The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Seven Ages ending in Chocolate

This show at the Guildhall can be seen here advertised in the window of AfPic.

It was based round Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man, and improvised in seven parts from babyhood through to second childhood.

The show was good: but my pictures are NOT. This is Kevin, as a young woman, trying out flirtation techniques on a volunteer from the audience.

Here are more blurred pictures, ending with death in white mask, and holding a sickle, coming to the old man in stage seven as he finished remembering his life - a short life on the stage made up of suggestions written on pieces of paper by the audience.

"If there is an afterlife, all I ask of God ... - the old man picked up the last piece of paper - ... is Chocolate."

Friday, 27 March 2009


At Abingdon Baptist Church there is an art exhibition called 'Voices'. John sent me the first picture.

'Voices' is mostly the work of an art group who meet at 35 Ock Street, the Church in Abingdon's open house, next door. There is art work all around the church until Saturday and some at 35 Ock Street.

But the exhibition includes outside pieces like this one by an Oxford Artist. It is partly inspired by the idea of people persecuted for their faith.

I can hear your voice but cannot hear what you are saying.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Public Works of Note

Stratton Way southbound was resurfaced and new white lines painted.

A scaffold was placed around St Helen's Mill Bridge.

The railings in front of Long Alley Almshouse were repainted. Public works were also happening on the church porch roof.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Simply Daffodils

A large number of Abingdon buildings are decorated with daffodils this year. I have pictures of a few...

Millstream Court

Twitty's Almshouses

Old Abbey House

The War Memorial

St Nic's Church

The County Hall.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Rubbish Incinerator

Sutton Courtney against the Incinerator protestors have been out and about to let us all know of a Public Meeting on 25th March at 7:30 pm at Abingdon Guildhall... A last chance to have our say.

The proposed incinerator would be only 4 KM from Abingdon, and right over Sutton Courtney. A big worry is the toxic particles the incinerator could put into the air...

Monday, 23 March 2009

Supplementary Sign

The new shop on Stert Street in Abingdon have just added the words "Ladies Fashions for the Fuller Figure". The designs look very colourful.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Abingdon Arts Festival - with Mostly Books

Mostly Books had a busy first day of the Arts Festival. There were two authors doing talks in the Roysse Room at the Guildhall, and one at the Amey Theatre.

First off in the Roysse Room was Tommy Donbevand with his children's book 'A Visit to Scream Street'

Next followed Professeur Richard Fortey, one time senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, now turned science author and 'Secret Life of...' author.

Here he is with 'The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum'.

And lastly Dr Phil Hammond at the Amey Theater. Dr Phil spoke with humour and openness on the NHS and health matters - with Buddy, his resusitation dummy. He was there with his book -

Trust Me, I'm (Still) a Doctor

Thanks to Mark from Mostly Books for the photo ops. The Mostly Books blog could well have better pictures when they get a bit of time to catch up. And in her blog Annabel has a close up with Doctor Phil.