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Archive - Monday, 30 March 2009

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  • Supporters slam claims

    Supporters group OxVox have hit back at claims by the Conference that they have received “unwarranted abuse” from football trusts unhappy at the way they have conducted their internal review. read more

  • FOOTBALL: Ford demands City response

    Assistant manager Mike Ford says Oxford City have to show their mettle and not play “like a bunch of children” when they travel to his old side Bedford Town in the British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division on Tuesday night. read more

  • Council backs rival ecotown plan

    Councillors backed their own plan for a rival ecotown to the proposed Weston Otmoor scheme despite a stormy meeting tonight. read more

  • Headington: Mum jailed for fake passport

    A FAILED asylum seeker was jailed for 11 months yesterday after using a fake passport to work as a carer. read more

  • Tackley: Safety call for death crossing

    VILLAGERS campaigning for safety improvements to a level crossing where an elderly woman lost her life a year ago today, have welcomed a string of recommendations made in a report into her death. read more

  • Golden couple: Never looked back after swapping dates! Oxford Mail: Golden couple: Never looked back after swapping dates!

    A COUPLE who today celebrated 50 years of marriage, admitted they had originally arranged dates with each other’s friends before falling in love. read more

  • Blinking saved Botley robbery victim's sight

    A SPLIT second’s blink saved the sight of a woman who was slashed across the face by a robber in her home. read more

  • Rock fans queue for Reading Festival tickets

    Rock fans who started queueing from 8pm yesterday outside HMV, in Cornmarket Street, Oxford, to snap up tickets for this year’s Reading Festival when they went on sale at 7pm today. read more

  • BMW worker handled stolen parts worth £40k

    A FORMER BMW worker is facing jail after admitting handling £40,000 of stolen car parts belonging to the firm, between July 2006 and September 2008, before they were sold on Internet auction site eBay. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Comeback is in vain

    Chinnor 25, Lydney 27 read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Wallingford battle back Oxford Mail: Wallingford’s Dorian Jenkins is tackled by Henley Wanderers’ Owen Thomas

    A strong second-half performance ensured Wallingford ran out comfortable 38-10 winners in their local derby against Henley Wanderers in South West 2 East. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins safe despite defeat Oxford Mail: Nick Sevier

    Oxford Harlequins are now safe from relegation, despite a 29-24 home defeat to Old Patesians in South West 1. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Wells saves Henley

    Henley Hawks drew with Rugby Lions for the second time in National 3 South this season after Danny Wells’s late penalty made it 26-26 at Dry Leas. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Ellis earns Gosford draw

    Tim Ellis’s last gasp try and conversion earned Gosford All Blacks a 22-22 draw at Phoenix, but not safety from relegation from the BB&O Premier Division. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Chinnor dug own grave

    Chinnor assistant coach John Vaughan was left frustrated by their patchy display against Lydney. read more

  • RUGBY UNION: Bicester drop fear

    Bicester were plunged into further relegation trouble after losing 29-7 at bottom-club Beaconsfield in Southern Counties North. read more

  • DARTS: Beaten Oxon on the edge

    Oxfordshire’s first season in the top flight is on a knife-edge after they went down 22-14 away to Lancashire at East Challow Royal British Legion in their penultimate fixture. read more

  • Rogue trader sent to jail Oxford Mail: Hughie Fury admitted fraud the day his trial was due to start

    A rogue trader who conned an elderly pensioner out of £1,200 by pretending to fix a leaking roof was last night behind bars. read more

  • DARTS: Four in a row for Shelley Ladies

    Shelley Arms C retained the Greene King ODDA Winter League ladies Premier Division title for a fourth year in a row, making it 12 wins out of 12 when they entertained their closest rivals, clubmates Shelley Arms D. read more

  • HOCKEY: Rover face Sevenoaks in play-offs

    Rover Oxford Ladies lost 3-0 at home to Cannock in their last scheduled match match in Slazenger England League Women’s Conference West. read more

  • On Yer Bike

    Whenever I’m stewing over writing this column and ask friends of mine for ideas, they often tell me ‘You’ve got to write about when I got cut-up on this or that roundabout’, or some such irritation. Because, if you have a bicycle, you’ll know that as they’re smaller than other road vehicles it can be difficult to avoid being pushed around. read more

  • HOCKEY: Ferraby boosts Hawks' hopes

    Oxford Hawks were re-warded for a positive performance at Maidstone with three valuable South League points in a 2-1 victory. read more

  • Cars collide on A34

    Two cars collided on the A34 near Weston-on-the-Green this afternoon. read more

  • Stop our pubs from dying out

    IN THE not to distant future, the acronym RIP will not stand for rest in peace, but Remember Inns and Pubs. read more

  • Prevent pub cull

    THE Government recently held a meeting with the British Beer and Pub Association to find out why so many pubs are closing. read more

  • Block blot

    WHAT is the biggest blot on the landscape – a satellite television dish or a block of flats? read more

  • Row erupts over county council's £85k 'spin doctor'

    A ROW has erupted at County Hall over a new £85,000 “spin doctor”. read more

  • Broken road sign will be replaced in four months

    A road sign in East Oxford which was damaged a year ago is set to be replaced. read more

  • Plod Squad joins the race

    FORMER hospital administrator Harriet English is looking forward to running through the beautiful surroundings of Blenheim Palace in this year’s OX5 Run. read more

  • Show is top of the crops Oxford Mail: Barbara Bingley with some of the flowers entered for the contest

    The bright colours of spring were celebrated at a prestigious event in Abingdon. read more

  • In court over benefit fraud

    A 45-year-old woman has admitted benefit fraud. read more

  • Toyota clue after burglary

    A burglar broke into a house and stole items including a laptop, an iPod and jewellery from a home in Drayton St Leonard. read more

  • Final train rolls into town

    It was the end when the final First Great Western services operated by a Class 180 Adelante train ran during the evening rush-hour. read more

  • Dead cyclist named

    A cyclist who was hit by a car and killed near a south Oxfordshire pub last week has been named. read more

  • £100m plan to end Oxford flooding unveiled

    PLANS to protect Oxford from flooding for the next 100 years have been presented to the public. read more

  • Police hail drug crackdown a success

    SIX people were arrested in the final crackdown under the police’s Operation Juggernaut. read more

  • Wantage chef has winning recipe

    A Wantage chef cooked a mouth-watering menu and won himself a place in the final of a national contest. read more

  • Military train launches rail freight link

    A train carrying containers from Bicester's Ministry of Defence supply depot was the first to use the new £9m Donnington railfreight terminal, in Telford, Shropshire, last week. read more

  • Explosive fun as science museum reopens

    A combination of mints, cola and cornflour caused explosions at an Oxford museum. read more

  • Young singers raise the cathedral rafters Oxford Mail: Elyse Thomas-Collaire

    THE sound of children’s voices rose to the rafters of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral at a special concert. read more

  • Desk poem puts young poet in Brookes' contest limelight Oxford Mail: Alice Burns

    A VERSE about a school desk in the middle of a conflict zone was among the winners of a poetry competition. read more

  • Finding out about firefighting

    ASPIRING firefighters were put through their paces at a recruitment day. read more

  • 101-year-old veteran robbery: Man in court

    A 46-year-old man today appeared in court accused of robbing a 101-year-old man in Oxford. read more

  • Bonham Carter wins Empire award

    Actress Helena Bonham Carter has been named Best Actress in the Empire film awards for her role in the movie Sweeney Todd. read more

  • Whats in a Star?

    I firmly believe that Five star hotels should provide the best possible service, however 'possible' is not always all that is expected! [Disclaimer – Please note that the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of your bartender, and nothing whatsoever to do with his employer or hotel!] OK, I admit it, I’m new to this town….another piece of alcohol soaked jetsam to be washed up on your intellectual shores, and I’ll put my hand up again for yes, I am an immigrant as well. Now don’t get me wrong, it was never my intention to come down here and take jobs from the good local Oxonians, but let’s just say the Randolph was to beautiful a hotel to refuse. I’ve been in and out of bars of one kind or another for pretty much the last twelve years, mostly in five star hotels, either working or doing ‘research’ – the competitor analysis is a wonderful thing! And if I have learnt one thing from all this, which I feel obligated to share with you, my dear friends, it is this…… Five star Hotels work miracles! It’s true, forget the parting of the Red Sea, when it comes to making the impossible possible you can’t beat a stay away at a lodging house with five golden stars above the door. As a member of staff you hear of course all kinds of requests from your guests, but the most oft repeated lament must surely be ‘ but this is supposed to be a five star hotel, what do you mean you can’t…. Give me a table in a restaurant which is clearly full....... Serve fifty customers simultaneously in the bar...... Make me a full afternoon tea at four am....... Pour me a glass of single vintage, bottle fermented Madagascan scorpions piss (What do you mean you don’t have it! – This is supposed to be a FIVE STAR HOTEL!!!)....... Shampoo my dog...... Secure me a last minute booking at eight pm on a Saturday in Le Manoir, for me and eighteen of my friends And my all time favourite (as a bartender) Keep the bar open 24 hours…..’ Wells here’s the nub of the rub – 24 hour licence does not mean we are obligated to serve you and your rum addled friends till breakfast time. I’m sorry, really, it’s not that we want to go to bed (although we probably do) it’s more that your uncle Jim is asleep in the corner, Mavis and Sharon are speaking in tongues, you’re slumped on the bar counter demanding more Tequila shots and someone my friend, preferably someone with a sober head and plenty of experience dealing with liquor, needs to decide when enough is enough……ding ding….last orders at the bar. read more

  • Cowboys at Victorian Fayre

    The age of crinolines and bustles – and cowboys – returned to Oxford when the parent-teacher association at St Nicholas Primary School at Old Marston organised a Victorian Fayre in 1975. read more

  • Clubs proved big success

    The St Michael’s Guild and the Wythonians were two of Oxford’s most successful wartime and post-war youth clubs. read more

  • City joined nation in mourning King Oxford Mail: King Greorge V

    Oxford joined the rest of the country in mourning the death of King George V. read more

  • 'We're not giving in'

    These happy bankers look as if they have hit the jackpot – and, what’s more, they weren’t expecting any huge bonuses. read more

  • Job losses sour F1 celebration

    More than 200 jobs are to go at the former Honda Racing base in Brackley near Bicester, it emerged today. read more

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