Town Hall (Palacio Municipal)
‘The Lime Tree’ by César Aira is a recent arrival in the World Shop at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) on London Street. The short novel is set in Coronel Pringles in Argentina, a real place named after a real person, Juan Pascual Pringles, a hero of the wars of independence against Spain in the early nineteenth century. It is also where author César Aira really grew up.
St Laurence’s Church Fountain
Horse trough donated by Annis and George Bills. Broadford, Victoria, Australia
Morin-Gacon, Dijon water pump
Samson Fountain – Bern, Switzerland
Attwells Fountain on Thames Promenade
‘Parched City‘ was an impulse buy from the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) bookshop. The cover featuring the 1859 opening of London’s first public drinking fountain in the wall of St Sepulchre’s Church in the City of London was a magnet for this Whitley Pump correspondent.
If you want to find out what and where the ‘Penny Plunge’ and ‘Twopenny Plunge’ were, then you should read David Cliffe’s fascinating book about Reading’s cinemas, just published by Two Rivers Press.
Indian Bean Tree at Reading Minster
The Shady Side of Town (© Two Rivers Press)
On a fresh Mayday morning, I went along to the first part of an organised walk at that eleven acre wedge of melancholy calm and beauty known as Reading Old Cemetery. An eager crowd of around a hundred souls had gathered to learn more of Reading’s trees and celebrate the publishing of a remarkable book on the subject.