Wednesday, February 28, 2007

International Oxford

Oxford is very international, as you can see from all the flags that the flag seller is selling on Queen Street. With all the students and visitors to Oxford you can always hear languages other than English being spoken in the streets, which is other bonus for Oxford.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Filling the lollies

Photo taken this afternoon at the Walton Street Post Office. Caught the staff restocking the lollies at the front counter before the after school rush.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kennington Village Flag

Kennington, is small village just out side of Oxford, but within 5km’s of the centre of Carfax. I was out there today and noticed that on the community centre they have their own flag, which I think is great, as I love flags being flown. Tried to get a good shot of it, but it was a little hard. More information to follow when I research more about the design etc

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Walking Beer Bottles

Was listening to the radio today about how the British Medical Association is hoping that the advertising of alcohol will be banned in the UK, then this afternoon I spotted these walking beer bottles in the city centre?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Chawley Lane Oxford

Photo taken this morning in Chawley Lane Oxford Cumnor Hill, looking towards Farmoor. In this area there are a few new barn conversions which are old barns that have been made into very nice large homes. Most of these barn conceversion have a great view out over Oxford.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Oxford Train Station 0705 to London

Taken this morning at the Oxford Train, think most people are already on the 0705 express to London Paddington.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Schools Gone

Out and about today and noticed that this School in Iffley has just about all but gone from the area, I was told while taking these photos that the ground will be used to build new residential housing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Oxford starting to Bloom

Like in most places in Europe, Spring has arrived early. Today while in University Park I noticed all the buds opening on the blossom trees, just a few days ago they were all bear, I will have to have a look at the tree in the High Street, as it looks great when it is in bloom

Monday, February 19, 2007

Ship Street Monday the 19th February 2007

Taken on 19th February 2007 in Ship Street looking towards Exeter College, with Jesus College on the right behind the wall. Ship Street is off Cornmarket, and is not a busy Street.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Magdalen College Road Works

There is always road works in Oxford, today they are working close to Magdalen Bridge in front of Magdalen College, which is a very busy spot at the best of times. As you can see from the photo this is not small job with half the road dug up already. Lets hope that they have not problems and finish the works on time.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Sir James Murray OED

Around Oxford you will see Blue Plaques on homes where people who help shape Oxford once lived. You can see these plaques in many places around the UK, this one at Sir James Murray’s former house on the Banbury Road was one of the first in Oxford. You can see that it is all blue with white lettering, most of the other in the City have a white boarder, not sure why this one is different?

Anything addressed to ‘Mr Murray, Oxford’ would always find its way to him, and such was the volume of post sent by Murray and his team that the Post Office erected a special post box outside Murray’s house at his request..

Murray continued his work on the dictionary, age and failing health doing nothing to diminish his enthusiasm for the work he had devoted much of his life to, the Oxford English Dictionary. He died on 26th July 1915 and is buried in Oxford.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Location Location Location

Well that's what they say in the Real Estate game! Was out this morning in the Donnington Bridge area and popped in to see the Scout Hut of the 22nd Oxford Sea Scouts, right on the River Thames, what a great location, never been down this way before, this morning the weather was great and the River, which is behind the Hut, was looking very full.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Marlborough House 1888

On the corner of Western and Malborough Roads is a local public house called Marlborough Arms. This Pub is nothing special it fact it is typical of pubs in the residential areas of Oxford. At the top of the building you can see a stone with 1888 on it, which must have been the year it was built.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Bens Cookies

Again back in the Covered Market, this time at Ben's Cookies, great little outlet selling fresh cookies by the gram, and most times the cookies are still warm... I did this this was just an Oxford business, however I have seen them in Royal Leamington Spa as well..

Monday, February 12, 2007

Graffiti or Message?

Saw this today while down the Abingdon Road, it was on the wall of a house, I am not sure if this is Graffiti or a Message???

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Snow Hits the Headlines and Oxford United Football Team

Fridays Headline from the Oxford Mail, as the weather is still the top story in Oxford, along with Oxford United who at the moment are not having the best of time.

Friday, February 09, 2007

White Oxford

Sorry about no blog yesterday, busy day and night. As you can see we had a little bit of snow over night on Tuesday, this photo was taken in Hobson Road looking towards Middle Way on Wednesday Morning. The snow coursed problems around Oxford and other parts of the UK, mainly on the transport system with Roads, Railway and Airports closed. Saw loads of Snow Men around the place.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sunrise On The River

Today is going to be a sad day, as the friends of our good friend Tony Faulkner will be giving him a send off this afternoon. Tony was an Oxford man, who I remember telling me had always lived within 2 miles of Carfax all his life. Tony you will be missed by everyone who you knew, one of the best, we will miss you Tony....

Monday, February 05, 2007

Poster Change on South Parade

There's a new poster on the bill board in South Parade. Toyota.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Early Morning Criss Cross

Taken this morning, a frosty winter morning. Sun just getting up and the vapour from all those early morning flights hanging in the sky creating a noughts and crosses board in the sky.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Pain, St Clements

The Plain acquired its name when St Clement's Church was removed from this site, leaving a wide open expanse surrounded by buildings. Victoria Fountain, built in 1899 on the site of the former St Clement's toll house, it was a belated commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria that had taken place in 1897, and provided a drinking fountain for people and troughs of water for horses. The Plan today is a very busy roundabout with the three roads to, Cowley, Headington, and Iffley staring here.

Friday, February 02, 2007

The best way around Oxford

The best way around Oxford is by bike, you get to see more, can go more places and it is quicker than by car. This photo was taken at the bike rack of Oxford Train Station, and as you can see most commuters would agree that for short trips around Oxford, a bike is the best way.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Covered Market Oxford

The Covered Market in Oxford is one of the city’s best kept secrets and a place where you will find just about everything you need. This photo was taken today out the front of the florist, I really enjoy visiting the Covered Market, you can always find something new, and there are lots to see, plus it is right in the city centre.