Night of racing with Carers Trust and the Princess Royal

The Oxford Times:

11:14am Thursday 17th July 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Wonderful landscape viewed from a train

The Oxford Times:

10:56am Thursday 10th July 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

When Andy Coulson and I weekended in Birmingham

The Oxford Times:

10:57am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Before the 'set' gave Chippy national fame

The Oxford Times:

10:53am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Generally a human being does it better

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

12:36pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Is party boss Ed now treading the boards?

The Oxford Times: Ed Miliband

12:34pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Trollope finds the word 'fit' for purpose

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

11:14am Thursday 19th June 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

The irritating import of standing ovations

The Oxford Times: The irritating import of standing ovations

12:43pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Surprise of the wine-swigging Methodist

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

11:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

Ancillary events add a new angle to on form

11:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Gray Matter with Christopher Gray

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

Why do we all black the partnership?

The Oxford Times: Awaited: What the Botley Road Waitrose will look like

12:42pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Christopher Gray on the John Lewis partnership

Master of the macabre reaches his 200th year

The Oxford Times: Sheridan Le Fanu's terrifying lesbian vampire Carmilla as she was first depicted in the magazine The Dark Blue by artist D. H. Friston in 1872

12:35pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Christopher Gray looks at Dublin's significant in vampire literature

How money looked in the days of my youth

The Oxford Times: How money looked in the days of my youth

12:28pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The proposal of a new £1 coin sends Christopher Gray on a trip down memory lane

Veronese - master of faces, fabrics and fur

The Oxford Times: Stunning: Christopher Gray in front of the colossal Martyrdom of St. George. Behind is exhibition curator Xavier F. Salomon being interviewed

12:03pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Christopher Gray visits an unmissable Veronese exhibiton at the National Gallery

It's a man's job running the railways

The Oxford Times: Paris bound: A train on the HS1 line speeds through Kent

11:23am Thursday 20th March 2014

Christopher Gray ponders the lack of female staff running the nation's railways

Trio of fine restaurants for foodies to savour

The Oxford Times: John Footman at the Oxford Kitchen

11:15am Thursday 20th March 2014

Where is a good place to eat? Christopher Gray has a few answers

A campaign has started to preserve a useful bridge

The Oxford Times: A campaign has started to preserve a useful bridge

1:10pm Thursday 13th March 2014

The bridge links Roger Dudman Way with River Thames towpath, writes Christopher Gray

Did Labour's top man save the student play?

The Oxford Times: The Caucasian Chalk Circle

1:08pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Christopher Gray reports back after attending the Oxford Playhouse production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Who is Bisto kidding with its odd claim over servings?

The Oxford Times: What's cooking?: In fact Bisto sauce doesn't need any

11:12am Thursday 6th March 2014

Christopher Gray ponders what even constitutes a 'serving'

Girl power was going strong in the sixties

The Oxford Times: Dame Shirley Bassey

11:09am Thursday 6th March 2014

Christopher Gray believes female figures dominated the charts long before the Spice Girls

Joy of the new for me at two splendid shows

The Oxford Times: Close encounter: Hitman Captain Lesgate (Robert Perkins) attacks victim Shelia Wendice (Kelly Hotten) in Dial M For Murder

11:07am Thursday 6th March 2014

Christopher Gray talks about seeing Dial M For Murder and Ghost the Musical in Oxford

Oysters and champagne for the first night crowd

The Oxford Times: Loins girded: The men of Full Monty

2:29pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Christopher Gray is surprised by the food and drink on offer when he attended a London production of The Full Monty

Old Parsonage revamp is nearing completion

The Oxford Times: The famous facade

2:25pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Christopher Gray talks about the stunning refurbishments at Oxford's Old Parsonage Hotel

'Local lad' Tom lands a coveted new stage role

The Oxford Times: 'Local lad' Tom lands a coveted new stage role

11:28am Thursday 20th February 2014

Former Cherwell School pupil Tom Bateman is set to play William Shakespeare, writes Christopher Gray

Ideal spot for what we like to see organised

The Oxford Times: At work: Cotswold Brewing Company's founder Rick Keene in the foreground with brewer James Boatright with a new batch of lager

11:25am Thursday 20th February 2014

Christopher Gray talks about the Cotswold Brewing Company

Victorians too blew smoke at their children

The Oxford Times: Guy Deverell by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

11:53am Thursday 13th February 2014

Christopher Gray talks passive smoking

Comic come-uppance for bully-boy compere

The Oxford Times: Dame Edna Everage

11:46am Thursday 13th February 2014

Christopher Gray on the comedian's mocking tradition

Chef Raymond's surprising tip will put paid to our evening meal

The Oxford Times: Chef Raymond's surprising tip will put paid to our evening meal

11:34am Thursday 6th February 2014

Christopher Gray looks at Raymond Blanc's interesting piece of advice



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