• Editor's blog

    BMW MINI

    A Century of Car Making in Cowley

    Last summer I wrote a piece in Oxford Today about the extraordinary gulf that separates car manufacturing in Oxford from the University around it.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    Motor Cars in March

    Motor Cars in March

    Given the inherent tension of my alter ego as The Oxonian in Cambridge, I sometimes wonder if I'm the perversely willing victim of a peculiar variant of OCD — Oxford Cambridge Disorder — from which, though painless, there's little respite.
  • Oxford and the media

    Tutorials in Media

    Tutorials in Media

    I was set wondering by an e-mail I received from Nicholas Leonard, who went up to St Johns in 1958 and edited Cherwell, before a lengthy career in financial journalism (and finance itself), ending up at LBC and the Financial Times group.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    Does This House Believe?

    Does This House Believe?

    Founded in 1815, there's an embarrassment of riches at the Cambridge Union this term. Having issued over a thousand invitations, the Speakers Committee has put together a decent party.
  • Oxford and the media

    From Headlines to Heads

    From Headlines to Heads

    In my day at Oxford, the head of College was a primarily academic figure, with additional administrative and public responsibilities. It was certainly an Establishment role, when such a thing was understood.
  • Editor's blog

    Cherwell Meadows

    Oxford’s Flooding

    It was once said — apocryphally, I think — that when Oxford flooded properly you could punt to the railway station from Christ Church meadows.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    Oxford’s Almanack

    Oxford’s Almanack

    Over a new year drink, I discovered that one of our neighbours — at the bottom of whose garden we live, not vice versa — has a remarkable Oxford connection.
  • Oxford and the media

    Write to the Top

    Write to the Top

    I was delighted to see that the latest Student Reporter of the Year is from Oxford. In the Guardian Student Media Awards 2012, Lizzie Porter from St John’s has picked up the title.
  • The class of 2012

    The Calm Before the Storm

    The Calm Before the Storm

    After an intense but very rewarding term, I was able to settle down for a lovely and well deserved Christmas back home. I had mixed feelings about being back in bonnie Scotland, though.
  • Oxonian in Cambridge

    Scouts and Celebrations

    Scouts and Celebrations

    The invitation, just arrived, is to a college gaudy. It's the third to which I've been asked in twenty years and a tempting prospect, even admitting the bald truth that inclusion on the guest list has nothing to do with merit.

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