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Thanks for nothing John Betjeman
Slough in General
Member Name: DaggerNelson
Slough in General
Date: 05/07/02, updated on 05/07/02 (601 review reads)
Advantages: Good transport links, Green, Good Amenities
Disadvantages: Some assylum seekers, Too far from my football club!, The preconceived ideas John Betjemin has given people
Not a name that makes you think of nice things perhaps. For that we can blame John Betjeman. It was he who wrote:
Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow
Swarm over, Death!
Come, bombs, and blow to smithereens
Those air-conditioned bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.
Mess up the mess they call a town -
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half-a-crown
For twenty years,
And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears,
And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.
But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of that stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.
It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
And talk of sports and makes of cars
In various bogus Tutor bars
And daren't look up to see the stars
But belch instead.
As far as I'm concerned, that's the biggest load of hogwash since Jeffrey Archer's libel case!
Slough is about 20 miles to the West of London.
To the south of the town lies the M4 motorway and, with the M40 a short distance to the North and the M25 to the East, getting around the town isn't difficult.
The town centre is typical of many suburban shopping centres with its mixture of shops to suit all tastes. There are two undercover malls - the Queensmere and the more modern Observatory. Both have a good mixture of shops.
To the West of the town centre, spread along
the A4 Bath Road are a number of trading estates catering for electrical goods, furnishings, sportswear, gardening and DIY.
To the North of the town centre lies the Britwell Estate which has a large amount of affordable housing. Further out, there is Farnham Common, a pretty villiage with a mixture of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and the beautiful Burnham Beeches forest.
To the South of the town centre, there is the pretty Herschel Villiage and further out, a considerable amount of open countryside and playing fields for Eton College. To the South West, lie Cippenham and Chalvey which, again, provide affordable housing.
To the East of the town lies Langley and this is where the majority of the housing which offended Betjemin lies.
The 30s semi has seen something of a revival over recent years and this is a desirable area of Slough. House prices here have shot up in the last 15 years and you would now be looking at spending something over £200,000 for a good 3-bed semi.
Public transport isn't the best in the area but there is a fast train link to London Paddington and regular trains to Reading and the West.
I have lived in Slough for 2.5 years now and I have no desire to move - it's a lovely place to live with a lot of greenery and open spaces along with all the amenities you could possibly want.