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Romeo Needs a Home: An Orphan

Romeo, an English Bulldog Cross, 3 years old, was recently orphaned when his owner died of cancer. See photo and more details available below, but any help in finding Romeo a home would be so greatly appreciated. Have you been looking for a dog, or know someone who could provide a good home?

Speak to Robin at #14 Victoria Road if you have ideas, or comment here.

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For more details, click on: FLIER on Romeo

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Recycling Nespresso

Twice, Nespresso has failed to pick up my recycled capsules. They also provide no email address to contact them. Their phone number is always busy. Given the success of this product, you would think they would be responsible on recycling. Has anyone had similar problems with @Nespresso?

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Luminous Shadows at the Old Fire Station: Thursday 23rd May 2013

An opportunity to see the DEC group in performance in Luminous Shadows at the Old Fire Station next week on Thursday 23rd May.  Don’t miss this chance to enjoy the magical interaction of dance, music and drawing with video projection – book your seat now!  The DEC artists are Ana Barbour and Susie Crow (dance), Malcolm Atkins and Bruno Guastalla (music), and Clare Bassett, Kassandra Isaacson and Susan Moxley.  The DEC group will also be hosting another Drawing Dance workshop on Monday 3rd June at URC.
Full details here:
And more information about DEC activities here:

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The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing the Save Port Meadow Petition on the Care2 website, about the utterly wrong Roger Dudman Way/Castle Mill development overlooking the Port Meadow. You are one of over 3,000 concerned and outraged residents and friends of Oxford to have done so. Pressure is building on the City Council and University of Oxford but we need to keep it up.

Save Port Meadow is a community campaign and Port Meadow needs you still!

Today the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), in partnership with the Campaign to Save Port Meadow, is announcing it is launching a legal challenge to seek judicial review of the planning permission. As a supporter of the campaign, we wanted you to hear it first.

We have just one opportunity to e-mail you following your signing the petition, and this is it.  Please don%u2019t hesitate, take a couple of small but important steps NOW.  (Don%u2019t delay, you know it makes sense.)

1. EMAIL AND PLEASE DO IT NOW!  to keep informed and stay involved in the campaign. There have already been Council meetings and other public meetings are planned. A Port Meadow Celebration is planned for the end of May bank holiday. Email your full name and we%u2019ll send updates on how the campaign is going, and how to help and get involved.

2. Please DONATE to the Save Port Meadow Appeal. The legal challenge takes money! Give safely and securely at the Campaign-2019s Just Giving page All funds will go directly to CPRE Oxfordshire and be managed by them for legal and campaign publicity costs.

The Port Meadow development has been front page news in the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail. It has been covered by the Telegraph, Sky News and Private Eye. The City Council and University of Oxford need to be held to account for their planning fiasco. The Council knows it has a problem, but it thinks it%u2019s just a small group of vocal people. Neither the University nor Council are taking responsibility, both are saying %u201Cnothing can be done%u201D and hoping for public outrage to subside.

Please let them know the whole of Oxford wants to Save Port Meadow, by staying involved. Email NOW! We can%u2019t contact you again through this petition site, so it%u2019s important if you want to add your voice to the growing campaign again. And please give NOW to the Save Port Meadow Appeal, whatever you can afford will make a huge difference.

You can also follow the Campaign on Facebook. But most importantly, first and now, e-mail  And tell all your friends. Port Meadow is counting on the people of Oxford to save it!

Thank you!

Sushila Dhall and Toby Porter

The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

PS. Just do it. Email to keep in touch with the campaign.  Do it now!
And that Save Port Meadow Appeal donation page again:

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Recycling Web Site and News

The Oxford City Council’s Web site on recycling is very useful and includes some news, at least to me. For example, we can now recycle household batteries by placing them on the top of our blue or green bin in a clear plastic bag on the collection day. 220px-Recycling_symbol.svg

The site is at

and information about batteries at:

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A Christmas Meditation: Summertown, 23 December 2012

At least one person on the road will be I’ll singing some very beautiful Christmas music in Summertown on 23rd December. It would be lovely to residents of VR at the event.


December 23, St. Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown. 8pm.
(9.15pm finish). Tickets £10

In the marvellous acoustic of St. Michael’s Church, Liedertafel and Pro Victoria will perform some truly magnificent 15th and 16th century Christmas polyphony by Victoria, Josquin de Prez, Palestrina and Guerrero, as well as a selection of seasonal favourites.

EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE by email tickets at

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Sunday – VRG Christmas Drinks, and Carols in the Street, 5 December 2012 at 07:25

Dear VRG’ers

Quick reminder that it’s Victoria Road Group Christmas drinks this Sunday, 6-8pm at number 59 (Sally and Jonathan’s).

Do remind any neighbours who may not be on this email list – don’t forget, newcomers especially welcome.

Come and join in the carol singing in the street first, meet 5:15 outside 105. Word sheets will be provided.

There was a little snow on the ground about an hour ago…

(VRG Chair)

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A Poet’s Tea Party: 25 November 2012

A POET’S TEA PARTY with a choice of fine teas
Sunday 25 November, 5.00pm-7.00pm
The Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Street, Oxford
Refresh yourself with a welcome cuppa and stunning stanzas from an exciting group of new voices including –
Introduced by
Tickets £3 at the door, or in advance from jennyklewis at or albionbeatnik at

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Tom Poster Recital

The Exuberant Trust PRESS RELEASE    Issued: 6th November 2012 for immediate release

Tom Poster Recital

Acclaimed pianist Tom Poster is to give a recital in the Holywell Music Room on Sunday November 25th at 7.30pm in aid of the Exuberant Trust – an Oxfordshire charity giving grants to young local creative artists.
There will be many old friends in the audience as Tom grew up in Oxford, attending the Cherwell School before going on to Kings College, Cambridge where he gained a Double First in Music.

Tom made his London concerto debut at the age of 13, and won the keyboard section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000. He has played concertos with a wide range of orchestras, won the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2007 and performed at the BBC Proms in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He is the pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble, whose recordings have received great critical praise.

‘a marvel who can play anything in any style’ (The Herald) ‘an unparalleled sound-magician’ (General-Anzeiger)

Tom who will play pieces by Chopin, Grieg, Schumann and Liszt said:

‘I am delighted to be helping raise funds for the Exuberant Trust – I have fond memories of concerts organized by Jenny Graham-Jones, in whose memory the Trust was founded.’

The Exuberant Trust has so far given grants totaling more than £40,000 to some eighty young Oxfordshire musicians, artists, dancers and craftspeople. Attendance at this concert will increase its potential to help many more.

Tickets are available on the door or from Prices: £12/£10 concessions, £5 students

Further Information from:

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