Picture Special: A caravan turned classy bar, a magpie and lights fantastic

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I love Tony Moore’s crop here – it leaves a great bit of space for London Welsh’s Gordon Ross to follow his ball skywards. So often sports pictures are tight action shots – this is a refreshing change.

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For our business pages, Damian Halliwell photographed Richard and Svetlana Jones with a beautiful Airstream Caravan converted into a Champagne bar. All the shiny steel has the light bouncing everywhere and I thought this ‘detail pic’  above worked really well.  (NB: despite coming from Rotherham, I do realise that WKD is not a brand of bubbly.)

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Nice composition and lighting from Jon Lewis above. I like the way skin tones and yellow lamp lights glow with warmth in contrast to the cool blues, showing Rycotewood Furniture centre student Will Griffiths with his pendant lampshades for Arts weeks.

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By placing your horizon in the top third of your image, you make a stronger composition. This is part of the ‘rule of thirds’ – one of the few compositional theories I think is worth paying attention to. Having captured some close-up action, of reed bed planting at the wetlands area, Shillingford, Ed Nix backed right off to get this splendid wide angle landscape view above. Combined with the dramatic sky, it’s made a lovely picture.

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I love this picture above, it has such a powerful composition with all lines leading to the student in the middle. But then we see the students in their flats reacting to the noise of the passing re-routed buses due to George Street being closed. He’s captured all the elements of the story and created an image with immense impact.

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This week a homeless couple told us how they’d rescued and adopted a baby magpie, above. This is just a lovely moment, capturing the trust the baby magpie has for Lottie Pauling. A sweet picture indeed by Damian Halliwell.

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Outfits and props and bits of kit are always welcome to a photographer. Here Andrew Walmsley uses them to good advantage, as he snaps girls at Oxford High School who are going to L’Oreal to test shampoos. I understand we are leaving the animal testing question out of this.

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Drink-binge driver is jailed over fuel spill

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DRINK-driver who caused a fuel spill after crashing his wife’s car into two trucks has been jailed for 16 months.

Vigil for ex-Gaza Scholar as wife and children are killed

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8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FORMER Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholar is in intensive care and six members of his family dead after their home was bombed by Israeli forces.

17-year wait for killer to be brought to justice

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6:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NOT long after 3am on Tuesday, August 26, 1997, petrol was squirted through the letterbox of 156 Magdalen Road, East Oxford, using two Tango bottles.

Man arrested after accident closes St Aldate’s

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6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN was arrested for assault at the scene of an accident in St Aldate’s yesterday just metres away from the city’s police station.

A partial victory as school bus service saved for another year

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6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in West Oxfordshire say they have have gained a partial victory after an appeal overturned plans to end a free school bus service.

Update: Three arrested after Cowley Road pub fight

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9:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THREE people were arrested after a brawl on Cowley Road.

Oxford vigil in support of Gaza scholar

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5:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A vigil has now started for an Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholar in intensive care after losing five members of his family in an Israeli bombardment.

50 glorious years of a fine village institution

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5:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN 1965, when the Beatles released their album Help!, residents in Towersey realised their village hall was in desperate need of repair.

Listen: Fiaz Munshi guilty of manslaughter over Magdalen Road arson as police apologise for blunder + Audio

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2:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FIAZ MUNSHI has been found guilty of manslaughter and not guilty of murder over the deaths of two children in an arson attack in East Oxford in 1997.

She was loved by so many: huge turn-out for the funeral of Liberty Baker

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 300 friends and relatives turned out yesterday to pay their final respects to Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker.

Exhibition unravels the story of boy king’s tomb

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

HIDDEN under the sand for centuries, this little statue will come face-to-face with thousands of visitors in Oxford.

Community association given stay of execution

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8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A COMMUNITY group was celebrating yesterday after being told it could stay at its base for the immediate future.

Inspectors praise police, but officer morale ‘low’

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8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

INSPECTORS have praised Thames Valley Police for making savings while increasing the number of officers and staff in frontline roles.

Operation clean-up on estate hit by mini whirlwind

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8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CLEAN-up operation was under way yesterday to remove the damage caused by a whirlwind over the weekend.

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