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Review of Westoning by Sarah Quirke on June 16th, 2006
I lived in Westoning for two years consistently, 1998 - 2000, then during certain holidays from university. The first 2 years were those that come to us all. At 16, I always wanted to be anywhere but where I was at the time, and from that perspective, Westoning was definitely where I didn't want to be. The buses only came once an hour though, so that was a bit of a shame. Luckily Westoning is surrounded by fields - the possibilities were endless! A friend and I were once chased off a field by means of fertiliser, the only thing the farmer had to hand at the time! But despite its lack of anything whatsoever to do at that age, I simply cannot think badly of Westoning. Yes, if you drive up or down Church Road it is with your life in your hands, simply due to the improbability of this ever having been designed for two way traffic - but the road markings have been changed to reflet this!!! You are advised (through the painting of one small roadmarking) to take the longer way round and possibly save your life! Plus the second route takes you nearer to The Bell pub (and Thai Restaurant - don't ask!) The Bell is lovely. It is a real old-fashioned pub where everyone knows eachothers names, or if they don't know your name, they soon will :) You can roast chestunts in the fire in winter, and drink outside in the summer, and be served by some of the friendliest people around. Not sure about the Thai-Ga (tiger?!) Thai Restaurant. It was considered to be a bit of a joke when it started, but I've heard its got better since then (My mum, stepdad and younger brother still live there) The Chequers pub (if you'd carried on driving the treacherous way down Church Road) is less personal, but they do good food, the clientele is more varied (ah yes, forgot to mention that the Bell has mostly regulars. Who have been regulars for quite a while..) they have at least one pool table, TV and fruit machines. It is the place to go if you haven't been to Westoning before, and are just there on holiday - you can ACTUALLY hire cottages near by! So, anyway, to sum up, Westoning is the most interesting boring place I've ever lived. So far. And that's not necessarily an insult, so hopefully Johnathan Sayeed won't have any objections (MP for Westoning. I think)

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