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Gray Matter

Famous father: Dr Maki Mandela, the eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela

Gray Matter: Top society figures visit a yearly cultural festival

Blake Lively in the new film The Age of Adaline

Gray Matter: A captivating flick that will last through all of the ages

Speedy job: a demolition gang made short work of The Shelley Arms, in Cowley

Gray Matter: Shut pubs bring about dried up communities

Iffley’s loveliest thatch

Gray Matter: Solar panels intrude while thatch shows workmanship

Classic covers: A quartet of novels featuring Christie’s Jane Marple

Gray Matter: Christie exhibition left town much too quickly

Hugh Quarshie (top) as Othello

Gray Matter: All-white cast play accused of locking minorities out

The A2 Pacific Sugar Palm as depicted in the Ladybird Book of British Railway Locomotives

Gray Matter: Ladybird book kindled my interest in railways

Look of a lion?

Gray Matter: Mail flies high with absurd reports of the supernatural

Britain’s largest private house Wentworth Woodhouse, with its 365 rooms, straddles a Yorkshire coal seam

Gray Matter: Series will be Downton Abbey with more class

Danny Osborne’s Oscar Wilde

Gray Matter: Lolling statue captures all the charm of Oscar Wilde

Pints of Guinness lined up along the bar at O’Donoghue’s in Dublin

Gray Matter: Gray’s guide to the curse of the cussed customer

The first in Wain’s Oxford trilogy

Gray Matter: Looking back at an author who penned pub’s charm

Bitter pull: Andrew Hall in the bar of The Rose and Crown

Gray Matter: Pubs of the past hold a multitude of memories

An ‘artist’s message’ on a new bridge over rail tracks in Oxford

Gray Matter: I see nothing ‘milestone’ in graffiti artist’s punishment

Star: Benedict Cumberbatch rehearses for the new Barbican show

Gray Matter: I know it’s Benedict but what is going on here?

Cilla Black opens Aylesbury Waterside in 2010

Gray Matter: Sensational Cilla songs gave my life a soundtrack

A pair of diggers demolish the railway bridge at First Turn, Wolvercote

Gray Matter: Rail bridge demolished so faster trains can run

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell

Gray Matter: A tale of two critics in a good show of handbagging

Happy eaters: Alan Green (second from right) with friends on Naxos

Gray Matter: Time for reflection after tragic deaths of couple

Dangling over Rio de Janeiro

Gray Matter: Thrill-seekers make me feel queasy with these stunts

Big spenders in Aida at Opera Holland Park

Gray Matter: Plenty of fizz in operatic company’s productions

Twelfth Night performed in the grounds of Wadham College

Gray Matter: Bard bringing a whole new meaning to chilling out...

Buxton Festival’s Giovanna D’Arco featuring Kate Ladner as Joan and Ben Johnson as the king of France

Gray Matter: How history was altered to suit composers’ work

Tim Hands with Kathryn Rudge (left) and Andreea Soare

Gray Matter: Double dose of opera was boosted by the weather

Eating pizza among the sunshades on a beach in Sousse

Gray Matter: Memories of a holiday paradise turned to hell

The Doric portico at The Grange, Northington, is copied from the Theseion in Athens

Gray Matter: Country house opera to rival Worthy Farm’s fare

The freight line still awaits tracks north of Oxford station

Gray Matter: Work on old freight railway line ought to be completed

Tracey Emin’s new sculpture at Snape Maltings

Gray Matter: Radio show brings back memories of the sixties

Hugh Quarshie (left) and Lucian Msamati in Othello

Gray Matter: Blow struck for diversity without diluting power?

Fine shoes from Ducker and Son

Gray Matter: Thirty years on and my shoes are still going strong

A case of exhibits at the V&A’s fascinating new exhibition about shoes

Gray Matter: Art and sole of footwear on display at exhibition

Woodstock Road loos, closed at present

Gray Matter: Amusing sign letters saga is rumbling on in Telegraph

Winston Churchill as battalion commander of the Royal Scots Fussiliers in 1916 with Archie Sinclair

Gray Matter: Divert yourself with a juicy gossip collection

But there is a fourth book in the series

Gray Matter: Rediscover the work of overlooked writer Bennett

Chris Gray with Jubilee class steam locomotive Galatea pictured last year at Carlisle Citadel station

Gray Matter: Steam train images are hit with rail enthusiasts

Butter advertised in Temple Road

Gray Matter: Out with the new and in with the good old-fashioned

Blackwell’s bookshop is the subject of a fine new book

Gray Matter: It’s unusual to find top orator referred to twice

Prof John Schad, co-author of a new play about Jacques Derrida

Gray Matter: Play on a philosopher more than a postcard

Gray Matter: Song choice a significant error in good taste

The Jersey Boys: From left, Lewis Griffiths, Tim Driesen, Sam Ferriday and Stephen Webb

Gray Matter: Biographical musical shows off band’s talent

Ann Barr’s Times obituary

A colourful character’s close link to foodie friend

Gray Matter: Pondering the storyline of my new screenplay

With Patricia Moss at her riverside home in Osney. Champagne was de rigueur there

George’s marital home moves me to reminisce

Traffic trouble in London Road, Headington

Gray Matter: Roadworks are currently running at an absurd level

Christopher Gray, left, and fellow striking Oxford members of the National Union of Journalists in 1979

Gray Matter - Reflecting on a working life as a union member

The new bar is a focal point

Gray Matter: Flock to The Perch for new look and old charm delight

Gray Matter: Can gum help with Dame Shirley and death?

The Club Oxford, a dinner in New College, June 10, 1976. Sir Raymond Carr is front left

Gray Matter: Memories of the great historian, Sir Raymond

Thomas Mogford

Gray Matter: Murder is investigated on 1970s holiday island

Gray Matter: Allegations of profligacy made 90 years ago

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