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  • Today's closing local share prices

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  • Swedes enjoy late comeback

    International rivalries were put aside in one Oxfordshire house last night where Swedish and English fans sat down together to watch the big match. At Swede Claes Winkler's home in Kennington, he watched the game with his wife Jayne, their son Callum

  • A Swede and sour evening

    A mixture of disappointment and relief greeted England's last-gasp draw against Sweden in Oxford last night. All the talk at half-time at the City Tavern, in Market Street, was of how far England could go in the tournament, after Joe Cole's long-range

  • 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE NOVEL by Jane Smiley

    The concept of the ultimate reading list is enjoying a peculiar popularity of late: the BBC's Big Read, Melvyn Bragg's Twelve Books that Changed the World, and now Smiley's selection of 100 novels, which she read in order to break a writer's block afflicting

  • The Little Book of Betjeman by Peter Gammond

    John Betjeman had many connections with Oxfordshre, writes Maggie Hartford. He spent three years at Oxford, but ended up without a degree, then spent a few terms as a prep school teacher before landing his first job in journalism, on The Architectural


    I'm sure Betjeman fans will have already devoured the three instalments of Bevis Hillier's authorised biography of the popular Poet Laureate. But it seems eminently sensible to release a distillation of the work in the run-up to the centenary of the

  • A Rare Interest in Corpses by Ann Granger

    Lizzie Martin has become the latest heroine of Bicester crime novelist Ann Granger. A paid companion to a wealthy woman in Victorian London, Lizzie is quite different from the tweedy Meredith Mitchell of the Mitchell and Markby series and Fran Varady,

  • Paperback choice

    The Sea John Banville (Picador, £7.99) oLast year's Booker Prize winner, this book is narrated by Max Morden, who after the death of his wife returns to the Irish coastal town where he spent a childhood holiday and where his life was changed by his

  • Local author

    Lotte Hughes is lecturer in African arts and cultures at the Open University and author of The No Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples. Her latest book, Moving the Maasai (Palgrave/St Antony's, £50), explores the story of how the British twice moved the

  • Biography rekindles wartime memories

    Author Gillian Warson had the poignant experience of reuniting Jewish-born Philene Polak with a member of the family who sheltered her from the Gestapo in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. Neither had seen each other for more than 50

  • Oxfordshire Business Award Winners

    Business of the Year: British Bakels Business Person of the Year: Tracy Hoodless, Champion Recruitment. Young Business Person of the Year: Simon Phillips, Gusto Games. Tourism, sponsored by Four Pillars Hotels: Oxford Information Centre Small

  • Cannabis plants seized in dawn raids

    More than 300 cannabis plants with a potential street value of tens of thousands of pounds were found when police raided two Oxford properties this morning. The dawn raids, involving two teams of nine police officers, were carried out simultaneously

  • McNish: Audi will remain strong

    Allan McNish believes Audi will still be the team to beat at Le Mans next year, despite Peugeot's impending arrival. Audi made history on Sunday by winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with diesel power for the first time, with Emanuele Pirro, Marco Werner

  • Football curbs solstice enthusiasm

    England's World Cup game against Sweden seemed to have an effect on the number of people who turned out for this morning's dawn Summer Solstice celebrations at the Rollright Stones. About a dozen members of the Cotswold Order of Druids danced and chanted

  • Killer nurse inquiry nears completion

    An external review into the actions of killer nurse Benjamin Geen could be completed by the end of the month. Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority has asked independent clinical and management experts to look into how the 25-year-old casualty nurse

  • 'Leave play areas alone'

    Calls have been made for an end to a string of vandalism at Witney's parks, recreation grounds and public buildings. Concerned residents have been backed by Witney Town Council in an appeal to vandals to stop defacing and damaging the town's amenities

  • Five years for child porn man

    A paedophile who pleaded guilty to possessing and making indecent images and videos has been jailed for five years. Ross McCartney, 41, of Wolsey Road, Cutteslowe, Oxford, was sentenced after pleading guilty to 18 counts of possessing and seven counts

  • Poles have gone up, but no signs

    I live in Old Road, Headington, and we are being given residents' parking. The road has been painted and the poles put in - all we are waiting for are the signs. We had a letter two weeks ago stating that we were not at present being charged, then a

  • Spare us this new blunder

    I entirely agree with those correspondents who have written (Oxford Mail, June 15) opposing the county council's plan to charge residents for parking permits (£40 for most permits and an extra £15 for a block of visitors' permits). We should also oppose

  • Hospital ward shuts despite fierce campaign by residents

    Campaigners said it was a sad day for Witney as Moorview Hospital closed its inpatient ward doors for the last time. Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust confirmed at the end of May that it was shutting the 15-bed hospital

  • Online TV channel goes live

    Online TV station The Country Channel has been officially switched on at its headquarters in Chipping Norton. Witney MP and Conservative leader David Cameron was invited to turn on the web-based channel, which is thought to be the first Internet TV

  • SPEEDWAY: Gordon heaps praise on Wiltshire

    Oxford Cheetahs' team manager Graeme Gordon pulled no punches when reflecting on last week's defeat against Coventry. "We were well beaten," he said. "We were on the back-foot all night, and no mucking about our boys were just not good enough. "We

  • SPEEDWAY: Cheetahs out to cause big shock

    Oxford Cheetahs' promoter Aaron Lanney is calling on his team to defy the odds and beat Sky Sports Elite League high-fliers Reading Bulldogs at the Stadium tonight (7.30). With Cheetahs rooted to the foot of the table, and the Bulldogs just a point

  • RUGBY LEAGUE: White's hat-trick all in vain

    Adam White notched a hat-trick of tries for Oxford Cavaliers but it proved in vain as they went down 48-24 at Bristol Sonics in the Conference South West and Midlands League. White put Cavaliers ahead with an early try, but the home side

  • Cuts spell end for IT learning centre

    A computing centre which has transformed the lives of some of its 600 students each year is among those being forced to close because of cuts to Oxfordshire's adult learning budget. Oxford and Cherwell Valley College has announced that the largest of

  • TRIATHLON: Ridley has Swiss role

    Witney Roadrunner Elysia Ridley will join Oxford Mail reporter Emma-Kate Lidbury at the world championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September. At the Shropshire Triathlon in Ellesmere, Ridley's first attempt at the Olympic distance (1500m swim,

  • Bishop likely to be picked by autumn

    The new Bishop of Oxford is expected to be appointed by September, according to the Oxford Diocese. But the replacement for the Rt Rev Richard Harries, who retired aged 70 earlier this month after 19 years in the post, may not take up the post until

  • ATHLETICS: Chown's treble tonic for Amblers

    Luke Chown recorded a hat-trick of wins as Abingdon Amblers' juniors finished sixth in their first meeting in Division 2 of the Heart of England League at Nuneaton. He clocked 11.2secs to win the under 17 men's 100m, before finishing first in the 200m

  • Hundreds say no to car fee

    Hundreds of residents are now backing the fight against being made to pay to park outside their homes because of events at Oxford's Kassam Stadium. Opponents of the scheme in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys have also learned the charges will be to cover

  • ATHLETICS: Lodowski eyes trip to Beijing

    Abingdon Amblers' Jonny Lodowski has one eye on the World Junior Championships in Beijing in August after a stunning performance in the South of England Championships at Crystal Palace. Lodowski won a bronze medal in the under 20 men's 400m hurdles,

  • AUNT SALLY: Baker is too hot for Squire

    Kevin Baker hit a superb 16 dolls, including two sixes, as the Cricketers gained a well-deserved victory at home to Squire Bassett in the Premier Section. Cricketers set a formidable 36 in the first leg, the Squire managing only 25 in reply, despite

  • HORSE RACING: Channon strikes with Baddam

    WEST Ilsley trainer Mick Channon was thrilled to see Baddam spring a 33-1 shock in the Ascot Stakes (Handicap) on the opening day of Royal Ascot. Ian Mongan sent the four-year-old clear entering the final two furlongs, and he galloped powerfully to

  • Biter given four years

    A criminal has been jailed for more than four years for a dangerous rampage across traffic on Oxford Eastern Bypass and biting a police officer after telling him he had HIV. Graeme Denton, of Primrose Place, Greater Leys, Oxford, - a 21-year-old with

  • Moped rider runs down PCSO

    A police community support officer was deliberately run down by a yob on a stolen moped as she patrolled an Oxford estate. PCSO Simone O'Dell was left with whiplash and bruising after the youth drove straight at her and her colleague Laura Jones as

  • City unveils shock expansion plans

    Fourteen thousand new homes could be built on the edge of Oxford after the city and Didcot put themselves forward for a share of a special Government housing fund. Last night, Local Government Secretary Ruth Kelly named seven towns and cities in the

  • OAP dies after lorry collision

    A pensioner was killed after he was struck by an articulated lorry as he walked alongside a dual carriageway on the outskirts of Oxford. Police yesterday appealed for information after the death of the 77-year-old man, who was walking along the A420

  • Twitchers flock to see rare owl

    Bird watchers from all over the country have descended on a tiny Oxfordshire village to catch a glimpse of a rarely-spotted owl. A Scops Owl, which normally lives in the Mediterranean and only occasionally visits Britain, has taken up residence in Thrupp

  • Escaped prisoner caught in pub having pint

    Escaped armed robber Andrew Ivison was back behind bars last night thanks to an Oxford Mail reader. Police swooped on The Black Boy pub, in Headington, yesterday after a tip-off and found Ivison - who four days ago wandered out of Spring Hill Prison