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Toby Hambly


Is a fan not only of Pina coladas, but also of getting caught in the rain. An ex-publican and pizzaiuolo, he is now privileged enough to ramble on about similar subjects in these hallowed pages.


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Thu 10 Dec 2020



In the past 12 months, pubs and restaurants have had to adapt to survive. One local catering company, Cirencester-based Relish, typifies this more than most.

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Tue 14 Apr 2020

A Chippy off the Old Block

Lucy Pearman on free croissants, impostor syndrome and going up London.

I win a fiver on a scratch card moments before Lucy Pearman lights up my phone. She congratulates me on the chance windfall as I simultaneously go to laud her for her actually-deserved roles

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Wed 4 Mar 2020

“Stand-up is a breakdown.”

Kerry Godliman on stand-up, Afterlife and boshing about.

OX editor and long-suffering housemate Sam gets an email, turns to me and announces that we’ve got time with Kerry Godliman for our Women’s Issue. “Bosh!” is my instinctive

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Fri 7 Feb 2020

Review: Educating Rita

Russell's iconic play still warms the heart 40 years on

Having not seen the 1983 adaption of Willy Russell’s play, my eyes were fresh to Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson as Frank and Rita, without a preconception of the shoes being filled.

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Tue 31 Dec 2019

Principal ballet dancer Ashley Shaw returns this year to the role of Vickie Page in Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes. We spoke to Ashley to discuss the show and the ways which

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Tue 31 Dec 2019

Stephen Emmer

From Bach to Wilroy

Dutch composer, arranger and artist Stephen Emmer has been busy collaborating with Canadian artist Wilroy, remixing tracks from his award-winning album Home Ground, originally released in 2017

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Tue 31 Dec 2019

Soul Fire Farm

"This Land is our Classroom"

Leah Penniman, author, activist and farmer, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. She and her team at Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York are working to increase farmland

Wed 18 Dec 2019

Practising the Moment

With Squashua

Anyone who’s spent a lot of time out and about in Oxford will recognise a few regular faces; the sorts of people that you don’t know, but you sort of do at the same time. One artist

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Wed 18 Dec 2019

The Mind Behind Oxfordshire Mind

Dan Knowles on the Comedy Gala

My interview with Dan Knowles, CEO of Oxfordshire Mind, begins in true Oxonian fashion. “I’m sitting in the dreadful traffic Oxford is suffering today. The A34 is down. I’m

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Sat 7 Dec 2019

There’s nothing small about the USA’s small-town mentality. Their introductory smiles warp the space-time continuum while they regale you with stories about the bar down the road