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  • Police attend address in Abingdon after unexplained death

    POLICE have attended an unexplained death this afternoon in Abingdon. Officers were called to Lumberd Road at 4.49pm, but they are not treating the death as suspicious. Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, an ambulance and a rapid response

  • Investment needed to manufacture new glasses

    SCIENTISTS have developed hi-tech glasses that could prove a major boost for the blind. The team at Oxford University spin-out company Assisted Vision say the spectacles will help blind people navigate obstacles more safely by using small on-board

  • Derelict Fox and Hounds pub in Abingdon Road being torn down

    WORK to tear down the Fox and Hounds pub - which has stood derelict in Abingdon Road for more than five years - has started today. Workmen are ripping tiles from the roof. It comes after Tesco announced it was due to start work to replace the

  • Throwing your babies in with the bathwater

    MUM Sarah Sunthareswaran has a lot to juggle with a seven-week-old baby, but still finds time to teach her four children about water usage. The 34-year-old childrens’ swimming instructor said Sophia, six, Alisha, three, Jasmine, two, and baby Amber

  • Battle seems won over blocked sewers

    SOUTH Hinksey resident Dr Peter Rawcliffe has battled Thames Water to unblock sewers in the village near Oxford. As chairman of the Oxford Flood Alliance, he has lobbied on behalf of residents for the firm to act. He said: “The sewer has flooded

  • More price rises are in pipeline for customers

    RISING bills, rows over taxes and leaks that leave queuing motorists fuming – the headlines have not been kind to Thames Water of late. Over the last 10 years, the company’s customers have seen their bills rocket by an average of 76.1 per cent,

  • Golden jubilee for Cherwell School

    For some of Oxford’s historic colleges, 50 years is hardly a time span worth emptying the wine cellar to celebrate. But half a century is a long time in the existence of an Oxford state school. Being able to mark a 50th birthday while on the

  • Diana Dors memories appeal for scrapbook

    I AM putting together a professional scrapbook of pictures and articles about Diana Dors, with a memories and tributes section about her in the second half of the book. The project is a non-commercial enterprise. People from far and wide are contributing

  • Thank you to all who helped me on the Tube

    LAST Thursday I was unwell on the Oxford Tube and wanted to thank all the people who helped me. Everyone was so kind. In particular, I would like to thank the man who asked the driver to stop the bus and get an ambulance. He then sat with me and

  • Britain has to embrace nuclear power positives

    I HAVE to agree with Mr Derrick Holt’s views about GM food (Oxford Mail, June 28). He is absolutely right in saying that mankind has been inventive, creative and continually improving technology – which brings me to the almost unbelievable situation

  • Increase in parking fees just cannot be justified

    THERE is no justification for increased parking charges at Oxford hospitals. The hospital trust should delete the word ‘trust’ from its title (Oxford Mail, June 26). The ‘trust’ seems to be an independent organisation, funded by the taxpayer, answerable

  • Harwell scientist rewarded for technology from Mars

    A SCIENTIST has been awarded a £40,000 support package from the European Space Agency for his invention that brings technology used on Mars back down to Earth. Dr Hugh Mortimer has adapted a small but highly accurate device, originally used to

  • New NHS health checks proposal is unworkable

    AS IS usual with this Government, new plans are disclosed before the necessary research has been carried out. I refer to the health minister’s proposal to charge foreigners to use our NHS. Minister Jeremy Hunt admitted the Government lacks the

  • 21 English language jobs go at OUP after reorganisation

    BOSSES at publisher Oxford University Press have confirmed they have made 21 people at the company redundant. The firm based in Walton Street, Jericho, warned it was carrying out a redundancy programme in March after a “comprehensive review” of

  • Ridgeway fast to pounce in snapping up Jaguar dealer

    ANOTHER Oxford motor dealership has been snapped up by the acquisition-hungry Ridgeway Group. The vehicle retailer has bought the Cumnor Hill Jaguar garage from the Sytner Group for an undisclosed sum. All 50 staff, including those on the Select

  • Drug firm hires 25 as it seals huge development deal

    A THRIVING biotech firm is recruiting 25 new staff this year after landing one of the biggest financial deals for drug development ever seen. Immunocore, based at Milton Park, near Didcot, is developing a series of drugs called ImmTACs to treat

  • POLL: What do you think of Oxford United's new home kit?

    OXFORD United have unveiled their new home kit for next season. The shirt will be more of a golden shade than the yellow worn last season, while the shorts and socks are reverting back to navy blue. It will be worn for the first time on Saturday

  • Impression of Cowley Road area is not right

    READING the words of a defending QC in the Bullfinch case (Oxford Mail, June 27, page 2) “if he had been fortunate enough not to be brought up in the Cowley Road area things may have been different”, it really made my blood boil. It is as if he

  • We need housing for locals, not commuters

    A NEW revelation – parish councillors are not voted into office by their parishioners. Instead they are cherry-picked by the parish councillors already in office. Perhaps that’s why all but one remained mute at the Old Marston Parish Council meeting

  • Drug firm hires 25 as it seals huge development deal

    A THRIVING biotech firm is recruiting 25 new staff this year after landing one of the biggest financial deals for drug development ever seen. Immunocore, based at Milton Park, near Didcot, is developing a series of drugs called ImmTACs to treat

  • Shooting to the top in a world of motion

    AS WE arrived at Mick Morris’s office in Oxford he warned me: “There’s something weird going on”. Against a background of bloodcurdling screams and sounds of someone being walloped hard he led us into a huge studio. There an actor in a skin-tight

  • Bake Off star opens health centre’s cafe

    It was all smiles when The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc officially opened a patient-run cafe at Littlemore Mental Health Centre last week. The Littlemore Lounge, a project by Oxfordshire mental health charity Restore, gives resident patients

  • National prize at end of long Cogges anti-road fight

    CAMPAIGNERS who successfully fought a 25-year battle against the Cogges Link Road in Witney have won a national award for their efforts. The West Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) won the 2013 Marsh Award for Countryside

  • The Proclaimers: twin peaks

    As rock stars they were as unlikely as they come. A pair of denim-clad identical twins from Auchtermuchty, armed with thick-framed glasses, acoustic guitars and booming voices. But after 25 years, it seems we still can’t get enough of The Proclaimers

  • Profile: Lucinda Whitely - Transforming Horrid Henry

    Gill Oliver talks to an Emmy and BAFTA-winning television producer based in North Oxford Lucinda Whiteley spends a lot of time thinking about naughty children. Fortunately, the mischievous schoolboy in question is fictitious and answers to the

  • Tea time: Foodies Deli & Tea Room, Deddington

    Mary Evans Young embarks on a quest for the perfect tea shop My fondness for teashops began in the 1950s when shopping with mother invariably ended in Mrs Perkin’s Tea Shop in Romford. She had a pot of tea, providing at least two cups, and I had

  • Cowley Road Carnival is back on the block

    With Cowley Road Carnival back on the block, Tim Hughes looks forward to a packed programme of live music IT’S Oxfordshire’s greatest celebration of community; a coming together of people of all faiths, colours and backgrounds united by one thing

  • James Martin: IT visionary who left a rare legacy

    THE LARGEST private donor to Oxford University in its entire 900-year history has died aged 79. James Martin gave £150m to the institution, the biggest gift ever by any individual to any university in Britain. The donation by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated

  • The cinema manager who served stars for 20 years

    A WOMAN who managed the restaurant at a city centre cinema for two decades has died, aged 94. Vera Bradley was the manager of the Magdalen Street cinema eatery between the 1960s and the 1980s. She first joined the restaurant as a waitress,

  • Starting up: Johnny and Damion at Jacob’s Inn, Oxford

    It all started on a split shift in a pizza restaurant in Oxford, slipping out for a cheeky pint between shifts, that always did wonders for our imagination. Frustrated by the direction in which we were heading, we decided there must be a better way

  • The sweet flavour of Candy Says

    They’ve only just emerged on the local music scene, but this summer Candy Says will formally introduce themselves to Oxfordshire audiences at two of the county’s biggest music festivals. As well being chosen by BBC Introducing as the opening act

  • Oxford United given JPT bye

    OXFORD United will not take part in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round this season after being handed a bye. Chris Wilder's men, who beat Swindon Town 1-0 in last year's first round, are one of eight teams in the southern section to bypass

  • Am dram: Night of song to raise roof for Thame Players

    Richard Wilson looks celebrates a century of song THE Thame Players are celebrating the centenary of their theatre with a grand revue of songs and sketches. The Players Theatre in Nelson Street has existed for almost 40 years longer than the

  • Time to head down the rabbit hole for Oxford's Alice's Day

    It’s that magical time of year again as LIZ NICHOLLs finds out about all things Alice It’s time to fall down that rabbit hole again. From now, until the end of the weekend, is the time to indulge in Oxford at its most dreamlike, eccentric and

  • Mehfil, Bicester: Have your fill with food fit for a king

    Mounds of great food keep KATHERINE MACALISTER and family eating for a week after a curry house visit and a half Yusaf, the owner of Mehfil in Bicester, was regaling with us with his experiences of other local curry houses, which in turn encouraged

  • Home is where it’s at for Scottish songbird Amy Macdonald

    Singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald tells TIM HUGHES why fame and fortune will never change her FOR all big artists, playing the summer festival season is a rite of passage and a chance to reach out to new fans. But for Amy Macdonald it means so

  • £70m shopping centre days away from grand opening

    WITH just a week to go until the grand opening, these pictures show the finishing touches for Bicester’s £70m town centre redevelopment. Food is being put on the shelves in the new Sainsbury’s supermarket, and the final seats installed in the Vue

  • Nibbles: Food news from around Oxfordshire

    Oxford may be the furthest point from the sea, but thanks to The Big Bang, the beach is coming to us, right in the heart of Oxford. With 23 tonnes of sand, palm trees, deck chairs, cocktails, beers, Pimms, G&Ds ice cream and a programme

  • Am dram: What's coming up

    Comedy and song are on the menu for the first half of July, which should brighten your day even if the weather doesn’t. The first course is the St Peter’s Players’ Supper Show running tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm in Wolvercote Village Hall. Myths

  • Am dram: Wallingford actors say Goodnight Mr Tom

    Goodnight Mr Tom Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, this is the tale of two people who somehow found it changing their lives for the better. Goodnight Mr Tom is predominantly a children’s book that has been studied on many a school

  • Moon rock lands locally

    Joseph Firkins had an out of this world experience when he got to grips with some moon rock. The 14-year-old was able to handle moon rocks and meteorites brought to North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury, last week. It was a special moment for

  • Larkmead School told to get a move on with improvements

    AN Abingdon school judged to require improvement earlier this year has been told it needs to take action faster. Larkmead School was told after a February inspection by Ofsted that grades and leadership had to improve. Inspectors visited again

  • New school planned for special needs

    A NEW school for young people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is scheduled to open next year. The new school, called LVS (Licensed Victuallers’ School) Oxford will open at the former Begbroke Priory near Woodstock. The school in Spring

  • MG fans gear up for Sunday’s showcase

    THESE car enthusiasts are gearing up to show off their treasured motors at this weekend’s Abingdon Works Car Show. Members of the Abingdon branch of the MG Car Club will be among scores of drivers heading to the event on Sunday to celebrate cars

  • Hall and Newey complete Oxford United moves

    OXFORD United have bolstered their squad after finalising deals for Asa Hall and Tom Newey. Hall, 26, has joined on a six-month loan from Shrewsbury Town, while Newey has signed an initial one-year contract after being released by Scunthorpe United

  • Out & about: Drawn to take part at Ashmolean Museum

    LiveFriday at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum gets MARC WEST’S creative juices flowing For someone who can’t even draw a stick man in proportion, the idea of attending an event celebrating the drawn line was rather daunting. However, the latest installment

  • Screen Breaks - James Luxford: Blame Dolph for my life in movies

    In the words of the great Austin Powers – “allow myself to introduce… myself.” My name’s James, and I’m a film critic. I’m always unsure how to phrase my job title – ‘film journalist’ is a little bit vague, and ‘film critic’ conjures up a certain

  • Cornbury Festival: Hugh Phillimore's weekend tips...

    Cornbury Festival director Hugh Phillimore shares his tips for this weekend's festival... THIS weekend 14,000 people will descend on the lovely grounds of Great Tew Park for the 10th anniversary of the Cornbury Festival. To mark its first decade

  • The Bard, as Polly likes it

    SHAKESPEARE’S Romeo and Juliet has seen its fair share of interpretations over the years. Now an Oxford producer is looking for help with a version set in East Oxford. Former director of the English Shakespeare Company and TV and film writer

  • Cowley Road facing 60 weeks of traffic delays

    DRIVERS in Oxford’s Cowley Road are being warned they face disruption for more than a year as building work begins on a former cycle shop. In May, Beeline Bicycles moved from 59-63 Cowley Road to their new base at 205 Cowley Road. Staff from

  • Artists go with the flow to bring hope to the homeless

    ART is being used as a way of helping the homeless in Oxford get back on their feet. Flow, a joint project between Arts at the Old Fire Station in George Street and homeless charity Crisis Skylight Oxford, is using the River Thames as inspiration

  • Working to ensure a crisis isn't a financial nightmare

    Homeowners have faced a worrying time over insuring their homes because of the risk of flood. Now there has been a breakthrough between the Government and the insurance industry, writes Oxford East MP Andrew Smith FIVE thousand homes and business

  • FOOTBALL: Tough start for City

    OXFORD City have been handed a tricky start to their second season in the Conference North. In their opening five fixtures, they face four sides who finished in the top ten last season. Mike Ford’s men, who came tenth in their debut campaign

  • Cyclist steals tablet PC

    OXFORD: A thief cycled up to a man and snatched a tablet computer from him. The 22-year-old victim was walking along Old Road, Headington, between 4.15pm and 4.30pm on Friday. The cyclist approached from behind on a mountain bike and grabbed

  • Costs of illegal waste

    FARINGDON: An illegal waste operator avoided jail, but faces a £9,449 costs bill. David Ham, of the Old Dairy, Dudgrove Lane, Whelford, Gloucestershire, previously pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court to keeping waste at the Faringdon Business

  • Teenage girl sexually assaulted in street

    OXFORD: A 14-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in Botley. The teenager was touched by a man who approached her in Arthray Road. It happened at about 9pm on Friday, June 28. Police released details yesterday. He is described as white

  • Innovation centre will be at the cutting edge of research

    THE world’s largest research centre for man-made diamonds was opened in Harwell by Science Minister David Willetts yesterday. Synthetic diamond company Element Six unveiled its new £20m research base at science park Harwell Oxford, near Didcot.

  • Arrow attacks will result in a death, neighbours believe

    BOTLEY residents fear lives are at risk after details emerged of a second arrow attack on homes. The Oxford Mail last month reported the window of a couple in their 90s was smashed when an arrow was shot at it in Seacourt Road on May 25. D-Day

  • An automatic choice for Cowley Road Carnival costumes

    LAUREN Nicholson-Oliver is used to wearing school uniform during the day. But this week the nine-year-old is donning bubble wrap and a makeshift silver hat ready for Sunday’s Cowley Road Carnival. Lauren, front, and other Year four and five

  • ATHLETICS: Results round-up

    (senior men unless stated) 10K AIRBASE RACE – HEYFORD Didcot Runners: P Thomas (V50) 36.45, K Thomas (LV45) 56.39. Eynsham RR: S Walker 40.08 pb, A McEwan-James 43.24 pb, S Butler (V40) 46.47 pb. Headington RR: 3 T Doole 36.05, 21 A

  • School bus consultation deadline extended

    OXFORDSHIRE County Council’s consultation on school travel has been extended after it received about 1,700 responses. The council is consulting on plans to end free school transport to parents who choose to send their children to a school further

  • ATHLETICS: City and Radley reach final

    SOUTHERN COUNTIES VETERANS TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE OXFORD City’s men and Radley’s ladies reached the Southern Counties League final after topping their respective Western Division tables. Radley were denied a fourth straight victory when they

  • Burglars kick in door

    WHEATLEY: Thieves kicked a door in and stole expensive belongings from a house in Kelham Hall Drive. They made off with three men’s watches, a 42in flatscreen television, an Apple iPod, a Kindle device, a Nokia mobile phone, jewellery and the key

  • Assault and threats case adjourned

    OXFORD: A man who admits assault and threats will be sentenced later this month. Paul Wood, of Colemans Hill, Headington, has admitted committing two offences against Peter Murphy earlier this year. The 41-year-old was charged with causing actual

  • Council proposes more park-and-ride charges

    PARKING charges at two Park-and-Ride facilities in Oxford could rise by a third under plans unveiled by County Hall. Oxfordshire County Council wants to introduce short-stay charges of £2 and increase long-stay charges by 33.3 per cent to raise

  • Roadwork diversions

    EAST HANNEY: Buses through East Hanney were diverted yesterday because of road resurfacing works. Stagecoach Oxford’s route 31 service could not drive through East Hanney’s Main Street. Buses were diverted via the A338 instead.

  • School digger stolen

    CHOLSEY: A yellow JCB digger has been stolen from a school construction site. It was taken from Cholsey Junior School, in Church Road, between Friday, June 26, and Monday. Call 101 with information.

  • ATHLETICS: Ridley on song at Heyford

    WITNEY Road Runners’ Josh Ridley also tasted victory over the weekend, coming first in the inaugural 10k Airbase Race at Heyford. Ridley cruised home in 34mins 10secs, some 90 seconds clear of runner-up Phil Beastall (Cheltenham & County Harriers

  • ATHLETICS: Bolton in Thame triumph

    JAMES Bolton smashed his personal best as he stormed to victory in the CPM Thame 10K. The Woodstock Harriers star clocked 32mins 32secs to finish 51 seconds clear of Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell Harriers). Bolton, whose previous best for

  • CRICKET: Sam's the man with Varsity's best ever

    OXFORD University batsman Sam Agarwal earned himself a place in cricket’s record books yesterday by becoming the first player to score a triple century in a Varsity Match. The 22-year-old Indian-born batsman, who has just finished his degree in

  • RUGBY UNION: London Welsh sign trio

    LONDON Welsh have announced three more new signings in prop Cai Griffths, lock Rob Andrew and scrum Ollie Frost. Griffths joins from London Irish, Andrew moves from Leicester and Frost from Worcester. The trio further bolster head coach Justin

  • Life’s a beach in city

    It was back-breaking work at the Oxford Castle Quarter yesterday as the construction of the city’s very own man-made beach got under way. Twenty-four tonnes of sand were spread outside The Big Bang restaurant by owner Max Mason, right, and a group

  • Roadworks blunder

    Water company chiefs have refused to confirm when a resurfacing blunder will be rectified. Thames Water has resurfaced an area of Botley Road with the wrong materials after repairing a burst water main, and now must do the work again in the next

  • Graffiti for carnival

    OXFORD: A new graffiti mural is being created in the Cowley Road for Sunday’s Cowley Road Carnival. Local artist Kleiner Shames is spray painting the wall that borders the old Cycle King shop with a design based on the carnival’s Wheels of Change

  • ATHLETICS: Woodcock's double helps Oxfordshire to home win

    UK YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE RADLEY’S Kathryn Woodcock went sixth in the UK under 17 discus rankings as she helped Team Oxfordshire to victory at Tilsley Park. Woodcock, 16, threw a personal best of 40.95m in the Midland Premier 2 third round

  • Sponsors keep our police on the move

    OXON: Thames Valley Police received £169,000 in sponsorship and donations in the 2012/13 financial year. In Oxford, more than £6,000 was given by companies and organisations in donations. This includes bicycles from Blackbird Leys Parish Council

  • Young bands line up for Bicester Yardfest

    Bicester’s new indoor rock festival will really get young music fans pumped for a musically marvellous summer, reports MATT AYRES For music-loving teenagers, the end of the school year doesn’t just mean six weeks of freedom – it also promises the

  • Newey in Oxford United's sights

    OXFORD United are believed to be closing in on signing left back Tom Newey. The 30-year-old is understood to have been on trial in pre-season and could complete a move in time to play in the first friendly, at Ardley United on Saturday. Newey

  • How a blaze ripped through thatched roof in minutes

    THESE pictures show the devastation fire can wreak on properties with thatched roofs. Seven fire crews tackled the blaze in East Hagbourne overnight on Saturday. The last fire engine only left on Monday afternoon. In May, a similar blaze destroyed

  • Oxfordshire on Government's list as potential fracking sites

    THE Government is to decide whether ‘fracking’ – the controversial form of gas extraction – should be allowed in Oxfordshire. A 347sq mile expanse in the north of the county has been identified as a possible source of shale gas by the British Geological

  • Housing plan approved on former pitch

    COUNCILLORS decided to approve plans to develop a former Oxford cricket ground into housing last night. A total of 30 properties are planned by Thomas Homes for the former cricket ground in Barton Road – four-bedroom houses, 17 three-bedroom houses

  • Man cleared of touching girl, 17, after sending sex text

    A MAN has been cleared of two alleged sexual assaults against a 17-year-old woman walking in Oxford. Kenrick Swaby, of Gladstone Road, Headington, walked free from Oxford Crown Court yesterday after a three-day trial. It was alleged he committed

  • CRICKET: Agarwal makes history with Varsity Match best of 313

    OXFORD University batsman Sam Agarwal earned himself a place in cricket’s record books yesterday by becoming the first player to score a triple century in a Varsity Match. The 22-year-old Indian-born batsman, who has just finished his degree in

  • Blue remembered hills

    'Along this particular stretch of line no express had passed,’ wrote Aldous Huxley. His alter ego, Denis, was on the train to Crome, a thinly disguised Garsington Manor, home of the literary salon of Ottoline Morrell. She hosted intellectuals and

  • Agricultural evangelist

    Colin Tudge is an optimist. He is founder of the Campaign For Real Farming, which believes we can grow tasty, nutritious food for all the world’s growing population, for years to come, without wrecking the planet. His latest book — the culmination

  • Young Knights of the Round Table

    Oxford children’s author Julia Golding has created a pair of parallel worlds in her upside-down version of the legend of King Arthur for youngsters, called Young Knights of the Round Table, the first in a new series published by OUP at £6.99. At

  • Delays on A34 after horsebox breakdown

    COMMUTERS southbound on the A34 face delays after a horse box broke down near Chilton this morning. Delays of about 15 minutes are being reported because one of two lanes is blocked by the Chilton Interchange. Traffic is slow back to the Milton

  • Helping heads

    Some might chafe at the idea of people on salaries in excess of £85,000 receiving city council help to pay their mortgages. But it is a measure of the problem facing the city in attracting headteachers to schools in disadvantaged areas, that the

  • The Bell Between Worlds

    The Bell Between Worlds, the debut novel from Oxford-based author Ian Johnstone, is hyped as being in the tradition of CS Lewis and Philip Pullman. It could be a double-edged accolade, but it’s true that the fantastical story of The Bell Between Worlds

  • Gas tremors

    There can be no doubting that fracking and shale gas are now key to the Government’s energy plans. It is now estimated that there may be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas under the north of England alone — that is double the previous estimates

  • Coming to terms with effect of brain injury

    ‘Our 25th anniversary celebrations began earlier this year with the official unveiling of the Headway Milestone by Sgt Johnson Beharry in front of service users, carers, volunteers, staff and guests gathered at our premises in Kennington,” said Charlotte

  • Parky at the Pictures (In Cinemas 4/7/2013)

    A couple of weeks ago in Paradise: Love, we saw portly Viennese fortysomething Margarete Tiesel deposit daughter Melanie Lenz and the family cat Rolli with suburban sister Mary Hofstaetter before heading off to Kenya in search of a holiday romance.

  • Parky at the Pictures (DVD 4/7/2013)

    There's a slight change to this week's DVD column, as while all the films mentioned are available to rent or buy on disc, they will also form part until 29 July of an online season entitled The Queerest Tales Ever Told, which can be accessed until

  • Pothole picture blitz gets more than 15,000 fixed

    REPAIRMEN have fixed more than 15,000 potholes across Oxfordshire after the launch of a scheme giving people the power to report broken roads. Months of cold weather and flooding over the winter has meant that the county’s roads are in poor condition

  • Red carpet rolled out for students' 'Oscars'

    THE red carpet was rolled out for students from across Bicester who attended their version of the Oscars. For the third year running hundreds of school pupils made their own movies as part of the Bicester Schools’ Film Festival. This year more

  • From Getty's estate to the beach at Skeggy

    Introducing Engelbert Humperdinck last Thursday to the people of Skegness, Terry Wogan was at pains to point out that he was not the one “who didn’t do very well at the Eurovision Song Contest” but rather the opera composer from whom his name was borrowed

  • The Pirates of Penzance: New Theatre

    FIVE STARS Rave reviews have been pouring in since this pirate ship set sail in May, and from Tuesday’s showing at the New Theatre it’s not hard to see why. From the moment the curtain starts rippling, wave-like, to the sound of seagulls, you sense

  • Macbeth: Tomahawk, Oxford Castle

    FOUR STARS The performance area at Oxford Castle, with 11th-century St George’s Tower looming in the background, could hardly be bettered as a location for a production of Macbeth. When literature’s least hospitable hostess, Lady Macbeth (Jessica

  • Theatre highlights, July 4

    Children’s show Curious Burton Taylor Studio Saturday, July 6 Call 01865 305305 or visit oxfordplayhouse.com A story without words aimed at threes and under. A fun, introductory taste of theatre journeying into the familiar worlds

  • Preview of The Taming of the Shrew from Shakespeare's Globe

    Somehow it’s particularly appropriate that Shakespeare’s Globe chose Joe Murphy to direct a new production of The Taming of the Shrew. For this new Shrew features an all-female cast, and it was a girl that attracted Joe to working in the theatre in

  • La Galleria, Woodstock

    La Galleria 2 Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1TA  01993 813381 lagalleriawoodstock.com We were thinking quite a lot about the past during a smashing dinner two Fridays ago at La Galleria in Woodstock — and not just because the best-selling

  • Austen was no arbiter on grammar and punctuation

    David Nickson of Chipping Norton will have amused readers of The Times on Monday with his letter (in the bottom right corner slot reserved for ‘funnies’) about Jane Austen’s faulty punctuation. Set a piece of her text to punctuate at school, he copied

  • Elderflower fritters and gooseberry sauce

    When picking elderflower heads go for the flowers growing in the fields away from the main road to avoid harvesting those tainted by exhaust fumes. On getting them home, give them a vigorous shake to get rid of all the little insects that tend

  • Celebrate summer with your elders

    Have you noticed the glorious creamy-white flowers, some almost as big as saucers, that are dominating our hedgerows at the moment? The appearance of these aromatic floral tributes to the beginning of summer coincides with the arrival of gooseberries

  • Questioning minds come as naturally

    Why are some ladybirds yellow with black spots?” “What is the bird singing in my garden?” These, and many other random wildlife questions, will be fired at the experts taking part in the Oxford Festival of Nature and West Oxford Fun Day on July 12

  • Hansel und Gretel: Garsington Opera

    FOUR STARS   Food features strongly in Garsington Opera’s new take on Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. There’s never enough to eat at home, so it’s no wonder that Hansel and Gretel are mightily interested when they disappear into

  • Preview of Road Rage by Garsington Opera

    Thirty children, aged nine and 10, are jumping and running around, pretending to be woodland animals. They are amazingly convincing. They sound good, too. The most noticeable thing, though, is their enthusiasm. These kids are having the time of their

  • On the Horizon, July 4

    Theatre GRANDPA IN MY POCKET: TEAMWORK! New Theatre, Oxford n August 22-25 Box office: 0844 871 3020 or atgtickets.com/oxford A new ‘Grandpa’ theatre experience for young fans of the popular CBeebies television series. Sunnysands’ Pirate

  • Nonsense: O3 Gallery

    FOUR STARS   ‘If I had a world of my own’ said Lewis Carroll’s Alice, ‘Everything would be nonsense.’ This exhibition, staged to coincide with Oxford’s Alice Day on Saturday, provides an adult perspective on nonsense, drawing heavily on the

  • Faces of Witney

    The State of the Art Gallery (SOTA) and Oxfordshire photographer David Willoughby have teamed up to provide Witney people, both adults and children, with a unique opportunity this Saturday to take part in creating a portrait of Witney and so become