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Re: Didcot
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2010, 12:45:20 pm »
Anyone who lives within a 15 miles radius of it is a cnut.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #26 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #27 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #28 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.
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This thread is weird.

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

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #29 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #30 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #31 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2010, 10:53:27 am »
I'm confused - I thought Didcot was more South-East of Abingdon...  :P

At least Ewelme is up a hill  :)

Re: Didcot
« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2010, 01:12:37 pm »
I'm confused - I thought Didcot was more South-East of Abingdon...  :P

At least Ewelme is up a hill  :)

No, Abingdon is definately above Didcot...

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #34 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 ]
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #36 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.

However, according to Douglas Adams' Meaning of Liff, 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.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #37 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.


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Re: Didcot
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2010, 08:23:55 pm »
If only.  I've been to quite a few of them though.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #39 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).

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2010, 09:03:02 pm »
Twinned with...Didcot.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #41 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #42 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #43 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 ]

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #44 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #45 on: June 19, 2010, 12:12:20 am »
I thought Dovecot was first?
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #46 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?
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #47 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 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #48 on: June 19, 2010, 10:36:19 pm »
I think I went to Didcot once. 

Just remind me - where is it?

Re: Didcot
« Reply #49 on: June 20, 2010, 07:54:40 am »
In between Barad-Dur and Minas Morgul.
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