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Going the distance on social distancing

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It’s starting to happen – coming to pass, as the Good Book was wont to say. We’re all obliged, at the very...

Another great North-Eastern endowment for UK’s oldest university city.

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We live in Oxford, when we’re not in North Northumberland, but I confess I had missed the great news until I read...

Never mind the farting: a modicum of red meat’s good for...

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You didn’t misread the headline. That stuff about the farting of sheep and cows destroying the planet is wrong. In fact, keeping...

Memorials, mementos and memories

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Memorials are important. The physical commemoration of an achievement, a tragedy or someone’s life’s work triggers in observers not just memories but frequently a...

All of life on or in the river

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I reckon every great city needs a river. In our quarter-century in the West Midlands, we never quite worked out what was missing. To...

Oxford falls out with its tourists

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Just two weeks ago, I completed my last day's full-time work, dealing with A-level results: then we headed south to retirement (though not to...

False claims or parallel truths?

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I was going to write this blog last Sunday: but, after Saturday night’s terrorist outrage in London, it didn’t seem appropriate immediately to comment...