£65m overhaul of Oasis a step closer

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THE £65m overhaul of the Oasis leisure centre is a step closer after leases between the council and the private developer were signed.

The scheme, which will include the construction of an indoor ski slope, indoor arena and water park will now press ahead after Moirai Capital Investments Limited signed on the dotted line.

Under the plan, the Oasis will be handed over to a private operator on June 1 and be totally refurbished.

Work to breathe new life into the venue will start in the next few months and be completed in a year’s time.

It will include the replacement of the dome and refurbishment of the leisure centre to restore it to its former glory.

A three-month consultation will now begin with Oasis staff as is law when a business is transferred to another company.

The overall leisure scheme is expected to create 1,700 jobs, including approximately 400 full-time and 600 part-time positions, as well as creating several hundred other jobs through construction and ongoing supported activity associated with the development.

It is anticipated the development will be a major boost to the local economy as projections have estimated it will attract up to 4 million visitors a year.

The council has entered into a collaboration agreement with Moirai after granting four long-term leases covering the Oasis and the former Clares site.

If key targets are not met in delivering the new facilities, the council has the right to take back the leases. The council has also agreed that it will receive an income stream for granting the leases.

Under the terms of the agreement, a planning application for a master plan of the former Clares site opposite the Oasis, would be required within two years of the lease being granted. Detailed planning applications would then be submitted for each individual phase.

Moirai have confirmed they have firm interest from potential operators or occupiers for 60 per cent of the site.

Councillor Keith Williams, Swindon Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “The signing of the leases is a major step forward in our plans to turn Swindon into a major leisure destination.

“This leisure scheme is really exciting for the whole town and will really put us on the map. I look forward to seeing the development progressing over the coming months.”

Martin Barber, who is leading the Moirai development, said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with the council, and to have exchanged contracts. The real work now begins.

“We are ready to press forward enthusiastically with the first phase, the refurbishment of the Oasis Leisure Centre. We have already plans in hand for the replacement of the Dome and the refurbishment of the changing accommodation.

"Over the coming 12 months, we shall be undertaking a significant facelift of the centre to ensure that it returns to a facility of which Swindon can be proud.

“In terms of the further developments on the other areas of the site, we shall shortly be able to make some significant announcements about our proposals to position Swindon as the major leisure and entertainment destination for the south-west.

“All this will be undertaken with consultation with both the council and local residents, and we shall be launching a website to ensure that there is access to information on what is proposed and any opportunity for feedback.

“This development will transform the area, bringing life and activity to derelict sites and providing significant job opportunities. We look forward to Swindon showing the way with such a major regeneration project.”

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10:34am Mon 26 Mar 12

sn5 says...

great news for Swindon as the Oasis needs updating!!

No doubt the bad news merchants & labour party members will come on line and tell us what a bad thing this is.
great news for Swindon as the Oasis needs updating!! No doubt the bad news merchants & labour party members will come on line and tell us what a bad thing this is. sn5
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10:55am Mon 26 Mar 12

Robfm says...

Of course if the projected leisure facilities do go ahead it will be good for Swindon.

It does however appear that the developer doesn't have a 'real' penalty clause if they pulled out. Forfeiture of the lease means little if they don't go ahead. There should have been a financial penalty as well.

We saw it with Digital City targets were set, not met and we still paid out.
Of course if the projected leisure facilities do go ahead it will be good for Swindon. It does however appear that the developer doesn't have a 'real' penalty clause if they pulled out. Forfeiture of the lease means little if they don't go ahead. There should have been a financial penalty as well. We saw it with Digital City targets were set, not met and we still paid out. Robfm
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11:48am Mon 26 Mar 12

mrwoo says...

good news indeed, after all it was my father who when on the council in the early 70's as the chair for leisure helped bring the oasis to Swindon. A facility I enjoyed as a child and somewhere my childern enjoy now.
good news indeed, after all it was my father who when on the council in the early 70's as the chair for leisure helped bring the oasis to Swindon. A facility I enjoyed as a child and somewhere my childern enjoy now. mrwoo
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11:49am Mon 26 Mar 12

Always Grumpy says...

Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups.
Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups. Always Grumpy
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12:33pm Mon 26 Mar 12

itsamess says...

The agreements and leases are quite in order. The company have an excellent track record and their aims are very clear.
This could change our entertainment and leisure scene immensely. The Council will derive income from it and so will the town and move regeneration forward--at last.
The agreements and leases are quite in order. The company have an excellent track record and their aims are very clear. This could change our entertainment and leisure scene immensely. The Council will derive income from it and so will the town and move regeneration forward--at last. itsamess
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12:35pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Bobby Wright says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups.
If the vile gentlemen and women of trashswindon get their noses into it, then they’re bound to start throwing wild accusations of corruption and underhanded deals around that will scare off yet more potential investors in Swindon.

About time these Muppets were held to account with an AK47
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups.[/p][/quote]If the vile gentlemen and women of trashswindon get their noses into it, then they’re bound to start throwing wild accusations of corruption and underhanded deals around that will scare off yet more potential investors in Swindon. About time these Muppets were held to account with an AK47 Bobby Wright
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12:48pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Robfm says...

Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less.

What a jerk.
Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less. What a jerk. Robfm
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1:07pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Always Grumpy says...

Bobby Wright wrote:
Always Grumpy wrote:
Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups.
If the vile gentlemen and women of trashswindon get their noses into it, then they’re bound to start throwing wild accusations of corruption and underhanded deals around that will scare off yet more potential investors in Swindon.

About time these Muppets were held to account with an AK47
Couldn't agree more.
There are far too many who knock every bit of good news regarding Swindon - why I have no idea. The towns also seems to be the butt of many jokes on TV as well.
Having travelled around most of the country over the years, I can say with all honesty there are many far worse places to live than Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]Bobby Wright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: Well, that's some good news to start the week. Let's hope it all goes ahead without too many hiccups.[/p][/quote]If the vile gentlemen and women of trashswindon get their noses into it, then they’re bound to start throwing wild accusations of corruption and underhanded deals around that will scare off yet more potential investors in Swindon. About time these Muppets were held to account with an AK47[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. There are far too many who knock every bit of good news regarding Swindon - why I have no idea. The towns also seems to be the butt of many jokes on TV as well. Having travelled around most of the country over the years, I can say with all honesty there are many far worse places to live than Swindon. Always Grumpy
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1:56pm Mon 26 Mar 12

PaulD says...

Great news. I just hope it is managed properly
Great news. I just hope it is managed properly PaulD
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2:01pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Punctured bicycle on a hillside says...

Robfm wrote:
Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less.

What a jerk.
Can't you just stick to the story instead of being abusive to other posters?

This is a terrific news and a very important announcement for Swindon yet you just want to turn it into another endless spat between yourself and messy.
[quote][p][bold]Robfm[/bold] wrote: Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less. What a jerk.[/p][/quote]Can't you just stick to the story instead of being abusive to other posters? This is a terrific news and a very important announcement for Swindon yet you just want to turn it into another endless spat between yourself and messy. Punctured bicycle on a hillside
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3:16pm Mon 26 Mar 12

itsamess says...

Bob
I can read--unlike you!
This company has an excellent track record--and an excellent website.
Lovely to see we will still retain what is an iconic building and managed by a very professional company.
Bob I can read--unlike you! This company has an excellent track record--and an excellent website. Lovely to see we will still retain what is an iconic building and managed by a very professional company. itsamess
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3:52pm Mon 26 Mar 12

dglaholm says...

Cant the Labour party say how pleased they are of this development .....or dont they wat to be seen praising the Conservative administration so near to the elections where they hope to take control of the Council. God help Swindon if they do.
Cant the Labour party say how pleased they are of this development .....or dont they wat to be seen praising the Conservative administration so near to the elections where they hope to take control of the Council. God help Swindon if they do. dglaholm
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4:47pm Mon 26 Mar 12

oldbutawake says...

Great news! I wonder if they could slip a decent size concert hall into the plans while they are at it?
Would look good on the Clares site.
I come from the outskirts of London and when I moved here back in the '80s I was astounded at the leisure facilities that Swindon had. My old "Royal" borough still can't match them 25 years later.
Swindon is an old industrial town and may not have the nicest architecture but there is plenty going on here and most of it is good!
Great news! I wonder if they could slip a decent size concert hall into the plans while they are at it? Would look good on the Clares site. I come from the outskirts of London and when I moved here back in the '80s I was astounded at the leisure facilities that Swindon had. My old "Royal" borough still can't match them 25 years later. Swindon is an old industrial town and may not have the nicest architecture but there is plenty going on here and most of it is good! oldbutawake
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5:39pm Mon 26 Mar 12

I Too says...

Sounds good.
Hope they include an Airkix like the one at Milton Keynes Ski Dome

http://m.flickr.com/
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Good point about Claires site.
The Ski Dome at MK is huge. Doubt that would fit on just the Oasis site

http://m.flickr.com/
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Sounds good. Hope they include an Airkix like the one at Milton Keynes Ski Dome http://m.flickr.com/ #/photos/73970391@N0 3/sets/7215762918412 3578/ Good point about Claires site. The Ski Dome at MK is huge. Doubt that would fit on just the Oasis site http://m.flickr.com/ #/photos/73970391@N0 3/6790156266/in/set- 72157628887121529/ I Too
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6:27pm Mon 26 Mar 12

I'm Important says...

Robfm wrote:
Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less.

What a jerk.
On the wifi thread you plead that everybody picks on you?
Then you come on this thread and start name calling?

Wind your neck in.

This may be a turning point for Swindon.
Nobody cares about your small time political point scoring.

Let the people of Swindon have an adult conversation for a change.
The same applies to any psuedo councillors of any party.

Just for once let's all think together and try to do something right for the residents of Swindon.
Let's see if this can create something good on a brownfield site without destroying anything valued.
It has great potential

Could the Adver please censor Robfm for just 1 week and we will see if a thread can go by unspoilt for a change?
[quote][p][bold]Robfm[/bold] wrote: Ah so now Walters seen the leases, and from Korea no less. What a jerk.[/p][/quote]On the wifi thread you plead that everybody picks on you? Then you come on this thread and start name calling? Wind your neck in. This may be a turning point for Swindon. Nobody cares about your small time political point scoring. Let the people of Swindon have an adult conversation for a change. The same applies to any psuedo councillors of any party. Just for once let's all think together and try to do something right for the residents of Swindon. Let's see if this can create something good on a brownfield site without destroying anything valued. It has great potential Could the Adver please censor Robfm for just 1 week and we will see if a thread can go by unspoilt for a change? I'm Important
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7:06pm Mon 26 Mar 12

MrAngry says...

This is good news if all goes to plan. Compared with other towns, Swindon's leisure facilties have always been pretty good. The Oasis was state of the art when it was built. Hopefully this new development will keep up this tradition.

On a similar note, does anyone know what happened to the zip wire/tree canopy course that was planned for Lydiard?
This is good news if all goes to plan. Compared with other towns, Swindon's leisure facilties have always been pretty good. The Oasis was state of the art when it was built. Hopefully this new development will keep up this tradition. On a similar note, does anyone know what happened to the zip wire/tree canopy course that was planned for Lydiard? MrAngry
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9:19pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Robfm says...

I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll.
I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll. Robfm
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9:20pm Mon 26 Mar 12

PeeGee says...

Is there any news on whether the existing Swindon Card scheme or council run swim lessons will continue under the new leaseholder?
Is there any news on whether the existing Swindon Card scheme or council run swim lessons will continue under the new leaseholder? PeeGee
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10:38pm Mon 26 Mar 12

I'm Important says...

Robfm wrote:
I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll.
?!?
[quote][p][bold]Robfm[/bold] wrote: I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll.[/p][/quote]?!? I'm Important
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10:42pm Mon 26 Mar 12

Punctured bicycle on a hillside says...

Robfm wrote:
I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll.
It's time the good people of Swindon and readers of this forum rose up against the relentless negativity, trolling and unspeakably hideous looks of Robfm.

He's a meddlesome nitwit who needs to be crushed and sent back to the darkest corner of the country where he came from. A place where they never learn to read or write properly and look like beastly gargoyles.

I'm not entirely sure exactly where that is but it's somewhere in the south-east and his accent is a cross between Wurzel Gummidge and Arthur Mullard, so maybe Maidstone or Ashford.
[quote][p][bold]Robfm[/bold] wrote: I'm Important says 'so who exactly are you. Clearly another troll.[/p][/quote]It's time the good people of Swindon and readers of this forum rose up against the relentless negativity, trolling and unspeakably hideous looks of Robfm. He's a meddlesome nitwit who needs to be crushed and sent back to the darkest corner of the country where he came from. A place where they never learn to read or write properly and look like beastly gargoyles. I'm not entirely sure exactly where that is but it's somewhere in the south-east and his accent is a cross between Wurzel Gummidge and Arthur Mullard, so maybe Maidstone or Ashford. Punctured bicycle on a hillside
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12:01am Tue 27 Mar 12

greenpacer says...

It sounds like a good plan. I don't like the council wriggling out of running the site though. One thing has'nt been mentioned. Road access to the site ! If the site is too become oh such more popular then the road infrastructure needs updating. Is that in the plans also ?
It sounds like a good plan. I don't like the council wriggling out of running the site though. One thing has'nt been mentioned. Road access to the site ! If the site is too become oh such more popular then the road infrastructure needs updating. Is that in the plans also ? greenpacer
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7:52am Tue 27 Mar 12

Always Grumpy says...

greenpacer wrote:
It sounds like a good plan. I don't like the council wriggling out of running the site though. One thing has'nt been mentioned. Road access to the site ! If the site is too become oh such more popular then the road infrastructure needs updating. Is that in the plans also ?
With their current record of 'improving' road layouts in the town (having a cyclist in charge doesn't help), I wouldn't bank on the council actually 'improving' it!
It will no doubt end up with only buses, taxis, tandems and cart horses having access to the new centre.
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: It sounds like a good plan. I don't like the council wriggling out of running the site though. One thing has'nt been mentioned. Road access to the site ! If the site is too become oh such more popular then the road infrastructure needs updating. Is that in the plans also ?[/p][/quote]With their current record of 'improving' road layouts in the town (having a cyclist in charge doesn't help), I wouldn't bank on the council actually 'improving' it! It will no doubt end up with only buses, taxis, tandems and cart horses having access to the new centre. Always Grumpy
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8:59am Tue 27 Mar 12

Robfm says...

How odd I welcome the development with a reasonable caveat and off the trolls go again.

Certainly the road access will need to be dramatically improved as has been said, preferably before the main work starts.
How odd I welcome the development with a reasonable caveat and off the trolls go again. Certainly the road access will need to be dramatically improved as has been said, preferably before the main work starts. Robfm
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3:23pm Tue 27 Mar 12

itsamess says...

Robfm wrote:
Of course if the projected leisure facilities do go ahead it will be good for Swindon.

It does however appear that the developer doesn't have a 'real' penalty clause if they pulled out. Forfeiture of the lease means little if they don't go ahead. There should have been a financial penalty as well.

We saw it with Digital City targets were set, not met and we still paid out.
Bob
This has been discussed many times--and ultimately this project is being financed--not by us C/T payers--by a very successful company with a proven track record in leisure.
The council had previously planned other projects for links to the town centre. With careful planning a good access road could link the project to the outlet village--and of course the tunnels beneath the 2 sides of rodbourne rd could be opened for pedestrians--as in the days of the rail works.
You clearly did not read all the information and therefore no 'caveat' exists--that is if you understand the meaning.
[quote][p][bold]Robfm[/bold] wrote: Of course if the projected leisure facilities do go ahead it will be good for Swindon. It does however appear that the developer doesn't have a 'real' penalty clause if they pulled out. Forfeiture of the lease means little if they don't go ahead. There should have been a financial penalty as well. We saw it with Digital City targets were set, not met and we still paid out.[/p][/quote]Bob This has been discussed many times--and ultimately this project is being financed--not by us C/T payers--by a very successful company with a proven track record in leisure. The council had previously planned other projects for links to the town centre. With careful planning a good access road could link the project to the outlet village--and of course the tunnels beneath the 2 sides of rodbourne rd could be opened for pedestrians--as in the days of the rail works. You clearly did not read all the information and therefore no 'caveat' exists--that is if you understand the meaning. itsamess
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5:15pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Robfm_ talkspoo says...

I think our Bob has a problem that needs professional help

Check this out....

http://juniusonukip.
blogspot.co.uk/2009/
02/bob-feal-martinez
-banned-from-junius.
html
I think our Bob has a problem that needs professional help Check this out.... http://juniusonukip. blogspot.co.uk/2009/ 02/bob-feal-martinez -banned-from-junius. html Robfm_ talkspoo
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5:39pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Robfm says...

Walter, I know one doesn't exist that was exactly my point there should have been a financial penalty like in most leases for walking away.

SBC have given the developer the land, how is that good fiscal management.

Heavens yet another incarnation and another repeat. I wish the trolls would try harder there's more repeats on here than the BBC.
Walter, I know one doesn't exist that was exactly my point there should have been a financial penalty like in most leases for walking away. SBC have given the developer the land, how is that good fiscal management. Heavens yet another incarnation and another repeat. I wish the trolls would try harder there's more repeats on here than the BBC. Robfm
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5:41pm Tue 27 Mar 12

I'm Important says...

Robfm, do you seriously believe that calling people trolls will lead to a reasoned discussion?
Robfm, do you seriously believe that calling people trolls will lead to a reasoned discussion? I'm Important
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7:43pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Punctured bicycle on a hillside says...

The biggest and most prolific troll is of course Robbo, particularly when messy posts anything.
The biggest and most prolific troll is of course Robbo, particularly when messy posts anything. Punctured bicycle on a hillside
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4:45am Wed 28 Mar 12

itsamess says...

Bob
What part of this do you not understand--the part where it is a collaboration--or that it produces an income stream for SBC--with £65m development alone on the Oasis--sounds pretty sound to me--especially as it is being paid for by Morai--and council staff transferring to the new company--win win.
Bob What part of this do you not understand--the part where it is a collaboration--or that it produces an income stream for SBC--with £65m development alone on the Oasis--sounds pretty sound to me--especially as it is being paid for by Morai--and council staff transferring to the new company--win win. itsamess
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8:00am Wed 28 Mar 12

Robfm says...

Yeah right Punctured like I spend endless waking hours like you and the rest getting off on discovering something new about me.

Walter you know no more than what the article says, once again SBC will hide behind the Commercial confidentiality they are so fond of.

So clever know it all what exactly is the income stream SBC will derive.

Do you actually believe the staff will welcome being transferred, I think not.
Yeah right Punctured like I spend endless waking hours like you and the rest getting off on discovering something new about me. Walter you know no more than what the article says, once again SBC will hide behind the Commercial confidentiality they are so fond of. So clever know it all what exactly is the income stream SBC will derive. Do you actually believe the staff will welcome being transferred, I think not. Robfm
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12:12pm Wed 28 Mar 12

itsamess says...

Bob
The council have not hidden behind confidentiality as they have no investment in the company.They will derive an income from leases and terms of the leases + business rates.
As for staff at the oasis--well if they do not want to join the new company--the council will either give them jobs in other leisure centres--or make them redundant.
We the c/t payers will benefit as will the town as a whole. The walkway over the railways will also be a great addition.
Bob The council have not hidden behind confidentiality as they have no investment in the company.They will derive an income from leases and terms of the leases + business rates. As for staff at the oasis--well if they do not want to join the new company--the council will either give them jobs in other leisure centres--or make them redundant. We the c/t payers will benefit as will the town as a whole. The walkway over the railways will also be a great addition. itsamess
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8:20am Fri 30 Mar 12

Punctured bicycle on a hillside says...

Yeah right Punctured like I spend endless waking hours like you and the rest getting off on discovering something new about me.


I can assure you Robbo my waking hours are not spent trawling the internet (unlike yourself) and if they were I wouldn't need to look far to find the plethora of allegations of your lies, bragging and deceitful behaviour on other sites. The sort of behaviour we have grown accustomed to here.

What a dreadful reputation you've made for yourself.
[quote]Yeah right Punctured like I spend endless waking hours like you and the rest getting off on discovering something new about me.[/quote] I can assure you Robbo my waking hours are not spent trawling the internet (unlike yourself) and if they were I wouldn't need to look far to find the plethora of allegations of your lies, bragging and deceitful behaviour on other sites. The sort of behaviour we have grown accustomed to here. What a dreadful reputation you've made for yourself. Punctured bicycle on a hillside
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11:50am Fri 30 Mar 12

Robfm says...

In the minds of the trolls, however real people who know me in the real world know differently, but of course we know little about the trolls, who could be any manner of weirdo's given their posts.
In the minds of the trolls, however real people who know me in the real world know differently, but of course we know little about the trolls, who could be any manner of weirdo's given their posts. Robfm
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12:56pm Fri 30 Mar 12

itsamess says...

Real people will certainly know you as you will make the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Real people will certainly know you as you will make the headlines for all the wrong reasons. itsamess
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6:13pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Punctured bicycle on a hillside says...

There you have it - anyone who knows about Robbo's lies and deceit (no need to look further than daniel10 for that) is automatically a troll.

Your dasterdly deeds are done Robbo, doesn't matter what names you want to call people who remember them.
There you have it - anyone who knows about Robbo's lies and deceit (no need to look further than daniel10 for that) is automatically a troll. Your dasterdly deeds are done Robbo, doesn't matter what names you want to call people who remember them. Punctured bicycle on a hillside
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