Oxford Special – Tropical Oxford Sunset (Part 7 and end)

Oxford At Rest! Tourists are being waved to meeting points by their multilingual guides, visitors reluctantly step out of  museums, cafes and shops, smiling wistfully but, at the same time, looking somewhat exhausted from all the high-quality sightseeing. Group after group disappears down the streets and around the corners of Oxford. Slowly, the city is being recaptured by its residents, the dreaming spires are given … Continue reading Oxford Special – Tropical Oxford Sunset (Part 7 and end)

Oxford Special – Radcliffe Camera, Being in a Turner State of Mind (Part 6)

Radcliffe Camera and Turner’s High Street, Oxford Yes, that’s Radcliffe Camera, an utmost iconic landmark in a city peppered with iconic landmarks – but don’t be mistaken, the building with its circular leaden dome and cupola is a library. The word camera simply means ‘room’ and has absolutely nothing to do with filming devices or movies. Radcliffe is the last name of royal physician Dr. … Continue reading Oxford Special – Radcliffe Camera, Being in a Turner State of Mind (Part 6)

Oxford Special – Cake Art and Bookworms (Part 5)

Artful Butchers and Sweet Bearded Men at Covered Market Dreaming spires on your left, brazen door knobs to elite colleges on your right, ancient cobblestones ahead, Radcliffe Camera left behind – sights, sights, sights! Tentatively, I ask my friends, if we, perhaps, well, you know, if we might possibly pass one or the other awesome Oxford sight…? No?!  I am encouraged, however, that a marvellous … Continue reading Oxford Special – Cake Art and Bookworms (Part 5)

Oxford Special – Ancient footprints, a retired fox and having carrot cake with a big spider (Part 4)

Let There Be Dinosaurs! On this rainy day your first glance doesn’t fall on the lawn you are crossing but on the entrance of Oxford University Museum of Natural Science, the OUM, which is your friends’ favourite museum in Oxford and surroundings. They ardently assure you that there are few better ways to spend a day in Oxford than a visit to the OUM. Its … Continue reading Oxford Special – Ancient footprints, a retired fox and having carrot cake with a big spider (Part 4)

Oxford Special – OED, Emo, Globes and Teaching (Part 3)

I am not a ‘Twitterati’ but this fantastic word was among the 500 (!) new words which were added to the OED, the Oxford English Dictionary, in June 2015. Sounds like ‘Illuminati’ and stands for people  on Twitter who have myriads of followers and block your Twitter feed with constant tweeting – they are the Illuminati of our present Twitterworld! Even if you don’t know … Continue reading Oxford Special – OED, Emo, Globes and Teaching (Part 3)

Oxford Special – Where the oxen trots and the river flows (Part 2)

The Ox and the Ford After an exceedingly pleasurable breakfast at friendly Oxfork’s we set off on an Oxford walking tour which first takes us to the Thames path opposite the boat houses,”along the reedy shore of silt and mud”, and next to the oxen. We meet the mighty bull in form of a good-tempered English longhorn on the vast green meadows of Christ Church … Continue reading Oxford Special – Where the oxen trots and the river flows (Part 2)

Oxford Special – Riding the Oxford Tube (Part I)

Oxford Tube The logo is running along both flanks of the coach in plain white letters … all day …  all night … all year… Oxford – London – what a reassuring promise for the traveller from London to Oxford! What kind of motor vehicle will you be riding under this flag of absolute reliability? Well, as a matter of fact it’s a unique crossover … Continue reading Oxford Special – Riding the Oxford Tube (Part I)