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Warming to a shed

Oxford Mail: Warming to a shed

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Make bike riding as safe as it's enjoyable

Oxford Mail: Cycling in Oxford

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Stop stressing and go for a run

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Sara Bailey is sharp, smart and sixteen

It's chocs away for sweet-tasting festival

Oxford Mail: Yael Rose

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Yael rose tells Jaine Blackman what inspired her to organise Oxford Chocolate Festival which arrives this week

Actress Emilia Fox thinks everything in the garden's lovely

Oxford Mail: Emilia Fox

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Silent Witness star and Oxford graduate Emilia Fox talks to Jaine Blackman

Clare Mackintosh is playing it by the book

Oxford Mail: Clare Mackintosh

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Writer, former cop and Chipping Norton Literary Festival founder Clare Mackintosh finds a little time to talk to Jaine Blackman

Fit some exercise in to your working day

Oxford Mail: Fit some exercise in to your working day

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Jaine Blackman discovers the top ways to keep fit in your lunch hour

Lure of the sunny days

Oxford Mail: Lure of the sunny days

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Communities come together for canal

Oxford Mail: From left, Tony Joyce, chairman of Jericho Living Heritage Trust, Mark Davies and Maria Parsons at Isis Lock on Oxford Canal

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Actor Sam Clafin tells all about latest role

Oxford Mail: Actor Sam Clafin tells all about latest role

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

Rising star Sam Claflin is making quite a habit of appearing in Oxford-based dramas. He tells how he enjoyed the set of latest movie – The Quiet Ones. Jaine Blackman reports

Mumsnet's the word for lively chats

Oxford Mail: Camilla Preece

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

An online site for parents offers more than just baby talk. Its users are intelligent and feisty as Jaine Blackman reports

Musician Sue Greenway brings raw energy and a touch of class

Oxford Mail: Musician Sue Greenway brings raw energy and a touch of class

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Musician Sue Greenway tells Jaine Blackman about a career that has now become her lifelong passion

It's a real education

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

A night at the pub and hotel The Fleece in Witney

Oxford Mail: A night at the pub and hotel The Fleece in Witney

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Jaine Blackman enjoys pub grub and a refreshing rest at The Fleece in Witney

Let's work together to keep our Covered Market

Oxford Mail: Let's work together to keep our Covered Market

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

"Are we going to be the first generation in two centuries to drop the ball?" writes Alison Boulton

Why Barbados is the place to be for a perfect party holiday

Oxford Mail: Barbados sunset

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Bars, beaches and Bruno Mars songs are attracting a young party crowd to the Caribbean isle, says Lauren Turner

Oxford pottery queen Emma Bridgewater on the heartache behind her success

Oxford Mail: Oxford pottery queen Emma Bridgewater on the heartache behind her success

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Oxford pottery queen Emma Bridgewater’s creations may be bright and breezy, but there’s a lot of heartache behind her success. She tells Jaine Blackman about her mother’s tragic accident and how stress took its toll on her health

Shaun Evans is back for another Endeavour

Oxford Mail: From left, Sean Rigby as PC Strange, Shaun Evans as Endeavour, Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday and Anton Lesser as Chief Supt. Reginald Bright

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Taking on the role of Inspector Morse is a big task, but Shaun Evans, who is back with a second series of ITV prequel Endeavour, is grateful for the opportunity. The Liverpudlian actor talks about his pride on the success of the Oxford based show. Jaine Blackman reports

There's no one quite like your mum

Oxford Mail: Jaime Woodham and her mum Liz

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

They know us best and they have plenty of wisdom to share (whether we like it or not). As Mother’s Day approaches Jaine Blackman asks some daughters what their mums mean to them and what gems of advice they have imparted

Gabby Logan's healthy attitude keeps family machine running

Oxford Mail: Gabby Logan

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Busy working mum Gabby Logan talks about how she juggles her television career with happy family life. Jaine Blackman reports

Amelia Wright is bringing rowing down to earth

Oxford Mail: Amelia Wright

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Reluctant role model Amelia Wright tells of club’s battle to make sport open to all. Jaine Blackman reports

Inside Oxford - Feast of literature served up in style

Oxford Mail: Lionel Barber

11:00am Friday 28th March 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Rich/poor divide is getting wider here

Oxford Mail: Prof Danny Dorling

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

"Nothing you can do will allow you to purchase a house here" writes Alison Boulton

On The Cusp - Face up to the barefaced truth

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

"Before you know it, your bank account is weeping and you still don't look like Kate Moss" writes Sara Bailey

Give yourself a chill-out break

Oxford Mail: Give yourself a chill-out break

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Give yourself the gift of wellbeing this Mother’s Day. Experts share their personal tips with Jaine Blackman and show that you don’t always need fancy spas and endless spare time to boost the feel-good factor

Nothing dodgy about Daisy - interview with Tara Cole

Oxford Mail: Tara Cole with Daisy the ice cream van

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Actor’s daughter Tara Cole is used to wheeling and dealing but in a whole different way to her dad’s dodgy on-screen persona. Jaine Blackman talks to the successful small businesswoman about life on the road with Daisy, her ice cream van

Top of the line

Oxford Mail: St. Pancras

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Jaine Blackman soaks up the atmosphere in a hotel full of character, history and indulgences

Botanic blossom

Oxford Mail: Botanic blossom

11:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Janis Heatherington's memoir of a life less ordinary

Oxford Mail: Janis Heatherington

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

From S&M brothel madam to the first lesbian to be artifically inseminated, Janis Hetherington has seen it all. Jaine Blackman talks to her about her new book

Locked on to luxury for Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Mail: One of the cell bedrooms

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Anusha Couttigane books into a hotel in Oxford’s iconic Castle Quarter for Fashion Week

Inside Oxford - Blessed be our youth

Oxford Mail: Inside Oxford - Blessed be our youth

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Inside Oxford - Expanding rail link just a capital idea

Oxford Mail: Inside Oxford - Expanding rail link just a capital idea

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Keep calm - you're in charge, mum

Oxford Mail: GP Dr. Ellie Cannon

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

GP Dr Ellie Cannon wants first-time mums to trust their instincts, and tells Jaine Blackman all about her no-nonsense, anti-rules approach to parenting

On The Cusp - Great diversity on the catwalk

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

"The people who walked out weren't inhuman. They were beautiful people who ate carbohydrates" writes Sara Bailey

Alex Jones' climb to the top has yet to peak

Oxford Mail: Alex Jones training for her Sport Relief challenge

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Taking on a challenge is irresistible to Alex Jones, whether it’s wrestling with a tricky romantic situation or risking life and limb hanging off the side of a mountain. She reveals to Jaine Blackman how her ‘ditzy’ on-screen image hides a steely core

Knowledge is power when it comes to fish

Oxford Mail: Knowledge is power when it comes to fish

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Celebrity Oxford chef Alex McKay reminds us of just how important our scaled friends are in the food chain

Every life tells a valuable story - interview with "wisdom memoir" author Claire Taylor

Oxford Mail: Claire Taylor

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Once upon a time author and business consultant Claire Taylor wrote a “wisdom memoir” about her life. She tells Jaine Blackman the story

City's coffee shops are so full of beans

Oxford Mail: Zappi's Bike Cafe

11:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Sarah Lidwell-Durnin learns that small, independent concerns serve up fantastic drinks in side streets far from the madding tourist crowds

On The Cusp: Lent is for life - not just 40 days

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"It's a perfect opportunity for self re-evaluation - trimming those unwanted traits" writes Sara Bailey

Tattoos hold fear for women

Oxford Mail: Rebecca Moore looks at the portfolio of tattoo artist Fran Tillyer

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Rebecca Moore discovers why more females are getting inked and that they are the stronger sex when it comes to the pain of the needle

All aboard the Disney Magic - it's Mickey ahoy!

Oxford Mail: Captain Mickey!

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Holidays don’t come more dream-like than this. Josie Clarke and her two lucky children hop aboard the Disney Magic for a fantastical cruise

Keeping Fit - Fasting can create major health risks for some people

Oxford Mail: Lisa Cueredon

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"If you suffer from an eating disorder like anorexia, I would not recommend fasting at all" writes Lisa Cuerden

Fashionista: Charity shops are really cool

Oxford Mail: Anousha Coutt

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"I've discovered a few beloved gems in the most unlikely shops" writes Anusha Couttigane

Mum is finally on the write path - interview with poet Rowan Padmore

Oxford Mail: Rowan Padmore, who gave up her home and possessions to study writing for perfomance at Oxford's Ruskin College

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

From poverty-stricken single mum to student and performance poet, Rowan Padmore shows just what can be done with grit and determination. Jaine Blackman reports

(It's not) Rocket Science - A £10 monitor will warn you of a silent killer

Oxford Mail: Renee Watson

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"It can build up in enclosed spaces where fuel is incompletely burnt" writes Renee Watson

‘Career women are fact not fiction’ Joanna Trollope

Oxford Mail: Joanna Trollope

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Bestselling novelist and Oxford old girl Joanna Trollope believes women can have the career and the children and shouldn’t feel guilty about it. Jaine Blackman reports

In front of the box - Ladyboys sing the blues and real pals have a laugh

Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Liz Nicholls talks about two new shows on Sky Living: Ladyboys and Doll & Em

Inside Oxford - A walk on the wild side

Oxford Mail: Inside Oxford - A walk on the wild side

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

Alison Boulton digs beneath the city's dreaming spires

Money Money Money - Now you can be an online £1 bargain hunter

Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"Retail experts expect the online shops to do well" personal finance with Gill Oliver

Inside Oxford - Kicking about against the Game Boy trap

Oxford Mail: Stonesfield U13s pictured this month. Back from left, Abbi Gillingwater, Lucy Mundy, Jess Penton, Megan Claridge, Megan Johnston, Emma Parker. Front from left, Katie Appleton, Hannah Calvert, Annie Mundy, Frankie Penton, Pippa Oakes and Megan Pemberton

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

"Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, another star player may emerge" writes Alison Boulton






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