Oxford verdant and twittering


in Daily updates, Oxford, The outdoors

Milan Ilnyckyj in Worchester College

The emergence of spring in Oxford is rather dramatic. I would expect that this seems especially true for someone from Vancouver. Since most of our trees are coniferous, the degree of colour change that accompanies the passage of the seasons is much less pronounced. Our green mountainsides may spend less time obstructed by cloud-banks, but we are rarely treated to the elegant site of a large and ancient tree gaining or shedding its foliage.

In addition, Oxford seems to be positively thronged with birds these days: singing in the early morning and escorting the first – almost comically cute – ducklings along the banks of the Cherwell. All this has made showing Hilary around even more enjoyable. Today included a lengthy visit to the Natural History Museum and a far shorter one to the Museum of the History of Science, complete with the famous Einstein blackboard. Attending my first OUSSG meeting in a year in a non-executive capacity was enjoyable, even if I didn’t partake in the very fine dinner that takes place beforehand.

Speaking of the OUSSG, some of you may remember when I said that the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group needs a new webmaster? Well, the position remains open. The level of work involved is fairly limited and the group is a rather interesting one. Anyone who can run a blog knows enough about the web to maintain the site.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Hilary April 25, 2007 at 12:46 am

I still think you should have used either the photo of you looking crazy and as if you were about to fall out of the tree, or perhaps the one where you’re in a contorted rage after I stole your camera.

Milan April 25, 2007 at 1:10 am


Here are the two photos you describe:

Crazy plus tree

Crazy due to stolen camera

You can see how profoundly the latter can affect me.

Antonia April 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm

I’m sure that’s ‘my’ picnic tree over the Isis in Magdalen College gardens. Nice photo – credit to Hilary, I’m sure.

Milan May 1, 2007 at 1:02 am


This tree is beside the artificial pond in Worchester College. The photos were taken by Hilary.

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