Briefly out of Oxford

2007-02-11

in Daily updates, Oxford, The outdoors

Fields north of Oxford

The light this afternoon and evening was just gorgeous: beginning as the kind of sharp afternoon that contrasts so markedly with the gray days of rain before, then softening with the return of clouds and the approach of sunset. It offered a good chance to head out of Oxford northwards, in the first expedition for the simple purpose of cycling that I can recall having undertaken in many weeks. As the longer, warmer days of spring arrive, I should try to get back into the habit of visiting Woodstock, 13.2km north by northeast of here, through Yarnton. Otherwise, I spent all my time in an area that runs south from our flat to Carfax, sometimes extending eastwards some way along the High Street and Cowley Road: Milan’s Oxford. On this little map, the red line above ‘University of Oxford’ denotes 1km. The blue polygon denotes the zone in which I spend more than 95% of my time.

The most notable thing about this ride was the empty space between towns. During the fading light of the late afternoon, they provided a sense of immensity in one’s surroundings that cannot be attained when there are ugly pinkish-orange streetlights overhead. On the way back, they provided ample demonstration that six volts and 5.2 amps behind a single halogen bulb is hardly sufficient to cut through a rainy English night.

PS. Privately to Maddie and Meaghan: thanks.

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Milan February 11, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Side note: The link up there to ‘Milan’s Oxford’ uses the Link to Page feature in WordPress 2.1. Would people prefer if my photos of the day were similarly linked?

If so, clicking one would take you to a page that looks much like the Milan’s Oxford page, with the option to comment specifically on the photo.

. February 12, 2007 at 3:37 pm

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“Development prospects up in smoke? What will climate change mean for Africa”
Dr. Camilla Toulmin, Director of IIED, London.
Thurs 16th Feb. 4.30 pm, Green College Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in the Observatory
Organiser: African Environments Programme

Milan February 12, 2007 at 3:49 pm

I get the OUCE emails automatically. They actually sent out a correction about this event:

The Trapnell lecture (below) is to take place on FRIDAY 16th Feb, not Thursday as advertised earlier.

“Development prospects up in smoke? What will climate change mean for Africa”
Dr. Camilla Toulmin, Director of IIED, London.
Friday 16th Feb. 4.30pm, Green College Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in the Observatory at 6pm
Organiser: African Environments Programme

Milan February 13, 2007 at 4:26 pm

I agree. If I had anticipated how dark and dangerous it would have been, I would not have made the journey at the time when I did.

R.K. February 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Cycling in the dark on unlit roads sounds pretty dangerous. Maybe it would be better to shift your schedule a bit, so as to exercise at less ‘vampiric’ times.

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