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

10:00pm Saturday 24th May 2014

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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What have our brilliant columnists said this week - choose your favourite in our collage

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4:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Just what have our thought-provoking columnists been writing about this week? Catch up with our interactive collage giving you a choice from 9 of the best

Our interactive spread of the week's best photos: but what are the stories behind the pictures

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3:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

We've had some wonderful pictures this week - here's our interactive spread with links to the stories behind the photos

Oxfordshire callers to police's 101 number urged to stay on line amid problems

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11:19am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Callers to the police's non-emergency 101 number are being urged to stay on the line despite problems.

Brainpower is the key for Oxford United says head coach Michael Appleton

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9:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Michael Appleton says Oxford United will need to be intelligent if they are to keep heavyweight striker Adebayo Akinfenwa quiet for AFC Wimbledon today.

6 things you may not have known were happening in Oxfordshire this weekend

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11:34am Friday 21st November 2014

Six things you may not have known were happening in Oxfordshire this weekend.

Hanborough primary school among region's best

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8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A state primary school in Long Hanborough has been included in a list of the top schools in the South East.

Teacher denies abuse

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A 70-year-old former teacher has denied historical sexual abuse offences.

Drug dealer tried to run away from police

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A DRUG dealer who tried to run away from police was jailed yesterday at Oxford Crown Court.

Daughter’s plea to catch the swine who stole dad’s ashes

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8:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A LIFE-SIZE fibreglass pig containing the ashes of a Second World War veteran has been stolen from his daughter’s home.

Abingdon leisure centre's £390k car park revamp finished

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6:40am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A 99-SPACE extension to an Abingdon leisure centre car park has been completed as part of a £390,000 revamp.

Proposal could allow publicans to buy beers on the open market

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6:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

DRINKERS could soon be able to drink a wider range of beers in Oxfordshire’s pubs than ever before, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has claimed.

Prince Charles visits heritage garden at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Milton

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3:47pm Friday 21st November 2014

The Prince of Wales has made a visit to Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Milton, to view an organic heritage garden commissioned by Raymond Blanc. 

Three arrested over robbery in Abingdon

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3:16pm Friday 21st November 2014

THREE people have been arrested in Abingdon today following a robbery early this morning.

Detectives wait on post-mortem results over 11-week-old baby's death

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3:42pm Friday 21st November 2014

DETECTIVES are unlikely to know what killed an 11-week-old boy from Faringdon for at least a week.

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