Category Archives: local_independents

Cycleless, marketless, townless

I managed to sneak in a cycle ride yesterday afternoon. There was still potentially work from clients, but in practice it would wait for Monday, and I was feeling really rather rough: like I was coming down with a cold, … Continue reading

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It is good to be sociable sometimes, and never better than at Christmas

Living in a smallish town makes one quite sensitive to the social aspects of what might otherwise be viewed as purely commercial changes in its atmosphere. Around Christmas-time, the change in the quantity of people in Witney on a market … Continue reading

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Involve me and I forget

After planning and then implementing yet another evening conference yesterday, I could hear my own fuses blowing today. Socialising, and especially “being professional,” depletes a certain reserve in my brain, and the day after I tend to be cranky, headachy, … Continue reading

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Et in arcades ego

Last weekend we went to Cardiff. Trips away are trickier now we’ve got a cat: certainly weekends with K’s family have fallen into a slightly complicated routine. K. heads off on Friday; I stay until Saturday morning; and either I … Continue reading

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The town centre cannot hold

Living in Oxford for ten years, and little Cotswolds villages for another couple of years, gives one an unrealistic expectation of the pace of civic change. While the loss of certain tenants of the public space – pubs, bookshops, ancient … Continue reading

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Driving the wildlife round the bend

Ages ago, we received the regular form through the post, requiring us to update our details on the electoral roll. There was a leaflet along with it from West Oxfordshire District Council advertising “West Oxfordshire Week.” This was indeed a … Continue reading

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People who agonized over these decisions also agonized over

While we’re on the subject of commerce, it’s worth revising a couple of my longstanding resolutions with regards to online purchases. If nothing else, exposing my hypocrisy at least makes me feel less like I’m being wilfully misleading and more … Continue reading

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