Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gordon Brown At The Skoll World Forum

The Skoll World Forum was in Oxford this week, with 100's of delegates in the city centre to discuss ideas, make new contacts and information about social entrepreneurship. The New Theatre in George Street was one of the venues that major speeches took place, one of the speakers this year was Gordon Brown, the previous Prime Minister of Great Briton.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lunch Time In Summertown

I don't think anyone here is worried about the Prime Ministers comments on filling up their car's with fuel before the tanker drivers go out on strike. Everyone is totally enjoying the great weather have been having. Looks like the Dew Drop have a new large parasol out the front of the pub.Wonder how many people went back to work or just continued enjoying the sun. How long will it last?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunny Sunny Port Meadow

Took a 20km bike ride about Oxford this afternoon stopping to take many many photo's as the weather was so good, but I think this one of Port Meadow in the blazing March sun was my best shot of the day. We have been have great weather these last couple of days it is amazing and I am hoping that this will continue for the next 4 months!! Not a cloud in the sky, you have to love good weather.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Go On, Do It, Jump

The Cellar just off Cornmarket is a great little venue to see local bands perform live, in a very intimate setting. For about £3 on a Monday you are able to see good local talent, tonight local band, who met via Gumtree, Go On, Do It, Jump performed there first live gig at the Cellar.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Festival Time In Oxford

There are three festivals happening in Oxford this weekend, one is serious the Oxford Literary Festival which is on all week, we also have the Oxford Dance Festival on this weekend. The other festival, which is a little more to my liking, especially with Easter just around the corner, is the Oxford Chocolate Festival in Broad Street all weekend. mmmm.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Danse des Cariatides Warm Up

Was lucky again today, just as I was walking past the Oxford Castle Complex I noticed a bit of activity around one of the court yards. That activity turned out to be Danse des Cariatides aerial dancers practising for there weekend performances, as part of the Oxford Dance Festival 2012. They are going to be performing on Friday and Saturday evening for free in the air around the Oxford Castle, all part of this weekend Dance Festival.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

5:48am In Beaumont Street

Taken at 5:48am this morning Beaumont Street was void of traffic, and there was only one lonely car parked in the street. It was very light this morning so taking this photo was very easy, I would have liked to have been around at 5:48pm this afternoon to see what the street looks like just 12 hours later, might take that photo tomorrow if I am around?
Two English King's were born in Beaumont Palace which once stood in this area in the 12th century, John, King of England and Richard I of England.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunset In Oxford and Joan Baez

Took this photo just as the sun was setting over a very sunny Oxford today, and noticed that the poster in the photo was referencing a Joan Baez concert that was to be played tonight at the New Theatre, what a great way to end the day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Busy Day At The Oxford Cheese Company

There is always a lot of people at the counter of the Oxford Cheese Company's stall in the Covered Market, especially on a Saturday. They have a large range of Cheese for sale, including the Oxford Blue and Reblochon, both of which were on my shopping list for a couple of recipes that I am making this weekend. The Oxford Cheese Company's stall in the Covered Market is the first place to visit if you need Cheese in Oxford.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mallam's Vintage Poster Auction

This Saturday at Mallam's in St Michaels Street there will be a auction of 1950's and 1960's promotional posters. I am not sure how many there are in this private collection, but from what I saw on the trading floor this afternoon, there appeared to be over 250. If you are interested in these collectable items, you need to act quickly, as the Auction is on this Saturday in Oxford. Always selling interesting items at this city centre auction house.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Eat My Box Productions Launches

I was lucky to be invited to the launch event for a new theatre production company, Eat My Box Productions this evening at the very popular Cafe Tarifa on the Cowley Road. If the launch evening reflects the standard and creativity of the productions this company hopes to produce than Oxford has a very good new theatre company. There first production is already in rehearsals at the moment and will be performed at the Oxford Castle Mound at the end of April, Lord Of The Flies.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hosepipe Ban In Oxford

Maybe my observations of the water level's at Farmoor Reservoir were a little wrong on Sunday, oopps. This was the front page news on this mornings Oxford Mail. The rain we have had over the Winter has not been enough to fill the rivers and dams around the shire, so we could be facing a strict watering ban this Summer.

Monday, March 12, 2012

McFly Playing To Sold Out New Theatre

McFly played to a sold out New Theatre last night. The audience jumped to their feet as soon as McFly took to the stage, and enjoyed every moment of the show. I am sure everyone enjoyed the night from the amount of screaming and cheering that went on during the show.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sailing And Fishing On Farmoor Reservoir

I had heard that the water levels at Farmoor Reservoir were getting low on the radio the other day so I decided to pop out have have a look. I was expecting to see them a bit lower from the reports, and maybe they are low for this time of the year, but I did not see anything that would concern me. There are still a couple of boats on the water, including these two. Previous Photo's of Farmoor here.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oxford V Cambridge Varsity AFL Match

Passersby Exeter College sports ground may have been a little confused this afternoon with the four posts at each end of a large oval. The annual Varsity Australian Rules Football match between Oxford and Cambridge was taking place at the grounds and the place was full of Australian Rules supporters from both Universities. This photo taken in the second half, at which time Oxford for well in front, Cambridge forward in green trying to score 4 points.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Bike With Trailer And Another Trailer

Now this is what Oxford is about, doing things by bike. However this cafe has taken it's home/office deliveries to a new level. They have there delivery bike with a double trailer, stopped on double yellows with out the worry of a ticket, now that's smart.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Happy Silver Anniversary Oxford Tube

The Oxford Tube is 25 today, as the notice on all of the buses say. The Oxford Tube is one of the bus company's that operate between Oxford and London. Reading the press release on the company's website they say the company operate 87 buses on the Oxford to London route, running 24 hours a day, up to every 10 minutes during the busy peek times. As a special promotion if it is your birthday today you can use the Oxford Tube today for free..

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The First Of The Days Sun

Was great to be outside today, and this photo was taken while walking to work early this morning, as the sun started to hit the top of this building. Anyone have a guess as to there or what this building is?

Monday, March 05, 2012

Oxford University's 4x4 On Display Wild Cat

I don't know what this was all about, but this afternoon in front of the Said Business School there was this monster custom 4x4 parked in the front court yard. I had a very quick look over it, and it was full to the brim of computers and electronics, and it has Oxford University badges front and back, so I can only assume that it is a research car of some description. Didn't look like it has gone off road that often, looked very clean.
Had an update since posting and a link. The car has a name, Wild Cat, and you can see more videos from this link, which is part of the Oxford Mobile Robotic Group, interesting stuff.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Yesterday Fog, Today Snow

Taken in the same spot as yesterdays photo, but today we don't have fog but snow, or sleet. I think this afternoons 30min or so of sleet to everyone by surprise, I certainly was not expecting it and I was happy to say that it did not settle.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Early Morning Fog In Summertown

Been foggy over the last couple of days in Oxford especially early in the mornings, like this morning. Saying that the day time temperature has been pleasant, so things a looking up on the weather front.