The slow horror of losing your mind

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

Jaine Blackman meets a woman who wants to raise awareness of a rare condition

Love and music help couple beat the odds

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Jaine Blackman meets an Oxford woman married to a Serbian gypsy

It's full steam ahead for lunch

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Jaine Blackman discovers there’s such a thing as a steam oven and tries her hand at dim sum

'Going the distance for my great mum'

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Jaine Blackman met Patricia Alonso as she prepared to say farewell to Oxford before heading home to Spain to look after her sick mother

Kate has found her Humble home

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Her parents may have been disappointed Kate Humble didn’t go to Oxford – apart from for a typing course – but she’s done plenty to make them proud since. Here she tells Jaine Blackman how her marriage and country life are at the heart of her happiness

How Victoria joined the vintage tea set

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 4th July 2014

An unusual birthday request started a mum on a whole new career. Jaine Blackman reports

Selling books and beating the odds

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 4th July 2014

Jaine Blackman finds out how one shop is thriving in a challenging market

Curious tales of phobic actress Rebecca Front

Oxford Mail: Rebecca as Ch Supt Innocent in Lewis with co-stars Kevin Wheatley as Lewis, Laurence Fox as DS James Hathaway and Clare Holman as DR Laura Hobson

11:00am Friday 20th June 2014

Anxiety and phobias have followed former Oxford Revue president, actress and writer Rebecca Front since childhood. Therapy has helped but it’s laughter that has proved the best medicine

Taking flamenco to the festival

Oxford Mail: Taking flamenco to the festival

11:00am Friday 20th June 2014

Jaine Blackman meets a woman who wants to share her passion for Spanish dance and culture and will be getting Cornbury ready to rumble

How Zoe got the bug for insects

Oxford Mail: How Zoe got the bug for insects

11:00am Friday 20th June 2014

As National Insect Week approaches, Jaine Blackman meets a woman who’s happy to spend her working life with bugs... seven million of them

Wild is beautiful for flower mad Jo

Oxford Mail: Jo Wise at Floral Circus

11:00am Friday 13th June 2014

Jaine Blackman meets a woman with a passion for British blooms who is sharing her talents with a series of floral workshops

How Nell's circus dream came true

Oxford Mail: Nell Gifford with her daughter Red

11:00am Friday 13th June 2014

Jaine Blackman takes a look behind the greasepaint to discover the story of how one woman breathed new life in to the big top

She's got World Cup fever!

Oxford Mail: She's got World Cup fever!

11:00am Friday 13th June 2014

As Brazil 2014 kicks off, Gill Sutherland meets local ladies who are getting ever so excited

Life's just peachy for pub owner Jo Eames

Oxford Mail: Jo Eames

11:00am Friday 30th May 2014

Pub chain owner, author and former solicitor Jo Eames gives Jaine Blackman a glimpse of life as she prepares to publish a new book

'Changing my life took some bottle'

Oxford Mail: 'Changing my life took some bottle'

11:00am Friday 30th May 2014

After tragedy left her in despair, Wendy Gedney bounced back in style. Jaine Blackman meets her at her home in France

Stephanie Pirrie is singing, playing & all that jazz

Oxford Mail: Stephanie Pirrie

11:00am Friday 16th May 2014

Stephanie Pirrie is as happy playing funk as folk. And she loves a good hoolie. Jaine Blackman meets a woman of many musical styles

Impossible? I'll prove you wrong

Oxford Mail: Anna McDonagh and her son Edward

11:00am Friday 16th May 2014

After a car crash changed her family's life forever, Anna McDonagh came out fighting, as she tells Jaine Blackman

Success arrived for Helen Giltrow when the time was write

Oxford Mail: Helen Giltrow

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

Helen Giltrow always wanted to be a novelist but life kept getting in the way. With her first book published this week, she tells Jaine Blackman how she finally went The Distance

Hot new festival to spice up your life

Oxford Mail: Dawn Massam

11:00am Friday 9th May 2014

Dawn Massam's passion is chillies and she's holding a festival to celebrate all things spicy, as Jaine Blackman discovers

Mel Giedroyc is drawing on her comedy talents

Oxford Mail: Mel Giedroyc

11:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

Mel Giedroyc is hosting another creative show, but this time contestants are armed with pencils, rather than spoons and mixing bowls. She talks about Draw It!, working without her comedy partner Sue Perkins and her love of drumming. Jaine Blackman reports

Author's success is novel experience

Oxford Mail: Amanda Jennings at work on her novel

11:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

Oxfordshire author Amanda Jennings tells Jaine Blackman about success and that 'pesky' second novel

Radio presenter Jo signs up for duty on forces station

Oxford Mail: Jo Thoenes

9:17am Friday 25th April 2014

Former BBC Radio Oxford presenter Jo Thoenes tells Jaine Blackman how she's learning a whole new lingo as she broadcasts to the troops

Mo's on a mission to get children moving

Oxford Mail: Mo Farah, secnd from left, poses with his family, twins Amani and Aisha, wife Tania and step-daughter Rihanna, alongside two wax figures created in his likeness, during a photo call at Madame Tussauds

9:06am Friday 25th April 2014

Olympic star Mo Farah is now setting his sights on yet another new goal; getting the country's children active. Jaine Blackman finds out more

Romance is all in a day's work for Sue Stephens

Oxford Mail: Sue Stephens

9:01am Friday 25th April 2014

Despite the rise of internet dating, an introduction service is bringing lonely hearts together in a different way. Jaine Blackman reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

Author Janie Hampton - 'Bring on the next chapter'

Oxford Mail: Author Janie Hampton with a Malawi ark

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

The grand-niece of Scott of the Antarctic was never going to settle for a quiet life. Jaine Blackman meets adventurous Janie Hampton

Meet Miss Mercury Flame - books by day then burlesque by night

Oxford Mail: Student Jaime Woodham

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

Jaine Blackman talks to a student with a naughty side... meet Miss Mercury Flame

Screen test for real-life friends - sitcom stars Emily Mortimer & Dolly Wells

Oxford Mail: Dolly Wells, left, and Emily Mortimer in their new sitcom Dolly & Em

11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

Imagine hiring your best mate as your personal assistant? Well, actresses Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells did, and the result is the sitcom called Doll & Em, Jaine Blackman reports

Peach Pubs are raising a pint to Africa

Oxford Mail: Peach Pubs co-founder Jo Eames

11:00am Friday 14th February 2014

An intrepid team of pub staff from Oxfordshire are helping to save the Maasai Mara in Kenya, as Jaine Blackman finds out

The talented Miss Ripley - interview with Suspects star Fay Ripley

Oxford Mail: Fay Ripley

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

Fay Ripley plays a firm-but-fair detective in new crime drama Suspects. The former Cold Feet star tells why playing the boss came naturally, and admits she could never hack it as a real-life policewoman. Jaine Blackman reports

Life on a different track - interview with cyclist Victoria Pendleton

Oxford Mail: Victoria Pendleton

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

Britain’s greatest ever female track cyclist Victoria Pendleton opens up about her sporting achievements, life after cycling, and why she’s still not putting her feet up. Jaine Blackman reports

Sew far so good for business - interview with Joana Silva

Oxford Mail: Joana and her brother Antero

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

From making gifts for fun to setting up a global business, Jaine Blackman talks to Joana Silva

'Acid attack did not destroy me' - Interview with Katie Piper

Oxford Mail: Katie Piper

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

An horrific assault left Katie Piper scarred for life, but that doesn’t stop her sympathising with people who regret self-inflicted body modifications. She talks about her new series Bodyshockers, which started last night. Jaine Blackman reports

Katia Burghard's on the ball

Oxford Mail: Katia Burghard who makes and sells Bolitas from her shop in Oxford Covered Market

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

A small Brazilian snack has turned into big business for Oxfordshire-based Katia Burghard. And now you can get in on the act too. Jaine Blackman reports

'Our funerals are a celebration of life' - Humanist celebrant Pat Winslow

Oxford Mail: Pat Winslow

11:00am Friday 31st January 2014

The death of popular soap character Hayley Cropper has pushed Humanist funerals into the spotlight. Jaine Blackman talks to celebrant Pat Winslow

Preparing for Chinese New Year celebrations plus your Chinese horoscope for 2014

Oxford Mail: Preparing for Chinese New Year celebrations plus your Chinese horoscope for 2014

11:00am Friday 24th January 2014

As Oxford’s Chinese community prepares for celebrations, Jaine Blackman discovers why

Standing-up for funny women

Oxford Mail: Rebecca Moore, left, and Gill Oliver, who both tried their hand at stand-up comedy

11:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Gill Oliver's respect for stand-up comedians rockets after her making her nerve-wracking debut

The fourth wave of feminism

Oxford Mail: Frankie Goodway

11:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Fancy a Consensual Sex on the Beach? Or a Bloody Mary Wollstonecraft? Those aren’t propositions or threats, just cocktails that Oxford University’s Women’s Campaign served up as part of their efforts to engage students in female rights. Frankie Goodway reports on the state of feminism in 2014

The only way is Jamie: Interview with Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty

Oxford Mail: Jimmy Doherty stars with Jamie in 'Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast'

11:00am Friday 17th January 2014

Jamie Oliver has teamed up with boyhood pal Jimmy Doherty for another TV show. The joint organiser of Oxfordshire’s Big Feastival tells Jaine Blackman about snake food, why he loved growing up in a village and the importance of Sunday lunch

Foxy lady and working mum - interview with actress Emilia Fox

Oxford Mail: Emilia Fox

11:00am Friday 10th January 2014

Coming from a theatrical dynasty can be a huge pressure, but Silent Witness star and Oxford old girl Emilia Fox has carved her own niche. The mum-of-one talks to Jaine Blackman about parenthood, her inspirational mother Joanna David and her views on women 'having it all'






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