Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Oxford thoughts

This week I am in Oxford on a course titled People and Security. It is very interesting, and the third time I have been to Oxford for a course. Given that I only have one more trip after this lined up I thought I would note down what I like, and what I do not like about Oxford.

So the number one thing I like is G & D's. Absolutely the best ice cream I have had in the UK (well since Tazioli's in Rosyth closed down). They have two cafes one in Little Clarendon street (which is right by the St Giles Software Engineering centre) and one in St Aldates. I also like that Borders is still open at 8:30 at night, so I can pop in and buy books at a late hour, bliss.

I also like how close the railway station is to the town centre, and how easy it is to walk around town. I also like the Park and Ride.

Things I do not like are the traffic. I don't care what Jeremy Clarkson says about the Park and Ride and Oxfords dislike of cars in the city. If he ever had to walk from the railway station to St Giles via Worcester Street at 8:30 in the morning while suffering from Asthma he might have a different view.

I also do not like the Magdalen Street Odeon. While it is nice to see a cinema of that era they really need to look at the seat cushioning. It was very uncomfortable.

The final thing I do not like is the shear number of people begging on the street. I know that this may seam a little heartless, but if I donated to everyone I walk past while in Oxford I wouldn't have any money left.


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