'Mum calls me the Queen of Oxford'

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 19th September 2014

As the Cleaner, Greener Oxford campaign is launched this week, city centre manager Laurie-Jane Taylor talk about her role and how she got there. Jaine Blackman reports

Getting some help with specs appeal

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Jaine Blackman makes a spectacle of herself taking a look at new trends for eyewear and trying some designers’ latest lines in glasses

Don't rush a split you may regret

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 5th September 2014

We all know that one in three marriages fails, but divorce is declining in Oxfordshire and a new survey reveals more than half the people who split up regret it. Jaine Blackman reports

So what's inside your bag?

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 5th September 2014

The ultimate handbag – and contents – are reckoned by one luxury goods brand to cost £10,000. Jaine Blackman asks what women want and takes a peek inside their bags

'Dark times shaped our happier future'

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

After a bleak few years, author Debrah Martin and her daughters are relishing a new life, as Jaine Blackman finds out

'Luca and I would not be defeated'

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 15th August 2014

Sonia Jandhyala tells Jaine Blackman of the despair and love she felt on the day her ‘doubly unlucky’ son was born

Stepping back in theatre's history

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 15th August 2014

There’s a new tour on Oxford’s tourist trail focusing the Sheldonian Theatre. Jaine Blackman takes the tour and meets a guide who specialises in leading parties around the city

'Pub Landlord' Al Murray shows his serious side

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 15th August 2014

Al Murray may be famed for his brash comedy alter-egos, but behind the laughs lies a sensitive history-geek nurtured during his days as an Oxford student. In new series Secrets From The Asylum he delves in to his Victorian ancestors’ struggle with mental illness. Jaine Blackman reports

Watch: Raymond Blanc turns chanteur with Katherine Jenkins for a special night at Le Manoir + Video

Oxford Mail:

12:50pm Friday 8th August 2014

WE ALL know he can cook but who knew Raymond Blanc of Oxford’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons could sing too.

Family saga for the county set

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Jaine Blackman meets an author who has made Oxfordshire the prime location for her trilogy of love and intrigues

Rise of the big spenders

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Young women in Oxford are now more likely than men to see their finances deteriorate to such an extent that they fall into personal insolvency, according to new figures. Jaine Blackman asks why

How war work led to liberation

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Jaine Blackman looks at how WWI changed women’s lives in Britain

Bravery of the nurses on the front line

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

It’s not just the soldiers we should be remembering for their bravery in WWI. Nurses at home in Oxfordshire and overseas at the battlefields worked tireless under horrific conditions. Jaine Blackman reports

Women's Land Army kept our troops fed

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Sheena Patterson of Oxford Garden Design takes a look at how food crisis was averted

Take a bite on the wild side

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Anyone for a squirrel burger... or a rabbit enchilada? Jaine Blackman meets Rosie Barham, a woman who is game to cook just about anything

Kids on flights can be plane sailing

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 11th July 2014

As research finds a quarter of parents don’t like taking young children on flights, Jaine Blackman asks what they can do to ensure a stress-free journey for the family... and other passengers

All set for best party in the city

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 4th July 2014

Carnival comes to Cowley Road on Sunday. Jaine Blackman reports on two women who have helped make it happen

Study to stamp out spider fear

Oxford Mail: Megan Cowles, left, takes part in a test at the Warneford Hospital with trainee clinical psychologist Mareike Suesse and neuroscientist student Reinoud Kaldewaij

11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

Arachnophobe Liz Nicholls braves her worst nightmare to take part in new research aimed at helping people cope with anxiety disorders

'Wild about our magical animals'

Oxford Mail: Jade reading to the meercats as part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival launch at the Cotswold Wildlife Park

11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

Jaine Blackman meets two of the women keepers going animal crackers at Cotswold Wildlife Park

'Fitness is my life after battle back to health'

Oxford Mail: 'Fitness is my life after battle back to health'

11:00am Friday 6th June 2014

From being dangerously ill at 5st 6lb Kate Michalkova has transformed her life through diet and exercise. Jaine Blackman reports

'Motoring out of my comfort zone'

Oxford Mail: 'Motoring out of my comfort zone'

11:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

Jaine Blackman talks to Oxford woman Wan Janmee about taking on an exhausting TV challenge in the wilds of New Zealand

Healthy feet are happy feet

Oxford Mail: Mary-Ann Price

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

Despite 'hating' feet, Mary-Ann Price tells Jaine Blackman why helping customers find the ultimate in comfortable shoes is truly satisfying

I'm just a normal bloke... get me outta here, Bear

Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

"One minute it's polite introductions, the next it's comparing the rusty colour of their wee" writes Liz Nicholls

Will Eurovision be smitten by Molly?

Oxford Mail: Molly Smitten-Downes

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

It's time for camp commentary as the UK vies for the song contest supremacy... or at least avoid the stigma of 'nul points'. 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

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

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

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

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

Everything in thee garden's lovely

Oxford Mail: Anne Marie Owens, left, and Anna Greenland

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

Jaine Blackman meets the women who keep Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons supplied with fresh herbs and vegetables

Getting into the 'spirit' of things

Oxford Mail: Rebecca Moore recreates a Ghost scene with actor Stewart Clarke

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

Rebecca Moore gets the chance to recreate a famous scene from one of her favourite movies from childhood and finds that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction

Celebrating the world of women at Oxford International Women's Festival

Oxford Mail: A bra recycling scheme from the 2010 festival with Anne Mobbs, front, and Margaret Norwood

11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

This year marks the silver anniversary of the Oxford International Women's Festival. Jaine Blackman takes a look at what's coming up

Oxford Literary Festival - Women show they have the write stuff

Oxford Mail: Eleanor Catton

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

There’s always plenty to look forward to at Oxford Literary Festival and this year it has a strong female focus. Jaine Blackman reports

A novel take on motherhood

Oxford Mail: A novel take on motherhood

11:00am Friday 24th January 2014

First-time novelist and mum of three Lucy Atkins tells how she moved from reviewing fiction to writing it. Jaine Blackman reports

Ringing the year in with a peal of store alarm bells

11:00am Friday 10th January 2014

"Keeping the abundance of festive food from Mr. Smith has been a challenge" writes Kat Orman

Confessions of a virgin vegan

Oxford Mail: Jaine Blackman tucks in to some homemade salsa as part of the Veganuary Challenge

11:00am Friday 10th January 2014

Jaine Blackman on preparing for her Veganuary challenge

Going nuts for Veganuary

Oxford Mail: Going nuts for Veganuary

11:00am Friday 10th January 2014

A new month-long charity challenge gives Jaine Blackman some food for thought

A feet of endurance - top tips for saving your soles

Oxford Mail: A feet of endurance - top tips for saving your soles

11:00am Friday 20th December 2013

Don’t let high heels spoil your night on the town. A department store’s customers have some top tips for saving your soles, as Jaine Blackman discovers

Money Money Money - Keep a check on your cheques as well as your change

11:00am Friday 13th December 2013

Gill Oliver advises to keep a close eye on your bank account

Don't let toys lead you in to Christmas debt

Oxford Mail: Don't let toys lead you in to Christmas debt

11:00am Friday 13th December 2013

With Oxford shops packed full of goodies, pester power is notching up a gear. But there are ways you can avoid overspending on your children’s presents and still have a tear-free Christmas, says Jaine Blackman

Topping tips to keep your Christmas tree spruce

Oxford Mail: Topping tips to keep your Christmas tree spruce

11:00am Friday 13th December 2013

You can go as wild as you like when you decorate your Christmas tree but make sure to play by the rules when you’re buying and caring for it if you want it to last the course

Festive treats in the hamper

Oxford Mail: The Waitrose £75 Temptation Hamper

10:08am Monday 9th December 2013

Looking for a great Christmas hamper? Jaine Blackman takes a look at making your own and saving cash

Put some Life into your day with our fabulous features

11:00am Friday 29th November 2013

Relax, put your feet up and enjoy some of our Friday Life articles. Enjoy our witty columnists, get ideas to deck your tree and get the inside scoop of what life's like for a female comedienne

Christmas is the time for listening - a Samaritans volunteer tells why she's spending the festive season on the phone

Oxford Mail: Susan Williams

11:00am Friday 29th November 2013

For many of us the festive season means parties, fun and celebration, but for some it signals loneliness and despair. Approaching its 60th Christmas, Jaine Blackman hears why the Samaritans’ work is so vital at this time of year and talks to a volunteer

Facing up to a whole new look

Oxford Mail: From left, Catherine Legerton, Georgie Reed, Nicole Haggett, Annette Cunningham, Lauren Augar and Diane Drewett

11:00am Friday 29th November 2013

ANNETTE CUNNINGHAM and five of her friends get together for a make-up makeover

Find your perfect advent calendar

Oxford Mail: For grown-up couples who don’t like to share go for Hotel Chocolat’s Truffles For Two (48 chocolates in total), £26, is the way to go. (hotelchocolat.com)

11:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

Advent calendars used to be modest but still magical, recalls Jaine Blackman. She also takes a look at some of the best of this year's offerings

‘All respect for my tasty little piggies’

Oxford Mail: These little piggies will be going to market

5:00pm Friday 15th November 2013

Oxford celebrity chef ALEX MACKAY tells how he fed, nurtured and ate Mince, Meatball, Crispy and Fry-up






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