Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Llyods TSB High Street Oxford

Llyods TSB bank, on the corner of High Street and Cornmarket in Oxford, when you look at this building you don’t always notice the thinner wooden building that is now part of the bank. Nice day in Oxford today.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Old Lucy's Site

As you can see works are well under way on the apartments at the former Lucy Switchgear site along the Oxford Canal in Jericho. Lucy’s have been in Jericho since 1825. The company expanded into steel and aluminium components, such as ball bearings, nuts, bolts, screws and fasteners. The company also built components for cars produced at the Cowley Works in Oxford. Lucy’s has a lot of property in Oxford and I am sure these appartments will be added to there expanding portfilo.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Sperm Tank In Oxford - Toss For Britain

Was out and about today in the centre of Oxford and come across this in Sperm Tank in the historic Radcliffe Square, which had all the students and tourist looking. Think this Sperm Tank was in Oxford to try and get the male students to donate sperm, which they are paid about £25 per deposit, not sure how successful they were?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Perch Public House Binsey

Was out in Binsey yesterday and noticed the old vintage car parked outside the Perch, the only public house in the village. The sun was not the right spot, but you can not have it all your way. The Perch is a nice pub to visit on a summers day, as you can walk up the Thames to get to it and you feel like you are a million miles from Oxford when you are about 30mins walk away. Also they have a large beer garden which is nice on a summers evening.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Cycle Lane Closed - Central Oxford

This could be bad news for the 1000's of riders who cycle into the city every day. It is just not what you want to see on the road when you are already fitting cars, buses and taxi's who are in your cycle lane most of the time already. Location is corner of High and Longwall Street

Friday, January 26, 2007

Starbucks High Street Oxford

I am not really sure about this place, I mean I like the idea of a nice warm place to have a drink of coffe, but do they have to all be the same brand? How big is big enough?

PS Happy Australia Day to all the Australian DP sites.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Maison Francaise Oxford


This one for Eric and all my visitors from France, it is the office of Maison Fran├žaise in Oxford. I am not exactly sure what they do there, however I know that on days of national importance for France they fly the French Flag, I wish they would fly it all the time, I hate seeing a flagpole not being used. Little snow on the ground in Oxford today.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Used Oars

Ever wondered what happened to all the oars when they are no longer any good? Well a few ended up on the wall of Oxford City Councils, Ferry Sport Centre in North Oxford. Today they looked very bright with the sun shining strong creating a nice shadow.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Police Helicopter



Could not get the helicopter to come any closer, but it was over the Train Station in Oxford this afternoon for about 10 minutes, not sure why? This Police Helicopter is a regular site over the skies of Oxford.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Radcliffe Infirmary 1770 - 2007

On Friday the Radcliffe Infirmary closed, and all the departments moved up the hill to join all the other hospitals in Headington. I only had to use the hospital once during my time in Oxford and that was a work related eye injury. The hospital open in 1770 and has worked very closely with the University, who have purchased the site. In 1941 Penicillin was first tested at the Radcliffe.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Window display on Cowley Road

Today I was walking home along the Cowley Road and saw this very strange display in the window of one of the great shops along this very busy and colourful street. Cowley Road starts just over the bridge from Magdalen College at the end of the High Street and goes right up the hill towards the BMW plant, I would say that it is not a place that I lot of visitors to Oxford experience, as it is not like the central city area with its listed building etc, Cowley Road is a living Road that is evolving all the time.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Over the Tracks

Over the railway. Railway Bridges are very convenient for those who want to get from one site of the tracks to the other, and also for those who need to express themselves. This bridge crosses the tracks between St Thomas’s and Botley.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ring Oxford!

Talk to Oxford. That’s right in the UK you can make in coming calls to phone boxes. I have recently become interested in the public telephone box and the users of them with the popularity of the mobile phone. This photo is of the three BT boxes at Carfax in central Oxford, from left to right there numbers are 01865 790516, 01865 721411, 01865 200883, the international code for the UK is 44 and drop the 0 at the front. These boxes are close to a bus stop so you should get people picking up. Other Oxford Boxes.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Camping By The River

Never camp in the lower lying areas of the Thames in Oxford you never know when it is going to rain up stream. This photo was taken just near the Railway Bridge that crosses the river before the Station as you head into Oxford from Didcot.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Water on the Path at Iffley

Following on from my other entries about the amount of water around at the moment, you can see from this photo taken on the Thames Path along the river just before Iffley Lock, that the Path and the River have become one!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Osney Lock Closed

Osney Lock is the closest lock on the River Thames to the City Centre and if you are arrive into Oxford by train it is only a short walk from the train station and can be a great alterative way in to Oxford. Today while out for a ride along the River I stopped off to see the maintenance work that has been going on, as you can see it is a big job. I will post a photo of the lock in operation during the summer so you can see what it normally looks like.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

What Happened to Gimbles?

Up until about 6 months ago this was one of the nicest general stores I had been to in Oxford, it even had a little Post Office at the back of it, but now it is gone. Apparently the owner did not renew the lease, so the business closed. Gimbles North Parade Oxford. Can anyone remember it?

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Water is All Around Us

Well, like I said it has been wet and windy over the last few days in Oxford. Today I was up Hinskey Hill and you get a good view across to North Oxford from up that way, and from the photo, which is not that good, you can see all the water around Oxford at the moment. Port Meadow is looking like a Lake! Click on the Photo to get a large view of the water Oh that office block in the centre is Seacourt Tower in Botley...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Leaves at the Door

Well the weather man was right, we had a very windy night and early morning today in Oxford, just look at all the leaves that I spotted blown up to the entry of this block of flats in North Oxford.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Weather Warnings next 24 hours

We are going to have bad weather over the next 24 hours in the UK according to the Met Office, and there are flood warnings being issued for low lying areas. This photo was taken a few days ago of the Thames flowing very fast past Osney Island, as you can see the River is very High and also strong at the moment, hope we do not flood.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Road Works Started in St Thomas Street Oxford

Beware all you Rat Runners, St Thomas Street in the city centre will have road works for the next 8 weeks. For all of you who don’t know were St Thomas Street is, it is right behind the new Oxford Castle/Prison development in the city centre.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Easter Poster

It has happened again, the Billboard on the corner of South Parade and Woodstock Road has been changed. As promised I have put this on as today’s photo, I think I might create a separate Blog just for all the posters put on this Billboard. Easter Already, have we not just had Christmas?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Need New Tyres

Need new tyres while in Oxford, well Philips Tyres on the A40, Oxford Bypass Road is the place to try. Out with a friend today and we called in to get two new front tyres, quick service and a very good price, must be good prices as taxi drivers visit all the time. What I find peculiar about Philips Tyres is that all the business is done out in the open, no shelter from the weather, just a cement slab and a few jacks and very friendly staff.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Media in New Road

AN inquest into the deaths of six servicemen killed when two Royal Navy helicopters collided over the Arabian Gulf during the early days of the Iraq war has attracted National Media to New Road in Oxford. The Coroners Court as moved into the County Hall for the hearing which will be heard by former High Court judge Sir Richard Curtis, one of three deputy coroners brought in last year to help Oxfordshire coroner Nicholas Gardiner cope with the influx of inquests brought about by the Iraq conflict.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Dawn on the Taylor Institute

Up and about early today, just as the sun was starting to hit the top corner of the Taylor Institute of Modern Languages. This building was put up in the 1850’s and has just had a very good clean of the outside, the stone work now looks brand new! Good Morning Oxford!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

George Street

Goerge Street today. This photo was taken this afternoon in George Street which is right in the city centre, and is the Street that comes alive in the evening with a lot of bars, clubs, resturants the Odean Cinema and the New Theatre on it.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Poster Change, South Parade

Well it had to happen, the billboard at the end of South Parade was changed in the last few days, funny that you never see these things happening. Have a look at my post of the 5th of December 2006 to see what the advert was before. Think I might post every time this changes, what you think?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Oxford Unlocked

Happy New Year to All. This photo was taken a few minutes ago looking towards the new tourist attaction, Oxford Unlocked. It is part of the former Oxford Castle and the old HM Prison in the centre of Oxford, the prison is now a hotel! Anyway I this is good shot of the Christmas tree with the tower and lights in the background.