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Photographs of Oxford...

I wanted to share some of my photographs of Oxford. As we like to call it in Cambridge, the 'other place' (they call us that too). In truth, we have more in common than that which separates us. 

This newsletter comes off the back of a research trip to the city. Professor Elizabeth Green, the protagonist in the Cambridge Murder Mysteries series, had lived there once before for a brief time and I wanted to refresh my memory of the detail on places and notable points of reference.

While there, I took some photographs to remind me when at home. Because I mainly tweet pics of Cambridge, putting them up on my Twitter feed might be confusing? I thought they might be of interest to anyone thinking of visiting Oxford who has never been. Or, perhaps bring back fond memories of those who used to live there and have moved away.

Above, is a pic of Moobear stretching out in the Inspector Morse Bar at The Randolph Hotel (not an advert, btw, make up your own mind, of course). She did go sniffing behind the bar looking for salt and vinegar crisps just after this was taken. Below is a photograph of the Randolph Hotel, which is on St Giles'.

A ten minute walk along Broad Street and you'll come to New College Lane and the Bridge of Sighs (below)...
I used to live and work in Oxford in my twenties. For my sins, I worked as an Oxford Don in the School of Geography and lectured on environmental public policy. I remember walking under the Bridge of Sighs most days, either on the way to the river for a stroll or sometimes to the pub, the Turf Tavern, which is hidden down a little alley nearby. Unlike Cambridge's Bridge of Sighs, which is over the River Cam along the Backs, this one is across New College Lane, as mentioned above. Below is a photograph of the Radcliffe Camera...
If Cambridge has King’s Chapel as a famous landmark, then Oxford has the Radcliffe Camera (above). Part of the Bodleian Library, it is in the centre of the beautiful Radcliffe Square, with colleges and the other library buildings surrounding it. If you have never been to Oxford, there is a cute cafe on the Square, called the Vaults & Garden. Well worth a visit. Below is another part of the Bodleian. You might notice all the heads on the posts are of men. But if you follow this link you will see some new heads of women have been included recently. 
There are so many pretty alleyways in this part of Oxford. St Mary's Passage is one of them... Moobear strikes a pose too!
Punts on the River Cherwell below...
An old wall down one of the many alleys in the old part of Oxford...
Moobear in New College quad...
If you want to find a space in the city, then Port Meadow is up in Jericho, fifteen minutes walk from the centre... if you want more information, I've included the wiki link above. As don't want to put in lots of prose here. Everyone is busy! There is also the University Parks and opportunity for walks along the River Cherwell which winds it way through part of the City.
Back in the cobbled streets and you'll find many colleges to walk around. Here is Moobear sitting in Corpus Christi College...
Christ Church Meadow is below... from this view while taking the photograph the river is right behind me. So if you were to look for a relaxing walk, right in the centre with beautiful views, then this is it.
The last photograph I wanted to share is nothing grand. I saw this in Jericho... Happy days!
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