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    Oxford

    Went there Wednesday

    Not what I expected - just an expensive Cardiff

    Was expecting small and rural with quaint shops and artisan bakeries. Instead chain stores and It was packed

    Not for me

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    Re: Oxford

    I blame Inspector Morse.
    He made it all look too quaint, but in reality it has the highest murder rate in the country.

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by WJ99mobile View Post
    Went there Wednesday

    Not what I expected - just an expensive Cardiff

    Was expecting small and rural with quaint shops and artisan bakeries. Instead chain stores and It was packed

    Not for me
    Tis the case in most towns and cities in the UK. Santander, WHSmith and all the other brands occupying properties with enormous plate glass windows at street level. You often have to look up to take in the architecture. I posted a message on here a couple of years ago saying that I though Cardiff city centre had become more soulless but I was harangued for it. Still, I can cope

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    Re: Oxford

    I know a guy who used to play for one of the big BBC orchestras. They got expenses where ever thy went and hey all loved a beer, when you see the orchestra on TV they are likely all half pissed.
    But in Oxford they never drank even on expenses. They called it the Rip-off Capital of Britain, and having had to work there at Magdalene College for several weeks I agree with them.
    you pay extra just for being in Oxford, big deal!!

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bloop View Post
    I blame Inspector Morse.
    He made it all look too quaint, but in reality it has the highest murder rate in the country.
    Fair play, I had to do a double take on that!

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    Re: Oxford

    Why are so many people called Don in Oxford?

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    Re: Oxford

    Oxford is a strange place

    All the nice buildings , some posh suburbs but some less than squeaky clean areas

    Oxford East is one of the only labour seats in the south east of England outside of London

    Cowley , Blackbird Leys , Wood farm, all traditional working class districts

    I never used to go into Oxford City Centre at night , the locals ran the place

    The student area , cowley road was OK

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    Outside of the University area Oxford can be a surprisingly rough old place and quite industrial.

    Cambridge on the other hand is quite stunning and has, in the main, been sympathetically developed. The only problem is that those from the surrounding areas are a strange lot to the point of making people from the Forest of Dean look reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    Tis the case in most towns and cities in the UK. Santander, WHSmith and all the other brands occupying properties with enormous plate glass windows at street level. You often have to look up to take in the architecture. I posted a message on here a couple of years ago saying that I though Cardiff city centre had become more soulless but I was harangued for it. Still, I can cope
    Yes almost all UK cities look basically the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorblue View Post
    Outside of the University area Oxford can be a surprisingly rough old place and quite industrial.

    Cambridge on the other hand is quite stunning and has, in the main, been sympathetically developed. The only problem is that those from the surrounding areas are a strange lot to the point of making people from the Forest of Dean look reasonable.
    The Forest Of Dean .......Deliverance

    Hereford ........Ditto

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    The Forest Of Dean .......Deliverance

    Hereford ........Ditto
    Bridgwater: The home of the Family version of Naked Twister.

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    Re: Oxford

    I love Oxford. I lived there for four years a student. The Cornmarket and Westgate Centre are like any city's shopping streets but there is plenty more. If you want artisan type stuff, go to the Covered Market or to Summertown in North Oxford, 15 minutes walk or 5-minute bus-ride from the centre. Walk from the centre down the High, past Magdalen College, over Magdalen Bridge, and you're in Cowley Road, a multicultural working-class area with lots of cheap restaurants, and cheapish pubs with happy-hour deals etc. Accommodation (permanent and hotel-wise) is expensive but you can live there quite cheaply if you know the right places (and the right people - there's a good community spirit).

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    The Forest Of Dean .......Deliverance
    Oye Sludge Iíve always been polite and smiled at your tales of daring do & debauchery. As a long time resident of the Forest of Dean I cannot accept your comments, now get back in your canoe & paddle on by

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen Wiggy View Post
    I love Oxford. I lived there for four years a student. The Cornmarket and Westgate Centre are like any city's shopping streets but there is plenty more. If you want artisan type stuff, go to the Covered Market or to Summertown in North Oxford, 15 minutes walk or 5-minute bus-ride from the centre. Walk from the centre down the High, past Magdalen College, over Magdalen Bridge, and you're in Cowley Road, a multicultural working-class area with lots of cheap restaurants, and cheapish pubs with happy-hour deals etc. Accommodation (permanent and hotel-wise) is expensive but you can live there quite cheaply if you know the right places (and the right people - there's a good community spirit).
    east Oxford is certainly bohemian in its own little way

    Used to drink in the bullingdon when I lived on cowley road

    Lived above a kebab house , which was handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Parrot View Post
    Oye Sludge Iíve always been polite and smiled at your tales of daring do & debauchery. As a long time resident of the Forest of Dean I cannot accept your comments, now get back in your canoe & paddle on by
    Cinderford

    Innit

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by Majorblue View Post
    Outside of the University area Oxford can be a surprisingly rough old place and quite industrial.

    Cambridge on the other hand is quite stunning and has, in the main, been sympathetically developed. The only problem is that those from the surrounding areas are a strange lot to the point of making people from the Forest of Dean look reasonable.
    I’m glad someone mentioned foresters (people who reside in the Forest of Dean)....really weird, seem to hate everyone particularly Welsh folks

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    The Forest Of Dean .......Deliverance

    Hereford ........Ditto
    Spot on...banjo playing toothless freaks sitting on every bridge

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by SLUDGE FACTORY View Post
    east Oxford is certainly bohemian in its own little way

    Used to drink in the bullingdon when I lived on cowley road

    Lived above a kebab house , which was handy
    Yes, really great down-to-earth area.Good mix of locals and students but an area which tends to repel the more unsavoury students. A huge number of twats in the student community but some very notable exceptions.I lived further down the Cowley Road, virtually in Cowley.

    Many friends still in Cowley Road, so I always get a free place to crash when I visit.

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by Helen Wiggy View Post
    I love Oxford. I lived there for four years a student. The Cornmarket and Westgate Centre are like any city's shopping streets but there is plenty more. If you want artisan type stuff, go to the Covered Market or to Summertown in North Oxford, 15 minutes walk or 5-minute bus-ride from the centre. Walk from the centre down the High, past Magdalen College, over Magdalen Bridge, and you're in Cowley Road, a multicultural working-class area with lots of cheap restaurants, and cheapish pubs with happy-hour deals etc. Accommodation (permanent and hotel-wise) is expensive but you can live there quite cheaply if you know the right places (and the right people - there's a good community spirit).
    There's not much happening in Summertown, unless you mean the town end, just a shitload of expensive houses and Peter Hitchens, enough to put anyone off Walking the canal is nice, and just south of Headington is Shotover country park, loads of wildlife etc. I was back and forth Oxford for 2 years. It's alright, first time i heard the phrase'Townie or Gownie' The A420 in to Oxford is great if you want to play road kill bingo, never have i seen so many dead Rabbits, Deer, Pheasants, Badgers etc. Probably shot by the locals

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    Re: Oxford

    Quote Originally Posted by Helen Wiggy View Post
    Yes, really great down-to-earth area.Good mix of locals and students but an area which tends to repel the more unsavoury students. A huge number of twats in the student community but some very notable exceptions.I lived further down the Cowley Road, virtually in Cowley.

    Many friends still in Cowley Road, so I always get a free place to crash when I visit.
    Lived at bottom end of cowley road , opposite the park

    Used to go swimming in temple cowley pool

    Lived there 1990 to 93

    Venue was main music place , Union was main pub

    Saw Radiohead there in front of about 50 people

    They were crap so nothing has changed

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