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Housing standards plummet in Oxford rented sector

A survey commissioned by Oxford City Council has revealed that a fifth of the 30,500 private rented sectors constitute “a serious housing hazard”.

The private rented sector in Oxford represents close to fifty percent of homes in the city. Every Oxford ward has over 20 percent of housing in the private rented sector, a council press release reckoned. The council has launched a public consultation. Continue reading

New Osney: It’s a Bridge too Far

EXCLUSIVE Some of our more elderly readers might have seen the film A Bridge too Far (1977), all about the failure of the Brits in the Netherlands during the Second World War – Scottish 90 year old Sean Connery was the star. Some of you might also have seen Continue reading

Mill Street nightmare might happen!

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18698675.decision-due-plans-extend-cherwell-college-accommodation/

Shocking video shows Gibbs Crescent threat

Readers of Volesoft.com are already aware of the goings on in Mill Street, Oxford – some salacious details were made famous by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales – the Miller’s TaleContinue reading

Mill Street origins of Little Brock are explored

Genealogists in Mill Street have become interested in Little Brock’s antecedents and have dug up quite a lot of information.

Little Brock, the badger cub, emerged as an adventurous child of the Giant Albino Badger of Mill Street just three or so weeks ago. So far, we have discovered that Brock Little was a famous surfer and stuntman (https://www.liveabout.com/the-death-of-brock-little-4009907) who died in 2016 and did stunts for Die Hard 4.0 and Transformers.

Brooke Little is an actress (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6056936/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm). Big George Brock died on April 10th this year and played with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and others (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_George_Brock). He was a boxer and fought Sonny Liston, beating him.

You can hear lots of his music on YouTube, for example:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjcFc8o6EE&list=OLAK5uy_nRwUEn0u9xzp0IjGoi_qULT44UnSdpPmI

The Giant Badger of Mill Street

Worth watching the FB posts on the Giant Badger of Mill Street. More later!

Oxford City Council flouts nationwide laws

A cadre of councillors in the World Heritage city of Oxford has decided that blind and disabled people will have to suffer a dictat from planners and endure an egregious development that will leave people in the cold.

Two nationwide organisations for the disabled pointed out that “developments” at Gibbs Crescent took no notice of statutory laws, fire access laws, and common humanity, including United Nations, British, and European Commission  laws. Continue reading

Mill Street residents up in arms over Gibbs Crescent

NEW OSNEY AND THE PLANNING PROPOSAL FOR GIBBS CRESCENT Meeting (2) of residents, 19.30, 12 March 2019, Cherwell College, Osney Lane (W)  

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In attendance Residents present Cherwell College: Stephen Clarke; Abbey Walk: Henry Nebrensky; Oxford City Council: Susanna Pressel; Arthur Street: Penny Baker; Malcolm Keay; A2Dominion Oxford: Jim Smith and Tina Proctor Barrett Street: Anne James (Chair); Andrew Walker; Marshall Walker; Jericho: Joe Shallis [representing Jessica Leaf of Gibbs Crescent] Continue reading

Rising Sun, Morning Calm

Our special correspondent, Hadrien Levi, writes: Saturday, August 15th, 2020, almost the end of Japan’s Obon Holiday week. Korean War 2.0 ended before the beginning of the Summer Tokyo Olympic Games, and there were some rumors circulating in the Japanese and International media about a possible visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Yasukuni Shrine to mourn the War dead. Continue reading