Aged four and my boy's already been set 'targets'

10:00am Monday 13th October 2014

A child’s first day at school is bound to be stressful. For one thing I can’t figure out how to use the camera on my smartphone.

Students help to make Oxford a little bit special

Oxford Mail: Tim Hughes

10:00am Monday 6th October 2014

EVERY city has an issue or two which divides its people and refuses to go away. For some, like Liverpool, it’s football.

Oxford’s music lovers deserve better in future...

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

Our face in the crowd Tim Hughes says Oxford’s music lovers deserve better in future...

THE ISSUE: Should people stop feeding Red Kites?

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The once dwindling Red Kite population is now thriving in Oxfordshire, leading to some calls for people to stop leaving food out for them. We get the views from two people on opposite sides of the debate

Sometimes the 'oldies' are simply the best

Oxford Mail: Tim Hughes

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

AT first, I confess, I laughed. When a contact at Oxford’s New Theatre asked if I wanted to interview a member of 70s doo-wop band Showaddywaddy, I thought she was taking the mickey.

A lot has changed since the days of a cheap egg butty...

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 11th August 2014

When I was a callow music-mad youth, summer revolved around a circuit of music festivals. It still does. As a young festival-goer, with a dodgy haircut, faded denim jacket and a pocketful of guarana capsules from the herbal remedy aisle of my local Boots, I’d catch a bus to the nearest motorway junction, scribble the words ‘South please’ on a piece of cardboard and stick out my thumb.

Forget what they say about meeting your heroes....

Oxford Mail:

11:20am Monday 4th August 2014

AS celebrity meetings go it was perhaps not the most glitzy, but for a music-lover it was a dream – and a chance to tell a genuine hero of mine exactly what I thought of him.

Was the Oxfordshire Growth Deal introduced in a democratic way?

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Today's Issue: Was the Oxfordshire Growth Deal introduced in a democratic way?

Should all our five to seven-year-olds be given free school dinners?

Oxford Mail: John Howson

5:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

Lib Dem County Councillor John Howson suspports the plan to give five to seven year olds free school dinners while Conservative cabinet member for children, education and families Melinda Tilley says the money would be better spent elsewhere

POLITICS: Greyhound track forms part of our community heritage, says city council leader

Oxford Mail: The greyhound and speedway track at Oxford Stadium

10:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

AN INQUIRY into whether Oxford Stadium should be demolished and replaced with 220 homes is set to take place in September. The stadium closed down in December 2012 when its owner, the Greyhound Racing Association, claimed it was no longer viable. Bob Price, the leader of Oxford City Council, explains why his authority has given the historic greyhound stadium its backing and what he thinks will happen next

Is the world heading to a global Bitcoin currency?

Oxford Mail: Bitcoin is seen as the world’s first decentralised digital currency, otherwise known as a cryptocurrency

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

OXFORD shoppers will soon be able to buy a coffee and a sandwich using “virtual” online money. JimBob’s Baguettes in Magdalen Street, which opens next week, says it will be the first in the city to accept Bitcoin, created by a computer programmer four years ago. But is there any future in a virtual currency, which can be stolen by hackers?

Katherine Shock: 'I was pricked by Thornflower's message of love'

5:10pm Monday 31st March 2014

Katherine Shock, Oxford Jewish Community IN Christ Church Cathedral in the Bishop Bell Chapel to the left of the nave, a fiercely strong and beautiful sculpture called Thornflower stands until June.

Rev Bob Whorton: 'A place where human compassion and care helps ease life's final chapter

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

I met J when she came into the hospice for a while in order to have some troublesome symptoms sorted out. J used to be the manager of a care home, and as I listened to her one day she told me about one of the residents, a 90-year-old lady called May. May had been blind for 10 years.

Lit Fest Diary: Festival excited and enchanted in equal measure

10:00am Monday 31st March 2014

Jeremy Smith sums up a week spent in the world of words and ideas at Oxford Literary Festival

THE LIT FEST DIARY: Kneale is one of the nicest atheists I've ever met

Oxford Mail: jeremy smith

10:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Matthew Kneale is one of the nicest atheists I have ever met (and I’ve met a lot of Christians). A non-believer since the age of...well, it’s probably genetic to be honest, Kneale now lives in Rome (and yes, the irony isn’t lost on him either).

The trade secrets that really get tongues wagging

Oxford Mail: jeremy smith

10:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

The Lit Fest diary columnist Jeremy Smith attends the major literary event of the year and discusses the trade secrets that really get tongues wagging

LIT FEST DIARY: Getting excited by history lessons and trainspotting

Oxford Mail: jeremy smith

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

First of all I’d like to apologise to Professor Robert Bartlett of Scotland’s University of St Andrews.

LIT FEST DIARY: Perhaps I'll find the meaning of life and all that

Oxford Mail: jeremy smith

10:00am Monday 24th March 2014

Somebody, somewhere, must think I’m in need of spiritual guidance since, over the next seven days at Oxford’s Literary festival, I’ll be introducing seven talks on the subject of religion (either directly or indirectly).

It would be a shame if at 90 I didn't worry

Oxford Mail: jeremy smith

3:09pm Friday 14th March 2014

Man About Town Jeremy Smith reflects on the ability to be able to tell everyone else what you think

THE ISSUE: Is it right for university staff to be striking over their offered pay rise?

Oxford Mail: PROTEST: Brookes University staff strike outside the Gypsy Lane campus in Headington in January

5:00pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

SINCE October, hundreds of staff from both universities and colleges in the county have gone on strike in dispute with their employers over an offered pay rise.

I have found the perfect cafe for local cyclists...

Oxford Mail: Honour tomkinson

10:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Honour Tomkinson finds a good place to eat and drink before heading off

ON YER BIKE: James Styring cycling campaigner says your ideas may see the light of day across town...

Oxford Mail: Cyclist stock

10:00am Tuesday 18th February 2014

A few years ago, a mate of mine who works in advertising took it upon himself to produce some Cyclox-branded cycling adverts. He’s a creative director, the one who sits there with the copywriter and comes up with the images – profound or profane – that make the words work. He did it to give his portfolio some variety, and to ring the changes from the usual car ads and TV commercials for banks.

Oxford cycling campaigner Honour Tomkinson will be sticking to cycling along the canal path...

Oxford Mail: Honour tomkinson

10:00am Tuesday 28th January 2014

I got doored again. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means someone thoughtlessly opened their car door without checking any cyclists were coming. I say again, as it’s the second time in Oxford the door has actually hit me and God knows what unholy numeral it’s been a near-miss.

THE ISSUE: Would new Garden City be the best way to tackle the need for Oxfordshire homes?

Oxford Mail: YES says Cllr Richard Webber, Lib Dem opposition leader on Vale of White Horse District Council

7:30am Wednesday 15th January 2014

YES says Cllr Richard Webber, Lib Dem opposition leader on Vale of White Horse District Council

We’ve taken steps to reduce flood risk but so much more needs to be done

Oxford Mail: Abingdon Weir as flood water drains down the Thames

10:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Peter Rawcliffe, chairman of the Oxford Flood Alliance, on the effects of the flooding this week and what needs to be done to continue the good work already put in place

Andrew Smith's Business Comment: We desperately need to think about what is to become of our high streets

Oxford Mail: Debenhams

10:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

The sales impact or lack of it during the Christmas period could prove to be the tipping point for many retailers finding it too hard to compete for dwindling numbers of shoppers wanting to spend in store.

At what age can I legally leave children alone?

Oxford Mail: Ruth Hawkins

12:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

Q AT what age can I legally leave my children at home alone? A This is a grey area. Despite what most people think, there is no minimum age for leaving your children home alone.

The issue: Is staying off alcohol for a 31-day detox an advisable way to start the New Year?

Oxford Mail: The issue: Is staying off alcohol for a 31-day detox an advisable way to start the New Year?

5:00pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

NO says Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford

ON YER BIKE: Saddling up for good resolutions in the new year

10:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013

Every year, my resolutions broadly resemble a promise to myself to eat less rubbish and get fitter – much like the rest of the general population I suppose.

Ditch the roads and get out on a yuletide ride

Oxford Mail: Cyclist stock

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

You can't beat the feeling of freedom... the beauty of bikes by a fan

Best way to prepare for a small claims hearing

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

10:00am Thursday 19th December 2013

In previous articles I discussed how to bring a small claim through the small claims court and how to enforce an order or judgment once you have obtained it.

You just have to look to Holland for the answer...

6:00am Tuesday 17th December 2013

If you haven’t been in an accident or near miss while cycling consider yourself lucky. The majority of my friends and acquaintances who cycle can unhappily reel off tales of clashes with cars, pedestrians, buses and even the dreaded HGV. “He/she wasn’t looking, they said they didn’t see me” is echoed in many conversations and I expect plenty of crime reports. Well what tosh I say, I was run over by a brand new Mercedes. If I had been a bollard or street sign I bet they would have seen that pretty quickly to avoid scars on their paint work. Like my fellow comrades we now carry on cycling albeit with the constant awareness that all motor vehicle drivers have the capacity to be a) drunk or on drugs b) completely blind or c) intent on murdering at least one cyclist in their lifetime. This mainly guarantees safe passage on two wheels back to your front door.

On Yer Bike: 'You can never be too careful around trucks'

Oxford Mail: James Styring

10:00am Tuesday 10th December 2013

THE spate of cyclist deaths in London in November has been the talk of the town here too.

Keep calm and open lines of communication

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

1:53pm Tuesday 31st December 2013

IT IS good to know that Oxford City Council is keeping its channels of communication open.

HEINE ON FRIDAY: Flushed out by ladies gossiping in the toilet

Oxford Mail: Women gossiping in the loos

5:00pm Friday 29th November 2013

Have you ever wondered why women in restaurants or pubs or formal dinners go to the loos in twos? Sometimes it’s a whispered invitation and the pair get up and totter off; or perhaps one woman will stand and ask if anyone wants to accompany her to the toilet. If a man invited another man to the ‘gents’ and stayed for about 20 to 30 minutes, it wouldn’t work. So what do women get up to in the loo? Well, now I know.

THE ISSUE: Are firefighters wrong to go on strike over public sector pension reforms?

Oxford Mail: PROTEST: Firefighters from Rewley Road Fire Station, take to the street to put their point across to the public

10:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

Robert Oxley, campaign director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance says YES: 

The outgoing Cyclox chairman gives his views on a slowly changing vision for a future Oxford...

10:00am Tuesday 26th November 2013

After ten years in the saddle, I have retired as the chair of Cyclox. With a toddler and another child due, family and work have finally trumped my grubby cycle campaigning habit. They will be glad to have me back after a decade of furtive midnight email sessions, frequent evening meetings and hard-to-manage workday discussions with council officials.

QUIZ LEAGUE: League on hold for trophy fight

10:00am Tuesday 26th November 2013

IN a break from league action last week, 20 teams competed instead for the Dave Jordan Memorial Trophy, held in honour of a past stalwart of what is now the team representing the Green Dragon, Haddenham.

THE ISSUE: Should smoking be banned in vehicles when there are children?

Oxford Mail: Penny Woods

10:00am Wednesday 20th November 2013

WHENEVER I meet people concerned about our campaign to ban smoking in cars carrying children, it is usually for four main reasons, writes Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Association.

ON YER BIKE: Sad to see new hire scheme fall by the wayside

10:00am Tuesday 19th November 2013

The hire bike scheme in Headington, Oxonbike has come to a halt. It is such a shame as what was essentially a pilot scheme was initially well received and becoming an essential part of some people’s commute. Oxford has waited a long time for a public hire bike system, watching enviously while other towns quickly implemented often city wide schemes and just as our own little trial was building momentum it was quickly extinguished with its future in doubt.

THE ISSUE: Are solar farms needed in a world facing climate change?

Oxford Mail: Liz Reason

12:00pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

Yes - Liz Reason, BA, MSc, Energy and Buildings Consultant, Chairman of Sustainable Charlbury

ON YER BIKE: Welcoming the annual police bike lights blitz

10:00am Tuesday 12th November 2013

Cyclox chairman James Styring says that with this annual police clampdown, he is more of a rejoicer than a moaner

Treat your bike to some tlc this winter

10:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013

It’s horribly muddy and wet out there, the waterways are clogged with puddles of dirt, the roads are covered in leaves, and heaven help you if you haven’t got mudguards installed on your bike.

CABBAGES & KINGS: I think l will miss graffiti-covered eyesore after all

10:00am Friday 1st November 2013

GERALD’S family bought him an expensive camera for his birthday. This retired painter and decorator had been getting used to it by recording the final days of the Water Eaton silos. Soon what was left of this landmark would be hidden below the line of trees.

LEGAL CHALLENGE: Good advice for children and guardians

10:00am Thursday 31st October 2013

Ruth Hawkins Family Mediator with Turpin & Miller advises.

The Issue: Has the coalition improved the chances for children in education?

10:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013



10:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013

Are you a confident person? If not I wonder why because we are not born with a lack of confidence.

UNIVERSITY LIFE: Giving students a taste of how to run a business

Oxford Mail: Oxford Brookes Restaurant operations manager Jonathan Warhurst with some of the awards the restaurant has won recently

10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013

HAVE you discovered the award-winning restaurant at Oxford Brookes, asks the university's restaurant operations manager Jonathan Warhurst.

ON YER BIKE: The Plain issues will not be so easy to solve...

10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013

The County Council has nearly a million pounds to spend on making The Plain roundabout cycle-friendly and to encourage a step-change increase in cycling.

QUIZ LEAGUE: League battle to begin this week

10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013

HAVING experienced an unexpected delay last week due to illness, this Thursday sees the start of league fixtures for the new winter quiz season.

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