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Based on the TV show but less biased and more focused and fun, who are our local heros/icons? We can broaden it to wider Berkshire but it'll be nice to hear who we all think are Reading's greatest icons, whether famous or not.
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Alfred the Great
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Bernard Laurence Hieatt
Fred Potts VC
Arthur Negus
William Henry Fox Talbot
Joseph Huntley
George Palmer
William Laud
Oldman........

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Henry Addington
John Blagrave
Michael Bond
Hugh Cook Faringdon
John Kendrick
Ian Mikardo
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
George Blackall Simonds
William Blackall Simonds

(I'm assuming that one of the requirements is that the person is deceased ... if not there are probably a few others)
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Of course Reading's most obvious icon, even appearing on our very own masthead, isn't a person at all:
  • The Maiwand Lion
which brings us neatly back to George Blackall Simonds
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Arthur Hill
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Elizebeth Taylor [novelist]
Robert Bridges
Rufus Isaacs
Henry 1st
Oscar Wilde
There's a whole host from Leighton Park School!
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George Palmer (Lord Sidmouth

Still with us
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Ken Branagh
Kate Winslet

Coxy - Oscar Wilde? don’t think he was a willing resident :)
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piwacket wrote: 17 Jan 2019 17:11 Still with us
Actually, if we are going to consider living contestants, then judging by the number of name checks on the pages of this forum there is a very, very clear winner:
  • Tony Page
Before you all get your baseball bats out, I should point out that nowhere does it say that an icon has to be liked. :-)

More seriously, I'd like to propose that we ban still-living persons, on the grounds of lack of historical perspective.
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Amelia Dyer, Hanged
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piwacket wrote: 17 Jan 2019 17:11 George Palmer (Lord Sidmouth

Still with us
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Ken Branagh
Kate Winslet

Coxy - Oscar Wilde? don’t think he was a willing resident :)
Perhaps not but well iconic!
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chris_j_wood wrote: 17 Jan 2019 17:54
Before you all get your baseball bats out, I should point out that nowhere does it say that an icon has to be liked. :-)
On those grounds then - Ricky Gervais :whistle1:
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wirewiper wrote: 18 Jan 2019 09:21
chris_j_wood wrote: 17 Jan 2019 17:54
Before you all get your baseball bats out, I should point out that nowhere does it say that an icon has to be liked. :-)
On those grounds then - Ricky Gervais :whistle1:
.... and I'll add Chris Tarrant!
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Reading Elvis?

By the way, what does Jimmy Page have to do with Reading? I'm intrigued!
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Wikipedia also has a list of "notable people with a strong connection with the town of Reading"
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piwacket wrote: 18 Jan 2019 13:55
wirewiper wrote: 18 Jan 2019 09:21
chris_j_wood wrote: 17 Jan 2019 17:54
Before you all get your baseball bats out, I should point out that nowhere does it say that an icon has to be liked. :-)
On those grounds then - Ricky Gervais :whistle1:
.... and I'll add Chris Tarrant!
I'll raise your Chris Tarrant and show you my Jeremy Kyle. :-)
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wirewiper wrote: 18 Jan 2019 16:29 I'll raise your Chris Tarrant and show you my Jeremy Kyle. :-)
... and I’ll raise you - Michael Foot!
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Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 16:16 By the way, what does Jimmy Page have to do with Reading? I'm intrigued!
He has lived in a number of properties in the area over the years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Page#Personal_life
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Ricky Gervais.
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Fed-up wrote: 18 Jan 2019 17:09
Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 16:16 By the way, what does Jimmy Page have to do with Reading? I'm intrigued!
He has lived in a number of properties in the area over the years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Page#Personal_life
Well if we're including Sonning and Pangbourne, that does rather widen the scope...
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Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 16:16 Reading Elvis?
Good call.
Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 16:16 By the way, what does Jimmy Page have to do with Reading? I'm intrigued!
Is he Tony's brother?. :whistle1:
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Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 17:33
Well if we're including Sonning and Pangbourne, that does rather widen the scope...
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At least Sonning is “hanging off the side” of Reading - Pangbourne certainly isn’t :)
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piwacket wrote: 18 Jan 2019 21:39
Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 17:33
Well if we're including Sonning and Pangbourne, that does rather widen the scope...
At least Sonning is “hanging off the side” of Reading - Pangbourne certainly isn’t :)
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Who mentioned Windsor?
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piwacket wrote: 18 Jan 2019 23:21 Who mentioned Windsor?
The wikipedia article about Jimmy Page's places of residence ;-)
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John Madejski - Not born here but what he's done to rejuvenate the west of Reading and bring businesses to Green Park has been wonderful. He's really invested in the town which has made us a corporate magnet.
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Pooneil wrote: 18 Jan 2019 23:27
piwacket wrote: 18 Jan 2019 23:21 Who mentioned Windsor?
The wikipedia article about Jimmy Page's places of residence ;-)
Oh right :)
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Only .david Graham I knew was a Broker. No idea who Geoff Goddard is, sorry.
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Voiceoftreason? wrote: 20 Jan 2019 11:17 Only .david Graham I knew was a Broker. No idea who Geoff Goddard is, sorry.
David Graham guitar player Four Pennies, lived in the Osbourne Arms.
Geoff Goddard wrote Telstar.
Not very iconic, clutching at straws
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Oh right. I know Telstar :-)
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Mike Oldfield (his dad was my GP on Kings Road).
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Oooo, that reminds me. An actress, her name is on the tip of my tongue. Her dad was my dads GP. Aargh, what was her name!!!!!KK
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Got it. Jacqueline Bisset.
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Voiceoftreason? wrote: 20 Jan 2019 22:19 Got it. Jacqueline Bisset.

She used to lived in the thatched cottage on Westwood Row in Tilehurst.
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Marianne Faithful (or some spelling)
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