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  • Street light out, 24th April
    The first street lamp from Oxford Rd is out on the eastern side of Albany Rd. Please fix as it's very dark there. Thanks.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 23 Albany Road, Reading
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  • Collapsed Manhole Cover, 24th April
    Grovelands Road southbound carriageway at junction of Oxford Rd right at the traffic lights there is a collapsed manhole cover that needs urgent attention, how much more pounding will it take for the cover to completely collapse leaving a hole! it is in a very dangerouse situation as vehicles turn right from Oxford Road into Grovelands Rd they hit this cover and one wheel drops significantly taking a big hit which could cause serious tyre/suspension damage.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Grovelands Road, Reading
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  • More holes now in the road surface, 24th April
    More holes have now appeared in the road surface at the junction of Underwood Rd & Burghfield Rd, quite close to previous repairs! come on folks repair the surface properly once and for all........... Here's a picture of what it feels like your driving on sometimes............

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Underwood Road, Reading
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  • Pot holes, 23rd April
    There is two pot holes on the road outside 59 and 90 King's Road, Caversham. Can these please be fixed. This whole road is so uneven and Queen's Road!! Terrible state of the roads.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 47 Kings Road, Caversham
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  • Graffiti, 22nd April
    Large Graffiti on building of fish and chip shop, side facing opposite Working Mens Club, Church Street, Caversham.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 40 Church Street, Caversham
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  • Paint on road, 22nd April
    There is a lot of white paint left on road from builders doing work in 4 Coach House Mews.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 116 South View Avenue, Caversham
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  • Dog fouling, 22nd April
    There is a lot of dog mess just near the roundabout on Briant's Avenue and Gosbrook Road.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 77 Briants Avenue, Caversham
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  • Rubbish in the Street, 22nd April
    The occupants of the last few houses on Alpine Street continually put out rubbish in bags (not in bins) on non collection days, this results in foxes/cats shredding the bags and rotting food and nappies etc being strewn across the pavement and road. This encourages rats and further fox incursions.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 137 Alpine Street, Reading
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  • Trees grown over pavement causing need to use road, 21st April
    Bushes grown over past pavement needs trimming the
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Pottery Road, Reading
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  • Yet another underpass covered in silt, 21st April
    The underpass beneath the Bennet road gyratory is covered in silt and twigs and debris left behind after the recent flooding.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A33, Reading
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  • Another cycle path and underpass covered in silt, 21st April
    The underpass is covered in silt, as is the cycle path from the canal towpath
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A33, Reading
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  • Cycle path covered in silt, 21st April
    The cycle path through the underpass is covered in silt from the recent flooding. It has got very wet in the rain over the weekend and is now really slippery
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A33, Reading
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  • Lose stone, 20th April
    There is a large stone lose connecting the pavement to the road just north of Caversham Hall, St John's Road, Caversham. This tips when stood on and needs maintenance thankyou.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): St Johns Road, Caversham
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  • Hole around put, 18th April
    Big pothole that seems to be a leftover from work on a sewage put. Around the metal top of a put. Even marked blue. It has been there for a while now so it seems to be forgotten .
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 8 Station Road, Reading
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  • Pothole on russell street, 18th April
    At the top of Russell street there is a massive pothole. It is there for quite a while. At the top on the left side of the road if you enter the from the top and drive down to Oxford street.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Russell Street, Reading
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  • Crossing Signal Not Working, 17th April
    The signal for crossing Queens Road to and from Watlington Street is not working. It has been like this for the past few weeks. This needs to be addressed, as this is a busy road and it is a matter of time before someone is injured.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 71 Queen's Road, Reading
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  • Surgical Foot Face-lifts—Just Part of the “Real World”


    Think Chinese foot binding died out with the Qing Dynasty? Think again! According to a report in The New York Times, well-to-do women are seeking out plastic surgery so their tootsies can painlessly slip into high-fashion kicks by the likes of Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Manolo Blahnik. “On the surface, it looked shallow,” offered podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh, who performs a variety of face-lifts for the feet. “But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.” I’d have to imagine that his definition of the “real world” is a loose one or, at the very least, exclusive to moneyed locales like Park Avenue and Beverly Hills.

    Wouldn’t commissioning custom shoes or, maybe, petitioning designers to make more wearable stilettos be ever-so-slightly less shallow, not to mention less expensive? You could also try my (only mildly less ridiculous) method of choice—foot Pilates—for which I’m frequently, and rightly, laughed at by my friends. Even better, you could just buy Prada, who, thanks to its embrace of wide soles, makes some of the most comfortable skyscrapers on the planet.

    —Katharine K. Zarrella

    Photo: Cesare Medri  
  • Marina’s Must-Haves: Madewell’s Poncho Dress

    MadewellMy mind is in vacation mode—all I want to think about is summer days at the beach. For my seaside getaways, I like my outfits to be as simple as can be, and oversize cotton pieces are a must. Madewell’s white poncho dress will be in my suitcase for my next trip. Its graphic details make it city-appropriate as well, for those hot days in June. At the moment, summer seems but a dream, but as someone who likes to plan ahead, I’ll be ordering Madewell’s frock this week.

    Madewell poncho dress, $138, Buy it now

    —Marina Larroudé

    Photo: Courtesy Photo 
  • EXCLUSIVE: Virgil Abloh Debuts Off-White for Women

    offwhiteblog1Virgil Abloh spends a lot of time in the air. One day he’s busy globe-trotting for his full-time gig as Kanye West’s creative director, and the next he’s jetting off to Miami to represent Been Trill with a DJ set at Ultra Music Festival. In recent months, the 33-year-old Chicago native has been squeezing in trips to Milan, where he operates the atelier for his ready-to-wear label, Off-White, which premiered its Spring ’14 men’s range back in December.

    Building his new brand is Abloh’s most personal project to date. His solo career as a designer began with his short-lived Pyrex Vision capsule of graphic tees and hoodies that quickly gained a fervent cult underground following. But he’s elevating the streetwear conversation altogether with Off-White, which is being championed by upscale retailers including Colette, Barneys, and Selfridges. The clothes themselves are marked by their worn-in, shabby chic-meets-street appeal, and often tagged with Off-White’s signature diagonal stripes that speak to Abloh’s passion for art and architecture.

    Abloh recently conceived one of the sets for pal Sky Ferreira, who is the opening act on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour. His stage scheme involves a grid of intersecting lasers, and Ferreira wears a custom Off-White biker jacket cut from neoprene and embellished with 30,000 black Swarovski crystals. The jacket is also in Ferreira’s new, shoppable music video for “I Blame Myself.”

    That one-off Perfecto paved the way for Off-White’s first foray into womenswear for Fall ’14. Its corresponding lookbook, which was shot at the Barcelona Pavilion in Spain (designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who is a perennial source of inspiration for Abloh), debuts here on The feminine side of Off-White is less street, more refined, and definitely influenced by the bohemian moodiness of Hedi Slimane with its wide-brimmed hats, fringed wool coats, velvet maxi skirts, and pumps offered, in addition to the now-trademark faded denim and branded biker jackets. During a phone interview over the weekend, Abloh discussed his evolving vision for Off-White, youth culture, his collaboration with Ferreira, and more.

    —Brittany Adams

    How has launching Off-White allowed you to evolve your point of view?

    It’s interesting now having the brand. It’s kind of like an onion, rolling back the layers of what does Off-White mean. And Off-White to me just means “now.” My reference points are: It’s a culture, it’s a lifestyle, it’s kids. It’s, like, same social circle—like, all my friends, I love their personal style. I think the main thing is that Off-White is a sort of attempt to represent youth culture and young lifestyle in the marketplace of established fashion brands. For me, it’s a way to show the world—from my vantage point as a hip-hop kid—that image of fashion. I’ve designed for quite some time. I have a background in architecture, so I’ve always been trying to find an outlet for all these ideas.

    offwhiteblog4What is your womenswear aesthetic?

    I just want chic, plus Air Force 1s. My guy friends dress in more of a streetwear manner, and my girlfriends dress in Céline or Saint Laurent. It’s very, like, Chateau Marmont, Café Select, The Mercer [Hotel], to [The] Westway, to 1 Oak, so I just merge all that. The most exciting part for me now is to just lay out this women’s world, and I see it as more of a boyfriend-girlfriend type relationship. The title of the women’s collection this season is “I Only Smoke When I Drink.” It’s a sentence that relates to that girl I imagine wearing the clothes.

    Tell me about recently working with Sky Ferreira.

    I’ve known Sky maybe for, like, a year and a half or so, just through being friends, kind of being in the same sort of circle of friends and creative kids, trying to make a mark. And it’s very cool—she is such a talented person and such a muse. I was immediately drawn to that. We have tons of similar likes and whatnot, so it all sort of organically happened. It all started, I think, with the stage production for her, and organically that led into a twofold concept where it was like, let’s merge the aesthetic of the stage with a fashion piece that kind of integrates it, kind of making it more 3-D. We both kind of naturally were inspired by Michael Jackson. [laughs] Everyone at some point tries to get out some Michael Jackson dream of their life.

    Are you a fan of her music?

    Super. I’ve always been a fan of many music genres outside of hip-hop and people’s music that is supremely natural talent, and she is that. Like, her charisma, her stage presence, and her off-stage presence are very intriguing. She symbolizes a lot for her culture, and I think authenticity and rock music is a thing that’s not common, so that’s what makes me a fan of her. Her personality—that’s what draws me to her. And her music, her sound, and what she puts into it is amazing to me.

    Going back to the clothing, you referenced Martha Stewart and Montauk as influencing your first menswear collection, which was called “Youth Will Always Win.” Are you keeping that look moving into next season?

    [laughs] Yeah, I’m super into that still. That’s a part of my personality, so I’m still on that sort of aesthetic—I’m not ready to move from it so fast. But I have a different theme building for the men’s. It’s all this Baja surf-inspired collection. It’s very coastal still—it’s more like Cali, and it’s called “Moving Still” and it’s about waves. It’s a graphic story, but then it’s also this sort of hippie, poncho-wearing, drug rug interpretation. In order for me to be happy with the season, there has to be a cool name to it. It has to have a theme, but then still the graphic-based aesthetic and prints on clothes.

    offwhiteblog5Have you ever surfed?

    I have. It’s kind of one of those things where you try to learn a new hobby. I’m 33, so I like the idea of forcing yourself to learn something completely new.

    In general, how do you stay inspired?

    The zeitgeist is what inspires me, this sort of collective thought of trends and how they move to different cities—what kids in Paris are talking about or what music they’re listening to. You find similarities in between Ultra and Café Select—the conversations are pretty similar.

    What are your ultimate goals for Off-White as a fashion brand?

    My goal is to transcend outside of the streetwear and surprise people in a way. I’m very honored to be selling at the stores that I’m at. These are the places that I love, so the goal for me is to intersect with a wider audience and just be a representative of what’s happening in the street but have that square footage in the stores to kind of attract new fashion consumers.

    Speaking of, do you ever miss doing Pyrex Vision, or were you just over that?

    My whole idea from the beginning was that it was sort of a limited thing—I wasn’t that into repeating and keep making that product. I have this whole obsession with collecting early Raf Simons pieces, and I like that the brand for myself, Pyrex, has a definitive start. I like that people who are fans of that can seek out and find that piece and it’ll feel nostalgic in a way.


    So much of your professional career has been about collaborating. How does it feel to express your own vision with Off-White?

    That’s mainly why I kind of wanted to start Off-White in this way, because I’ve been very collaborative in my whole design career, so I had to remind myself, like, what’s my own favorite color? That’s kind of where the name came from—just sort of a reminder to myself because it helps me in collaborative projects, too, like, this is my specific opinion without having to compromise it. I can paint a whole world, so to speak, so that’s what Off-White is to me. I’m honored to have a platform to create in. I’m just fulfilling a trend that I see on the street and things—just fulfilling a niche to be a young, credible designer with valid ideas.

    Off-White’s Fall ’14 women’s collection ($180 to $2,000) will be available at select retailers including Browns, Colette, Selfridges, and The Webster. For more information, visit off—

    Photos: Christina Paik / Courtesy of Off-White
  • Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet Make Time‘s 100 List

    British Fashion Awards 2010 - InsideAmong Time‘s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, which was revealed today, you’ll find Pope Francis, Rand Paul, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton…and two fashion powerhouses: Céline creative director Phoebe Philo and Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet. The fashion icons appear in the annual issue alongside tributes written by fellow industry leaders. Stella McCartney penned a story about Philo, in which she writes, “One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.” J.Crew president Jenna Lyons, who made the 100 List last year, scribed Massenet’s tribute, calling her a “visionary.” The issue will hit newsstands on Friday, and 2014′s winners will be honored at the annual gala on Tuesday evening.

    —Emily Farra

    Photo: Nick Harvey/ Getty Images 
  • EXCLUSIVE: Très Bien Debuts First-Ever Collection for Spring

    _BLOG_dyptich_cSince opening Très Bien in 2006, brothers Hannes and Simon Hogeman have been helping to lead the direction of style for men all over the world. The Stockholm-based shop has become one of the most influential outlets for streetwear, high fashion, and the tricky intersection between the two. In fact, Très Bien is that intersection.

    “It all comes down to our taste,” says Hannes, “which stems from growing up in Sweden with a general interest in fashion, style, and culture. We were brought up in the nineties with Helmut Lang and Ice Cube.”

    But the real magic of Très Bien isn’t just taste, it’s a sensibility for how to create juxtapositions that work—how Stussy and Rick Owens can intermingle, or Nike and Tim Coppens, Carhartt and Comme des Garçons. The e-boutique’s selection is as important as the styling decisions. Pairing high and low is not a radical new idea in fashion by any means, but Très Bien has mastered the formula. “When we started out we wanted to do our thing and incorporate all these elements,” says Simon, “mixing high fashion and streetwear with youth culture, art, and music references. It’s more common now, but when we started out ten years ago, only some magazines like i-D represented something similar.” Now they’re going to see how far they can push it.

    “We wanted to do our own collection all along,” Hannes says. “But we wanted to create a platform first, our own world with rules and standards distinct from the fashion world at large.” Seen exclusively here on first and available next week at, the Spring 2014 collection is an amalgamation of all the things Très Bien has been championing: smart, luxurious, relaxed menswear with distinct design cues that mash up clean lines, bold graphics, and simple styling. The collection will also feature a special collaboration with Common Projects, a canvas with gum-sole Achilles sneaker.

    “What it boils down to,” says Hannes, “is we want to express ourselves and what we’re about—the collection is 100 percent Très Bien.”

    —Noah Johnson



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