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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.

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

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

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.






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