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Gray Matter

Panoramic view: visitors marvel at Monet's Agapanthus Triptych of 1916-1919 at the Royal Academy

Gray Matter: Work to marvel at in Academy's great garden show

Holly Willoughby, co-presenter of ITV show This Morning

Gray Matter: Stop allowing pandering of ‘untouchable’ performers

The aisles full with food at the new Oxford Waitrose in Botley Road – but Chris Gray wishes people would not eat and drink in the street or the theatre

Gray Matter: Remembering manners around eating in public

Mary Wilson greets John Betjeman in Scilly in 1981

Gray Matter: Former PM’s wife and poet Lady Wilson reaches 100

Starman: David Bowie pictured in 2002

Gray Matter: The inimitable David Bowie had a song for every occasion

Peter Deakin who scored both goals against Swansea Town

Gray Matter: Posh victories I saw as a lad in the 1960s outshone U’s

Sunny day: John Thompson (centre) with John Stein and Chris Gray at Summer Eights in 2011

Gray Matter: Fond farewell to lovable rogue, irreverent friend

Jemima West and Shaun Evans

Gray Matter: 1960s Morse prequel finds inspiration in Gatsby novel

James Norton (right), Paul Dano and Lily James in War and Peace

Gray Matter: Keep your shirt on – that TV phwoar factor is back

Mystery bicycle abandoned by the River Thames at Osney

Gray Matter: Puzzlement is being caused on island by mystery cycle

Cold call: But don’t confuse Iceland with Santa’s home

Gray Matter: What’s in a name? One friend’s trip to ‘Lapland’

Alice Buchan at the Ashmolean Museum in 1979

Gray Matter: Writer’s home in tiny village was visited by famed people

Missing: AA Gill writes of his brother Nick, a top chef, (centre) in 1990 at The Feathers, Woodstock

Gray Matter: Restaurant critic tells of battling with the bottle

Holly Woodlawn in Trash

Gray Matter: How I missed my own ‘walk on wild side’ with film stars

Happy meeting: Chris Gray and Dr Cindy Lovell at Magdalen College

Gray Matter: Rudyard Kipling tried to steal Mark Twain’s pipe

A delicious line-up of goodies at the new 1738 in Boswells

Gray Matter: Department store’s cafe has been well worth the wait

Seventies style: Osbert Lancaster’s cover illustration for Oxford Now and Then

Gray Matter: A look back through the history books at city life

Adolf Hitler: Linz was his childhood home

Gray Matter: Hitler was not mentioned in travel article on city of Linz

Rare work: Thomas Hampson in Le Roi Arthus from the Paris Opera

Gray Matter: I adore the 60s but why is Spector still played?

Nicholas Parsons and Maureen Lipman

Gray Matter: Just a minute! Literary fair is packed full of famous faces

Historian Dr Peter Frankopan, right, and Brookes University’s Donald Sloan in Gibraltar on Sunday

Gray Matter: World is rejecting West’s values, claims academic

Check: The statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College

Gray Matter: Cecil Rhodes statue must go, left-wing students say

Happy event: The awards presentation at Vincent’s

Gray Matter: The great and the good belong to sporting club

The Townend brothers splash out at Hinksey Pools

Gray Matter: Bathers enjoy outdoor pool on last day of the season

Pleasing the fans: Donovan performs at Oxford Town Hall

Gray Matter: Donovan missed encore – 50 years after no show

Alex Hassell as Prince Hall

Gray Matter: Stellar actor reigns above all others at a top new show

London bound: Chris Gray at Oxford Parkway, with its distinctive glazed blue bricks

Gray Matter: Seeing old friends made my first trip memorable

Sarah Connolly

Gray Matter: Superb roles for the opera show women in great voice

Modest touch: Palin owns up to occasional failure in his Sunday night talk

Gray Matter: Travelling tales of comic take on epic proportions

Baritone Thomas Hampson at the Hotel Barcelo Formentor

Gray Matter: Two-day stay in Majorca hits all of the right notes

Daring study: The Marchioness of Santa Cruz, 1805 (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid)

Gray Matter: Memorable portraits of power and distinction

The Siew-Sngiem Clocktower in Mansfield Road

Gray Matter: College gate and tower are latest jewels to grace city

Researcher Nicholas Hall, left, at Wolfson with editors Henry Hardy, centre, and Mark Pottle

Gray Matter: Editors complete series on philosopher’s letters

Going strong: my wind-up watch

No wind-up: watches fix themselves miraculously

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

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