Category Archives: Oxford Visitors

Three traffic wardens for one car

I watched a pack of traffic wardens surround a car in Market Street, Oxford this afternoon. I guess only one gets the bonus and perhaps they had all raced to get there, the fastest getting to do the job while … Continue reading

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Oriel Square put out to grass

A quarter of a century or so ago, I visited Ostia Antica, the long-abandoned port outside Rome. Now, I expect, it has a visitor centre, lavatories and car parks, and all the shoddy gloss which bureaucrats and tourist boards throw … Continue reading

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Welcome to Summertown

There used to be a notice at each end of Summertown saying “Welcome to Summertown”. There were various reasons for disliking these, apart from the vulgarity of that superfluous “Welcome to” – for a start, it doubled the amount of … Continue reading

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Capital ignorance at the Plain

My post Gents in St Giles Oxford referred in passing to “the screaming capitals so beloved of officious plonkers in council offices” – the habit of council pen-pushers of beginning words with Capital Letters to Emphasise their Importance. In that … Continue reading

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Signs obscuring the sights of Oxford

The photograph shows the Clarendon Building in Oxford, a fine stone building erected in 1711-1713 to the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor. Hawksmoor was responsible for the towers of All Souls, for the front to Westminster Abbey, for some beautiful East … Continue reading

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Gents in St Giles Oxford

This group of notices was photographed on Saturday 3 February on the railings of the lavatories at the south end of St Giles in Oxford. I glimpsed the white one a few days ago and went back to photograph it … Continue reading

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Plastic Bags from Oxford shops

What ideas do you have for making Oxford a better place to shop? I got a Comment from a man who had visited Oxford today and been impressed by the fact that the book and music shops (he named Blackwells … Continue reading

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