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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Is anything happening? May 24, 2006

If Nicole isn't the organiser, who is?
I live in Devon, so I can't very well do anything about it, but it would be nice if someone would.


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Nicole Y. Adams, M.A.  Identity Verified
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Suggestions? May 24, 2006

Hi Jack,

In my Proz.com inexperience I once clicked on a link once that said something along the lines of 'suggest a location for a future Powwow', and suddenly Reading appeared in the list with me as the organizer.

Does anyone have any suggestions where to meet up? I guess somewhere on the Riverside. I think lunch time would be prefereable for everyone from the comments I've seen.


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Beth Varley  Identity Verified
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Meeting suggestion May 26, 2006

There is a restaurant and bar called "the Bel and Dragon" (address: Gas Works Road, RG1 3EQ, Tel: 0118 9515790). It is on the Riverside, not too close to the busy shopping area and it has got a nice outside area in case the weather is good. Follow signs to Blakes' Lock to get there I believe...

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KiSTranslations  Identity Verified
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another suggestion May 26, 2006

24th June is a Sat, so not really necessarily a "lunch break", I reckon. On the other hand, it might be nicer to meet during the day if the weather is good. Haven't been to "Bell&Dragon", so would be up for trying out that one.
If we were to meet in the evening, however, maybe we could try the thai restaurant on the corner of Friar St/West St in the town centre - haven't been there myself yet but it's supposed to be good.


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Neil Stewart  Identity Verified
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Lunchtime May 26, 2006

Lunchtime would work better for me if that suits others. I haven't been to Bel & Dragon either, so that would be fine.

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Sonia Hill
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24th June May 26, 2006

I won't be able to make it if it is on the 24th June as I will be away that weekend. During the week would be best for me, lunchtime or evening.
I haven't tried the Bel and Dragon (would be happy to try it though). There is also a good Thai restaurant near the station that I have been to a few times (not sure if that's the one KiSTranslations means).


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David Knowles  Identity Verified
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Bel & Dragon Jun 11, 2006

This gets the thumbs up from friends in Reading for a lunchtime meeting, but they suggest booking. Maybe Nicole can give them a ring?

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Nicole Y. Adams, M.A.  Identity Verified
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Table booked for 12.30 Jun 17, 2006

The Bel & Dragon it is: I have booked a table for us on 24th from 12.30pm onwards. (It's booked in my name, Adams).

If you want to take a sneak preview at the menu or the location, their website is http://www.thebelatreading.com/


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Halina Arendt  Identity Verified
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Table booked for 12.30 Jun 17, 2006

Well done, Nicole. Looks like a good venue. I wonder what it is like for parking though. See you there next Saturday.

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David Knowles  Identity Verified
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Table booked for 12.30 Jun 17, 2006

See you there - thanks for booking it!

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Parking Jun 17, 2006

Maps show a public car park off The Forbury (a road running east from the southern end of Reading Bridge, and on past Reading Gaol).

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Beth Varley  Identity Verified
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Parking Jun 19, 2006

The restaurant also has a small car park.

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Halina Arendt  Identity Verified
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Getting there Jun 23, 2006

I gather from the map attached to the site and the instructions, it is not possible getting there in straight line from the south-east (A329M), because of the one way traffic. You have to go the round way: west on A4 to join the traffic from junction 11 (M4) and then east again. Could anyone with the local knowledge confirm the above, pls.

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Neil Stewart  Identity Verified
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Meeting everyone Jun 24, 2006

Just a quick note to say it was good to catch up with eveyone today in beautiful weather at a great venue - look forward to meeting you again some time! Neil

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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"Small but perfectly formed" Jun 25, 2006

Yes, there were only six of us but we had a very enjoyable time. Thanks to Beth for suggesting the Bel & Dragon and to Nicole for booking us in there. It was an excellent venue.

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