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Is the British pub an endangered species?

Is the British pub an endangered species? Jan 19th, 2012 at 4:00PM: The figures are in for 2011 and it's more bad news for the British pub. An average of 14 a week shut down, and Oxfordshire alone lost 35 this past year. The pub is an institution. More than just a place to drink real ale, it's a place to see friends, get out of the house, do the pub quiz, and watch football. My family and I spend every Easter and summer in Oxford, and while we aren't big...

Queens Lane, Oxford: a thousand years of history in a single street

Queens Lane, Oxford: a thousand years of history in a single street Aug 31st, 2011 at 3:30PM: Most of the time when we travel (or write about travel) we look at the big picture, yet sometimes a single place can sum up the history and character of a city. Queens Lane in Oxford is one of those places. A quiet backstreet linking the two more popular thoroughfares of High Street and Catte Street, it's overlooked by most visitors. I use it when walking to work at the Bodleian library as a way...

The five most beautiful colleges of Oxford

The five most beautiful colleges of Oxford Aug 29th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Oxford is the most beautiful city in England and makes a great day trip from London. What makes Oxford unique is its famous university with more than two dozen colleges. While each has its own distinct character, they tend to all be similarly laid out with one or more quads and a chapel. Here are five of the best. Magdalen College Founded in 1456, this college's soaring Gothic tower on High...

London day trip: Oxford

London day trip: Oxford Aug 27th, 2011 at 12:00PM: London is one of the most popular destinations in Europe because of its eclectic shopping, crazy nightlife, and world-class museums and galleries. It can get a bit tiring and stressful, though. For those who want to get out of the Smoke and see a bit more of England, Oxford makes an easy and enjoyable day trip. Getting there The best way to get to Oxford from London is the Oxford Tube, which...

Ghost Forest brings attention to rainforest threat

Ghost Forest brings attention to rainforest threat Jul 12th, 2010 at 4:30PM: A Ghost Forest is stalking Europe. Giant trees from Ghana have appeared in Copenhagen, Trafalgar Square in London, and now Oxford. It's called the Ghost Forest Art Project, and it's an innovative way to bring the plight of the world's rainforests to public attention. Artist Angela Palmer wanted to share her concern with the public about tropical rainforests, which are disappearing fast. An...

Abercrombie & Kent: Five cinema-cations around the world

Abercrombie & Kent: Five cinema-cations around the world May 22nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: You may not have that look that Hollywood craves, but you still want to get close to the action, right? You want to touch the greatness that comes with being splashed across screens from coast to coast. Thanks to the latest concept from luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, you don't need talent. The latest "cinema-cation" packages send you to the locations where some of the hottest movies...

Holidays to make you feel smart: summer courses at Oxford

Holidays to make you feel smart: summer courses at Oxford Aug 12th, 2009 at 11:30AM: If you're like me, you went to a state university. The education may have been good, but your student union looked like a shopping mall and your dorm resembled a Soviet prison. Here's a chance to relive the youth you never had by studying at one of the world's greatest and most beautiful universities. Recently I checked out out two summer school options at two historic colleges at Oxford...

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