Lose the book on this one

22nd December 2014 0

The news looks bleak for most of our public institutions, hospitals, the BBC and what was once the national library service. Library campaigners accuse the government of hiding the scale of cuts which they predict will force the closure of a further 400 UK libraries by 2016, bringing the total of library closures since 2009 to more than a thousand. … [Read on]

A Flaming Nuisance

20th December 2014 0

One of my earliest memories is seeing my father in the early morning raking out the ashes of our coal fire. I was interested in the blue veins around his ankles and bare white heels as he strained  forwards with his short shovel. After the ashes he carefully placed balls of newspaper, which he called ‘spills,’ and built a tent … [Read on]

Ghost Trains

13th December 2014 0

‘Tis the season of goodwill again and with similar regularity the railways decide to interrupt their service. Ten percent of rail transport on the busiest passenger lines, even the rail line to Gatwick airport, will be removed over Christmas for repairs. Most of us think this might be the busiest time of year, but according to the railways, only a … [Read on]

Battery Farms for the Working Classes

10th December 2014 0

The sense of floating timelessness I get when I roam around the lovely Oxford streets fades fast if I take a bus to the other end of the town, a journey of about three miles. Seeing Temple Cowley, once a pretty village, is like waking up to a punch in the head. In contrast to the city of dreaming spires, … [Read on]

Oxford – Where Muslim Eyes are Smiling

5th December 2014 0

Leaving the State of London to live in England again has advantages and niggling annoyances; I miss my Oyster card so much, never realising before how well it facilitated daily travel. The milling, mustering hoards of London are able to get about with alacrity, and fairly cheaply. Here in Oxford we are still living in the age of cash. I … [Read on]

Oh come all ye gayful

5th December 2014 0

I attended my first Oxford debate yesterday, 4th December 2014 in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in what is called, ‘The High.’ It was advertised under the heading, ‘Vision,’ with the none too pithy banner, ‘What Does the Church of England Offer the Next Generation? What is the good news it brings to society today? What God … [Read on]

Leaving the Burning City

25th November 2014 0

Because of my desire to one day own some stairs, I had to leave London as you cannot get them for under half a million. I saw a house I liked last June, and it has taken me until now, November 21st, to finally buy it and move in. Delays and extra expense were caused mainly by the solicitors hired … [Read on]

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