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    Default Re:Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Radio Oxford this morning a guy was promoting Banbury Canal Day.
    In excited tones he warbled about the faded glory of Oxfordshires'Canal Inland Waterway
    at Banbury as one of the first then quickly sprang forward to today with a exhortation of the
    L word.Leisure.
    He grudgingly admitted that "even many Banbury residents don't seem to know the Canal is here"
    a patronising statement if ever Ive heard one.
    He then went on to suggest visitors and residents "have a poke around"and that "its not as scary as you think".
    Quite what sort of leisure this gentleman is promoting Im not quite sure?
    Are we all to buy 50,000 narrow boats?
    Would not our blow up dingies get snared on rusty supermarket trolleys?
    The weed strewn wilderness of Banburys Canal towpaths are more the haunts of muggers and
    chuckers in than parasols and picnic baskets.
    I would consider it quite a dangerous activity to frequent the canal side paths.
    Rather confused he asserted that it was all the new buzz word "Leisure"but there the ideas ended.
    Banburys residents know all about"leisure"Many are unemployed and Id estimate 80% of the town
    is 'chav'.
    Hardly the Cannes yachting set,
    The bus station on arrival is one of the most dismal I have ever encountered.

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    oooh you are going to fit in rather well around here!

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Harry Hogwash is now having a go at Banbury.

    It was Abingdon last week.

    Perhaps he intends to rubbish all Oxfordshire riverside/canalside towns in alphabetic order.

    Crowmarsh Gifford next perhaps?

    So far, his opinions on here are, to me, a matter of supreme indifference.

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Quote Originally Posted by rotrax View Post
    Harry Hogwash is now having a go at Banbury.

    It was Abingdon last week.

    Perhaps he intends to rubbish all Oxfordshire riverside/canalside towns in alphabetic order.

    Crowmarsh Gifford next perhaps?

    So far, his opinions on here are, to me, a matter of supreme indifference.
    This could be a commercial book opportunity as an alternative guide to Thames Valley towns.

    I can help with Crowmarsh Gifford having lived there: two pubs, a village shop and the EA office, all quite uninspiring. The only excitement was when the landlady of the Queens Head ran off with the captain of the darts team to the Grenfell Arms in Maidenhead.

    Shall we do Didcot next?
    Last edited by Old Crusty; 11-10-18 at 06:51.
    When I was in the Navy ...

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    I'm quite disappointed with the Abingdon review. Saxon Road and the Peachcroft Estate didn't get a mention.

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Can't wait to hear his views on Reading then...

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeME3 View Post
    Can't wait to hear his views on Reading then...
    The smack heads riviera? 5 star reviews in Crackpipe Aficionado magazine.

    I'd be more interested in hearing what he has to say about Henley. What with all that boat clutter about

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Crusty View Post
    This could be a commercial book opportunity as an alternative guide to Thames Valley towns.

    I can help with Crowmarsh Gifford having lived there: two pubs, a village shop and the EA office, all quite uninspiring. The only excitement was when the landlady of the Queens Head ran off with the captain of the darts team to the Grenfell Arms in Maidenhead.

    Shall we do Didcot next?
    Didcot next would be fine-I can help as I currently reside there.

    You missed out the Crowmarsh Gifford PO robbery-two toe-rags with a sawn off. Kept the chattering going for years.

    First Mate and I lived in "The Limes", the house with the brick and flint wall up the side. My old mate and jazz musician Harry Crook lives in Crowmarsh.

    I shall ask Ivor Standbridge about the pub landlady-he was in the Queens darts team.

    I have good memories of Crowmarsh Gifford and also of Preston Crowmarsh where our business Crowmarsh Classic Motorcycles was founded in the origonal Honey Farm where Rouses Honey started back in the days when men were men and beer was a ha'penny a loaf..................................

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    I am well familiar with Henley.
    The Red Lion Hotel has some of the worst Trip advisor reviews going.
    To go into the intricacies of exactly where that is failing is a spate website by itself.
    You are referred to the reviews marked Terrible & Poor.
    There used to be a coach service that ran from Abingdon through Henley to London,
    I don't mean the stagecoaches I mean a Green Line type one.
    That no longer exists.
    Henley is a dreary damp sort of a place full of recluses in their 'big'houses and they seldom wish to have much doings with
    anyone else much ,
    the shops in the town are truly horrible even so called butchers and the like,.
    The building societies are doomed.
    Apart from that and a corn exchange building tourist office or somesuch that hardly anyone can related to
    least of all the skateboarding delinqents
    theres precious little in Henley worth bothering about.
    The Rowing museum is the only thing worth a look in.
    The Pubs are all grubby dives.
    Theres no restaurant worth the name.
    Henley fancies itself but no one fancies Henley.
    Its cold unwelcoming grubby dirty and boring.
    The callous posters of numerous bloated state funded scrounging theatre and arts companies stare down at one from
    funereal pillars.the backgrounds are often black to stop people scribbling abuse on them with markers,though
    the pathy level is so high theyd be lucky if anyone bovvers.
    Missives from far apart as Oxfords New Theatre and Blenheim Palace chug for your cash.
    More bad TA reviews Im afraid.
    People artistic sensibilities are daily slapped in the face by these self serving wet kipper productions
    that service only A Stalinist purpose and keep up the fiction that jollity exists .
    That theres some thing to do and see in a Hell Hole like Henley.
    The Regatta is a joke.
    Local public school doff their hats as idiots pay 30 for a punnet of strawberries and cream
    and a glass of cheap booze in a rented tent and kid themselves they are society before going home time (on the dirty old train at 6pm)
    Ooooh strawberries and cream the height of nirvana.
    But all the birds look like the back of a bus and cant dress for toffee.
    Man youd get more strawberries round the back of Tesco for free.
    and most likely 24 punnets of sell by cream too.
    If your still a bit peckish before being hurridly huddled home by the cheapo security guards theres Greggs
    greasy sausage rools 2 fer a poond which ye can eat sitting on a dirty step in the street outside the toon all.
    ah good old Henley
    the eptimoe of poshness.
    Like Le Touquet by the Thames.

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    Default Re: Banbury "Canal Day". Inland Waterway.

    So you like it then

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