At an event that required exuberance and humility

The Oxford Times:

1:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

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A notable centenary for cousins and Oxford

The Oxford Times:

1:05pm Thursday 18th September 2014

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New taste of luxury in two of Oxford's theatre bars

The Oxford Times:

1:08pm Thursday 11th September 2014

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Weekend journey to scenes of my youth

The Oxford Times:

1:06pm Thursday 11th September 2014

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Why are cars permitted to park at this busy junction?

The Oxford Times:

1:18pm Thursday 4th September 2014

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The lights of London seen from the river

The Oxford Times:

1:17pm Thursday 4th September 2014

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Did Sir John's daughter kick off a major literary feud?

The Oxford Times:

12:54pm Thursday 28th August 2014

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Generous tributes to a real national treasure

The Oxford Times:

12:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

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An irration on radio's Today? Very much so

The Oxford Times:

1:19pm Thursday 21st August 2014

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Sunday polo event to support Ataxia UK

1:17pm Thursday 21st August 2014

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How King Tut helped inspire a Christie play

The Oxford Times:

1:15pm Thursday 21st August 2014

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A packet of surprise peas from a local supermarket

The Oxford Times:

12:51pm Thursday 14th August 2014

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See new art in a lovely garden

The Oxford Times:

12:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

Precisely a century ago a baronetcy was awarded to James Horlick. As may be guessed, the honour arose from his invention, with his brother William, of the malted milk drink that bears their name — or, rather, in recognition of the social position and wealth that accrued from sales of the product, which was first offered as baby food, then as an energy drink and later as a tasty treatment for that worrying condition (had it not been utterly bogus) called ‘night starvation’.

Mossup wins all hearts in a big stage role

The Oxford Times:

12:45pm Thursday 31st July 2014

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Cultural banishment not always prolonged

The Oxford Times:

12:43pm Thursday 31st July 2014

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Havers gives different opinions of his 'aunts'

The Oxford Times:

12:42pm Thursday 31st July 2014

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Radio listings that tell us little of the programme

The Oxford Times:

11:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

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When the Stones gave the college satisfaction

The Oxford Times:

11:10am Thursday 24th July 2014

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Night of racing with Carers Trust and the Princess Royal

The Oxford Times:

11:14am Thursday 17th July 2014

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Another happy visit to Buxton's super festival

The Oxford Times:

11:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

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Tribute to a noted man of the tracks in Appleby

The Oxford Times:

10:57am Thursday 10th July 2014

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Wonderful landscape viewed from a train

The Oxford Times:

10:56am Thursday 10th July 2014

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When Andy Coulson and I weekended in Birmingham

The Oxford Times:

10:57am Thursday 3rd July 2014

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Before the 'set' gave Chippy national fame

The Oxford Times:

10:53am Thursday 3rd July 2014

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Generally a human being does it better

The Oxford Times: Stops announced: On Arriva's 280 service

12:36pm Thursday 26th June 2014

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Is party boss Ed now treading the boards?

The Oxford Times: Ed Miliband

12:34pm Thursday 26th June 2014

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Stripping Archer of his peerage in my dreams

The Oxford Times: City visit: The familiar, if somewhat wrinkled, features of Lord Archer at the Oxford Literary Festival in 2009

12:27pm Thursday 26th June 2014

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Trollope finds the word 'fit' for purpose

The Oxford Times: Anthony Trollope: Writer uses a surprising expression

11:14am Thursday 19th June 2014

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Lucid lesson on unsung heroes of garden design

The Oxford Times: Christopher Gray admires William Peer's sculpture Willing Jacob fashioned from Portuguese marble

11:13am Thursday 19th June 2014

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How Hardy contributed to Town v. Gown debate

The Oxford Times: On the town: Robert Powell as Jude Fawley in the 1971 BBC 1 version of Jude the Obscure

11:14am Thursday 12th June 2014

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An ideal venue for those with big appetites

The Oxford Times: An ideal venue for those with big appetites

11:11am Thursday 12th June 2014

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Different views of our shared days at school

The Oxford Times: Writer in whites: Journalist Richard Littlejohn, third from the left in the back row, with fellow members of the First XI cricket team at Deacon's School, Peterborough, in 1970

11:10am Thursday 12th June 2014

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Why don't all airlines get seats with rigid backs?

The Oxford Times: Why don't all airlines get seats with rigid backs?

12:45pm Thursday 5th June 2014

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The irritating import of standing ovations

The Oxford Times: The irritating import of standing ovations

12:43pm Thursday 5th June 2014

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Nuns' chorus silenced by the guillotine blade

The Oxford Times: Convent care: Deborah Polaski as the Prioress, Madame de Croissy, and Sally Matthews as Blanche in Covent Garden's production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites

12:42pm Thursday 5th June 2014

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My weakest bridge hand in more than five decades

The Oxford Times: Dealer's choice: Picture cards missing from Sunday's deal

1:14pm Thursday 29th May 2014

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OUP blurb writers give the game away again

The Oxford Times: Store story: Based on Emile Zola's The Ladies Paradise, BBC 1's The Paradise features Emun Elliot as shop manager John Moray and Joanna Vanderham as Denise Lovett

1:13pm Thursday 29th May 2014

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Surprise of the wine-swigging Methodist

The Oxford Times: Radio pundit: The Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths

11:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

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Ancillary events add a new angle to on form

11:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

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Times in silly move to cut out capitals

The Oxford Times: Long living: Lord Briggs, the former Provost of Worcester College, Oxford

1:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Christopher Gray criticises The Times for a capitalisation cut

Curious mistakes in Ned's witty memoirs

The Oxford Times: Theatre man: Ned Sherrin at Oxford Playhouse in 1996

12:58pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Christopher Gray notices some odd errors for an Oxford man

Trying to make less errors over grammar

The Oxford Times: Out and about: The Prince of Wales as shown in the Daily Telegraph gaining 'first hand' news about the progress of charity close to his Scottish estate

12:56pm Thursday 15th May 2014

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Adieu to the first man of the column

The Oxford Times: Warm wit: Jeremy Paxman at Christ Church, Oxford, in 2012

1:55pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Christopher Gray bids farewell to Jeremy Paxman

Unfortunate mistake for an academic booksellers

The Oxford Times: Clanger: In a poster displayed in Blackwell's

1:05pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Christopher Gray on an all-too-common error made by many

Sparring old boys keep us smiling at sad play

The Oxford Times: Put 'em up: Sylvester Heegan, played by Aidan Mcardle, recreates his son's prowess as a boxer in the opening scene of Sean O'Casey's The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre

1:01pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Christopher Gray is warmed by the opening scene of The Silver Tassie

Paying top whack for an inferior product

The Oxford Times: Jeremy Clarkson

12:57pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Christopher Gray is disappointed that the top talent is missing from the Easter schedules

Endeavour reflects some real-life crime

The Oxford Times: Odd name: Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday on set in Oxford

12:52pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Christopher Gray makes the link between the last episode of Endeavour and former Liberal leader Cyril Smith

Try a taste of Falstaff's celebrated elixir of life

The Oxford Times: Drinking chums: Antony Sher's Sir John Falstaff - tankard of sack in hand - with friends Silence (Jim Hooper, left) and Shallow (Oliver Ford Davies)

12:48pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Christopher Gray on the ghoulish appeal of the Royal Shakespeare Company's props

A subjective opinion given as if it were generally held

The Oxford Times: Fat knight: Antony Sher as Stratford's new Sir John Falstaff

1:03pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Christopher Gray takes issue with the media presenting an opinion that some may not share

Once in a blue moon get-together at Didcot

The Oxford Times: The glorious nighttime scene at the Didcot Rail Centre with, from left, King Edward II, Tornado and Sir Nigel Gresley

12:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Christopher Gray spots a special steam engine at Didcot Railway Centre



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