February 13, 2017

In the rush of the Seasonal Stuff, including a veritable blizzard of walking tours, I didn't find time to put this up for your yuletide enjoyment.
No, it's not about Oxford, per se, though it does concern the fate of an intellectually snobbish Oxbridge Don circa early...

November 29, 2016

“He [Salviati] had the soul of an artist and the wonders that filled his eyes in Venice each day took possession of his thoughts :he witnessed the decadence of the arts of glassmaking and mosaic , and was filled the noble desire to bring them back to life”

Pictured are...

November 7, 2016

photo tours of oxford

His brow was black, his eye beneath

Shone like a wrathful bulldog’s teeth;

And still amid the darkness rung

The accents of his well-known tongue:

‘Your name and college!’

College rhymes, Volume 3 1892

Meet Lindsey Mills (pictured above, left), one of two...

June 7, 2016

Yes, it’s Trashing Time once more in Oxford. As pictured, it’s the time for students, Finals or Prelims over, to let rip along Merton Lane and get doused in cheap Pop (such are the economic times for even some of the gentry, we hear), shaving foam, whipped cream, flour...

May 31, 2016

Amid the crowds and bustle of Christ Church College’s splendid 16th Century dining hall, one portrait, just to the right as you enter, can so easily be missed. It’s of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known to the world as Lewis Carroll.

In a world of not Hogw...

May 31, 2016

After months of extensive restoration work, the Chapel, a Baroque masterpiece with mind-blowing interior carvings by Gringling Gibbon, has now opened its doors to travellers once more. Thank you Trinity!

Described by diarist and Fellowe Discerning Traveler, Celia Fienne...

January 1, 2016



Here you will find a Cabinet of Curiosities about Oxford and beyond for you to enjoy. From time to time, we also recommend things: from coffee houses to books to places to visit which you might otherwise miss. If anything pops up that prompts you to write a comment o...

November 30, 2015

This photo got us thinking about trees, knowledge, the Bodleian and so forth… and this forgotten 'literary' gem is what we came across! Enjoy!

Pindarique Ode

Mr. Cowley's Book presenting it self to the University Library of Oxford

from Works (1668; editor's copy)

HAil Lear...

September 14, 2015

WHAT do we up so early this May morn?

Hath Health the huntress from some neighbouring hill

Blown such a blast of her enchanted horn,

That Youth forgets his slumber? . . . Gathering still, 

Quick eager forms the solemn pathway fill:

Pass Magdalen’s portal, scale her endless...

September 14, 2015

… Heaven in Pity First sent amongst us this All-Healing Berry,
Coffee arrives, that grave and wholesome Liquor,That heals the stomach, makes the genius quicker,Relieves the memory, revives the sad,
 And cheers the Spirits, without making mad.  — Anon. (1674)

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