colleagues tend to favour the somewhat souless, car park-surrounded, opposite-the-station, Prince of Wales in Didcot, so they can get ratted and stagger home... 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on May 04, 2014, 04:03:03 pm
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.

.... somewhat souless, car park-surrounded, opposite-the-station, Prince of Wales in Didcot, so they can get ratted and stagger home...
You say that like it's a bad thing!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 04, 2014, 07:19:45 pm
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.

.... somewhat souless, car park-surrounded, opposite-the-station, Prince of Wales in Didcot, so they can get ratted and stagger home...
You say that like it's a bad thing!

I somehow seem to be driving, and on one half a pint, and orange juice...    ;)  This last time they were chucking Jager-bomb plastic containers at each other...  :P
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on May 04, 2014, 11:36:19 pm
Went to the pub in Steventon in the end.  Picked the rougher one of the two next door to each other.

.... somewhat souless, car park-surrounded, opposite-the-station, Prince of Wales in Didcot, so they can get ratted and stagger home...
You say that like it's a bad thing!

I somehow seem to be driving, and on one half a pint, and orange juice...    ;)  This last time they were chucking Jager-bomb plastic containers at each other...  :P
Peasants!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 05, 2014, 08:38:32 pm
Was on the Arena programme on Spitting Image. I know it was a long time ago, but that's what time shifting is for.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 07, 2014, 09:55:53 am
That's the best of the day gone.

...the grey clouds start.

Didcot Parkway.

Where the Engine of Hope meets the Buffers of Despair.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 07, 2014, 11:14:05 am
Off to Didcot for a curry tonight.  Wish me luck.   ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on May 07, 2014, 10:53:09 pm
Had one at The Blue Spice in Steventon tonight (no complaints) or might have seen you.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 07, 2014, 11:14:54 pm
We were at Indian Dream.  Cobra on tap, service was good (not busy though), food was fine - no complaints either.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 08, 2014, 09:02:52 am
1) Animal, vegetable or mineral?  Mostly the last two.
2) Is it grey? Yes
3) Is it dull? Yes
4) Are there dancing girls with pompoms and glorious smiles? No
5) Is it Wolverhampton? No.
15 questions left.
6) Does it stand in splendour dominating its countryside? No
7) Does it sit brooding, like an over fed, scabby sharpei, scaring little children and causing fits in pensioners? Yes
It's Didcot, isn't it! Yes.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Riggers on May 08, 2014, 09:05:50 am
A friend of mine's daughter lives in Didcot.

I have nothing else to add.

I'm sorry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: SteveC on May 24, 2014, 08:37:09 am
I shall be in Harwell (which Apple Maps considers to be part of Didcot) this weekend.
Are there any precautions (apart from not going) I should take?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on May 24, 2014, 09:17:59 am
I shall be in Harwell (which Apple Maps considers to be part of Didcot) this weekend.
Are there any precautions (apart from not going) I should take?

You should be OK, as Harwell's the right side of the A34, other than that from looking out of the window I'd suggest bringing a liferaft.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 24, 2014, 11:51:10 am
I shall be in Harwell (which Apple Maps considers to be part of Didcot) this weekend.
Are there any precautions (apart from not going) I should take?

You should be OK, as Harwell's the right side of the A34, other than that from looking out of the window I'd suggest bringing a liferaft.
Acksherly ...
I received a big lecture once about how Harwell spans  both sides of the A34.

Be sure not to upset them, Steve!

[Sun now shining on Didcot - as usual  :smug: ]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 24, 2014, 12:14:37 pm
I shall be in Harwell (which Apple Maps considers to be part of Didcot) this weekend.
Are there any precautions (apart from not going) I should take?

The White Hart (Now the Hart at harwell) use to do a good steak & ale pie, but I haven't been for a few years now...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on May 24, 2014, 01:56:47 pm
Didcot was dull and grey both times yesterday.

So I didn't comment.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on May 24, 2014, 04:24:52 pm
Didcot was dull and grey both times yesterday.

So I didn't comment.
... until now ....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on May 24, 2014, 05:22:41 pm
My wife went to Didcot today. She's happy to be home...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: SteveC on June 24, 2014, 06:10:17 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on June 24, 2014, 10:19:52 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230)

Do we need a forum ride / camping weekend?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 24, 2014, 10:24:10 pm
I wondered about something like that, but

it is only three of the 6 towers (I think) and
I'll be in Glasgow
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2014, 10:27:48 am
Shame, in a way. They're not unattractive and they're certainly a feature.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 25, 2014, 12:17:19 pm
I wondered about something like that, but

it is only three of the 6 towers (I think) and
I'll be in Glasgow
Yes, but the other 3 will come down pretty soon. That was the plan, anyway.

I'll be returning from Glasgow the evening before. I may be quite zonked after the 1300k in Scotchland, but will endeavour to get up in time for this!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 25, 2014, 12:59:14 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230)


Do we need a forum ride / camping weekend?

How about a bring-your-own-breakfast sunrise ride to Wittenham clumps (http://binged.it/UJ57X2), and to see the towers come down?  A 'Didcot arrow'?  ;)  *


Looking to the power station.    From a ride I did with mini-ao: more here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/25983110@N05/sets/72157645348501912/)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/14317587898_c8939bd346_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nPco4L)P1220577 (https://flic.kr/p/nPco4L) by ao (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Looking at the sunrise:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5534/14500793331_a9f06a2c68_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o6omE8)P1220575-HDR (https://flic.kr/p/o6omE8) by ao (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr


*unfortunately I won't be around.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 25, 2014, 10:36:21 pm
How does a defunct transformer catch fire?    http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/11300784.Update__Fire_at_Didcot_Power_Station_earmarked_for_demolition___pictures_and_video/

Oh, and...

Secrecy surrounds exact time of Didcot explosion (http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/11295583.Secrecy_surrounds_exact_time_of_Didcot_explosion/)
Quote
But the firm refused to give an exact time, although dawn will be at 5.17am on that day.

Spokeswoman Kelly Brown said: “[We] do not want thousands of people turning up to watch the towers come down (even though this may happen) so it is hoped that by not announcing the time this could help.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 25, 2014, 10:38:54 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230)


Do we need a forum ride / camping weekend?

How about a bring-your-own-breakfast sunrise ride to Wittenham clumps (http://binged.it/UJ57X2), and to see the towers come down?  A 'Didcot arrow'?  ;)  *


Looking to the power station.    From a ride I did with mini-ao: more here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/25983110@N05/sets/72157645348501912/)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/14317587898_c8939bd346_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nPco4L)P1220577 (https://flic.kr/p/nPco4L) by ao (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Looking at the sunrise:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5534/14500793331_a9f06a2c68_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o6omE8)P1220575-HDR (https://flic.kr/p/o6omE8) by ao (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr


*unfortunately I won't be around.
I like this idea.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on June 28, 2014, 08:00:43 am
This is turning very bizarre! Didcot has never had a surreal controversy like this. It's likeone of the story ideas the League of Gentlemen rejected.

Anyhoo, I'm happy to get up for a 3am show, but not so happy to stand around in my jim-jams for 2 hours. So I hope the actual time gets leaked well before the day :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 28, 2014, 08:20:11 am
Well, you'd better get up.

We want live streaming of the event from Writtenham Clumps.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on June 28, 2014, 09:27:49 am
The last time I was up at Wittenham Clumps ('70?) there were some droppings of lysergic acid diethylamide - if only I were young and foolish again . . . .  :hand:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on June 28, 2014, 10:04:12 am
On 27 July sunrise is 5.20am.

Looks like nightime demolition of cooling towers occurs...  Derby.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e_KZ35bbqM

ps. cheers Oranj.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on June 29, 2014, 04:04:42 pm
Might not happen at night...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-28078785 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-28078785)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on June 30, 2014, 02:54:46 pm
Ed Lazy has got in on the act and sent a letter requesting that it be delayed until after 6am and that a countdown be projected onto one of the towers as local residents won't be able to watch them for several hours and won't want to miss it if they blink!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: srw on July 07, 2014, 12:38:40 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27979230)
Oh no! Another icon of my 70s childhood is brought low.

Stonking view yesterday from the top of Kop Hill above Princes Risborough - almost made up for having to walk the last hundred yards.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 08, 2014, 09:40:17 am
Didcot was hot and sunny yesterday morning. Glorious views of the Wittenham Clumps and the Iconic Cooling Towers from a long way off. Very helpful and friendly station staff made up for the driver of the huge tractor, with wheels above my head, which passed an inch from my shoulder (was this MattC's hit squad?)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 08, 2014, 04:39:09 pm
Rode up the Clumps* today to eat my lunch. Glorious, not too hot.

I was reminded of the panoramic view of the J.E.Torus at Fulham, to the Diamond particle spinner thingy at Harwell, with the rather less subtle cooling towers in  between!
(+ lots of green fields in all directions)


Pissing down here now ...


*illegally, on a footpath
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 11, 2014, 06:17:01 pm
Now the towers have their own thread, don't expect this one to go cold, oh no:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=575766135878423&substory_index=0&id=318597311595308&ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_activity

Apologies for FB link
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on July 17, 2014, 04:46:33 pm
I was in Didcot yesterday. I'm pleased to see they're upgrading the front of the station to one of those ubiquitous and grim paved spaces that seem especially keen to associate themselves with train station frontages. Every town and city needs one. Rumours has it that they ship the slabs from Limbo, which explains the soul-sapping desolation of such spaces. It's not complete, of course. Half the vegetation in the planters needs to die, and the other half needs to look like it's planning to do so quite soon. There's no harvest of crisp papers and chocolate bar wrappers in the beds. Nor does it yet have the piss-stains, the mystery human-or-animal turd, the discarded cans of Special Brew, or the two bored teens with skateboards. Give it time.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on July 17, 2014, 04:54:52 pm
.... Nor does it yet have the piss-stains, the mystery human-or-animal turd, the discarded cans of Special Brew, or the two bored teens with skateboards. Give it time.

You obviously weren't paying attention or didn't have cause to use the car park. There were 2 fine specimens on the footpath in the morning which, come evening, had been smeared over the path and 'matured' quite impressively.

I wouldn't normally comment but such a gross lack of observation couldn't be allowed to go un-noticed. ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 17, 2014, 05:00:47 pm
I'm off with my cat to Didcot, where the streets are paved with shit.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Efrogwr on July 17, 2014, 05:23:59 pm
I was in Didcot yesterday. I'm pleased to see they're upgrading the front of the station to one of those ubiquitous and grim paved spaces that seem especially keen to associate themselves with train station frontages. Every town and city needs one. Rumours has it that they ship the slabs from Limbo, which explains the soul-sapping desolation of such spaces. It's not complete, of course. Half the vegetation in the planters needs to die, and the other half needs to look like it's planning to do so quite soon. There's no harvest of crisp papers and chocolate bar wrappers in the beds. Nor does it yet have the piss-stains, the mystery human-or-animal turd, the discarded cans of Special Brew, or the two bored teens with skateboards. Give it time.

They get them from the mine that Charlotte posted in The Pub.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on July 17, 2014, 05:28:42 pm
.... Nor does it yet have the piss-stains, the mystery human-or-animal turd, the discarded cans of Special Brew, or the two bored teens with skateboards. Give it time.

You obviously weren't paying attention or didn't have cause to use the car park. There were 2 fine specimens on the footpath in the morning which, come evening, had been smeared over the path and 'matured' quite impressively.

I wouldn't normally comment but such a gross lack of observation couldn't be allowed to go un-noticed. ;D

I did run for a taxi admittedly. In such a space, especially in Didcot, you can't help but feel that your immortal soul is exposed and ready to pluck. Of course, I was headed for the purgatorial hinterlands of Milton Park. They probably pipe the Styx under the entrance road.

I do wonder who actually thinks these pointless and grim spaces are improvements. I suspect they have dead eyes and say things like 'urban realm.'
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 17, 2014, 05:51:50 pm
Interesting. I think this is the first time I've lived through a station makeover.

it's taken bloody years. I honestly can't remember what it used to look like - maybe it was better, maybe it was even worse.

I also have no idea how to use the upper tier of the new bike racks; perhaps I'll never park a bike there ever again.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 18, 2014, 01:04:45 pm
When I was waiting on the platform a couple of weeks ago, two people were discussing the bad design of that multi-tiered rack as they parked their bikes. Their complaint was that while putting their bikes in the lower tier, it was hard to avoid hitting your head on the top racks.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on July 19, 2014, 10:10:37 am
npower, still party poopers...
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/hsdidcotnews/11349488.RWE_npower_says_____We_don___t_want_you_coming_to_see_demolition_of_towers___/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 19, 2014, 10:22:17 am
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/didcot_stand_up.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 19, 2014, 08:44:50 pm
It was raining heavily at Didcot this morning when my wife's train was delayed there. Normal, really.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Feanor on July 19, 2014, 11:21:29 pm
Ive been to Didcot now. Onna train from Paddington to Cardiff. I think we passed through at about 125mph, but I spotted the now disused cooling towers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 19, 2014, 11:23:56 pm
I think only half the ones you saw are disused.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 20, 2014, 01:15:33 pm
My slightly kinky friend from Harwell thinks they should turn the disused towers into an adult play centre.  However, when pressed she did clarify that this was just going to be slides, ball pools and the like, not manacles and slings.
Title: Didcot A demolition live stream
Post by: Kim on July 24, 2014, 12:26:13 pm
The contractors are going to live stream the demolition of the towers, in a futile bid to keep the hordes from descending on Didcot.  You can share the fun at: http://www.coleman-co.com/news/details.aspx?positionId=485
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 27, 2014, 10:10:54 am
My slightly kinky friend from Harwell thinks they should turn the disused towers into an adult play centre.  However, when pressed she did clarify that this was just going to be slides, ball pools and the like, not manacles and slings.
Ball pools? To keep them moist?  ???
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 27, 2014, 04:19:32 pm
Didcot will never be the same again...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-28487288
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 27, 2014, 06:10:54 pm
Didcot will never be the same again...


Too right - what aspect will you lot be rude about now?

 ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on July 27, 2014, 06:23:35 pm
Didcot will never be the same again...


Too right - what aspect will you lot be rude about now?

 ;)


Well some might say they've got rid of one of it's best features ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andygates on July 27, 2014, 07:52:05 pm
Kaboom!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lksoLwJ018

(not mine)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on July 29, 2014, 07:51:37 am
Didcot on Thought For Today at this instant. You can probably get it on iPlayer, but it's Thought For The Day, so why would you bother?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: red marley on July 29, 2014, 10:37:08 am
"I was out with my six-year old son this weekend watching the demolition of the Didcot power station, and he asked me, "Dad, did Jesus blow up cooling towers?". I thought about this for a moment and said "Well, yes son, in a way he did..."



My vicar friend does an excellent parody of this standard Thought For The Day template which he can fit to any occasion. He was actually taught how to do this at Vicar School.


Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 29, 2014, 03:46:34 pm
"I was out with my six-year old son this weekend watching the demolition of the Didcot power station, and he asked me, "Dad, did Jesus blow up cooling towers?". I thought about this for a moment and said "Well, yes son, in a way he did..."



My vicar friend does an excellent parody of this standard Thought For The Day template which he can fit to any occasion. He was actually taught how to do this at Vicar School.
Snort!

I'm actually a big (atheist ) fan of TFTD, but that clunky template does annoy me.  It also features in 90% of church sermons I've consumed. They must think very little of the average Today Programme listener.
Title: Didcot made news across the channel
Post by: Panoramix on July 29, 2014, 06:20:18 pm
Didcot went "international" :

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/video/2014/07/28/angleterre-la-demolition-d-une-centrale-electrique-filmee-par-les-habitants_4463950_3214.html
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on October 19, 2014, 09:27:07 pm
BBC News are reporting that Didcot B power station is apparently on fire. Pic from Twitter (https://twitter.com/MarcusM77/status/523929692609716224):

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0VfR2AIUAEWblh.jpg)

Hope everyone there is OK.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on October 19, 2014, 09:57:47 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29684205 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29684205)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: matthew on October 19, 2014, 10:22:53 pm
And there goes all the planning for the power balance this winter. We had better hope for a mild one, with a substantial number of nuclear reactors off line for safety inspections / remedial work they have been saying for a while the power balance could be tight.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 19, 2014, 10:40:53 pm
 :o :o
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on October 19, 2014, 11:28:01 pm
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/11545327.Update__Fire_at_Didcot_Power_Station_under_control_and__no_risk_to_the_public_/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2014, 12:23:28 am
Can Swindon match that?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on October 20, 2014, 09:37:46 am
Are they doing fireworks as well?
A few days early but with such a good fire,it would be a pity to waste it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: tonyh on October 20, 2014, 09:52:56 am
They got the date wrong, should have arranged it to illuminate the Upper Thames 200!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 20, 2014, 12:10:10 pm
Has MattC been playing with matches again?

Seriously - what the other matthew said a few posts ago.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vince on October 20, 2014, 03:31:58 pm
BBC News are reporting that Didcot B power station is apparently on fire. Pic from Twitter (https://twitter.com/MarcusM77/status/523929692609716224):

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0VfR2AIUAEWblh.jpg)

Hope everyone there is OK.

Dum dum da, dum dum dada, dum dum da, da daaaaa
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mcshroom on October 20, 2014, 03:39:35 pm
And there goes all the planning for the power balance this winter. We had better hope for a mild one, with a substantial number of nuclear reactors off line for safety inspections / remedial work they have been saying for a while the power balance could be tight.

Local news* was reporting yesterday that Hartlepool was going to be returning to service before Christmas, though at reduced power. I'd imagine the same will be true for the other two.



*Local being a relative term with BBC North East and (occasionally) Cumbria
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on October 27, 2014, 08:04:06 pm
Spotted Didcot through the haze from the M40 earlier.  It's not the same without the full compliment of cooling towers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on October 27, 2014, 09:20:04 pm
Saw it yesterday while cycling past Ipsden, the other side of the river. Wondered for a moment what was wrong. Doh!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on December 09, 2014, 07:55:49 pm
Apocalyptic sunrise over Didcot this morning

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8675/15797191367_9f91e3c175_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q4WJCp)Didcot Apocalypse (https://flic.kr/p/q4WJCp) by paulfulford (https://www.flickr.com/people/36022173@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on December 22, 2014, 07:21:23 pm
I saw orcs marauding in Didcot town centre this afternoon


Well I was watching the Hobbit
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on January 27, 2015, 12:44:12 pm
I see that Teethgrinder's been doing laps of Didcot today.   :D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 27, 2015, 12:53:22 pm
I see that Teethgrinder's been doing laps of Didcot today.   :D

Is that a worse omen than marauding Orcs? I can't decide  :-\
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 28, 2015, 12:52:13 am
I think he should take his chances with marauding orcs, rather than risk Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: HTFB on January 28, 2015, 11:26:21 am
We are the fighting UKIP-hai.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 03, 2015, 09:14:48 am
Didcot is sunny.

They are trying to rebrand it.

"Didcot - Event Horizon" is what I think it said.

Edited for typo
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vince on March 03, 2015, 09:25:24 am
"Didcot - Event Horizon" is what it tihnk it said.

The first image to pop into my head was a brightly lit horizon with a mushroom cloud on it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 12, 2015, 07:29:14 pm
https://flic.kr/p/qDet8b
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on March 19, 2015, 09:07:08 pm
I was in Didcot today for the first time in a while. I am sure there used to be more chimneys. In other news, someone has nicked one from Battersea too.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Zipperhead on March 20, 2015, 02:22:34 pm
I was in Didcot today for the first time in a while. I am sure there used to be more chimneys. In other news, someone has nicked one from Battersea too.

All four are going to be stolen, one by one, but replaced with plastic ones.

Still I suppose that if a 338 foot by 28 foot plastic tube blows down on you it's still going to sting a little.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 20, 2015, 05:08:08 pm
I was in Didcot today for the first time in a while. I am sure there used to be more chimneys. In other news, someone has nicked one from Battersea too.
10/10 for observation!

1/10 for keeping up with this thread. Sorry.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 23, 2015, 06:26:45 pm
This MUST have been posted already (like, back in Oct), but I somehow missed it:

www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/17/ode-to-didcot-power-station-kit-wright-review
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on April 15, 2015, 04:23:34 pm
People on benches looking like they want to be somewhere else.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vince on May 17, 2015, 08:07:00 pm
BBC 2 is currently showing a program on the demolition of the cooling towers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on May 17, 2015, 09:44:02 pm
BBC 2 is currently showing a program on the demolition of the cooling towers.

Yes noticed that...  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05whdh8/demolition-the-wrecking-crew-episode-1
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on May 24, 2015, 10:16:44 pm
Didcot in the news again.

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32867037  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32867037)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on May 24, 2015, 11:37:31 pm
For very wrong reasons.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on May 30, 2015, 06:31:21 pm
We were away on Saturday night - pparently there were about 300 police searching the area, but we completely missed everything. Only heard about it on national news.

Very sad.

Here's the (slightly positive) coda: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-32929503

(http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/936/media/images/83299000/jpg/_83299892_didcot_ribbons.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on May 30, 2015, 09:07:06 pm
Partner went through Didcot Station around 6pm last Saturday but was ensconced a English Music Festival concert when bodies were discovered.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on May 31, 2015, 09:32:41 pm
Partner went through Didcot Station around 6pm last Saturday but was ensconced a English Music Festival concert when bodies were discovered.
Was the concert in Dorchester?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on May 31, 2015, 10:22:14 pm
Partner went through Didcot Station around 6pm last Saturday but was ensconced a English Music Festival concert when bodies were discovered.
Was the concert in Dorchester?

I think it was in the Abbey at Dorchester on Thames. Venues for the Festival shuttle between Dorchester Abbey, the Silk Hall at Radley College and the church at Sutton Courtenay. I could check.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on June 01, 2015, 12:10:02 pm
Partner went through Didcot Station around 6pm last Saturday but was ensconced a English Music Festival concert when bodies were discovered.
Was the concert in Dorchester?

I think it was in the Abbey at Dorchester on Thames. Venues for the Festival shuttle between Dorchester Abbey, the Silk Hall at Radley College and the church at Sutton Courtenay. I could check.
No worries, drove through there last Thursday evening and saw the BBC Concert Orchestra truck parked-up outside the Abbey and lots of 'Concert goers' walking through Dorchester in their summer best :-)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on June 03, 2015, 08:32:32 pm
Partner went through Didcot Station around 6pm last Saturday but was ensconced a English Music Festival concert when bodies were discovered.
Was the concert in Dorchester?

I think it was in the Abbey at Dorchester on Thames. Venues for the Festival shuttle between Dorchester Abbey, the Silk Hall at Radley College and the church at Sutton Courtenay. I could check.
No worries, drove through there last Thursday evening and saw the BBC Concert Orchestra truck parked-up outside the Abbey and lots of 'Concert goers' walking through Dorchester in their summer best :-)

Looks like BBC Concert Orchestra were performing on the Friday night.
http://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/programme.html (http://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/programme.html)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 16, 2015, 08:43:56 pm
I've noticed that, although Didcot no longer needs coal deliveries, there are still a load of yacf's favourite corrugated Canadian creations, the Class 66 locomotives, hanging around the station.  Do they just socialise there, or are they confused?  I need to know.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on June 16, 2015, 11:01:44 pm
I've noticed that, although Didcot no longer needs coal deliveries, there are still a load of yacf's favourite corrugated Canadian creations, the Class 66 locomotives, hanging around the station.  Do they just socialise there, or are they confused?  I need to know.

Is that the yacfers or the Class 66's who are confused?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 16, 2015, 11:36:44 pm
Yes.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on July 25, 2015, 08:19:33 am
Just passing thriugh.  Saw 66 001.  Very exciting.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on July 25, 2015, 11:04:42 pm
Just passing thriugh.  Saw 66 001.  Very exciting.
That's a lot of trains .....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 01, 2015, 07:56:29 pm
Not as smelly as Slough.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on August 01, 2015, 09:14:38 pm
Not as smelly as Slough.

Does Slough no longer smell of CHOCOLATE?
That was its one redeeming feature!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 01, 2015, 11:25:35 pm
It smells of chocolate, but not that that kind.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on August 01, 2015, 11:37:49 pm
Wot, the sort we experienced on a school trip to Picketts Lock?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 02, 2015, 07:28:09 pm
I see there are now fancy signs outside the station proclaiming "Didcot - Brilliant Horizons".  That's a bit like saying "Swindon - Nice Places Easily Accessible via the M4".
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on August 02, 2015, 07:32:05 pm
To be fair the horizon is much improved since they knocked down some of the towers
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 02, 2015, 07:40:21 pm
Wot, the sort we experienced on a school trip to Picketts Lock?

Slough is easily detectable from the M4 by scent alone, and not in the good way of for e.g. Banbury from the M40.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 02, 2015, 07:53:04 pm
Slough is crying out for GPS activated 'Recirculate air' systems in cars.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 02, 2015, 10:03:19 pm
BMWs have had those for years.  Usually don't work as evidenced by a constant fault code.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: matthew on August 03, 2015, 11:21:51 am
Wot, the sort we experienced on a school trip to Picketts Lock?

Slough is easily detectable from the M4 by scent alone, and not in the good way of for e.g. Banbury from the M40.
That would be because Slough STW is adjacent to the Thames and M4 south of the town. The town itself is further north and therefore less fragrant with the Mars factories providing scents of Chocolate, Pet Food or Menthol depending on which plant you are at.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on August 03, 2015, 05:40:04 pm
Isn't there a strong whiff of warm cash from Eton College?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 26, 2015, 09:18:38 am
Boom!  Just heard the part power station demolition explosion from Abingdon...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 26, 2015, 04:38:49 pm
Isn't there a strong whiff of warm cash dead pig from Eton College?

FTFY ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on October 01, 2015, 05:11:43 pm
OK local peeps - don't forget about responding to this:

Household waste recycling centre strategy
Consultation on proposed changes  to household waste recycling centres in Oxfordshire   
Ends: 05 Oct 2015
https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/HWRCstrategy/consultationHome

Proposed reduction from 7 centres to 3 or 4, for whole of Oxfordshire.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 01, 2015, 07:52:36 pm
OK local peeps - don't forget about responding to this:

Household waste recycling centre strategy
Consultation on proposed changes  to household waste recycling centres in Oxfordshire   
Ends: 05 Oct 2015
https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/HWRCstrategy/consultationHome

Proposed reduction from 7 centres to 3 or 4, for whole of Oxfordshire.

Done but a pretty poorly designed questionnaire as it seems to assume you agree with the premise of closing sites!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on October 02, 2015, 11:25:30 am
Yes - not a good questionaire.   If they have to do something, I'd possibly be in favour of closing HWRCs for two days a week (weekdays).  But cutting centres wholesale will mean that e.g. people in Faringdon will have a 35 ml round trip to DraytonRC. 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 02, 2015, 11:59:08 am
Which is why they should keep Stanford open. Of course I may have a vested interest....

When I lived in London they closed our local centre which just resulted in an increase in fly tipping as the main centre was right on the far edge of the borough
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on October 27, 2015, 03:27:12 pm
BBC cameras may well be visiting again around Nov 7th:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Didcot-Town-manager-Ian-Concannon-hopeful-Exeter/story-28061338-detail/story.html
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on November 19, 2015, 12:52:44 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34854061 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-34854061)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on November 19, 2015, 07:42:49 am
Quote
...to free trapped residents.

Thought houses had more than one door.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 19, 2015, 08:43:52 am
It read as "Storm Barney: Tree crashes on Didcot" on my iPad.

I only noticed the houses later...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 15, 2016, 05:42:16 pm
So, pronunciation wise which is preferred:  Didcott, or Didcutt, or even Didcoe?   :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 15, 2016, 05:53:50 pm
Didcutt (quickly) - having been brought up there in the 50s and 60s. Gawd knows what they call it now ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 28, 2016, 12:09:31 am
It seems Didcot will be the final resting place of the beached Sperm Whales ....

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/contractors-remove-dead-whales-skegness-beach

Yet another claim to fame for the Wiki page ....

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Canardly on February 23, 2016, 05:16:43 pm
Explosion at power station reported. Beeb.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2016, 05:44:05 pm
Now reporting at least one fatality...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-oxfordshire-35543274
Title: Re: Didcot has 'Sploded
Post by: Ruthie on February 23, 2016, 06:21:26 pm
At least one dead, apparently.   :(

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/23/didcot-power-station-expl_n_9299302.html?ncid=webmail1
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 23, 2016, 06:38:21 pm
"Major incident", apparently.  Does this mean changing the bulb?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Dibdib on February 23, 2016, 07:15:42 pm
BBC are reporting one dead, five in hospital, three unaccounted for. Presumably all demolition contractors rather than station staff from the gas plant side. Some reports are suggesting that it was a collapse rather than an explosion, not that it makes much difference right now I guess.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on February 23, 2016, 08:11:10 pm
 :( 


Also "Oxfordshire County Council has advised residents to remain inside keeping doors and windows closed."  bbc

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on February 23, 2016, 08:23:19 pm
Asbestos?

Seems very odd otherwise - we havent seen a dot of dust, and the view of Jupiter and the moon is crystal-clear right now. (although we're nowhere near down-wind tonight., For a change ... )

(N's shuttle-bus snuck past the site no more than 10mins before the collapse.)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 08:27:52 pm
Possibly asbestos, but that is not a dose-response relationship, rather a dose-probability in epidemiological terms.

Probably plenty of other nastys from an old power station as well.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on February 23, 2016, 09:26:42 pm
Polychlorinated biphenyls?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ElyDave on February 23, 2016, 10:27:51 pm
Shouldn't be these days, should all have been removed pre demo, poss ground contam, but that's not relevant here.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mcshroom on February 23, 2016, 10:42:11 pm
If the demo had been planned then yes, but as this was unplanned then they may not have finished removing all the nasty stuff yet
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on February 24, 2016, 12:09:39 am
Went up the nearest hill around 9pm; quite a sobering sight.

Fair amount of dust cloud visible, lit by full moon + emergency lighting (I guess?). possibly more sinister than seen in daylight.

reminded me of the 9/11 footage :(

(p.s. demo = demonstration to Joe Layman. But its not important either way ... )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ElyDave on February 24, 2016, 07:11:10 am
If the demo had been planned then yes, but as this was unplanned then they may not have finished removing all the nasty stuff yet

I can't speak for what they HAVE done, but from what I've read this has been ongoing for a couple of years.  In my experience of decomissioning elsewhere the removal of nastys in terms of PCBs, other fluids etc is early in the sequence - decomissioning - decontamination - demolition.   

Apart from asbestos at that age, and possible PCBs in transformers, that industry doesn't use a lot of nastys. 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on February 24, 2016, 07:23:46 am
According to the BBC the Fire Service are saying that there were no hazardous materials on site.

Otherwise all normal at Didcot, my train about a quarter of an hour late...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TimO on February 24, 2016, 01:08:34 pm
One the local residents was saying that prior to planned demolition explosions, they've been warned to stay indoors and close all windows.  Some of the treatment of those affected by the collapse appears to relate to dust inhalation, presumably simply because of the quantity of dust involved, rather than its constituents.

What the aerial photographs of the remaining building shows, is that it appears to be fairly solidly stuffed full of equipment.  More a large integrated engineering installation, than the box full of equipment that most of us often think of, when the term building is used.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on February 25, 2016, 11:35:41 am
It seems Didcot will be the final resting place of the beached Sperm Whales ....

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/contractors-remove-dead-whales-skegness-beach

Yet another claim to fame for the Wiki page ....
Landfill? Tow 'em out to sea to feed fish, etc.! It's what happens to whales when they die at sea, as most do. It's natural & ecologically sound.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2016, 05:43:07 pm
It's dark and brooding, and not quite all there.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on June 13, 2016, 08:04:05 pm
I'm going there at the weekend.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on June 13, 2016, 08:30:52 pm
My dad is still trapped there - since 1954 first brand new 'council' semi - in the 'end house' of Lynmouth Road. If only the church over the road was of any solace. The asbestos drainpipes still remain
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 15, 2016, 01:48:55 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36803087
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 15, 2016, 05:06:37 pm
I assume it was Didcot that could be seen in the background as TV's Professor B Cox ponced around Wytham Woods in his most recent televisual extravaganza.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on July 15, 2016, 05:56:44 pm
I assume it was Didcot that could be seen in the background as TV's Professor B Cox ponced around Wytham Woods in his most recent televisual extravaganza.

I'll see your professorial poncing about on the tele and counter with historical locals tripping on Wittenham Clumps at dawn, which went bad cos Didcot Power station was being constructed and ruined everything :'(

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 15, 2016, 06:59:32 pm
I assume it was Didcot that could be seen in the background as TV's Professor B Cox ponced around Wytham Woods in his most recent televisual extravaganza.
Didcot also on the Trainspotting prog. (so twice in one night?? Not sure ... ) I havent actually wattched either yet!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on July 17, 2016, 04:07:54 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36803087

They did it.  The search for the remaining bodies can now resume.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36818003
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on July 18, 2016, 01:00:26 am
Yeah. Mrs B & I looked from the top of Garsons Hill this morning, & saw the new Didcot skyline.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 18, 2016, 12:11:29 pm
I just happened to wander into the garden 30 seconds before the detonation. Very very loud bang (preceded by 1 much quieter one). Especially at 6am on a Sunday, before the world had roused. There was a thin dust cloud visible a few minutes later; it didn't hang around much.

PAC said he heard it in Tilehurst (which is virtually Reading, nearly 20 miles away).

I went to have a nose later from the cyclepath alongside. There is now too much vegetation to see the rubble. It was quite sobering thinking about the construction workers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on July 20, 2016, 01:51:58 pm
Drove through Didcot at lunch.  The Didcot Labour Club building is boarded up and in a bad way ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on July 20, 2016, 05:09:27 pm
Drove through Didcot at lunch.  The Didcot Labour Club building is boarded up and in a bad way ...

My mam and dad used to attend regular 'dos' there when I was a kid. I was happily at home being babysat, 1950s style, with a jigsaw or even building houses with Bayko. I loved watching mam and dad dress up to go out - there was always a subdued excitement. Could feel it as early as Saturday lunchtime. By the time the 'Pools' results were on and checked with a blunt soft pencil, and mam was about to remove her curlers - it was frissonville :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on July 21, 2016, 07:11:04 pm

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36854800

Llamas. Roaming cross my commute route.

Aparently they like their reflections, so tend to peer into windows a lot.

This pleases me greatly - sod time-trialling, I'm off on a Llama Hunt.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on August 02, 2016, 03:58:50 pm
Just spotted Didcot in this BSL science lesson: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/secret-lab/series-1/secret-lab-1-electricity-and-energy/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on August 12, 2016, 03:50:16 pm
I never realised that Didcot was a hotbed of sporting duplicity: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-37057920
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 12, 2016, 04:30:31 pm
I never realised that Didcot was a hotbed of sporting duplicity: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-37057920

Drat - I really should have posted that when it first hit the news. Luckily we have Kim on Didcot-Watch  :thumbsup:

For some reason, this map really tickles me (and seems very un-BBC):
(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/BF82/production/_90762094_map1.png)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 29, 2016, 08:14:58 am
PowerStation Watch - Aug 29th:
Right now it sounds like they are hitting something big with something smaller but denser, in the hope that it falls over. Very very loud.

That's all fine - its 8am, they have a job to do ... but at 2am? On a bank holiday? I feel my Inner Nimby rising  >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on September 03, 2016, 08:53:54 pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/03/body-found-in-didcot-power-station-identified-as-christopher-hux/ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/03/body-found-in-didcot-power-station-identified-as-christopher-hux/)

R.I.P
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 10, 2016, 12:24:32 pm
It's dark. It's grey. It's wet. It's Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vernon on September 11, 2016, 12:33:19 am
What have they done with the A34 roundabout? I've ended up going the wrong way twice in the last two attempts to go round it. Serves me right for trying to reach McDonald's at midnight I suppose.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 11, 2016, 06:57:23 am
Spent millions on reshaping it into a hamburger - Oxfordshire council seem to like them. Once the work was completed traffic flows nearly as well as it used to before the "improvements".
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Clare on September 11, 2016, 09:01:12 am
It's an extension of the JET, attempting fusion through traffic calming.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 11, 2016, 10:01:45 am
Spent millions on reshaping it into a hamburger - Oxfordshire council seem to like them. Once the work was completed traffic flows nearly as well as it used to before the "improvements".

Complete waste of ~£11 million IMO...  :facepalm:  and over a year of A34 delays, to enable some vehicles turning right from Didcot onto the A34 Nth to save a few seconds.  There doesn't appear to be any improvement to general flow of traffic.  The relatively new business park near the junction, which harbours a Harvester/VAG garage etc has it's own set of lights which seem to help cause tail backs to Didcot at peak times.  When in the car, I avoid the roundabout at peak times because of the congestion & lane layout - people changing lanes at the last second without indicating etc.  I doubt whether the junction will cope with all the extra housing developments planned between Great Western Park estate and the A34.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 16, 2016, 08:48:43 am
The station appears to be flooded.

(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/B92A/production/_91220474_mediaitem91220473.jpg)

10 miles away we hardly had a drop
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on September 16, 2016, 09:10:27 am
Divine punishment for the non-permeable slab purgatory they installed outside the door.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 16, 2016, 10:20:36 am
Well the floor did need a good clean
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 16, 2016, 10:44:20 am
I like the new surreal floor.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 16, 2016, 12:22:48 pm
Presumably that'll be the tunnel under the platforms. Might be ok at platform level. If you could get there.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on September 16, 2016, 12:27:16 pm
The station appears to be flooded.

10 miles away we hardly had a drop
A bit further away, we had torrential downpours, flashes crashes & bangs about 6pm yesterday & for a couple of spells in the early hours, water running in the roads, & lots of rumbling in the distance that went on for hours  . . .
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 16, 2016, 12:28:21 pm
It is the tunnel Swindon bound trains were OK because I assume they accessed that platform using the gate at the west end.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on September 16, 2016, 07:20:44 pm
When I were a Didcot lad ('54-'70) the then severely height challenged, ceramic tiled like public toilets, tunnel to the platforms, dripped and puddled and stank vilely.

The steamy 'buffet', platform fag machines and chocolate dispensers between platform 2 and 3 made the effort to rise above ground worthwhile.

 :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 16, 2016, 08:10:51 pm
Apparently changing from the up platform to the down platform this morning just involved a return trip to Swindon.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 16, 2016, 10:46:17 pm
Whatever was on the down platform I don't think that it was worth it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on September 17, 2016, 11:15:31 am
How long before people pick up on the fact that if the grids are blocked with silt then the water can't drain?

Anyone else remember when trucks went round with a huge tank of water on the back and a bloody great vacuum cleaner? Not seen one for yonks...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on November 20, 2016, 04:28:34 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5798/31099214296_e6185958f0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Po8AVW)image (https://flic.kr/p/Po8AVW) by paulfulford (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_fulford/)[size=78%], on Flickr[/size]
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[/size][size=78%]"Promoting Didcot Positively": an empty office ???[/size]
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on November 20, 2016, 04:40:49 pm
Is their motto "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on November 20, 2016, 04:55:16 pm
Stereo headless brass taps  :hand:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on November 20, 2016, 07:31:54 pm
Does "Promoting Didcot positively" mean they're no longer going to use slogans like "Not As Shit As Swindon", "Fewer Nutters Than Abingdon" and "Because You Can't Afford Oxford"?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 20, 2016, 11:50:43 pm
"Luckily only 44 minutes to London"
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 09, 2017, 03:33:35 pm
I've just read that Didcot's population in the 1841 census was 181.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 09, 2017, 06:57:10 pm
But there's nothing else to do in Didcot, so they bred and bred.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on March 09, 2017, 07:15:53 pm
But there's nothing else to do in Didcot, so they bred and bred.

They had cows and marshes down the original bottom end. Perhaps they wanted to rise above the land and themselves? My emigrant Welsh mam and Welsh dad started low, during the war, she down in the army camp and him in the railway hostel. By 1954 the higher level town was in full Council House swing - with lots of breeding - still in evidence today
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 29, 2017, 12:45:45 pm
Didcot is the acme of normality. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/englands-most-normal-town-didcot-oxfordshire-a7654506.html)
Quote
The small town, situated 10 miles south of Oxford and known for its railway museums and power stations – one of which collapsed last year – was found to be the median across 11 key metrics, including age distribution, ethnicity, employment type and political engagement.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: caerau on March 29, 2017, 04:39:31 pm
Damned with faint praise.  :-D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on April 03, 2017, 08:28:26 pm
Didcot is the acme of normality. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/englands-most-normal-town-didcot-oxfordshire-a7654506.html)
Quote
The small town, situated 10 miles south of Oxford and known for its railway museums and power stations – one of which collapsed last year – was found to be the median across 11 key metrics, including age distribution, ethnicity, employment type and political engagement.
Swindon used to be the most average town in Britain but, with a bit of effort, we have managed to sink lower into scratterdom.  We still haven't quite got over winning the SW teenage pregnancy crown for a year, then losing it back to Bristol  >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: caerau on April 03, 2017, 08:39:55 pm
The trouble with being 'normal' is that you stand no chance of getting to be the next city of culture.  You've got to be down in the proper shit-hole domains for that.  :-D


Not that we're likely to get many more cities of culture in the near future I suppose.



Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 05, 2017, 12:03:38 pm
Jolly OCC start charging for each item of 'DIY waste' from 1st Oct.  https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/charges-non-household-waste

Apparently this includes timber - fence/shed etc.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rafletcher on September 05, 2017, 12:30:07 pm
Jolly OCC start charging for each item of 'DIY waste' from 1st Oct.  https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/charges-non-household-waste

Apparently this includes timber - fence/shed etc, which they recycle...

Cue an increase in fly tipping  :-\
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: lahoski on September 05, 2017, 12:45:24 pm
Time to get rid of the pile of rubble in t' garden.

I reckon that'll be... 10 trips...

Or maybe I should just turf it and have a small, unexplainable hillock in the middle of the lawn.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 05, 2017, 01:56:16 pm
Apparently under the existing "DIY 1,2,3 free", we're allowed 3 items of DIY waste a month free.  I notice that fence/shed panels are not on the current list, but are after 1 Oct.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on September 08, 2017, 07:09:49 pm
I went through Didcot yesterday. I didn't notice until we reached Cholsey.

That's what happens when you knock down half your Wonder of the World.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on September 08, 2017, 08:15:32 pm
I just went through Didcot. I didn't notice. That's twice today I've failed to notice Didcot. I did notice Chippenham though.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 08, 2017, 08:50:55 pm
Whereas I did notice Didcot a couple of weeks ago as I rode toward Wantage over the Downs, precisely because half its Wonder of the World is still there.

As for Cholsey, I've not been able to find out whether it's "kolsey" or "tcholsey" IYSWIM.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 08, 2017, 11:01:57 pm
The other day I cycled from Abingdon and actually had occasion to see Didcot in a good light...

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Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on September 30, 2017, 06:14:18 pm
1957? 27 Lynmouth Road, newly built. Must have been hot - most of the neighbours' galvanised Crittal windows are open? Asbestos drainpipe. Unable to afford a lawnmower.


Perhaps I was the first person to figure out whether black socks and white shoes were a goer on a bike?

(https://forum.cyclinguk.org/download/file.php?id=48276&mode=view)

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 01, 2017, 02:26:47 am
Whereas I did notice Didcot a couple of weeks ago as I rode toward Wantage over the Downs, precisely because half its Wonder of the World is still there.

As for Cholsey, I've not been able to find out whether it's "kolsey" or "tcholsey" IYSWIM.

It's 'Cholsey'.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on October 01, 2017, 07:50:32 am
Well, thanks.

That's really cleared that up  . . .
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 01, 2017, 08:54:12 am
The station announcer at Didcot pronounces it Cholsey.

;D
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: DuncanM on October 02, 2017, 02:14:42 pm
I work on the edge of Didcot, so quite a few of my colleagues live there. I've still not seen any of i beyond the train station though! :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 17, 2017, 12:29:42 pm
It as orange yesterday, which was a nice change.

Today, not so much.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on October 17, 2017, 04:44:02 pm
1957? 27 Lynmouth Road, newly built. Must have been hot - most of the neighbours' galvanised Crittal windows are open? Asbestos drainpipe. Unable to afford a lawnmower.


Perhaps I was the first person to figure out whether black socks and white shoes were a goer on a bike?

(https://forum.cyclinguk.org/download/file.php?id=48276&mode=view)
The house I was born in had windows just like that.

Insulating properties on a cold winter morning? I swear they actively moved heat out of the house. I remember pretty patterns in the ice on the inside.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on November 24, 2017, 08:19:17 pm
A colleague of mine tried to go to Didcot and failed. He couldn't figure out how to the get off the train (because he's American and sensibly didn't anticipate you had to lean outside to find the handle). Then he tried to get a train back from Paddington but it didn't stop at Didcot. So he went to Swindon instead.

I can't imagine he'll be back any time soon.

I was in Didcot earlier. It was sunny.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 30, 2017, 02:11:40 pm
Today Didcot is sunny with trainspotter.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on December 08, 2017, 07:13:43 pm
Is on Channel 4 news now.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 08, 2017, 08:54:31 pm
We opened our refurbished branch this week, according to the internal Pravda.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 09, 2017, 03:32:46 pm
Is on Channel 4 news now.
Not again  :facepalm:  Was this because of rogerzilla's new shop, or has another building collapsed?


Meanwhile, Radio4's latest   Marcus Brigstocke vehicle (co-starring   Kerry Godliman) is a lot better than the premise*. But I didn't realise until this week that it's set in Didcot. The final (rather harrowing) episode features a fapping incident at the library  :o
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09h6x6p


*Michael and Maxine Wilson and their daughters, Lola and Cat have resolved to live a more ethical life. Millions of people try every day to make 'good' choices and do the 'right thing'. It's hard. Most of us live with hypocrisy and failure all the time but keep on trying. The Wilsons are trying about 20% harder and learning to live with about 19% more failure.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 09, 2017, 03:45:41 pm
Is there anything fapworthy in Didcot library?  Maybe there's an entire Dewey decimal allocation for literary grumble, eschewed by libraries elsewhere.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on December 09, 2017, 04:37:21 pm
There MUST be trainspotting books in Didcot Library.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 09, 2017, 05:53:46 pm
(little moment)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on December 09, 2017, 06:16:59 pm
There MUST be trainspotting books in Didcot Library.

Such a shame I failed to donate my very neatly handwritten with always sharp HB (sharpener and rubber always in school satchel) copious logs (mostly DMU numbers as steam was just about over and my dad was no longer a 'fireman' on the footlplate) to the library, before I left/fled Didcot/home in 1971?

Much like (but slightly different) this:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/Class_107_approaches_Gailes_level_crossing.jpg)

Traveled daily on these from Didcot to Art Skool in Maidenhead
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: madcow on December 09, 2017, 06:24:36 pm
Ref. C4 news.Apparently,Didcot is a microencapsultion of Middle England ,so it was a natural destination for reporters seeking a vox-pop on the Brexit deal or no deal.

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 09, 2017, 07:03:49 pm
We really are doomed if we're living on Didcot Island.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 11, 2017, 11:24:51 pm
Merry Christmas everyone, from all of us at Winter Wonderland Towers!
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4583/38957877032_39ae868de3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22mziz3)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on December 12, 2017, 12:13:29 am
Now that is proper Didcot, in its true colours.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on December 19, 2017, 09:31:29 am
Just watching a rerun of a Time Team and they're getting all excited about Roman stuff in a trench nr Didcot, carbon dating stuff to last Tuesday and so on.

The looming question which no one is answering is why the Romans or anyone else would build a villa on a hillside with a view of the bloody power station . . .




WHAT?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on December 19, 2017, 02:27:16 pm
Don't be silly.  They wanted the good rail connections to Oxford, Bristol and Londinium.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 19, 2017, 02:31:54 pm
Don't be silly.  They wanted the good rail connections to Oxford, Bristol and Londinium.

Plus in those days the National Grid hadn't been invented yet, so you had to get your electrickery from the local power station.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on December 19, 2017, 05:21:15 pm
Why didn't Tony Robinson explain that? D'oh!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 19, 2017, 09:41:55 pm
Your awl rong! Remember back in those days they didn't have paper, they wrote on wooden tablets which were heavy and bulky, so the delivery charge on your newspaper was huge. They all wanted to live as close as possible to the Daily Mail printworks. It didn't matter that it was just as vile back then, cos it was in Latin so nobody could read it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on January 18, 2018, 06:28:01 pm
A points failure at Didcot caused some people to be late on a day trip to Wales
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 18, 2018, 06:53:54 pm
At least they now know the point of Didcot.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vince on January 18, 2018, 07:00:11 pm
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: DuncanM on January 19, 2018, 05:33:34 pm
I thought that was in a village outside Didcot.
I learned yesterday that Didcot will be a Garden Town and expand to 75000 people over the next n years!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 19, 2018, 06:51:24 pm
The "laser" will soon be assimilated into Didcot. Then none of you will be safe, no matter what tiny hamlet you dwell in , or which unregarded moon.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: cycleman on January 19, 2018, 07:01:35 pm
"  FIRE THE LASER ! "  ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 19, 2018, 07:12:47 pm
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.

More Chilton than Didcot...   ;)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on January 19, 2018, 07:19:21 pm
One's physical, emotional and life shaping connection since a Didcot birth in 1954 - has finally been severed. My wonderful dad died last year in his/our family brand new (as was back then) end house 'council' home. Where I learned to ride a bicycle, grow free and escape town by the age of 17.

East Hagbourne’s church bells always falling over themselves’ rhythm, accompanied by eternal summer lark song, high above what are now ridiculously short arsed ‘modified’ corn fields.

The constant stench of the 'Samor' canning factory (on nearby Park Road wafting our way)

Myriads of impossible to name all, butterflies. Cricket on the patch of 'Council' green at the end of our street – purpously not hearing my mam calling me in for tea as I scored 10 disputed runs and was on a roll for a century in my imagination?

Didcot railway station's tunnel thrusting the smell of Jeyes fluid and piss up one's nose and wading through constantly dripping wet ceramic wall tiles and puddles, if not floods. Not to mention a particular sound of running up its chunky wooden steps in 70’s ‘platform’ shoes.

Well before that, trainspotting at the ends of platform 2 and 3 wearing “Startrite” leather sandals and hand knitted ‘Fair Isle” sleeveless jumpers. Red Nestle chocolate clunky vending machines and packets of 5 fag machines with stiff chrome drawers. Sloping in to a steamy windowed cold winter 'buffet' waiting for the morning train to Maidenhead Art School staffed by bubbly joking rubenesque women, attractive only cos it was warm and frothy, but unable/unwilling to buy anything cos we were tight arsed students.


The alternative being less fun Waiting Rooms with barely flickering gas fires and hard wooden thick painted benches.

Tripping on Sinodun Hill at dawn wondering WTF as the power station was growing from the distant marsh . . .

(https://forum.cyclinguk.org/download/file.php?id=48276&mode=view)

So many more memories/experiences

Je sui so Didcot

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on January 19, 2018, 07:26:57 pm
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.

More Chilton than Didcot...   ;)
Right; you're first on the list  >:(
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on January 19, 2018, 09:45:17 pm
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.
I had the "brown laser" after a kebab from that place at the Sainsbury's end of The Broadway.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: IanN on January 19, 2018, 09:55:41 pm
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.

More Chilton than Didcot...   ;)
Rutherford Appleton? I had a tour round a plasma creating laser that filled an entire building some years ago. Probably the one.
It was a trip to NRPB (PHE now), but we got to meet the neighbours
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on January 20, 2018, 12:32:03 am
I learned that Didcot is the home to one of the world's most powerful lasers.
I had the "brown laser" after a kebab from that place at the Sainsbury's end of The Broadway.
;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on January 30, 2018, 06:12:29 pm
Didcot may get a mention...

Wed BBC2 9pm
BBC Two - The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09qmrqs

This series heads into Oxfordshire, one of our most expensive counties, to see if building estates across the British countryside is a solution to the UK's broken housing market.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: DuncanM on February 01, 2018, 02:39:59 pm
Didcot may get a mention...

Wed BBC2 9pm
BBC Two - The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09qmrqs

This series heads into Oxfordshire, one of our most expensive counties, to see if building estates across the British countryside is a solution to the UK's broken housing market.
Was it worth watching?
My viewpoint on this would stray into POBI board territory so I'm keeping stum.  :-X
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Tim Hall on March 19, 2018, 03:58:10 pm
Didcot signposts the way to other places:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-43459598 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-43459598)

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/8CBC/production/_100482063_narn1.jpg)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on March 19, 2018, 05:55:26 pm
...but it's nowhere near Mordor!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on March 19, 2018, 09:07:31 pm
...but it's nowhere near Mordor!

And Gotham's in Nottinghamshire.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on March 19, 2018, 09:47:01 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Andrij on March 19, 2018, 10:00:30 pm
Quote
Didcot - described as England's most normal town
   :o
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 19, 2018, 11:04:15 pm
It is probably a sub-editor's idea of a joke.

"There's room for a 6 letter adjective for Didcot". At least two of the letters are in the right place and one other is right.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 27, 2018, 07:38:08 pm
It is dull and grey tonight.

The excitement of the new multi-storey, rising like a temple to Ozymandias, is outweighed by the serried ranks of dark, sinister tanks.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on March 29, 2018, 04:21:28 pm
Look upon Didcot, Ye Mighty, and despair!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on March 29, 2018, 06:24:47 pm
I can see clearly (in Didcot) now the rain has gone. It's lovely and sunny.

(Sadly I've just read the first ridiculous school helmet rule story in the local rag. Might become a post elsewhere .....)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 29, 2018, 06:38:54 pm
I can see clearly (in Didcot) now the rain has gone. It's lovely and sunny.

(Sadly I've just read the first ridiculous school helmet rule story in the local rag. Might become a post elsewhere .....)

Rainbows!  Even making Didcot quite picturesque earlier.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on March 29, 2018, 09:24:42 pm
Quelle domage, I missed les couleurs de Didcot.

When I passed Didcot earlier, it was grey. Grey about the M&S Food Temple on the left and Grey about the building of the Glorious Tank Temple on the right.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on June 15, 2018, 07:59:01 am
It’s sunny!

Sorry, that’s the best I can say about it.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: lahoski on June 15, 2018, 12:46:47 pm
It's always sunny in the Didcot of my heart.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on July 03, 2018, 09:55:03 am
I was pleased to note in my Google Timeline email today that despite having travelled extensively about the world last month, it chose

Didcot, Stevenage, and South Croydon

to highlight. Yes, Didcot first. Living the high life, I am.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 23, 2018, 10:14:02 am
To frequenters of Didcot Parkway, if driving, where on earth does one do a <1min drop-off of a passenger at the station  ???  The main entrance is no entry to cars, & is surrounded by carparks... and probably festooned with ANPR.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on September 23, 2018, 10:30:08 am
To frequenters of Didcot Parkway, if driving, where on earth does one do a <1min drop-off of a passenger off at the station  ???  The main entrance is no entry to cars, & is surrounded by carparks... and probably festooned with ANPR.
Maybe in one of the carparks? plenty of space <1min walk from the entrance.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on September 23, 2018, 10:31:17 am
Just to the West of the station is the quick drop off point so just before the main station entrance. It’s also shared with taxis.

Additionally the waste ground car parks opposite the station either side of the pub could be used and neither one appears to have any ANPR or even technology more advanced than an abandoned supermarket trolley.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on September 24, 2018, 06:03:43 pm
OK. Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on September 24, 2018, 07:13:26 pm
Just to the West of the station is the quick drop off point so just before the main station entrance. It’s also shared with taxis.

Additionally the waste ground car parks opposite the station either side of the pub could be used and neither one appears to have any ANPR or even technology more advanced than an abandoned supermarket trolley.
ITYM "Didcot appears not to have technology more advanced than an abandoned supermarket trolley."
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Torslanda on September 24, 2018, 07:19:09 pm
Got something in common with North Manchester then!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: ian on October 03, 2018, 11:23:23 am
I'm sitting outside the Pumpkin in Didcot Station with a lukewarm coffee. I think this perfectly encapsulates ennui.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 03, 2018, 02:25:49 pm
If you wait until midnight it will turn into a gilded carriage drawn by the rats that are scampering under your feet.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Peat on October 04, 2018, 10:44:27 am
I had reason to park at Didcot the other week.

Brand new, 'state of the art'*, multistory car park they said.

Enter, I did.

'PAY & DISPLAY - CASH ONLY' the sign said.

DESPAIR, i did.

*that was my own foolish assumption, not advertised.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 17, 2018, 07:41:42 am
Is closed today*


*Well, as good as. No trains running as I discovered as I tried to catch the pre-dawn express :(

Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 17, 2018, 08:31:06 am
Yes, I was looking forward to seeing the bright features of Didcot as I passed through today. Will have to try later.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 17, 2018, 08:38:02 am
The "bright features" Didcot? Think you'll have to try a lot later for that!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 17, 2018, 08:44:24 am
Yes, it’s a fairyland of glittering lights, changing all the time: green... amber... red... red and amber... and back to green.

(With apols to Denis Norden and others)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 17, 2018, 09:36:29 am
Must be quiet today.  No trains to Paddington.  The locals are emerging from their caves, blinking in the sunlight. 
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 24, 2018, 12:16:50 pm
Just been notified that it's 3 days to go until the Didcot Food Festival. Highlights include an "identify the vegetables" competition....
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: rogerzilla on October 24, 2018, 04:16:28 pm
Special mention for crapness here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45956792
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on November 29, 2018, 02:09:22 pm
Its sunny.

WOW!!!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Adam on December 01, 2018, 04:09:59 pm
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 01, 2018, 08:10:06 pm
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.

More worryingly, that leaves a dangerous concentration of Bile Duct unaccounted for...


ETA: It moved to Thurrock, apparently.  Makes sense.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Vernon on December 01, 2018, 11:52:40 pm
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.

Does that mean the bit outside the studio shall henceforth be known as "the Cursed Earth", populated only by mutants?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on December 02, 2018, 06:24:04 am
Didcot has become Hollywood??!!

https://reportglobalnews.com/2018/11/judge-dredd-publisher-rebellion-to-open-oxfordshire-film-studio/

Wow!

At least something useful has come out of the Daily Mail.

Does that mean the bit outside the studio shall henceforth be known as "the Cursed Earth", populated only by mutants?

Think you’ll need to persuade the mutants to move out of the Orchard Centre first ;D
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on December 02, 2018, 02:33:38 pm
...
More worryingly, that leaves a dangerous concentration of Bile Duct unaccounted for...


ETA: It moved to Thurrock, apparently.  Makes sense.
The bile moved to Thurrock, or the film industry did??

(Hopefully the former,  cos I don't give a monkeys about Thurrock. They can start their own thread! )
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on December 02, 2018, 03:45:04 pm
...
More worryingly, that leaves a dangerous concentration of Bile Duct unaccounted for...


ETA: It moved to Thurrock, apparently.  Makes sense.
The bile moved to Thurrock, or the film industry did??

(Hopefully the former,  cos I don't give a monkeys about Thurrock. They can start their own thread! )

Yeah, the bile...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on March 14, 2019, 11:20:04 am
New Thames road bridge (https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/17499912.new-didcot-roads-including-thames-bridge-given-funding-boost-in-chancellors-spring-statement/) Didcot - Culham, at 'Appleford', looks like it's happening...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on March 20, 2019, 07:58:51 am
Since his television contract was cancelled Thomas the Tank engine has fallen on hard times. He had to leave Sodor after an unfortunate incident with a fork lift and is now addicted to diesel and living in a siding at Didcot.

(https://i.postimg.cc/DwCcsgZw/E3075-BC3-0-EA8-4-CA7-B290-AEBD277-FBC76.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RWHfxwKk)
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on July 12, 2019, 07:59:04 am
I’ve just noticed that they have cut down loads of trees on the approach to Didcot. This means that he power station is returned to its former dominance, albeit only being half as good as it used to be.

Sunny, with a light covering of fluffy clouds.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 14, 2019, 12:04:41 pm
The power station won't be dominant much longer. The remaining towers are to be exploderised this Sunday, 18th August, at 06:00.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Greenbank on August 16, 2019, 09:57:41 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-49165336
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 16, 2019, 05:02:42 pm
I'd forgotten about the boilerhouse collapse.  :(

I wonder how long they'll leave that chimney up?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on August 16, 2019, 05:20:05 pm

Didcot Herald says:

"The cooling towers will be brought down on Sunday, August 18, while the chimney will be demolished separately 'later in the autumn.'
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 16, 2019, 07:16:33 pm
We watched the first set go down (with about 200 other people!) from the handy little hill on our estate. You could have got a little closer, but for more a lot of effort and not as nice a seat. It was great fun and quite a spectacle - thouroughly recommended if you are in the area!

I MIGHT pop-up to the Clumps for these ones - it's a very scenic spot, but quite a way further from the towers. Will monitor the forecast ...
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: slope on August 16, 2019, 07:30:12 pm

I MIGHT pop-up to the Clumps for these ones - it's a very scenic spot, but quite a way further from the towers. Will monitor the forecast ...

We used to go up them Wittenham Clumps in an orange Reliant Robin to take acid just before dawn when the towers were almost built - it was quite far out actually
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 16, 2019, 09:29:38 pm
Wittenham Clumps, orange Reliant Robin, part-built cooling towers, just before dawn? You must have needed the acid to attain a modicum of normality!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on August 18, 2019, 08:03:45 am
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: TheLurker on August 18, 2019, 08:57:38 am
Went to Newbury yesterday and I took the back road from Wantage. Glanced across at the top of Chain Hill saw the 3 remaining towers and wondered when they were going to knock them down.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on August 18, 2019, 09:00:37 am
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.

Splodey pylon, with spectators legging it - possibly a drone involved?
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17844597.drone-hit-pylon-didcot-power-station-came/

edit.

Arcing cable flashes then an exploding transformer in this vid...  https://twitter.com/i/status/1162989415649685504
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Giraffe on August 18, 2019, 09:06:25 am
BBC just mentioned the cloud of dust started a fire on the pylon. I could understand that from the chimney, although the dust would have to be quite dense to do that, but from a cooling tower? Unless it was coal dust from the ground I can't see how it happened.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 18, 2019, 11:33:59 am
Could have been oscillation causing the wires to touch or at least come close enough to arc.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 18, 2019, 02:49:27 pm
I’m about 10 miles from Didcot.

Just as the towers went down our electricity went off.
Sorry about that.

Everything in Didcot went off as well. We walked home from watching it and thought "an awful lot of house alarms are going off - why is that?", and then found we'd all lost power!

As planned, I went straight out on my bike. Managed about 90mins before an absolute soaking, but that's another (less interesting) story. It were a reet nice ride from about 10am onwards :)

This is exactly the same view that we had:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-49375917
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on August 18, 2019, 03:05:32 pm
That’s ok, I’m not holding you personally responsible :)

Power in our village is so unreliable I thought it was one of our regular outages and just a coincidence.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 18, 2019, 03:11:34 pm
That's very decent of you. There were a couple of hundred of us who stood back and did absolutely nothing to stop it. In fact most of us cheered and clapped.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on August 18, 2019, 03:43:06 pm
Did the dust cloud nucleate the rain fall?
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: mattc on August 18, 2019, 05:54:01 pm
Did the dust cloud nucleate the rain fall?
That's a lovely idea! But I'd say the wind direction was wrong (i.e. the dust blew rapidly to the NE, and the rain front came from a fairly standard SW direction). Could be wrong though!
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: andyoxon on August 18, 2019, 08:01:35 pm
Oxford Mail reporting flying debris striking the pylon, well inside spectator area.
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17844787.didcot-power-station-demolition-debris-hit-power-cables/
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: orraloon on August 18, 2019, 09:22:01 pm
Wow.  Whodathunk.  Explode down mega cooling towers x3 and there might be a bit of flying debris.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Kim on August 18, 2019, 09:40:37 pm
Wow.  Whodathunk.  Explode down mega cooling towers x3 and there might be a bit of flying debris.

Well obviously.  The story is that they miscalculated the radius of the unsafe area.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on August 30, 2019, 07:56:33 am
Oh dear. It is a shadow of its former self, just three chimneys rising above the grey. All identity gone. The only exciting thing was switching from dieseasel to leccy. That’s normally done at Swindon.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 15, 2019, 07:15:10 pm
They're supposed to have fixed the Steventon bridge problem and should be pan-up from Swindon to Paddington. Or so I thought.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: RideHard on October 10, 2019, 01:32:21 am
Does that effect the Sustrans Cycleway, behind what was the power station???
What have they planned for the old power station site... more housing or business park, Education facility or Milton extension on the brownfield site? Didcot need more leisure facilities.. to draw people in.. mega car boot-site or Crazy golf paradise.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Guy on October 10, 2019, 09:29:19 am
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Didcot need more leisure facilities.. to draw people in.. mega car boot-site or Crazy golf paradise.

It'll take more than a car boot sale or crazy golf to persuade me to visit Didcot
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Bledlow on October 10, 2019, 10:07:10 pm
But but but but but steam trains! Old rolling stock! Working steam locomotives! And you don't even have to enter Didcot proper, just walk out of the back of the railway station & into the reason you got off the train there.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: hellymedic on October 26, 2019, 04:55:04 pm
My friend Baker on Board is at some sort of Food Festival in Didcot Civic Hall today.

He has posted the obligatory food and Kitchen Activity pictures on Facebook.
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: PaulF on October 28, 2019, 04:47:42 pm
There was a massive plume of smoke over Didcot this morning
Title: Re: Didcot
Post by: Jaded on October 28, 2019, 05:21:21 pm
Wasn’t me, guv, I passed through at speed.