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  • Tonight (Monday night): Northern Ireland will become mainly dry in the first half of the night with

    Tomorrow (Tuesday): Northern Ireland will have a wet and very windy day with severe gales possible in exposed places. Western Scotland, Wales and western England will start mainly dry, but it will soon become very windy with rain edging slowly in from the west during the afternoon. Eastern Scotland and eastern England will stay dry for most of the day, but early sunny intervals will give way to cloudy skies and a growing risk of rain. It will also feel cold in the strengthening south to south-east wind. read more

  • Beetle gets sporty facelift

    VOLKSWAGEN has unveiled a sports car design study based on the new Beetle. The Beetle RSi, has flared wheelarches, wide sills, a massive front air dam and a large spoiler. read more

  • Prison inmates tagged

    Two prisoners from Bullingdon prison are among 57 nationwide to be released early from jail under the world's biggest electronic tagging scheme. read more

  • New hot-rod is unveiled by Chrysler

    CHRYSLER Jeep has announced that it is launching the revolutionary PT Cruiser on to the UK market early next year as a bold new shape for the next millennium. read more

  • Pledge to reduce A34 noise

    Transport minister Glenda Jackson has said everything is being done to try to reduce noise levels on the A34 around Oxford. read more

  • Astravan is Euro top van

    THE new Vauxhall Astravan has gained Europe-wide recognition by winning the prestigious 1999 European Van of the Year award. The Astravan, which was launched in October 1998, is built exclusively at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, from where it is exported throughout Europe. read more

  • Pupils helps hurricane-hit school

    A government minister visited an Oxford school to thank pupils for helping hurricane-hit Nicaragua. read more

  • Car insurance premiums set for huge rise

    CAR insurance premiums could rise by nearly a third this year, according to a survey. The research, by insurance brokers Footman James and Company, predicts that most motor insurance policies will rise by at least 10-15 per cent over the year. But the report warns that some insurers will be looking to hike up their premiums by as much as 30 per cent. read more

  • Firemen rescue three from blaze

    Three people were led to safety last night after fire ripped through the kitchen of a first-floor flat. read more

  • Alfa Romeo launches new flagship

    ALFA Romeo launches its new 166 flagship at the end of the month, completing the company's shake-up of its entire range which started five years ago. read more

  • Penguin book axe attacked

    An Oxford don has criticised a move by publishing giants Penguin Books to axe its series on classic British dramatists in mid-publication. read more

  • Casino night raises funds

    A FRENCH-style cabaret and casino night at Hartwell Ford helped raise more than £1,000 for charity. read more

  • Spring arrival

    THE new Zafira mini-MPV from Vauxhall goes on sale in spring, with an interior that caters for up to seven occupants. read more

  • Tonight

    England and Wales will have a reasonably mild but mainly cloudy and blustery night with patchy rain and drizzle, although northern England should turn clearer and a bit colder towards morning with just the odd left-over shower. Tomorrow, Wales, the Midlands and southern England will start mild but overcast with patchy rain and a brisk wind. During the day, the damp and drizzly weather will become confined to south Wales and south west England, with other areas becoming brighter with sunny spells and just the odd shower. Outlook: England and Wales will slowly turn much colder from the east with overnight frost becoming widespread by Saturday, but there will also be increasing amounts of sunshine. read more

  • Amey bids for high-flying firm

    AMEY today announced plans to take off into the aviation sector with an £81.5m offer to buy airport ground services group Servisair. read more

  • Employees praised for

    top customer service THREE public service organisations in Oxfordshire have won Government awards for customer service. read more

  • Beef to stay banned in county's schools

    Beef products will remain banned from school dinner tables across the county, despite the lifting of the export ban by the European Union. read more

  • Pagers a new tool in war on truants

    A school is considering issuing pagers to some parents following a major study on truancy. read more

  • Students take to streets of Oxford in fees protest

    It threatened to be a throwback to the notorious Paris demonstrations of the 1960s. Hundreds of angry students turning out in solidarity with six rebels refusing to pay tuition fees. read more

  • Chelsea predict replay sell-out

    CHELSEA chairman Ken Bates is predicting that next week's FA Cup fourth round replay against Oxford United will be a sell-out. read more

  • Ref Reed gets green light

    OXFORD United will NOT be asking the Football Association to replace referee Mike Reed from next week's FA Cup replay. read more

  • Deano's staying put - Shotts

    ANY hopes Dean Windass had that his goal against Chelsea might earn him a move from the Manor appeared to be scuppered - for the time being at least - when Malcolm Shotton insisted last night: "Dean's going nowhere." read more

  • Winning ways from Swindon

    AT first glance the Civic Aero deck may not look a particularly momentous motor, writes DAVID DUFFY. read more

  • FA coach wins sex tribunal victory

    Oxford United coach Vanessa Hardwick has won a landmark victory over the Football Association. read more

  • Henley step into the Kingsholm cauldron

    HENLEY enter the lion's den on Saturday when they take on Gloucester at Kingsholm in the fifth round of the Tetley's Bitter Cup. read more

  • Fiona keeps your mind on the job

    Fiona Harrold is not a trained counsellor, yet she can attract fees of £100 an hour just for talking to you on the phone, writes FIONA TARRANT. The 36-year-old is being hailed as a 'mind coach' who stops you thinking negative thoughts and induces a bit of healthy narcissism. read more

  • Nuns lift the veil on their own sexuality

    Two Oxford nuns have lifted the veil on their attitude to sex in a revealing new book, writes Reg Little. The sisters frankly discuss their sexuality, with one admitting how her body 'longs to give birth'. Both reject the idea that a woman's sexuality disappears immediately on entering a convent. read more

  • Sharing a moniker with the stars can be tough

    A star has been born in Oxford - Cinderella has come to town. But she didn't arrive by horse-drawn carriage or pumpkin. Instead she was delivered by emergency Caesarian section at the John Radcliffe Hospital. read more

  • So just how sacred is marriage today?

    As a blind date couple start their honeymoon and two Oxfordshire four-year-olds stage a mock wedding for charity, writer George Frew takes a look at the institution of marriage at the end of the Millennium Predictably, much ado has been made of the marriage of Carla Germaine and Greg Cordell. But it's really much ado about nothing. read more

  • Flood at junction

    A burst water main caused slight flooding at the junction of Park End Street and Becket Street, Oxford, on Saturday morning (JAN 16). read more

  • Doctors pioneer knee joint tests

    Doctors in Oxford are pioneering important new consumer tests to find out how effective different knee replacements are. read more

  • Euro grants boost for hard-up care services

    Two social services' training initiatives are to benefit from more than £230,000 of European cash - despite cuts to other care services. read more

  • Henley are blossoming despite muddy roots

    DRY Leas was anything but, the last time I visited Henley Rugby Club's picturesque ground. read more

  • How to get on top of workplace thugs

    If a woman is being bullied or harassed at work and doesn't know what to do, she can gen up on her next step without anyone needing to know, writes FIONA TARRANT. read more

  • Witney get a Trophy lesson

    A SERIES of defensive howlers ended Witney's hopes of an FA Trophy shock at Football Conference strugglers Forest Green. read more

  • Barry's full house

    POSTMAN Barry Townsend showed it's not just letters that he's a dab hand at delivering - as he achieved every Aunt Sally player's dream with a magnficent 18-doll maximum. read more

  • Vauxhall's new star

    I VIVIDLY remember my first sight of the new Astra on Vauxhall's stand at the London Motor Show - I wasn't impressed, writes DAVID DUFFY. read more

  • Disabled Jo's plea to save centre

    A disabled teenager made an impassioned plea to save her resource centre at an emotional meeting last night. read more

  • Cash injection to ease beds crisis

    Fewer patients will be turned away from Oxford hospitals after the Government handed over £750,000 for three new intensive care beds. read more

  • Court hears milk float rocked in shop blast

    Milkman Brian Cripps told how his float shook following the explosion of an Oxfordshire launderette which was gutted in an arson attack. read more

  • City pay for poor markings

    CITY of Oxford could be fined after their Regional Hockey League match at home to Ramgarhia was postponed because the Ds weren't properly marked out on their Brookes University sports centre's Astroturf pitch. read more

  • Boat Race gets new sponsor

    OXFORD and Cambridge University Boat Clubs have signed a deal said to be worth in excess of £1.4m with fund managers Aberdeen Asset Management to sponsor their annual Boat Race. read more

  • Williams unveil new GP dream machine

    FORMER grand prix world champions Williams launched the car they hope will catapult the Grove-based team back to the top of the Formula 1 grid - then got straight down to work. read more

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  • Angry Blades hit out at deadline switch

    CITY Motors Fox Oxford Blades are up in arms over the English Ice Hockey Association's decision to extend the transfer deadline to January 29. read more

  • Loud neighbour forced to pay

    A trainee accountant who subjected neighbours to blaring music late at night has been ordered to pay compensation. read more

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