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Sad to see festival is no longer happening

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

HOW disappointing that the OxfordOxford festival has been called off.

Delay to work on roundabout could drive us all to distraction

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE news that highways bosses have delayed work on the next stage of the roadworks at the Kennington roundabout will concern drivers.

COMMENT: Watch the birdies and save a species

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

THERE are often appeals for volunteers from village fetes to medical trials.

COMMENT: Worrying lack of detail over grand plan for development

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

PLANNING is not a chicken and egg scenario. Infrastructure is essential prior to any development.

Volunteers putting plight of others first

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

MORE than 2,500 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola and it is rated by Barack Obama no-less as a threat to global security.

Parents must take blame for children's rotten teeth

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

PARENTS have a multitude of responsibilities to their children. They do not start and end at keeping them fed, clothed, warm and turning up to school on time.

Three cheers for the Leys Credit Union

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

As we continue to tighten our belts, we are constantly bombarded with noisy adverts for questionable payday lenders.

Staggering haul of drugs taken off the streets of our fair city

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE staggering haul of Class A drugs taken off our streets only serves as a sobering reminder of what can lie beneath the picture postcard view of Oxford.

All authorities must work to bring hospital staff to county

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

There is no denying that our frontline hospital staff are worth their weight in gold.

Intrepid Ted’s raising smiles as well as cash

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Pilot Officer Ted Little has been bringing smiles to the faces of our brave service personnel the world over.

COMMENT: A fitting tribute

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 15th September 2014

BRAVE men climbed into the cockpits of aircraft to defend our skies 74 years ago.

COMMENT: Killer must not remain at large

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 15th September 2014

TO lose a child is something no parent should have to bear. But worse still is not having justice when that child has been taken away from you too early.

COMMENT: Spate of broken sewers points to deeper problems

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

WOES underground are being felt more and more overground.

COMMENT: Stars' approval is bang on

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

THEY have been given the seal of approval from the Earl of Grantham and his cohorts, but thankfully Alison Weaver’s sausages are not a work of fiction.

COMMENT: Insight into horrors

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

THE reason why the First World War is striking a chord for so many 100 years on is because, in our cosy 21st-Century existence, we all question how these brave men could have withstood such horrors.

COMMENT: Will heads roll if the Bullfinch report echoes Rotherham?

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

WE are now just weeks away, it appears, from finally seeing the Serious Case Review that will hopefully expose the full horror of the grooming of children in Oxford.

What a double act

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE bond between father and son is always a close one but what about James and Finn Salter?

Time for train firms to show they care about their passengers

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

WEARY commuters would be excused for looking at today’s story that three of our local services are amongst the most crowded in the country and thinking: Here we go again.

Mini’s success story that keeps on rolling

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THREE million Minis. That’s the staggeringly impressive number of the ‘new models’ produced since 2001.

A clear policy is needed on how we meet housing needs

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

EVERY time there is a planning application of substance in rural areas there are bound to be complaints.

Come back and see us as a royal family

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on expecting their second child.

Realism is needed over our county’s housing crisis

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

SOLVING the county’s housing shortage is a no win situation. The simple fact is we need a lot more new homes.

Bravery of victims puts funding cuts in spotlight

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 8th September 2014

TODAY we report that an average of 27 incidents of domestic abuse in Oxfordshire were reported to Thames Valley Police every day last year.

The fun of St Giles’ Fair is hard to resist

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:20am Monday 8th September 2014

ALL the fun of the fair is coming to Oxford today. The annual frivolity of St Giles’ Fair is a red-letter day for every Oxford resident – after all who can turn down the chance to sample some candyfloss and win an enormous stuffed toy?

Walkies with a happy ending

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

FRANKIE is one dog who doesn’t need to go walkies for a while.

Railway boost is great as long as the plans stay on track

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council is hopeful that Oxford could soon become “almost the centre of the rail universe”.

COMMENT: Golden couple’s love inspirational

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 5th September 2014

THE love shared by Roy and Val Samworth should be an inspiration to other couples.

COMMENT: Money for A40 highlights the need to review transport ideas

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 5th September 2014

TRAFFIC chaos hits commuters in Oxford almost every day and it only takes an accident, or even a bin lorry, to cause long tailbacks.

Osborne must budget now to future-proof the dismal A34

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

THOUSANDS of people sitting in their cars as the A34 trundles at a snail’s pace will be delighted to know something might finally be done to ease their woes. While it is still a long way off before those motorists will be hooting their horns in glee, progress is encouraging.

Fitting recognition for running legend

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

He may have been quick around the track but it took until he was 84 to get an honorary degree.

Have your say before it's too late

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

TOO often people contact the Oxford Mail angry over a plan in the neighbourhood that has already received planning permission.

Don't rule out opening up the bus gate

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

ONCE pupils go back to school, the amount of traffic increases on Oxford’s roads and inevitably there are calls for council bosses to tackle congestion.

Let’s hope Skye’s legacy will live on

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THERE’S no doubt that Skye Hall was a truly exceptional child.

Some common sense would keep our drains running sweetly

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THEY look and smell as disgusting as they sound. And not only do fatbergs – blockages of fat that build up in our sewers – cause a headache for those who have to unblock them, they’re also known for bringing the city to a standstill.

Comment: Travel cards trouble sums up fractures in transport network

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

TODAY’S report that plans for an Oyster-style travel card for trains and buses are being hampered by disagreements over which technology to use highlight the problems of Britain’s fragmented transport system.

Comment: Co-operate for the sake of Covered Market

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

WE hope a two-year saga over a planned rent increase at Oxford’s Covered Market will soon come to a close.

An issue for the Prime Minister to chew on

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

WHILE David Cameron dines on the fine fare provided by the taxpayer in the Commons, patients in his constituency are having to stomach the result of years of neglect towards hospital food.

Peace in our time required among warring flag factions

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

PATRIOTISM can invigorate a nation or shame a state. The nation rejoiced in the success of our athletes as the Olympics came to our shores, with Union flags decorating towns and cities across the country.

Challenge not given the cold shoulder

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

With so many good causes out there to support, you can’t blame charities for coming up with new ways of increasing awareness and donations. And the latest Ice Bucket Challenge has certainly done that.

An opportunity to help protect millions from deadly disease

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

WHAT a gift to the world it would be if a cure for the deadly Ebola virus came out of our great city.

COMMENT: A special invite for popular couple

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

ROYAL visits are carefully choreographed so Wills and Kate will have a busy itinerary when they visit an Oxford college to officially open a new China Centre.

COMMENT: Companies must ensure this does not happen again

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

HEALTH and safety legislation means firms are now under strict instructions to dispose of asbestos safely when buildings are being demolished. But the deadly material was widely used in construction until the 1970s and there is a ticking timebomb for some workers who start to suffer from the effects of mesothelioma 30 to 40 years after retirement.

A hero whose story deserves to be told

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

IN THIS the centenary year of the start of the First World War, it’s great to see so much interest in the stories behind our heroes who risked their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

Questions left over quality of care despite home closure

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE news that there are no immediate plans to reopen Slade House may bring some relief to those wanting answers.

Market rent rethink will raise questions

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE wish of a senior Oxford City Council officer to avoid the drawn-out fiasco of the rent reviews for the Covered Market is welcome.

Judge’s stance on rape cases can help bring a fairer system

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

JUDGE Mary Jane Mowat knows she is putting herself in the figurative stocks by raising the unpalatable fact that juries find it difficult in rape and sexual abuse cases if the victim admits they were drunk.

It’s time for our health commissioners to get tough

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

IT is very easy to overlook a simple yet crucial element in our story about multiple missed health targets today: these “percentages” are real people. Who are sick.

That sinking feeling over 50cm of land

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:30am Monday 25th August 2014

THE protracted redevelopment of the Jericho boatyard has seen plenty of wrangles.

Daleks’ fascination is certainly timeless

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

AS a pile of plywood, MDF, metal and fibreglass it would be of little interest to anyone.

Ofsted reveals a damning list of failings at children’s club

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE failings identified at the Guideposts Trust at Kingfisher School are deeply worrying, both in isolation and in their totality.






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