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    General Lighting
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    I’ve only been to MK a few times TBH ; and can fully understand why the area is the butt of many a joke.

    The urban matrix layout looks like a soulless maze, it was the first place I saw Thames Valley Police break up a rave with the TSG (riot squad), it housed the notorious cheese-fest commercial venue the Sanctuary (where idealistic young ravers often experienced their first arrest having been grassed up by bouncers, whilst gangs roamed free and mugged people)

    Is always heavily featured in the local crime news – more so than Reading! usually stuff like people getting jacked for their mobiles/bikes or just beaten up on the “redways” (the traffic free underpasses put in in the 1960s so people could cycle in safety).

    And its got concrete cows…

    but apparently a fifth of the area is real green land and there is loads of environmentally friendly stuff here..

    I’ve just heard an excellent documentary on BBC R4 about all this – and it should be repeated again… keep checking the site below and look for the 21st October (not the hydroelectric scheme which is last weeksn show…)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/changingplaces.shtml

    #1067443
    harmlessfeet
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    tis my home town, unfortuanately they are hell bent on getting it city status, which means attracting as many people here as possible, hence the new footy stadium etc.

    the result amoungst other things, will be more faceless crime and less greenary ๐Ÿ™

    #1067442
    Tink
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    General Lighting wrote:
    I’ve only been to MK a few times TBH ; and can fully understand why the area is the butt of many a joke.

    The urban matrix layout looks like a soulless maze, it was the first place I saw Thames Valley Police break up a rave with the TSG (riot squad), it housed the notorious cheese-fest commercial venue the Sanctuary (where idealistic young ravers often experienced their first arrest having been grassed up by bouncers, whilst gangs roamed free and mugged people)

    Is always heavily featured in the local crime news – more so than Reading! usually stuff like people getting jacked for their mobiles/bikes or just beaten up on the “redways” (the traffic free underpasses put in in the 1960s so people could cycle in safety).

    And its got concrete cows…

    but apparently a fifth of the area is real green land and there is loads of environmentally friendly stuff here..

    I’ve just heard an excellent documentary on BBC R4 about all this – and it should be repeated again… keep checking the site below and look for the 21st October (not the hydroelectric scheme which is last weeksn show…)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/changingplaces.shtml

    I Live in MK and u r right there r many reasons why MK is a joke what with the concrete cows n the red ways which was a nice idea as u can go any where in MK without having to cross a main road but at the same time thay are very dangerous as a lot of the red ways are hidden from the main roads n houses ( u wont catch me walking down one when its dark) there are a lot of twats in MK but i think that goes for every where, we are the largest growing city in the country!!! at the same time there are some really cool party people, u just got to know where to find us.
    if people got out of there cars and had a walk round they would find some really lovely park land, loads of lakes, Rivers n woodland areas , Bowbrickhill woods being one of the area’s that some great paties have been held.
    thanks for the link General Lighting i will keep checking it always nice to learn some new stuff about where we live
    Harmlessfeet – ur right too think we attracting too many people, i come across more n more twats every day which is why i try n stay away from the city its where most of them are

    #1067438
    General Lighting
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    harmlessfeet wrote:
    tis my home town, unfortuanately they are hell bent on getting it city status, which means attracting as many people here as possible, hence the new footy stadium etc.

    the result amoungst other things, will be more faceless crime and less greenary ๐Ÿ™

    they’ve been trying that in Reading for ages. In fact many public sector workers, particularly the Council already refer to the area as a city….

    a few months ago some bloke in tights from Buck House told the local media that “public sector workers who call Reading a city are disrespecting the Queen – but we can’t do anything about it as its their right to do so”. so I always refer to Reading as a city now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Reading is very much a “stealth new town” – its got all the experimental stuff in it as well but none of the good stuff. ITs always used as an experimental area for business but is now having all the investment and jobs taken away and going to other countries ๐Ÿ™

    we’ve got mini-redways in some areas and people also get jacked there, when they built these things there was less hate in the world and people had less desire to rob one another it seemed…

    incidentally the programme is now on line. It will only be on for a week and it is worth a listen, I didn’t know about all that green stuff until I head it..

    #1067440
    skattyasfuk
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    Im from mk aswell, and yeah it is true that there are alot of chavs about! But what town doesen’t have any?
    If you go out of milton Keynes in any direction and drive for about 10 mins you are in countryside, there are loads of parks and lakes etc to walk in, brickhill woods is lovely and you can see a nice view of it from loads of places.

    Also what alot of people dont realise is that central milton keynes is really the only place that looks like how it does if you go to many of the surounding areas its actully really nice!

    The grid system although may be confusing to people that dont live here was actually a really ecxellent and efficient idea you can never get lost and theres hardley ever much traffic on the roads! General I used to have family that lived in Reading so no it really well and the traffic conjestion you have the is awful! id hate to be a learner driver there.

    Okay so all the clubs that are hear play mainstream shitty pop music and there isen’t really much of a culture (unless of coarse you see chav as a culture) so I choose to stay away from that.

    I think its kind of a city in the middle of countryside there really is loads of lovely walks you can go on, I meen how many other “cities” can you be in and come across a sheeps field, or a field of corn?

    #1067441
    globalloon
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    in my city there’s a few cycle unnerpasses and although i’ve not heard of any bike jacking, people scater them with broken glass, deliberately :sick:

    having said that, i’ll prolly get had for my wheels tomorrow

    mebee i’ll ride to work in my steel toe caps:you_smart

    #1067439
    General Lighting
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    skattyasfuk wrote:
    I think its kind of a city in the middle of countryside there really is loads of lovely walks you can go on, I meen how many other “cities” can you be in and come across a sheeps field, or a field of corn?

    Reading is also close to semi-rural areas, although people in the city areas seem to forget this!

    From what I heard on the radio documentary, there does however seem to be in MK a fairly active and powerful local “environmental” movement (with support from property developers/ those with money) which has kept many of the green spaces near the city area are available for public enjoyment.

    However this may only be the case because the Council there are better at negotiating and the boundaries are different; the nicer bits of “Reading” are actually in different local authority areas nowadays which are staunch Tory areas with a strong immovable belief in the ownership of private property.

    There is in fact much green space on the outskirts of Reading; however with the exception of areas around the Thames Path and the Ridgeway the bulk of it jealously guarded by those who have control over it.

    Jerome K Jerome’s amusing book “Three Men in a Boat” mentions the difficulties in just mooring a small boat on an up-river Thames bank due to a plethora of chains and “Keep Out” signs, and this book is about 150 years old!

    As for redways and their equivalents elsewhere , cycling organisations loathe them – apart from the security risks already mentioned they give motorists an impression that cycles should always be separated from the rest of the traffic; when in fact they have every right to be on the roads apart from motorways.

    Cyclists contribute to road building through their personal taxation and VAT paid on cycles and other accessories; and have a far lesser negative impact in terms of surface damage, cost of dealing with RTCs etc… (Road vehicle tax is not ring-fenced for transportation purposes and merely goes in the Treasury’s coffers like any other tax!)

    Redways/underpasses/subways also create very unsafe areas for people in an angry world where street robbery and random violence is becoming more common. You need only look at TVP’s press releases (or for a more musical example, the video to Roni Size’s “No More!”)

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