Round-up of our pictures of the week

Oxford Mail: Richard Fletcher in the Appalachian Trail Richard Fletcher in the Appalachian Trail

I HAVE a slight unease at the rather heavy “Photoshoperry” involved and an even stronger feeling of concern as I think I can hear the distant echo of “I’m on top of the world” with our first picture, above.

Despite this, there is no doubting that the image has real impact and drama. It’s a picture of Richard Fletcher on McCaffes Knob (I’m saying nothing) as he treks the Appalachian Trail with his girlfriend. Splendid picture taken by one of the group.

  • Below is a great action shot from “Swim for Leon” at Hinksey Park Pool by Mark Hemsworth.

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The expression, the colours, the freeze-framed action are great. The icing on the cake, for me, is that the way he’s caught the swimmer (Peter Harbour) reminds me of that “Here’s Johnny” moment as Jack Nicholson smashes through the bathroom door in The Shining, and that's a good thing.

  • Now I’ve always said “welcome every new experience with open arms”, but of all the varied possibilities that that may throw open, I never guessed I’d find myself saying I couldn’t wait to see Jon Lewis’ Bottom. In this instance, however, I certainly was.

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It was Bottom played by Ed Blagrove in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Castle Unlocked, above.

A startling picture indeed (I’m here all week).

  • Is it the new poster boys for the Assisted Suicide Campaign? No, it's The Festival Players Matthew Springnett and Joel Daffurn performing Macbeth at Cogges Manor Farm, below.

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It would seem that if you really "get in the zone" you should be able to take a sword full in the chest while still seeing the funny side. Picture by Mark Hemsworth.

  • Seeing a Llama in a neckerchief show jumping should always be pretty funny, and looking at this from Eynsham Carnival, below, it is indeed clearly hilarious.

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Thanks very much to James Morgan for supplying us the photographic evidence. Great shot.

  • This one, below, sums up beautifully what going to a festival in the UK is all about... that is mainly getting rained on while laughing hysterically with your mate.

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Presumably filling your garish water bottle with hard liquor and wearing a plastic bag helps you laugh longer and harder. Great picture by Jon Lewis at Cornbury Festival.

Magdalen College School pupils were performing an Arthurian Legend Play called “Idylls Of The King” at the Playhouse.

When I met them on the Ashmolean steps, despite being armed with huge swords, King Arthur expressed concern at my suggestion that we got them fighting, as he didn’t want to spoil the end for theatre goers.

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Luckily he thought better of it and we got the shot, above. Alex Cowan (left) is King Arthur and Dan Blick is Lancelot.

Our top stories:

Death of more than 4,000 fish in Didcot linked to cleaning chemical

Oxford Mail:

3:42pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE death of more than 4,000 fish in a Didcot stream has been linked to some kind of cleaning chemical or detergent.

10.30am Update: The traffic on the A34 is easing after this morning's problems

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

10:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE route between Abingdon and Oxford on the A34 is now clear, following heavy congestion this morning.

11am update: Thames Water says bad smell across Oxfordshire is not from sewage + Map of pong reports

Oxford Mail: The Oxford skyline yesterday afternoon as pollution levels rose to moderate levels.Picture: OX66377 Jon Lewis

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A STRANGE smell across Oxford was last night and this morning reported by residents.

Riley signing is worth the risk - Oxford United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Signing Joe Riley for Oxford United was a “no-brainer” according to head coach Michael Appleton, despite the full back’s injury record.

Yarns invite new tales about Oxford's patron saint

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE legend of St Frideswide is 1,400 years old but at Christ Church Cathedral a new yarn has been spun about Oxford’s patron saint.

You’d better get used to it: Motorists to face months of delays

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MORE than 60,000 motorists may face three months of misery, after roundabout schemes entered their latest phase.

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