Some impromptu moments sum up diversity of our community

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I really dislike pictures with messy backgrounds. In this shot, below, from Launton Fete, Simon Williams has used this massive Union Flag to fill the whole of the background, keeping it nice and tidy, the main focus being on gunner Steve Harris with the barrel of a MK1 1941 Bren gun almost stretching due to the lens being on 18mm.

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  • Steve Harris

A great big pat on the back goes to Mark Hemsworth for his selection of pothole pictures he literally stumbled upon.

He was just passing when he noticed this little community event of residents on Poplar Road in Botley, below, repairing their own potholes.

He diverted, got some really good shots and the story all at the same time. Cheers Mark!

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  • The pothole repairers

Cliff Hide did a cracking job in Witney just before the screening of the film Belle.

Star of the film Gugu Mbatha-Raw was due to sign autographs before it started and Cliff got shots of her arriving.

This picture, below, shows how lovely she is, stopping to pose for ‘selfies’ with fans Caroline, left, and Eleonore Organ-Jennings and having a good chuckle at the same time.

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  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, centre, with fans Caroline, left, and Eleonore Organ-Jennings

A giant plastic swan pedalo... in Oxford? This is Oxford, don’t you know!

Makes a refreshing change, if you ask me. This long lens shot from Jon Lewis has it all, well framed composition, smiles, lovely depth, contrast and on a day with no blue sky we have overhead branches hiding the grey bits.

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  • The pedalo

The Oxford Story Museum had a visit from this life-size road legal ‘Cozy Coupe’ children’s car this week.

Jon Lewis took this great picture, below,  of the museum’s Alex Coke using his maximum depth of field f.22 on a wide angle lens to get the foreground and background both in focus.

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  • Alex Coke and the tiny car

A bit of a hairy moment here for soap box racer Benedict Fletcher up on three wheels!

Photographer Andrew Walmsley had a good idea to slow his shutter speed down to an 80th of a second to not only catch some action but to preserve some of the motion in this shot, below, by panning with the racers as they shoot past down the hill.

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  • Karting around

Jon Lewis went along to Oxford’s Mela organised by The Oxford Hindu Temple Project last weekend.

He took a selection of these Kala Arpen dancers.

I particularly like this shot, below,  because of the symmetry, bright colours and happy faces.

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  • Striking a pose at the Mela

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Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

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

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8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

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17-year wait for killer to be brought to justice

Oxford Mail:

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

Oxford Mail:

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

Oxford Mail:

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

Oxford Mail:

9:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THREE people were arrested after a brawl on Cowley Road.

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