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Jaded

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Didcot
« 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?
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #1 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
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mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #2 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 ... ]
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Jaded

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #3 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 )
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #7 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.
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Jaded

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 06:25:15 pm »
He said high-street, not High Street. Even I can see the difference!  ;D
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #9 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
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2010, 06:26:17 pm »
Yup - The Broadway is the road in question.

Bit like New York ...
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #14 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.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #15 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #16 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #17 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #20 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #21 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.  
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #22 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #24 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.