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A celebration in podcast form of Reading in Berkshire. From independent businesses to the people that make the town tick, and just how long we've spent sat at the Castle Hill traffic lights. A podcast from BerkshireLive.

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Reading Santa Run, more trains and an electrical problem

December 10th, 2021

28:43

Join Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for the 144th Real Reading Podcast with special guest Graham Broadhurst discussing the 2021 Reading Santa Run.

Related: https://readingsantarun.org.uk/

Christmas on the rails and transforming Loddon Brewery

November 26th, 2021

29:16

The 143rd Real Reading Podcast with Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning, discussing Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (more of which in a few weeks) and …

Bonus: Peter Andre at the Willink School

November 19th, 2021

7:10

When Peter Andre visited the Willink School in Burghfield. Our favourite Real Reading Podcast story as told by Hugh Fort.

Microwave technician at BHS and other stories

November 19th, 2021

37:20

Join Rachel Nemeth, Tom Canning and Hugh Fort as they reunite for the latest Real Reading Podcast.

Charitable efforts and running the country

November 17th, 2021

34:31

The Real Reading Podcast with Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning who discuss their own past charitable efforts as they speak to Tom Crossland, the man who's run around England and Wales to raise awareness and cash to end …

Reading's music scene, what to expect from Market Yard and Dave Maul v Pete Wheeler

October 29th, 2021

31:20

Real Reading Podcast 140 with Tom Canning who is joined by two of Reading's premiere music promoters in Dave Maul and Pete Wheeler. Discussions cover …

Village rivalries and Rocket Kings Dave Stewart talks Space Camp

October 22nd, 2021

37:26

Tom Canning and Rachel Nemeth discuss village rivalries and Berkshire's lovely villages on this weeks Real Reading Podcast. As well as that we talk to Dave Stewart of Rocket Kings ukelele band who've released an album - …

Party in the newsroom and Ginger Perkins cake and coffee

October 19th, 2021

29:12

Tom Canning and Rachel Nemeth discuss the new Market Yard venue opening in the old Reading Evening Post office's, their old stomping ground and are …

Scaffolding

October 5th, 2021

21:12

A little catch up with Tom and Rach on the Real Reading Podcast.

Burghfest, Burgers and Bikes

September 24th, 2021

33:51

Episode 136 of the Real Reading Podcast focuses on reporter Sophie Drew's burger odyssey, the re-use of the Readybike and a big interview with the team getting Burghfest on at the weekend. With hosts Tom Canning and …

Rising Sun crowdfunder, right Royal concern and Garrard lookin' good

August 13th, 2021

39:37

The Real Reading Podcast returns with Hugh Fort, Paul Mann and Tom Canning here to discuss the week in Reading including a new feature: The Reading …

Two Rivers Press, Tom Dean and Garrard Street car park's demise

August 6th, 2021

34:33

The Real Reading Podcast returns with Hugh Fort and Tom Canning here to discuss the week in Reading including a new feature: The Reading City-zen, where we ask what experiences do you need to have had to be a proper …

Being a Reading City-zen, Down At The Abbey and the breastfeeding mum told to cover up

July 30th, 2021

41:49

The Real Reading Podcast returns with Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning here to discuss the week in Reading including a new feature: The Reading City-zen, where we ask what experiences do you need to have had to be a proper …

Flattening the test centre, Eurovision and Great Reading Conspiricies

May 28th, 2021

33:15

Episode 132 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

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On the election trail, suspicious packages and an Archimedes screw

May 5th, 2021

58:40

Episode 131 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit our new podcast website here …

Middleton. Winslet. Fletcher - The Reading Celeb Super League

April 23rd, 2021

34:14

Episode 130 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit our new podcast website here …

Pothole machines, hammer throwing and the worrying Royals accounts

April 16th, 2021

41:32

Episode 129 in which Hugh Fort, Paul Mann and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by …

Pincents Hill, beer boxes and the Junction Arch

April 9th, 2021

38:19

Episode 128 in which Hugh Fort, Paul Mann and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading and chat to Kate Armitage from Berkshire …

Blue Collar, Biscuits and Berkeley Avenue spooks

April 2nd, 2021

48:48

Episode 127 in which Rachel Nemeth, Paul Mann and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading and chat to Blue Collar Food's Glen …

The importance of John Lewis, Elm Park reminders and Charles Dance

March 26th, 2021

47:40

Episode 126 in which Rachel Nemeth, Paul Mann, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real …

Reading Abbey, Loddon Brewery and Richfield's Deli

March 12th, 2021

36:13

A special episode looking back at some archive interviews from 2018.

The oddity that is Devonshire Park, Reading Festival caution and the World Cup in Reading?

March 5th, 2021

43:48

Episode 125 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit our new podcast website here …

IT'S BANKSY

March 4th, 2021

14:12

The perils of recording your podcast when there's a rolling news agenda! We'd just finished recording this weeks episode, discussing of course …

What was Motorail, no Grazeley Garden Town and getting back to queuing

February 26th, 2021

45:18

Episode 124 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit our new podcast website here …

Prospect Park Adventure, Royals on the up and Dame Foodie Dench

February 19th, 2021

43:56

Episode 123 in which Rachel Nemeth, Paul Mann and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading. Our title music? It's Real Life by …

Po No More, Council Tax rises plus Hugh and the phallic statue

February 12th, 2021

50:22

Episode 122 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort Paul Mann and Tom Canning dissect the big headlines of the week in Reading and Hugh finds his phallic …

The IDR at 50: Decking, one way systems and tunnelling under the Maiwand

February 5th, 2021

55:21

Episode 121 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning disect the big headlines of the week in Reading and celebrate the IDR turning the big 5-0. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit …

Towers on the Broad Street Mall, Oxford Road doves and the Black Boy

January 22nd, 2021

43:19

Episode 120 in which Paul Mann, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning disect the big headlines of the week in Reading . Our title music? It's Real Life by …

Minster Street fines: Better signage or should motorists know better by now?

January 15th, 2021

40:00

Episode 119 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning disect the big headlines of the week in Reading in the first podcast of 2021. Our title music? It's Real Life by Reading's own Twin Sun.

Visit our new podcast …

Merry Christmas everybody!

December 25th, 2020

39:08

Episode 118 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort, Paul Mann and Tom Canning attempt to bring a little Christmas cheer with some messages from people …

Gervais Place, swimming pools are coming and dealing with Tier 3

December 18th, 2020

59:33

Episode 117 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines which include big moves in the swimming pool saga, Bond …

Milk Bar's open letter and Berkshire Vision's err.. 2021 vision

December 4th, 2020

59:27

Episode 116 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines which include an open letter to MP Matt Rodda from Milk …

The pub that's stood empty for 30 years and even more Station Hill homes

November 27th, 2020

1:09:05

Episode 115 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines from Covid - because of course - the pub that's been empty for three decades and even more homes for Station Hill. As well as …

The other Tilehurst water tower, Berk & Bite plus 'that' Jackson's Corner video

November 20th, 2020

58:47

Episode 114 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including how you could buy the other Tilehurst water …

The pub with the pool, Apex fallout and the social constable

November 13th, 2020

50:53

Episode 113 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including speed restrictions in Redlands, award winning …

Bonus: The full Emem Adegbola interview

November 13th, 2020

26:56

The full interview with Special Sergeant Emem Adegbola on the Real Reading Podcast. You can find Emem on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TVP8339

Why Apex Plaza is pink, thundering tankers and the new indie corner

November 6th, 2020

53:25

Episode 112 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including why tankers are thundering through Caversham and …

Smelly Alley's potential, the mediocre Meadway and the shops you'd love to see again

October 23rd, 2020

54:36

Episode 111 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Paul Mann discuss the week's headlines including a new smell for Smelly Alley, the locations in …

World Mental Health Day, Saxon Warlords and Rach in the hotseat

October 16th, 2020

1:05:11

Episode 110 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Paul Mann discuss the week's headlines including the Anglo-Saxon grave discovered by metal …

Paternity Leave

October 10th, 2020

5:52

A bonus episode with Tom Canning and Rachel Nemeth explaining why there is no podcast this week!

West End star to TikTok sensation, Purple Turtle and the Patron Saint of curry

October 2nd, 2020

59:27

Episode 109 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including the 10pm curfew and how it's affected some of Reading's legendary establishments, we learn there is a Patron Saint of …

A future for South Street, that Alien scene and the most objections

September 25th, 2020

1:04:31

Episode 108 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including the most objected to planning application in Reading's history and the Berkshire link to 'that scene' in Alien. As …

Cladding, Covid marshal's and mysterious road markings

September 18th, 2020

42:09

Episode 107 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including the removal of cladding from a residential …

RBH refurbishment, Blue Collar bonanza and a missing sloth

September 11th, 2020

1:05:28

Episode 106 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines including a multi-million pound upgrade for the Royal …

Caversham u-turn, slamwiches and a drinking ban

September 4th, 2020

43:06

Episode 105 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines from a Caversham's one-way u-turn to pupacino's and an announcement. Let prattle commence! Like our intro music? It's Real Life …

One way in Caversham, back to school and guerrilla potatoes

August 28th, 2020

1:09:19

Episode 104 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the week's headlines from Caversham's one-way troubles to guerilla potatoes and whether anyone cares if Reading is a city or not. Joining the team is …

Reading City's Victoria Pyke, horses on patrol and growing up

August 21st, 2020

55:50

Episode 103 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the weeks headlines from horses going out on patrol to updates on swimming pool …

Meet Indie Shopper, keeping cool and hope for Reading Prison?

August 14th, 2020

58:50

Episode 102 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss #ShopLocal week with Dave Maul, work out if there is anyway whatsoever of …

Caversham Lakes, homes for the homeless and the tale of Hetty McGetty

August 7th, 2020

1:12:07

Episode 101 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning are joined by guest presenter Paul Mann from Elm Park Royals. It's an unintentional …

100: STiR-y Things In Reading

July 31st, 2020

1:16:02

Episode 100 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning celebrate reaching 100 episodes. It's been a long few years, we've repeated ourselves endlessly, no doubt, but we're still here and this week we have a …

Professor Pooch's Adventure, Reading Underground and Town Centre Licensing

July 24th, 2020

59:29

Episode 99 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the big stories in Reading this week and chat with Time Trap Escape Rooms Andrew Ingle. Let prattle commence! Like our intro music? It's Real Life by …

Doughnuts nice and fresh: Virtual Readipop Festival

July 17th, 2020

1:03:47

Episode 98 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the big stories in Reading this week and chat with Readipop Festivals Pete Wheeler about the weekends virtual event. Let prattle commence! Like our …

Doing The Beatles double: Fox & Hounds and Wings Fish Bar

July 10th, 2020

47:03

Episode 97 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the big stories in Reading this week, from pubs reopening to temporary cycle lanes and news that another American fast-food outlet is set to call …

Award winning rubbish and post Covid queuing

July 3rd, 2020

57:51

Episode 96 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning return to the microphones to discuss the awful events that took place in town nearly two …

The pivoting independents and Reading's biggest parks

April 3rd, 2020

45:01

Episode 95 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning take a look at the history of Reading's two biggest parks and chat with Explore Reading's Claire Slobodian about the efforts the towns independents are going …

Are You Listening? Festival moves and a bit of RBH history

March 28th, 2020

1:08:54

Episode 94 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning take a look at the history of the Royal Berkshire Hospital and speak to Jonjo Warrick …

Making the best of it, James Carter and mental health in isolation

March 20th, 2020

1:10:32

Episode 93 in which we find Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning in different parts of Reading, doing the sensible thing and working from home. It is a packed episode though, we speak to James Carter NHS Thames …

Caversham United and Sunday League Day

March 13th, 2020

48:27

Episode 92 in which we find Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning in Reading and Bristol. This weeks interview highlights Sunday League Day, a …

Pete Wheeler and Readipop Festival 2020

March 6th, 2020

48:21

Episode 91 in which Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning welcome Pete Wheeler of Readipop Festival as a guest co-host. Pete talks us through preparations for the 2020 event while Rach takes a look back at the much missed WOMAD …

Reading Brick Show and a Dolls Hospital

February 28th, 2020

45:46

Episode 90 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning meet Erica Grieve, one half of the organising team behind Reading Brick Festival 2020. There's also a delve in to the building of the Butts Centre, a peak at …

Dan Hollister at Richfields - Pancakes and Holybobs

February 21st, 2020

56:17

Episode 89 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss famous Reading foods, what's going on at Reading Golf Club and speak to Dan …

Thirty Years Of Hurt

February 14th, 2020

51:27

Episode 88 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss a big week for Reading as the winner of the famous Retreat Pickled Onion contest was announced - and the Real Reading Podcast has the exclusive first …

They all know their plaice

February 7th, 2020

40:25

Episode 87 in which Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning are joined by Jonathan Low with missing fish and chip shops, pickled onion judging and where you'd build a road all up for discussion. Let prattle commence! If you like …

Pete Hefferan discusses Pete & The Pirates

January 31st, 2020

58:56

Episode 86 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss Roman ruins and vomitoriums as well as the recent licensing issues experienced by two Friar Street bars. As well as all that, Pete Hefferan is our …

Octopush and Pickled Onions

January 25th, 2020

40:48

Episode 85 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss pickled onions, new pools and former Reading Prison inmates including one who …

Plugging the Thames

January 17th, 2020

36:46

Episode 84 is wet, very wet. In fact the whole of Reading is damp, but it's not as bad as the great flood of 1947. As well as all the water chat, …

Easing back in

January 10th, 2020

34:44

Episode 83 of the Real Reading Podcast is an easing in to the year kind of episode that includes some facts about the University of Reading, a trip around the 12 pubs of Christmas and oh.. did we mention we've been …

Pigs in actual blankets

December 20th, 2019

51:51

Episode 82 of the Real Reading Podcast see's Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning joined by Elizabeth Mackley on the final episode of 2019. The episode includes news of the festivities banned by Oliver Cromwell and an …

Hi buddy!

December 13th, 2019

1:11:59

Episode 81 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Tom Canning and Rachel Nemeth learn of the greatest story Hugh Fort has told everyone but them, about …

Castle Hill roundabout beef and Phantom Brewing Co interview

December 9th, 2019

1:00:15

Episode 80 in which Reading FC reporter Jonathan Low joins the team as Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss the Royals, and meet the team behind the town's newest brewery, Phantom Brewing Co. Let prattle commence! If …

Eight. Hundred. Trees.

November 29th, 2019

55:15

The Real Reading Podcast is back. Episode 79 with Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning along with special guest Nick Harborne from Reading Refugee Support Group. Let prattle commence! If you like our new intro …

End Of Term

November 8th, 2019

43:54

Episode 78 in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the extraordinary things to have ever happened in Reading, look back at the bombing of the town centre in the Second World War and enjoy a final …

Doctor Hugh

November 1st, 2019

33:37

Episode 77 of the Real Reading Podcast takes us on a time travelling adventure to the moments in the town's history we wish we'd been present for, from Royalist sieges to nights at Utopia. It's an eclectic mix. Let …

I think you pronounce it Maiwand

October 25th, 2019

31:32

Episode 76 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss the traffic, cow's on the loose and Reading's famous statue. Let prattle commence! If you like our new intro music, it's Real Life by Reading's own …

Secret Cave Army

October 18th, 2019

47:03

Episode 75 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss Reading's Pop Up Swimming Pool in a bit of a late review while Rach uncovers …

Detention!

October 10th, 2019

1:22:50

Episode 74 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning join the conversation as part of World Mental Health Day with not one, but two special guest interviews. First in the hot seat is Jordan Gooding, a qualified …

To The Trees!

October 4th, 2019

46:27

Episode 73 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning cover the usual features as the podcast descends in to a critique of both Sumer Is Icumen In and Bryan Adams hit single from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves for …

Party at The Oracle!

September 27th, 2019

55:55

Episode 72 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning cover the usual features plus and chat with special guest Rob Callaghan from HMV Reading. We cover everything from what happened when the store shut in …

The Retreat, Brian Moignard and The Ricky Whittle Fan Club

September 20th, 2019

47:17

Episode 71 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning cover the usual features plus and chat with special guest Brian Moignard, the licensee of Reading's favourite backstreet boozer, The Retreat. We cover …

Galumphing

September 12th, 2019

41:00

Episode 70 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning indulge in a little speculation about who might do what in a possible General Election …

What have you got against Mick?

September 6th, 2019

58:41

Episode 69 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning meet Reading's Ukulele King Dave Stewart, discuss FOMO around Down The Abbey Festival …

Were you 210 or 2-TEN?

August 30th, 2019

52:44

Episode 68 in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss the 2019 Reading Festival, what people have attempted to flush down festival loo's (again) and a nostalgic look back at Radio 210 which became 2-Ten …

Rhodders is off to the Edinburgh Fringe

August 16th, 2019

23:29

A little treat for your Real Reading Podcast fans. We've recorded a short interview with Rhodri Buttrick, aka Rhodders the man behind Stand & Deliver Comedy Club who is off to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. …

Shackleton was reppin' Reading

August 2nd, 2019

39:00

Episode 66 of the Real Reading Podcast in which the team of Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning learn that intrepid explorer Ernest Shackleton was an early influencer for the town. Whether he used #ad or not is to …

The Battle of Caversham Bridge

July 26th, 2019

47:23

Episode 65 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss the usual regular topics with Rachie's Fact of the …

Institutionalised Swans

July 19th, 2019

49:53

Episode 64 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning discuss the usual regular topics with Rachie's Fact of the …

A bottle of Cocks’s Reading Sauce on the table

July 11th, 2019

54:19

Episode 63 in which our team of Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning introduce Reading Road of the Week, reintroduce Cock's Sauce and interview Pete Wheeler from Readipop Festival and Jonny Blake from Zoot Woman who …

Bonus: The Readipop Interviews

July 10th, 2019

35:11

A bonus before the weekends podcast episode. It's Readipop Weekend and thanks to friend of the pod Pete Wheeler over the last year or so we've had …

A Brucey bonus

July 5th, 2019

10:42

Episode 62 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Hugh Fort and Tom Canning offer up an apology - that's two in a row now (but who's counting?), …

Taking penalties at Bruce Grobbelaar

June 28th, 2019

41:05

Episode 61 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss Reading Borough Council's attempts to go plastic …

Alfred, Edwin.. Theodore!

June 21st, 2019

35:05

Episode 60 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss latest issues facing the After Dark Nightclub, …

I want to be a tomato

June 13th, 2019

31:16

Episode 59 of the Real Reading Podcast in which Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning discuss the much missed Virgin Megastore in a new as yet unnamed feature, the taboo subject of Reading as a city is broached and …

A not so random question

June 7th, 2019

12:58

Episode 58 of the Real Reading Podcast is shorter than usual but features a not so random question with Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning. Let …

Throwing up at Berkshire County Council

May 31st, 2019

25:43

Episode 57 of the Real Reading Podcast in which the team reunite and discuss what they've been up to, from organising beer festivals to visiting …

Why The Oracle is called The Oracle

May 8th, 2019

40:47

Episode 56 of the Real Reading Podcast coming at you with all the big answers to questions you'd not really thought of, like why is The Oracle called The Oracle. It's actually quite interesting. Plus we discuss 'that' …

What the Dickens

April 22nd, 2019

35:04

Episode 55 in which the team are in early to record at HQ. There's a bit of Cheese Feast chat as well as a Reading based fact and myth about Charles Dickens. In Fort Explains It All, Hugh responds to comments about …

The After Dark in a difficult situation

April 14th, 2019

49:17

Episode 54 in which the team are back at Rachel's house and watching on as Reading grab a point at Norwich City. Not that that really forms any real part of the narrative. It's been a busy week with Hugh praising a …

Chasing Cows

April 5th, 2019

47:30

Episode 53 in which Hugh gets passionate about being a journalist and how it's not all about sourcing stories off twitter as well as favourite pet stories and a podcast debut for Zachary Richard Ronnie Nemeth. Join Hugh …

New moo-rals coming to Cow Lane

April 1st, 2019

9:10

Good morning and welcome to a very special episode of the Real Reading Podcast, we've got some exclusive breaking moos, sorry news this morning …

MEGA BIKE!

March 29th, 2019

35:38

Welcome to episode 52 of the Real Reading Podcast with Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning. This week the team have been up to the penultimate …

Bayeuoncé, can you handle this?

March 21st, 2019

34:19

The FIFTY-FIRST episode of the Real Reading Podcast is here with the the latest waffle concerning the best town in the Royal County from the last seven days with guest presenter, Pete Wheeler from Readipop Festival. …

Bar Oz and Window Wonderland

March 15th, 2019

42:01

It's the FIFTIETH episode of the Real Reading Podcast. Who thought we'd get this far? Certainly not that guy on STiR who said we'd never make six. Well here we are, join Rachel Nementh, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning for all …

Take me down to the old Reading City

March 1st, 2019

40:03

49: Recording the Real Reading Podcast is an absolute joy. EXCEPT WHEN TECHNICAL GREMLINS HAPPEN. That's enough of the caps. Somehow some absolute …

Cow Lane-eve and South Street Arts Centre's John Luther

February 22nd, 2019

45:13

Hello. It's a momentous weekend for EVERYONE in Reading. It's Cow Lane-eve weekend so get the bunting out and join us for a little pomp and circumstance as West Reading's longest running traffic improvement scheme …

Are You Listening? Festival with Jonjo and Dave

February 15th, 2019

38:32

Episode 47 of the Real Reading includes chat around Reading's prestigious award of a Purple Flag for its night-time economy. The team discuss what it means and the online reaction. Hugh Fort, Rachel Nementh and Tom …

Reading's ghouls and ghosts

February 8th, 2019

37:58

Episode 46 of the Real Reading Podcast with Rachel Nementh, Tom Canning and Hugh Fort is a ghouls and ghosts special with some spooky tales as well …

Haircut angst and ostrich updates

February 1st, 2019

34:15

Welcome to episode 45 of the Real Reading Podcast with Rachel Nementh, Tom Canning and Hugh Fort. This week it's the 800th (and probably final) instalment of the East Reading MRT saga as well as the sad closure of Tom's …

Progress Theatre and fake Rachel

January 25th, 2019

21:14

Well that went well. After 14 attempts to record a scratchy podcast over an internal laptop microphone due to 'someone' forgetting a very important cable, we finally gave up and recorded on Friday. Sadly that mean no …

Fullee Love and an escaped Ostrich called Chris

January 18th, 2019

47:48

Not connected, but the latest Real Reading Podcast features a big interview with Fullee Love (aka Soup from Jurassic 5) and an escaped Rhea …

Waffly versatile

January 11th, 2019

42:29

The first full episode of 2019 is finally here. Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning are back on the Real Reading Podcast waffling about er.. …

Clingfilm on the Windows

January 4th, 2019

10:29

Hello and welcome to the first Real Reading Podcast of 2019. It's just a short one this week with your hosts Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom …

Happy New Year from the Real Reading Podcast

December 31st, 2018

11:04

Join Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning a very short and sweet New Years Eve podcast. We'd like to thank everyone who has listened in since we started up in January! Have a great New Years Eve and Day!


Oh and if …

Merry Christmas from the Real Reading Podcast

December 25th, 2018

7:23

Join Rachel Nemeth, Hugh Fort and Tom Canning a very short and sweet Christmas Day podcast. We'd like to thank everyone who has listened in since we started up in January! Have a great Christmas Day.


Let prattle …

In the Grotto - A Christmas Special

December 24th, 2018

34:17

Join Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for the final full Real Reading Podcast episode of 2018. This episode was recorded 'as live' in Reading homeless …

Honest Burger and a big 'ol Steam Train

December 18th, 2018

40:05

Join Rachel Nemeth, Tom Canning and Hugh Fort for the latest episode of the Real Reading Podcast with special guest Phil Eeles from Honest Burger in King Street, Reading. Also on this weeks podcast, there's the latest …

Wayne's World, party on

December 10th, 2018

56:52

Join Rachel Nemeth, Tom Canning and Hugh Fort for the latest episode of that features Duncan Andrews and Russell Clements from Hickies Music Store in Friar Street. There's also the latest fact of the week as well as a …

Double Barrelled Brewery

December 3rd, 2018

46:15

Reading has a brand new brewery and tap room and the Real Reading Podcast has been down to visit! Join Tom Canning and Hugh Fort for the latest episode of that features Tom figuring out the obvious pun on air as he …

Angry People in Local Newspapers

November 26th, 2018

1:01:32

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for the latest Real Reading Podcast. The team discuss the curious case of Hugh running a shop (again), Rachel feeling Christmassy and Tom has been out to a comedy night. The …

Handy Dan's 3D printing and Zinzan Street

November 19th, 2018

56:56

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for the latest Real Reading Podcast. The team discuss Remembrance Sunday, Rachel's been to see the new Queen movie and this weeks Fort Explains It All is about discusses the …

How much is that suit of armour in the window?

November 12th, 2018

48:06

Jonathan Low joins Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for the latest Real Reading Podcast. We learn where Tom has been, why Hugh isn't with us and there is an interview with Emile Belcourt from A2 Supplies - better known as …

Rowetta and Readipop's 20th anniversary

October 25th, 2018

19:08

A very special edition of the Real Reading Podcast see's Rowetta from the Happy Monday's in conversation with Tom Canning about performing at the 20th Anniversary gig for Reading music charity Readipop. Tickets for the …

Reading's institutions

October 8th, 2018

26:02

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nementh and Tom Canning for episode 32 of the Real Reading Podcast - it's one of our occasional specials that focuses on the great independent Reading institutions inclusing the Smelly Alley Fish …

When Walkabout was cool

October 1st, 2018

53:51

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning for episode 31 of the Real Reading Podcast featuring special guest Becky Stevens from Reading's Indie Urban Market, flash mobs and some radio jingles you'll hate us for …

Caught at the Cunning Man

September 24th, 2018

44:35

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nementh and Tom Canning for episode 30 of the Real Reading Podcast and includes up to the minute Donald Sutherland news, finding the After Dark in the day time and more MRT chat. Let prattle …

The King of Ghana

September 17th, 2018

49:38

Join Hugh Fort, Rachel Nementh and Tom Canning for episode 29 of the Real Reading Podcast featuring facebook opinions, the King of Ghana and an awful …

How do you get a tent down a toilet?

August 31st, 2018

31:30

The Real Reading Podcast is back for a second series and a new team member. Joining Hugh Fort and Tom Canning s PROPER Redingensian Rachel Nemeth. Rachel has know Tom and Hugh since they lived together in the late 2000s …

Real Reading Podcast - Series 2 preview

August 29th, 2018

1:25

Hugh Fort, Tom Canning and newbie Rachel Nemeth return for the second series of the Real Reading Podcast, available every Friday. Don't forget our …

The Purple Turtle and bye bye to Jennie

August 3rd, 2018

48:11

It's the last episode of series 1 of the Real Reading Podcast and it's a first 'on location' pod at the legendary Purple Turtle. Join the team as they reminisce about the club and say a fitting goodbye to Jennie. The …

Chalk pits, school trips and some bad news

July 27th, 2018

29:21

This weeks Real Reading Podcast has some big news on the team front and features the Emmer Green Chalk Pits of which we have some magnificent photos …

Reading Fringe, Borislav Mikhailov and the Central Club

July 20th, 2018

54:38

Zsuzsi Lindsay - Reading Fringe Festival organiser is one of two guests this week as Reading FC reporter Jonathan Low joins us in a like for like substitution with Hugh Fort. Zsuzsi chats about the festival, how it …

Readipop and Ernie Morris - the fastest ticket man in the West

July 13th, 2018

0:46

The perils of the pre record, we boldy chat about England and Readipop with returning guest Pete Wheeler who is a few hours away from flinging the …

Steven Colazzo, Readipop and Hosier Street masterplans

July 6th, 2018

44:29

Make sure you hit subscribe as Odyssey front man Steven Colazzo is the guest on this weeks Real Reading Podcast ahead of the opening night of the …

The Nags Head and passive/aggressive parking notes

June 29th, 2018

45:23

This weeks Real Reading Podcast see's us head do to what is arguably Reading's most famous pub - the Nags Head on Russell Street. Tom chats to barman Chris MacLennan about the pub, it's history and the community that …

Suggs interview, Royal Ascot and Reading City

June 22nd, 2018

50:26

Suggs is our very special guest on the The Real Reading Podcast this week with a highly anticipated gig at Englefield House on 6th July and a further …

Reading Driving Test Centre special *chills*

June 15th, 2018

30:41

After several weeks of broken promises, the team are finally here with horror stories from the Reading Driving Test Centre. So sit back and transport yourselves back to those nervous, tense and terrifying tests where …

Time Trap Escape Rooms and a Laser Quest petition

June 8th, 2018

52:17

The Real Reading Podcast is back after a two week break out of nowhere, it was bound to happen at some point but Hugh Fort, Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning have reunited and gotten all a little bit nostalgic for Laser …

Pete Hefferan and Shed Cafe

May 17th, 2018

49:24

Episode 18 of the Real Reading Podcast features Pete Hefferen from Shed Cafe discussing toasted cheese sandwiches.. As well as all that Jennie, Hugh …

Stand & Deliver Comedy Club and Wilder's Folly

May 11th, 2018

47:16

Episode 17 of the Real Reading Podcast features Rhodri Buttrick from Stand and Deliver Comedy Club discussing the monthly events, what it's like being a promoter and a couple of great stories. As well as all that …

Reading Beer Festival and roadwork rage

May 4th, 2018

1:02:35

Episode 16 of the Real Reading Podcast features JD and Dave from Reading Ale & Cider Festival talking about weekends brilliant four day event at Christchruch Meadow. As well as beer, we welcome Jacob South-Klein of …

Pete Wheeler, Readipop and the After Dark

April 27th, 2018

1:00:15

Episode 15 of the Real Reading Podcast features Pete Wheeler talking about the forthcoming Readipop Festival, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Reading Elvis. …

Craft Theory Festival and Potholes

April 20th, 2018

55:30

Episode 14 of the Real Reading Podcast looks back at a brilliant Craft Theory Festival and talks to two of the masterminds behind it. The podcast, which see's the return of Hugh Fort the team discuss the huge issue of …

Guja Bandini and the Abbey Gateway

April 13th, 2018

49:57

Guja Bandini from Reading Museum is our guest this week talking about the re-opening of the Abbey Gateway, the school room and a very famous student …

The ambitious plans for Reading that never happened

April 6th, 2018

27:17

It's another special this week as we look at the ambitious plans for Reading that never quite materialised - these include the M4 monorail which Hugh Fort, Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning discuss in depth. Normal service …

The Reading Easter Special

March 30th, 2018

20:22

It's another special this week as Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning discuss the Easter Holidays, the weather and what to do with four days off in …

The Reading Half Marathon wrap up

March 23rd, 2018

29:04

Well er.. this was supposed to be a podcast celebrating a magnificent Reading Half Marathon. Snow joke. Instead join Hugh Fort, Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning on the Real Reading Podcast to talk about the race that …

Reading Half Marathon special

March 16th, 2018

1:06:31

A host of guests join Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning for the Real Reading Podcast this week to talk about running the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18. We find out what's motivated them, their stories and …

Glen Dinning from Blue Collar Street Food

March 9th, 2018

52:45

Glen Dinning from Blue Collar Street Food is our guest this week talking about why he started the Wednesday food market in Reading and what delicious …

Claire Slobodian from Explore Reading

March 2nd, 2018

54:49

Claire Slobodian from the website Explore Reading is our guest this week talking about her inspiration and absolute favourite things about our town …

Adrian Lawson from Reading Bicycle Kitchen

February 23rd, 2018

53:59

Adrian Lawson from Reading Bicycle Kitchen is our guest this week talking about how the project started and what the future holds on the Real Reading …

Jess Freeland from Reading Museum

February 16th, 2018

38:43

Jess Freeland from Reading Museum is our guest this week talking about the re opening of Reading Abbey on the Real Reading Podcast with hosts Hugh Fort, Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning. The trio discuss the bombing of the …

Amanda McDonnell from Launchpad

February 9th, 2018

44:13

Amanda McDonnell from Launchpad Reading is our guest this week on the Real Reading Podcast with hosts Hugh Fort, Jennie Slevin and Tom Canning. The trio discuss the remarkable work of Phoebe Cusden as the 100th …

Dan Hearn from Loddon Brewery

February 2nd, 2018

44:05

Dan Hearn from Loddon Brewery is our guest this week and we have a special guest presenter, Jennie Slevin on the Real Reading Podcast with hosts Hugh Fort and Tom Canning. The trio discuss the Ale Trail, the Reading …

Dan and Suze Hollister at Richfield's Deli

January 26th, 2018

31:03

Dan and Suze Hollister, the owners of Richfields Deli & Grill on Caversham Road are our guests this week on the Real Reading Podcast with hosts …

Jacob South-Klein and Bushwatch

January 19th, 2018

46:12

Jacob South-Klein, the man responsible for the Reading FC transfer deadline day phenomenon 'Bushwatch' is the first guest on the Real Reading Podcast with hosts Hugh Fort and Tom Canning. The pair discuss also discuss …

The Real Reading Podcast preview

January 10th, 2018

12:28

Hugh Fort and Tom Canning bring a preview of the Real Reading podcast which is a celebration Reading. From independent business to the people that make the town tick, and just how long we've spent sat at the Castle Hill …

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