Friday, October 31, 2008

Bill Heine New Book

Being a local blog about local things I could not post a photo about Bill Heine and his new book which is launched today, even though my promised invite to the launch never arrived.  Bill who is very passionate about Oxford is also the local talk back radio presenter on BBC Radio Oxford, so I am sure is book is going to be popular with the both visitors and locals alike for his points of views on Oxford.  Apparently he sailed the Atlantic once, which is something that I would like to do, not sure if that tale is in the book. Not sure where you will be able to buy it if you are not in Oxford, but for all you local visitors check out the local book stores shortly.

You either Love Bill Heine or you Love to Hate him, he is that type Radio Presenter. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Always Sunny in Oxford

Filming of a another episode of Lewis at the Randolph Hotel this afternoon, they put lights out side the hotel to imitate sunlight as the filming was going on inside at the Morse Bar.  It is always sunny in Oxford in the TV show, in truth we had a cold day in Oxford today, look at the coat that woman has on in the photo. Saw a lot of cameras and people in the Bar  however I could not see Kevin Whatley but I am, sure he was around as I could see his car around the corner.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pro Wrestling Oxford Town Hall

Tonight I was asked if I would like to go to the wrestling at the Oxford Town Hall.  I have never been to the wrestling before so it sounded like a good evening, and I was interested to see where in the Town Hall the wrestling would take place.  It was in the main hall that I had been in a few weeks ago for the Real Ale Festival.  The night was different to say the least, a disappointing turn out from the citizens of Oxford but an enjoyable night all the same, Click here for more photo's

Monday, October 27, 2008

Autumn Sunset

Taken a few hours ago, we have now turned our clocks back an hour so the sun is setting a little earlier than last week. Today was one of the chillier days of the season with not a lot of cloud cover as you can see, which made it cooler, the flip side to that was that we had a nice sun set.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blockbuster Summertown Closed

As the sign in the window says, this store will close on Sunday the 26th of October 2008.  The video/DVD rental stores are starting to become like pubs across the country, closing down as you can now get DVD's from the supermarkets for the price of a weekly rent, or rent them online instantly without leaving the house from places like Apples iTunes. The video store is quickly becoming one of those things that we used to have on the corner.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bristol Motors Refurbishment

The Peugeot  dealership on the Iffley Road, Bristol Motors is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.  However during this refurbishment they are still trading, I think from out the back of the site. Will pop back once it is all complete to see how it went.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Big Job Changing Pizza Hut Signs

Very close to Carfax on the High Street in Oxford we have a Pizza Hut.  I am not sure how long it has been in this location, there is a newer one on George Street as well.  It was announced this month that Pizza Hut will be changing there name in 2009, to Pasta Hut, so someone is going to have to change the signage of the 700+ restaurants in the UK.  Anyone have any more information about how long this Pizza Hut has been in the High Street?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Old Motor Repair Business

Right in the middle of Jericho is this old motor mechanic business, which I am not sure if it is still in use.  The paint work and outside look like it is disused but I could be wrong.  It amazes me the things your come across in the centre of a residential areas in Oxford.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Christ Christ Cathedral

The light was great for taking photo's today and the Cathedral at Christ Church College looked great.  I am sure that I have posted this angled photo before, but I am doing it again as it looked great this afternoon.  This is the smallest Cathedral in the United Kingdom I have been told.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rolls Royce At The Randolph Hotel

An Old Rolls with waiting Driver outside Oxford's famous Randolph Hotel.  This photo was taken over the weekend when the Randolph had a wedding expo for those lucky couples planning the big day. Not sure how many people will be able to afford a wedding at the Randolph in the current economic climate.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Early Morning On The Isis

Out and about before most this morning just before sun rise I was walking along the River Isis near this big old boat, the owner must have just started up the coal fire as the smoke coning from the chimney looked great at this time of the morning.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oxford Beer Festival

Tip, if you are going to the Oxford Beer Festival, get there early or have a limited selection of beer at the end of the event.  Had a Saturday afternoon at the Festival, was enjoyable, meet new friends and had a few nice pints.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jericho Cafe

A friendly little cafe on Walton Street in Jericho, always busy when ever I walk past.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pusey House

Was riding past Pusey Street this evening and saw that the lights were on in the church, so I tried to get a shot of the Church, the stained glass windows, and the streets around it.  This was the best of about 10 shots that I took this evening.  Taken from St Giles, I managed to get the glass windows and also a passing taxi!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Half Price Poster Sale

Every year around the time students are starting there new year the Half Price Poster Sale comes to town, at the Oxford Union.  I have purchased a few world maps from there in the past, and I am sure they help make the students accommodation a little more homely at a good price. This year the posters were for sale in the debating chamber of the Oxford Union.  Think they are in town till Wednesday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Credit Crunch?

It was very busy today in Oxford's malls and cafe's around the city centre, I am not sure if the good people of Oxford know what is happening to the worlds financial markets and that we are heading for tuff times ahead, cause the people are still spending! 

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Markets At Gloucester Green

What a nice Autumn day to have the antiques market in Gloucester Green.  I just wondered around enjoying the sun, didn't buy anything, the credit crunch is on so I have to watch my pennys.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A34 Viaduct Road Works

The heavy equipment was out in force today at the Viaduct replacement on the A34. This work is costing over £44 million pounds to complete and is not expected to be completed until the middle of 2010, so I am hoping to get out this way again and take another couple of photo's.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sunderland Avenue

Not sure why I took this photo this afternoon,trying to get a nice photo of the Street Sign, but I don't think it worked.  Also confused to why the name Sunderland Avenue, Oxford is a long way from Sunderland?  Maybe the residents were big supporters of The Black Cats?

Monday, October 06, 2008

College Starting At LMH

Students arriving with all there kit at Lady Margaret Hall this morning, the roads around a few of the colleges were busy has students arrive with all there computers, clothing, musical instruments etc.  Not sure if these guys are first year students just starting at Oxford or students returning after the summer holidays. Those trolleys were in demand for sure.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

You Need Your Umbrella In Oxford Today

Coast, scarfs, and umbrella's are what is needed today in Oxford, the weather has turned we are now heading towards Winter.....  Busy weekend, sorry for the no posts over the last couple of days.. 

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Going To London From Oxford

One of the many coaches that make the Oxford/London trip each day.  We are very lucky in Oxford that we have so many choices when it comes to getting to London, two coach companies and the train.  The coaches leave every 20 minutes at the busy times to London, we are well connected to the Nations Capital. On the number plate you can see CF53 OXF.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Moscow State Circus In Oxford

The lights above the Box Office for the visiting Moscow State Circus which is in Oxford till Sunday.  Tonights show was the first of a full week for the Circus which has set up just off Oxpens Road next the Ice Rink.  All of the performers are from Russia and there are no animals in the Circus, so I am sure it is a very good family show.  I have not been to a Circus for years!