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    The Oxford Light Infantry

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Jun 22, 2006


    War memorials are a very important part of our history and heritage, it's what made it a free country, let's hope it stays that way.....

    This memorial in New road is dedicated to The Oxfordshire Light infantry men that had to forsake their lives in the first and second world wars to give us all a better life today, although, I wonder what they would think of everything today?

    I do hope that no one will ever forget any brave soldiers who gave up their lives in the fisrt and second world wars.

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    Ed Alleyne Johnson

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Jun 22, 2006


    Ed Alleyne Johnson started his musical life as a busker on the streets of the city of Oxford in the 1980's.He came to his glory with his music on CD 'Purple electronic Violin concerto' in 1992.
    His music is as beautiful and mind provoking as any of the best 'Classical' music pieces are. His music, as mentioned in the title of his CD is all done with an electronic Violin, he can make each note stretch forever and it is truly beautiful and it makes you feel that you have been taken to a far away place on a very warm sunny summers day.

    Try and get hold of a copy if you can......

    *Tracks*
    1-4 Oxford suite
    5-8 Inner city music
    9 Motivation
    10 Concrete Eden.
    *****************
    Ed Alleyne Johnson has made other CDs,but I'm afraid I haven't gotten around to them yet :)

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    Magdalen Hall

    by nickandchris Written Nov 1, 2005

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    This is a magnificently atmospheric dining room with wonderful wood panelling walls and long polished tables. Quite dark and sombre but reaking of tradition and fine dining. (Actually Michael says the meals are not brilliant but they are wholesome and good value, particularly the dinner and it saves on cooking yourself!!! What more could a student want?) Meals are served for students every day, except only dinner on Sundays.
    The Hall was built in 1474 and the wonderful linen-fold panelling was added during the early part of the next century. Believe it or not, it was bought in London, transported up the Thames to Henley and then brought overland to Oxford. Must have been some journey! Figures of Mary Magdalen and John the Baptist , amongst others, can be depicted.
    It was all very "proper English" and exactly how you would imagine a Hall would be at Oxford. Magnificent. I don't think I would like to be present when it's full of hungry, extremely drunken students (which happens regularly, according to Michael!)
    Every so often the students regale themselves in full evening dress for a slap-up nosh and grand booze up. Ouch!!!!!!

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    Catch a Film

    by KittyLou Written Jul 12, 2004

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    The Odeon chain is a good place to see a film. One thing that is different about seeing a film in England is that you have a choice between sweet or salted popcorn. The sweet is great -- no where as sweet as cracker jack type popcorn. Also you can bag a few hard imperial mints which you can not eat all that quickly if you want to limit your snack intake while watching the screen.

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    Anti-War Demonstrations

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 24, 2003

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    Before (and during) the recent war in Iraq, Oxford was, just like many other cities in the UK, the scene of many anti-war demonstrations. This one in particular disrupted traffic and blocked roads all evening - but still the UK politicians did not listen...

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    Santa gets legless in Oxford

    by barryg23 Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Over the Christmas holidays, the Council put these Santa figures above various streets. This one on Cornmarket had it's legs taken, while another one had its pants rolled down.The large number of end-of-term student parties held at this time suggests the likely culprits:)

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    Said Businesss School

    by barryg23 Updated May 26, 2003

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    Who says money doesn't buy you influence? Oxford's business school opened in 1996, financed by Mr. Said, a man with a dubious businees past (according to my friend from Israel). Pretty appropriate tha the donated money for a business school!

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    Protected Landmarks

    by barryg23 Written May 26, 2003

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    One of my favourite places in Oxford is Christ Church meadow, but I'm lucky that I got to see it at all. Back in the '50's, the council planned to build a by-pass through here, to ease Oxford's traffic congestion. God knows what Chrst Church's dons thought of this, but luckily enough people protested, and one of the nicest parts of Oxford was saved from 'development'!

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    Sub-fusc

    by barryg23 Updated May 26, 2003

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    Visitors to Oxford may notice a rather high proportion of young people wandering the streets dressed very formally. If you see them early in the morning, it is likely they are returning from one of Oxford's numerous college balls, though they could possibly be on their way to exams - Oxford students still have to dress up in formal wear, called Sub-Fusc, to take exams. Very uncomfortable!

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    Books

    by barryg23 Updated May 26, 2003

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    Bookstores abound in Oxford, and you could spend all day browsing here. In addition to the usual high street stores - Waterstones, WH Smith, Borders, etc - there are numerous second hand shops, and a few smaller speciality shops.

    In terms of quantity of choice and quality of selection it would be hard to find a better bookshop anywhere than Blackwell's in Oxford, especially for academic books, though they are fairly expensive. Borders is great, in that it opens until 11pm, while for bargain books, try Oxfam or The Works.

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  • Visiting Colleges

    by sabsi Updated Apr 27, 2003

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    Some colleges charge you some Pounds to go in if you look like a tourist, e.g. Christ Church costs £3. It helps if you take somebody who has a student ID of one of Oxford's colleges!

    Barry brought me into all the colleges for free with his expired student ID. Thanks for that :)

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    Don't Believe all you read...........

    by barryg23 Written Dec 19, 2002

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    .........about Oxford Students. There is a scene in one of Colin Dexter's Morse books where Morse is describing the idiosyncracies of Christ Chursh. He tells Lewis that fellows there are called students and that Christ Church is 'The House'. Whereupon meeting a Christ Church graduate, Lewis refers to it as 'The House', and the student tells him that no one but a pedant would refer to it as that.
    Anyway, my point is that a lot of the things that guide books claim about Oxford are not really true. No one I know says they 'read' for whatever degree. More coming soon....

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    One good way of announcing...

    by eddieman Written Sep 12, 2002

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    One good way of announcing that you are a visitor is to buy some of the 'university' paraphernalia from the tourist shops throughout the town centre. Students' loyalty is to their college, not the university!

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    Let's talk about the Local...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Let's talk about the Local Customs and Traditions here in Oxford, shall we?

    Staring right at my face now is this brochure I got from the Oxford Tourist Information Center... and it has listed down the following interesting events:

    May Morning (May Day) when choristers sing madrigals from the top of Magdalen College Tower from 6.00AM onwards.

    The rounding up of horses and cattle on Port Meadow annually. This is to ensure that only those belonging to freemen of the city are benefiting from grazing rights there which are controlled by the Sheriff of Oxford.

    The Sheriff's Races are held on nearby Wolvercote Common annually in July.

    During Spring and Summer, catch the Morris Dancers in action around the public houses in the city.

    Try and catch at least one of these events!

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    The Oxford Information Centre,...

    by Rhondaj Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The Oxford Information Centre, The Old School, Gloucester Green, Oxford OX1 2DA is open from Monday to Saturday, 09:30-17:00 and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00-13:00 and 13:30-15:30 during the summer months. Closed 25 December - 1 Jan inclusive.

    Tel: +44 1865 726871

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