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Swindon, England
Swindon
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSwindon - Credit: Chris RubberDragon
Swindon is a large town in Wiltshire, in southwest England, about 130 km west of London. In 2001 the town’s population numbered just over 155,000.  Average household incomes are among the highest in the country, and in February 2008 the town was identified by The Times as one of the 20 best places to buy a property in Britain.  Nevertheless, Swindon is popularly viewed as ugly and dull, which may be the point here.

The town is notable for its roundabouts.  The best-known is the Magic Roundabout, which is not one roundabout but five, the central point of which is a contra-rotational hub at the junction of five roads. To quote the impassioned blog Swindon is S***, "it says something about a town when its major landmark is a roundabout."

Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library’s book depository, which contains 246 km of bookshelves.

The Fforde Ffiesta weekend is held annually in Swindon.  It celebrates the works of Jasper Fforde, and includes readings and Q&A by Fforde, bus tours of Ffordian sites and other weird and wonderful events. 

 

Reading Fforde on Thursday Street, Swindon
Creative Commons AttributionReading Fforde on Thursday Street, Swindon - Credit: Robynne Blume