Category Archives: Historic Oxford, Edinburgh & London

New Walls for Old

Along with a fab Warhol exhibition and some High St shops I found my favourite coffee stop near our central bus station was closing this week.  They shared a favourite shortcake recipe – You need… 125g butter 55g caster sugar 180g plain flour Making super easy shortbread – Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Beat […]
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Oxford Literary Festival turns 20

Oxford’s Literary Festival began 20 years ago and has been housed in many different locations.  Inspired by the poetry that is soon to dance upon the stage of the Festival  (April 2nd) I stand with a coffee and watch as the tents are put up in the Old Schools Quadrangle.   The workmen look to be making the most of a break in the […]
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Colour of Oxford Castle

  It was a blissful and rare sunny day after one long grey Winter as I walked past Oxford Castle and the brick work popped.     The old castle was built by the Saxons with a simple mound and tower to protect boundaries of a new settlement called “Oxenaford”  1000 years ago.  We are now a booming student city but just […]
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Saint Frideswides Love

Walking past Christ Church with the sun bouncing off the stone made me become an instant  tourist and find out more about the stories inside the building.  The architecture maybe familiar from the Harry Potter films and TV show ‘Morse’.  The college is where many medieval stories are staged and a review of ‘Murder in […]
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Perfect Day on the Fringe

My perfect day is performing solo at the Edinburgh Fringe.  It is terrifying before the show starts and this audio tape nails a moment of how it feels for me before any kind of performance, all wobbly and expanding!   The buzz of being in Edinburgh when the sun shines is a blast and these photographs may help […]
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Provands Lordship

  Standing in the space of the oldest house in Glasgow, founded in 1471, shows me what is possible when you build something with purpose; it out lasts change. The top floor of the house in Glasgow originally used by both church and hospital has a wooden bench by a window that looks onto the […]
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Unblogged

  It’s just as well the visitor is thrust into the mix as I had lost my muse, couldn’t get my hands on the keyboard and the white page had been staring me back in the face for a while.  I wandered through woods of Headington Hill, a part of Oxford Brookes University campus, looking […]
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on your marks

The whistle sounds and the race is on to get to the soap box  first.  The public speaking tent is all set up in the city for one day only.  A  piece of free speech is on the table.  With no holds barred, five minutes is all the audience will stand for.  Rain is blowing […]
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Centenary Sparkle

The golden years of crystallographers is being celebrated with their Nobel Peace prize displayed alongside their laboratory equipment to note 100 years of the study of crystals. There is an interesting after life to the initial successes of these scientists. William Bragg was involved War duties when awarded his prize in 1915 and so postponed […]
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Oranges are the only fruit

Looking for an object to fill me with inspiration I walk around (and around) a local covered market and follow the scent of oranges and bright posters to a local museum to see how an object can be used as Art. ‘I’m having Art for lunch’ says a visitor as another orange is taken from […]
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