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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Wet and windy weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday

Oxford Mail: Shoppers struggle with their brollies at Carfax as high winds and heavy rain swept the county yesterday

2:18pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The Bank Holiday is forecast to end with wet and windy weather as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning. 

Abingdon after-school club shut down after Ofsted investigation

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9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Club accused of failing to report abuse allegations and of other failures. Read the report in full here

Pink dalek roams streets of Oxford to exterminate cancer

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9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A SELF-confessed “massive” Doctor Who fan has raised thousands of pounds for charity after building a life-sized Dalek.

Carterton turns out to greet Wreath of Respect

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8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A CROWD of 50 ex-servicemen and well-wishers last night welcomed a cavalcade carrying a wreath into Carterton as part of its UK tour.

Cowley plant worker died after exposure to asbestos

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8:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A FORMER Cowley plant health and safety officer died from exposure to asbestos at the factory, a coroner ruled.

Co-defendants deny trying to cover up Connor’s killing

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8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

TWO friends of Will Blencowe have denied helping him escape justice after he fatally stabbed city teenager Connor Tremble.

No charges for four held over forces bomb

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7:40am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Four people arrested in connection with a letter bomb sent to Oxford’s Armed Forces Recruitment Office have been released without charge.

£1m cut flowers display worth a look

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7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

CREATIVITY will blossom as thousands of flowers are to decorate Lady Margaret Hall over the weekend.

Patients to get free browsing at Oxford hospitals

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7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

HOSPITAL patients will now be able to make the most of their tablets and smartphones after the launch of a new free guest wifi service.

500 new home sites in Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington identified in ‘blueprint’

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7:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THOUSANDS of new homes could be built in Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington under new plans drawn up by Cherwell District Council (CDC).

Man says sorry as pal pushes attempted Bicester robbery victim

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6:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A MAN apologised after his friend pushed a 24-year-old into a stream in Bicester and demanded cash.

A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

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6:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

IMAGES of what the towers in Blackbird Leys will look like after the results of the residents’ votes over colours have been revealed.

Plan for cyclists to share pavements with pedestrians in Frideswide revamp

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6:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Frideswide Square could become “shared space” between pedestrians and cyclists, transport officials have said.

Picture special: David Cameron hits the surf on holiday in Cornwall

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6:24pm Friday 22nd August 2014

PRIME Minister David Cameron was back on holiday body-boarding in Cornwall today.

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