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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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    Colleges

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Peckwater Quad, Christ Church

    Favorite thing: Many tourists visit Oxford, yet never see some of the beautiful colleges. This is not entirely their fault, as the colleges can have strange opening hours, charge admission fees, or not admit visitors at all. (There are ways around this - see my warning tip on how to get admission to practically all colleges for free at any time!)

    One of my favourite things about these colleges is their layouts. The colleges, particularly the elder ones, are composed of one or more quads A quad typically contains a 'don't-walk-on-the-grass' front lawn, surrounded by a mixture of student's residences, a chapel, dining hall, college offices, Junior Common Room, Senior Common Room and student bar.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    University

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Radcliffe Camera

    Favorite thing: The historic heart of the University lies on Catte Street - which links High Street to Broad Street - and Radcliffe Square. This is my favourite part of Oxford and the walk along Catte Street takes you past the Bridge of Sighs, Hertford College, the Radcliffe Camera (pictured), the Bodleian library, All Souls College and the Sheldonian Theatre.

    With so much on offer here, Radcliffe Square, not surprisingly, is often busy with tourists and tour groups. To really appreciate the atmosphere here, I would advise visiting in the early evening or early on a Sunday morning.

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    Krystynn's General Tip

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Oxford is renowned as one of England's two great university towns (the other town being CAMBRIDGE, in case you're wondering...), steeped in history and tradition.

    The University is NOT a campus but a collection of 36 colleges and 5 halls scattered around the city center.... alongside the many shops and buildings. I hadn't realized this until we toured around Oxford!

    Today, Oxford University accounts for almost 15,000 of the City's total population of 115,000 people! :-)

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    Merton College.MERTON is...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Merton College.

    MERTON is one of the smaller Oxford colleges here and claims to be the oldest of them all. Hm... Founded in 1264 by Walter de Merton, the then-Bishop of Rochester, it has a reputation for high academic achievement, having come top of the (now unofficial) Norrington Table many times in recent years.

    On a lighter note, Merton College also has a reputation for good food... which is generally considered to be true! Hey, that's what my guide-book stated. Any ex-Merton college grads out there in cyberspace?

    Their Address: Merton Street.

    Open: Monday to Friday 2PM - 4PM.

    Saturday and Sunday 10AM - 4PM.

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    by Sharrie Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Fondest memory: College days! I missed those days! There's something to be said when one is hopeful about the world & feeling invincible. Within the gates or compounds of the university, one tends to feel aspiring & all dreams abound. Try to go back to the university once in a while & you'll know what I mean.

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    3 important colleges in Oxford...

    by Sharrie Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 3 important colleges in Oxford University are:
    1) Christ Church College: Grandest of all Oxford colleges. Founded by Cardinal Wolsey & refounded by Henry VIII in 1546. If you've spare time, check out England's smallest catheral, the Christ Church Cathedral, from the cloisters.
    2) Merton College: 250 undergraduates & 140 postgraduate members. It claims to be the oldest of the Oxford colleges (founded in AD1264 by Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester). It has a reputation for high academic achievement. Notable Mertonians from the past include William Harvey (discoverer of the circulation of blood) and in recent years, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan.
    3) Magdalen College: One of the richest colleges in Oxford with the most extensive & beautiful grounds. Founded in 1458 by William of Waynflete, the Bishop of Winchester. One interesting tradition still practised today is that the college choir ushers in May Day with a hymn at 6 am! Former students include Oscar Wilde & Dudley Moore.

    To read more about Christ Church College, please proceed to Chch.ox.ac.uk.
    To read more about Merton College, please proceed to Merton.ox.ac.uk.
    To read more about Magdalen College, please proceed to Magd.ox.ac.uk.

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

    by coceng Written Aug 3, 2004

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    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...
    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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    visit Trinity College, Oxford...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit Trinity College, Oxford University.

    Fondest memory: You can find Trinity College at Broad Street.

    Open: 10.30AM - 12 Noon; 2PM - 4PM daily.

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    Colleges a-plenty!

    by DrewV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Christ Church College

    Favorite thing: No trip to Oxford would be complete without touring some of the colleges. Each college is a self-sustaining unit, I believe, and each has a particular history associated with it. If I were really cool, I'd know more about the histories, but I can tell you this much: What you see here is Christ Church College, established in the 16th century under Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII. Among its more famous alumni is Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland fame. That's one thing that Oxford has supplied in rather large quantity: fantasy authors. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien also studied and taught at Oxford. There's something about these hallowed halls that make professors think of other worlds...

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