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Gray Matter

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

Speedy service, but beware if you want an Airline bus after midnight

Gray Matter: More transport travails of the sort readers enjoy

Gray Matter: Night at the opera ends in a total car park farce

Aidan Turner in a rare clothed appearance in newsprint

Gray Matter: Why is it OK to make sex symbols of male actors?

Gray Matter: Cautionary tale about travel on London Tube

Gray Matter: Why should some crimes be unreportable?

Christopher Gray and Professor Frank Close talk trains

Gray Matter: My meeting with railway enthusiast professor

The Cathedrals Express, hauled by the Mayflower steam locomotive leaving Oxford station

Gray Matter: Mayflower confirms that steam’s the way to travel

Guy Carter, left, receives his prize from Jeremy Mogford

Gray Matter: Writer helps himself to a double win in story contest

Gray Matter: Mushroom-hunting chef joins fight for woods

Jessye Norman

Gray Matter: Warmth and depth from the great American diva

Lord Attenborough, right, and Christopher Gray

The old-style aristos were absent from Dickie’s do

The Irish ambassador Daniel Mulhall on his way to talk on Yeats at the Weston Library

Great speakers, settings and educative capacity

I had no suspicions over clergyman, until now

Sparrow takes wing for his show-off flight

Acrobatic displays of a friendly sparrow

How finding money can be a costly business

Curator Claire Wilcox at the V&A’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition

Stunning showcase for the genius of McQueen

Charlie Manton as Lord Augustus Coverly

Playwright’s mistake over wrongly titled aristocrat

Daily Mail invents angle on Oxford sex case

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