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Fri 24 May 2019

Smokin Donut

Accelerating Secondary School Talent with Toby Goodman Racing

Lord Williams's A-Level student Toby Goodman is a kid in a hurry… which is great news for the town as Toby’s successful ten year career has progressed from karting championships into the driving seat of competitive car racing, placing him tipped to win the MINI Challenge 2019 Cooper Pro Series against stiff opposition...

Fri 24 May 2019

Simon Reeve

Our Fragile and Rickety Existence

In over 20 travel series, Simon Reeve has hunted with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, been chased by pirates, hounded by the Mafia and detained by the KGB. He’s been to over 120 countries, ranging across deserts, mountains, jungles and oceans. Enough to complete a bucket list (or two) and perhaps plenty to permit thinking he’s a guffawing, swashbuckling, Walter Raleigh type, but when I speak to him, he’s still reeling from his son’s eighth birthday party...

Tue 21 May 2019

This is the kind of place where dishes are tried by all staff and meticulously learned to be paired with a litany of new and frequently fascinating wines. The sommelier in charge of our wine flight had a refreshing irreverence to him and his choices. It felt like the goal was to explore the world of wine and, by extension, his passion for it...

Tue 21 May 2019

For 30,000 years humans have been making objects from clay and hardening them in fire – from functional vessels to ritual figurines and decorative art. And you can see 21st-century design combined with these age-old techniques during Oxfordshire Artweeks...

Mon 20 May 2019

Step off the High Street of Watlington this May during Oxfordshire Artweeks and you’ll find yourselves in India, surrounded by wall art by textile artist Harriet Riddell (Artweeks venue 283) who has just returned from a trip to the northern state of Rajasthan where she stitched the glories of the people and the places they inhabit in free-motion embroidery. Each piece shows a place with its human stories woven in...

Mon 20 May 2019

Over the past few months The Significant Other and I have started walking. Please don’t take from this that previously we crawled or bottom-shuffled our way around town and county: rather, we have adopted walking as a pastime in order to explore some of the Oxfordshire’s lesser-spotted Nooks and Crannies...

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Noun, [ ney-bob ]
“any very wealthy, influential, or powerful person.”