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Goodbye No.1 to those iconic towers we either loved or loathed

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10:13pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Thousands gathered to say farewell to Didcot A power station, some coming from miles around to see the three towers fall at 5.01am yesterday morning.

Comment: Mothers who must suffer the burden of true life sentences

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9:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE poignant and heart-rending pictures on our front page today tell their own story: two mothers with a common and terrible bond comforting each other outside Oxford Crown Court.

Comment: Mechanics’ first aid skills set fine example

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8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

MECHANICS are supposed to fix cars, not people. Thankfully for 84-year-old Bill Bingham, Hurley Motors in Abingdon do both.

Blakeley guilty of both murder and torturing a grieving family

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9:00am Friday 25th July 2014

FINALLY, after more than a week of agonised waiting, Jayden Parkinson’s mother Samantha Shrewsbury finally saw the jury at Oxford Crown Court declare her daughter had been murdered.

COMMENT: Singing from the heart for charity

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9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

AFTER starting out busking in Oxford city centre singing group Out of the Blue went onto greater things and won plenty of admirers when they appeared on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

COMMENT: Railway station plan is at last moving in the right direction

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

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

It’s a dismal sight that has greeted bands of brow-beaten commuters and excited tourists alike for decades.

Hopefully council will find a solution

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

9:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

‘COMMON sense has prevailed” said mum Lorna Mills after an appeal panel agreed that asking children to walk to school along the A40 was a bad idea.

Horror of the crisis in Gaza decimates yet another family

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

9:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE near unimaginable tragedy that has befallen a former Oxford Brookes scholar and his family should awaken us all to the situation on the ground in Gaza.

COMMENT: Horror of the crisis in Gaza decimates yet another family

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

8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE near unimaginable tragedy that has befallen a former Oxford Brookes scholar and his family should awaken us all to the situation on the ground in Gaza.

COMMENT: Hopefully council will find a solution

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6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

‘COMMON sense has prevailed” said mum Lorna Mills after an appeal panel agreed that asking children to walk to school along the A40 was a bad idea.

A welcome wander down memory lane

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9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN Victorian times the celebrated photographer Henry Taunt would take pictures of Oxford’s riverside using glass plates – and now some of the iconic images are available online.

More pain, no gain as police face up to yet more austerity

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9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THAMES Valley Police chiefs have achieved what many would consider the impossible – cutting crime and reducing the annual budget by millions of pounds at the same time.

COMMENT: High time we get sums right over provision of classrooms

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

9:00am Monday 21st July 2014

THAT we have yet another rise in the number of our children being taught in temporary classrooms is worrying and has to be, for once and for all, the absolute last increase in this problem.

COMMENT: Game Fair solves trouble over traffic

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7:00am Monday 21st July 2014

THE CLA Game Fair organisers were successful in their planning for getting the teeming multitude into and out of Woodstock over the past few days.

Comment: Groups’ squabbles leave a bad smell

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

9:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE prospect of raw sewage flooding into our homes is a horrible one indeed.

COMMENT: Food van rules are easier to stomach if you value standards

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

9:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

IT would be so very easy to condemn Oxford City Council over its proposal to hold your corner kebab van to a different hygiene standard than normal restaurants.

They’ve really blown it over demolition of power station

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

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

WHAT a public relations disaster the demolition of Didcot Power Station’s cooling towers has become.

No such thing as an ordinary shed

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7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

OFTEN seen as the last bastion of manliness, the shed remains a coveted possession.

Comment: Have your say on Westgate Centre redevelopment

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9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

WHILE the cinemas are laden with films filled with computer-generated effects, developers are using CGI to allow us to see the world they are planning.

Comment: A tale of two different worlds

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

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

FOR a small city, parts of Oxford can seem worlds apart. Many will baulk at the idea of moving into a £1.45 million four-bedroom apartment as downsizing, particularly as first-time buyers struggle to get onto the property ladder as prices continue to rise.

Gongs only good news for Oxford

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9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

WORKERS at the Cowley Mini plant can pat themselves on the back with the firm claiming two awards.

Action must be taken soon as bovine TB affects us all

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

9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE plight of a few cows in a farm may seem of little concern. To the farmers, bovine TB can be devastating news.

COMMENT: Oxford could get a place in history

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9:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE Church has finally voted for women bishops. The news should be greeted by cheers, but the question is more why did it take so long?

COMMENT: Applying for council funds will help save lives of many

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

9:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

DICK Tracey’s determination to see more defibrillators across the county should motivate us all.

Pink walkers can be proud of their effort

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8:30am Monday 14th July 2014

UNIVERSITY Parks were awash with a sea of pink yesterday as hundreds of women did their bit for Cancer Research.

To spend or not to spend is the question for councils

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

8:00am Monday 14th July 2014

TAXPAYERS’ money of course has to be spent very wisely. And authorities should be doing all they can to ensure it goes a long way.

COMMENT: Staff’s happy hit is well deserved

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9:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

IT’S good to know the teachers at Larkmead School are happy.

COMMENT: Both city and county could learn lots from thrifty parish

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

9:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

PARISH councils can be viewed as parochial at best, concerned with grass verges and noticeboards while the bigger local authorities tackle multi-million-pound budgets.

COMMENT: Actions not words on Connor’s death

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

9:00am Friday 11th July 2014

THE death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at Slade House was indeed a tragedy.

COMMENT: When will the council take real action on school places?

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

9:00am Friday 11th July 2014

IT’S not a new revelation that our population is growing. And babies being born now will obviously need schools to go to in years to come.

Sir Roger’s legacy is a perfect inspiration

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

8:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

EMULATING Sir Roger Bannister is a tough ask. But it is a great piece of thinking by Oxford Half Marathon organisers to let people have a go.

A co-ordinated approach must be taken over city roadworks

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

8:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

ROADWORKS are like a red light to a bullish motorist. Some, of course, are a necessity. Nobody wants to see sewage flooding across the city or our taps drying up.

Inspired by tale of brother and sister

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

8:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE story of Joe Robinson is one that cannot help but inspire others. Given practically no chance of surviving after a car crash on the A34, he is about to receive a masters from Oxford Brookes University.

How fast will the authorities respond to fix this 999 crisis?

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

6:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

RESPONSE times have been a concern for our ambulance service for years. The latest figures do nothing to alleviate these worries, with SCAS falling short of national targets, especially in rural areas.

COMMENT: Public have a right to know about cuts

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

9:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE warnings about a huge rise in people trying to kill themselves and other problems caused by cutting mental health services are incredibly stark.

Preparations led to carnival enjoyment

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

6:30am Monday 7th July 2014

COWLEY Road Carnival was a great success and that’s not simply because the weather stayed fine – mostly.

Investment is welcome for economically robust county

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

12:00am Monday 7th July 2014

IN January Oxfordshire benefited from a multi-million-pound boost as part of the City Deal.

COMMENT: All we need is a bit of weekend sunshine

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

9:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

THERE is no excuse to be bored this weekend with an eye-popping amount of activites on offer.

COMMENT: Upheaval must inspire rather than disrupt United

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9:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

PRE-SEASON is normally rife with speculation about new signings. But one thing has dominated Oxford United’s close season so far.

Time for chairman to end his silence

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

9:00am Friday 4th July 2014

WE can understand chairman Ian Lenagan’s reticence to say too much at the moment as he weighs up whether or not to sell Oxford United.

The A40 safe for children? There must be some mistake

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

9:00am Friday 4th July 2014

THE timing for parents protesting about the A40 being sanctioned as a safe route for children to walk to school couldn’t have been better, if that is the right word.

Many rivers to cross if U's are to land at Water Eaton

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

9:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

AT this potentially pivotal time in the history of Oxford United, it is interesting that talk is growing of a new stadium at Water Eaton.

Community gathers for Liberty’s family

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

7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE death of Liberty Baker in Witney on Monday, as she walked with her friends to Henry Box School, was a horrific tragedy and unimaginable for any parent.

DISABLED SPACE: Able by ability, not disabled by disability

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11:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

I have recently heard the term ‘able by ability and not disabled by disability’. In a way this is like perceiving the person with a disability positively with a half full glass which I have mentioned here before.

COMMENT: Bomber heroes deserve a medal

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

9:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than 70 years ago he bravely risked his life for the freedom that we enjoy today.

COMMENT: Interesting times ahead for us and our politicians

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

9:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THEY are two words guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of most county politicians: Unitary status.

Checks must keep children protected

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5:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

IT is heartening to see the Kingfisher Unit – a joint operation between Oxfordshire County Council, the police and the health service – draw praise for the way it tackles child sexual exploitation.

Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public

Oxford Mail: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

5:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE John Radcliffe Hospital has been rated one of the worst hospitals in England for cleanliness and that has to be a cause for concern.

This could be another step towards a Big Brother state

9:00am Monday 30th June 2014

PRIVACY is a right enshrined in European law. But it seems to be eroded more and more by the authorities.

Towers do not just belong to nPower

8:30am Monday 30th June 2014

THE demolition of Didcot A Power station’s towers will be a truly historic event.






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