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And she was from Basingstoke, which is nothing to be ashamed of. 'Basingstoke' 'That's nothing to be ashamed of' 'I'm not ashamed of it' 'You used to work with DI Flowwe at Basingstoke? Bertie Wooster: [about the song "Good Night, Vienna"] I mean, fancy writing a song about saying good night to a whole city.' 'Yes, sir' 'That's nothing to be ashamed of.' 'Flowwe or Basingstoke, sir? ' She glared at him and crossed her arms and said: 'Basingstoke,' through gritted teeth. I mean, you may as well say, "Good Afternoon, Manchester" or "Fancy Bumping into You, Basingstoke." Jeeves: Yes, sir. The Great Basingstoke Drought During 2012, the wettest summer on record, South East Water had a drought order and hose pipe ban in force on Basingstoke, at the time of the drought there was so much rain it had caused the river Lodden burst its banks and flood the town centre parks Basingstoke Live!
A highly recommended read, contains some wonderful lines such as that when Hart wakes up nursing a hangover and an empty bottle of brandy and calls to his club barman A drink, Horrocks, I called out to the waiting barman. "When we leave Laarsen's [...] it is dark outside on Wote Street.Unfortunately the shop was burnt down in 'The Great Fire of Basingstoke' in 1905. was in charge of the footballs at the 1966 World Cup final when England beat Germany 4 2. " This is wonderfully written and very funny tale about the cherry brandy loving Trelawney Hart, debunker of Victorian psychics, who is tasked by Arthur Doyle (he of Sherlock Holmes fame) to investigate a case.Cyril was eye witness to the theft of the famous football, "When the whistle went it was my job to get the ball and hand it to the FIFA official. Hart persues the mystery getting into many scrapes along the way, largely caused by an over entusiasm for brandy.The building survived the Cold War but was razed in 2001 to make way for a block of flats, the bunker becoming a basement gymnasium. Caroline Thorpe, wife of the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, was killed here in a car crash in 1970.more (Churchill Way) These laser cut steel service doors to Festival Place were designed by artist Chris Knight and nominatied for the 30,000 Jerwood applied arts prize. Lutyens built the factory in Basingstoke because of the high quality of the local clay and it provided the bricks for many of his famous buildings . presented "Basingstoke 1985/86" at the Long Gallery.And the Top Gear lap, and Fifth Gear test on Youtube.model and actress, attended Harriet Costello school and Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke, amongst local acting roles, in 1980, she played 'Fairy Starlight' in Jack and the Beanstalk in a local Pantofor as long as I can remember (and since at least the 1970s) Mister Clappy, as he is known locally, has been daily jogging and walking the streets of Basingstoke, in all weathers, always wearing his signature trainers, baggy joggers, tucked in sweat shirt, baseball cap and a pair of industrial or gardening gloves, always clapping and shouting at the traffic.
He disappeared for a few years and reappeared, much less animated in 2005.
There is a striking similarity between the L'Arc sculpture on Alençon Link and the Iran-Iraq war monument in Baghdad, the latter was cast in Basingstoke from the melted guns of dead Iraqi soldiers.
More recently the original casts of the hands were given to the US army so they could extract Saddam Hussein's fingerprints.
From Jude the Obscure: "There is in Upper Wessex an old town of nine or ten thousand souls; the town mat be called Stoke Barehills. (I've not got a definitive source for this height, if you know of one please drop me an email, address at the bottom of the page) (Alençon Link) was the tallest building between London and New York, until the IBM 'Liquorice Allsort' building got a top floor and neon strip added when it became Skyline Plaza, making it about 4 feet taller than Fanum House.
It stands with its gaunt, unattractive ancient church, and its new red brick suburb . (Basing View)The sun sets over the 'Costa del Basingstoke', a new apartment complex built in the style of a 'Costa' resort, however as Basingstoke has no beach it has to make do with a view over the town's enormous car park.(Alencon Link) 'The Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke', (rooftop gardens) were created in the 1970s, though sadly now not as magnificent as in their heyday.
Basingstoke electrician Pete Staples is none other than the bass player of the 1960's supergroup 'The Troggs', most famous for their hit 'Wild Thing', and more recently 'Love is all Around' featured in the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', and also covered by R. With 0-100mph in under 5seconds and 3G cornering, it claimed the fastest laptime on Top Gear at 1' 10.1", trashing all its closest rivals, the likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Zonda, by around eight seconds.