Author Topic: Didcot  (Read 85390 times)

red marley

Re: Didcot
« Reply #50 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.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #51 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?

robbo6

Re: Didcot
« Reply #52 on: June 21, 2010, 11:06:24 am »
I found some very nice morels in Didcot.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #53 on: June 21, 2010, 11:08:33 am »
I found some very nice morels in Didcot.

Nobody in Didcot has nice Morals...  ;)

Re: Didcot
« Reply #54 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...
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border-rider

Re: Didcot
« Reply #55 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



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David Martin

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #56 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.

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

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Gattopardo

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #57 on: September 21, 2010, 04:24:13 am »
Never been to didcot.......I think

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #58 on: September 21, 2010, 11:06:09 am »

Didcot did have two good curry houses.

Still does.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #59 on: September 21, 2010, 11:11:26 am »
Never been to didcot.......I think

Trust me, you'd know if you had...

Jaded

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #60 on: September 21, 2010, 12:08:57 pm »
I've just been through it.

The next great place on the list is Slough.
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mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #61 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.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #62 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.

HTFB

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #63 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.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #64 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.


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?

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #65 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.


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 ... )
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clarion

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #66 on: October 05, 2010, 11:47:06 am »
I think it's crap.
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TheLurker

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #67 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.


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...
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #68 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.
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Zipperhead

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #69 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
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Kim

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #70 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
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Zipperhead

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #71 on: October 05, 2010, 03:12:14 pm »
Well, yes, but why waste an opportunity to ramble on eh?
Our son does know who Boz Scaggs is, we've done ok as parents.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #72 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.


The government described the new power scheme as 'historic and full of pootential'...
"an inordinate fondness for beetles"

Re: Didcot
« Reply #73 on: October 06, 2010, 07:44:55 am »
Pistoric, surely?
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Jaded

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #74 on: October 06, 2010, 08:12:58 am »
Fart hinking too.
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