Oxford University & Colleges, Oxford

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    Oxford from atop St Mary the Virgin bell...
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    That old question of rivalry...

    by sourbugger Written Jul 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: So which is better ? Oxford or Cambridge.

    When it comes to academic rating, Cambridge battles it out on the world stage with Harvard, but Oxford struggles to make the top ten. So a clear win there.

    But what of other measures ? Oxford can claim to have produced 25 British prime minsters, against 13 from Cambridge. In sport, Oxford has an impressive 74 wins in the 'Boat race' - until you realise that Cambridge can muster 79. Eighty nobel prizes have been awarded to Cambridge men, but only (!) 47 to Oxford.

    So, Oxford has the reputation in politics and the arts, but Cambridge wins hands down at Science (or proper subjects)

    What really decides it is the list of alumni from the two places : Cambridge has produced Francis Bacon, Charles Darwin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lord Byron and Isacc Newton. Meanwhile Oxford (to pick four at random) has given the world Magaret Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch, Hugh Grant and Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson).

    Case Proven.

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    Photo Op

    by jdeusna1966 Written Jan 18, 2007
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    Favorite thing: The University buildings are absolutely marvelous. A favorite place to take photos is atop St Mary the Virgin Church, which sits on High Street just west of the Radcliff Camera. You can, for a modest fee, climb the very small circular stairway to the top of the bell tower. There is a walkway around the top affording views of Oxford most tourists could only see from this venue.

    Fondest memory: There is too much to see for a short visit. I've only had about 4 days there on two trips. I've only scratched the surface, but it's perhaps my favorite city.

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    Cherub on the wall

    by evaanna Updated Jan 8, 2007

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    Statue of a cherub on the Bodleian Library wall

    Favorite thing: Walking around Oxford, it is worth paying attention to minute details and you may find some wonderful surprises. This beautiful sculpture of a cherub was pointed out to me by Barbara, or I would have missed it. It can be found on the wall of the Bodleian Library just opposite the entrance to Hertford College. I cannot be sure if it is the guardian angel, but if so, he/she has done his/her job extremely well - the Library has flourished for centuries! If you are visiting Oxford with children, they would be certain to notice many such details, provided of course that they don't walk around playing with their gameboys or mobiles. Take your binoculars with you - the gargoyles on many buildings are simply fantastic but placed too high to be clearly visible. If I ever get the chance of a leisurely walk around Oxford again, I am sure I could still be in for many such surprises.

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    Bird's-eye view

    by zp_han Updated Jul 12, 2006

    Favorite thing:
    Well you can view the University and colleges from sky! Go to http://local.live.com/
    type "Oxford, UK", and then click "Aerial" and zoom in. Here you are, where is me waving in the park? ;;)

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    Exeter College - Most Famous Students

    by aliante1981 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Although the most famous alumni is J.R.R. Tolkien, Exeter College has a list that would be the envy of many an educational establishment:

    Martin Amis
    Roger Bannister
    Alan Bennett
    T.J. Binyon
    R.D. Blackmore
    Rev. E. E. Bradford
    Sydney Brenner
    Edward Burne-Jones
    Richard Burton
    Sir John Eliot
    Geoffrey Fisher
    James Anthony Froude
    Joseph Glanvill
    Russell Harty
    Charles Lyell
    William Morris
    Francis Turner Palgrave
    Hubert Parry
    William Petre
    Philip Pullman
    Qian Zhongshu
    Robert Robinson
    Will Self
    Ned Sherrin
    Imogen Stubbs
    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Corpus Christi College - Most Famous Students

    by aliante1981 Updated Dec 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: During the years, Corpus Christi College has had its full quota of famous alumni. Here's the list including just some of them:

    Al Alvarez
    Isaiah Berlin
    Robert Bridges
    John Keble
    Vikram Seth
    William Waldegrave

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    Famous Brasenose College Students

    by aliante1981 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The celebrities who went to the Brasenose college include:

    Henry Addington
    Jeffrey Archer
    Elias Ashmole
    Richard Barham
    John Buchan
    Robert Burton
    John Clavell
    Colin Cowdrey
    Stephen Dorrell
    William Webb Ellis
    Arthur Evans
    J. G. Farrell
    John Foxe
    William Golding
    John Gorton
    Douglas Haig
    John Marston
    Alexander Nowell
    Michael Palin
    Walter Pater
    Robert Runcie
    Arnold Strode-Jackson
    Thomas Traherne
    F. E. Weatherly
    William Whittingham
    Francis Willis

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    Most Famous Students of Christ Church

    by aliante1981 Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here are some of the most famous students of Christ Church College in Oxford - probably the most visited by tourists:

    Jonathan Aitken
    W. H. Auden
    Joseph Banks
    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    Adrian Boult
    Lewis Carroll
    Robert Cecil
    Alan Clark
    David Dimbleby
    Anthony Eden
    Edward VII of the United Kingdom
    Albert Einstein
    William Gladstone
    Alec Douglas-Home
    Robert Hooke
    Trevor Huddleston
    Ludovic Kennedy
    John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley
    Nigel Lawson
    Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds
    George Cornewall Lewis
    John Locke
    Robert Peel
    William Penn
    John Rawls
    A L Rowse
    John Ruskin
    Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury
    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne
    Philip Sidney
    Matthew Gregory Lewis
    John Taverner
    Hugh Trevor-Roper
    William Walton
    Auberon Waugh
    Charles Wesley
    John Wesley
    Christopher Wren

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    Where Is The University??

    by aliante1981 Written Nov 30, 2004

    Favorite thing: The answer to this is 'anywhere and nowhere', depending on how you look at it. It is nowhere because there is no main campus. And it is pretty much everywhere (especially if you take the centre of Oxford) since the college and other related buildings are scattered throughout Oxford, so you never know where you might run into one of them.

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    Walking Back To The Train Station...

    by coceng Updated Aug 5, 2004
    Queen College in Oxford

    Fondest memory: Walking along High Street, I came to the entrance of another well-known Oxford college - Queen's College.
    It's dated from 1340.
    It was named after Queen Philippa, wife of Edward III.
    The students residing in this college are still being treated like the 'good ole days'; Like they are summoned to meals by trumpet calls !
    As a tourist, you must join an official tour to go inside this college...

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    An Oxford Sight !

    by coceng Written Aug 4, 2004
    Bridge of Sighs in Oxford

    Fondest memory: Taking this photo, I was out from The Radcliffe Square.
    This is the photo of The Bridge Of Sighs; Fancy taking this photo once again incase the first photo that I took didn't turn out nice !
    More tourists coming & more students loitering around this area...
    Careful not to include them all in this photo !

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    The Views From St. Mary's Church...

    by coceng Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Fondest memory: There are 127 steps to go up the tower of St. Mary's Church.
    From the top, we can see excellent views over the city of Oxford !
    These are my photos, my own views from my camera, through my eyes to the top; on the tower & descending down...
    This view is showing rooftops over Oxford & 2 main towers :
    Left, Christ Church Tom Tower;
    Right, All Saints Church Tower.
    In the distance, we can see Boar's Hill...

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    The Views From St. Mary's Church...

    by coceng Written Aug 3, 2004
    Spires in Oxford

    Fondest memory: There are 127 steps to go up the tower of St. Mary's Church.
    From the top, we can see excellent views over the city of Oxford !
    These are my photos, my own views from my camera, through my eyes to the top; on the tower & descending down...
    On this photo, taken by me towards The River Thames; You can see 3 pointy towers. The 3rd one on the far right (not that visible on my photo).
    Anyway, the first tower, on the left is Christ Church Cathedral; The middle one is Christ Church Tom Tower & the 3rd one (not that visible) is St. Aldate's Church...
    Nice !

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    The Views From St. Mary's Church...

    by coceng Written Aug 3, 2004
    Views From St. Mary's Church, Oxford

    Fondest memory: There are 127 steps to go up the tower of St. Mary's Church.
    From the top, we can see excellent views over the city of Oxford !
    These are my photos, my own views from my camera, through my eyes to the top; on the tower & descending down...
    Here, we can see High Street; The tower in the distance is Magdalene College Tower; Next to it is The University College.

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    The Views From St. Mary's Church...

    by coceng Written Aug 3, 2004
    Views From St. Mary's Church, Oxford

    Fondest memory: There are 127 steps to go up the tower of St. Mary's Church.
    From the top, we can see excellent views over the city of Oxford !
    These are my photos, my own views from my camera, through my eyes to the top; on the tower & descending down...
    On this photo, we can see part of The Brasenose College & also The Exeter College Chapel.

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