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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.

Show may question its bear necessities

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

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

WHEREVER captive animals are put on public display, controversy is sure to follow.

GCSE results should send a clear message to Mr Gove

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

9:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

IF Michael Gove had any doubt how headteachers felt about Government changes to GCSEs, he should be perfectly clear today.

Morgan captain of his own destiny

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

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

WE’VE all heard the story – the family cat goes missing and then turns up a while later. But what makes the story of Morgan the moggy so extraordinary is the length of time.

The true cost of hundreds of bicycles left on streets

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

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE thought of more than 900 people leaving £20 notes lying around on pavements across Oxford is inconceivable.

COMMENT: Time councils lobbied over never-ending rail price rises

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

9:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE cost of living has become a key battleground as we approach next year’s general election.

Loom bands help to fulfil Skye’s wish

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

8:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Loom bands are the latest craze to hook children up and down the country. But here in Oxfordshire youngsters, and adults, have taken the rubber bands to a whole new level.

We must get best possible use of Didcot towers’ site

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

6:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

DIDCOT’S iconic cooling towers dominated the landscape for many years. As soon as RWE npower announced it was demolishing part of the former power station those living nearby understandably questioned what would happen to the site.

Time for every community to get life-saving defibrillators

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

9:00am Monday 18th August 2014

TODAY’S front page report that there has been a surge in interest in providing life-saving defibrillators for residents to use in rural emergencies is the kind of action needed to tackle unacceptably poor ambulance response times.

Two inspirations in cancer cure battle

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8:00am Monday 18th August 2014

THE story of brave Evie-Mae Crawford and Martha Hanlon, both three, kicking off a charity relay event for Cancer Research UK is truly inspiring.

Grief-stricken family's tribute thanks all who showed support

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

9:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

IT must have been so difficult for the family of Liberty Baker to talk about their loss.

Warm welcomes are great claim to fame

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

7:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

JOHN Jones is a celebrity in his own right. He may have spent the last three years getting his photo taken with celebrities coming to visit New College.

Strong leadership needed at OCCG

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

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

TO misquote Oscar WIlde: “To lose one top NHS management structure may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.”

Generosity of our people is heart-warming

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

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

YET again the people of Oxfordshire have shown their generosity. It is always amazing and touching to report on our county’s acts of kindness.

Comment: Don’t be put off by scare on screening for breast cancer

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

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

IT IS concerning to hear that a number of women who took part in breast screening in Oxford have been recalled because there is a possibility they were told – wrongly – that they were fine.

Comment: Westgate Centre revamp will be worth it

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

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

TOURISTS visiting Oxford’s dreaming spires provide a vital boost to the city’s economy.

COMMENT: Striking a chord with readers

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

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

WITH so much coverage of the perils of playing video games, readers will agree it is refreshing to see a boy shun them in favour of playing guitar.

COMMENT: Consultation rather than confrontation has to be the way

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

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

SUITABLE scrutiny of any council is vital to ensuring a high performing local authority.

Efforts to save our dwindling bee population will be fruitful

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

8:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

SOMETIMES it has been known for our national counterparts to over-dramatise events.

Taking a leaf out of rural crime fight

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

6:30am Tuesday 12th August 2014

FARMERS will be delighted to see the cost of rural crime has declined by £320,000 last year.

COMMENT: Let’s hope this signals start of better service for our trains

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

8:30am Monday 11th August 2014

THOUSANDS of people rely on punctual trains to get them where they need to be on time. It’s not much to ask particularly when you’re paying through the nose for the privilege.

COMMENT: Common sense needed over van

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

6:30am Monday 11th August 2014

THE row over a supposedly smelly fish and chip van in Broad Street is typical Oxford.

Skye's the limit when we all fight adversity

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

9:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

YOU were as moved by the story of five-year-old Skye Hall as we were reporting it, judging by the amazing response.

Only time will tell the effects of our police's dispersal order

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

9:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

MUCH like the ASBO before it, dispersal orders have become the in vogue policing technique.

COMMENT: Review after minor failings is welcome

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

9:00am Friday 8th August 2014

AFTER some of the bunglings recently exposed, it is a little reassuring that there was no incompetency by officials identified as being responsible for the death of little Sarah Dahane.

COMMENT: We must never be allowed to forget horror of the Holocaust

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

9:00am Friday 8th August 2014

IT may be almost 70 years ago and to some the meeting of 11 Holocaust survivors and liberator Gilbert King may be significant to just those personally involved.

Comment: Covered Market rent saga has gone on too long

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

9:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

PERHAPS we should not be surprised the Covered Market saga is dragging on, traders love to haggle after all.

Comment: Tale that brings a smile to your face

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

9:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

OFTEN in the pages of the Oxford Mail we get to tell you some amazing stories – sometimes they tell of family tragedy and heartbreak.

COMMENT: Games duo deserve lasting honour

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

9:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

DIDCOT was famed for its cooling towers at the old power station.

COMMENT: Let's give this brave little boy everything he wants

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

9:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE moving story of brave Skye Hall reminds us all to not take life for granted.

There is some corner of a city that will forever honour

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

9:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

IT may seem a relatively low number compared to the inconceivable scale of the First World War.

The brave gave all to relight our lamps

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

8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

ON the eve of the First World War, the then foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.

A century on, we should remember

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

9:00am Monday 4th August 2014

THE nation will today unite in its commemoration of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

Cash injection is needed in health service

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

9:00am Monday 4th August 2014

THE Government is keen for more health services to be delivered at your local doctor’s.

Story brings home the horror of Gaza

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

9:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

THE situation in Gaza is worsening. No matter what political views we hold, we must all be in agreement that the conflict is intolerable.

Salute to a true local hero who has honoured our troops well

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

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

IN THIS age of celebrity, it can become increasingly easy for the true legends in life to miss out on the recognition they deserve.

COMMENT: Tracking down the source of the smell

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

9:00am Friday 1st August 2014

IT has set chins wagging and led to noses being held. The pong afflicting areas across Oxfordshire has been the talk of the city and beyond.

COMMENT: United plan to help city youth into work is an admirable one

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

9:00am Friday 1st August 2014

IT HAS been all change at Oxford United recently, with a change of chief executive and coach.

Courtroom dramas spark lines of verse

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

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Lacey for completing his book of poetry. Anybody who has been in the halls of justice will know it is not all objections and Hollywood style witness meltdowns.

Shift changes welcome but response times need tackling

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

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

CHANGES to shift patterns will likely be welcomed by paramedics. It is easy to take for granted the great work done by these lifesavers, often toward the end of a gruelling 12-hour stint.

COMMENT: A powerful pong no-one nose anything about

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

9:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Yesterday’s pong appears to be as baffling as it was smelly. Foul odours were detected across various locations in the county but so far the cause has remained a mystery.

COMMENT: Balancing a huge bill with local worries over housing

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

9:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

FOOTING an unexpected bill is not an easy task. For most of us, it means scrimping and saving or getting some financial help from somewhere.

Comment: CPS must shed its Keystone Cops image

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

8:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIVE months ago promises were made that the failings of our local Crown Prosecution Service would be tackled.

Comment: NHS must explain its funding decision

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

7:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IT IS scandalous that the NHS is refusing to answer why vital cash is being denied to the people of Oxfordshire.

Sad goodbye No.2 to this ‘band of brothers’

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

11:10am Monday 28th July 2014

THE 23 Pioneer Regiment has been part of Bicester’s fabric for 70 years, woven into the town’s culture as tightly as the ribbons on which their service medals hang.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.






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