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16 Comments August 31, 2011

County Hall about to be revealed ?

County Hall back into view
Today I heard the first clang of scaffolding poles being loaded into a lorry. After seven months of being covered in scaffold and netting the first corner of the County Hall was revealed today.

9 Comments August 30, 2011

Thorntons in Abingdon are closing

Thorntons Abingdon
Sorry to see that Thorntons in Abingdon are closing on September 24th. Thorntons announced back in June that they would be closing half their 364 stores. So the mini exhibiton celebrating 100 years of Thorntons making chocolate is overshadowed by the announcement of closure.
Thorntons Abingdon
Their chocolates will still be available in most supermarkets, where they are now very familar, and in Oxford, but not with a personal touch – locally.

Leave a Comment August 29, 2011

Motocross across the river

Moto X
Just over the River Thames near Radley Lakes there is the Culham Park Motocross Track, and there was racing this weekend.
Moto X
The track  loops up and down the hillside several times with a series of severe bumps on the bottom section near the river. The start is up a broader incline, allowing all the bikes to roar off together before reaching the hilltop and the first right hand turn.
Moto X
Some of the down hill sections involve spectacular jumps
Moto X

Before this race began, I saw a lots of stewards walking the track to ensure there were no obstacles on the dirt track. The bikes go at such speed – any object would be dangerous.

Leave a Comment August 28, 2011

Hook Norton Shire Horses open Beer Festival

Summer Beer Festival
The Hook Norton shire horses entered Abingdon over Abingdon Bridge.
Summer Beer Festival
The shire horses deliver locally within 5 miles of the brewery, at Hook Norton, but attend many public functions.
Summer Beer Festival
They came to Abingdon to open the Beer Festival at the Kings Head and Bell – free beer was on offer from the back of the dray.
Summer Beer Festival
The Beer Festival is on over the bank holiday weekend and has 5 special ciders and 20 ales – these include 6 from Hook Norton … Hooky Dark, Hooky Gold, Old Hooky, Hooky Double Stout, Hooky Haymaker, and Hooky Flagship.

8 Comments August 28, 2011

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